My Virginia – Let’s Go Exploring by Author Joseph J. O’Donnell

Well, it’s time to dust off the camera and leave the ‘cabin fever’ doldrums behind us. When Winter set in and the weather left us in a state of hibernation, a good book and a cup of hot chocolate beckoned us indoors in front of the fireplace. We threw a comforter around our shoulders and settled in till Spring. Now that Old Man Winter is about to leave us our magazine’s team is searching to explore our surroundings once again. In retrospect we are like bears leaving our dens to see what has changed over the winter months.

Everyone is contemplating the same thing as this ‘new mood’ is upon us . For our magazine, Virginia is our home, and we want to start the year by exploring what is closest to us. The Commonwealth of Virginia offers much to be seen, and we are once again starting to explore the region before we wander into other areas.

With the nation’s capitol, Washington, D.C., nearby, such sites as the many monuments and museums would be first on the agenda, and the upcoming Cherry Blossom Festival is a must. Several new museums have been built and we are looking forward to create reviews of them for our readers.

In 2019 The Commonwealth of Virginia will be celebrating the 400th Anniversary of the first representative legislative assembly in the New World, so our next romp in the nearby countryside will find us visiting Historic Jamestowne and Jamestown Settlement, and nearby Colonial Williamsburg. Busch Gardens and historic Yorktown will eventually beckon to us as well. History and fun is always first on our roster.

As history sparks an interest to our readers, Mt. Vernon, the home of our first president George Washington, is a ‘must see’ for visitors to our area, as well as the many historic Civil War battlefields located here. We also look to broaden our scope of exploration by visiting the Chesapeake Bay, local Vineyards, tourist mecca’s such as Arlington during the summer. The Blue Ridge Mountains, Skyline Drive, and the many caverns nearby is slated for the Fall.

We have only began mapping out a course of action and will be adding to our agenda once the final threat of winter is behind us. So we hope that our readership will follow along with us as we prepare to wander out of our dens once again.