Time to burn some calo­ries

The Calvert Recorder - - Sports - Jamie Drake jamiedrake­out­[email protected]

I’ve had enough cook­ies, eggnog, and left­overs that I had to let out my belt a few notches. I bet a lot of you are in the same boat. There’s a sim­ple solution to this prob­lem, though, and all you’ll need is a pair of com­fort­able shoes and the right win­ter jacket to get started. For the av­er­age per­son, an hour of hik­ing will burn about 400 calo­ries. That’s the equiv­a­lent of just three Christ­mas cook­ies. I know I ate a lot more than that, so I bet­ter get walk­ing.

The Mary­land Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources will be host­ing its an­nual New Year’s tra­di­tion of “First Hikes” at three dozen parks across the state. In our area, there are sev­eral places to choose from if you want to par­tic­i­pate in a New Year’s Day hike. Make sure to dress ap­pro­pri­ately for the weather and bring along a wa­ter bot­tle. Drink­ing wa­ter is good for you, too.

Calvert Cliffs State Park in Lusby

This hike is cat­e­go­rized as an “easy hike for fam­i­lies” on a trail that is stroller ac­ces­si­ble. You’ll be walk­ing 3.6 miles which should take about two hours. The trail leads right out to the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay where you can search for fos­silized shark teeth. Re­fresh­ments around a cozy fire at the pavil­ion will con­clude the event. Dogs on leashes are wel­come. Meet at 10 a.m. at the bath­house. RSVP via email to [email protected]­land.gov or to call Calvert Cliffs State Park at 443-9754360.

Chap­man State Park in In­dian Head

Is one of your New Year’s res­o­lu­tions to de-clut­ter? Come to Chap­man State Park from 2 to 4 p.m. to make the park 25 pounds lighter by pick­ing up trash along the shore­line of the Po­tomac. You’ll get leaner and the park will get cleaner. It’s a “mod­er­ate” hike with a round-trip dis­tance of two miles. Bring work gloves. Meet at the Mt. Aven­tine Man­sion. RSVP by call­ing 301-743-7613 or email­ing cather­ine.don­[email protected]­land.gov.

Green­well State Park in Hol­ly­wood

Join a ranger to hike the orange trail, which will take you through the for­est, along the beach, past the wet­lands, and through the fields. Bring along a mug for hot co­coa af­ter­wards. It’s a “mod­er­ate” hike for fam­i­lies, ap­prox­i­mately 1.5 miles to­tal, and is not stroller-friendly. Meet at the pavil­ion at 11 a.m. Dogs on leashes are wel­come. RSVP by call­ing 301872-5688 or email­ing point­look­[email protected]­land.gov.

Merkle Wildlife Sanc­tu­ary in Up­per Marl­boro

Meet at 10 a.m. at the Vis­i­tor’s Cen­ter for a 3.5-mile hike on Poplar Springs Trail that will last about two hours. The hike is con­sid­ered “easy to mod­er­ate” and is per­fect for dogs on leashes. Four-legged friends aren’t re­quired; par­tic­i­pants with­out dogs are more than wel­come to come along, too. Fam­i­lies are en­cour­aged to call Merkle Wildlife Sanc­tu­ary at 443-510-9920 to reg­is­ter or con­tact Kyle Prinkey at [email protected]­land.gov. Af­ter­wards, re­fresh­ments will be served at the Vis­i­tor’s Cen­ter, where par­tic­i­pants are wel­come to stop in to learn about the history of the park and meet some of the res­i­dent an­i­mals.

BOW work­shops of­fered

The Be­com­ing an Out­doors Woman Pro­gram (BOW) has two ex­cit­ing work­shops com­ing up in 2019. Reg­is­tra­tion is open now for the day-long work­shop “From Field to Ta­ble,” which will take place at The Lodge at Black Pearl in Dorch­ester County on Feb. 2. Black Pearl Farm con­tains

nearly 860 acres of flooded fields, crop­lands, marsh, and wood­lands and bor­ders Black­wa­ter Na­tional Refuge. No, ground­hog will not be on the menu, but goose will be. Larry Hind­man of Yel­low­dog Retriev­ers will pro­vide re­triever demon­stra­tions. Par­tic­i­pants will go into the field to learn ba­sic wa­ter­fowl identification and the proper care and clean­ing of wa­ter­fowl. Then they’ll head into the kitchen to learn the tricks of the trade for cook­ing wa­ter­fowl from pro­fes­sional chef Vicky Mul­laney. The cost is $125 and in­cludes lunch and a copy of The Lodge at Black Pearl Cook­book as well as a cooler bag with some tasty sur­prises for the road.

An­other up­com­ing event is the Beyond BOW Win­ter Work­shop at Wisp Re­sort in Gar­rett County on Feb. 9. Last year’s work­shop was can­celed be­cause there was no snow on the ground, but I have a feel­ing that mov­ing the work­shop up to the be­gin­ning of Fe­bru­ary will guar­an­tee the proper snowy con­di­tions for this event. But just in case the weather doesn’t co­op­er­ate, a full re­fund will be is­sued if there is not enough snow to hold the work­shop.

Par­tic­i­pants can choose be­tween dif­fer­ent ac­tiv­i­ties such as snow­shoe­ing, cross-coun­try ski­ing, iden­ti­fy­ing trees and an­i­mal tracks in win­ter, or ice fish­ing. The cost is $80 per per­son, in­clud­ing work­shop fees for two classes, all equip­ment in­clud­ing snow­shoes, skis, and/or fish­ing gear, trail passes for ski­ing, and lunch. You’ll need to get your own valid Mary­land fish­ing li­cense prior to the start of class. And lodg­ing is up to you.

Visit https://dnr.mary­land. gov/wildlife/Pages/Ed­u­ca­tion/bow.aspx for more in­for­ma­tion and to reg­is­ter for the events. Reg­is­tra­tion fills quickly for these work­shops, so don’t de­lay.

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