A walk in the park

For my 60th birthday, daughter Clare presented me with AMC’s Best Day Hikes Near Washington, D.C. It’s not the first time she suggested I go take a hike.

Sign showing Bay View Trail 0.2 miles ahead.

Click on the photo to see more photos on my Pinterest page.

On Sunday, I opted to hike the Bay View Trail at Mason Neck State Park in Lorton, VA, just a 25-minute drive from my home. Mason Neck is just a hop, skip, and jump from Gunston Hall, George Mason’s home. (George Mason was the father of the Bill of Rights, for those of you wondering.) It’s also a hop, skip, and jump from Pohick Bay Regional Park. I’ve visited Gunston Hall and camped at Pohick Bay, but somehow never meandered down the road to Mason Neck. It’s been on my list for years because of its reputation for bald eagle sightings, but I needed to be prodded by Clare to get me there.

Everyone else in the Greater D.C. area were crowded into the pathways around the Tidal Basin for the Cherry Blossom Festival, so Mason Neck was relatively quiet. Alas, the bald eagles were also sparse, but then I hiked a trail on the other side of the park from the eagle trails.

Next Saturday, the park is hosting its 2014 Eagle Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Maybe I’ll see you there.


Tom Pfeifer is the managing partner and chief strategist for Consistent Voice Communications. Reach him at Tom@YourConsistentVoice.com.

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by kmhjubilee@roadrunner.com on April 15, 2014 at 1:56 am

    Nice!!!

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