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From the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Chesapeake Bay, Virginia is a mecca for outdoor travel and adventure. Virginia Outdoor Adventures Podcast brings listeners stories and recommendations from leaders and influencers across the Virginia outdoor community. Get the information and the inspiration to plan your own adventure, right here in Virginia. Join Virginia Outdoor Adventures Host, Jessica Bowser, as guests discuss destinations, activities, trails, gear, and the best local flavors in every region of the Commonwealth. Let's Go! www.virginiaoutdooradventures.com

From the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Chesapeake Bay, Virginia is a mecca for outdoor travel and adventure. Virginia Outdoor Adventures Podcast brings listeners stories and recommendations from leaders and influencers across the Virginia outdoor community. Get the information and the inspiration to plan your own adventure, right here in Virginia. Join Virginia Outdoor Adventures Host, Jessica Bowser, as guests discuss destinations, activities, trails, gear, and the best local flavors in every region of the Commonwealth. Let's Go! www.virginiaoutdooradventures.com

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From the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Chesapeake Bay, Virginia is a mecca for outdoor travel and adventure. Virginia Outdoor Adventures Podcast brings listeners stories and recommendations from leaders and influencers across the Virginia outdoor community. Get the information and the inspiration to plan your own adventure, right here in Virginia. Join Virginia Outdoor Adventures Host, Jessica Bowser, as guests discuss destinations, activities, trails, gear, and the best local flavors in every region of the Commonwealth. Let's Go! www.virginiaoutdooradventures.com

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Episodes

22. Hiking McAfee Knob and Virginia’s Triple Crown with Diana Christopulos I Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club

1/11/2022
“The actual day-to-day maintenance of the trail is almost 100% done by volunteers. We need to take good care of it for ourselves and for future generations.” -Diana Christopulos Often referred to as “one of the most spectacular hikes in the US,” McAfee Knob attracts hikers from across the world and is one of the most photographed spots on the entire Appalachian Trail. Former Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club President, Diana Christopulos, shares everything you need to know before hitting the...

Duration:00:44:58

21. Mountain Biking with Thomas Jenkins I Co-Owner, Shenandoah Bicycle Company

12/28/2021
“We always joke about whether we spend more time riding or hanging out in the parking lot, eating and drinking. But that’s the mountain biking community, and that’s the Virginia outdoors. It’s about people.” – Thomas Jenkins, Shenandoah Bicycle Company Virginia has earned bragging rights as one of the best places for mountain biking on the east coast. From the well-maintained slopes of Massanutten to over 100 miles of backcountry trails within George Washington National Forest,...

Duration:00:38:04

20. Thru-Hiking with Kristen Musselman I Chief Hiking Officer, Devils Backbone Brewing Company

12/14/2021
“Some of the things that continue to draw me back to the outdoors are the connections I make with others, which tend to be richer when I'm connecting with them outside. The connections I make with myself tend to be more introspective and fuller when I'm outside, and the spiritual connections I have with nature are things my eyes are significantly more open to when I'm lacking the distractions of the front country.” -Kristen Musselman, Chief Hiking Officer Imagine your outdoor dream job. It...

Duration:00:55:19

19. Season 2 Trailer with Brian Bell from Keep Virginia Cozy

11/30/2021
In this Season 2 Trailer, Brian Bell, Founder of Keep Virginia Cozy, joins me for a sneak peek into upcoming episodes of Virginia Outdoor Adventures. Follow VAOA Podcast: Website I Facebook I Instagram I Twitter Support the show: Buy Me A Coffee Mentioned in this Episode: Connect with Brian Bell and Keep Virginia Cozy: Website I Facebook I Instagram Episode 1 with Brian Bell Episode 3 with Phil Riggan Episode 4 with Donna Shaunesey Episode 8 with RVA Hiker Girl Episode 13 with Lynn...

Duration:00:36:45

18. BONUS EPISODE with She Opts Out

11/16/2021
Hi, Friends. Jessica here, Host of Virginia Outdoor Adventures, coming to you with a bonus episode. But before I get to that, I have exciting news about Season 2. Stay tuned for an announcement about a launch date for the second season in the upcoming weeks. My friend and keeper of the outdoors, Brian Bell from Keep Virginia Cozy, sat down with me to record a trailer where we reveal a sneak peek into upcoming episodes of Virginia Outdoor Adventures. Keep an eye on my Instagram page...

