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Lake Anna State Park, VA – March 2015

 

March 27-29,2015

Our season opener began at Lake Anna State Park in Virginia. It was great to get back out camping and spending time with our friends again. Weather was cold but we still had fun and even hit the trails for a few geocaches to keep us warm!

CAMPING

Lake Anna has 46 campsites, 23 dry sites and 23 water and electric sites. The water and electric sites have 20/30 and 50 amp electrical service. Several pull thru sites are also available.  There is a full bathhouse in each section of the campground. There are also 6 primitive Camp Cabins in the campground area and 10 standard cabins in another area of the Park. There is a dump station as you exit the campground loop. There is also a small camp store and firewood is available onsite.

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This Park has a wonderful beach area that is very busy during the summer months!

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While camping at Lake Anna make sure to check out the Visitor’s Center. We were given a tour by Jo and Johnny Finch from the Friends of Lake Anna State Park and this place is great. Lot’s of interesting exhibit and information for young and old alike! For more information on the Friends of Lake Anna State Park you can visit their information page at this address: http://www.virginiaoutdoors.com/article/more/1180

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GEOCACHING

On this trip we were able to find 3 geocaches in the Park. I will list their names and geocache.com identity codes here and you can read more about them at www.geocaching.com. We also recovered 5 cache containers that were no longer being used for an archived geocache and will recycle them into future geocaches. All in all we had about a 5 mile hike and loved it! The trail system in this Park is great. We’ve been here several times and have still not hiked all the trails!

VSP Lake Anna Civil War Adventure GC5NZ19 – This cache takes you to the location of Hailey’s Mill  where you can see some of the remains of the old mill and read about the use of this area during the Civil War.

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Mill Pond Pirate Cache GC19C11 –  An easy cache located near the Visitors Center Parking area with a nice walk around Mill Pond on nicely groomed trails.

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GSA Gold 4 State Park Series GC1XKE0 – Easy geocache along a well groomed trail.

 

SUMMARY

We really enjoy this Park and try to stay here at least once each year. We highly recommend you try it out if you are in the area.

Thanks for stopping by our blog!

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Virginia Campers Fall Rally 2013

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It’s early October and this means time for the Virginia Campers Fall Rally. This years fall rally was held at Kiptopeke State Park on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.

http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/kiptopeke.shtml

This is a wonderful park with water/electric sites as well as quite a few full hookup sites. The park has a huge boat ramp and 2 beaches available for use.  1 great highlight of this area is the Concrete Ships used as a breaker for the ramp area that was originally the ferry point to the mainland before the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnels were built. These ships act as a breakwater and also support fish and other marine wildlife in the area.

More info on the ships can be found here:  http://www.concreteships.org/ships/kiptopeke/

 

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CAMPING

As this was a Rally weekend there were many friends gathering in the campground. We were able to secure sites in an area that allowed us to back in to each other leaving the area between as a gathering point for potluck dinners and other festivities.

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The weather was perfect and everybody had a great time. We had a great potluck dinner on Saturday night and once again we had way too much food, but oh what a feast it was!

 

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After the potluck of course we had to take a walk on the beach and burn off some calories. We had a great sunset and also got to play with some ghost crabs!

 

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GEOCACHING

During all the fun we did have a chance to go for a walk around some of the Park and seek out a few geocaches.

The first find was interesting multicache with the first stage hidden near a very busy bird watching observatory deck and we were in the park during the fall migration season.

The Geocaching.com ID for this cache is VSP Kiptopeke Wildlife Adventures GC24JRZ.

After finding the first stage we were able to move on and find the remaining 2 stages and sign the final log deeper into the park.

Our second and third cache finds for the day took us near the fresh water pond with hopes of spotting some migrating waterfowl but we only saw 1 Grebe. We still had a great time hiking the trails and finding the caches.

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The 2 caches we found were:  VSP Kiptopeke Tree-mendous Adventure GC46QXC and VSP Kiptopeke Blooming Adventure GC3CKQJ. Both traditional caches with fun hides.

After finding these caches we decided to head back to the campground to prep for the potluck dinner.

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

For site-seeing and also geocaching there are 2 particular areas of interest  that should not be overlooked while staying at this Park.  The first is the little town of Cape Charles. There is a very informative Earthcache (Chesapeake Bay Bolide GCZNQT) in this town and great waterfront views!

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The second don’t miss place is the Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge. As well as being a vital wildlife sanctuary for migratory birds and waterfowl this area also has an interesting military history with a huge gun placement still on site.

 

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More info on this location can be found here:  http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Eastern_Shore_of_Virginia/

 

SUMMARY

We had a great time camping and geocaching with all our Virginia Camper friends and look forward to the next get together. For more information on Virginia Campers you can check out our website at www.vacamper.com or our Facebook group at Virginia Campers on Facebook.

As always, here is our campsite for the weekend! Thanks for checking out our blog.

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Labor Day 2013

We spent the weekend at our “home” State Park, Shenandoah River “Andy Guest”  State Park. We love this Park and being less than an hour from home makes for a great weekend escape or holiday weekend destination because we don’t have to deal with too much traffic!

We spent most of the time relaxing and bird watching from our site. The bluebirds were ground feeding right behind our camper so we set up a second canopy to block out some of the sun and relaxed with the camera and binoculars.

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We saw many different species of birds including sparrows, finches, bluebirds and woodpeckers. We were also able to watch the hawks and osprey soaring over the river but they were hard to get on the camera. Karen was able to get one photo of an Osprey but he was far away so the zoom made it a bit grainy.

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We didn’t do any geocaching on this trip but we did take a drive on Skyline Drive, entering at Front Royal, VA and driving down to Rt 211 near Luray. The views from the overlooks are fantastic and anybody staying in the area should take the drive at least once.

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It was a hot weekend but we really enjoyed ourselves just taking it easy and relaxing together.

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Our campsite for the weekend. We had 1 canopy up over the picnic table with screens for the bugs and the other was our birdwatching station.

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