The Magothy River is a gem of the middle Chesapeake Bay area and is rich in history and recreational activity. Because of over-development in the area, it is not as clean as it could be and swimming is often unavailable after heavy rains due to overflow of waste water.
There are groups who pay attention to the needs of this river and one is the Magothy River Association.
This is the presentation to a project produced by the Magothy River Association and funded by the Chesapeake Bay Trust, designed to help boaters discover the beauty of the Magothy River.
From website: The Magothy River Association (MRA) is dedicated to the preservation and improvement of the water quality, plants, and wildlife of the Magothy River and its watershed. Founded in 1946, the MRA is an all-volunteer group, incorporated as a non-profit 501 (c) (3) charitable organization representing over 300 individual members and 30 community associations within the Magothy River Watershed. The organization designs and executes projects that restore and protect the welfare of the river and its watershed.
I was determined to go fishing this past Saturday, no matter what time of day it turned out to be. After getting my “chores” done and checked off the list, it was about 1:30pm as I left my driveway with kayak and gear. This would be a challenge, because the day was sunny and warm, sending the fish away into small nooks in the shade. I headed to a peaceful and quiet creek off the Chesapeake Bay. Even if I found no fish, I knew it would be a relaxing paddle.
As it turned out, targeting a nice shady spot along the shore with fallen trees to cast towards was not too tough. I was confident with the bobber and lure purchased with the recommendation of staff at Anglers. An hour and half later, I was exiting the water with four white perch in the cooler.
The next morning, I had a tasty breakfast of fish, eggs and spinach. All seasoned with, what else, Old Bay.
The eggs were from a local farm, Annapolis Eggs at Windsor Farm, where “hens are fed an all natural diet, antibiotic, hormone and pesticide free and supplemented with lots of fruits and vegetables…”
This bird, a Great Egret, was my fishing companion that afternoon on the Little Magothy River. As I was casting my line from my kayak, he was casting his eyes about the creek looking for fish.
“…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?
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.
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 GoshenFarm.org 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.
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.