Duration:00:44:54

Season 2 of VAOA Podcast Coming Soon!

4/28/2021
Thanks for joining us for the first season of Virginia Outdoor Adventures Podcast. We'll be taking a short production break to meet with future guests but we’ll be back with more adventure stories and recommendations from across the commonwealth in Season 2. We would love to hear your suggestions for guests or topics to cover in the future. Please contact us by email at jessica@virginiaoutdooradventures.com or connect with us on social media. In the meantime, stay in touch with updates,...

Duration:00:00:53

17. Hiking and Photographing SNP with Larry W. Brown I Author of 'Guide to Waterfalls of Shenandoah National Park'

4/13/2021
“It gives you a sense of accomplishment to go places where few have ever ventured. For those of us with an adventurous spirit, that's what we live for. I wanted to leave something behind, a legacy of sorts, for the current and next generation of wilderness explorers and waterfall chasers like myself.” -Larry W. Brown, Guide to Waterfalls of Shenandoah National Park Shenandoah National Park has attracted wilderness explorers and waterfall chasers for generations. The park is best known for...

Duration:00:52:34

16. Creating an Outdoor Space for Women of Color with Shara and Nicole I Founders, Black Girls Hike RVA

3/30/2021
“When you realize tomorrow is not promised, you want to experience things that are just not tangible, like having peace and love and connection. You can have that when you go outdoors. I feel like we have grown so much because of the spiritual connection that women can have when we go out on trails.” -Black Girls Hike RVA The outdoors are for everyone. Shara and Nicole, two friends and educators, noticed a lack of diversity on the trails and wanted to provide opportunities for everyone to...

Duration:00:56:06

15. Backyard Adventuring and Edible Landscaping with Cory Suter, Suters Glen Permaculture Farm

3/16/2021
“What I enjoy most about the farming lifestyle is being close to the Earth. Being outside helps us relax. The more we learn how to work with nature instead of trying to dominate nature, the happier and healthier both will be. We can receive better nutrition from the soil, but also we can be a society where we value what the soil feeds us and we give back to the Earth.” - Cory Suter, Suters Glen Permaculture Farm What type of adventure awaits in your own backyard? Cory Suter, a...

Duration:00:53:17

14. Empowering the 'Wiser Female Adventurer' with Linda and Mandi I Founders, She Opts Out

3/2/2021
“I love to just be outside. It fills my bucket, keeps me creative and recenters me. Life is busy and there's always going to be challenges in our lives. So it's really nice to unplug, disconnect, take some deep breaths, listen to the breeze, and find another way to channel ourselves.” -Mandi, She Opts Out Linda and Mandi are empowering the “Wiser Female Adventurer” by building an inclusive community of women who are connecting with the outdoors to support physical and mental health. She...

Duration:00:47:15

13. Endless Outdoor Rec Opportunities on Shenandoah Mountain with Lynn Cameron I Co-Chair, Friends of Shenandoah Mountain

2/16/2021
“People say, ‘I had no idea how special this area was’ and they appreciate learning about it. It's easy to take for granted what's in your backyard and not realize just how special it is.” - Lynn Cameron, Friends of Shenandoah Mountain Shenandoah Mountain is one of the largest tracks of wild land in the eastern United States. Located west of the Shenandoah Valley on the state line in the George Washington National Forest, Shenandoah Mountain is an ideal location for outdoor recreation...

Duration:00:59:14

12. Inspiring a Love of Nature with Kevin Divins, Virginia Master Naturalist

2/2/2021
“Every little thing has a purpose, even a microorganism in the water. Understanding how everything is connected has given me a better appreciation of nature.” – Kevin Divins, Virginia Master Naturalist Who inspired your love of nature? Today’s guest, Kevin Divins, inspires others as a certified Virginia Master Naturalist, a statewide corps of community-based volunteers who help conserve and manage natural resources and public lands. Kevin explains how understanding the natural world...

