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Annie Tobey is a Richmond-based freelance writer and editor. She is the mother of three - twin sons and a daughter - and enjoys running, hiking, and kayaking.

    Mountains Of Memories

    On this mountain playground, like little ones trying to choose which play structure they’ll visit next at a favorite neighborhood park, families delight in deciding how to enjoy precious time together in one of the most beautiful regions east of…

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    Roanoke Roadtrip

    The long, sonorous call of a train whistle and the hypnotic rhythm of wheels across the seams of the steel rails can capture the attention of a small child and a wise old adult. One may gaze wide-eyed as the…

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    Alive on the Crooked Road

    You may be teaching your kids to stay on the straight and narrow, but you'll be surprised how much fun you'll have traveling together, down the Crooked Road… The musical heritage trail highlights Southwest Virginia's entertaining mountain culture, with old-time,…

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    Take a Hike!

    We were awakened that morning by shuffling sounds outside our tent. Nearby noises are common in a campground so we weren’t concerned, but this time we decided to poke our heads out to investigate. Close to the tent, munching on…

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