Today’s hike with MAHG ventured to Southern Maryland, near the Chesapeake Bay, for a trip through the north side of the American Chestnut Land Trust. The land trust, founded in 1986 to preserve forest and wetlands in Calvert County, MD, is named after the tree that used to dominate forests in the eastern US. The park covers the area surrounding Parkers Creek, a tributary to the Chesapeake Bay which splits the park into its North and South Sides.
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This morning, I was lured to the Oregon Ridge Nature Center in central Baltimore County with the promise of two of my favorite things: hiking and pancakes. Who could turn down such an offer? (Hint: not me!)
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Today, I ventured out again with MAHG for another scenic hike in Shenandoah National Park. Starting from the Whiteoak Canyon Parking lot, the trail took us up the mountain along the waterfalls of Cedar Run, eventually leading to Hawksbill Summit for some great views, before returning along a horse trail and through Whiteoak canyon, featuring yet more waterfalls.
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One of the great things about living near Washington, DC is the proximity the large number of museums and monuments in the nation’s capital. It’s something that’s easy to take for granted. DC locals often bemoan how crowded The Mall can be when it’s “overrun” with tourists, while forgetting to actually visit the monuments themselves. So, today’s hike is a bit different: a tour of several DC monuments, lit by the light of the moon.
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One year ago today, I made a decision that would forever change my life: I decided to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail. 42 days later, I stood atop Springer Mountain in Georgia, the AT’s southern terminus. 176 days, 2200 miles, and three pairs of boots later, I reached Katahdin, Baxter Peak, Northern Terminus of the Appalachian Trail.
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