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R&R at Oregon Ridge Park

by Ariana Perez October 8, 2021

As temperatures begin to drop, you may catch an extra whiff of an autumn scent in the air. The kind that makes you daydream of walking in a park, admiring a golden sunset that brings to life the vibrant red, orange, and brown leaves.

It’s the crisp air of autumn that tickles my face and the crunching leaves under my feet that indicate this might be the best season to go hiking and…

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Paddling the Mattaponi River

by Kenny Fletcher September 30, 2021

Some rivers are so peaceful and unspoiled, you almost don’t want to spread the word, but the exception is  the Mattaponi River above Aylett, Virginia. This rare stretch of undeveloped coastal plain river is one of those places that just calms and relaxes as you float along.

I’ve made many great memories along the Mattaponi at Zoar State Forest, a 40 minute drive northeast of Richmond. There’s the sunny December day my wife and I paddled…

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Foraging and Fossiling in Nanjemoy Wildlife Management Area

by Saki September 22, 2021

The forecast did not call for rain, but my friends and I arrived at the Nanjemoy Wildlife Management Area (WMA) parking lot in a downpour.  Hoping it would pass, we walked about a mile along a scenic, wide trail through the woods to the beach and commenced looking for shark teeth.  Almost immediately, I spotted one that I showed my group so they’d know what to look for, and soon everyone was finding…

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Exploring the Nanticoke from Vienna to Seaford

by John Page Williams September 13, 2021

Nanta-What? NantiCOKE? Oh, yeah, I think that’s the name of that river we cross on the high bridge halfway between Cambridge and Salisbury.  Never took much notice of it.  Why should we?

Rivers mark time in millennia.  At that scale, the Nanticoke has held to its current course for roughly three of them.  In that time, how many bald eagles and ospreys has it seen?  How many Atlantic sturgeon have made spawning runs up its mainstem and its…

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A Day at Picturesque, Historic Betterton Beach

by Julie Dieguez September 5, 2021

As warm weekends beckon vacation-seeking Marylanders to the sun, sand and waves of Ocean City and surrounding beaches, summer rolls on…but traffic often does not.  Particularly in recent years, most of us have become painfully familiar with the frustration of stop-and-go travel to the Bay Bridge as throngs of vacationers crawl slowly toward their ocean destination. Once over the bridge itself, drivers steel themselves for at least another two hours of travel…

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Almost Heaven: Lost River, West Virginia

by Jeff August 12, 2021

This West Virginia park near the remote hamlet of Mathias features 3,934 acres of forest, 23 miles of hiking and bridle trails and 26 cabins, many of which were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps. I visited earlier this summer with my favorite hiking companion, Millie the Labrador retriever. Well, she’s sort of Lab-ish, anyway. She’s a 50-pound rescue who loves exploring the woods as much as I do.

We discovered that Lost River…

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