We (my ex and I, and our kids) took advantage of the spring-ish temperatures this past weekend in the greater-DC area to go hiking around Manassas Battlefield Park. We’d visited there before, but the difference this time is that we weren’t really interested in it for its character as a memorial site, but in its character as a big outdoor space – a place to walk and run and breathe the fresh air. And it was great! It’s a really nice site, quite large, and (we saw) frequented by a lot of people with the same idea we had: there were dog-walkers, joggers, horseback riders and other light-hikers. More of this group than tourists at this time of year, it seemed. But it’s such a big place that, while we saw other people occasionally, we had lots and lots of time too to wander around and feel solitude. I enjoyed it! It felt so good to get outside – and the fact that we weren’t shoulder-to-shoulder with a lot of other people was really pleasant. A good antidote for cabin fever!
I want to visit Manassas Battlefield Park more often. I want to watch spring unfold there. I’ll bet it’s really lovely.