Monday, February 16, 2009

More Woods Walking

I’m not as outdoorsy a girl as all of these woods walks would imply, but last week we had a power outage that kicked me off the computer for the afternoon, abruptly ending the workday. My husband suggested a walk that starts right outside our back door, and leads down the gas easement to a little creek, a walk he and the kids have taken many times, but that I haven’t been on in years. Actually, it’s my kind of walk...woodsy enough to feel like you’re a part of nature, but on a path wide enough to drive a Mack truck through.

If you do have the urge to take a nature hike when the weather turns unseasonably warm and you don’t have a forest outside your back door, there are lots of places in the area that fit the bill. The Chancellorsville Battlefield, Alum Springs Park and Motts Run Reservoir (opens in April) are a few of our favorites, there are trails at St. Clair Brooks Park and Lake Anna State Park, and there are many places where you can walk along the banks of the Rappahannock River. Even the canal path in Fredericksburg has some woodsy stretches. If you know of any other nearby trails for the seriously wimpy hiker, let me know!

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