#mypubliclandsroadtrip stops by Meadowood, Virginia, on the way to Washington, D.C.

The Mason Neck peninsula, approximately 18 miles south of Washington, D.C., is also the site of Gunston Hall - historic home of George Mason IV, author of the Virginia Bill of Rights. Additional public lands on Mason Neck include the Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Mason Neck State Park, and Pohick Bay Regional Park.

Also nearby, the BLM manages the 800-acre Meadowood Special Recreation Management Area for recreation, environmental education, and wild horse and burro interpretation. The Meadowood Trail System includes dynamic  multiple use trails for horseback riding, hiking and mountain biking–making it the perfect stop to recreate on your way to tour the Nation’s Capitol.

Habitat is provided for migratory and resident waterfowl, bald eagle, nesting, feeding, and roosting, and enhancement of species diversity for a variety of wildlife, including blue heron, wood ducks, wood ducks, screech owls, bluebirds, and tree frogs.


“In the aftermath to come, Americans should remain vigilant of the mainstream media’s tendency to blame-both-sides equally, regardless of the lopsided casualties of police violence. And whether or not Americans will agree or disagree with Johnson’s actions should not be the question we explore most. Focusing on his actions alone is a convenient diversionary tactic which enables America’s white supremacist power structure to delegitimize his anger and sweep the issue of state terror back under the rug. Instead, we should ask how are we going to communicate to police officers that if they wish ever again to be secure from the consequences of their violence, their top priority must be to stop terrorizing black and brown communities. That if they truly desire their own safety, they will first have to stop murdering people  —  or else more chickens, inevitably, will come home to roost.”

– Dallas Shooting: Where Peaceful Existence is Impossible, Violence is Inevitable



See this chick, it will be three weeks old tomorrow. Its mom also pictured has been great, but she’s already has the chick nesting with her about 30′ feet up on an old oak tree for over a week! I still have no idea how she gets the baby up there with her, or back down, but she does. These are feral birds that come and hang out at my place so I’m very live and let live with them, but WOW! Can you imagine a 3 week old chicken chick roosting 30 feet up in a tree? Have you experienced this?

I lured the baby over with mealworms, about 10 seconds after I took this the hens came running over, blocked the peachick and ate them ALL. Chickens, whatcha gonna do?