Barns in a Tiny World

It’s been an easier week for me and as spring has begun, I’ve been out every day chasing birds and looking for migration to really kick in. Today’s adventure was to a favorite, but not-often visited place located in the countryside of Marlboro, Maryland. Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary is a state run property that provides a…

Falling Branch “Kilgore” Falls

With short walk in the woods at the Falling Branch area of Rocks State Park, one’s footsteps leads you to Maryland’s second highest free-falling waterfalls. Also known as Kilgore Falls, this serene spot is a summer favorite with locals as a popular swimming hole. The Hiking Photography meetup group met before the park arrived and…

The Billy Goat Trail “B”

There’s a trail along the Potomac River near the Great Falls section in Potomac Maryland. The Billy Goat trail, known well for it’s “Part A” with its difficult boulder scrambles and spectacular views of Maryland’s canyon, offers two lesser known sections. Like the letter B, the Billy Goat trail offers three sections that are in…

Bloede’s Dam

“All good things must come to an end.” And such is the story of the historic Bloede’s Dam in Patapsco Valley State Park. Not well known, Bloede’s Dam was the world’s first hydroelectic dam, built by the Patapsco Electric and Manufacturing Company in 1907. Providing electric to the Baltimore area until 1924, Bloede’s Dam has…

The Old Bridge

The old bridge, strong for over a hundred years. The tales it could tell. Of the babbling brook that flows beneath or of the footsteps that walked above. This bridge, of man-sized stones tightly bound. Even Mother Nature with her attempts, blizzards, earthquakes, heavy rains. The bridge remains Presidents and dignitaries have enjoyed the cool…

Climbing up a Mountain

Once again the mountains of Shenandoah National Park in Virginia were calling my name. Indeed, one in particular – Old Rag Mountain beckoned me even more. A perennial favorite of the Mountain Club of Maryland a group of us headed out to Virginia for an autumn hike. I remember Old Rag Mountain well as it’s…