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 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. 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. 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. 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. And had a great lunch of chicken teriyaki for the girls and chilimac for me. And of course we stopped along the way to smell the flowers. 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!