Sunday, September 1, 2013

Yorktown Market Days, Yorktown & Newport News Park, Newport News, VA

First day of my "Stay-cation" so I thought I'd take the dogs out for the day. First we went to Yorktown Market Days. Take I-64 to exit 250B. Continue on Ft. Eustis Blvd. for 3 miles and turn left onto Route 17 North/George Washington Memorial Highway. Follow Route 17 North to the second traffic light and turn right onto Cook Road. Follow Cook Road to Ballard Street. Turn left on Ballard Street. There is a parking lot on Ballard Street and then you can walk down the hill to the marketplace.
At the bottom of the hill, you'll come to the field with the marketplace. It's a pretty place with the York River in the background.
There are a few produce stands, but also breads, jams, fresh seafood, beef, pork and poultry. You can do all your shopping in one place. The weekly market will be open till the end of September.
PG was pretty hot, though! Her tongue was almost touching the ground! So after we had all of our produce in our cooler bag--we headed off to the Newport News Park. We had been there a few weeks ago and I wanted to go back and walk on the longer trail.
So, we headed off on the White Oak Trail. It's a 2.6 mile trail that starts out at the bridge over the dam. Plenty of signs to keep you on the right trail.
We looked out to the right and could see three big swans.
The paths were shady but I would say this is a medium level difficulty trail. There are some elevation changes and lots of roots on the path.

At one point on the trail we came across this tree that looked like a bear up in the tree! It was just the way the tree was growing!
At about the halfway point there is a swamp. There is a bridge over the swamp. Lots of cat tails!
We ended up the walk with Sammy coming almost face to face with a doe. Both dogs were very tired and happy to get home.

Wish you were here!
Sammy & PG

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