It is no secret that Peter and I like our hikes.
We so enjoy the outdoors, and we love being in nature.
If the weather is good, we try to take a hike almost every weekend during spring, summer (if it is not too hot) and in the fall. You can hike in the winter as well, of course. BUT, it makes it tricky due to snow and ice on the trails. So we tend not to hike as much as we'd like from December to March.
A hike gives you so much more than just a walk. It gives you the fresh air, it gives you beautiful nature, it usually gives you a good challenge, and it gives you strength in every way.
You feel renewed afterwards.
It is so nice, it is as simple as that.
If we are going on a longer hike, or if we are a further away from home, we usually pack a lunch pic-nic; sandwiches, salads, fruit, coffee, pop-corn and maybe something else.
It is so nice to reward yourself during a hike. We usually stop for lunch at the most beautiful spot the hike has to offer. And that spot, is more than likely, always "the goal" for said hike.
We spent part of our Sunday in Calvert Cliffs State Park in Maryland, on the western shore.
It took us about an hour and fifteen minutes to drive there from Reston.
First, we drove along The Beltway to our exit in Maryland. Then we drove mostly on rural roads.
The hike itself was easy, very flat.
And, the weather was as perfect as it gets, sunny and around 69 F, or 20 C.
Not too hot, not too cold.
Here are som pics!
Have a lovely Tuesday!
Light green beauty in the woods!
Flat, nice path to follow ...
When we got closer to the beach we had to walk past a huge marsh. Well, peeps, I can easily imagine how it must feel hiking here in the dead of the summer, 90-100 degrees (32-37 C), 99 % humidity, sticky as hell and a s**t-load of bugs. SO thankful that we had such perf weather!
The boardwalks leading to the beach were nice, and very well maintained.
We saw turtles and frogs. Bald eagles (havsörnar) are very common in this area. I think I saw one, far away in the distance. I so want to see a bald eagle up close and personal one of these days. That would be so cool!
And then, the BAY!!!
Here are the cliffs! So very cool. You cannot climb the cliffs due to erosion. But they are majestic to look at. It did not feel like we were still in the DC-area. The cliffs consist of sand, rocks, fossils and clay. There are similar rocks in Rappahanock River in Virginia as well, called Fones Cliffs. These cliffs are nothing but fascinating.
See the birds in the sky? Could one of them indeed be a bald eagle?
Places like these are SO my cup of tea!
The Chesapeake Bay. I so love and appreciate said bay, glad we have it nearby. It looks more like the open sea here, but Maryland's Eastern Shore is on the other side, and further south the bay joins the Atlantic Ocean.
It was windy on the beach, not too warm at all. But, I happen to know that this is a fairly popular swimming beach during the summer months. However, the only way you can get here is walking thru the woods for 1,8 miles, or 2,9 kilometers. So, I gather that little fact will scare a lot of people away. Good for the rest of us :-)
And it smelled so lovely here. Like the sea, I love that smell so MUCH!
Hubby the day before he turned 51 :-)
Peter and I took a longer, and more challenging trail, on the way back to the car. Very serene thru the woods. We were totally alone on the less traveled paths. Not a single person was out and about, except the two of us. Yes, it was very nice.
What is not to love?
I love this. Our next hike? Ah, that will be on The Appalachian Trail this upcoming weekend. We cannot wait!