Sleepy Saturday

“Weekends don’t count unless you spend them doing something completely pointless.”

I was telling Mag that I will sleep in. His dad let him out at 5 in the morning so in my opinion there was no reason for waking me up at 7am. He did anyway….

This morning we’ll check out

Lake Roland Park

(we will enter from Falls rd. at Wrights lane – this is the first time I have noticed that the trail’s unofficial entrance have an actual name – under I83 (inner loop))

Map

RANT: (Verb – speak or shout at length in a wild, impassioned way)

Please do everyone a favor including yourself! If you are coming from North (I83) do not park on your right. It is clearly posted that there is NO PARKING on that side! Because it is NOT safe for you to cross busy Falls rd.! Drive up about a quarter of a mile and safely turn around at the next development’s entrance/exit (it only takes a minute of your life, really). After you have done this amazing maneuver (proud of you all!), please DO NOT STOP in the curve of the road on you right either….this spot is also clearly marked with NO PARKING signs. Pull up about 30 feet onto the gravel and park your wonderful vehicles there.

I have seen such daredevils aka #letsscarethes..toutofincommingtrafficwhiletryingtocauseafatalaccidentcauseidontwanttowasteaminutegoingdowntheroadtoturnaroundsafly (you might notice I am going for a world record here), who would actually park on the left side of Falls coming from the North – facing incoming traffic for a few seconds in an S shaped road – and also on the left side of the 90 degree right curve NO PARKING zone.

NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! HELL NO! Are you trying to kill yourself? Or others?

Please!!!! I am pleading here!

You have come here to enjoy nature, to exercise, to take pictures etc. or because obviously you have the time to be here any given day of the week instead of doing more important things (I am guilty as charged!) Take your time to be safe for all of our sakes!

Thank you!

Caring is totally stressing me out. #BREEEEEEEEEEATH!

Keep on walking, keep on walking….

This trail is always a good idea when it’s hot since it stays much cooler thanks to its huge trees and the Moores branch.

Mag loooooooves this part of the trail under the bridge.

Today we are following the RED trail until we reach this wooden sign

then we are turning right onto the GREEN trail, which will pick back up to the red one but will give us a bit of more challenge (1% more).

It is a tiny bit more hilly, rocky, rootsy.

We have just scared away a doe close to the creek….I have pooped my pants and Mag almost ran up the hill to chase after her. Sigh….

When we reach the RED trail again, we’ll turn left to make our loop. There is about a quarter of a mile with pretty nature art (it’s a very popular way of self-realization in Baltimore).

The trail gets arrow straight for awhile with the old railroad tracks still visible.

This section also gets really muddy after a good rain so be careful or use the other trail on the right about 20 feet away. Even though there are wood circles and planks laid down on the path at several locations, all should still watch their steps. I was unlucky enough about 2 months ago, badly twisting my left ankle on them, another mile of walking still ahead of us. Recovery was more than 3 weeks and it’s still very finicky in certain angles (I have never had any injuries in my life, if you wonder).

As always, today’s walk was great! We met quite a few friends, mostly friendly ones this time around. Mag was very pleased.

Off course no day goes by without me forgetting something, so there is no image from AllTrails today since it slipped my mind to turn it on. I’ll blame my rant for that one.

As you can see we are packing on miles as time goes by. The further we go out of the city the more walking we’ll do.

While cleaning Mag off in the car I got suspicious of a weird sound. Started listening and sure enough there was a bird nest above Yoda. Chicks were screaming their heads off for food!

Nature/animals never stop to amaze me. There is a forest next to us and this little bird builds a nest right above a busy road’s gravel parking area. I am crossing my fingers for them!

Woo hoo! As promised.

It’s Friday! Time to go make stories for Monday.

Unfortunately that’s all we gonna accomplish today thanks for the packed schedule.

We only did a super short walk and forgot to record it….this morning was a mess!

But here is a short video of Mag enjoying high grass.

TTT = Ta-ta ’till tomorrow! Have fun this weekend!

Thursday. It’s Friday eve!

“HAPPY THURSDAY!

Sorry, but I am saving my “woo-hoo!” for friday.”

Peony

We are sort of fresh and ready take on today, after a whopping – less than – 6 hours of sleep. I was trapping a mouse in our bedroom – this is a first in 19 years being in this house – until midnight. Successfully I might add (no mouse was harmed in the process). I am still wondering how could this happen with all the cats we have?

I think Mag loves to chase his invisible yard monster because it’s a great way to wake himself every morning. I might follow suit.

Today is very overcast (I am loving it!) and I feel a super light sprinkle in the air. If you would ask me, I’ll say it’s the perfect day! However it’s going to be around 90F today so my #Itotallylovethisday party will be shot down around 9am when temps will start to climb – it’s not my kind of hike – with 90% humidity.

My original plan was ditched as soon as we were turning onto Falls rd. to go to the trails around Lake Roland. Heavy traffic indicated road construction, hopefully at the entrance of the trail. You’ll here my tuned back rant about the parking situation tomorrow. IF, we can approach the area.

So….we are heading to the closest spot

….located across from Greenspring station on the North side of I83 (outer loop).

Super popular park with generously sized parking lot (with some shade towards the side), paved loops, athletic fields, picnic areas and playground.

Vantage point

Total paved path length is .8 miles but we always walk on the perimeter of the grass, to be able to stretch it to 1.2 miles!

Thanks to Lake Roland to the South and Oregon Ridge on the North, wildlife in this area is still very present. Part of the Jones Falls is a County designated environmental greenway.

At the entrance we can take pleasure in walking through a footbridge over Deep Run stream followed by a beautiful Hardy Rain Garden

Even though the park itself is neatly kept, some areas are forest buffers, keeping wildlife around for people to enjoy.

