Sat, May 27 2006 - Easy Hike in the Wetlands (View Original Event Details)|
|Participants:||Matt Toerper, Sandra Gendleman, doug hanford, Jason Zach, Erin Green, Lorrie Yates, John Fogle, Tracey Wagner, Jim Polfer, Teresa Haenn|
On a beautiful Saturday morning, eleven MOCers hit the trails
of North Point State Park. It wasn't long before we saw some great
views of the surrounding marshes. Along the way, we stopped at several
points of interest, including an observation deck, an undeveloped beach,
two piers, and a defunct powerhouse.
About halfway through, we reached the Visitor's Center, where we
learned about the park's fascinating history. From 1906 to 1947, what is now
North Point State Park was a resort named Bay Shore Park. Great masses
of people would ride the trolley from Baltimore to Bay Shore every
weekend and enjoy the many attractions. In 1947, Bethlehem Steel bought
Bay Shore Park and closed it. The old buildings decayed and all the
structures except for the water fountain and trolley station were
eventually torn down.
The visitor's center featured several photo albums and maps of Bay
Shore Park. One of the staff members at the visitor's center was actually
a worker at Bay Shore during his youth, and he told us quite a few
stories about it.
During the hike we also saw a lot of wildlife. There were an
innumerable amount of turtles along the trail, including a very large one that
seemed a little irritated by our presence. In addition, we also spotted
several toads and a snake.
After about three hours, we returned to our cars. By this time, we
were pretty hungry, so eight of us proceeded to the Bay Cafe in Canton for
a post-hike lunch. We ate an excellent meal there and went our
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