For those new to the area or just new to the outdoors, don't pass up opportunities to head up into the forests of Gambrill and Greenbriar. Considered jewels of the east cost for mountain bikers, these areas have extensive trail systems for hours of rocky, rooty trail riding. There are plenty of creeks and ponds if you love fishing for trout and pan fish. We often spot some of Appalachia's wildest creatures while hiking these serene wooded areas. Get Up, Get Out and experience Frederick's outdoors!
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I took advantage of the warm weather we had on Saturday and decided to go for a long bike ride. I like the quiet country roads that lay north of Frederick city. These are easily accesible without crossing major traffic lanes. Several years ago I had done a motorcycle ride that visited the Covered Bridges of Frederick County . There are three that I know of in our county (Utica, Loys Station and Roddy Creek) and only six remain in Maryland. All are constructed in much the same way, being of wooden construction with barn style wooden planks and roofing.
17 miles of beautiful farmland scenery and I had reached my destination. The setting for Loys Station Park is quaint. Being nestled inside the bend of Owen's Creek, the park is hugged by water on three sides. The surrounding views of farmland are a perfect backdrop for the bridge that remains so well preserved. This is by far my favorite of the three bridges because there is opportunity here to rest, take in the scenery and play at the park if you have children (or the energy of a child).
Cycling in Frederick County can be one of the most rewarding outdoor activities we have to offer. Considering all the great destinations and beautiful country scenery, I'd bet that most anyone could find a ride that suits their ability and taste. Get up, Get out...
BALTIMORE (AP) -- Jason Hammel's run of 19 straight innings without yielding an earned run ended after eight pitches.
Things only got worse after that.
Baltimore's winningest pitcher didn't make it out of the fourth inning, and the Orioles struggled at the plate again in a 13-1 loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night.
Hammel (8-3) entered with a two-game winning streak in which he pitched a combined 17 innings without allowing an earned run. That meant nothing to the hard-hitting Angels, who roughed up Baltimore pitching in a two-game sweep.
Hammel gave up eight runs and eight hits in 3 1-3 innings, his shortest outing of the season.
"Good-hitting ballclub, not necessarily power but just putting it in play," Hammel said of the Angels. "They're going to put the bat on the ball and put it in play somewhere, and that's what happened tonight."
One night after reaching season highs in homers and hits, Los Angeles set a season mark for runs in its most lopsided victory of 2012. The Angels totaled 20 runs and 33 hits during their sixth straight series win.
Wilson Betemit had three hits for the Orioles, who have lost six of eight. Baltimore has scored only 12 runs during that slide. After going 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position, the Orioles are 2 for 47 in that situation over the last nine games.
"It's always frustrating," said J.J. Hardy, who was twice robbed of hits by excellent fielding plays. "Whenever we get runners in scoring position, we always want to get them in. It just hasn't been going our way lately."
Kendrys Morales had three hits and four RBIs, and Mike Trout had four hits and scored three runs for the Angels, who have won 13 of their last 17 games overall and 13 of 14 on the road. Alberto Callaspo had two hits in a six-run fourth that made it 9-1.
Making his second start for Los Angeles since spending three weeks on the disabled list with a lower back strain, Jered Weaver (8-1) allowed one run and six hits over 6 2-3 innings. He walked one and struck out six.
The right-hander lowered his ERA to 2.31 and became the seventh pitcher in club history to win 90 games. The two-time All-Star is 90-48 in six-plus seasons.
Los Angeles set the tone in the first inning when Hunter hit a solo shot into the left-field seats, the first home run off Hammel in five starts since May 30.
In the bottom half, Trout made a sensational leaping catch at the center-field wall to rob Hardy of a homer.
"For sure, that's probably the best play I've seen against me," Hardy said. "Maybe the best I've seen against anyone else, too. Pretty good."
Hardy hated to see it happen, but Weaver appreciated the view.
"One of the best plays I have seen behind me," he said. "Obviously very uplifting, and I played off of that. The offense did the rest."
Chris Davis followed with a two-out single to end an 0-for-29 drought and Adam Jones hit an RBI double, but that was the extent of Baltimore's attack.
Los Angeles went up 3-1 in the third. Hammel retired the first two batters, then gave up a single and two walks to load the bases for Morales, who grounded a two-run single up the middle.
The Angels' six-run fourth was their most prolific inning of the season. The uprising was fueled by two errors and featured RBI singles by Howie Kendrick, Trout, Hunter and Morales.
Los Angeles made it 11-1 in the fifth, scoring two runs on a two-out error by second baseman Brian Roberts. In the seventh, Peter Bourjos doubled in a run and scored on a single by Morales.
