Housatonic Viewpoint and Hatch Brook Falls: Falls Fell Flat

There was plenty to like about this hike, but Hatch Brook Falls was not one of those things. To make matters worse, I was struggling. The day before, I had driven almost five hours, hiked seven miles, and racked up a respectable amount of elevation (read here). I had enjoyed a relaxing morning before heading … Continue reading Housatonic Viewpoint and Hatch Brook Falls: Falls Fell Flat

Bash Bish Falls: Bish Bash, I Was Hiking a Path

I had been in the car for almost five hours. Leaving my home in Maryland at around 8:30am, I had driven straight to the Bash Bish Lower Lot in Copake Falls, New York. At the time, New York State was only accepting visitors from a select list of states; fortunately for me, Maryland was on … Continue reading Bash Bish Falls: Bish Bash, I Was Hiking a Path

Brandywine Creek State Park: Walking with Wyeth

"It's a moment that I'm after, a fleeting moment, but not a frozen moment" ~ Andrew Wyeth The Falls at Brandywine Let me just start by saying that I have no idea if Andrew Wyeth ever trod the trails of Brandywine Creek State Park. What is known is that he was born, lived, and died … Continue reading Brandywine Creek State Park: Walking with Wyeth

Soldiers Delight Natural Environmental Area: In Search of the Chromium Serpent

"Chromium Serpent" would be a great name for a heavy-metal rock band. In this context, however, it refers to a combination of geologic properties that I had no idea were sitting just outside Baltimore in Owings Mills, Maryland. Chromium mines? Oak savannas? Serpentine barrens? This is the stuff of fantasy novels - except it all … Continue reading Soldiers Delight Natural Environmental Area: In Search of the Chromium Serpent

Patapsco Valley State Park – Pickall Area: Art on the Trail

Amid the urban sprawl that surrounds the city of Baltimore is Patapsco Valley State Park. Slicing through suburbia from Liberty Reservoir to where it empties into the Chesapeake Bay, the Patapsco River passes through the quaint town of Ellicot City before widening dramatically between South Baltimore and Brooklyn. (Yes, there is a Brooklyn in Maryland.) … Continue reading Patapsco Valley State Park – Pickall Area: Art on the Trail

Mason-Dixon Trail, Otter Creek: Trail(or) Trash

I don't want to dissuade you from hiking this trail; there was a lot to love about this route. The overlook, and much of the Otter Creek stream valley were lovely. It's just that there was a lot of trash. Much of it was along Otter Creek and looked as if it had been washed … Continue reading Mason-Dixon Trail, Otter Creek: Trail(or) Trash

Fair Hill Natural Resource Management Area: Rivers and Ruins II

I had a plan. Was my plan exhaustively researched? Of course not! Lisa, the research department of our hiking duo, was away on business, and I was trying to explore some new trails that weren't too far from home. I picked Elk Neck State Park at the northern tip of the Chesapeake Bay. In my … Continue reading Fair Hill Natural Resource Management Area: Rivers and Ruins II

Lums Pond State Park: The Bridges of New Castle County

I'm gonna cross that bridgeWhen I come to it "Diamond Bridge" - Blondie I've been looking for new hikes within an hour or so of my home. I found Lums Pond in Northern Delaware. I pulled into a small lot off of Buck Jersey Road, paid the automated meter, and headed down the trail that … Continue reading Lums Pond State Park: The Bridges of New Castle County

Gifford Pinchot State Park: Am I Unbalanced or Is It Just That Rock?

Lisa was out of town on business and I was free. My side-squeeze is always a beautiful tramp - on a trail of my choice. I chose the Lakeside Trail at Gifford Pinchot State Park in Lower Warrington Township, PA. I arrived at the Pinchot Park Conewego Day Use Area to find a packed parking … Continue reading Gifford Pinchot State Park: Am I Unbalanced or Is It Just That Rock?

The Mason-Dixon Trail, Lock 12: Hiking in Lockstep

It was another strangely mild August day in the mid-Atlantic. Like my Fair Hill hike the previous day (read here), the high for this atypical summer Friday was in the low eighties. What to do with such a pleasant day? I think you know. This time, Lisa joined me. Lock 12 on the Susquehanna and … Continue reading The Mason-Dixon Trail, Lock 12: Hiking in Lockstep