I am not a native Marylander, but I have grown to love the Old Line State and the things that make it unique, such as its historic waterman towns. Most have transitioned away from their roots, built museums, redeveloped their waterfront areas, and promoted tourism honoring their past. But one place in particular, Tilghman Island, still embraces a very active waterman culture. Some might say the heart of the island lies on the north…Read More
It was a pleasant afternoon when Virgil and I traveled to Kettle Creek State Park in Leidy Township, Clinton County, one of the prime viewing locations for elk in Pennsylvania. Kettle Creek, a beautiful trout and paddling stream, is a tributary to the West Branch of the Susquehanna. Kettle Creek State Park, nearly 1800 acres, is enveloped in a mountainous and wild valley. The Lower Campground, a pristine camping location for tents,…
They say that the only thing constant is change. Seasonal change was obvious as I launched my kayak at Leonardtown Wharf Park and paddled from the brackish waters of Breton Bay to the scenic, narrow, freshwater sections of McIntosh Run. Over the last few weeks, the sun had become noticeably lower, the days shorter, and the water colder. On the plus side, the autumn colors were brilliant, glowing in various shades of yellow,…Read More
I recently had the pleasure of joining hundreds of women cyclists of all ages, abilities and walks of life who converge annually at the gorgeous Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge for the Wild Goose Chase Bicycle Ride. Originally founded in 2008, this beloved event raises much–needed funds for The Friends of Blackwater. While the ride itself only occurs once a year – chock full of workshops, mouth-watering local food, and rides along scenic…Read More
A curious sound echoed through the woods. I paused for a moment to try to place it, before I realized it was hundreds of honking noises all blending together in a riotous cacophony.
As I walked along the path through the trees, the sound grew louder. Where was it coming from? Finally, through a break in the trees, I spotted hundreds of birds flapping and settling into the water of a…Read More
The first time I paddled on the Anacostia River, it was a mess. It was hard to enjoy the lush greenery that buffered the river from development and gave certain portions a secluded oasis-like feel because of all the trash floating on the water, hanging from downed trees, and piled up on the shore. That was 2003, the same year that the much-needed Anacostia Waterfront Initiative Plan was created to…Read More
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