July/August Shore 2023

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Beaches to Boards






PROFILES: Wandering wild water trails Kate Richards and Mike Dunlap talk paddleboard advertures 8 SHOP TALK: Come home to the coast Designing your dream staycation paradise 25
The Cross Island Trail Enjoying the sights to be seen on foot in Kent Island 18
Your backyard adventure
furniture 28
Summer days perfected with outdoor
JULY/AUGUST 2023 | SHORE MAGAZINE 5 CONTENTS LOCAL FLAVORS: Savoring nature More than meets the eye at Laytons’s Chance 38 WAYFARING: Adkins Arboretum Celebrating natural and cultural diversity through outdoor programs 33 BE WELL: A new way to move Welcoming e-bikes to Rails to Trails 42 THROUGH THE LENS
Submitted amateur photography from around the region


Pssst. Can I tell you a secret? Just between us, OK? Here goes….

Maryland continues to surprise me. More on that in a minute.

I was born in Missouri. I’m talking extraordinarily rural Missouri. Smalltown USA as they say. I could throw a rock into Oklahoma or be in Kansas or Arkansas in under a half hour. To some of you, this may seem like the deepest corner of the Midwest — and you’d be correct.

Anyway, I bring this up because my upbringing was very much spent doing mostly outdoor activities. Fishing, camping, riding my bicycle to and fro, exploring on all-terrain vehicles and more. In my little pocket of the world, Maryland was half Washington, D.C. and half Baltimore.

I did not know much else about the Old Line State, other than it bordering the capital, the Orioles and Ravens played in Baltimore and that the Washington NFL team, now called the Commanders, played its home games here.

As I got older and learned more, I really did not get it until I started visiting and then eventually moved here almost a decade ago.

My eyes were quickly opened to the beauty of the state, especially on the Eastern Shore, where those outdoor activities I did growing up are a part of the culture and lifestyle of so many here.

This is why I am so thrilled to be a part of SHORE magazine and bring these enriching stories to our readers. There are countless places to explore on the shore; that is what you will find inside this edition.

As you know, we always have a theme for each edition and this one I will also use as my sign-off: “Happy trails!”

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Katie Melynn

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The nation’s largest estuary and its tributaries include an intricate network of nearly 12,000 miles of snaking shoreline, with Maryland’s Mid-Shore region holding many of the Chesapeake Bay’s most coveted water trails, especially for paddleboarders.

The region’s bays, creeks, guts and gunkholes abound for paddlers of every experience level to take in the rural settings along the Choptank, Chester, Corsica, Little Choptank, Miles, Sassafras, Nanticoke, Tred Avon and Wye Rivers. The region offers everything from a challenging paddle across open waters to a relaxed sunset excursion sitting in a quiet cove, with plenty of landings and a wellrounded list of water trails for planning.

Finding the best paddling places often requires the expertise of someone who’s spent enormous amounts of time in the waterway you wish to explore. Two of the Mid-Shore’s best paddling guides and enthusiasts include Eastern Shore SUP’s Kate Richards of Tilghman Island and Barefoot Adventure’s Mike Dunlap of Chestertown. Both have a passion for sharing their knowledge and helping people connect with and enjoy paddleboarding.

Kate Richards was born in Newport, Rhode Island, and grew up sailing on the Chesapeake Bay every weekend, holiday and vacation from Easter through Halloween beginning at the age of five and continuing into her teen years. The Eastern Shore became her home in 1991 and was a return to the area after living in Baltimore as a young child.

Always athletic, Richards fell in love with stand-up paddleboarding when one of her best friends started a SUP business in 2016. She’s not stopped paddling since.

“I bought my first board that very next season,” said Richards. “I paddled mostly solo, going a little farther and faster with each outing.”

Richards says she soon learned of a rapidly growing contingency of paddlers that were learning together and creating paddle events and training opportunities on the western shore.

“That sense of community really inspired me,” Richards said. “It really lit a fire under me to work harder and to promote and build our own paddle family here.”

