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.
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.
Trip to Salisbury and Ocean City
Looking thru the screen.
Losing a feather.
Brave Molly chasing the heron away from the pond. The heron likes to eat all the fish in the pond.
The old barn and the shed.
He decided to land on top of the barn for a while.
Kathy’s photo of a knot hole in the barn.
And her photo of a morning glory.
My view of the mg.
A walk through the cornfield.
Rows of corn on the sandy soil.
Kathy looking at something…
How the corn holds on for dear life.
Corn on the cob.
Picture of Kathy taking a picture of me.
To the ocean Hon.
Rides not being…Hmm…grammar question. Would it be ‘Not being ridden’ or ‘not being rode’?
If you get a chance, go in the Life Saving Museum and look at the collection of sand from around the world.
Across the inlet. No ponies today.
Need more light.
Two sisters shopping.
Favorite art store.
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.
Although it was somewhat overcast, it was still a great day to be out kayaking.
This was our path. About 3.75 miles and took 2-1/2 hours. We love to stop and look at everything nature has to offer. It was a lot!
As I said, it was dreary out. This is leaving the boat launch, looking towards the train bridge. Last year we headed there after going left up into a cove. This year we explored to the right – Gunpowder Rivers.
A tree hanging on for dear life.
Along the shore and spreading out to the channel was a lot of sea grass. This young Red Winged Black Bird didn’t mind. Neither did we even though it took more energy to paddle through.
Avoiding the tree debris.
We counted up to about 12 Osprey on the back path of our trip. Hard to count because they kept zigzagging right over us.
Me looking up at an Osprey, or him looking down at me?
One of two families of ducks spotted.
Two of these hanging out at different spots.
Kathy told me twice what these guys are called, but I forget!
Old duck blind?
Looking close at the lone flower, off center right, you can see the humming bird.
Lots of butterflies.
They were still checking us out. We didn’t see anyone else on this part of the river.
The other heron. He flew off immediately as we approached his little area. Rough paddling here.
Heading back to the boat ramp. Lots of bigger boats zooming by.
We have no idea what this is!? It is bigger than a basketball.
We saw a few turtles along the way.
Because of how crowded the ramp was, we exited at this small landing. They have cleared it out since last time. 4 steps up and you are at the parking lot.
Until next time nature!
Saw this on Jones Road at Route 7.
It was a really nice day. The park needs more parking for the kayakers. Lots of parking for boat trailers. Kayakers drop off and have to go 1/4 mile to park. After kayaking we went to Big Gunpowder Falls for some pit beef. I haven’t been there in over 30 years. Lots of bikers and a live band outside. Thanks God for another great day!!
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.
The next part of our Bahama Cruise was to a private island. Reading some history of this place, it was originally called Little San Salvador. It was purchased in 1997 by Holland American Line. It is a wild bird reserve and tourist play spot.
The cruise ship drops anchor and a tender comes to take you ashore.
Welcome! Thank you, glad we made it!
Not sure if this was a real fort or not?
Waiting to catch a bus to the other side of the island for some adventure!
The upper right of this map is our destination.
The bus dropped us off and now we are waiting for our tour guide to give us an ecological tour. I’m so excited!
And the roosters in the tree are excited!
And we are off – heading towards land over yonder.
Nice group of us on the tour. Kathy kept them smiling. I will say though, it is a little hard kayaking in a two person kayak. I kept hitting Kathy’s paddle.
About here is where the guy next to us fell out of his kayak.
Everyone was picking him up and holding him (or her).
Under our feet were thousands of these jelly fish. Our guide picks one up and says, don’t worry, they won’t sting you. Well, it stung this little girl that was with her father. He was pissed and she was pretty much done for the rest of the journey. Poor kid.
After kayaking we headed to the beach for a while. Rental bungalows.
A bar disguised as a pirate ship. Is nothing sacred?
My sentiments exactly.
Time to just chill and enjoy…
…or you can swim out and watch your girlfriend look for sea glass.
Walked around some; this guy was making a lot of noise.
Interesting but kind of weird.
The only thing you should leave when visiting a place like this…
We leave you in peace.
Nice night to snuggle on deck and watch Jason Bourne! Yes!
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!