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First Landing State ParkEastern, VA
Eastern, VA
Hiking avatar Jul 16 2020
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Hiking10.05 Miles 240 AEG
Hiking10.05 Miles   3 Hrs   15 Mns   3.09 mph
240 ft AEG
 
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Returned to hiking in this state park which contains marshy areas and swampland located between the Atlantic Ocean and Broad Bay portion of the Lynnhaven Bay near the Cape Henry Landing site. Checked the Lynnhaven Bay tide charts and planned for low tide, with that and no rain for a couple of weeks meant no walking in mud or water. Arrived before the gate was opened so instead of waiting there ended up starting at the ocean front then crossed the highway ,which added some extra distance ,entered the now open back entrance to the park onto Cape Henry Trail, it’s a fishhook shaped trail so I’m on the shank headed toward the eye where the hiking trailhead is located. Before arriving there however I take the connector Kingfisher trail to meet up with the Long Creek and Osprey Trail. The Osprey trail is part hard packed and part soft sand , traveling beside the bay it can be overwhelmed in high tide this will take me toward the barbed end of Cape Henry Trail . Very few hikers but a couple of dozen bikers and joggers ,more on Cape Henry Trail, encountered. Used quite a bit of “Off” to keep away the mosquitoes and biting flies, must have worked pretty well as they resorted to landing on the lens of my glasses. Temperatures were warm,low 80’s , humid of course but the heavy shade kept it tolerable. The lack of significant elevation and trying to limit insect landings resulted in a good pace for this hike :D Needed a better camera for wildlife as the Osprey, Egrets and Herons were too far away for decent pictures. Definitely a change of pace from AZ hiking.
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