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In my opinion, the best view you'll find on the Appalachian Trail in Maryland is at Weverton Cliffs. From this overlook, one can see the Chesapeake and Ohio Towpath, the Potomac River, and beyond that, Virginia. To the southeast, Colonial Island and several smaller islands dot the Potomac, while to the west, I can pick out Sandy Hook Bridge almost two miles away.
It was a hot, humid, summer day when I first did…Read More
Standing on top of the 300-million-year-old rock at Dans Rock Overlook in Allegany County, Maryland, on a cold, but crystal-clear, winter morning, the phrase “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” came to my mind. It wasn’t because of the panoramic view – few would question its attractiveness – but rather, the rock itself is a subject of fierce debate. Like High Rock (the highest point on the Appalachian Trail in Maryland at 1,900 feet), Dans Rock…Read More
It’s a "typical" Sunday morning in Annapolis, Maryland. The clock’s hands are barely ticking past the 11 a.m. hour and the weather is clear, crisp and –wait –comfortably warm in the high 60s! It’s precisely because of this unusualness that I decide to venture somewhere new. I find that changing the daily routine once in a while is a healthy habit to develop, especially with the environment itself changing around you. It helps me open my mind,…Read More
“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…Read More
In 1963, the place where Columbia, Maryland is located was mostly farmland. Over the ensuing years, the town’s developer, James Rouse, worked to transform the area into a "balanced, planned community" consisting of nine villages, which today are renowned for their walking and biking paths. Due to their recentness, few of them have a story to tell. One exception to this is the 4.6-mile-long Patuxent Branch Trail, which runs from Lake Elkhorn to Savage…Read More
Four years after the firing on Fort Sumter, South Carolina, the American Civil War came to a close in the sleepy town of Appomattox Courthouse, Virginia. On April 9, 1865, Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered his Army of Northern Virginia to Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant, general-in-chief of all US forces. Appomattox Court House National Historical Park interprets the closing days of the Civil War with over a dozen historic…Read More
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