Sunday, June 23, 2013

Locust Shade Park & Government Island

We are finally feeling a bit more at home.  On one side of things, we are missing our things that are not here yet.  On the other- we are simply twiddling our thumbs waiting for them to arrive.  We have definitely realized over these past 2 1/2 months just how little we need those things.  We have the absolute basics right now and that's it.  Nothing fancy and that's just fine.  My house is a bit of a mess without any kind of organization and two boys, and we have zilch on the walls, but hey- none of that is important.  We are realizing just how much more there is to life besides those things. 
This weekend started out with a trip to a local park with some new friends.  I'm very excited to meet some new people, because Zach is beginning to get to the age where I want him to play with others.  He's quite shy still, and it seems that every time we are around others he decides he doesn't want to stop eating.  We all brought food and had a nice bbq/picnic at the park by the playground.  It was all wooded, and I realized we haven't yet bought bug spray.  Looks like we're adding that to our long list of things to buy!  We will have to make it back again and plan a bit better.  
At home after our trip to the park
The day after our picnic, we decided to get out again. It was last minute, but we had time to kill before starting dinner and I suggested a walk around the block.  Dima wanted to check out a local park and it turns out it's only 2 miles from our house.  
Government Island is a scenic heritage trail and also on the National Registrar of Historic Places.  It is a historic 18th and 19th century quarry site.  It provided Aquia sandstone used to build the white house and the capitol building.  It had beautiful views, and a 1.5 mile hiking trail.  There were creeks (with rope swings!) and lots of people fishing.  There was a long bridge along the way that overlooked Aquia Harbor just a ways out.  And this was all just outside our home!  
The boys ready to go hiking

This is where they got some of the quarry.  

It was muggy out because it had just rained.  And yes that's our dog's butt

This is Aquia Harbor.  There are some wonderful hold homes out there

We really live in a wonderful place.  The military may have it's downs, but we have gotten to see some truly amazing things in our travels.  Being right outside our nation's capitol is a great experience.  I can't wait to see what else lies just around us.  

This crosses two things off our Sixty Steps of Summer Fun list:

Visit a new Park
Visit a new Park