The barn in B/W. Thanks God for the snow! It lets us be grateful for the sunny days.
Fog and steam mixing together.
Thanks given to God for all this.
That was actually a pretty good movie, with Robert Redford and Nick Nolte. But for us, it wasn’t the misadventures while walking the Appalachian Trail. It was just a peaceful, late afternoon stroll along the Big Gunpowder Falls.
Daily black and white. Some b/w make the day dreary looking. Our days hiking are always fun. We stay positive. And Kathy has shown me how to be aware of the goodness of the hike (as opposed to my just trudging through, seeing how many cool photos I can take, to post on FaceBook!!)
Our map of the trip. The one thing about AllTrails is, it shows how long you are out there while recording (over 2 hours) but when you save it, it only shows how long you were actually moving. Guess I better check the settings or will probably have to upgrade.
Another day trip to New York. Always a lot of fun and a lot of walking. You cannot beat the Groupon $33 round trip price. Our driver just flies up the highway. Went thru the Holland Tunnel and got off at 8th and 45th. Went to the City Kitchen then headed over to the subway.
Nice day and lots of people. We ate at Shake Shack, went to Muji and just hung out until it was time to head home.
With Kathy at her sister’s for a week, I figured I’d see if my daughter wanted to go kayaking or hiking. She chose hiking so we went up to North East, Md. to Elk Neck State Park. Nice day for a hike. A little warm then started cooling off with the clouds moving in. I haven’t done this hike for about 5 years. Always nice to revisit places. This was a two part hike:
Onto the next leg of our hike – Rogues Harbor and the Beaver Pond. This was a short hike. When we got to the upper left there was a detour around a ravine. I’ve done this hike before and it takes quite a while. We could see enough from our vantage point on this side. The trail does go all the way around the pond.
No bridges to burn on this trip…
So when we found a puddle, Jay took the opportunity to cool off.
It was a nice day to head up to Eden Mill for some kayaking, but first we stopped at Kilgore Falls, on Falling Branch, to do a little hiking. Early enough and cool enough out that there wasn’t a big summer crowd there.
Nice, well worn trails to the falls.
Two paths across the water. I took the easier one since I was carrying Molly in one hand and the camera in the other.
Molly, a poop bag and an alien t-shirt. Life is sweet!
An unobstructed view.
Speaking of aliens, did you ever see the Star Trek episode with Frank Gorshin – Let That Be Your Last Battlefield?
We finished our hike and then headed to the mill for Molly’s first kayak adventure. She was well behaved and only got jumpy once. (When I say jumpy, I mean, we thought she was going to jump ship)
Heading up stream, waiting for me. Another kayaker suggested I move my truck. Shouldn’t park in front of the mill. I thought the mill was closed.
Right after she peeked over the side and realized she was on the water, she panicked some. But calmed down.
The barn and shed upstream a ways. The water was higher than normal. We were hoping to go further up, but…
…just past the farm the water was only a couple inches deep. I got out and walked up some to see if it was deeper upstream. To the curve, it was not.
We brought the kayaks together to drift downstream at an easy pace. Molly decided to jump in my kayak.
Only turtles we saw.
And this guy. We did see a couple deer driving the back road to the dam, but that was it for wildlife.
Speaking of wild life, when I went to get the truck, this guy, in his mastiff taxi, was pulling up! Another weekend of wonderful adventures!!
With all this hate spewing forth here lately on FaceBook (and life), I am so glad that I have found two ways that I can bring a sense of calm and peace into my life. 1) The Serenity Prayer 2) Kayaking. You just can’t beat those two together! Next would be hiking. Did all three Sunday.
There are three areas where the Gunpowder Rivers converge before heading to the bay. The Little Gunpowder, the Big Gunpowder and the Gunpowder River. We have explored 2 of them so far. Both times we entered through Mariners Point. A couple weeks ago I mentioned about parking and the lack of it for kayakers. (The boaters get preferential treatment for their trailers). I even wrote a letter to the County Rec and Parks, cc to the County Executive about it. I was more or less told that if I didn’t like it, go elsewhere! Fortunately, we lucked out in getting a fairly close spot to park. But, something odd did happen as we were leaving – the Coast Guard was there checking kayaks! Lots of rules I was unaware of. Check out their website to get the low-down.
