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Hit the Trail

What would you expect a four-and-three-quarter-year-old to say at the end of a four-and-a-half-mile hike that she just finished using her own two feet? “What a wonderful day,” Sofi announced when we walked past the old Tavern (that I was wishing was still a tavern) at Great Falls National Park.

Copperhead Snake Found in Gaithersburg

Copperhead Snake Found in Gaithersburg

This Information was sent to us by the City of Gaithersburg:

On June 6, 2011, at approximately 7:15 p.m., Gaithersburg Animal Control captured a Copperhead snake in the 100 block of Swanton Lane in the Orchard Park Community.  The Copperhead is one of only two venomous snakes that are indigenous to Maryland; the other is the Timber Rattlesnake. 

Copperheads are the most active in the warmer summer months at dusk and evening hours.  During daylight hours they are prone to lie underneath objects to take cover from the hot summer sun.  Their natural camouflage coloring makes them difficult to detect if they are lying in leaves or brush.

While it is rare that City Animal Control officers encounter Copperheads in Gaithersburg, it is a reminder that residents should be aware of their surroundings when doing yard work and other outdoor activities. 

For quick identification of the Copperhead, visit: 

Montgomery Parks Historic Sites Season Opens Saturday, April 2

Montgomery Parks Historic Sites Season Opens Saturday, April 2

From Montgomery County Department of Parks:

Bluebirds Take Flight in Montgomery Parks: Thanks to Volunteers More than 1,200 Fledged in 2010

Bluebirds Take Flight in Montgomery Parks: Thanks to Volunteers More than 1,200 Fledged in 2010

From Montgomery County Department of Parks:

Shenandoah National Park Partner Receives 2009 Northeast Region George and Helen Hartzog Award

Shenandoah National Park Partner Receives 2009 Northeast Region George and Helen Hartzog Award

The Potomac Appalachian Trail Club, also known as the PATC, has been recognized as an outstanding partner of Shenandoah National Park and the National Park Service. Shenandoah National Park Deputy Superintendent Jennifer Flynn recently presented PATC the prestigious 2009 National Park Service George and Helen Hartzog group award for the Northeast Region.

Potomac Bridle and Hiking Trails Association Annual Post Thanksgiving Ride and Hike

  • Old River Rd & Montevideo Rd, Poolesville, MD 20837 (Meet on Old River Road between Montevideo Rd and Poole's Store.)
  • November 26, 2010
  • 10:30am
  • Explore the new trails in Seneca Creek State Park on the Friday after Thanksgiving!  Two mounted groups and one hiking group will go into the park. Afterward, enjoy hot dogs and barbecue at Poole's Store. Current Coggins required.??

    Trailers should enter Old River Road from Montevideo and park on the Poole's Store side of the road.

    Please RSVP by email.