The big bike ride is less than six weeks away, but the weather has been anything but cooperative. The motto for today was “Blame it on the rain,” and like Milli Vanilli, we may very well be lip synching our way down the towpath in June. As it turns out, it was one of those days only fit for ducks–or perhaps beavers. With a heavy rain falling on the Western Maryland Rail Trail, we headed for nearby Fort Frederick State Park and took a short hike on the Beaver Pond Trail.
I would have enjoyed seeing a beaver, but I certainly wasn’t ready for a bear! Washington County does have a budding bear population, and we nearly saw one a few years ago about six miles west of Hancock, at least that’s what another rider told us. I couldn’t help but look through my bike bag to see what might ward off a bear, and I think my best bet would be to pull out my spare inner tube and wave it in the air while doing Bobo-like Sasquatch calls. Okay, I’ve completely lost my train of thought. Where was I…?
Lately, we have been to Dargan Bend and Bond’s Landing, but we didn’t notice any flotation rings along the C&O Canal NHP. There were several such devices located at Fort Frederick near both Big Pool and the Potomac River. One can only hope that they are never needed, but I have to give the State of Maryland props for a great idea. If necessary, I know I wouldn’t hesitate to throw one of them at a bear.
Anyway, if you bear to the right, you’ll walk past the end of Beaver Pond and meet up with the C&O towpath along the banks of Big Pool. Maybe this hasn’t been our most exciting post, but I’m going to choose to blame it on the rain. I know I’m not nearly ready to bike from Cumberland to Georgetown, so let’s hope there are better days ahead!