Friday, August 9, 2013

Bull Run Regional Park, Manassas, VA

When? August 3 - 4, 2013
Where? Bull Run Regional Park, Manassas, VA
Cost? $39.22 (after taxes & all)/night (Jurisdiction)
Hookups? Full
Type? Pull-thru
Site #? 110
Check in? 1pm
Check out? 11am
Characters? Heather & Jon
Weather? 80s during the day, 60s at night

We visited Bull Run back in April and really enjoyed it. It's close enough for a quick trip - which is exactly what we were looking for. We've been itching to get back in the trailer. We had a trip planned a few weeks ago to Greenville Farm Campground, but Jon ended up with a cold and we decided it wasn't worth it. We'll be heading there at some point!

One reason we love Bull Run is that there always seems to be availability. We called the Wednesday before the trip and were able to get a pull through, full hookup site (site 110). 

Saturday, I had to work in the morning. After I was done, we headed to the trailer, hooked up, and got on the road. We pulled into Bull Run right around 1:30pm. Got checked in pretty quickly and headed in to the site. We should've come around the other direction to pull in easier, but that was on us. Oops! Lesson learned for next time. 

We got all set up outside and then got to work on the inside. After we were done, we started working on installing the BAL stability pads we bought for the stabilizer jacks. Two of them fit with no modifications needed, the other two, we'll need to figure out.

All set up
Stabilizer jacks
Hole for pin to hold the stabilizer pad
Stabilizer pad installed
After getting everything cleaned up, and checking out the weather, we decided to head out on a short hike. It looked like it may or may not rain, but we figured we'd chance it. Just outside of the campground is the Bull Run - Occoquan Trail. I didn't realize that the trail actually runs 17.5 miles one way! Needless to say, we weren't going to hike the entire thing. It intersects with the Bluebell Trail, so we figured we'd pick that trail back up and head back to the campgrounds. 

The terrain was very flat. The only problem? It was WET. Several of the path bridges were washed out, making for some crazy footing and a lot of mosquitos. Even with the bug spray, we were getting eaten up. This was probably one of the most unpleasant "hikes" we've done.

So much standing water everywhere

You can't see them all that well, but we were being watched by 2 deer
Oh thank goodness! Now we can go back!
How in the world are we supposed to get around that?!

After our hike, we headed back to camp to relax for a bit.

Eventually, it was time to make dinner. I had prepped Chipotle Burgers at home and we just needed to grill them up. We also made some roasted baby red potatoes & grilled nectarines on the side. While we were making dinner, Jon made a fire so that we could enjoy it later. 

All of the fixins for the burgers
Jon working the grill for a few minutes
Nectarines with olive oil & honey to grill
And... dinner is served!
After cleaning up dinner, we sat next to the fire and chilled. I love sitting next to campfires. The only thing that was missing was more people. There's something about a campfire that makes you want a ton of people telling stories, singing, and all that jazz. Eventually, it was time for dessert, because what's a campfire without s'mores?! 

Jon diggin in
Mmmm, s'mores!
We sat around the fire for a while more, put out the fire, showered, and then headed to bed.

Sunday morning, we got up, ran our 2 mile "long" run for our half marathon training program, cleaned up, changed, and then started packing up. The problem with one night trips is that they're WAY too short! We left right before 11am and sadly took the Lance back to it's storage spot. Looking forward to our next trip!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Stocking the trailer - inside & outside - UPDATE

When we first got the trailer, we did some massive amounts of shopping for the inside and outside of the trailer. Since then, we've done a bit more shopping. Here's what we've been up to:

Velcro dots - Amazon
Swiffer (wet) - Costco or Target
Large utility totes - Thirty one (We put these under the bed where it hangs over)
Mini utility bins - Thirty one (For on the "night stands" next to the bed)
Baby wipes - Costco
Shoe storage - IKEA
Mini broom/dust pan - IKEA
Paper towels - Costco
Paper towel holder - Target
Marshmallow skewers - Amazon

X-chocks - Amazon
Picnic table cloths - Target
BAL Stabilizing Pads - Amazon (square ones)

I'm know there's stuff I'm missing and hopefully Jon will add to this soon.