That fire helped Richards become a co-operator of the

Story by Tracey F. Johns | Photos by Arden Haley Kate Richards

Eastern Shore SUP (ESSUP) group while working in her professional life as a wellness resource and education provider. Richards began giving the online community a boost in 2018 with Ronnie Warden and Zach Gill of Easton Cycle & Sport as a way to connect paddlers and promote SUP community events on the Eastern Shore.

Upcoming events include a SUP social paddle each Thursday evening, Summer Sunday monthly river excursions, an August 6 Tilghman Island circumnavigation race, and a brunch paddle out of San Domingo Creek on August 13.

The group also promotes nationally renowned events like the July 22 and 23 Chesapeake Bay Paddle from Kent Island to Rock Hall and the September 23 Bay Bridge Paddle launching at Sandy Point State Park. More are posted on the group’s Facebook page.

Richards said paddlers have hundreds of options in choosing a Mid-Shore location for paddling, with water trails including sheltered, or ‘skinny’ water, and open waters in bigger rivers and on the Bay for longer paddles.

“People who are drawn to being on the water love paddleboarding,” said Richards. “Toss in the area’s variety of

challenging or easy conditions, and the icing on the cake is taking in the ecology of the Bay’s waterways.”

Richards said awareness of the elements is crucial for getting the most out of your paddling adventure.

“You must know your tides, the predicted wind speed and direction, and adhere to boater safety guidelines, including understanding right-of-way scenarios and having the proper safety equipment onboard,” she said. “You also need to be prepared to stay hydrated.”

Richard’s favorite sheltered places to paddle in the area include the Choptank’s Kings Creek, the Tred Avon River from Easton Point Marina, and Oak Creek and the Miles River launching from Royal Oak. Places for more open water paddles include farther down the Tred Avon and Miles Rivers, along with a 6-mile trail from Knapps Narrows in Tilghman Island to Lowes Wharf and Ferry Cove.

“Paddling gives such a great sense of accomplishment,” said Richards. “Many times, I will stop at Knapps Narrows Marina on my way home from work and paddle Poplar Island Straits and then just chill there for the sunset. It’s priceless endof-the-day decompression for me and watching summer sunsets is always incredible.”

For more information:

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To continue the momentum of our Women to Watch program, our Summer Speaker Series entitled PIVOT: Conversations to Spark Change has five sessions of panel discussions of personal and professional voyage highlighting each panelist’s moment of change. These morning networking events will include: Connections & Conversations with other Community Leaders

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Imani Black, CEO and Founder at Minorities in Aquaculture; Meghan Efland, Director of Supply Chain at PRS Guitars; and Tracey Williams, Supervisor of Student Services/Secondary Education at Kent County Public Schools


Thursday, July 13 - Packing House

Amanda Kidd, Owner of Beat the Rush Delivery and CoOwner of 411Kitchen; Ashley Davis, CEO of A Competitive Edge (ACE) Consulting Agency; Susan Banks, Director of Dorchester County Economic Development; and Alisha Saulsbury, Forensic Mental Health Program Manager of Midshore Behavioral Health. Moderator: Lesa Lee, Chief Clinical Officer of For All Seasons, Inc.


Thursday, July 27 - Wharves of Choptank Visitor & Heritage Center

Danielle Forrest, Assistant Branch Manager of Shore United Bank; Amy Horne, Executive Director of Caroline CASA; and Doncella Wilson, Founder and Executive Director of Minary’s Dream Alliance, Inc.


Wednesday, August 9 - TBD

Shaun Bevins, Physical Therapist, Nutritionist and Author; Carol Ibex Kettenring, Owner of Foundations Yoga on Kent Island and Centreville; Kendra Eichler, Owner of Workout Like a Girl; Carrie-Ann Barrow, Founder, Leadership Coach, Speaker and Best-Selling Author; and Kathy Higginbotham, Real Estate Broker with Keller Williams Flagship.


