2016 Summer Trip travel blog

Our campsites at Bull Run Regional Park and Campground


Afternoon reception for Charlie's graduation & birthday



George Mason Auditorium prior to commencement ceremony

Charlie walking in

Charlie (red collar/red arrow) looking to see where his family was sitting

Class of 2016, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology

Charlie gets his diploma

Reaction after announcement that it was Charlie's Birthday

Post graduate picture - Tim, Charlie, Vicki & Jon (L-R)


We left W VA enroute to the northern VA area arriving at Bull Run Regional Park and Campground, Centreville, VA. Bull Run is a very large county park that I estimate at 5 sq miles just south of I-66 and east of historic site of the Battle of Bull Run. The campground itself is 2 miles deep into the park and has 150 sites with about ¾ of them being either full hookup or electric & water sites. The majority of the sites are pull through paralleling the paved roads. Sites are relatively level and graveled. There is a camp store, a dump station, some rental cabins, a large playground and bathhouse with laundry room.

The park has 6 soccer fields, a skeet, trap and sporting clays shooting range, indoor archery range, a number of play areas, a special event center, a civil war exhibit, a dozen picnic shelters with numerous other unsheltered picnic areas, a disc golf course, a very large water park, 3 formal walking trails and one equestrian trail. The park is bounded by the Bull Run River/stream on the south and west sides and bisected by the Cub Run stream. It is a great base camp for visiting DC except that public transportation is some miles away. The park is extremely busy on weekend with entry traffic sometimes backed up for blocks. The campground is spacious and even when full is peaceful.

With both daughters living in the DC area for 20+ years, Sharon & I visited, in the past, all the sites and sights that were of interest to us so this DC area visit was a ‘family visit’ to see youngest daughter Vicki, her husband Jon and my 3 grandchildren, Tim, Charlie and Juliana. Deb sold her home over the winter and no longer lives in the area now full timing in her RV and based out of Sioux Falls, SD – the same home base that Sharon and I had for the last 10 years or so of our full timing. As we have had since we left FL in April, Deb and I have adjacent campsites. After this stop though, she and I will be parting ways in our travels.

Jon travels 50% + of the time overseas as a private contractor to the State Department and was gone for most of the visit. He returned home on the 16th after a 6 week swing to Singapore, Melbourne, Perth, Dhaka (Bangladesh), and Doha (Qatar). He arrived in time to attend Charlie’s high school graduation and birthday festivities on the 18th. Jet lagged, Jon had no trouble staying up late. Charlie, as had Tim before him, graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (rated as the #1 high school in the country by Newsweek - excuse a grandparent for bragging). In addition to graduating on Saturday, the 18th, it was also Charlie’s birthday so it was a big day including an afternoon reception for him. Charlie will be attending the University of Oklahoma this fall.

Enjoyed getting to see Tim also who was home for the summer from the University of Georgia in Athens, GA. Juliana spent a good deal of time studying for her sophomore exams at Centreville HS. She also had a season end dance recital on Saturday, both as a participant and instructor. Unfortunately couldn’t be at the graduation and recital at the same time and Juliana graciously excused us all. Vicki, as usual, is very busy when Jon is gone weeks at a time but still prepared some delicious home cooked meals for us – always good and, for me, unusual recipes.

Leave tomorrow (Tues) morning. Next planned stop will be in west Michigan and then there will be no real advance planning - in other words I’ll wander, until early August when I have a two week lakeside stay in northern Minnesota.

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