A Visit to Kidwell Farm (Frying Pan Farm Park / Fairfax County, VA)

I saw a post on Twitter that Frying Pan Farm Park is re-opened after COVID-19. I have been photographing closed historical sites. An opportunity to visit an open place. Plus the bonus of seeing animals.

Frying Pan Farm Park | Kidwell Farm | 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon, Virginia | 703-437-9101

My first post for this site – The Visitors Center at Frying Pan Farm Park (Herndon, VA)

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Find Travel Buddies

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My wife and I travel together and, we love it! An excellent trip for us is a long drive with a good audio-book and scenic views. We’re over the moon if we have a couple interesting of places to visit and a good meal at the destination. I maintain a list of places to go. When ever we have a weekend with no commitments, we’re in the car going somewhere! It’s about spending quality time together and building memories!

I have a lot of single friends who rarely travel because, well … they’re single. If you’re actively dating, this may not be a problem. Dating and travel go great together in the advanced stages. If you’re not dating and you hate to travel along, then it’s pizza time in front of the TV.

Not married. Not dating. Find travel buddies! I thought I would test my theory that it’s easy to find and make new friends. New friends who like to travel. Meetup.com is a site you can use to find people with the same interests. I set the location to a zip code in Fairfax County, VA and did a search for 25 miles in any direction. I used the search term “day trips.” 249 meetup groups came up! That’s 249 groups of people who sometimes travel together. You can also try a search for “travel,” “weekend getaways” or “weekend adventure.”

Pick a group. Join. Make new friends … and start traveling!

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Are You Guilty of “Wishful” Recycling?

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I live in Fairfax County, Virginia (USA). I follow the county government on Twitter. The county recently did a tweet with a creative term for a vexing program … “wishful recycling.” To quote the tweet, “About 30% of material that passes through local recycling sorting facilities is not recyclable — it’s waste placed in the wrong container or acceptable recyclables contaminated by dirty items. Learn how to stop ‘wishful’ recycling: http://bit.ly/2z8L4bo

I must admit. I’ve seen some interesting stuff in the recycling dumpster at my apartment complex. Using “Wishful recycling” as a non-offensive way to describe the problem I hope gets people to ask the question … “Am I wishful recycling?” Recycling facility workers everywhere will thank you if it does.

Do you know what the five largest “wishful recycling” items are:

  1. Plastic bags
  2. Shredded paper
  3. Tanglers (hoses/hangers/cords)
  4. Styrofoam containers
  5. Dirty diapers

I did some research for this post. Wishful recycling causes real issues at recycling centers. Plastic bags and shredded paper does gum up the equipment. Dirty diapers and food containers (with food still in them) contaminate the material that is recyclable. It drives the workers nuts and reduces the income the local jurisdiction can get for recycled material.

Don’t be a wishful recycler! Spend a few minutes learning what is and IS NOT recyclable? Here are a few articles:

  1. Are You A Wishful Recycler?
  2. Adjusting to New Recycling Realities; 5 Ways You Can Help Stop “Wishful Recycling”
  3. A Simple List of What Can and Cannot Be Recycled
  4. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle (Portal from United States Environmental Protection Agency)

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