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A Winter's Day at Eastern Neck Island

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.

January 18, 2022

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The Patuxent Branch Trail

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.

January 17, 2022

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Exploring Patuxent River State Park and Its Mighty River

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.

November 29, 2021

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Exploring the Soaring Cliffs of Seneca Rocks

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.

November 19, 2021

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Hiking Through the History and Geology of Catoctin Mountain Park

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!

November 3, 2021

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Kiptopeke: A Migration Superhighway

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.

October 28, 2021

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R&R at Oregon Ridge Park

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.

October 8, 2021

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Paddling the Mattaponi River

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.

September 30, 2021

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Foraging and Fossiling in Nanjemoy Wildlife Management Area

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.

September 22, 2021

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Exploring the Nanticoke from Vienna to Seaford

Read about the Nanticoke River and hear her stories. Then watch closely and listen when you visit in your boat of choice.

September 13, 2021

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A Day at Picturesque, Historic Betterton Beach

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.

September 5, 2021

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Almost Heaven: Lost River, West Virginia

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.

August 12, 2021

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