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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Gwynns Falls

The first Tuesday of every month the Fitness Department here at Vantage House takes a walking trip.

This month the destination was the Gwynns Falls Trail in Baltimore.  In the early 1900s a big swath of land was set aside as a park and a trail system then developed through it.  Below is only a small portion of the map at our trailhead.

The trail connects from western Baltimore City to downtown.  In fact our driver first took us to the downtown end because that's where the gps directed him to go.  Since it was billed as a walk in the woods we didn't get off there amongst the warehouses and river's edge to walk.

Darryl, one of the fitness instructors took a picture of me as I took one of him.

The woods are really open without leaves.

I loved all the different sorts of tree trunks.  This beech was hollow inside but still alive.

Darryl climbed inside while Robert, our driver filmed him.

The trail here was along an old mill race for the Windsor Mill.

Here's another beech.  See a face in there?

The windstorm last Friday must have toppled this tree across the trail.  Fortunately it had been cut up so we didn't have to climb over.

I was impressed with the color of this trunk lying on the forest floor.

And this one with original camouflage.

Vivian who is in charge of Fitness insisted we stretch before we started our walk and then again afterward.  Dan is following directions.

There were 11 of us on this trip counting the Vantage House staff.  A cold day but well worth the trouble of bundling up to walk.  

Dan here telling Robert how to go home so we don't retrace the long way round that we came.


Tom said...

...a great exploration.

Elaine said...

Beautiful, characterful trees, I would enjoy walking there!

Latane Barton said...

What a lovely hike, Marcia. What did Darrel find in that hollow tree!!

Kay said...

Maryland is such a beautiful state. I'm sorry my son and his family will be moving away soon. This was an awesome hike! I feel invigorated just seeing the photos.

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