Hello everyone! It’s been a long time since I’ve posted on here. Mostly because I haven’t taken the time to be mindful about what I’m experiencing out in nature. I get out almost every day and see interesting things that I would like to share, but I rarely sit down to write and do research. Lately, I have been wanting to just experience nature without feeling the need to take notes and pictures for the blog. What I’m finding out is that having a blog is a little bit like working out, it is really easy to get out of practice! The same excuses apply. It always feels like there is never enough time in the day to get there.
With that said, something exciting has been going on in my life as a naturalist lately that is making me want to come back to writing. I’ve been organizing trips for our group of Maryland Master Naturalists and it has been a blast! We have done such fun activities and I am meeting fantastic people who share the same interests as me. So far, we have only had two field trips. Both have been fascinating and fun. In September, the group did a tour of Frederick’s three covered bridges and in October we did a kayaking trip on the Patuxent River Park.
About 14 of us met a few Saturdays ago at the Visitor’s Center of Patuxent River Park, rented kayaks and spent a few hours on the river learning about the Patuxent River Watershed. We discussed the importance of marshes and its inhabitants as well as some of the most important historical facts about the area including Mount Calvert seen above in the picture. It was such a fun trip!
Interested in doing your own trip to the Patuxent River? Here are the details!
- Canoe and kayak rentals are $20 for the day from 8:30 a.m. and must be returned by 3:30 p.m.
- Take your canoe or kayak along the Patuxent River Trail to explore the river and its many historic sites
- Patuxent River Park offers more than just kayaking, there are over 8 miles of hiking trail and areas for camping and picnics. You can also visit the new American Indian Village, a a replicated Eastern Woodland Village and the Patuxent Rural Life Museums, a collection of late 19th century and early 20th century buildings and historic structures.
If you are interested in becoming a Maryland Master Naturalist, please check out their web page. It is a wonderful program that will help you to learn about nature in our region, find all sorts of great volunteering opportunities and enable you connect to a wonderful community of like-minded people who share a great passion for nature. The trainings are offered all over the state and multiple times a year.