Friday, May 29, 2015

Weston Plantation

Like music?  Like being outdoors?  Like free things?  Well then....The Historic Hopewell Foundation has put together just the right thing for you.  For the next three Sunday afternoons you can visit Weston Manor, in Hopewell, and listen to music from local groups....all for free...while sitting outside.  There have already been three this summer and we were able to make it out to two of them.  We brought our own lawn chairs and spent a couple hours relaxing by the Appomattox River.  

We came out to this same concert series last year for one of the concerts and enjoyed it so I was looking out for it again this year.  The outdoor concerts are from 4-6 Sunday afternoons.  If you visit the Historic Hopewell Foundations link above you can find out what group/band will be playing each week.  You can take a cooler or picnic but if you choose not too they also have food and drinks for sale there on site.   

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

New Discoveries Part II

So last week I told you about a "new to me" park I discovered locally in Colonial Heights.  And I mentioned that Roslyn Park is part of a larger concept...that concept is one that The FOLAR are slowly but surely putting in place.  I accidentally stumbled across the website for the group and discovered I have an entire trail system right in my back yard to explore.  Literally, as soon as I had a free hour to myself I went off to check things out.

In Dinwiddie

Appomattox Riverside Park in Dinwiddie County

Appomattox Riverside Park

In Petersburg

Between Campbell's Bridge in Petersburg and Appomattox Riverside Park in Dinwiddie

Between Campbell's Bridge in Petersburg and Appomattox Park in Dinwiddie

In Hopewell/Prince George

Appomattox River Regional Park in Prince George

Appomattox River Regional Park in Prince George County

City Park Location in Hopewell

The individual parks are all along the Lower Appomattox River and cover ground from Dinwiddie County to Hopewell City.  The FOLAR website indicated the that it would eventually be a 22.8 mile long trail.  That made me one very happy girl!!!!  With what is already in place the Busy Bryant's have logged some serious hiking/site seeing time already. Can't wait to discover more.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

New Discoveries

Almost nothing gets me as excited as finding a new place to discover.  When that new place is right under my nose and happens to be totally awesome I can barely contain myself.  About a month ago I was driving through the town of Colonial Heights when I realized a sign, that I've probably seen a dozen times, said there was a park close by.  I had a few free minutes on my hands and decided to check it out.  Sure enough I had just stumbled onto Roslyn Landing Park

Right along the Appomattox River, it has a walking/biking trail, a boat dock and a picnic pavilion.  The park is part of a bigger plan to create a greenway that follows the river through the city.  The entire span is not finished but currently there is about 1.5 miles worth of paved walkway along the river starting in Roslyn Park. 

I'm not even going to pretend that I didn't act like a kid in a candy store when I realized what we had found.  I know to a lot of people a trail is nothing exciting...but then again they aren't the kind of people to plan an entire trip around hiking a trail.  There is more to this story (an even larger concept for the trail) but that will have to wait.  Happy hiking.