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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Today’s hike with MAHG was on hiking trails in the Merryman Point area of Loch Raven Reservoir. This reservoir, created by a dam on the Gunpowder River, provides water to the city of Baltimore, making this, unintentionally, my second hike in a row with MAHG that visited a Baltimore City reservoir located in Baltimore County. This hike was largely out-and-back, with some modifications at the ends to make it a dumbbell (in spirit, if not in shape).
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After hiking in the McKeldin Area of Patapsco Valley State Park yesterday, I decided to return to that section of the park today in the hope of getting some better photographs of the not-very-shy deer I saw yesterday.
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Once again, I made the trek to the Patapsco Valley State Park, this time exploring the McKeldin Area of the park with MAHG. This hike, starting from the parking lot at the entrance to the park, featured two loops. The first visited the nearby Liberty Dam, while the second toured the river, passing the confluence of the North and South Branches of the Patapsco River, and passing by the McKeldin Rapids.
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