This morning we took part in our First Day Hike, part of a national collaboration between Virginia State Parks and America's State Parks. We went to First Landing State Park in Virginia Beach.
To get to First Landing State Park, from I-64, take Northampton Blvd.-U.S. 13 North (Exit 282). Go through
eight lights, then turn right at the Shore Drive/U.S. 60 exit (last exit
before the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel). Take a right on Shore Drive
and go four and a half miles to the park entrance. The park has 20 miles of trails and 1.5 miles of sandy Chesapeake Bay beach frontage. Most of the trails are paved so it's very easy to walk. This park also rents two bedroom furnished cabins which are dog friendly. It would be a great place to take an inexpensive vacation at Virginia Beach ($131-$146 per night during prime summer season) and take your four legged friend along! You'd also have a semi-private beach!
In ancient times when a person was buried it was
difficult to bury them deeply, and sad to say, scavengers and predators
were a constant problem. So mourners usually brought stones with them
when they came so that they could pile them onto the grave to discourage
animals from digging up the body. The modern tradition of placing a
small stone on a grave to honor the deceased seems to me to show how
many people visit the grave and also harkens back to an ancient tradition which shows
respect for the mortal remains. You can see stones on all the posts around the burial mound.
The Chesapeake Indians tracked time and seasons. Passing years were counted by the number of winters, or cohonks—the sound of migrating geese flying overhead.
Wish you were here,
Sammy & PG