Maryland Outdoor Club
Sat, Dec 4 2004 - Baltimore City Hike - The West Side (View Original Event Details)

Event Organizer(s): Ellen Worthing
Participants:Ellen Worthing, Joyce Fletcher, Kate Scherr, Andrea Kostin, Richard Just, Vera Bjurstrom, Pankaj Shah, stephen pheiffer, Nazma Ferdous, Eric Bjurstrom, Eric Anderson

Write Up:
Luckily, we were blessed with a beautiful day for our hike. We had a tour of the Irish Shrine, a small building near the B&O Railroad Museum, which was built in 1848 and occupied by Irish Immigrants and their descendants until about 25 years ago. Tom Ward, our museum guide, gave us an explanation about the building and its history. Joyce also proved to be quite knowledgeable about local history.

We then headed northward and went by several local landmarks. We visited Round Falls, which was flowing nicely. The day became warmer as we headed through Wyman Park. The group was quite fleet footed and we arrived in Hampden 40 minutes ahead of schedule. The extra time allowed us to do some shopping and browsing in Hampden's stores. I am sure the shopkeepers were happy to see us.

Holy Frijoles served us delicious Mexican fare. Having a warm and friendly restaurant along a hike has its advantages; it certainly beat a cold sandwich on an even colder mountaintop. We headed out through Hampden and got to see the wonderful Christmas decorations provided by Hampden residents. Passing Stonleigh, Safety City, and across Druid Hill Park, the group arrived at the BaltimoreConservatory, which has been beautifully restored. We were able to warm up and rest a bit while enjoying the flowers and plants. The walk back to the cars was an easy, steady downhill on Gilmor Street, which afforded us the opportunity to pass both Hollins Park and Union Square.

We got some exercise and enjoyed some rare winter sunshine. Hopefully, a good day was had by all.
--Ellen Worthing

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