Tuesday, September 16, 2014
We spent the day in Frederick Md learning about the battle at Monocacy and hiking one of the trails. The day was lovely for being outdoors. It was a bit chilly in the morning but warmed up nicely as the progressed. We spent about an hour at the visitors center looking at the displays and learning about the events of that day. The Monocacy battle is not very famous but it was incredibly important, since it delayed General Early in Frederick until reinforcements could arrive in DC and save the capital from the rebel forces. The Union troops lost the battle since they were horribly outnumbered 3 to 1. A fifth of the Union troops were killed or wounded in the fighting. The Park consists of 5 stops on a self-directed auto tour. At 3 of the stops there are walking trails that we could hike. We only hiked one of the trails but during the course of the day I exceeded 10.000 steps so I walked approximately 5 miles. By one o"clock my heel spur was really bothering me so we went to lunch at a Mexican restaurant that we really like. We both had a El Paso combo, which is 1 seafood enchilada and 1 spinach cheese enchilada with refried beans, rice and chopped tomatoes. I really don't know what the calorie count was so I estimated from online recipes that looked about right. We are having something light for dinner since I am not really hungry. I may just have some fruit. I estimated the exercise I did today. I know the trail we walked was 1.9 miles and we did it in about 45 minutes. I figured we were entitled to about 1 hour of slow walking since we actually did more than that. I am thinking that we should plan to do a day trip occasionally instead of going to the gym everyday while the weather is nice. There are a lot of things in the area we have never seen.