Waterfall on Cedar Run
Saturday, February 18, 2017 10:30 pm
Location: Shenandoah: Cedar Run and Whiteoak Falls (10.0 miles)

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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Washington Monument at Night
Friday, February 10, 2017 10:30 pm
Location: Washington DC Mall and Tidal Basin (5.4 miles)

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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Tiny Waterfall
Sunday, February 5, 2017 5:08 pm
Location: Loch Raven Reservoir: Merryman Point Area (10.6 miles)

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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Friday, February 3, 2017 8:44 pm
Location: Patapsco Valley State Park: McKeldin Area (5.3 miles)

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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Liberty Dam
Thursday, February 2, 2017 11:34 pm
Location: Patapsco Valley State Park: McKeldin Area and Liberty Dam (7.4 miles)

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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