Posts Tagged ‘maryland’

Today we went and picked some peaches from an orchard, which is part of Larriland Farm. We’ve gone to Larriland a lot this summer, because we really like peaches. If you want to visit the farm, contact them, or visit their website, its exact address is 2415 Woodbine Road Woodbine, MD 21797, and its phone number is (301) 854-6110. Click here to visit their website.

Larriland is a family owned business that sells strawberries, cherries, raspberries, blackberries, peaches, and apples. As for their vegetables, they have a very large variety of those, so I don’t think I’ll list them. You can always go to their website to find out what they’re selling in terms of vegetables.

Larriland also has a store that sells pre-picked fruit and vegetables, like pre-picked peaches, for example. They also sell jellies and jams, pickled items, and cheeses. The good thing about these items is that they are all from local farms and the produce looks very good. Larriland is pretty popular, so if you live in or around Maryland, you’ve probably heard of it. If you haven’t and you like fruit and vegetables, maybe you should go here.

We like getting things locally, so if we ever want peaches, we usually go to Larriland Farm. We actually have peach trees in our yard, but we stopped taking care of them. The reason for this is because our dad had to spray them with a dormant oil, pesticides, and fungicides. Since he had no equipment to protect himself from harmful things inside these sprays, we quit growing our peaches.

A while ago, one of our peach trees had a disease, and our dad did some research to find out how to treat it. He found in publications from several university agriculture departments that the spraying schedule for peaches is very rigorous. There are a host of diseases and insects that must be controlled.  The treatments start long before the tree blooms, and the peaches are treated even after they are picked. With the various diseases and pests that must be battled, a typical peach tree can be sprayed several times a week during the growing season. No wonder the store-bought peaches are completely perfect with no blemishes whatsoever.

Anyway, I got some pictures of the orchard. On the road leading into the store parking lot, there were a bunch of signs that I got pictures of. If anyone wants to start a business like this, you can take a look at all the signs and see how they do it. There are two other orchards around us, but this one is by far the best, so if you’re looking to start an orchard or something like this, you can get an idea of how to start. We hope you like the pictures!

by John

Maryland uses speeding cameras all over the state and there are a lot of them around our town. Some states do not use speeding cameras. In case you are not familiar with them, they are set up by the side of the road and used to detect the speed of passing traffic. If a car passes that is going over the speed limit by at least 11 miles per hour then the camera snaps a picture of the offender’s license plate so that he can be identified and ticketed. They also have people sitting in white trucks or vans on the side of the road, same deal, going 11+ over the limit and you will receive a ticket in the mail about 2 weeks after the offense.

Personally, we don’t understand why they bother to put speeding cameras up. When anyone drives past one, they gently (and sometimes not so gently) apply foot to brake pedal, and then accelerate once they’re past the camera. Unless you’re doing the speed limit, you just have to slow down before the camera in order to avoid a ticket. Once you’re out of range of the camera, you can floor the gas pedal. For this reason, these cameras are basically useless in our opinion. But more than that, we resent them being up. They make us mad whenever we drive past them. Mostly people from out of the area get zapped and they probably don’t even realize what the bright light flashing behind them was. I suppose that’s why the cameras get moved around every so often. To catch you unawares. I suppose that’s also why they are hidden behind a clump of trees, bushes, construction, etc. The point is to catch people and how can you catch them if they can see a camera coming?

Apparently other people were getting fed up as well because a few got vandalized. One person knocked one of them down, and another camera had a plastic bag over the lens. Several men were laughing about it in our driveway a few days after it happened, and one of them was a policeman. He hates them just as much as we do.

Of course, the cameras just got fixed again. They set the camera back up, and they also anchored it down with an iron plate on the ground. They must feel pretty good about themselves. The cameras are back up and running and they are in high cotton once again.

by John and Dink

John and I went camping with our dad on Monday and we stayed for two nights. It was a good trip! We went to Catoctin Mountain Park in Maryland. The rate for the campsite we stayed at was $26 per night. This is the same park we stayed at last year. We wrote about that trip in the article Camping at Catoctin.

