Exploring Public Lands

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Last weekend, I tried (unsuccessfully) to attend an
astronomy event.  Long story, short, we
failed to read the Northern Virginia Astronomy Club’s website correctly and
landed at a different astronomy event than the one we had had in mind, at a
different state park, which had closed 15 minutes before my compatriots and I
arrived.  Feeling dejected but not
entirely discouraged, we meandered through the roads of rural Virginia, looking for
a place to stargaze.  What we found was a
lot of open country, surrounded by a lot of locked gates. 

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Sky Meadows State Park, our unattained destination.  Photo credit: John Cushing, MyShot, 12/02/2009.

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“Geography Contest Balloon Crosses Ocean to S. Africa”

Students at Collinsville Primary School in Martinsville, Virginia, got a lofty lesson in geography recently when they learned that a balloon released as part of a contest found its way all the way to Plettenberg Bay, South Africa. Teachers speculate that Bermuda trade winds might have carried the balloon over the ocean to the southern tip of the African continent. Read the article and tell … Continue reading “Geography Contest Balloon Crosses Ocean to S. Africa”