If you read the last post, you know the family was in Florida at the beginning of March. Here is what was left out of the previous paddling post: bacon, swimming and fishing.
We had the largest gathering of McCorkle's that I can remember - with the addition of the neighbors and the lovely Sloane, i think we had 16 people cooking bacon. This was also the first time that we had to ration the bacon, the old man actually used a ruler to make sure everyone got the same amount.
In April I packed my gear and headed north to the Allegheny National forest in PA for our annual weekend of camping and general debauchery to celebrate the first day of trout fishing season. It was unusually quiet this year, and the images I captured reflect that. Where we would normally have 8-10 tents and 15 or more people camped at our site, we had 3 tents and my hammock - only 4 people including myself called our normal spot home this year. All my rowdy friends have settled down......
I spent a fair amount of time this spring paddling the rivers and creeks in MD, WV and PA. Falling off of waterfalls in kayaks, surfing waves, avoiding trash in Baltimore harbor and making new friends.
On Easter sunday, Sloane and I caught the sunrise in Baltimore harbor. I was on a mission to get some good shots for a paddling publication, which worked out really well. I also did a sunset paddle with my friend Ian on the same day, near the mouth of the Patapsco river.
Sloane's folks came to town in April and we braved the millions of people at the cherry blossom festival in DC. It was beautiful and epic to see the trees in full bloom, however this is the one and only time I will be attending - so. many. people. We managed to have a good time aside from the crowds.
Most recently we took a trip to the Green Ridge state forest in western MD, we camped out and floated on the Potomac river in a section called the Paw Paw Bends. It was most excellent.
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