Category: Outdoor Activities

Kayaking the Ghost Fleet

  Earlier this summer, some friends and I went kayaking around the Potomac River Ghost fleet.  It was such an interesting paddle – snippets of history and local culture, as well as great wildlife viewing.  A bit of a drive from Loudoun, but well worth the trip. The Ghost Fleet consists of a number of long-abandoned World War I wooden steamships that had been…

Butterflies, Biking and Other Blurbs

A couple of items that I thought might be of interest…   Helping out Monarch Butterflies Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy has scheduled several Butterfly-friendly plant sales for this weekend thru early June.  Monarch butterfly populations are decreasing, so the Conservancy is promoting Monarch waystations, which include both milkweed plants – that provide food for monarch caterpillars, and other nectar plants that provide food…

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. …