With the gorgeous blue skies and warm weather last weekend, and our packed schedule the rest of the month, there was no question that we would be getting out on the hiking trails at least once. Since the entire weekend looked to be equally beautiful, we targeted Sunday for our hike. I initially floated Fraser Preserve as a possible destination, but Sunday morning found us moving very slowly, so we scrapped that idea in favor of Lake Accotink, a new-to-us park in Springfield, Virginia.
Strapped into the hiking backpack and ready to go! Dad and I were in short sleeves, but we zipped the kiddos into their fleeces – although Peanut insisted on wearing a sundress with shoes and socks – no tights – which we let her get away with, since it was really quite warm already.
First order of business was a snack. Both kids gobbled up cheese sticks and pouches while enjoying the view of the lake. I’d love to see the place in summer, when the park is bustling with people! As it was, there were quite a few hikers, runners, mountain bikers and strollers out enjoying the lovely lake breeze and blue skies.
Canoes! I can’t wait until the kids are old enough – read: obedient enough – to get out on the water as a family. Paddling is something I love; it’s been a passion of mine since I got my first kayak at age 15, and I wish I got to do more of it.
Suited up and ready to hit the trails!
Not far into our hike, what little cloud cover there had been burnt off and the glorious blue sky came out! Not pictured: the little Pisces who was hovering around my right ear, keeping up a constant refrain of “Wanna go by water! Wanna go by water!”
^ The goal. Always the goal.
Attempted some selfies, but they turned out very squinty. Note to self: do not forget sunglasses, even if the sky is a little overcast.
When we had only a little hiking left to do, we let Peanut out of the backpack to run along the trail next to us. She’d been sulking and complaining the entire time (four going on fourteen?) but perked up considerably once she got to walk. We discussed the possibility that she is growing out of the backpack – up until recently, she never wanted to walk if there was a possibility of being carried or pushed. I’d love to see her in little hiking boots, scampering along with her own mini backpack, so I’m encouraging her.
Stopped to examine some quartz in the trail! If it’s pink or sparkly, Peanut is here for it.
Well, Accotink, thanks for a delightful, sunny, breezy hike! This park was truly a gem, only twenty minutes from us, and we had no idea it was out there. I can already see that renewing the hiking project is a good idea – it’ll get us out of the habit of going to Great Falls every weekend, and force us to try out some new hiking spots.
Did you hit the trails this month?