Wednesday, August 23 - Avalon Theatre

Megan Cook, mayor of the town of Easton; Sarah Kilmon, Communications Manager of Talbot County Government; Jaime Windon, CEO and Founder of Lyon Rum; and Kate Richards, Client Consultant, Marketing & Brand Lead of Hill’s Drug Store, Inc and CoFounder of Eastern Shore SUP (on-the-water paddling) Community Group.

Moderator: Beth Anne Dorman, President and CEO of For All Seasons, Inc.


7:30 AM Arrive, Breakfast, Networking Headshots as Scheduled

8:15 - 9 AM Panel Discussion with Q & A

*subject to change

We hope you will join us as we continue to celebrate the Women to Watch in our communities with our Summer Speaker Series. CONTACT: Kristi English at kenglish@chespub.com or

Mike Dunlap

Mike Dunlap likely has spent as many hours paddleboarding the Chester River as he has fighting fires and saving lives as a 19-year Howard County Fire Department firefighter and paramedic. Much of his time is spent conditioning and training for ultra-marathon challenges, like the annual 31-mile ChattaJack race on the Tennessee River or the 300-mile WaterTribe Everglades Challenge from Tampa Bay to Key Largo.

Dunlap grew up in Scotch Plains, New Jersey, and cultivated his love of the water while spending summers at his grandfather’s Long Beach Island shore house. He went on to receive his Bachelor’s degree in Animal Sciences from the University of Rhode Island, where he was a Division 1 athlete playing soccer.

Rhode Island’s cold weather drove Dunlap down south soon after graduation, landing him in Key Largo as a scuba diver trainer. During those eight years, he met his wife Julie, a Howard County native and marine biologist.

“She dragged me kicking and screaming to Maryland,” Dunlap said with a smile. “We’re both water people, so after four years in Columbia we moved to Chestertown, where we’re raising our kids with a deep appreciation for water.”

Julie is now a nurse practitioner and their sons, Aiden and Tyler, are now teenagers. This past March, Mike and Tyler finished the Everglades Challenge on a trimaran, with Mike being the first athlete during a previous race to complete the course on a homemade paddleboard.

When he’s not working across the bridge or with family, Dunlap is usually

training or taking individuals or groups out for paddling excursions on the Chester River. He says he likes paddling up the Chester River because of its protected waters, unspoiled landscapes and lack of boat traffic.

“It’s mostly corn fields and Loblolly pines lining the riverbanks, so the water is protected and the wildlife here is abundant,” said Dunlap.

“The amount of birdlife seen is incredible, especially bald eagles.”

Other wildlife often observed include osprey, heron, bobwhite, deer, beaver and raccoon.

Dunlap says he likes to launch from Buckingham Wharf, which is about four miles north of the Chester River bridge on the Kent County side. There’s plenty of parking, with Dunlap providing the paddleboards, paddles, life jackets, and an onboard dry storage box and cooler for drinks and snacks.

“People new to the sport often push out with their minds racing with a lot of self-doubts,” Dunlap said. “They have the wrong notion that paddleboarding is hard and they are stressing about an activity that’s supposed to relax them.

“Usually within five minutes, they forget they’re on the paddleboard and start relaxing,” he said. “It’s a condition-altering

Submitted photos from Mike Dunlap

experience. I have a lot of clients asking what paddleboard and life jacket to buy after just one 2 to 3-hour excursion. It’s very gratifying.”

Dunlap says one of the things he likes so much about paddleboarding is that anyone can do it. He says his clients have ranged from a six-year-old out with her family to a couple in their eighties.

“You can have a full body workout, or you can just float around and relax,” said Dunlap. “Some people need more time but eventually, everyone can relax and get up close with nature.”

