The day after hiking at Harpers Ferry, Swara and I went to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor to walk around and visit the National Aquarium. It was my first time there and I found the Inner Harbor to be a nice area. It certainly helped that it was a beautiful day!
After a bit of walking around we went into the Aquarium. I thought the tickets were a bit steep (~$25), but I guess it’s not cheap to maintain all those tanks! It was a very cool collection of marine life and sets of exhibits. I would definitely recommend visiting if you get the chance.
Here are a few of my favorite pictures from the afternoon:
See more pictures in Baltimore: Inner Harbor and Aquarium on flickr
For the first few months of the year a friend I made while in India was visiting the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore. In late March we finally both had free weekends that lined up, so up to Baltimore I went! I drove up early Saturday morning to pick up Swara for a hike at Harpers Ferry. After a quick stop for a bit to eat we headed West.
The trip was adventurous from the beginning, as we were rear-ended on the West side of town at a traffic light. Naturally, the driver drove off, leaving me doubting Swara’s claims that Baltimore is a nice town
Fortunately the rest of the drive was uneventful, and we reached Harpers Ferry by late morning. Our planned hike wouldn’t work due to construction on the bridge across the Potomac River. After a bit of driving around we found a parking spot and started off along the C&O canal.
In addition to the historical attractions, Harpers Ferry also has a very active CSX rail line and we saw at least 5 freight trains and one Amtrak train in the few hours we hiked alongside the line.
The path we hiked on was part of the C&O Canal trailway as well as part of the Appalachian Trail. There were a decent number of people out and about hiking and we even saw a few paddlers. Wildlife was evident in the canal.
After a nice hike along the canal we wandered around the National Historic Park, enjoyed a funnel cake, and then headed back to Baltimore.
For more photos, see Harpers Ferry on flickr.
Almost a month ago, I visited Harpers Ferry with a friend visiting from India. We spent the afternoon hiking and wandering around the National Historic Park. I have a fair number of pictures to edit and post, but as a little teaser I thought I would post this photo of a CSX locomotive we saw crossing the Potomac.
More photos coming soon!
I spent the past weekend up in Maryland, at Assateague Island hanging out on the beach. I went up with Aleya, one of her climbing partners, and a bunch of their friends. It was a great group of people and we had a good time. We all arrived in the early afternoon on Saturday and spent most of the rest of the afternoon and evening playing in the water and on the beach. Ryan brought a bodyboard, so that got passed around.
There was a quick break in the afternoon to go kayaking. An hour was spent on the bay side of the island, kayaking in probably knee deep water. We saw several of the wild horses for which the island is known, grazing in the marshes. Oddly enough, I somehow managed to leave the island without a single picture of the horses.
We had a good dinner as the sun was going down, followed by s’mores. We took advantage of the copious illumination provided by the moon to walk back to the beach. The stars were out and the group relaxed on the beach while lightning flashed at the distant horizon. I managed a few night shots with the moonlight. Not very conducive to star trails though.
Sunday was quite a nice day as well. The bugs seemed lighter on the bay side, and nonexistent on the sea side. The late morning and early afternoon was spent back on the beach. I nursed a sunburn a bit and did a bit of bodyboarding. An elaborate sand castle was constructed with several sets of walls and moats enclosing a seashell-topped tower. This lasted only for a short time as the rising tide quickly erased all traces, even as we were building.
We left the island in the early afternoon and drove back to DC with the rest of the beachgoers. Fortunately the traffic wasn’t too bad.
Pictures are available here: Assateague Island on flickr