Siegen Forest – Locust Grove

This week we explored some new to us hiking trails in Siegen Forest in Locust Grove, VA. I’ve lived in this area for almost 18 years and just recently heard about these trails. Siegen Forest is a 170-acre forest behind the Fort Germanna Visitor Center. We started off our adventure by visiting the Fort GermannaContinue reading “Siegen Forest – Locust Grove”

Death Valley

All of my kids are big Star Wars fans. When we heard that several Star Wars’ scenes were filmed at Death Valley, we knew we had to squeeze a day trip into our Las Vegas vacation. “Death Valley…so empty, so vast, so simple, so quiet.” Death Valley is a desert valley in Eastern California, in the northern MojaveContinue reading “Death Valley”

The Market at Grelen – Peach Picking

Peach picking! When I saw the peach sale this week at The Market at Grelen, I knew we had to go! $1/lb. for PYO!! Today was the only day we were available. I was worried that the rain would ruin our plans. Thankfully, the weather cleared up, and we headed to Somerset. The hour driveContinue reading “The Market at Grelen – Peach Picking”

Westmoreland State Park

On the Potomac River’s Northern Neck, this park offers many opportunities for family fun. It’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has a meeting area, snack bar, camp store and power-boat ramp. You’ll also find a visitor center, campgrounds, camping cabins, cabins, a playground, a fishing pier, boat rentals and 6 milesContinue reading “Westmoreland State Park”

False Cape State Park – Virginia Beach

Nestled between Back Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, False Cape State Park is one of the last remaining undeveloped areas along the Atlantic coast. It is the southernmost Virginia State Park. As the former home of Native Americans, the historic Wash Woods community and Little Island Coast Guard Station, False Cape honors the hardy soulsContinue reading “False Cape State Park – Virginia Beach”

First Landing State Park – Virginia Beach

First Landing State Park is Virginia’s most visited state park. It is where English colonists first landed in 1607. Native American canoes, Colonial settlers, 20th-century schooners and modern cargo ships have navigated the park’s waterways. Its cypress swamps were a source of freshwater for merchant mariners, pirates and military ships during the War of 1812.Continue reading “First Landing State Park – Virginia Beach”

Machicomoco State Park

Virginia’s 40th State Park Machicomoco is Algonquian for “special meeting place.” The name was chosen to reflect the park’s purpose of education on the native tribes of Virginia. Machicomoco is Virginia’s first state park focused on honoring and interpreting the history of Virginia’s Indian tribes. It opened to the public on April 16, 2021. Located inContinue reading “Machicomoco State Park”