At the trail head in Calvert Cliffs State Park.
The weather was really nice on Saturday, and there were lots of people at the park. The most popular trail by far is the red trail, which is 1.8 miles long (3.6 miles round trip), relatively flat, and passes by some spectacular scenery:
The trail ends at the Chesapeake Bay on a little beach where lots of people were looking for sharks teeth and other fossils. The part of the beach containing the cliffs were closed to the public. The land is eroding away, and you can see where trees have fallen off the cliffs onto the beach below. There just wasn’t anything I wanted to photograph at the Bay, but in hindsight I should have taken at least one photo. I guess I have that attitude about the Bay because it’s something I see every day, and part of being a good photographer is taking what you see everyday and seeing it in a whole new and wonderful way.
When I left the Bay, I went back another way, on the orange trail, which wasn’t quite as spectacular scenery-wise, but blissfully quiet. I was the only person on the trail, and didn’t pass a single soul. The trail was a lot more rugged with some uphill climbs that left me a little winded, but I enjoyed the challenge.
Overall, it was a good hike. I brought a small backpack and 32 ounces of water (of which I drank almost all of it, so bringing more next time). In the backpack I had lunch (which I ate when I got to the Bay), cell phone, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, car keys, pad and paper (for notes), the book, 50 Hikes in Maryland, and of course, my BIG (and heavy) camera. For the next hike, adding the following to my backpack:
- bug spray
- First Aid Kit (I have a mini one)
- hand sanitizer
- lip balm
- more water
- rain gear
- synthetic jacket
- toilet paper
- Swiss Army knife
- tick repellent
I have trial sizes for most of this stuff, already, and a mini flashlight, and rain gear that folds up pretty small. Also, instead of bringing along the entire hiking book, I’m just going to make a copy of the pages relating to the particular hike I am taking.
Most important is to leave word with someone letting him or her know where you are going, so that if something happens, help can be dispatched.
The only thing I really need is a compass.
The next hike is going to be in American Chestnut Land Trust in Prince Frederick, Maryland.