2018-05-02.Westmoreland State Park
Virginia State Parks are really nice and this park was no exception. The terrain along the Potomac is quite hilly and the park has trails that start on the bluffs or hills above the river and end at the sandy shores. The park literature and online descriptions boast a boat launch but that is very misleading. There is nothing that resembles a boat launch. The park rents kayaks that are located on the beach and clearly, you could carry the kayak to the water easily from there. But, if you have your own kayak or other boat, you'd have to climb over big uneven boulders or walk quite a distance through the picnic area to reach a spot where you could launch a boat. So, we didn't kayak. But we did take a hike with Roadie along the Meadow Trail to Fossil Beach. The woods, meadow and marsh were filled with the sounds of birds and the trees were marked with identifying placques giving information about the type of tree. I lost count of the number of tree species in the forest but the trees were enormous and the marsh area was covered in blooming yellow swamp iris. Fossil beach had a bin with nets and colanders to assist with the sifting of pebbles in the search for shark's teeth and other fossils. Not wanting to press my luck, I didn't search for any fossils this time.