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.
I could not imagine going on vacation and seeing everything in black and white, although I do sometimes convert my photographs to b/w. On occasion, while sorting and documenting the museum archives I come across photographs that are in unmarked files, no explanation as to why they are there. The only thing I can figure is that they were someone’s personal photos and left within objects donated to the museum or gathered up and packed away by mistake before they were archived.
I found the below photographs with their negatives in an old lantern slide envelope. They are 2-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ prints. There are no dates but they have a short description on the reverse side.
Grand canyon of the Yellowstone from Inspiration Point, Yellowstone Park (Note falls in distance)
Old Faithful (car gives an idea to the date of this photograph – early 1900s?)
Angel Terrace, Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone Park. Back then people needed to be told to stay off the natural wonders, so as not to ruin them for others to enjoy.
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone from Inspiration Point. Two of the photos I found had a glare to them, like they were taken through the windshield of a car?
View of the Lower Falls of the Yellowstone.
At foot of Uncle Tom’s Trail. Lower Falls of Yellowstone. Enlarging this photo doesn’t do it justice. Although I scanned it at 1200, it looks fuzzy. The actual photo is crisper. I never was one to like the effects some photographers do to moving water, making it all fuzzy looking. I like seeing what is being seen and not special effects.
Minerva Terrace. Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone Park.
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!!
I’d like to thank https://kayakingdelmarva.com/ and Bill Gross from Facebook for telling me about this place. It was really, really nice. Kathy says it is second only to Assateague Island kayaking. I believe she is right! The map below shows our route. I would say it was more like 5 miles total (we did zigzag around a bit on the way up but took a straight shot back) We were there for about four hours.
According to Google Maps, we were in 3 different counties. The ramp is in Caroline. Once we crossed to the other side of the creek we were in Talbot. Then heading north, zig-zagging back and forth in Queen Anne’s. Not sure exactly how far we went because Kathy’s phone lost the location signal. I do know that a plane doing somersaults over our heads was somewhere heading towards Ridgely Airfield. I know we weren’t that far up.
The boat ramp. Nice little secluded area. A man and his son were fishing there and two girls were swimming.
I found this painted rock in Baltimore and brought him for the ride. Left him on the bench to be found and enjoyed by another. When we came back 4 hours later he was gone – tossed in the water! I rescued him! And found 2 others that I just left on the ramp.
Heading under Main St. Don’t forget to duck.
I see you. A lot of times Kathy and I will drift off in different directions. I went into this little cove to check things out.
Next is the first railroad bridge.
Those are some old trees.
There were a lot of trees down in this creek. It was a giant obstacle course. Lots of underwater limbs you have to look out for. But it was fun!
Route 404. It sure is taking the state a long time to finish this road.
The next RR Bridge.
Underneath the power lines is this diesel tank and pump?
The changing of the leaves. Fall is coming early to Tuckahoe Creek. It will be so nice to come back here in the fall!
Kathy getting a close up of a flower. Her phone takes better pics than my camera.
Inside the flower.
This thing jumped up on her kayak and she started beating it with her paddle! Actually, she retrieved it out of the water and wanted to keep it. I broke it when I dropped it in the grass – sorry…
This was a point where Kathy went to one side of the island and I stayed the course. Was able to duck under this.
It was unbelievable the number of turtles we saw.
Upstream a little farther, another tree in the way. Kathy doing the limbo.
Little hands on shore. We did get out to look around some. It is very muddy. Took a while to scrub the kayaks later on.
This became the end of our journey north. Probably could have went under it, but we were already at 2-1/2 hours.
Blockage on the other side of the creek.
A friend of Donald Sutherland?
Heading back with a different perspective.
Come on Fall!!
Wonder if Baxter wrote this and if Kaci said yes?
Not a lot of visible wildlife. A couple hawks showed up and this guy and the turtles and little fishies in the water.
Almost there. I really enjoyed this adventure. All the colors and reflections.
I am soooo glad I didn’t see this before going in the water. I wouldn’t have enjoyed myself thinking I was going to be towed or fined!
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.