Cradled in the snaky meandering embrace of the Occoquan Reservoir, squeezed upward from water’s edge into hardwood-canopied undulating green folds of rise and ravine, and threaded through with narrow ribbons of stream and trail was our bit of wilderness in Fairfax County, Virginia — Fountainhead Regional Park.
dagdvm, Tilly the weiner dog and I strode into Fountainhead’s terrain waves on the second Sunday in July. Our moment’s wilderness was steamy hot under forest cover, calm, quiet, virtually empty of other people and stunning in a multitude of ways.
We used our impromptu pattern of geocaching objectives — Weird Stone House (GC81C0), Kicks Rocks Barefoot (GC1HTG), Rabbit’s Eye (GC29TYN) and six others — to give us direction.
After making big climbs through the trees for geocaches like Dude, Where’s My Car? (GC1NH26), we really enjoyed rolling back down to the low points where water gathered on its way to the Occoquan.
Bits of magic revealed themselves to us whenever we stopped within the quiet and opened our senses to the forest. Fountainhead really gave us a feeling of being away from normal northern Virginia life. The green forest ceiling, the sound-absorbing rolling terrain and the lack of other people in this captivating space made our day there very special.
The three of us really enjoyed our five-mile, nine-geocache summer experience in Fountainhead Regional Park. Pick your own time and motivation for entering this park and you’ll be sure to live some beautiful moments of your own.
Nice shot of Rabbit’s eye! Enjoyed reading your blogs here.
Thanks, Serrabou — and thanks for stopping by!