Favorite Local Places: Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary

I’ve been there twice now and it is a beautiful BEAUTIFUL place. I first went with my environmental science lab class and we got a tour of the marshland. Our guide could talk with a passion about the place forever and the passion was contagious. I really suggest booking a tour. The guy is also hilarious. It’s a must see place and a must-go trip.

Jug Bay has an enormous amount of wildlife to see. On my two trips I’ve seen lots of osprey, bald eagles, herons, sand pipers, snipes, a coot, turtles, muskrats, snakes, laughing gulls, and red winged black birds. Geese too unfortunately. If you go in the fall, Jug Bay is a hot spot for migratory birds.

Here is their website: http://www.jugbay.org/

They have Osprey nests with webcams on them which you can watch live on the website.

Here are some pictures from the trip.

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That little bird shaped speck is an osprey. There are a lot of Osprey there.

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there were a lot of little tadpoles swimming right there. You can kind of see a swirming mass of little brown things.

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Cypress tree 🙂

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Cypress tree at wider angle

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knees of the cypress tree 🙂 so cooooooolllll

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These are pictures from my second trip to Jug Bay. Some friends and guests went kayaking and canoeing there.

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For fun picture I took of the bathroom and snack area in negative

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the little dark spot near the shore is a muskrat

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paddler of canoe to my front

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paddler of canoe behind me

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me seated in the middle of the canoe between the people showed above

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friends in canoe that caught up to us

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friends in kayaks behind us

Red Foxes: Dayton, MD (Update)

I have been up the road a few times in the last month and there has been plenty to see. All the cow farms have their beautiful cattle out and about grazing. The resident snow goose is still at it’s little pond on Tridelphia Rd. BUT, there have been other spottings.

I’ve seen Cedar Waxwings, some Herons, plenty of turtles, a snake (black I think), a beaver (up close but not personal), and a red fox.

The Cedar Waxwings, Herons, turtles, and snake were at Big Branch Recreation Area. Herons, turtles, and the beaver were at Pig Tail Recreation Area. The red fox was on Tridelphia Rd just up the hill from the pond that the snow goose lives in. The red fox was seen lurking around during the day too. My dad says that’s weird behavior for foxes.

Oh, I saw a hawk in Glenelg a little over a month ago. The part of Glenelg I’m talking about isn’t too far from Dayton. It was in the trees about 50 feet from Olde Time Liquors. Some crows had something to say about him lurking around though.

Roses: Pics From Grandpa’s House

The following are plants from my grandpa’s house from mid May.

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His azaleas were past their peak, but still not too bad looking.

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I missed the peak days for his poppies too but he had one or two still hanging in there strong

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Looks at these beauties! Are they big and beautiful! They were growing on the stump of a tree my grandpa chopped down.

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I don’t know what kind of flower this is but it’s a sweet little thing. My grandpa cut most of them down unfortunately.

Favorite Local Places: Maryland Appalachian Trail Section #2 – High Rock to Wolfsville Rd

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These are the photos for my latest Appalachian Trail hike that I took this last Saturday (2/9). A magnetic feild zapped my phone about 10 or 20 minutes into the hike and erased all my battery life, so all but the last two pictures are the only pictures I was able to take. The first four are of High Rock and/or the view from it. There are two pictures of shelter, the top being a new example of one  and the next being an old example. The last picture is of Devil’s Racecourse. Essentially, its a boulder covered stream. Apparently, from what I was told, they were deposited there during the last Ice Age. When you walk across, and as you are descending the slop before you get there by where the old shelter was, you can hear the stream running underneath it. It’s pretty amazing.

There was a poem inscribed on the inside of the old shelter. I copied it down because it’s beautiful and profound. Here it is:

“Be the silence
woo the dream
bear the thought
become the thing”

I don’t know if the person who scrawled in on the shelter wrote it or if it was already an existing poem. Let me know if you have heard or seen it before.

I injured my knee on this hike. Funny how I keep injuring myself on hikes, this and the last one (which was my first hike). I guess that as I keep on hiking, I will stop accumalating injuries, at least I hope so.

I also collected a few rocks on this hike too. I will take pictures and post them soon.

Oh, to reiterate from what I said in my last post abotu hiking the Appalachian Trail: I went hiking with a group of people through Howard County Parks and Recreation. It cost $17, and they drive you  just about all the way there and back. I hope my bad luck with injury does not keep you from trying this amazing experience. I was the only one out of 24 to get injured the last time (1/12) and the only one out of 17 to get injured this time. Howa

Photo Source for Old Shelter: http://www.cnyhiking.com/ATinMD-HighRock.htm

Photo Source for Devils Racecourse: http://www.meretrix.com/~harry/images/at07/

Favorite Local Places: Appalachian Trail Section #3 – Wolfsville Rd to Route 40

On January 12th, I started my attempt to hike the all the Maryland Appalachian Trail Hikes (offered through Howard County Recreation and Parks). The first one offered was Section #3. February 9th is Section #2 and in March will be #1. There are 7 sections I think. Either way, by the end of the year, I hope to finish them all. If I do, in a three year time span, I earn a patch. I earn a 100 mile patch if I accumalate another 60 odd miles on Virginia and Pennsylvania trail sections offered through Howard County Recreations and Parks. I hope to get both, though that won’t be easy if I transfer where I’m planning to transfer (as of last fall – UNLV). It was (is) January so the landscape was drawn in browns, whites, and the pale blue of the sky. It was also incredibly misty/foggy so when we reached a summit to look out over, the distant line of mountains was nearly invisible as was almost half the view. The mountains in the distance, when you could any of it, was merely a dark blue line tracing the horizon, weaving in and out of fog. I highly suggest hiking the section though I’m sure it looks much prettier in the spring, summer, or fall. It’s 8.4 miles and begins with a steep hike up, which was a bit dangerous when I went with the snow on the ground, hiding rocks everywhere. It’s moderately difficult terrain and I suffered some foot injuries so make sure to tie your boots tie, expect stumbling on some rocks if you want to look away from the ground, and don’t go if you can’t or don’t think you’re ready for an 8.4 mile hike. It was tough, even for the four youngest people there (I am included). Most were 40 and above with some late 20 and 30 year olds there. I fell back on the second half or so till I was the last while the 3 other youngest ones were at the front. Like I said, I was at the back and I’m 21, turning 22 on the 29th. Age means little, it’s your health and fitness that make a difference. When I jogged at Centennial Lake, I always got lapped by joggers and runners older than me, some surely into their 60’s and 70’s.

I hope you look check into going on these trail sections. We go in groups and you drive to the park n ride in Long Gate (Ellicott City) where we take a van the rest of the way to the starting point. It’s $17 to $20 and you do have to bring your own snacks and lunch. They start in the morning (8am) and end in the middle of the afternoon (4pm or later depending on traffic and other complications of the sort). Plus, we stop for ice cream at Baskin Robbins on the way back. 🙂

Unfortunately, my pictures are a bit worse than usual. I wasn’t thinking about how hard I had sweat and that it was getting on the camera lens and I had forgot to extra clean the lens before embarking leaving the house. Sorry.

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