My Daily Photo Walk: Westminster, MD

September 07, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

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7 - Westminster 47 - Westminster 4 7 - Westminster 27 - Westminster 2 Today was a bit frustrating as I hunted for a location to do my walk.  I was returning from New Castle, DE, and I should have stopped in Newark, home of University of Delaware.  That great downtown area was bustling with activity, but I had my sights set on Rocks State Park in Maryland.  I knew a waterfall was there, and I had everything with me I needed to photograph one:  my camera, tripod, remote, and neutral density filter.  However, when I arrived, there was not a parking place to be had.  
 
Plan B was to find the sunflower fields in Jarrettsville, only a few more miles away.  I found them, but only about one out of every 10 sunflowers was open.  They should be great in a few days, but not today.
 
I always appreciate a well-marked trip hazard! Plan C was to walk in Manchester.  By this time, I was getting hot, tired, and hungry.  I needed to find a bathroom, too.  I parked in Manchester and there was nothing open -- not a business or a restaurant at all.  I left town and headed to Westminster, which was now Plan D.  Luckily, I found a park right outside of Manchester that had bathrooms.
 
7 - Westminster 37 - Westminster 3Poe on the sidewalk 7 - Westminster 57 - Westminster 5 I arrived in Westminster around 1:00, and it held more promise for having at least something open.  Yes, there are always fast food restaurants, but I try to support local businesses whenever I can.
 
CUP, a tea shop in town, was open, and I had a delicious rosemary chicken salad and iced tea after I completed my walk.  A few people were downtown, but the place was very quiet on this Labor Day holiday.  All is well that ends well, and Plan D worked fine after all.  I'll try Rocks State Park again on a cold weekday in January!
 
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