Duration:00:58:28

11. This Isn't Your Grandfather's Pastime. Fly Fishing with Ethan Martin I Owner, TaleTellers Fly Shop

1/19/2021
“Most people want to leave the world better than they found it. It's about equipping people to be able to do that. As a shop, we're kind of like a gatekeeper. There's all sorts of little things that when we do them right, lead to conservation.” -Ethan Martin, TaleTellers Fly Shop This isn’t your grandfather’s pastime. Today’s guest is using a hobby to unite outdoor enthusiasts, protect natural spaces and build community. Ethan Martin is the owner of TaleTellers Fly Shop in downtown...

Duration:01:08:04

10. Gearing Up for an Outdoor Adventure with Michelle Millben, Outdoor Enthusiast

1/5/2021
“I don't want anyone to think you have to purchase all these things to be a part of a community of people who are enjoying the outdoors. You don’t need to buy a bunch of stuff to enjoy all of the beauty Virginia has to offer. But for me, making this investment is useful because it's not just a hobby or an activity, it's now my lifestyle.” – Michelle Millben, Outdoor Enthusiast How do YOU plan to adventure in the New Year? Today’s guest, Michelle Millben, has resolved to spend more time in...

Duration:00:42:18

9. Bird is the Word with Matt Felperin I Roving Naturalist, NOVA Parks

12/22/2020
“Being outside is really important for our mental and physical health. Birding is a great way to get out and see something new. I really love getting into the stories of how I find some of these crazy rare birds or unusual birds because it's really about the adventure. And because birds fly, you never know what you're going to get.” – Matt Felperin, Nova Rover Today’s episode comes with a warning - you may get hooked. Birding has recently surged in popularity as people crave safe engagement...

Duration:01:20:03

8. Trip Planning and Trail Recommendations with Jacqueline I YouTuber, RVA Hiker Girl

12/8/2020
“Hiking is nature therapy for me. It's my way to refocus, recharge and re-center myself. It really does make me a better person, a better mom, a better friend, because I'm able to get out there and get away from it all.” -RVA Hiker Girl Known by her trail name, RVA Hiker Girl, Jacqueline is an avid hiker and backpacker who documents her adventures on YouTube as a resource for those who are interested in exploring Virginia. Jacqueline gets real about her experiences outdoors, including the...

Duration:00:56:48

7. 9,000 Acres of Public Land and Outdoor Rec on the Mason Neck Peninsula with Scott Stroh I Executive Director, Gunston Hall

11/24/2020
“One of the hallmarks of Mason Neck is that it provides such great opportunities for recreation and outdoor adventures but also really provides that restful, nurturing experience that is so critical to our connection with the outdoors and so critical to our community and our society. It's a wonderful place and a very special place.” -Scott Stroh, Gunston Hall Mason Neck Peninsula in Fairfax County is an outdoor oasis, providing opportunities for hiking, cycling, boating, fishing, kayaking,...

Duration:00:53:35

6. Adaptive Outdoor Sports with Kyle Hitzelberg, Sportable

11/10/2020
“It’s their basic human right to have access to opportunities in these sports. It's something the abled-body community often takes for granted, that we have access to almost any recreational opportunity. Whereas, for a lot of our athletes, our programs are that one opportunity.” - Kyle Hitzelberg, Sportable Today’s guest, Kyle Hitzelberg, believes his love of sports and the outdoors should be an experience accessible to everyone. Kyle works with athletes with physical disabilities and...

Duration:00:43:51

5. Bikepacking and Bike Safety with Brantley Tyndall, Bike Walk RVA

10/20/2020
“You cross the state line into Virginia and there’s that kind of magic Appalachian feel that I crave all the time when I want to go out and ride. Virginia is a magical place and I will tell people that forever.” -Brantley Tyndall, Bike Walk RVA Brantley Tyndall completed the Trans Am Bike Race, a 4,191 mile ride across the United States. The ultra-endurance cyclist shares stories from his journey across ten states, including what it was like to complete the race right here in Virginia....

Duration:01:07:15

4. Overnight Kayaking and Backpacking with Donna Shaunesey, Solo Adventurer

9/15/2020
“We hear a lot about how bad things are in the world. So when you go out and see things that are still happening - the birds are still singing and these little creatures are still out here running around - it gives you the strength to keep going and, also, it gives you a lot of joy.” - Donna Shaunesey, Solo Adventurer Today’s guest, Donna Shaunesey, has been kayak camping and backpacking on her own for over thirty years. Her solo, multi-day trips on Virginia’s rivers, marshes, and swamps...

Duration:00:45:06