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Scenic Prince William Forest in Virginia

Sunday, June 02, 2013

Lovely volksmarch today in Prince William Forest National Park in Virginia. On this hot, humid day, we chose the more rugged trail for the shade and were delighted by sights of streams and flowers and the sounds of birds and cicadas. Pictures follow....

First of all, this is the season of the Brood II cicadas, who have emerged from their 17-year hibernation. Their collective mating calls are so loud that they sound like car alarms sometimes.

Here's what the ground looks like when they come out:

Along the trail we saw lots of mountain laurel:

We were also entertained by the wildlife as we followed the trail markers:

All in all, we enjoyed walking along Quantico Creek to Quantico Falls:

And the last of the hike along the Mary Bird Branch Trail was a beautiful way to finish:

Can you tell by our smiles that we enjoyed it?
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