Mark Goes Places: Western Maryland!

Hi all,

The summer is coming to a close, but with the long Labor Day weekend, I wanted to make sure I got to experience the great outdoors one last time. Of course, Fall camping is my favorite and I still intend to get out for some of the cool autumn nights. This past weekend I headed down to the Maryland Panhandle, often referred to as “Western Maryland”. It is a pretty part of the country and very different from the the coastal plains and urban centers of Eastern Maryland. I stayed with some friends and family at New Germany State Park, which is adjacent to the serene Savage River State Forest. We did some good old fashioned car camping. The area provides lots of good hiking and some interesting history, as it was the site of a Civilian Conservation Corps camp. Also, in the 1950’s, there was a B-52 crash in the area. I took a photograph of the pilot’s grave located in the park (see below). The area was quite remote, tucked into an Appalachian mountain valley. No cell phone service, but I could fall asleep to the calls of Barred Owls. Here are some photos, enjoy!

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Setting up camp

Mountain wildflowers

Mountain wildflowers

Hello!

Hello!

Fording the creek

Fording the creek

Gravestone of fallen pilot

Gravestone of fallen pilot

Salamander friend

Salamander friend

Toad friend!

Toad friend!

Rolling hills

Rolling hills

Coffeeshop we stopped at on the way home in Frostburg,MD

Coffeeshop we stopped at on the way home in Frostburg, MD

All photos property of Mark Suchyta, Urban Hermits

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