Life happens! After beginning this blog in April, I ended up traveling a lot, working way too hard and beaten down by various maladies. One thing I found out in this new journey is that there is a lot to learn when you start a new blog, including finding out how to juggle your regular life priorities while trying to get something going in the social media world. Although I haven’t been present on the web as much as I would have liked, my thoughts have been very much with you and my blog. I have concocted quite a few ideas to improve my blog during my absence, so please keep visiting!
The weather has been perfect in the last few days to go hiking and I have made the most of it. Today’s trail adventure took me to a new portion of the Seneca Creek Greenway Trail in Montgomery County, Maryland. A friend and I walked roughly 4 miles in the section between Brink Rd. and Watkins Mill Rd. We were amazed to see how different this section looked from our usual northern path on the Greenway Trail. A lot more forested, a lot more hills and a lot more water! Although the official map shows only a distinct path, there are multiple trails and switchbacks that can be found along the way to make your trip a bit more interesting. We could tell that the trail was being used very frequently, but the landscape gave us more an atmosphere of being out in the woods than where we had been in the past on this trail. There was a lot of nature to discover!
We saw a lot of native plants such as the Squawroot (Conopholis Americana), which has completely lost its ability to produce its own food through photosynthesis. The Squawroot is actually a parasite that feed on the roots of Oak and Beech trees. It emerges from the ground cream to yellowish brown in color, and within a few weeks it produces small cream to yellow flowers on stems from 2 to 8 inches high and from ½ to 1 inch wide.
Look for this plant in the late spring in shady Oak stands.
If you haven't visited Seneca Creek Gateway Trail yet, check it out! There are 7.8 miles of trail to discover and it is available for hikers, bikers and horseback riders.
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Seneca Creek Greenway Trail Map (pdf, 1.2MB)