Posts Tagged ‘First Landing State Park’

     For our Hill’s Prescription Diet customers: we have a new supply of free measuring cups (for dry food) and can caps. Ask for either one on your next visit to pick up your pet’s food.


     Mr. Christopher Page stopped by the clinic today to introduce himself and his business, Fibrenew. Fibrenew experts repair and restore leather, plastic and vinyl. If your pet has torn holes in your favorite leather sofa, call 757-905-0873 and ask Chris what he can do for you.


     I had the pleasure of spending Easter Sunday afternoon strolling through First Landing State Park, on what I call an “animal scavenger hunt.” There are certain animals I always expect to see when I go there, and my efforts were rewarded with the sight of skinks, woodpeckers, snails, butterflies, dragonflies, a myriad of nature-loving dogs, and one sneaky snake.

     Exiting the park (which is sporting a new trail center and bathrooms that are mercifully bug-free), I noticed this sign indicating how to distinguish between venomous and non-venomous snakes.

     Here’s my favorite part of the sign – and evidence that proofreading is a lost art form:

     That’s right, folks:  Keep Clam and Carry On. Enjoy your week!  ~~  Jen


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The Monster Under the Bridge, waiting to be discovered.

     Confession time: I don’t own a dog.
I have plenty of cats, a bird, and a fish, but no dog. So I don’t really know what it’s like to go hiking through a park with a canine companion.
I have seen others do it, so I know the experience runs the gamut from strolling with a pet that seems unaware of any other park visitors, all the way to having one’s arm yanked out of the socket as the dog tries to chase every person, pet, and butterfly it sees.
I’ve often thought it would be nice if state parks featured dog rentals, so that folks like me could have a little company on the trail while the lucky pooches get some exercise and meet new people. Controversial? You decide.

If you’re lucky enough to own a dog and you enjoy walking your dog through the local parks, but the trails always feel the same to you, it may be time to take a closer look and discover the secrets you’ve been strolling past all these years.
It’s time to discover geocaching.

Go to and register for a free account (go ahead and pay for a premium version if you’d like.)

The cutest cache ever!

Type in the zip code of the park you’ll be visiting and search for caches hidden there.
Load the coordinates into your handheld GPS unit (I use a Garmin Nuvi 200) and head out in search of your treasure.
Be sure to bring some dollar-store toys along to exchange with an item from the cache. I use Happy Rocks, bought on a trip to Shenandoah last summer, and Happy Magnets that I made using round magnets and happy face stickers.
When you find the cache, sign the log and update the website so others will know of your success.

You may be wondering if your dog will be any help – any help at all – in locating the caches. Well…it’s doubtful, unless the cache contains a T-bone steak (unlikely.)
The point is, you’re out having fun, exercising with your dog and seeing the park in a whole new way.  Enjoy!


My sister (aka The Lady Contractor) and I team up to look for caches, and we’ve had success at Waller Mill Park in Williamsburg and Windsor Castle Park in Smithfield.

Can't find it on the ground? Try looking up.

Also look for caches hidden in First Landing State Park, York River State Park, and Chippokes Plantation.  Happy hunting!       ~~  Jen

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