Through one of Florian's teaching gigs, he heard about a great trail in Patapsco State Park near Ellicott City so we decided to check it out.
The first time we went, it was after a big snow.
It was a cold day and the trail hadn't been cleared, so the hike was a workout for us all.
The weather didn't keep the deer away. We saw a couple of them early on the trail, and promptly decided to put Fozzie's lunging, barking, yodeling noggin in a head halter or else we'd finish buried in a snowdrift.
Fozzie loves his reflective, flannel lined jacket but he's not so thrilled with his head halter, which apparently makes his nose itch.
And relief comes only from rubbing his head against things, or burrowing it under things, or in this case making himself into a little brindle snowplow.
After a relatively warm week, this past weekend was a good opportunity to try to get a bit farther in.
A beautiful, sunny day made for much better hiking weather although it was still cold,
and still some snow on the ground.
where the water rushed past old logs reaching down to the current
creating gorgeous chandeliers like you might see in the crystal palace
where the benevolent King Lars rules over his kingdom with a firm yet fair paw.
Onward along the trail, past cool, spooky old ruins along the train tracks. Apparently, this was part of an old flour mill.
Finally we came to the suspended bridge, which we'd wanted to see when we came the first time.
Pretty sturdy, didn't rock too much when we crossed and Lars and Fozzie went right across. Lamar might not have liked it, so good thing we left him at home this time.
Don't tell him I kissed Lars.
What a great park, with many more trails to be discovered!