The holiday season posting has commenced though by now the holiday season is nearly over along with the holiday shopping crowds and the lack of snow so far in the DC area. Happy post-Thanksgiving, mid-Chanukah, pre-Christmas, and pre-Kwanza celebrating. Here’s hoping you don’t let the cold deter you from a little outdoor fun before winter’s official arrival. After the jump another AT hike in Maryland, and some awesome holiday and non-holiday activities in the area. Though it was not Tai Shan a pic of kung fu panda attacking a New York City apartment building taken from Central Park this Thanksgiving may help those missing the Chinese-owned panda.
- A Quick AT Hike with some vert: We did a six miler roundtrip that connected a part of the AT in Maryland we had accidentally neglected but lucked out on a great entry trail that took us up a mile to the Pogo campsite and then over about two more miles to the Annapolis Rocks which we’d been to and written about previously. At the Annapolis Rocks we saw a small group of hikers head off the trail with their dog in to the unknown and also wiggling just next to us on some sun baked rocks was a skinny snake a little over two feet long. If it could talk it would have said “I hope these tea party freaks stop using me as a symbol and please, for the love of snakes, don’t tread on me with your trail running sneakers that need to be replaced with some proper boots.”
- This way to the Gunpowder State Park Show: The Maryland Department of Natural Resources calendar is a great resource for outdoor activities. At Gunpowder Falls State Park in Baltimore County. Santa’s Workshop takes place this weekend on Saturday and Sunday, December 11 and 12, 2010 from 12 pm to 3 pm on each day. at the North Point Visitor’s Center. Have your picture or a kid’s picture taken with Santa Claus if you’d like. There will be crafts to make and take home as gifts along with an opportunity to do a little Christmas shopping. Train gardens and Christmas decorations will be on display along with holiday music and fun for all. Donations are welcome. For more information contact Bob Iman at 410-477-0757 or email@example.com. Gunpowder Falls State Park falls over nearly 18,000 acres in Harford and Baltimore Counties and was established to protect the stream valleys of the Big and Little Gunpowder Falls and the Gunpowder River, which begins at Days Cove where the Big and Little Gunpowders converge. The park includes tidal marshes, wetlands, steep, rugged slopes and much more. There are more than 100 miles of trails, including the 21 mile Northern Central Railroad (NCR) Trail. Find directions and more park information here.
- Everybody’s heard that the bird is the word winter bird walk in Laurel: Search for birds in several habitats on a guided hike at the National Wildlife Visitor Center in Laurel this Saturday, December 11 from 8:30 am to 10:30 am if you feel like getting up and out early and before visiting Santa at Gunpowder. This is a great opportunity to see birds from Northern climates, who spend winters in the Mid-Atlantic. Field guides and binoculars are recommended, reservations required. December 11, 8:30am – 10:30am. Free. Patuxent Research Refuge. Laurel, Maryland. Call (301) 497-5887 for more information.
- Are we human or are we dancers Eastern Shore Archaeology Talk: From, the minds of the Chesapeake Conservancy–Did you know the Smithsonian Institution has determined Miles Point in St. Michaels to be the oldest site of human habitation on this continent? For a donation or pledge to the “Help Keep Miles Point Green” campaign, the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy is hosting Smithsonian Archaeologist Dennis Stanford for a presentation of “How Miles Point will change our understanding of first peoples.” December 12, 1:30pm – 3:30pm. Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, Steamboat Building. St. Michaels, Maryland. Call the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy at (410) 827-9756 for more information and to reserve a seat.
- Santa via Kayak Onancock Holiday Weekend: They’re no skiing Santas but there’s more awesomeness from the Chesapeake Conservancy even though it’s a bit far from the DC area. There will be flying Santas, a kayak flotilla, choirs and banjos December 10-11 in Onancock, Virginia. On Friday afternoon, Santa and his elves will arrive by boat into the town Harbor before leading a parade of carolers up to Town Square for a tree illumination and live music. Then, Onancock’s galleries and shops will hold a town–wide Open House. On Saturday, six historic homes, Ker Place, the Charlotte Hotel and the Naomi Makemie Presbyterian Church, will be open to the public followed by choirs, banjos and more during an evening musical celebration to benefit the Eastern Shore Literacy Council. December 10, 4pm – 8pm & December 11, 2pm – 8pm. Visit www.onancock.org for information on ticket prices. Onancock Historic District and Town Wharf. Onancock,Virginia. Call (757) 302-0388 for more information.
- Skiing Santas invade Maine ski resort (gadling.com)