Hiking: Cunningham Falls State Park

| August 24, 2004

Cunningham Falls State Park is located in the scenic Catoctin Mountains of Maryland, adjacent to the Catoctin Mountain National Park. Cunningham Falls was named for a local photographer who made the area popular with his postcard photography. The park is a fine family outing destination. There are several easy to moderate trails for family walks, [...]

Hiking: Elk Neck State Park

| June 28, 2001

Several years ago we made our first camping trip to Elk Neck State Park. It was a spur of the moment decision one day after work. We just threw a few supplies into the car and drove to the park; we arrived around 7 PM. It was still early in the season so we had [...]

Hiking: the Mason-Dixon Trail

| November 29, 2000

Our excursion took us to the Lock 12 Historic Area along the Susquehanna River in York County, Pennsylvania. We had passed this site many times on our travels, so we finally decided to stop. The lock was once part of the Susquehanna and Tidewater Canal, which was built primarily to haul coal, lumber, and other [...]

Hiking: Washington Monument State Park

| September 1, 1999

Washington County, Maryland, boasts the first monument erected to honor the memory of the Father of our Country. Residence of nearby Boonsboro dedicated their Washington Monument on July 4, 1827, fifty years before the more famous one in Washington, DC. The monument was repaired and altered numerous times over the years. During the Civil War, [...]

Hiking: Shenandoah National Park

| July 25, 1999

On a Tuesday morning, we both had off from work, but we had no particular plans. Broken Claw was browsing through one of Trailwalker’s many travel booklets and noticed a small chapter on the hiking trails along Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah National Park, Virginia. After a short discussion, we packed a few things and [...]

Hiking: Patapsco Valley State Park

| April 22, 1999

Patapsco Valley State Park winds along the gorge of the Patapsco River, practically within shouting distance of the Baltimore Beltway. The park is used mainly for camping and picnicking on the high ground, but on this warm fall day we went to enjoy a hike down to the river. Naturally we eschewed the marked trail [...]

Our Visit to Camp David

| July 1, 1998

After a cold rainy weekend in April, 1996, the sun finally came out on Tuesday, a day we had off from work together. We decided to drive out to the Catoctin Mountain Park near Thurmont, MD, for some hiking. The Orioles Opening Day had been postponed from Monday, so Broken Claw took his radio along [...]

Hiking: Hickory Run State Park

| July 1, 1998

For our first week of vacation, we had some vague plans for an outdoor adventure, but nothing definite. On Sunday evening, Trailwalker packed the car with everything we might need for camping, hiking, packbacking, swimming, and generally having fun. We finally decided to head north toward the Poconos, with our first destination of Hickory Run [...]

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