Going stir crazy…
So here we are about seven months into this Covid mess. There seems to be no end in sight. The whole thing is rather depressing. No eating out, no theater and no concerts at Strathmore to enjoy. All my favorite model train shows have been cancelled. My birthday trip in April to Tallinn (Estonia) was cancelled. We had also planned to go to Budapest and Krakow in October, which, of course, is not going to be happening. “First world problems!”, like a friend of mine would say.
We have never had a “lock down” here and were always able to drive around. So just to get out of the house we have been looking to do things in our own “backyard”. To our great surprise we discovered that Maryland, Virginia and the District have a host of state parks, national historic places and protected areas, all within an easy drive. Some we knew about, but most of them we had no idea that they even existed.
I just wanted to share a few photographs of some of the places we visited. For more detailed information about each one of these areas, please click on the highlighted link:
Chapman’s Landing State Park and the Mount Aventine mansion in Charles County, Maryland:
Point of Rocks Overlook and Park in Frederick County, Maryland:
This is a park and green space mostly along the C & O Canal and the Potomac River. The main attraction is the river overlook. Be aware that this is quite a climb. The trail is not kept up very well and will present some difficulties to the less than perfectly mobile hikers. Point of Rocks itself is a small village which had some significance during the construction of the C & O Canal and the building of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad during the early 1800’s. The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad is now part of the CSX Corporation and Point of Rocks is on the main line from Baltimore/Washington DC to Chicago. The rail station at Point of Rocks is on the Register of National Historic Places and is still being used by the MARC Commuter Rail Martinsburg, West Virginia to Washington DC service. It is also a popular spot for railfanning.
A very short freight train going West through the Point of Rocks station
Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, Maryland:
This is another 50 acre oasis in the middle of Montgomery County’s suburban sprawl. The site of the former Stadler Nursery is now a botanical garden, showcasing readily available and suitable plants for the Mid-Atlantic Region. It is subdivided into various gardens like the Aquatic Garden, the Rose Garden and the Fragrance Garden, among others.
Entrance is free, save for some special events like the “Garden of Lights” during the Christmas season. Parking is plentiful.
All photographs by Bradford Wing and Ralf Meier. (iPhone 11 Plus, iPhone X, Sony RX 100 M7) ©2020