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virginia beach, back bay national wildlife refuge, hiking, us fish & wildlife serviceOur third and final “hike” in Virginia Beach was during a visit to the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge. I use the word “hike” loosely since it was more like walking on a series of short boardwalk trails, followed by a longer walk on a gravel road.virginia beach, back bay national wildlife refuge, hiking, us fish & wildlife service, frogNonetheless, we were moving and we were out among wildlife and bugs. Lots of bugs. Did I mention that, by the end of this third hike, I was covered in bug bites even after spraying heavily with DEET-fortified insect repellent and even where my skin was covered with clothes?virginia beach, back bay national wildlife refuge, hiking, us fish & wildlife service, egretBugs aside, Kail and I just appreciated being outside in nature. We didn’t spot any black bears this time around, but saw plenty of turtles, some frogs, egrets, and a river otter.virginia beach, back bay national wildlife refuge, hiking, us fish & wildlife service, river otterOtter.It was peaceful walking along the water and appreciating the conservation efforts of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to protect the wetlands and sand dunes. A couple of the shorter trails led directly to vast stretches of untouched beach — a different scene than the busier Sandbridge resort area of Virginia Beach just a few miles up the road.virginia beach, back bay national wildlife refuge, hiking, us fish & wildlife serviceAnd Sandbridge is generally a much quieter tourism area compared to Virginia Beach’s main oceanfront drag, where the boardwalk is lined with shops and fast food restaurants. (Not that we didn’t also enjoy some beachfront tourism with putt putt and frozen custard.)turtles, virginia beach, back bay national wildlife refuge, hiking, us fish & wildlife serviceHave you ever visited a national wildlife refuge?

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I'm Natasha -- writer, runner and wife to a Foreign Service Officer with USAID. Current location: Frankfurt, Germany.

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