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November 30, 2018


Billy Goat Challenge
Enjoy a challenging eight-mile hike along the Potomac River from Carderock with the Sierra Club. An Instagram-perfect hike along Billy Goat Trails "A" and "C." But even this roughly 8-mile hike along the Potomac River is not for newbies, slowpokes, or acrophobes. Billy Goat A is famous for its boulder scrambles and a short scamper along a cliff. "C" entails more dirt trails than rock scrambles, but they…

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Mount Vernon by Candlelight

by Debbie Brown Driscoll December 7, 2018

I cannot think of a more wonderful way to begin the holiday season than to be transported back in time to the festive world of  Mount Vernon. Located ten miles south of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, it was an easy 50-minute drive from Annapolis. Bill and I were excited to be attending the Mount Vernon by candlelight specialty tour.

Once inside the beautifully-decorated Ford Orientation Center, volunteers presented us with a business…

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From the Field

That's a Wrap: Chesapeake Roving Ranger Season Comes to a Close!

by Patrick Smith December 4, 2018

As of December 1, the 2018 Chesapeake Roving Ranger tour of the watershed has come to a close. Sporting a new look, the Ranger hit the road in June, visiting parks, events, festivals, and participating education programs. 

This year we kicked off the season by introducing Michael and Stephanie as partnership staff to represent the Chesapeake Conservancy and National Park Service and to crew the Ranger. We welcomed nearly 3,500 visitors to our mobile…

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Immerse Yourself in the Fascinating Life of Harriet Tubman

by Debbie Brown Driscoll November 28, 2018

“I never ran my train off the track, and I never lost a passenger.” – Harriet Tubman

If I had the ability to bring one person back from the past and spend time with, it would be Harriet Tubman. History classes touched on the importance of Tubman and the Underground Railroad in rescuing slaves in the mid-1800s, but none of them prepared me for the truly amazing woman I came to know at the…

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Riding the Towpath: A Natural vs. Man-Made Continuum

by Joe Schlag November 19, 2018

I embarked on my first towpath ride on Saturday, July 29, planning to ride from Georgetown to Cumberland over a week’s time. This was not my first time going long-distance on the towpath, as I participated in the Sierra Club’s 50 mile walk from Washington, D.C. to Harpers Ferry, WV when I was a decade younger. But this was my first time traversing the miles by bike.

I was looking forward to this…

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Greenbelt National Park, a Suburban Haven with History

by Melody Schreiber October 23, 2018

Greenbelt is perhaps best known for its metro stop and its proximity to College Park, MD. But visitors to those two places may not know of the lush park winding through the center of the town – and the fascinating history of both the town and the park.

In 1933, the United States was in dire straits. The stock market crash of 1929 led to enormous economic and social upheaval, and 10.5…

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