NOTES: Orioles DH Nick Johnson left the game with an injured right wrist. He will have an MRI on Thursday. ... Angels first baseman Albert Pujols walked three times before being replaced in the sixth inning. ... The Orioles activated RHP Matt Lindstrom (finger) from the 15-day DL and optioned utility player Steve Tolleson to Triple-A Norfolk. ... The Angels continue their nine-game road trip Thursday night in Toronto, where they will play a four-game series. Baltimore will send Wei-Yin Chen to the mound Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series against Cleveland. ... Angels SS Erick Aybar had his 11-game hitting streak snapped. ... Morales increased his career average against Baltimore to .386 (27 for 70), the best against any AL club.
We hike long distances. We raise money for non-profits that support abused and neglected children. We want you to team up with us.
Our next adventure:
Hike 3,000 miles in a day.
How? By working together. The Saturday of Labor Day weekend – September 1, 2012 – hikers from around the country will set a team goal and cover as many miles as they can. A team could do a 1, 5, 10 or 30+ mile section together or cover a larger distance by breaking it up into smaller segments and assigning sections according to ability. By combining all of our efforts, we hope to cover at least 3,000 miles that day.
Why? Because abused and neglected kids need us and hiking is more than about ourselves.
This effort will benefit non –profits who help these kids in at least 3 ways:
Through the collected registration/donation fee of $300 per team, that is just $30 per person for a team of 10 and through corporate sponsors, 1 Voice Trekking will be supporting The National Center for Children and Families – www.nccf-cares.org – These funds will be directed to a very specific goal to be announced in the near future.
Each team is encouraged to seek out a local charity and coordinate a drive to collect specific items each particular charity needs. This means each team can use this hike to support their local community, network and get involved. Become Team “fill in your charities name” and hike with us.
Non-profits are encouraged to use this event as a fundraiser for their particular mission. Get a team together and after paying our registration fee, start raising awareness for your non-profit by rallying people in your community to sponsor your team as they gear up for this challenging hike.
We met some friends in Virginia at Old Rag Mountain to hike the 10 mile loop that includes a famous rock scramble. The top most part of Old Rag consists of nothing but rock! Ther are big boulders to play on and crevices and caves to explore. There had been some pretty significant snowfall the night before and that made the trek that much more fun...and picturesque. Check out our pohoto album here for some awesome pictures:
I work with a charitable organization named 1VoiveTrekking that seeks to bring awareness to and raise funds for abused, neglected and underprivaleged children. We seek out challenges and events that bring light to the subject matter. Our next event will be the biggest yet and we need your help in spreading the word and getting involved.
Check out http://1voicetrekking.com/ to learn about our next hike for charity.
1voicetrekking has uploaded a new video that chronicles our 50 mile hike last month. You can check it out here:
Watching the video and seeing the photos reminds me of the enourmous effort that went into planning and completing this big hike. Thanks to everyone invloved we were able to donate approximately $5,000 to the Diakon Flight Program for wayward children. Please consider donating at the website.
This past weekend we went out to Summers Farm to walk in the pumpkin patch and take a hay ride with the kids. My Mom and Uncle came up to join us for some fun in the unusually warm Autumn weather. Summers has a whole host of things to do during this time of year including a corn maze, a bounce pillow, pony rides, and other activites for kids. We took a ride on the hay wagon over to the pumpkin patch to look for a few pumpkins to decorate the house. Grandma took some great pictures of the patch and the surrounding farmland while my daughter and my Uncle walked along looking for just the right "punkin", as my daughter calls them. We topped off the day with a great lunch at a local restaurant. There are still loads of pumpkins and gourds left and the weather looks to be turning good again for being outside. I hope you all get to take a walk in the pumpkin patch this fall!
1 Voice Trekking participates in long hikes in order to bring awareness to and raise funds for abused, neglected and under-privileged children. The organization’s members have already completed 27 and 41 mile hikes right here in our back yards. For this hike we would be taking on the Appalachian Trail between Waynesboro, MD and Boiling Springs, PA. This would include 50 miles of rugged Appalachian terrain, spanning almost 24 hours from noon on Friday until 11 am on Saturday, without stopping! The end point of the trip was at the Diakon Wilderness Center, which is a refuge of sorts for young boys in need of attention and nurturing. If you take the path we chose to Diakon, it is also a veritable fortress in the sky!
