Despite its proximity to greater Virginia Beach civilization (Shore Drive is the nerve center of summer revelry during tourist beach season), the park has the feel of someplace far more remote. Composed mostly of rolling trails, swamp, and gum, pine, magnolia, and cypress trees, dirt and gravel single track, First Landing offers a generous helping of … More First Landing State Park hike & Spanish Moss Tinder Experiment
The addition of our second child to the family had certainly slowed the pace of my getting out into the woods, even for an overnight. Fall and winter have always been my favorite seasons to camp, each bringing their own special pleasures, their own challenges. The beauty of the mountains during autumn goes without saying (though … More Winter Camping with H
–Some photos from a single overnight in Merchants Millpond State Park with N and H.
Trip Report for my first fastpacking overnight on the Appalachian Trail in beautiful Amherst County, VA. As is usually the case, I could only spare the time for a single overnight and, being as it is that I live at least three hours from the mountains, a six hour minimum drive needed to be factored … More Fastpacking on the AT – Amherst County, VA
–Some photos from a quick overnight with S, H (age 1), and the dogs somewhere on the Appalachian Trail in Shenandoah National Park, VA.