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On Location Series #14–Fort Monroe

Fort Monroe is not like any other. At the Casemate Museum, you can explore the history of the Fort, dating back to Captain Christopher Newport’s exploration of the Chesapeake Bay in 1607. This was an impromptu visit at the fort as I and my daughter were visiting my cousin at the local university for the day, sometime in April. My cousin suggested the visit and it was a nice suggestion. Seriously I had no idea the fort was here nor the history of it. Oh, it is totally surrounded by water. 

Confederate stronghold which served ultimately as a prison for the usurper, the president of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis. Fort Monroe stood for many years including several wars after its inception: WWI, WWII to name a few. 

I took a few pictures, made one video because I was not planning to do an “On Location” piece during a family day trip. I hope you guys enjoy it and look for another On Location soon.

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On Location Series #13–Patuxent River Park of P.G. County Maryland

This day, the beginning of March held several factors that were unique for an On Location adventure.  The absent of comfortable warm weather with solid nature trails.  More explanation the trails were a complex lot, solid ground one minute and soggy swamp like texture.
I found myself on several occasions, mostly the trails on the lower portion of the preserve were water log and impassible.  The walkway was blocked by broken tree branches along with numerous medium-size puddles.  I had to turn around a few times and ended up exploring the other trails.  Two that ran counter to a body of water, one that was a walkway unto a lake and the last two that theme, mountain trails due to their elevation.  The wood itself was starting to wake up as green leaves and buds started to showcase themselves.  This, however, was not apparent throughout the park and most of the trees were bare of halfway green.  The weather was not cold, nor was it warm.  My best judgement a lighter side of cool but as I was equipped with a long sleeve shirt, head cover and hiking shoes.  The bugs were there but not as much as they would have been present if this was the middle or end of spring.  Matter of fact, technically we were still in winter.

So please enjoy the pictures and I will revisit this trail in late spring or early summer.  When I do we can do a comparison of the trails, greenery and the complete atmosphere of this park.  The beauty of it is there, it was half awoken and need a few weeks of nature’s alarm clock.

Check out the videos below and thanks again for stopping by: