False Cape’s Littlest Frog

For three years, we’ve been meaning to backpack to False Cape State Park via Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge.

This spring, we told ourselves, “This summer we’ll do it, when it’s good beach weather!”

This summer, we told ourselves, “This fall, we’ll do it, when the mosquitoes and biting flies have retired for the season!”

Last week, we took a hard look at our calendar — which told us that my third trimester was about to begin — and also at the False Cape rules and regulations, which told us that False Cape would be closed for wildlife management for part of October and that the trail through Back Bay would be closed from November through spring.

We looked at each other and exclaimed, “If this trip is going to happen before the little one comes, it’s got to happen now!”

And so, we packed our packs (well, Matt kindly undertook most of that job as I worked through the weekend preparing for my upcoming committee meeting — thank you, Matt), and on Monday, we headed out on an overnight adventure through Virginia’s southernmost coast.

False Cape State Park is accessible only by foot, bike, or boat: a 6.2 mile hike (or bike) in, a 6.2 mile hike (or bike) out.  We went by foot.  It was wonderful!  Perfect, really.  Cool weather and gentle breezes.  Marshland and maritime forest.  Snowy egrets and painted turtles.  Dunes and waving grasses.  Ocean waves and sandy shores.  Sandpipers and scuttling crabs.  A private campsite sheltered by live oaks — we were the only campers! — and miles and miles of beautiful beach, with no other humans in sight.

In the coming days, a series of photos of these sights will appear here.  But first: this shot of the tiny frog who popped up from the drinking water spigot at False Cape’s brand-new visitor center.

Entirely too adorable!

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2 Comments on “False Cape’s Littlest Frog”

  1. Cristina says:

    I’m looking forward to see that pictures :)


  2. jana says:

    How lovely! The weather is perfect for such a hike – here, anyway. I’m so glad you got to go, and enjoy yourselves. I cannot even begin to imagine how wonderfully must have those oaks smelled, especially now that their leaves are probably starting to turn.

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