A Day In Maryland

Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, Maryland

The main purpose for our recent visit to the DelMarVa area was to cross Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey off our “states visited” list.  While I’m pretty sure I have been in Maryland previously, we hadn’t counted it under the terms of our “50 States” project, so it was time for a do-over.  We spent a day traipsing around part of the state, visiting Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Historic Site, Hooper’s Island and Crisfield.

Rural Maryland countryside enroute to Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, Maryland
Visitor Center at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, Maryland
Lodgepole Pine at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, Maryland
Lodgepole Pine at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, Maryland
Blackwater River seen from the Marsh Edge Trail at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, Maryland
Remnants of stakes and fencing used to restore marsh areas at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, Maryland
Unoccupied Eagle nest along Wildlife Drive at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, Maryland

Hooper’s Island had been mentioned to us by a guide at the Blackwater visitor center, and that made for an interesting and unexpected detour.  A place – not exactly a town, although they have a Zip code – called Hoopersville sits literally at the end of the world, accessible by a narrow strip of land and an interesting bridge over the Honga River.  There wasn’t much going on out there besides some fishing, and it was a very scenic and quiet place

Boats on Back Creek as viewed from Hoopers Island Road in Hoopers Island, Maryland
Marshland at the end of Hoopersville Road on Hoopers Island, Maryland
Bridge over the Honga River on Hoopers Island Road, Maryland

Crisfield we had heard about previously.  Self-proclaimed Crab Capital of the World, it is a nice quiet town on the edge of the Chesapeake Bay.  We had dinner there before calling it a day and heading back for some rest.  Because the following day we were to conquer Delaware and head for the Jersey Shore!

Wind turbine in Crisfield, Maryland. When the turbine was erected in 2016 it was stated that at 302 feet tall it was not only the tallest structure in Crisfield, but the tallest wind turbine on the Eastern Shore
Sunset over Daugherty Creek in Crisfield, Maryland
Sunset over Daugherty Creek in Crisfield, Maryland

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