We started at noon on Friday, September 30th, 2011 on a journey that many of us thought would be purely physical. Little did we know that what lay before us was a challenge of endurance, persistence, faith and comradery. Little had we guessed that the potential for serious danger lay within the confines of a seemingly peaceful and serene woodland forest. If there was any indication, the fact that we headed off on the wrong trail for two miles might have clued us in. But the jovial spirit of the moment had us laughing and joking about the lapse in judgement...at least for the time being...
As we trekked through the forest, up and down over the hills and through the meadows, we were engulfed in the sounds of playful brooks as they meandered along their way. Ferns and mushrooms and Mountain Laurel dotted the edge of the trail like whimsical gnomes, heralding our approach. We 14 were elated to be in the woods and on the trail for such a worthy cause and it showed in our lively pace. We hammered through mile after mile, some of us seemingly driven by internal steam engines, chugging and chanting the sounds of gravel under foot.
But Mother Nature had not shown her hand to us completely! The veil of darkness soon had its grip on the canopy above, and then it wasn’t a moment before this enchanting place became the womb where nightmares are born. As the last headlamp went on, so too did the last flicker of sunlight slip through the leaves. And it was in complete darkness that we would spend the next grueling hours, bathed in the chill of the night. The tree limbs that were at once a picturesque backdrop to an early Autumn afternoon were now creaking and curling in toward us. Like the spinney fingers of a witch they dared to entangle us in their tricky trap. And so too did the forest floor seem to open up and Grendle himself appear with outstretched arms, clawing and gnashing at our feet. Many of us would sleepily stumble from rock to rock and bounce from tree to tree. So dark was it that we might as well have been in a deep dark cave, spelunking our way toward some unseen light. Some trekkers tell a tale of demonic gremlins peering from just outside the reach of our spherical lights, while others experienced sights of magical prancing ponies with wings. Whatever the case, the lack of sleep and the extraordinary expense of calories had us all on a haunting trip through the darkness. Had it not been for the superb efforts of our support team none would have emerged from that hell. Instead we were fed, re-hydrated, reinvigorated and even saved from certain peril thanks to Team O’Connor who graciously drove through the night to meet us at intervals along the way.
As night finally gave way to to a chilly and damp morning we found ourselves at the cusp of the last leg of a long hard journey. Yet, Diakon lay still many miles ahead of (and above) us. This last 7 miles would be the ultimate test of grit and determination. As if the long hours, sleep deprivation, the blistered feet, and the aching bones were not enough torture, we had still more obstacles to surmount, the main one being elevation. As we departed the comfort of an impromptu roadside den, that fortress in the sky called down to us from high atop a wooded ridge. Between us and it were rocky inclines, stair-cased switchbacks, cold mountain water, and what will forever be known to me as the Great Pennsylvania Rock Maze. We climbed and climbed and climbed. And when we didn’t climb we plodded down steep faces that seemed to grind every bone in my weary legs. I felt as if my knees were going to explode and my calves burned from the never-ending climbs. As close as we thought we were to victory and rest, Diakon always seemed just out of reach. At each turn we were met with yet another rock scramble, or another staircase, or a flooded creek bed that whisked away our hope of a dry finish. That last mile and a half seemed to repeat itself while false images of buildings and camp sites disappeared like desert mirages.
Finally! Real structures appeared and the trail gave way to a paved driveway that led right to an inviting cafeteria. The smell of warm food flirted with my nostrils and finally I got my wish for a real seat to sit in! We were treated to a hearty Shepherd's Pie, cheeseburgers with all the fixins, orange juice and hot coffee - a real feast for the weary woodland trekkers, and a welcome change from the monotony of water and granola. At last the long journey had come to its end. We were reunited with the open arms and smiles from friends, old and new.
Its fun to tell a fantastical story of an epic adventure. Its great to get outdoors and do something challenging for a good cause. But the real heroes are the people who take there time and efforts to give meaning to lives that may be hanging in the balance. My inspiration are the people like Anthony Brau who are committed to the success of these youths; people like Greg Blair who organize and contribute through volunteerism; people like Gabe and Heidi, Billy and Don who push past their limits for a cause greater than 14 crazy people walking through the night, and to gracious givers like Jackie, Keen Footware, Really Raw Honey, REI Rockville, and Galaxy who find ways to play their part in an effort to build and support the lives of our future leaders. Last I heard, somewhere close to $5,000 had been raised in conjunction with this effort! I am so proud of what we accomplished and I thank God that I was blessed to cross paths with everyone at 1Voice Trekking/Diakon Flight Program/HikingUpward. This is a Get Up, Get Out...I won’t soon forget! Stay tuned, 1 Voice is already planning the next big adventure...