Get Up, Get Out & Get Camping!
By Kelly Morris
I LOVE camping. Well, I loved the trips I’d take with my dad and older brother when I was younger, much younger. I haven’t’ been camping (real camping) in a while but I definitely like the idea of it. And I would totally go all the time if I had the equipment, a dog that wasn’t a flight risk, a fiancé that didn’t work on weekends and, well, if I knew how to. I mean, if I went with a group that knew what to bring, had extra gear and could build a fire for me, I think I would be a natural at it.
Needless to say, camping is something I’ve always wanted to get into, to be good at. Confident. To be able to pack up the car and travel to a destination with lots of hiking, lush green trees and maybe even flowing water nearby to splash in. But where to start?
Living in Northern Virginia, our weekend camping options are endless. We’ve got the Appalachian Mountains to the west and the beach to the south. But a trip like that takes planning and practice; learned skills and knowledge. Sure, I was a camping master in my younger years but need some serious brushing up before I venture out into the wilderness—so to speak.
And enter, what I deem the coolest amenity here at Willowsford—one this staffer can’t wait to try out. The Grant Family Campsite. Last weekend, the Willowsford Conservancy hosted Camping 101: Hands-on at the Campsite. Rangers Andrew Richardson and Mark Ahlijanian set up a family-style campsite so that we could see one in person, understand how to set one up and ask questions along the way. They emphasized that camping (car, tent or hammock) doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive, it’s all about preparation and organization; learn how to organize, store and pack your equipment and where and how to set up your campsite. I think I just might be ready to give it a try myself—with Andrew on speed dial.
The Grant Family Campsite features 7 walk-in family-size tent pads with charcoal grills, fire pits, water and lantern holders, picnic table, potable water station and portable restroom. The 8-mile Grant Loop is accessible for hiking, nature exploration and wildlife watching. The great thing about this campsite is that it’s super accessible for Willowsford residents and their families. It’s a great campground for first-time campers, for teaching their kids how to camp properly—and frankly, for finding out if they even like it before you’re 4 hours from home—and for those who want to immerse themselves into nature without traveling too far.
See you at the campground!
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