15th Annual Photo Contest Runs Now Through Aug. 31
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is now accepting entries for its annual photo contest. Photographers – novice or professional – can enter online or by mail for the chance to win cash and other great prizes
Winning entries will be posted online, featured in an issue of the seasonal Maryland Natural Resource magazine, and placed in the 2019 wall calendar.
Nearly 300 photographers submitted 1,500 photos to the 2017 Maryland Natural Resource Photo Contest.
Full story here:
Maryland Natural Resources Annual Photo Contest
Here is the link to the photos of our hike today at Marshy Point Park:
Here are just a few examples (click on each picture to view it in full size):
Thanks to the efforts of Bill Saunders, we now have scans of two books that detail the mountain club's history. The books are:
MCM: In Honor Of Our 75th Anniversary
MCM First Person 1934 - 1984 - containing reminisces of the club's first 50 years, from the club's early leaders.
Click here to read the club's history, and for the links to the two books - which can be read here, on the web site.
Thanks to Bill Saunders, we now have access to a huge amount of the Mountain Club's history.
Bill has taken an enormous amount of time to scan old Hiker High Point documents. We have (what looks like) a comprehensive suite of documents going all the way back to 1960 - and we even have a few from 1947!
Click here to view current and previous Hiker High Point documents.
And if you have new news you'd like to submit to the newsletter, there's a form on the same page that will allow you to submit a story and picture right from the web site.
Another somewhat dramatic title, but it refers to several trails that are not commonly hiked by the Mountain Club.
The full article here:
Well the title is a bit dramatic, but it's the lead-in to a fairly pleasant little description of hikes on Sugarloaf, in northern Montgomery County - which I'm sure we've all done a few times.
The full article here:
First Day Hikes Offer Healthy Start to New Year
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources invites everyone to welcome in the New Year with a First Day Hike!
Maryland Park Service rangers, staff and volunteers will lead more than 30 hikes on public lands and state parks New Year’s Day, as part of a nationwide event sponsored by America’s State Parks.
These hikes will provide a wide array of outdoor adventures and experiences for every level of hiker and walker, providing unique access to Maryland’s cultural, historical and natural resources and treasures. Some are even pet-friendly!
Numerous state forests and wildlife management areas will also be open Jan. 1 for self-guided treks.
“Taking part in a First Day Hike is my favorite way to start the New Year,” Maryland Natural Resources Secretary Mark Belton said. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to enjoy and experience the beauty of nature and our state parks while taking in some fresh air and camaraderie. It is a great way to get some exercise after the holiday season as well as spend some quality time together with family and friends.”
In 2017, more than 2,000 First Day Hikers logged more than 4,000 miles statewide.
Full story here:
In honor of Veterans Day, Governor Larry Hogan announced that all military veterans, including residents and nonresidents, will be granted free admission and entrance to the network of 72 state parks managed by the Maryland Park Service.
The governor’s announcement directly impacts over 414,000 veterans living in Maryland with the highest concentrations residing in Prince George’s, Anne Arundel, Baltimore and Montgomery counties, and Baltimore City, and the region’s more than 1.4 million veterans.
“We can never thank our brave servicemen and women enough for what they have done and continue to do for our citizens, our state, and our nation,” said Governor Hogan. “By providing veterans this complimentary benefit, which encourages them to access and enjoy our great outdoors, we hope to express our sincere appreciation, gratitude, and respect for their service.”
Rest of the story here:
A seven mile hike with 22 people from the Mountain Club of Maryland.
Pictures can be found at this link:(Click on pictures for enlargements)
Here are a few examples
My wife and I joined another 19 other Mountain Club of Maryland hikers for a 4 mile walk at the Prettyboy Reservoir.
Pictures of the hike can be found at this link: https://jimmylegs.smugmug.com/Nature/Hiking/Hike-With-Mountain-Club-of-Maryland-at-Prettyboy-Trail/. Here's one example: