On Monday at 2:05 am I stuffed myself into a packed station wagon and drove from Tampa, departing Florida under a cloak of darkness. I arrived in Ellicott City outside Baltimore about 8 pm and it was wonderful see my sister, bro-in-law and Ben, one of my nephews.
This morning I promptly started hitting the trail along the Patapso River and found this burst of red growing out of a host tree limb. Cool and crisp here. Cycling this afternoon on the farm roads of Howard County later.