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I had been planning a photo shoot for some time with Lisa Dubaj (local photographer and charm city yogi).  We wanted to embark on an outdoor adventure together.  Here is what we found.  Patapsco Valley State Park!

Patapsco Valley State Park extends along 32 miles of the Patapsco River, upstream of where the river flows into the Chesapeake Bay at Baltimore harbor. One of Maryland’s first state parks (1907), Patapsco Valley includes five developed recreational areas, providing hiking, fishing, camping, canoeing, horseback and mountain bike trails, as well as picnicking for individuals or large groups in the park’s many popular pavilions.

The Patapsco River valley and its natural resources have been used and enjoyed for centuries–by Native Americans, explorers, settlers, and now present-day citizens. With its source in Frederick and Carroll counties, the Patapsco is the largest Chesapeake Bay tributary on the western shore between the Patuxent to the south and the Susquehanna to the north.

My favorite entrance to the park is off of Route 1, just between Arbutus and Catonsville.  You can hike to the swinging bridge and down to the riverside from this entrance.  Lisa and I enjoyed a most beautiful morning, testing our balance on the bridge, hopping rocks, and wading in the water.  Hawks flew in the sky above the moss-covered fields and forest of tall trees.  All in all a magical day discovering balance within nature, and a place to share time with one you love.

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