An Icy Battlefield Hike

One of my goals for 2021 is to get outside more and do some hiking. I used to really enjoy hiking, but in the last few years, I’ve become something of a cave creature. It’s time to change that. Movement is good. A dose of sunlight every now and then is healthy, so I’ve been told.

At any rate, this weekend we met up with our friends Liz and Anthony for a low-key hike at Manassas National Battlefield Park. I’m a little embarrassed to say I’d never visited the battlefield in Manassas before Sunday. It was Liz’s choice. She and Anthony can always be counted on to join outdoor adventures and find the best hiking spots.

Here we are, back in 2016 in Alaska, after rowing out to the Mendenhall Glacier.

It’s good to have outdoor friends, I think.

Since Graham and I are pretty out of shape, we opted for an easy hike on the First Manassas Trail. Or, it would have been easy. See, we didn’t anticipate that the trail would be an ice rink.

We didn’t bring our trekking poles or our ice cleats. But with some caution and some borrowed gear from our friends, we did pretty okay.

Over the course of the five-mile loop, there are lots of historic sites and markers.

It’s a pretty good combination of field and forest, with a river and some wetlands.

It’s a really lovely trail, honestly.

And there aren’t any super steep hills. Until the very end, anyway.

I confess that by the last mile, I was ready to be done. My hips were killing me and my knees were pretty sore, but I made it to the end. Fast forward to today, and I’m hobbling around the house and muttering “ow” every third word. But, I have no regrets.

And there are more hikes in my future.

12 thoughts on “An Icy Battlefield Hike

    • I hope you do! I was sore all night Sunday night and all day yesterday, but I’m feeling much better today. 🙂 It was worth it. I tend to be an indoor person, but I love being outside and I always forget just how happy it makes me to be out in nature. Definitely looking forward to doing more hiking this year, and I’ll be sure to post pictures after each adventure.


    • Yes – we certainly have some winter weather gear, but nothing quite so robust as that! Alaska was a fun trip, though, made even better by the fact that we went with friends.

      The trail was really nice! I can’t believe I’d never been to the battlefield before, especially considering how close it is. I’m planning to go back in the future. We only scratched the surface on everything there is to explore there.

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