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Monday, December 17, 2012

Not Watkins Glen

Definitely one for the younger set today. I went with my daughter to Watkins Regional Park in Largo, Maryland, a family-friendly park of carousels, miniature golf and a small-gauge train ride. Only seeing as it's now mid-December, all of these attractions were shut down for the season. Not to worry, though, for there were still some pleasant hiking trails and some live animals to make the outing an enjoyable one for Amber.

Amber outside the nature center. Inside were several live animals, including owls, snakes and turtles, while some cages outdoors held birds of prey such as hawks, owls and turkey vultures that were being rehabilitated in preparation for being returned to the wild.

In my not-so-humble opinion, this is the best time of the year for taking walks in the woods. The lack of leaves on the trees makes it possible to see relatively deep into the forest.

The trail we walked on took us through an area of wetlands. In addition to these ducks, we saw (and heard) a woodpecker.

The Wetland Trail eventually took us back to the parking lot in front of the nature center. Seasonal lights were set up alongside the road, making it fairly apparent that Watkins Regional Park would be make for a nice drive through once it gets dark.

The Chesapeake Carousel, currently in hibernation for winter, dates from the early 1900's. Both it and the small-gauge train ride merit another visit some day, some spring or summer season. Not to worry this day, though, for the Old Maryland Farm was still open.

Chickens, llamas and peafowl, oh my! Amber enjoyed seeing these and other animals on display at the farm. Having dad buy a bottle of bubble blowing liquid also helped to end the day on a high note.

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