Dunlap said several locations ensure a more sheltered paddle for beginners, depending on the weather and wind. Other favorite spots include the


Kent County Water Trails

Chester’s Shadding Reach, along with Still Pond Creek, and spots along the Sassafras River. Dunlap is a certified U.S. Coast Guard Master Captain and takes groups out for snakehead fishing on paddleboards and aboard his 23’ Parker center console. S 1. Sassafras River Water Trail: River Distance: 20+ miles Skill Level: All levels 2. Chester River Water Trail: River Distance: 40+ miles Skill Level: All levels 3. Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge – Island Water Trail: Paddle Distance: 10 miles Skill Level: All levels
Submitted photos from Mike Dunlap
County Walking Trails
Kennedyville Cattail Trail 0.06 miles Lathim Trail 0.57
Pavilion Trail 0.16 miles
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Warm summer days are the perfect excuse to get outside and enjoy a relaxed pace on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. With everything from dockside dining to natural beauty, the Cross Island Trail connects visitors and locals with what they need for an island summer adventure.

Located on Kent Island in Queen Anne’s County, the Cross Island Trail lives up to its name and spans the length of almost the entire island. Running east to west, there are

6.5 miles of trails perfect for walking, jogging or cycling. An extension completed in 2001 connects the Cross Island Trail with the American Discovery Trail, a 4,834 mile route from Delaware to California.

Much of the Cross Island Trail goes through tidal ponds and wetlands. There are also plenty of mature trees lining shaded sections of the trail. You can hike, bike or walk the entire length or in smaller sections.

It begins at the Terrapin Nature Park at one end. Parking is free and plentiful, offering

Story by Katie Melynn | Photos by Jennifer Quinn

shady spots to start, public restrooms and a ranger station. Some of the best spots on the trail can be found in Terrapin Nature Park, 3.25 miles of walking trails that go through natural meadows and wetlands.

The trail leads to sandy beaches and views of the Bay Bridge. You can enjoy some time by the water, although make sure not to pack too much or set up tents, since this park is home to native wildlife. The trail is peaceful and well protected, making it a sanctuary for everything from herons in the tidal pools to frogs in the wetlands. You may even be lucky enough to see an osprey soaring overhead or a deer walking through the wooded areas during your visit. There is a wildflower meadow with a scenic overlook and two blinds where you can observe. Benches make it easy to sit and enjoy your surroundings for a bit.

After exploring this natural area, head back to the main asphalt trail. You can keep your vehicle in the Terrapin Nature Park lot, which is free and right next to the trailhead. There are numerous parking locations along the trail, but this one has a decent amount of shade and is close to restrooms.

Heading the other direction, the Cross Island Trail goes through residential and commercial areas of Kent Island. It alternates between well-maintained boardwalk and smooth asphalt, making it a perfect choice for bicycles. It travels through residential areas as well as across creeks and waterways with views of the Chesapeake Bay.

You can stop in historic Stevensville to learn more about the trail’s origin as part of the rail system on Kent Island. A railcar, depot and other historic buildings provide a glimpse into what life was like on Kent Island when cargo traveled through on the railroad. While you are there, pick up a sandwich, ice cream or piece of local artwork before heading back to the trail.

This is a good trail for those with children or pets, since it is relatively flat and paved. The trail includes a lot of shade from tall pines as well as fresh breezes off the bay. It goes right through Old Love Point Park, which has multiple play structures, fields and restrooms. All pets need to be on a leash and picked up after, but there are plenty of places to deposit your dog’s deposits as long as they are bagged.

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Corsica River Water Trails

1. Mill Stream Trail

Paddle Distance: Approximately 1.25 miles one way, or 2.5 miles round-trip

Skill Level: Novice – This trail follows a shallow, mostly sheltered and meandering waterway

2. Yellow Bank Stream Trail

Paddle Distance: Approximately 3 miles round-trip

Skill Level: Novice – This trail follows a shallow, mostly sheltered and meandering waterway

3. Alder Branch Trail

Paddle Distance: Approximately 2.5 miles round-trip

Skill Level: Intermediate to experienced – This trail follows a shallow, mostly sheltered meandering waterway

