One has to have well scheduled priorities to be effective every day.
Mag (pronounced just like mug) woke me up at 6 o’clock as usual. He was ready to run downstairs and chase the invisible enemy camping out in the corner of the yard. For good measure he barked at it a few times….
Next he stopped at the groundhogs to keep them in line, and also said hi to the cats so they won’t feel left out (yeah right!). After all the guard dog duties, it was time to get his treats – dehydrated chicken with apple and bacon and his favorite PB smeared inside a Kong for added game time -.
After checking all the boxes in the early morning schedule it was time to get ready for the hike! Headed to Yoda – our transportation machine (car) – to check if all the needed ‘tools’ are at hand.
- Thong aka Mag’s harness
- Boots (for Eva)
- Long socks (preventing ticks)
- Poop bags (for Mag)
- Water (for both of us)
- Tick jar
- Newman’s treats for good behavior
- Dual purpose phone with GPS and camera
All set! Start the engine….
Today’s destination is Leaking Park in Baltimore!
Next to being a great hiking place – with more than 1200 acres of woods – it’s also an amazing place for families! I recommend to park at the main entrance parking area on Eagle dr. off of Windsor Mill rd. Beautifully done with gorgeous little gardens flowering in the summer time.
This location is also the place for the first kid friendly activity.
From April to November on the second Sunday of each month the miniature train is running (11:00 am-3:30pm)! Operated by the Chesapeake & Allegheny Live Steamers Non-profit.
Every year there is also an herb festival held here on the grounds in May.
The Carrie Murray Nature Center is located to the east from here. Take the left side of the loop (Eagle dr.) and head into the woods from marked path through The Nature Art Gallery. The Center is also accessible by car through Hutton Ave.
There are quite a few trails in this park, totaling around 12 miles. I use AllTrails to see all of them, even though this app is not always reliable.
Note: BGE pipeline relocation on the West messed up the Franklintown trail! Use GPS! Also on same trail, lots of trees down over the path.
Connecting back at the end of my usual trail to the Eagle dr. loop there are the original, beautiful buildings, built by Thomas de Kay Winans.
Heading out to my car I always admire the Crimea estate’s chapel, which is under going rehab right now.
By the way! There is an electric car charging station in the parking lot if anyone travels in a fancy way like that!
Today we did a quick 1.24 miles, which we donated to Knick Knack Pittie Pack through ResQwalk.
See you all tomorrow!