|Laura, center, and Paula, right,|
with Paula's adorable dog,
Quetzel, join me on a vigorous
hike through Gunpowder Falls
I wasn’t able to join my colleagues at the Maryland Park Service on one of the increasingly popular “First Day” hikes taking place in national parks across the country on the first day of this new year (see my post about last year’s “First Day” hike), so I was eager for this chance to burn off some holiday poundage by joining my dear friends Paula Becker, biologist with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife and Heritage Service, and Laura Van Scoyoc, president of the Friends group for Soldiers Delight Natural Environment Area in northwestern Baltimore County, Maryland, for an energetic few hours expending calories in the great outdoors.
|The trees didn't seem to mind the|
|The Gunpowder river,|
behind us, was flowing