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Wikipedia Description: Patapsco Valley State Park
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Patapsco Valley State Park is located in Maryland and extends along 32 miles (51 km) of the Patapsco River, encompassing 14,000 acres (57 kmē) and five developed recreational areas. Recreational opportunities include hiking, fishing, camping, canoeing, horseback riding and mountain bike trails, as well as picnicking for individuals or large groups in the park's many popular pavilions. It is one of Maryland's first state parks (1907), the valley and its natural resources have been enjoyed by the Native Americans, explorers, settlers and present-day citizens. With its source in Frederick and Carrol counties, the Patapsco serves the Port of Baltimore, and empties into the Chesapeake Bay. The Avalon Visitor Center houses exhibits spanning over 300 years of history along the Patapsco River. Housed in a 19th century stone dwelling in the Avalon Area, the center includes a re-creation of a 1930's forest warden's office.
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has always set a high priority on the environment. Patapsco Valley State Park was planned with this concern in mind. The Patapsco Valley was set aside as a protected land in 1907 to protect the Patapsco River. The Patapsco River is a vital resource for fish that swim its waters and the wildlife that lives on its shores. The first parcel of land was the Avalon/Orange Grove area in what is now Ellicott, City, which was designated in part to protect the land from development. Keeping the shores and hillsides vegetated minimized erosion thus minimizing the amount of silt that could clog the turbines of Bloede's Dam which generated electricity for many of the surrounding areas. Other sections along the river were soon added making the Patapsco Valley State Park is one of the largest parks in the state of Maryland. The Maryland DNR still takes great pride in protecting the environment in all of the state parks and propert ...More...
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2004 photos: Equipment this year: I bought two Fujifilm S7000 digital cameras. While they produced excellent images, I found all of the retractable-lens Fuji models had a disturbing tendency to get dust inside the lens. Dark blurs would show up on the images and the camera had to be sent back to the shop in order to get it fixed. I returned one of the cameras when the blurs showed up in the first month. I found myself buying extended warranties on cameras.
Trips this year: (1) Margot and I went off to Scotland for a few days, my first time overseas. (2) I went to Hawaii on business (such a deal!) and extended it, spending a week in Hawaii and another in California. (3) I went to Tennessee to man a booth and extended it to go to my third Fan Fair country music festival.
Number of photos taken this year: 110,000.
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