Manassas Battle Ground hike

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  1. Lassmanac

    Lassmanac Man Enough to be a Girl Scout Supporter Bushcraft Friend Bushclass I

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    What a gorgeous day! Sunny, mid-70s, white puffy clouds dotting the sky, and soooo muuuuuch green!... Ugh... I just love the US!

    Anyway, my girls and I took advantage of the situation and headed over to Manassas Battle Ground to hike the First Manassas trail; a 5.5 mile hike around the entire battle field, through meadows, pine and cedar groves, amd along Bull Run Creek.

    My girls and I at the trailhead

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    The hike is pretty easy, all things considered. It's relatively flat, very well, maintained, and wasn't all that muddy compared to other trails I've been on recently. And just a stellar day to be out and about.

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    Along the way, we stopped a bit to look for fatwood, tree identification, and wildlife appreciation. There were not a small amount of pines that had been blown over recently. An old stump, about 6 feet tall, had rotted to the core and the only thing remaining upright was about 300 pounds of fatwood. Broke my heart to leave it there, but would have proved quite a challenge cutting it down with my little laplander. I didn't really even get the chance to put my gear through the paces.

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    I was surprised by the amount of cedar around. Nothing like the cedar we have in the PNW, though. Here in VA, the cedar doesn't have that noticable smell. I thought about taking some bark, but most kf it was still pretty soaked.

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    I looked for a fire ring or pit of some kind, but there wasn't anything around. So we boiled our water using more modern methods.

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    And had a great lunch of chicken teriyaki for the girls and chilimac for me.

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    And of course we stopped along the way to smell the flowers.

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    I feel really lucky my girls love the outdoors as much as me. They're always full of questions and ask loads i have no idea about.

    Thanks for coming along!
     
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    A wonderful day with your family. Thank you for sharing it with us.
     
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    What a great day that must have been! Thanks for sharing this with us. :)
     
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    Great outing! My kiddos asking questions I don't know are only reason I bust out the cell phone at dinner and hikes. The I Naturalist app is my new best friend for plant id.
     
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    I gotta ask @Lassmanac , did you hear the battle sounds, the soldgers crying out, or get the feeling of great conflagration that you hear people talk about?
     
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    Looked like a great day out with your girls. Sacred ground for sure. Thanks for sharing.
     
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    Outstanding!
    Thanks for sharing the adventure with us!
     
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    A lifetime memory, I'm proud of ya young fellar, You're a good dad. joe
     
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    Looked like a beautiful day out with you're daughters.

    The photo showing a field with trees in the background brings back fond memories of VA and playing in the woods behind farming fields when I was a kid. I always wondered if some of those long "swales" running through the woods were remnants of civil war trenches (Battle of Chantilly). VA has some great historical parks.

    Great photos of a great day. Thanks for sharing!
     
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  10. Lassmanac

    Lassmanac Man Enough to be a Girl Scout Supporter Bushcraft Friend Bushclass I

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    Thank you fellas. One of the biggest challenges to living overseas is teaching our kids about America. My girls are going to be 12 next month and had never heard of the Civil War until we visited Antietam last week.
     
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    Beautiful day. Beautiful kids. Beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing.
     
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    I hope you had your girls do a thorough tick check. I live near the Park, and it's open fields and weedy trail edges are hot spot for those little critters.
     
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    Just wondering.... would it be unlawful to gather downed timber from a Civil War battleground site?
    In most Texas State Parks, you have to import your own wood for fires.
     
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    Lassmanac Man Enough to be a Girl Scout Supporter Bushcraft Friend Bushclass I

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    The Civil War parks are run by the National Park Service, so standard NPS ruless apply. Dead or downed wood is ok.
     
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    Looks like a wonderful day well spent! Thanks for sharing! :dblthumb:
     
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