Yesterday, I had the day off from work and planned a hike. My original plans had been to go for a one night backpacking trip in the rugged Laurel Forks area on the West Virginia border. But given the snows we have been having lately, especially in the mountains, that seemed ill-advised, so I have put that trip on hold. Instead, I headed to Caledon Natural Area State Park in Northern Virginia on the Potomac River. See the red star below for the location:great horned owl, a number of white-tailed deer, osprey, kingfisher, tufted titmice, chickadees, and juncos, among other birds. Below is the route for my 7.2 mile hike, which was a loop with some out and back portions. I started and ended at the star, and the red arrows show my travel direction.
I had a fun day hiking around and exploring the Caledon Natural Area. It is a fascinating place, and sure beat being at work for the day.