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    Tuesday
    Nov022010

    The Cabin in the . . . Woods?

    As a veteran of many trips to the D.C. area, I can not stress enough how perfect October is for a visit.  The temperature was not too hot, and not too cold.  The traffic was about as good as it gets (not that that's saying much).  We didn't encounter any crowds or a single line for anything.  Oh - and the scenery?

    Amazing.

    Especially where we were staying.  Because my grandpa lives in a two bedroom apartment in a retirement community, it's not really an ideal spot for our large, loud bunch and so he rents a cabin for us at nearby Algonkian Regional Park.  I would imagine that in the summer this spot is crowded, but in the fall we had nearly the entire park to ourselves.

    We stayed in the same three bedroom cabin that we did six years ago.  Here we were then.

    And this was last week.

    Doggone it, a lot changes in six years, doesn't it?  The car, the kids, the clothes - but not the cabin.

    It still sits right on the bank of the Potomac.

    The setting, combined with the autumn colors made for magnificent views.

    And of course, if you put kids near a body of water, you also have instant entertainment.  Add in a steep riverbank to climb and they can spend hours out there.  Well, except Reagan's ankle couldn't manage the climb.  That's okay.  She enjoyed the wireless internet. ;)

    I must say, that I enjoyed their outdoor play a lot more this time.  Four year old Faith and seven year old Hayden were highly unpredictable creatures.  The proximity to the river was a bit nerve wracking that trip.

    There was also all sorts of wildlife around.  The deer were thick and we also saw squirrels, raccoons and this guy.  

    Anyone know what that is?  I'd guess beaver but I never saw the tail.  It lived in a hole in the riverbank and was mighty elusive.

    The trees are so thick in the area that you would never guess civilization is less than two miles away.  Until lunch time, and then it's good to know that there's a Popeye's just down the road!

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    First thing I said when I saw the pic of the creature at the bottom was "how much wood would a woodchuck chuck".

    At least, I think it's a woodchuck.

    You have such a freaking cute family, Mindee. Hope you're back to 100% soon. Being sick is for the dogs (unless you're my dog and then you have to just live with it - because there's no way I'm paying $400 to have the vet remove and analyze a lump that started growing on his leg.)

    November 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAubrey

    That little creature looks to be a ground hog! :D I am so glad you were able to relax and enjoy the vacay on the banks of the Potomac!

    November 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth

    I just got chills at the thought of my four year old near a river bank. Last night she hid under the dining room table for 10 minutes while I frantically searched the house for her.

    The little stinker.

    November 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKatie B

    Love those fall colors!

    November 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

    Beautimous.

    And I would like to thank you for un-shunning me ;)

    November 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Lumberjack's Wife

    Aubrey - woodchuck was my guess too! And I'm totally with you on vet bills.

    Elizabeth - maybe although groundhogs are much smaller where I'm from.

    KB - Ack! After you finished hugging her, did you yell?

    Amy - they were amazing.

    LJW - I would never shun you on purpose. I think my blog is just jealous of yours. ;)

    November 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMindee

    Absolutely beautiful! I would like to stay there. How about a girl's weekend? It's not a bad drive for me... are you up for it again?

    November 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPaula

    What a great spot! And I agree, October is definitely the way to go... crowds around here are awful as is the heat!

    So beautiful! I love the pics from years ago and now. :)

    November 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChristina

    muskrat maybe...nutria (rare for that area though). but if he was chuckin' wood i guess i would go with a woodchuck =o)

    November 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSandy

    Ground hog?

    November 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly Loomis

    Paula - as tempting as a girl's weekend sounds, I wouldn't do that drive again anytime soon!

    Tabitha - and December back there is COLD!

    Christina - thx. :)

    Sandy - muskrat was my uncle's guess. I've never heard of a nutria!

    Kimberly - could be!

    November 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMindee

    If instead of a written comment this was a voice mail, you could hear my voice squealing in excitement - you stayed at Algonquian park?!?!

    I used to play there all the time when I was little.

    Though I've never been inside any of the cabins. To me they've always been mysterious and fancy.

    I'm quite envious.

    November 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMegan (Best of Fates)

    My immediate guess was groundhog. They get really big here. In fact, I encountered one this weekend that looked more like a small dog!

    November 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

    Megan - I believe the park is squeal worthy, but I assure you that the cabins are neither mysterious nor fancy.

    Katie- that seems to be getting the most votes. They must look different in VA than here.

    November 3, 2010 | Registered CommenterMindee

    So at what point in my kids lives do I stop seeing vacation spots near large bodies of water at the foot of steep hills and immediately pass it off as a rediculous idea? I know it's going to be a while anyway since my littlest is only 19 months old!

    Also, thanks for the DC in the fall tip!

    Wow what a gorgeous place, so jealous of the fall colors, we just don't get that in Texas. Glad you guys had a great time in DC.

    November 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJenna @ Newlyweds

    We have a ground hog that lives in the ditch in front of our house, for the sole purpose of tormenting the crap out of our dogs. He runs back and forth, knowing that the poor beasts can't get to him through the chain link fence... He's about the same size (or bigger) than the one in your photo!

    November 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth

    Ah, the trees were beautiful. Looks like a great place to stay. What a difference a few years make with the kids, huh? They grow up so fast. Too fast.

    November 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertammy

    oooo, I wish I had the opportunity to take a time travel picture like that. That was cool!

    November 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermissy jill

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