In honor of the 30-year anniversary of my family’s move to Sterling, I’d like to introduce you to Claude Moore Park, one of my favorite places.
When we moved here, the 357-acre property–including two ponds, part of Vestal’s Gap Road, and the historic Lanesville House–was owned by National Wildlife Federation, and not open to the public. Later purchased by Loudoun County, it has been developed into a multi-use park including miles of wooded hiking trails, lush meadows, a recreation center, a community center, a visitor’s center, and a sportsplex. I worked there as a teenager, and spend a lot of time there with my family now.
This is the first in a series of monthly scenes from the park.
Claude Moore Park: March
Earlier this month I drove in on an errand, saw this stunning combination of March snow and fog, and turned around to dash home for my camera. To-do list forgotten, my young companion and I had higher priorities.
We needed to go for a walk in the snow.
The roads were a little muddy. Good thing we were wearing our boots.
This little boy will be so sad when the snowplows are finished for the season, but end it will. Already, spring changes are apparent in the park.
The ponds have melted.
Bits of green are beginning to show.
We even have a few early blooms.
I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to sit outdoors for a while.