This year, we did basically the same thing as last year. We went fishing in the lake and we went on another hike. This time we went down the Catoctin Furnace Trail. This trail is only 1/4 mile long and winds though the woods and over the Big Hunting Creek. It also goes over the highway. It leads to an old furnace that was run back in the mid 1800s. Along the trail, there are signs every hundred feet where you can read short pieces of history. We learned from one of the signs that the big piles of rock lying around are called slag heaps. Slag is all the impurities that separate from iron when it is being melted. Apparently, back when the furnace was still in operation, the removal of slag was a big problem and they took to throwing it in big heaps all around the work site. We saw some of those heaps while walking on the Catoctin Furnace Trail. The history of this furnace is pretty interesting. They needed so much fuel that they cut down all of the trees on the mountain. They kept the furnace going 24-7 with workers doing 12 hour shifts. The workers were not paid wages, but were given credit at the local store. A water wheel worked a huge set of bellows that blew the furnace up to a temperature of 3000 degrees Fahrenheit. They used a mixture of iron ore, lime, and coal in the furnace. The lime was there to help the impurities separate from the melted iron. You already know that these impurities formed slag, which is a light airy rock, kind of like pumice. Removing any slag from the park is prohibited.

We also went to an aviary that had some owls and other birds of prey in cages. I got some pictures, but some of them didn’t come out very well because of all the wire that was in the way. After we went to the aviary we went fishing.

We caught six fish total, but only two were worth keeping. The two that we caught were bluegills. We floured these and fried them on a pan with butter when we got back to camp and they were really good tasting. There wasn’t much meat on them, but they were still good.

Ever since I got my camera ( which is a Samsung HMX -W200), I have wanted to film underwater with it. I got two videos underwater, one in the Big Hunting Creek, and the other in the lake where we were fishing. You can see some little fish swimming around in the lake and it is pretty cool looking. I already wrote a review on this camera in the article “Samsung HMX-W200 Waterproof HD Camera Review“. These videos are examples of how the camera does underwater. We were impressed and happy with the performance.

Hope you enjoy the pictures and video!

Riding on the C&O

Posted: May 30, 2013 in Articles
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A few days ago, we went riding bikes on the C&O, which is a towpath from a long time ago in history (the canal was opened in 1850). People go there to walk and to ride bikes. Since it is a very long path (184.5 miles), it is good for going on extended bike rides. Periodically, there are camp sites where you can spend the night. We have never gone on a biking trip for days, but hope to soon.

This was a pretty interesting bike ride because there was a huge tree that fell across the path, blocking the way. When we were passing through, it was almost like walking through a tunnel because of all the branches on the side and overhead. It was pretty hard to get through because we had to lift all our bikes over the trunk of the tree. You can see what it looked like in the picture.

One time we were riding bikes and a storm came up and small trees and branches were falling down around us. We were scared that a tree would fall on us. We wrote about that in the article Our Eventful Bike Ride on the C&O Canal. That was a year ago, almost to the day. Most of the trees that fell sounded relatively small, but some of us were worried about a larger tree falling on us and now we see that that really is a possibility.

Anyway, we got past the fallen tree, and on our way back, we met a man leaning against the tree trunk with his 7-year-old son next to him. He had been trying to get his bike (with a trailer attached to it with equipment that weighed 70 pounds according to his son) across the tree trunk, but he had not succeeded. In the process of failing, he had also damaged his derailleur and bent his rear wheel. There was no way he was going to ride his bike any further.  We helped him get through the fallen tree with all of his gear and then my dad helped him fix his bike enough to be able to push it to a stop where someone could pick them up.

The experience was mildly disturbing because actually, the man was completely helpless from getting his bike over the tree to trying to see what was wrong with his bike. Actually, he didn’t know how his bike worked. He had all the modern biking gear on: a helmet, tight pants with matching tight shirt, and fingerless gloves, but he didn’t know how to get his bike rolling again. After some time, another biker came along and helped my dad finish the job. They got the wheel to roll pretty soon and then we went on our way. I guess the lesson to learn from this is that if you are going to go on even a relatively long bike ride, it is nice to know how your bike works. Detach heavy trailers before lifting your bike. It is also good to have some tools with you. Luckily for that man, I had my mega-ultra-tool with me 🙂

by Dink and John

In Philadelphia, there is a library a few blocks away from our apartment. We wrote a review on it a long time ago when we had first moved to the city. Here is the link: Library Review. We thought that the library in Philadelphia was pretty bad.

The library that we go to in Maryland is so much better, which actually was surprising to us. After all, we thought that since Philadelphia is such a large spectacular city that the libraries would be large and spectacular. Instead, the library in our small town is much better. It has a huge book selection which is pretty amazing. We didn’t know what we had in Maryland until we moved to the city where the library isn’t as good. The library in Maryland has a lot of computers where you can research the book/books that you want too. If the library does not have it, it shows you nearby libraries that do.

The Maryland library is also connected to a senior center, which is interesting. In addition, they have some historic items in cases right as you enter the library. The item in the first case looks like a churn and there is also a railroad lantern, a cream can, and scales with weights.

It’s funny that you don’t really appreciate things fully until you don’t have them anymore. We wonder why that is and actually feel that it’s kind of annoying.

by Dink and John