So we left Prettyboy’s nontrail and headed for a “walk”…..
So Jim parked on the side of S. Rolling Road right near the intersection for 195. After parking we walked down and made a left onto Foxhall Farms Road there was a sign that said PRIVATE ROAD. But Jim assured me that the private part of the road began about a mile down and we would not be walking down that far. We walked down and darn if there was not an entrance for trucks and hunters. This started out as a nice flat open field and a very easy walk….
Jim told me that he had seen a Bamboo forest here and it was a nice windy day so I would love the sounds that the bamboo made. We walked up a bit to find this….
😦 no more bamboo!
We kept walking among the butterflies…
On a little side note…. let’s chat about these butterflies.
Had you ever heard an Irish saying that refers to the symbolic meaning of butterflies. This saying is: “Butterflies are souls of the dead waiting to pass through purgatory” Butterflies also symbolize: Resurrection, Transition, Celebration, Lightness, Time, Soul. There is a small town in Mexico that also associate butterflies with souls. It is to this town that Monarch Butterflies migrate every year, around the holiday known as the Day of the Dead. The people of this town see these butterflies as the returning souls of the deceased.
Well the end of the July and beginning of August is a tough time of the year for me. Our hike two weeks ago where we came upon the puff of butterflies was the 1 year anniversary of my mother’s death. I have never seen so many butterflies in one place. How could I not see this as a little hello from momma?
Well just five days later is the anniversary of my fathers death… quickly followed by his Birthday. Well this weeks hike was just a few days after daddy’s birthday. And what do I see a butterfly couple. These two butterflies were sticking together. They would not leave one another. Even when we were probably too close to them, for their comfort. While my parents probably would not hang out together after life (the had gone their separate ways before they passed) I can totally see them hanging out together just to say hi.
Both butterfly interactions could totally be just a coincidence but I chose to think that mom and dad stopped by to say hi and to tell me to keep my head up.
ANNNNNY WAYYYYYY….. back to the hike……
After walking through the field we eventually ended up in the woods. Nice old woods with tall trees.
Then we walked through a field that had electrical towers. We straight across the field to where another set of woods started. We saw a stack of rocks that seemed to be a trail marker. While it looked a little overgrown we decided to go in a bit to see if it opened up and it did. We followed this trail down until we started seeing orange trail markers. We decided to follow these trails to the right. The orange trail lead us down hill and along a stream. The trail lead us across a few stream crossings but they were not very deep. I did not even have to change into my water shoes.
The orange trail lead us down into an opening. We exited the opening to find the Patapsaco State Park picnic area. It was here that we turned around. We followed the purple trail markings back away from the picnic area. There was a split fork in the trail. We could either bare left on a more flat trail or bare right on a steep hill. After the 2 miles at Prettyboy and the 3 miles on these trails this last assent seemed like it was Mt Everest. But it was a pretty short assent and it was over before it started. Well not really with out a few stops along the way to grab my side and catch my breathe. We came out of the woods on the other side of our car and just had a very short walk up the road to our car.
This is a very nice day hike. You can skip the walk through the open field by entering the trails on S. Rolling Road. You will see other cars parked there. This is a popular spot for mountain bikers and hikers alike but we did not find it to be crowded except right by the road where we parked.
If you decide to go down Foxhall Farm Road beware that this is an area used by hunters so I would not recommend this hike during hunting seasons.