Today was a day of hiking and exploring the wonders of Baltimore County . . . with my friend Kay. I was going to go see Bourne Ultimatum with my dad, but hiking was much more enticing. I’ll see Bourne tomorrow.
We went to Cromwell Park off of Cromwell Bridge Road. We turned down and nothing looked quite right, but we parked anyways and I took to picking the pears off of a tree next to us. I yoinked four of them. They were small, but not too hard, and hopefully they’d provide us with a tasty treat. After looking at a map, we gave up and started to drive off. We asked this guy walking past if he knew where the Park Center was and he pointed at the building right behind him. Turns out he was right, but it wasn’t the building we were looking for. So we drove off. As we got ready to pull out of the park the guy came zooming up beside us and went, “FOLLOW ME!!!! I know where you want to go!” So we followed him. Why was he taking us back towards Loch Raven. . and why did he just turn up Loch Raven. . and cross Joppa Rd?? WHAT?!?! Kay and I were not very keen on this. We had figured out he was trying to take us somewhere else and so we pulled up next to him at the first available red light and told him we had figured out where we were going, but thank you for trying, etc. He was like, “SAY WHAT??!!?!?!” And grinned at us and we just waved and turned our little selves around and went back to Cromwell Bridge Rd. We took the SECOND turn instead of the first turn and this put us in the right place with all the trails!! OH BOY!!!
We grabbed a pear each and took off for the red trail. The pears were surprisingly tasty, and we lamented that someone taller was not with us to help us take down more pears. Perhaps next time. Either that or we’re bringing a ladder.
The Red Trail led us up and up and we got sweatier and sweatier. Nothing like a day in the high 90s with rather gross humidity to make sweating a gross ordeal. We spotted 2 deer, a hummingbird and a smattering of other things on our trek. We also had a tasty bit of fruit!! Mmmm FRUIT!!
The walk back down the trail had us run into the deer again with their big ears, antlers and swishy tails. Cute buggers. They’d be tasty in stew. . . Okay, it’s mean, but we were getting hungry. We have also voted hiking there as Easy Beginner. It’s not exactly a rough trek like Oregon Ridge. *EEP!*
We opted to go for a drive instead of heading back home, so off we went to Aquarium Depot!! They have awesome fish (they aren’t all dead like the ones at Pet-hell) and really neat Reptiles. We looked at Scorpions and I drooled over the Bearded Dragons and Uromastyx. I love those Uros. I will have one some day.
After an hour or so at Aquarium Depot we trekked off to the Korean market near Security Square. Seoul Plaza people. . .go there for cheap foodages. Tasty! Kay purchased a Durian. It’s a very strange fruit that looks like a spiny acorn gone . . . growth spurt. It weighs about 10 lbs. Go down the Flavour and Colour section for a real treat. It’s pretty true to form. I mean. . .wow. . what a taste. We hacked it open with a knife after Kay’s parents booted us outside because there was NO WAY we were going to be allowed to open it inside the house.
Apparently you should eat it when frozen. As it warms up the more. . . interesting smells and flavours come out. And it’s really fun to feed bits to rats. . they love the stuff. It’s also about 850 Calories per cup. It’s like eating animal fat, at least that’s what Kay says.
Needless to say, everyone should try Durian at least once. . just eat it outdoors and with a strong wind blowing. It’s true that the more you eat the less inclined you are to stop eating it. It’s just plain WEIRD.
And now I shall return to my Neil Gaiman book and recline before falling asleep after a harrowing day of sweat and good foodages.
For those of you in Baltimore my friend is having an art show at the Common Ground until August 31st, so you should go by and check it out. They’re really quite interesting to look at.