1 06 2010

We skipped traffic on Memorial Day and headed into the woods, through the trees, and to the beach. Bebe’s first beach!

calvert cliffs - splash

And not just any beach. A mostly-empty beach on Chesapeake Bay, with easy-wading depth for Bebe, and fossils. And did I mention the gorgeous, easy 3.6 mile hike through the woods and marsh? Calvert Cliffs State Park is a Maryland treasure and an easy day trip for us (2 hours of scenic driving each way).

Last week I read a lovely travel review written by Nancy of summer sky: learning as I go. Her pictures are delightful and inspired us to visit the park ourselves.

I am a terrible hiker (mucho joint pain) and Bebe needed to be carried most of the way, but it was delightful. At the park entrance, we were told that the beachward trail was stroller friendly (and it is, mostly), so Bebe got to ride in style and chatter about everything we saw and heard:

small bridges and waterways;

calvert cliffs - red trail

ferns, moss, and mushrooms;

calvert cliffs - mushroom log

rustling live trees, trees downed by winter or salt tides or beavers, a carved love-tree;

calvert cliffs - tree of love

brackish marshes filled with singing frogs, hovering dragonflies, blooming lily ponds, and nesting boxes for wood ducks;

calvert cliffs - marsh

and a silty, pebbled beach at low tide, with crumbling bluffs and horseshoe crabs nearby.

calvert cliffs - horseshoe crab calvert cliffs - beach

We will go back again this summer, next time with something better for Bebe travel (there was a stretch of mud where both he & the stroller had to be forded across, with the kind assistance of other travelers), picnic food, and proper water garb.

And time to explore for fossils. Do you geek out about fossils, paleoclimatology, or geology? The area is known for finding megaladon (giant white sharks) and other extinct shark teeth and mollusks. It has large deposits from the Middle Miocene mass extinction event, global sea-level events, and structural changes via the Calvert Formation, and bits of the Choptank and St. Marys Formations.




One response

1 06 2010

Looks AWESOME. I miss Chesapeake beaches. Will have to make a trip down sometime.

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