I honestly love living on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Some people say it's "boring," "isolated," and there's "nothing to do." Sometimes I agree with those claims, but there are certain perks to being in the "middle of nowhere."
I live on a creek off of the Chester River and recently discovered that there was an island about 2 miles via water from my house. When I would check into Instagram at my house, I would see the name of this island pop up. So I decided to check it out. Turns out, it's Eastern Neck Island Wildlife Refuge, an island south of Rock Hall, MD.
My friend Henley and I had Friday off, so we packed our backpacks and headed 50 miles to the island. It takes about 50 minutes to get there, because if you know anything about the Eastern Shore, even though something is close by water, it can be about an hour away by land! It was a rainy day, but we really wanted to just be outside. We passed through the sleepy town of Rock Hall, over a tiny bridge, to the island. The overcast clouds made it easy to relax and take in the marshy views. There were two trails we followed out onto the Chester River. The beaches had knocked down trees, beautiful stones and shells, and a calm view of the river. I was able to look across the water to a row of trees that led into the mouth of the creek in which I live. I couldn't believe this beautiful island was so close to my backyard. It just shows that you don't need to go far to discover new things.
I have set a personal goal to visit all hidden secrets of the Eastern Shore of Maryland. It's where my ancestors lived and started their lives. I want to see as much as possible and hopefully discover some new things about my heritage.
I have started using the hashtag #exploreyourhometown when I go on these adventures. I believe it's important to know as much as you can about the place where you grew up. A lot of people want to get as far as they can away from their hometowns, but there is beauty right in their own backyards. I strive to always find that beauty.