The Galitz Journal for friends and family
12 September 2017
Madeleine came to visit 8th of September to escape Hurricane Irma. Took the opportunity to take a day trip to see DuPont’s old estate, Longwood Gardens, in Pennsylvania near the border of Delaware.
Had to go to Denver on business but had a chance to finally visit Rocky Mountain National Park. Took two hikes, one 3 mile (near Bear Lake) and one 4 mile (Wild Basin). It was lovely as the trees are starting to change color.
A Monday hiking group had decided to have a walk from the Korean War Memorial today. I took the Metro and bus to the starting point. Paul gave a brief talk about the memorial and then the group hopped on the harbor commuter and we went to Locust Point where the UnderArmour Headquarters is located. We checked out the immigration memorial and then took another boat ride to Fells Point. We began our two mile walk along the harbor, followed by lunch. Here’s a few photos from today’s excursion. I didn’t bother to take any photos of the mother Canadian goose with her two goslings, sorry.
Well, I had to go to Denver for a convention but did manage to get a couple of hikes in…
My friends took me to see the colorful traditions in Eleshnitza, Bulgaria for 1st of May. Most of these photos were taken by my friend who is over 6 ft tall and therefore can take photos over the heads of the crowds. This place was located about two hours south of Sofia near Bansko Ski Resort and the Pirin Mountains. Notice the hairy Kukeri with the 4 foot tall hats. Kukeri are costumes to scare away the evil spirits. Other costumes usually involve priests, demons, and an old man for comic relief. For the festivities there is also folk dancing and songs.
Spent the day in Havre de Grace, Maryland, about an hour’s drive from where I live. There was a walk sponsored by the local audubon club, “Warblers and Wildflowers” at the Sussquehanna State Park at 8:30am. The featured wildflower was the Virginia Bluebell which is in bloom for about two weeks. There are supposedly many acres of this plant in this park. Mostly blue, there are some pink and white varieties. Saw the local osprey in his tree, swallows and bald eagles flying overhead. Heard the calls of the pixelated woodpecker, cardinal, titmouse, and various migratory warblers. Picked some of the invasive mustard plant. The day was sunny and went up to the high 60’s. Afterwards I went on a 5k AVA trail that took me along the boardwalk, lighthouse and downtown Havre de Grace. Had a tasty crabcake for lunch at the Promenade grill by the bay. Went up the lighthouse (only 3 people allowed at a time), watched the fishermen on the boardwalk and took in some ice cream at Bomboy’s candy store. There was an impromptu high school jazz concert that took place in front of the fire station. Also saw a couple of weddings and a moving sale. It was my first time visiting this town and it was very pleasant. I understand HdG gets really busy in the summer.
Something new. Found the walking club – American Volkssporting Association and decided to go to their Biennial event in Maryland.
Received 3 pins for walking Antietam (12k), Hagerstown (10k) and Shepardstown (5k). Nice group of people where walking is done at your own pace, no set times to start or to finish.