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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

31. Rock Climbing in Breaks Park and Southwest Virginia with Brad Mathisen and Kyle King, Central Appalachia Climbers Coalition

5/17/2022
“You can climb a route to the top and get this incredible view of the gorge. There’s a feeling of grandeur and wilderness, even though you're extremely close to all the amenities in the park. That's one of the things that makes it a unique place. At one point it feels easy and accessible, and on the other hand, still really wild and out in nature and adventurous.” -Brad Mathisen, Central Appalachia Climbers Coalition Tucked away in a remote corner of Southwest Virginia on the Kentucky...

Duration:01:00:37

30. Paddling Virginia's Coastal Region with Laura Scharle, Virginia Water Trails

5/3/2022
“Every time I go paddling, I am completely mesmerized. To be on the beach or in the marsh and not hear or see a single sign of human life, it's just this wow factor that I can't get over.” - Laura Scharle, Virginia Water Trails Where can you experience blue crabs foraging in saltwater marshes, turtles basking in quiet creeks, long-legged wading birds stalking in tall grasses, an historic lighthouse on an isolated island, dolphins leaping between the waves, or watermen bringing in the catch...

Duration:01:00:33

29. Great Hikes in Virginia with Erin Gifford, Founder of Go Hike Virginia

4/19/2022
“We want our kids to get outside and revel in nature. To get kids to put down the devices, we need to offer them something truly amazing. In Virginia, we can.” -Erin Gifford, Go Hike Virginia Are you dreaming of the perfect hike that will make everyone in your family happy? Erin Gifford is the founder of GoHikeVirginia.com, a site where hikers can find detailed information about trails across the commonwealth. Erin has been writing about travel and the outdoors for more than a decade. Her...

Duration:00:57:47

28. Exploring Scenic Virginia with Online Influencer, Sunshine Solimen, and her dog, Sancho

4/5/2022
“When the pandemic happened, I did what I have always wanted to do… I got my dog, Sancho, and then I set my Instagram page to ‘public.’ I love traveling and sharing my travel experiences, and I love the feeling that I get when I'm outside exploring. I want people to experience what it is like to travel to beautiful places in Virginia.” -Sunshine Solimen, @withsunshinesol Sunshine Solimen is one of the most popular online influencers in the Virginia outdoor community. Her gorgeous photos...

Duration:00:57:56

27. Hiking, Cycling, and Paddling the Virginia Nature Triathlon with Senator Tim Kaine

3/22/2022
“The James River is where American history began...Skyline Drive, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the Appalachian Trail are all such quintessential Virginia journeys. They were built to give hard-working, everyday people a place to go and get in touch with the grandeur of nature.” -Senator Tim Kaine Perhaps you’ve heard of the Colorado Fourteeners Challenge or New York’s Adirondack 46er Challenge. Could Virginia have a similar outdoor quest? US Senator Tim Kaine believes we should. An avid...

Duration:00:42:49

26. Elizabeth River Trail with Kindra McDonald Greene, Executive Director I Elizabeth River Trail Foundation

3/8/2022
“The trail can get you from one hidden gem to another, highlighting the best of what the city has to offer, and that is what I think is so special about it. We are creating a world class asset that is a source of local pride. We are embracing what makes us unique here in Norfolk.” -Kindra McDonald Greene, Elizabeth River Trail Foundation Scenic views, historic sites, museums, restaurants, breweries, and cafes are just a few of the many attractions to explore on Norfolk’s Elizabeth River...

Duration:00:46:56

25. Good Fire with Sam Lopez, Wildlife Area Manager I Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources

2/22/2022
“‘Good Fire’ is a tool that allows us to preserve the beautiful and pristine landscapes we have in Virginia so we can continue to enjoy the outdoors, wildlife, and connecting to nature, now and for the next generation.” -Sam Lopez, Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources Have you ever taken a stroll through a wildflower meadow with explosive colors, buzzing, and bird song? Or have you ever hiked through the understory of a forest looking for wildlife or connecting with nature? You may...

Duration:00:47:21

24. Paddleboarding, Hiking, and Van Life with James Gregory, The Ethnic Explorer

2/8/2022
“My dream is to build a more inclusive outdoor community. I want to inspire other people of color to get out there and explore.” -James Gregory, The Ethnic Explorer Diversifying the face of the outdoors…that’s the motivation behind the creative work of outdoor influencer, James Gregory, also known as The Ethnic Explorer. James is an avid outdoorsman and is most often found hiking the forests of Charlotte County, backpacking in the Blue Ridge Mountains, or paddleboarding on Kerr Lake, known...

Duration:00:45:49

23. There's Something for Everyone in a Virginia State Park with Tim Kennell, President I Virginia Association for Parks

1/25/2022
“If you love a state park, it pays to speak out and support it. It's going to take all of us to make sure that our elected representatives hear how important state parks are to us, and how we want to make sure that they continue to be accessible for future generations. Everyone coming together can make a difference.” -Tim Kennell, Virginia Association for Parks Virginia State Parks represent the best of Virginia’s natural diversity while providing amenities, programs, and activities for...

Duration:00:47:00

22. Hiking McAfee Knob and Virginia’s Triple Crown with Diana Christopulos, 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, Co-Owner of 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, Chief Hiking Officer I 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