October 24 - 25, 2015

Fall Foliage Tour

Bel Air, Maryland

Written by: Derrin Ruschell, Photos by: Rachel Mettee

The 2015 Fall Foliage Tour took place in beautiful Harford County, Maryland. We met in the morning in Edgewood, Maryland and started our journey. From there, we navigated some back roads to drive through the Loch Raven Reservoir.

The water of the reservoir is surrounded by beautiful scenery and some winding back roads that follow the outline of the water. We were also given a great view of the Loch Raven Reservoir Dam.

From the reservoir, we made our way to Ladew Topiary Gardens. Located on the site of a 200 acre farm, it has been operated as Ladew Gardens since 1971. We walked through the gardens, visited a butterfly tent where we saw many varieties of butterflies around us, and some of us explored a longer nature walk that travels through the woods towards the back of the property. Ladew Gardens was also our lunch stop. They had a selection of sandwiches that held us over until dinner.

After leaving Ladew Gardens, we made our way though Jarrettsville, MD and drove through Rocks State Park. Our route followed Deer Creek, so we were surrounded by lots of beautiful scenery.

From Rocks State Park, we navigated through some back roads and made our way across the Conowingo Dam, a large hydroelectric power plant that crosses the Susquehanna River.

After crossing the Conowingo Dam, we drove west parallel to the Susquehanna River, providing some more excellent views of the foliage that surrounded the road. We drove through the town of Port Deposit, a town that is on the National Historic Registry. It felt as if we had suddenly traveled back in time driving through the town!

From Port Deposit, we crossed the Susquehanna River again and arrived at the Havre DeGrace Maritime Museum, located where the Susquehanna River joins the Chesapeake Bay. We looked throughout the museum, learning about the history of the area as it relates to Maryland's waterways, and then took in some scenic views of the Susquehanna River and the Chesapeake Bay.

For dinner, we ate at Silver Spring Mining Company in Bel Air, Maryland. This is one of the 3 locations of the Maryland-owned and operated restaurant. Attendees were free to order whatever they wanted, ranging from standard burgers and steaks to Maryland specialties like crab cakes.

It was a successful Fall Foliage Tour, with compliments given especially to the beautiful scenery along our driving routes. It was a sight to see around 15 DeLoreans all in a row driving through the back roads of Harford County, Maryland!

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