As usual, not really wordless...
|They sell some kick-ass local honey in this little store. We had never seen it prior, but we noticed it while giving my Mom the tour close to Sugarloaf.|
With my mom next to a giant sunflower!
|A secret garden!|
|For all the West Coast readers: sorry, this is a mountain. ;) It is not a hill. It's not one of your tall snow-capped crags but I dare you to hike the trails going up it...they are just as rocky and have no switchbacks! None of the trails in this whole region have switchbacks. There is a reason why our Old Dominion ride in the Virginia mountains is called The Beast of the East, second only to the Tevis Cup in difficulty! ;P (Tevis, or the Western States Trail Ride, is held in Placer County in CA and is considered the most difficult endurance ride in the world.)|
The mountains seen from Frederick are the Catoctin range, which are part of the foothills of the Appalachians.
The Appalachian mountain range of the US East Coast are among the oldest mountains in New World. They formed the central mountain range of Pangea, the great supercontinent before the continental drift.
These green mountains are as old as time. (Hint: The Appalachians are 4x older than the Rockies.)
Here is a great comparison between the Appalachians and the Rockies.
Trail on the same mountain as the picture above, Sugarloaf.
That ain't no "hill trail". I've hiked in the Rockies, both in Wyoming and in Lake Tahoe, CA.
The trails there were tamer than the majority of mountain trails I've done out here so far, both on horseback and on foot.
See that brick wall on the other side of the canal, with the door?...
|A hand-painted canvas announces a record store.|
|Lots of little basement stores like this one!|
Love the details above that alley entrance.
|In the DC/VA/MD region, history is a big deal, and Frederick is no exception. Francis Scott Key, the man that wrote The Star Spangled Banner, was born in Frederick! He is honored throughout, with street names like Key Parkway and the local radio station Key 103. It's one of the things we love about living in this area: it has a story. Everything has a story. People have their stories, and the ones that have lived here for a long time are always happy to share them.|
|Reminds me of some of the architecture you see in Baltimore.|
|At The Delaplaine Art Center in downtown Frederick.|
We walked around downtown on this day, the first Saturday of the month (which apparently is a big deal in downtown), and there was live music everywhere, both on the streets and inside some of the restaurants and bars.
|There were shiny metallic beetles in these flowers...|
|Like this one.|
They looked like little jewels.
|Love the colors. Nothing is dull around here.|
|They sell All The Dog Stuff at this little store!|
|All the stone houses. This is a different one from the one in the previous photo.|
|Check out the awning.|
|See? Artsy. I'm not posting pics of the house this belongs to because it's REALLY unique and well, privacy. But trust me: you see some really cool, out-there home decoration around here!|
My mom said it: "This area is so you two!"
Happy to be here!