Kent Island Water Trails

1. Chesapeake Bay Trail: Terrapin Nature Area to Matapeake Park

Paddle Distance: Approximately 3.25 miles

Skill Level: Intermediate to experienced, with open waters

2. Eastern Bay Trail: Shipping Creek Landing to Romancoke Pier

Paddle Distance: Approximately 3 miles

Skill Level: Intermediate to experienced, with open waters

3. Thompson Creek Trail: Thompson Creek Landing to Warehouse Creek Landing

Paddle Distance: Approximately 3.6 miles

Skill Level: Intermediate to experienced, with open waters

4. Kent Narrows Trail North: Kent Narrows landing to Piney Creek or Jackson Creek Landing

Paddle Distances: Approximately 1.5 – 2.5 miles

Skill Level: Intermediate to experienced, with open waters at Kent Narrows

5. Kent Narrows Trail South: Kent Narrows Landing to Goodhands Creek Landing

Paddle Distances: Approximately 1.7 to 2.4 miles

Skill Level: Intermediate to experienced, with open waters

6. Cabin Creek Trail: Cabin Creek Landing and Prospect Bay loop trails

Paddle Distance: Approximately 1.25 to 3.25 miles

Skill Level: Novice to Intermediate



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Queen Anne’s County Walking Trails

1. South Island Trail Marine Academy Drive Stevensville

2. Matapeake Clubhouse & Beach

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3. Blue Heron Nature Preserve Romancoke Road Stevensville

4. Ewing Pond Park 5339 Main Street Grasonville

5. Ferry Point Park 600 Swan Cove Lane Chester

6. Long Point Park 1901 Little Creek Road Chester


50 through the Kent Narrows. It adds some extra dedicated space, although since it is next to a busier road, it doesn’t have the same peaceful ambiance as the rest of the trail. You can get an up close view of the Kent Narrows bridge and enjoy more restaurants on the other side. The extension ends at Long Point Park, another great spot to park if you want to start and end on the western end of the trail.

If you work up an appetite, stop by one of the numerous restaurants a quick walk off the trail. Bark Barbecue Cafe and Love Point Deli are close by on the eastern end of the trail. On the western end near Kent Narrows, hot spots like Harris Crab House, The Narrows Restaurant, Fisherman’s Crab Deck and The Jetty all offer waterfront dining.

There are many places to access the Cross Island Trail that include free public parking. Old Love Point Park, Castle Marina Road, and the Chesapeake Heritage and Visitor Center near the Kent Narrows are all great places to access the trail.

With everything from island wildlife to island dining, the Cross Island Trail has something for everyone.

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For lovers of summer days and outdoor celebrations, it’s the happiest season of all. Backyard pools open, water toys and outdoor furniture emerge from winter storage and the smoky scent of barbeque fills the air. What better time to transform a plain backyard into a staycation paradise?

For 12 years, Coastal Pools in Queenstown has been in the business of pool construction and renovation. From a simple backyard design to an idea inspired by Pinterest or Ultimate Pools, their design team transforms each client’s dream into reality.

“We do a design consultation on the property, discuss the customer’s wants and needs, and design a plan around the best possible outcome for their budget,” said Chris Conley, general manager of sales & design.

The use of software makes Coastal Pool’s design process stand out, from the 3D

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application that brings a client’s design to life to the program that allows visual progress from the first dig until the first fill. To meet the demand for its work, Coastal Pool builds 12 months a year and digs two pools a week, “even when it’s freezing,” Conley said.

“We can do anything,” Conley explained.

They’ve designed and built tropical pools, pools with big waterfalls and grottos, and sleek swim lanes. The company works with hardscapers, landscapers and sells lawn furniture to bring the pool and patio area to life. Imagine a backyard pool with a tanning ledge, a waterfall or edged by custom lighting. If money were no object, at the top of Conley’s list would be a negative-edged infinity-edged pool with a catch basin that gives the appearance of being one with the water in the background. One of Coastal’s most elaborate designs is a large infinity pool with an unobstructed view of the Bay Bridge.

