• Fort Lee,  Hikes

    James River National Wildlife Refuge

    For most military folks who have been stationed in Deutschland, nothing compares to Deutschland.  Heading out every weekend to hike another 1,000 year old castle ruin.  Heck, heading out after dinner to hike a neighborhood 1,000 caste ruin before the sun sets!  Ahh, to be back in my little village nestled below Kallmunz. But we are here now in Fort Lee, Virginia.   And I explained to the children, while we may not have thousands of years of history surrounding us, we do have unbelievable Civil War sites.  As for the natural surroundings, the flatness of eastern Virginia is a little hard for this Vermonter.  I catch myself when I call…

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    Fall Festival at Richlands Dairy Farm

    Forty-two minutes. Far enough away to feel you are leaving Fort Lee behind and getting out in the country but close enough you wont think twice about loading the kids in the car.  So why not head out to the last Fall Festival weekend at Richlands Dairy Farm in Blackstone, Virginia? Most of us first learned about Richlands in summer 2021 when a video of one of the owners went viral on social media.  The farm and associated businesses are owned and run by a brother and his wife, a sister and their parents.  The brother spoke in the video of possibly losing their homes or farm due to the…

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    Military Discounts

    Below is a partial list of businesses, some offering discounts for military families and some that do not. Please note those businesses listed as not offering a military discount is not done to shame the business but simply to educate military families when deciding where to spend their limited financial resources.  If we simply failed to list the business it would leave you wondering if they did not do a military discount or we simply didn’t know if they did a military discount.  By including them on this list, we can definitively state whether they offer a discount. Please remember discounts for military families should never be expected but appreciated…