The Choate Mine at the Soldiers Delight Natural Environmental area. Chromite was mines here starting back in 1827 and was mined until 1860. Occasionally the park staff will have guided tours by historian and environmental engineer Johnny Johnsson who is an expert on these mines. The tours actually include getting to pan for Chromite.
You can call the Soldiers Delight visitor center for tour details and times. They also have several other activities for both children and adults, displays of local wildlife and the history of the mines, and even a small aviary!
And yes in case you were wondering it is terrifying to hold your camera out over a mine shaft to get these picture ;) http://dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/Pages/central/soldiersdelight.aspx
I absolutely love this picture but I can’t exactly take credit for it. I mean I took it but they’re not my shoes. My friends sister went to Alaska for a vacation (I think) after graduating high school. When she left these boots, Merrill’s I think, had just been bought. Clearly she loved and used them intensely for the short time she was there. #optoutside#hiking#truetothetrail#welllovedboots#merrellshoes
This stone wall was a nice surprise to find on the trail. Ya have to wonder just how old it is. Civil war era perhaps. We’re in the right geographical area for it. It’s only a few miles from the Washington Monument. Kinda amazing that it’s still standing after so many years. #optoutside#hiking#civilwarrelics#washingtonmonument
My water woes continue. 3 weeks ago I went to Old Rag Mountain and drastically underestimated how much water I’d need for that hike. Then yesterday I stoped for a breather and to enjoy an overlook. I set my pack on a rock and looked out over the valley. Suddenly I hear a thunk as my bag slides off the rock and my water bottle falls out. And of course the top pops off spilling all my water out on the rocks. I was far enough into the hike that it wasn’t worth cancelling over, but still frustrating. #optoutside#hiking#geology#waterwoes#applaciantrail
Two days ago I went to Annapolis Rocks to watch the sunset. It’s a 2.2 mike hike from the trailhead, so because I stayed for the sunset I had to hike back in the dark. Don’t worry mom I brought a flashlight with me. So yesterday when I went to the Washington Monument 3 Miles in the other direction I didn’t stick around for the complete sunset as I was getting tired of tripping on rocks in the dark. So I left before the sun was fully down. However it was dark before I made it back to the car. So I’m walking back following the trail markers by flashlight, and earlier in the evening I had passed but trail runner who was out enjoying the trail. A note to all of you trail runners who like to run in the evening when it’s cooler, if you’re going to run up behind somebody in the dark on the trail, maybe give a call out 20 feet away. The heart attack he nearly gave me when I heard him racing up the trail from 5 feet behind me in the dark was not the highlight of my evening. #optoutside#hiking#truetothetrail#idratherbeexploring#trailrunning#lifeadvice
Two days ago I went to Annapolis Rocks to watch the sunset. It’s a 2.2 mike hike from the trailhead, so because I stayed for the sunset I had to hike back in the dark. Don’t worry mom I brought a flashlight with me. So yesterday when I went to the Washington Monument 3 Miles in the other direction I didn’t stick around for the complete sunset as I was getting tired of tripping on rocks in the dark. So I left before the sun was fully down but it was still very lovely there and a fun hike. #optoutside#hiking#truetothetrail#idratherbeexploring#applaciantrail
The view from the top of the monument. It’s a brisk 3 mike hike out from the parking area on Rt. 70. A very mild incline up and down throughout the hike till the very end, gets a tad steep as you approach the monument. #optoutside#hiking#applaciantrail#nationalmonument