Wild garlic, Milkweed with insects, Trumpet-vine, Sweet William, Cabbage white

Mag had to take a few breaks, thanks to the heat and humidity index, but we made it around the big loop.

Doggone hot

Rolled around in the grass,

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sniffed all the flowers, met new friends – Eloise and Zeek – and set on the bench under a Sycamore tree.

Grateful for this bench

All around it was a nice, leisurely walk.

Map

Back at Yoda we checked for ticks. None found! Drank some water. Turned the AC on full blast and headed back to our shop.

Tomorrow another adventure awaits! We cannot wait!

C ya!

Tuesday at Cylburn

(Located 4915 Greenspring ave. Baltimore, MD)

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Mag’s point of view

“If someone tries to tell you that you eat too much peanut butter, stop talking to them. You don’t need that kind of negativity in your life.”

Eating healthy is important

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Get up, get up, get up! It’s almost 6! I am ready for my morning chase and treats!

Soft whining, followed by licking mom’s hand.”

She dropped a hint that we are going to the arboretum today! Yay! Maybe I can finally chase those deer lurking around in the forest….but first let’s head downstairs so I can bark at Louie! …… That’s done.

Eat your breakfast woman, so we can roll!

We just pulled in to Cylburn Arboretum (I call it sideburn though) and I have already spotted a deer on the right, next to the road. So excited! It’s gonna be a long chase on these 200 acres. I am glad it’s Tuesday ‘cause the grounds are closed on Mondays. Mom thinks of everything!

I love this place! So many beautiful and smelly plants everywhere!

Poppy, Foxglove beard-tongue, Bindweed, Milkweed

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A feast for my nose! We are taking the big loop today, starting out behind the greenhouse and the old carriage house, through the first gate on Woodland trail.

First gate on Woodland trail

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All the scents of deer, squirrels and chipmunks! Wait mom! I am sniffing….oh, fallen tree, let’s jump over….

We’ll follow the sign up to the right….Ridge trail. Pretty sloped and lots of rocks and roots.

A deer, right there! Let’s ruuuuun! Pulling mom up this hill for sure will get me a treat.

We are already at the second gate, chasing that deer sure helped us get here fast!

Woof! Back off mom! Strange contraption attacking!

Mom says “Just the counterweights on the gate, silly! Stop barking at them.” (Laughing)

Since we are hiking the long loop today, let’s keep to the left, onto ETTA Stem Wedge trail underneath these gorgeous trees.

Which way should we go now? Buckeye trail on the right or Spicebush trail on the left? I definitely would like to smell those spicey bushes so left it is. Through another gate yet again.

So nice and peaceful here. Only the humming of the close by highway (83) cutting through the lush forest can be noticed along with birds chirping.

Seed of some sort, wild berries, tall trees, dragonfly

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This portion of trail is a little bit hilly and shaped like a serpentine. Reminds me of Lombard st. in San Francisco.

Reached the last gate taking us back to the park. Keeping left again on Circle trail. Yam….smells like honey in the air.

Blue elderberry

Out of the woods

We are here at my favorite building

The back of Vollmer Center

Up the hill towards that ancient dead tree and the Mansion.

Cylburn Mansion

So pretty! I heard that it houses a display of watercolor paintings. Next time we should go inside!

Let me roll in the grass a few more times and than we can head back to Yoda. And please check me for ticks, mom. I had a great time today, I think I’ll snooze in the car on the way home. And also while you’ll cut the grass, if that’s ok?

Big loop map

Just a quickie today

Sudbrook park

“Once you have had a wonderful dog, a life without one, is a life diminished…” Dean Koontz

After the usual morning activities – getting up at 5:45 for a change, caused by a painful fallen asleep right arm – we will head to Sudbrook park for a quick walk. As boring as it sounds, I have to be at “work” today….

I usually like this quaint little local park but today it held a bit of a surprise when I couldn’t park at the regular spot. Huge machinery occupied the circle at the end of Silver Creek rd., workers busy laying piping in the side of the park. We didn’t get discouraged – I girl with a Mag gotta walk – and parked a block away.

Green zone

Even though we had to circle around to make up for the distance cut – about quarter of a mile each way from original parking spot – Mag still accomplished all his sniffing needs.

Spotted another dog

Hardly, but still managed to walk 1 (!) mile at the end, taking pretty pics and listening to Red-winged blackbirds and Wrens (their song sounds like a beautiful melody) while doing so.

Curious as ever

These gorgeous sounds only get interrupted by the light rail rushing by and neighbors using their lawnmowers (which is “white noise” to me) to keep the surroundings well maintained.

Small bridge to loop

One can even spot deer hiding within the cattails over the little marsh at certain times.

Cattail jungle

There is also a massive (in my opinion) playground if you have little people as well.

Playground

Other fun activities include a chess table with benches and a metal swing bench, witch Mag enjoyed immensely.

You might wonder why it took us about an hour to accomplish 1 mile but Mag had the “urgency “ to smell literally ever piece of grass and water all the trees….

Here is our loopity loop

Looks kind of big but trust me on this! I could walk this in about 15 minutes by myself 😀.

So long until next time!

First Monday of June

Leakin park

Eva’s perspective

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.

  1. Thong aka Mag’s harness
  2. Leash
  3. Boots (for Eva)
  4. Long socks (preventing ticks)
  5. Poop bags (for Mag)
  6. Water (for both of us)
  7. Tick jar
  8. Towels
  9. Newman’s treats for good behavior
  10. 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.

Narrow-leaf Coneflower

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.

Tree art

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.

Blooming chestnut tree

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.

Well deserved rest

See you all tomorrow!