Tagged: Winter

Catching Up: Hurricane Ridge, Olympic National Park

Sunshine Over the Olympics

So, this was a very unintentional nearly 3-month hiatus, but alas, the human body does what it wants… Continue reading

Oh, Winter! How I Love Thee!: A Hike and a Snow Walk

Winter is finally here!!!  Real, honest to goodness snow – the kind that actually stays for more than 3 hours before it melts – finally fell here in Virginia last Tuesday and this past Saturday: I’m as giddy as a fat kid in a candy store!

Snap Shot on the way to Work - Snowy Tree - Edited

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Oh, Random Weather of Virginia (short entry)

I’m beginning to think Mother Nature might need some lithium, anticonvulsants, antipsychotics, and benzodiazepines. These are used to treat Bipolar Disorder, which I’ve decided that Mother Nature has.  In the past 7 days, we’ve gone from 60-degree weather to 12-degree weather and we’re heading back into 60-degree weather this weekend.  We’ve gone from  sunshine to snowflakes to wind and back to sunshine.  Maybe Mother Nature just needs a hug?

Snow on Tuesday:

Snow in Northern Virginia

Snow on the ground in Northern Virginia

 

A Trail and Some Wildlife: C&O Canal National Historical Park (aka: the Maryland-side of Great Falls)

Billy Goat A Trail at C&O Canal Park

Billy Goat A Trail at C&O Canal Park

I’d like to give a wee shout out to the Tattooed Lady for her most stellar recommendation to hike Billy Goat Trail.  Ice, snow, a bit of a breeze, a mother load of rocks to scramble over, and one might just call this a killer day. Continue reading

Great Falls Hike (Mud, Heights, Weird Animal Likenesses in the Trees, and More!)

From the first overlook at Great Falls Park

From the first overlook at Great Falls Park

Finally!  After nine years -gag me with a spoon: cannot believe I’ve been in VA that long- I made it out to Great Falls Park for a hike/scramble/walk.  I’ve had people telling me it was beautiful, awesome, magnificent, etc.  I’m so glad they weren’t full of crap! Continue reading

A Long Weekend with Wildlife, Snow, and a Smidge Bit of Trespassing

It’s apparent to me, and Roomie, that I have an affinity for trespassing. Granted, I’m not trespassing on sensitive government property – I don’t need to see a nuclear reactor up close, thank you – but I find all the cool things to be where you aren’t necessarily supposed to go. Continue reading

Cold Things Make Me Happy and a Not So Cold Hike from December

View from White Rock Cliff Overlook

View from White Rock Cliff Overlook

I don’t know if it has to do with living on an island in Alaska for almost 7 years as a kid, or if it’s the extraordinarily old “British Isles” roots in me, but I love all things cold.

I’m the chick that will eat a hot fudge sundae in the middle of a blizzard.  Continue reading