Author: Liz

Trail Mix: Carolina Brothers Pit Barbeque

Located at mile 27.5 of the W&OD Trail (at the intersection of the W&OD and Ashburn Road), Carolina Brothers Pit Barbeque provides a yummy resting stop for bikers, joggers, and other trail users. The restaurant is located directly adjacent to the trail, and is very trail-user friendly, with bike racks and plenty of outdoor seating. A typical weekend day finds Carolina…

A subtle spring beauty

I don’t normally think of maple trees as having showy flowers, but as I looked out my back window, I was stuck by the colorfully blooming red maple tree outside.  The tree will start leafing out soon, but in the meantime, I was able to get a good view of the flowers, with the little winged vwhirligig seeds (samaras) already…

Bluebells!!!

The bluebells are starting to bloom at Riverbend Park.  Spring is really here!  The Fairfax County Park Authority’s blog provides some interesting information on bluebells, trillium, and other spring ephemeral wildlflowers.  Allison Gillespee shared some great bluebell blooming spots in Montgomery County, Md and tips for planting bluebells in your own backyard – evidently bluebells are pretty easy to grow.  I…

Zen Mornings at Algonkian Park

I woke up this morning feeling a little bit disappointed by the wet dreariness of this weekend, since I’d been hoping to get started on my early spring gardening projects. However, gardening in the drizzle didn’t sound particularly appealing, so I decided to take the pup out for a walk at Algonkian Regional Park. As we started ambling in the woods…

Firechase Running

The official start of spring reminded me that it’s time to dig my running shoes out from the back of the closet, and start getting out on the trail.  (Well, maybe ‘running shoes’ is a bit of a misnomer in my case, since I rarely move any faster than a very slow jog.).  But regardless, I find that springtime is…

W&OD Trail Safety Survey

Have strong opinions about safety on the W&OD trail? Do you often think, “If we/they would only do ____, then the trail would be so much safer!” If so, the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority is looking for your input though an online survey for trail users. The survey focuses on safety issues, but also has some questions regarding general usage. …

The inner life of trees

Puppy finally has most of his shots, so we took the opportunity on Sunday to get in a short pre-snow hike near Goose Creek.   We drove over to Kephart Bridge Landing Park and hiked on a short section of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail.  Since it’s still winter-time (leaf-off mode), it was a great opportunity to check out the…