Life’s a beach

Why do we love the beach?

“…These slow, whooshing noises are the sounds of non-threats, which is why they work to calm people,” says Orfeu Buxton, an associate professor of biobehavioral health at Pennsylvania State University. “It’s like they’re saying: “Don’t worry, don’t worry, don’t worry.” The sound of waves can help you achieve a meditative state, which is proven to heal and strengthen your brain…” -Inc. magazine

Today I took a bike ride to a local beach and enjoyed some quality time on the shore of the Chesapeake. With the sun on my face and sand underfoot, I experienced the quieting of my mind and a slower breath. A calm walk around the neighborhood also gives us a similar effect, where our mind clears and the body relaxes.

Knowing all this, imagine the effect long walks on the beaches of the Atlantic seashore will have on your well-being. It is worth the drive to Ocean City, Maryland and salty small towns up and down the coast. Even a stroll along the edge of a pond, creek or river will provide a similar effect. When is your next trip to the water’s edge?

Bike or walk for six days and rest on the seventh! The seven pointed star represents the qualities of a good and healthy life in traditions all over the world, found in ancient and modern times.

Bacon Ridge ride

This morning was cool, clear and sunny – perfect for a bike ride. I spent 2 hours on the Bacon Ridge trails in Crownsville, riding from the Phase 1 section north into the Phase 2 section, starting at the Hawkins entrance (see Alltrails). The further north I went, the more challenging the trails became, with large peaks and valleys, roots and tight turns. The trails are well maintained and traffic with other hikers and bikers was light all during my ride from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm.

Afterwards, I stopped by Trailwerks, which is just a short drive up Generals Highway, to see the latest in mountain bike gear… Trailwerks actually started Bacon Ridge as a biking destination and helps manage the trail system. They recommended the Strava app to see all the trails for Bacon Ridge, Phases 1, 2 and 3.

For today’s post-ride bite I visited Gina’s Cantina around the bend from Trailwerks for a tasty beer (DB Eight Point) and a healthy Beyond Burger. Another great spot for post-ride socials is Lures Bar and Grille, which is just a minute from the trails.

Walking my puppy at Goshen Farm

This preserved colonial era farm is located near our community, so I picked it today as a good walk for our puppy. My lab is a very energetic canine and I keep him under control with his Chesapeake harness from BAYDOG. The property actually belongs to Anne Arundel County Board of Education and sits next to the local elementary school. I get my exercise with these dog walks too! When I hook both ends of the leash to the harness, it’s like a holistic biceps workout… Not to mention the walk. Is he walking me or am I walking him? This is our debate. And English labs are supposed to be the mellow breed… We are going to use a prong collar soon.


B&A bike trail from Annapolis

This past Saturday I hit the trail and used my Under Armour mapmyride app to track it. Lesson learned: press Pause when you make a pit stop, like I did at the nice Ranger Station in Pasadena. This station was my half-way point. This is an amazing trail and will eventually connect to Sandy Point State Park as part of a long term county plan. I have yet to ride the entire trail, but that is coming soon this spring or summer.

On AllTrails

From the Art Gallery:

C&O Canal Ride

The gang: Towson State Old Boys

On November 29, 2020, myself and some old college rugby chums rode from Point of Rocks, Maryland, to Harpers Ferry and back on a crisp cold morning. Donning our COVID masks, we had an awesome time breaking a sweat and cracking some jokes. Will be going back again soon!

From the Art Gallery:

Woods to Table

Today my dog and I had venison steak for lunch.  Mine included eggs and cole slaw – his was served on the deck. While my wife and son rarely eat venison, I am sure Tucker will gladly join me anytime I cook it. 🙂 

Venison is one of the most nutritious meats one can eat. With little fat, it cooks quick. It takes a little practice to get the timing right for the proper medium rare result. Today I baked it for maybe one minute too long. Usually I under estimate the time and check on it a couple times.

Adding fat from eggs, olive oil, avocado or nuts is needed in a diet that includes a lot of lean venison. To add flavor, I sometimes add olive oil when cooking and hot sauce later, but to me, a good medium rare steak is great with nothing added.

Ray Hitchcock Taxidermy always does an excellent job with the processing, and when I am lucky in the woods, creates handsome mounts.

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