Hiking and Exploring Maryland with Family and Friends


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Published: August 27th 2012
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June 9:We're on the road again to visit our families up north and explore more uncharted vacation spots.

Begin Week One:

Included in our first week of family gatherings and celebrations was a trip to St Michael's where we ate lunch overlooking the harbor. After lunch we visited to the Maritime Museum, with its boat building workshops and fascinating octagon shaped light house. We took a tour of the Chesapeake in an old fishing boat and later Amy and Sean attempted to catch blue crabs and oysters but decided to leave that to the experts.

The following day we took Alex for a hike and picnic at nearby Jug Bay Wildlife Preserve followed by a visit to the Merkle Wildlife Preserve. These natural areas provided a more serene glimpse of the way life used to be on the Chesapeake Bay and its inlets. In Jug Bay we hiked past beaver ponds and frog ponds and watched osprey dive for fish and feed their young. Fishermen in rolled up overalls and cast out their lines for catfish while in Merkle we saw huge snapping and small box turtles and Alex enjoyed the antics of a family of groundhogs popping up in their network of tunnels in the cornfields that were planted to lure the annual migration of Canada geese into the fields.

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