November 14th, 2010


Poem for Sunday and Calvert Cliffs

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The weather forecast for Saturday was for a gorgeous day with the autumn leaves at peak on Maryland's eastern shore, so we went to Calvert Cliffs. We had a minor disaster on the way in that we got a flat tire from a two-inch gash that we have no idea how we acquired, but after a quick stop at a gas station that directed us to a service place, we had a replacement tire and headed on to Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, which has a nature center with a beehive, an albino snapping turtle, and an upstairs room with a dozen snakes, plus a boardwalk through the swamp, which is indeed full of cypress knees.

Then we headed on to Calvert Cliffs State Park, where we had a picnic, then walked the 1.8-mile trail to the beach, stopping to look at turtles, birds, and the spectacular color on the leaves. We had visited last year at the same time in November but the leaves were mostly gone. We got to the beach at high tide, which made it impossible to look for shark's teeth -- the air was fairly warm, but the water was very cold, and we'd have had to wade out to hunt for them since it's illegal to dig into the cliffs themselves -- but it was very clear and we had lovely views of Cove Point Lighthouse.

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We got to watch a prolonged, magnificent sunset as we drove home, pink skies turning to purple as we came around the Beltway. After dinner we watched The Sarah Jane Adventures' "The Empty Planet," which was a bit of a bummer because Sarah Jane herself is in the two-parter for only a few minutes, but had some nice Clyde and Rani Matinee moments, then Daniel asked if we could put on Monty Python, so we watched "Déjà Vu," "The Buzz Aldrin Show (or: An Apology)," and "Live from the Grill-O-Mat" and I am still snickering.