Welcome reader to my blog - a mixture of this and that. Now that we are living in a retirement community in downtown Columbia, MD my personal gardening activities are somewhat curtailed. I still enjoy visiting gardens, reading, watching wildlife on my walks, traveling, and occasional food commentary.Please leave a comment if you feel inspired to do so. I read every one of them.
Last Saturday was a blue sky morning, perfect for a hike.
Daughter Emily directed us to an access point for French's Ledges in Plainfield Township where the climb was not as long and more gradual so that granddaughters could hike it.
We set out bundled up because it was a chilly morning.
We soon came to some vernal pools but didn't see any life there. The trail skirted it so we didn't get wet feet.
Ferns were just unfurling in the woods.
Moss greening up.
Leaves slowly showing.
Here was one outcropping but not our destination.
The girls had wonderful sun hats.
We were on the right trail
and made it to the top.
We decided to go down another way. Unfortunately the trail turned in the wrong direction and wasn't connecting to our trail in. We ended up bushwhacking through the woods to find the original trail very thankful for the iPhone compass and access to the map.
In April Dan spent two weeks in Puerto Rico with Church of the Brethren Disaster Assistance rebuilding homes damaged by the hurricane in 2017. I spent that time in Arizona visiting my brother.
Today we are headed north to New Hampshire to visit daughter Emily, her husband and our two granddaughters. We haven't seen them since the Christmas holidays.
We will experience early spring again up there which we both missed here when we were away in early April.
We will get some quality time with granddaughters #1 & #2, ages 5 and 2.5 years.
The nice thing about where we live now is we can just lock up and go. We do tell the concierge of our days away so they don't worry about where we are. We don't worry about the security of our home or trees falling across the driveway or whether the house looks deserted or stopping the mail. You know what I mean.
Our home used to be called Vantage House. It has a new name now: The Residences at Vantage Point. It has a new website too.