“We design for waterfront homes, contemporary houses, historic farms and farmhouses,” he said. “We try to match the vibe of the house to the environment around it and design each project is unique to its surroundings.”

Coastal Pools is widely recognized as one of the best in the area. One reason could be the company’s work philosophy.

“Most of our employees have been born, raised and live in the immediate area,” Conley said. “We’re particular about our work and want to make sure that it represents the Eastern Shore.”

Another could be the reviews of enthusiastic customers, such as the one left by this client: “Forget traveling. We absolutely LOVE the quality and look of our renovated pool!” And it could be that Coastal Pools has the ability to transform a simple hole in the ground into something truly spectacular.

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Afew miles down Route 50 in Grasonville, Backyard Billy’s has been “the one-stop shop for all your outdoor needs” for 34 years. The origin of the store’s name is simple.

“It has a good ring, and the alliteration can't be beat,” said Patrick Keating.

Neither can the colorful array of outdoor furniture. But don’t let the Adirondack chairs fool you. Backyard Billy’s stocks pool houses, chicken houses, tiki bars, and children’s play sets. And that’s not all. If a customer’s wish list includes a product seen on HGTV, they carry it, including a brand used by the network’s Property Brothers.

“Being so close to the beach, we get lots of requests for the classic white and turquoise color scheme,” Keating said. "We also offer pieces imprinted or engraved with blue herons or crabs for a classic Eastern Shore look. And the white Adirondack never goes out of style."

There is no replacement for work done by hand, especially by people whose lifeblood is furniture.

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Billy’s chicken houses work for barnyard bird enthusiasts or simply as a decorative addition to the yard. Much of the furniture is constructed by Amish craftspeople.

“There is no replacement for work done by hand, especially by people whose lifeblood is furniture.”

Summer days have always been synonymous with grilling. For grillmasters and those aspiring to master the art, Backyard Billy’s stocks pellet and charcoal grills. In Keating’s opinion, however, the Big Green Egg stands alone. This ceramic, Japanese-style kamado grill is an all-in-one cooking experience — it grills, roasts and even bakes.

“There is nothing you can't do with it,” he said.

For 34 years Backyard Billy’s has provided customers with much more than basic sales and delivery. They can build a structure on site, and if necessary, will hire a crane to hoist it up and set it down on a property where no other method would work. It’s one example of what Keating describes as a white-glove, holistic experience.

For customers with extravagant yards to those with smaller budgets, “We treat every customer the same.”

Backyard Billy’s

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More than just a walk in the woods ADKINS ARBORETUM

When you go to Adkins Arboretum in Ridgely, you might be attending an art show or concert, buying native plants from the nursery, or attending a special event like Beer Garden or Fairyfest. But the simple joy of visiting the Arboretum is found in wandering its trails through 400 acres of woodlands, meadows, wetlands and gardens. Exploring the Eastern Shore’s native landscape and viewing the birds and wildlife in these diverse habitats makes the experience more than the usual walk in the woods.

“So there are many different purposes for a walk here – it can be educational, social or healing,” said Ginna Tiernan, Executive Director of Adkins Arboretum. “These are all great reasons for people to keep coming back and

engaging in different ways at the Arboretum.”

The Arboretum interprets its landscape through both guided and self-guided walks. Tiernan added, “The more we learn about history, the more things change and the more information we gather. We are constantly renewing what we’re presenting to the public as there’s always more story to tell.”

“And I think knowing the stories behind the plants builds a deeper connection with the landscape,” Jenny Houghton, Assistant Director of Adkins Arboretum, said. “In the same way, if you walk through a crowd of people and you don’t know anything about them, you don’t feel a connection, but if you know their names and their stories, you care about them and that’s a goal with


getting people to see the plants individually and to learn about how humans in the landscape are connected. It helps us be better environmental stewards, which is our vision and mission.”

