Saturday, July 03, 2010

Hashawha Hike

To start off the holiday weekend, I carpooled up to the Hashawha Environmental Center near Westminster, MD. The hike featured an easy loop in the surrounding forest, and a "raptor center", where injured birds of prey are kept and nursed.

The raptor center was less than a mile from the hike starting point, and while we were there we saw a few of the birds. The bald eagle drew the most attention.

Bald Eagle
Originally uploaded by klbarrus
This bird got his own large cage.

They had several species of owls, including this pair of Great Horned Owls.

Great Horned Owls
Originally uploaded by klbarrus

We set off again following the trail, and came to an old cabin that is probably in use as a storage area.

Historic Cabin
Originally uploaded by klbarrus

Our loop was a figure-8, from the raptor center we passed the historic cabin, then into the woods around past the cabin and raptor center. From there we added on a flat ~1.5 miles to a lily pond and enjoyed sitting there for a few minutes.

Lily Pond
Originally uploaded by klbarrus

I saw some people fishing, but didn't see any frogs.