Monday, May 4, 2015

Lake Anna (Finally!)

We've lucked out and had some pretty nice weather lately, so we've been trying to get out and do stuff as much as we can. Lake Anna is a pretty big lake about an hour from our house. Mark has been there a few times with his inflatable kayak, but while I've flown over it numerous times I had never actually been to the lake itself. The weather was gorgeous last week, so Mark drove us down in his Datsun.

The state park has a pretty nice beach area. It's a little small, so I could see it getting crowded on a nice warm weekend, but there were only a couple people there when we passed by.

We stopped to check out a gazebo by a small fishing area. There were a couple lizards sunning themselves on the boards, but they were so quick that I couldn't get a good picture of them.

There are a few different hiking trails that snake through the state park, so we decided to check them out. We started with the Glenora Trail.

We eventually popped out near an old smokehouse. They used buildings like these to prepare Virginia hams. No ham in this one, but it was neat to see. There used to be a big house and a number of outbuildings in the area, but this is the only structure still standing.

We followed the Glenora Trail back toward the beach, then made a left onto the Railroad Ford Trail. This one had some great views!

I think it was right around here that a couple ducks burst out from under some leaves and scared the crap out of me as they flew away.

There were a few boats out on the water. It was a little breezy, so it must have been a great day for sailing.

The views on the way back were a little hidden, but it was still pretty.

We eventually made our way back to the car, had some snacks, then drove back home. We must have crossed different parts of the lake five or six times along the way! Next time, I think we'll bring the kayaks and go out on the water for a bit.   :)

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