Well, I finally made it to the water and I am beginning to feel less like a dried up chili pod and more like a fully hydrated person. As much as I love New Mexico I lived for the 30 years before I moved there near both the west and east coasts so occasionally I need to be revitalized. This trip is going to do that.

I am staying in Baltimore so I headed northeast to find a place where I could walk by the water and I ended up at Susquehanna State Park. The Chesapeake Bay is an estuary, a partially enclosed coastal body of water with one or more rivers or streams flowing into it, and with a free connection to the open sea. They are transitions between river and maritime environments. There are several large rivers that flow into the Chesapeake and the Susquehanna is one of them.

It was interesting driving around in this area. One of the things you notice when you visit here are the road names. Out west we are accustomed to names from nature or from prominent physical features like Maple Avenue or Bear Lake Way. Today I saw Rock Run Road and Quaker Bottom Road, among others. Back here, a Run is a stream, from the Old World meaning of “watercourse”. So Rock Run Road probably ran beside a stream that was full of rocks and Quaker Bottom Road probably ran beside the bottom land belonging to a Quaker farmer. Interesting!

The image above is the Susquehanna; the others below are from several other spots in the area.