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With binoculars we could see flocks of snow geese and tundra swans in the distance, and Canada geese flying in formation overhead, along with a pair of young eagles cavorting about.
Columbia, Maryland is a planned community renowned for its walking and biking paths. The Patuxent Branch Trail, which runs from Lake Elkhorn to Savage Park, follows the scenic Little Patuxent River and has an interesting story to tell.
Beginning as a trickle, the top 12 miles of the Patuxent River run through the 6,700 acres of forest and farmland that comprise Patuxent River State Park.
As I rounded a bend, I appeared to have inexplicably landed in the mountainous wildlands of the American West. Looming ahead was Seneca Rocks, an absolutely stunning rock formation towering impossibly high, its sheer face of gray rock painted here and there with a crayon box of trees in full autumn glory.
From American Indian rhyolite quarries to charcoal and iron industrial ruins, Catoctin reflects our nation’s history in one small location. And oh, those beautiful vistas!
Mid-September to mid-October is the peak, when the frenzied hawk migration is at full throttle and you can see more than a thousand birds in a day. But migration is happening all the time, every day. As the season shifts from summer to winter, the bird species and stories change.
My latest adventure took me to Oregon Ridge Park and Nature Center in Cockeysville, Maryland. The park encompasses 1,043 acres of open space and many family-fun features.
There are few places in our region where you can paddle for miles along a blackwater river without seeing development of any kind. While word about this amazing river hasn’t spread too far, paddlers who make the trip will not be disappointed.
Shark teeth weren’t the only fossils I gathered. I picked up a few pieces of ray dental plates, and some turritella gastropod molds. At Mallows Creek I saw wild rice, American persimmon, paw paw fruit, and arrow arum.
Read about the Nanticoke River and hear her stories. Then watch closely and listen when you visit in your boat of choice.
Hidden less than an hour from the Bay Bridge on the Eastern Shore, lies the “Jewel of the Chesapeake,” the charming tiny historic town of Betterton Beach, featuring an expansive Bayside beach kissed by jellyfish-free waves and offering plenty of opportunities for swimming, sun-bathing, fishing and relaxation in a quiet, picturesque setting.
From the trail that follows meandering Howard’s Lick amidst towering hemlocks, to the scenic panorama of five counties viewable from Cranny Crow Overlook at 3,200 feet, Lost River State Park is well worth the trip.
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