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Locust Point, Fells Point – Baltimore

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.

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Free boat rides

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A view from the boat

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Kayaks or Canoes?

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Immigrants used to hop on a train station from the harbor and head west without ever stopping in Baltimore

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Some famous Oriole?

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Homes along Fells Point

Denver for business…

Well, I had to go to Denver for a convention but did manage to get a couple of hikes in…

Glimpse of the Rockies from Cherry Creek State Park

Glimpse of the Rockies from Cherry Creek State Park

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By Cherry Creek which is famous for flooding a third of Denver in 1950. They dammed the creek and made it a state park with a lake reservoir.

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A hike out to an overlook at Boulder, Colorado. Six miles total; a long trail but not too steep.

 

Rugby/London

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Rugby, by the school. I think this is the music hall.

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With friends in front of the Rubert Brooke statue. Rubert Brooke was an up and coming poet who’s life got cut short by WWI. Yeats liked his poetry.

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Statute of the founder of the game of Rugby.

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Finches in the yard of my friend in London.

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Flying over Greenland.

Sofia/Serdica, Bulgaria

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St. George Rotunda Church is the most ancient Christian Temple in Sofia located in the City Centre and constructed during the 4th Century by Romans.

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Ancient Serdica uncovered during building of Metro underground in Sofia

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Serdica ruins

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Serdica ruins.

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Serdica ruins

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Roman latrine

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Roman plumbing

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Synagogue, a block away from Mosque and Church.

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Mosque near marketplace, bath house and synagogue and church.

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Bath house in Sofia now a Museum covering the history of Sofia.

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Tsar Ferdinand’s carriage

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Upstairs in the “bath house”

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Mineral springs. The reason Sofia was settled by the Thracians and Romans.

Bansko, Bulgaria

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At the oldest pine tree in Bulgaria — Baikushev white fir. Approximate age of about 1,300 years, Baikushev’s pine is one of the oldest trees in the world and is a contemporary of Bulgaria’s founder, Khan Asparukh. It has a height of 26 m, is 2.2 m in diameter and 7.8m in circumference.

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Oven put on the outside of the home.

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At the second tallest mountain in the region. 1972 meter point.

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Sign of Spring – Storks are back.

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View outside my apartment in Bansko

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Outside St. Teodor of Dobarsko. No photos allowed inside. Famous for an icon which folks that have imagination say “Christ is riding a rocket ship”.

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Saturday at Midnight for Orthodox Easter. Lighting candles. Folks greet each other with “Christ has risen” and walk around the church 3 times.

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Eleshnitza, Bulgaria

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. kukeri14 kukeri13 kukeri12 kukeri11 kukeri10 kukeri09 kukeri08 kukeri07 kukeri06 Kukeri05 Kukeri04 Kukeri03 kukeri01

Havre de Grace, MD

Sussquehanna River

Sussquehanna River

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.

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Trilium

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Spring Beauty

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Virginia Bluebells in Profusion

Prothonotary Warbler

Prothonotary Warbler

Dutchmen's Britches

Dutchmen’s Britches

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Virginia Bluebells

Virginia Bluebells

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Trout Lily

Trout Lily

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Violets - lots of types

Violets – lots of types

Golden ragwort

Golden ragwort

Invasive Garlic Mustard (edible)

Invasive Garlic Mustard (edible)

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1827 Lighthouse - Havre de Grace, MD

1827 Lighthouse – Havre de Grace, MD

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Oldest building in Havre de Grace 1813 - Rodgers House

Oldest building in Havre de Grace 1813 – Rodgers House

White perch - this one goes back

White perch – this one goes back

Perch caught on the pier

Perch caught on the pier

 

 

Antietam, Hagerstown, and Shepardstown

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.

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Springtime at Antietam National Battlefield

Springtime at Antietam National Battlefield

 

Musical Instruments - Butterfly Sculpture Theme - Hagerstown, MD

Musical Instruments – Butterfly Sculpture Theme – Hagerstown, MD

 

Little Heiskell (German Soldier) Weathervane, symbol of Hagerstown

Little Heiskell (German Soldier) Weathervane, symbol of Hagerstown

 

Columns on a Barn? Hagerstown

Columns on a Barn? Hagerstown

 

The Fishing Lesson - Art in the Park

The Fishing Lesson – Art in the Park

 

Elmwood Cemetary - Shepardstown, WV - 114 CSA burials from Antietam

Elmwood Cemetary – Shepardstown, WV – 114 CSA burials from Antietam

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Tulip Magnolia survivors after the mixed rain and snow day

Tulip Magnolia survivors after the mixed rain and snow day

 

Bridge remnants from the 1936 flood - Potomac - state line WV & MD

Bridge remnants from the 1936 flood – Potomac – state line WV & MD

 

Old Market Place (now a Library) in the middle of the street with the Order of the Odd Fellows Symbol of the Seeing Eye, Shepardstown, WV

Old Market Place (now a Library) in the middle of the street with the Order of the Odd Fellows Symbol of the Seeing Eye, Shepardstown, WV

SummerKeys – Lubec, Maine

Went to my first week long music camp in Lubec, Maine – the easternmost city in the USA, right next to Canada.  Didn’t have much time to take photographs but here are a few.

Quoddy Head Lighthouse

Photo courtesy of Marilyn’s cell phone – Quoddy Head Lighthouse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Smokehouse Museum

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Dog Daze

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Town Square Sculpture

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Lighthouse & Lupines

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Main Street

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Artsy Shingles

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Corn Flower & Bee

At Cello Camp

Photo courtesy of Jennifer – Posing for the photographers during group cello lesson

 

Milwaukee

Stamp show for Earl.

Stop at Milwaukee Art Museum.

LibertyRoosterPicasso Freedom Roosters was amusing.  Nearly didn’t get there because of a Komen walk blocking everything.

 

Stop at Milwaukee Public Museum. 3D Film about Pandas being reintroduced to the wild. Saw what the earthquake did to the center we had visited back in 2000.  Found Earl’s muskrat diorama which captured his imagination 25 years ago being the first one in the US.

MuskratDioramaHad a chance to visit relatives in Ohio on the way to Milwaukee. Friends on the way back to Maryland.

 

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