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Jonathan arrived at the Lake Anna State Park campground (site #35) on Friday evening to attend a series of kayaking classes
sponsored by the Chesapeake Paddlers Association. Kathy and Jim arrived on Saturday afternoon about 5:20pm.

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Following Kathy and Jim's arrival, Jonathan spent some time recovering in camp from his long day of “wet exits” and kayak re-boardings.
Meanwhile, Kathy and Jim explored the Lake Anna Marina area. The yellow dotted line above shows the route of our 3-mile walk.

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The public restrooms near the marina

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A very nice electronic information kiosk stands near the Visitor Center

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The Visitor Center building, which had not yet opened for the season

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The day is cool, with rains yet to come

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The sandy wading and swimming beach near the marina

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The beach rules and regs

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The well-maintained concession area was likewise not yet open for the season

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The lake offers excellent fishing opportunities

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As we hiked the Fisherman's Trail, we noticed this fresh beaver project

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Later, we came upon a large group of search and rescue personnel conducting a drill near the Fisherman's Trail picnic area

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Equipment included an impressive radio antenna array, powered by gasoline generators

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The Civil Air Patrol was among the groups participating in the drill

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On the return leg of our hike, we spotted a family of birds enjoying this luxery condo

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A satellite view of Saturday's walk

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Before returning, we covered just over 3 miles, with elevation gains and losses totaling about 840 feet

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Earlier in the day, Jonathan took photos of the CPA camping area on the grounds of a private residence located on the western shore of Lake Anna

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Most of the class participatants were sheltered in this tent cirty

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An impressive array of participant kayaks

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Most of the kayaks were of the large, sea-going variety

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After a night of rain (heavy at times) the weather cleared on Sunday morning

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Under sunny skies, Jon returned to the CPA event while Kathy and Jim hiked more of the nearby trails.
Our route is shown above by the red dotted line.

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The end of the green-blazed Glenora Trail offers a beautiful view of Lake Anna that we shared with a family of mountain bikers

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Kathy pauses as we return northward

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An old smokehouse exhibit near the Big Trees trail intersection

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For time reasons, we decide to forego the Cedar Run loop and instead, turned north from the Big Woods Trail onto the Turkey Run Trail

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On the Sawtooth Trail, we came upon the former site of a local sawmill

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The state park trails are wide, well-maintained, and easy to follow.
The Sawtooth Trail even includes a newly-installed fitness course.

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A satellite view of Sunday's hike

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During our 2½ hour walk, we covered about 5 miles, with 965 feet of elevation gains and losses

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We broke camp just after 2:00pm, then departed the park at 2:15pm for the 1½ hour drive home

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