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Gobble, gobble hike

From: Mike
Sent on: Tuesday, November 22, 2011 1:14 PM

O sole miotes,


I apologize for having neglected you in the last few weeks, but I wanted to make sure you had something to be thankful for on Thursday.


If you do find yourself gobbling up too much on Turkey Day, ungobble it with us this coming Sat (11/26) by going on a moderately vigorous hike in Patapsco Valley State Park. The hike comprise two loops for a total of almost 10 miles and 4000 of elevation change (2.6 blisters). We’ll pass by or on small waterfalls, one or two swinging bridges, Bloedse’s Dam (first hydroelectric dam with internal turbines), and the beautiful Potapsco river, as well as get great elevated views of the valley. As we drive in and out of the park, we’ll pass under the historic Thomas Viaduct—completed in 1835 and the world's largest multiple arched stone railroad bridge with an arc! The hike route does have a couple of easy stream crossings and some rocky sections, so boots aren’t a bad idea.


After sleeping in late, we’ll meet at 11 am at the Greenbelt Metro station Park & Ride lot, near the main station entrance. I expect a beautiful late fall day, cool and sunny. Bring snacks and water, but work up an appetite for an optional dinner at Savage Mill’s Rams Head Tavern.


If you have any questions, I’m really good at making up answers. (I can even pretend to know how to pronounce Bloedse.)


On our last sojourn to the lower Hudson River Valley, we discovered beautiful fall colors, but also attracted a freak snowstorm, which made the trip very interesting. Here are some (OK, many) pictures from that adventure:


Before snow:

After snow:








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