Wednesday, March 21, 2018

First Day of Spring

Today is the first, (or second) day of spring, depending who you ask, and we've just received our largest snowfall in 2 years. It's a heavy, wet snow, and we will probably have 6 inches + when all is said and done. Snow is supposed to taper off around midnight tonight. The forest was blanketed under the white stuff, and it was interesting to hear spring bird song coming from the tree tops. I guess the groundhog was right this year...

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Spring is Springing

First wildflower spotted on the Potomac River last week
Spring is already arriving on the scene around these parts, with weather fluctuating back and forth. We even had a 80 degree day last week following a couple inches of snow a few days before that. I saw my first wildflower along the Potomac River last week, and more have been blooming last few days. We are in that exciting period when the river banks begin to green and each week brings new life in different expressions. This is my favorite time of year, whenever I hike, I feel optimism and newness. Sunlight is increasing when it is out, and it reaches a little bit higher in the sky each day.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Washington Monument (Boonesboro)

Along with much of the country, 2018 began with an arctic blast of cold weather. Around here, we had temperatures below freezing for two weeks with creeks, streams, and ponds freezing over. Last weekend I visited the Washington Monument near Boonesboro along the Appalachian Trail during one of the coldest days. We are talking the type of cold when nostrils stick when breathing during the middle of the day. I took a short hike north along the Appalachian Trail as well, after enjoying the beautiful view from the top of the monument.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Urban Wilderness Exploration

Living within the bee hive of the Washington DC Metropolitan area can make it difficult to feel connected to the natural world. Sometimes I feel like experiencing wilderness is like a drug, and I need to get a fix from time to time. These days, I have to take it in small diluted doses. One place I've been able to experience some wilderness is along creeks. I've gone on a couple of urban wilderness hikes in the last couple weeks, hiking along a couple different creeks where there are no trails, and places where most probably choose not to go. They are little gems however, and one can almost get a feel for the area before the Industrial Age. Of course there are plenty of modern day artifacts left abandoned in the woods, but for the most part, they appear almost pristine...

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Last Hike of 2017

2017 has concluded with one final hike up to Weverton Cliffs yesterday just off the Appalachian Trail. I hiked a couple miles north along the AT while a light snow fell from the sky. Really peaceful. Here's to another year along the trails and hopefully more to come in 2018. Happy New Year!!