Well, I finally got my last post written the other day about Cape May, NJ, identifying the mystery animal that I saw. So it is time to start another little group of accounts, this one about the Savage River area of Maryland.
If I were tell you that there is a spot in Maryland that averages 160 inches of snow a year, would you believe me? Well, it is apparently true. There is a nice, rustic lodge in this area, and there is so much snow there that they are open for snowshoe use and cross-country (Nordic) skiing. These are two things I have not done since I left Maine, where we used to get a lot of snow - but only about half of what Savage River gets.
We have wanted to check this place out for a long time and finally did, expecting typical lovely October weather. What we got instead was four days (counting the five hour drive to and fro) of drizzle and rain. But you know, one cannot control the weather, so I made the best of it. It is lovely area for hiking with 13 miles of trail on their property and on the adjoining Savage River State Forest, and there are lots of wildlife.
Where is this snowy place in Maryland? Well, it is up in the "panhandle," just a few miles west of Frostburg. I've marked it with a little purple star on the map below. Pennsylvania is to the north, just over the Mason and Dixon line a few miles, and West Virginia is to the west and south.
I really liked this place. It was lovely and relaxing. And rainy. Did I mention that it rained the whole time? Well, rain or drizzle 95% of the time. The other 5%, it was trying to figure out how to start raining again, and it always succeeded. Fortunately, we took lots to read in our snug little cabin, which was in a stand of red spruce, replite with red squirrels and red-breasted nuthatches.
Here is the lodge itself, surrounded by fog. It is a comfortable place to hang out it. There is a great fireplace, as you might imagine, and a nice dining room with great food. There also is a library (each cabin had its own selection of books as well).
I took three hikes while there, plus visited Kentuck Knob in Pennsylvania, and will write about these in the upcoming days.