“This is my path; here I shall find peace. I will pursue this path, come what may.” (Anyone remember what book this comes from?)
And here is our path. 4.67 miles in about 3 hours. The landfill is to the left. It was surprising that the water was clearer in the cove. The little white dot on land near the shore is the Days Cove Nature Center, which I believe is now closed down. I remember taking my daughter to a Halloween Party there years ago. Nice center.
Us pointing at the point sign.
Watch out for the jets.
Purple flowers around.
The grasses seemed a lot thicker this trip.
Heading into the cove from the Big Gunpowder.
We saw as many herons on this trip as we did osprey on our last trip. This guy has something on his nose.
And what do we have here?
Time to park it and get out to investigate.
A chimney and a reluctant model!
A mixture of various stones.
This path will take you to the Nature Center.
Some formstone and building debris.
Back into the water. Took a bit to figure out what this is – it’s a drain plug to drain the cove!
Saw this guy at the far end of the cove. Went over to explore because there was an eagle here also, fighting with another bird. We couldn’t find him though.
A bunch of these blinds around.
Heading back to port. These three must have long legs, or the water is very shallow.
This water will put a hurting (and a good workout) on your arms!
Abandoned water front property.
The only time during the trip that I thought about what is going on in the world. Why can’t we occupy the same place (planet) without all the hateful words and actions? This gull is getting along fine with these guys (Cormorants?)
But then again, there is always that one guy that wants to be different.
Saturday evening was a nice time to take a short hike at Marshy Point Park. Little did we know at the time, we would see these same spots on our kayak adventure the next day, from a different perspective.
Looking out from the dock at the osprey nest and footbridge.
Walking along you come to an overlook and you really have to look over to see.
The footbridge to other trails. Molly and Kathy waiting patiently for me to catch up…before it gets dark.
From the footbridge, looking towards Dundee Creek.
A trail we have never taken. 1/2 mile we should be able to complete before the sun goes down and they lock us in.
The paths are pretty well maintained.
A stool with a tree growing around its legs.
Where mud may be, they built these little walk ways.
A camping area.
A path back to the water.
A red-wing blackbird making noise.
View from the path. We will get up close and personal here tomorrow.
Not sure who this is.
Love new growth just popping up.
Part of a swamp. Never did see the pond.
Here comes the darkness.
Mr Owl, are you in there?
Nope, I’m in here. Kathy said he was caged up because he is blind in one eye.
FYI a map of the trails. There are a lot of them here and we have only been to a couple.
Nice Memorial Weekend in Salisbury and Chincoteague. Again the weather was not cooperating for kayaking, but always a nice day for a hike.
Hung out at the visitor center a bit. Watched a film on the two distinct herds of horses and ponies. One in Maryland and one here. Down here they manage the size of the herd with birth control and an auction to benefit the volunteer fire department.
Hiked over to the light house. Too many people in line to go to the top. We will come back on a week day.
Sailors memorial behind the light house.
I always liked a B&W of various light houses.
Kathy’s mom hiked with us today.
It struck me as odd that the light house was on the bayside and not on the ocean. Pooling on the beach after high tide.
Windy and chilly. But lots of people on the beach. A few swimming. Safety zone flag.
On the opposite side of the ocean shore is Toms Cove. Some kayakers and bird photogs.
Clams, mussels and birds in the marsh.
Digging for dinner.
The brownish orange guy was chasing everyone out of his way.
Pony tails – nice gift shop. But we didn’t see a single horse or pony the whole time!!
Back on the farm – always a favorite view. It amazes me that the pines grew in such a straight line, about 20 deep…until Kathy’s father told me they didn’t just grow that way. He planted them that way! Ha! Dummy me!