Spring 2013

CHESAPEAKE BAY JOURNEYS

EXPLORE • RELAX • CONSERVE

Fleeting change is good

Fleeting change is good

Capture the moment of transition to create drama

In his poem, "To the Thawing Wind," Robert Frost wrote about the southwest winds that announced the beginning of spring around his snowy New England farm. The snowbanks would steam; the warmth of the sun could be felt through the windows; the white landscape would turn to brown. He concludes the poem by asking the wind to "Scatter poems on the floor; Turn the poet out of door."

David Harp
Up the creek without an access

Up the creek without an access

Park Service, partners striving to open waters to public

The National Park Service recently catalogued more than 1,100 places in the Chesapeake watershed's six states and the District of Columbia where a person may view the water, swim, launch a boat or fish.

Joel Dunn
History on Horseback

History on Horseback

Experience Gettysburg from a soldier's viewpoint

In the early days of July 1863, at the small town of Gettysburg, PA, Union and Confederate armies clashed in one of the great battles of the U.S. Civil War.

Lara Lutz
Changes slow & seasonal

Changes slow & seasonal

VA's Northern Neck reminiscent of landscapes past

Visitors find the Northern Neck of Virginia full of intimate landscapes with quiet coves and two-lane roads linking the histories of those who came before: American Indians, founding fathers (and mothers), enslaved peoples and watermen and farmers who, for the last four centuries, have harvested its bounties.

Leslie Middleton
Chesapeake Film Festival
Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017
Alone among ‘The Ancients’

Alone among ‘The Ancients’

Bald cypress lure James Branch paddlers into the past

Paddling "rivertops," the flowing streams that give rise to the Bay's grander, tidal rivers, can be an improbably wild and intimate experience. Often, when you go back and pull up where you were on Google Earth, you discover it was an illusory wilderness, only the narrowest of green corridors through surrounding farmland and development.

Tom Horton
Calling all crews

Calling all crews

Families, teens get on board for boatbuilding classes

On just about any Tuesday evening in the winter, 25 to 30 members of the Chesapeake Bay Wooden Boat Builders bend to the age-old task of building or repairing wooden boats. In their new location in the Upper Bay Museum in Northeast, MD, the boat builders offer classes on topics such as working with wood and epoxies, and repairing Old Town canvas canoes.

Leslie Middleton
Torrey C. Brown & York Heritage Rail Trail

Torrey C. Brown & York Heritage Rail Trail

Pedal from prehistory to the present along MD/PA path

For more than a century, the Northern Central Railway was the major rail corridor connecting the anthracite coal fields of central Pennsylvania to Baltimore's industrial waterfront.

Karl Blankenship
Casting Call

Casting Call

Fishing programs reeling in next generation of anglers

You know the saying: Give a kid a fish, and maybe he'll eat it. But teach a kid to fish, and he'll want to go out to the water all of the time.

Rona Kobell
Dig in!

Dig in!

Lend a hand for history at archaeology programs

Pat Melville spent years employed at the Maryland state archives, where she handled countless reams of historical papers and microfilm. There, the past spoke mostly through the pages of history.

Lara Lutz

Day or week on a sojourn creates a lifetime of memories

Paddling on the Susquehanna Sojourn is a family affair for the Davis family of Indiana County, PA. But it didn't start that way.

Lara Lutz
Wild about spring ephemerals?

Wild about spring ephemerals?

As with almost everything else in the region, wildflowers have a short and distinct season. Don't pay attention, and you could miss them. The good news: They're easy to spot if one knows where to look. Highway departments in most states have planted medians with clovers and bluebells, and parks all over the area offer walks among the trillium, Dutchmen's breeches and bluebells.

Rona Kobell
1812 Events Round-Up

1812 Events Round-Up

It's a star-spangled season for the Chesapeake Bay region as parks, communities and historic sites present a large slate of festivals and other events to commemorate the War of 1812. Here are some suggestions to get visitors started. Some events are free, while others have fees or require registration. Check with event sponsors for details. There are more 1812 events — and a host of great places to visit — at www.starspangled200.org,

Lara Lutz
Waterfowl Festival 2017

Summer 2013

Winter 2013