The Arboretum offers several different walks to meet the needs and interests of the audiences it serves. Its Rooted Wisdom Walks provide additional layers of insight into

a.m. This meditative hour-long leisurely walk is just about walking and sharing and letting the healing properties of nature help for such issues as loss, caregiving stress and any of life’s stressors. The Arboretum started it as its own kind of nature support group. The Arboretum’s Forest Bathing or Mindfulness Walks encourage participants to just breathe in the air of the forest and soak up nature

how freedom seekers used their knowledge of the natural landscape to forge a path to freedom...and to how we can connect the landscape to history. The Indigenous Peoples’ Perspective Project Walks explore the importance of more than 20 native plants to the food, craftwork, and medicinal traditions of indigenous peoples of the Chesapeake region — seeking to encourage a paradigm shift from land as capital to land as sacred teacher, healer and sustainer.

“How we present the plants will appeal to different audiences,” said Houghton.” Self-guided family activities identify native plants in each of the Arboretum’s landscapes – the meadow, the forest and the wetland. Our docents are trained in a variety of themes so they know their plants, but they present the same plant as how it fits into woodland architecture or how it influenced the journey on the Underground Railroad. It forms an organizing tool for presenting the plants. Because many people are not familiar with these plants, it’s also re-familiarizing people with what’s been growing for thousands of years.”

For those seeking respite, the Arboretum offers free Healing Walks on the first Friday of each month at 10

in the quiet of the outdoors. Each summer, the Arboretum offers its Outdoor Sculpture Invitational – Artists in Dialogue with Landscape. This year, sculptures by five Mid-Atlantic artists will be on display on the grounds through September 30, 2023. The sculptures are woven into the landscape, hidden along the Arboretum’s trails – from dinosaur tracks that march off into the forest beyond to a wheel-chair accessible u-shaped tunnel.

“A powerful awareness of such intricate interconnections runs through all the artists’ work,” added Mary McCoy, curator of the exhibit. “In their various ways, they explore the realization that in our ever-changing world, the interconnections humans share with all of nature are crucial to the web of life on earth.”

Other more tailored walks include Bird Walks led by naturalists during the spring and fall bird migrations Here, visitors identify the birds migrating through the region during these times of year. The Arboretum’s Summer Twilight Hike offers a walk at twilight for families.

One of the oldest and most popular walks at the Arboretum is its Soup ‘n Walk which was founded and facilitated by Julianna Pax who serves on the Arboretum’s Board and has been an Arboretum volunteer for many years. This program is offered in the spring and fall and offers participants the opportunity to explore the Arboretum’s forest, meadows and wetland on a guided walk themed to the season, then enjoy a delicious lunch and a brief talk about nature and nutrition. Copies of recipes are provided.

Ginna Tiernan, left, and Jenny Houghton walk around the arboretum. Photo by Kellen McCluskey

“I think the great thing about whether you come for a walk on your own or as part of a guided walk is that things change here from day to day, not even from season to season or month to month,” Houghton said. “It’s always different every day. I’ve been here almost 17 years and I never get bored of walking our paths.”

The Arboretum is training a whole new generation of docents because of the big demand for guided walks. The docent training program is a 10-month training program. This year they scheduled almost 30 guided walks given by 15 docents of a variety of ages.

Different people learn differently on the walks, so the Arboretum’s docents encourage the audience to ask questions which makes the walks a lot more meaningful.

“Even as groups arrive, the docents are chatting with them and getting to know them and their interests,” said Houghton. “We do tactile things like in the

Rooted Wisdom walk, we encourage participants to pick up a sweet gum ball and feel it or we have them smell and look at flowers or listen for birds. In nature, it’s easy to be multisensory when you’re outside.”

Volunteer and local birder Jim Wilson leads a bird walk. Photo by Kellen McCluskey

Depending on the audience’s wishes, the Arboretum can tailor its walks to any concerns. An example is a recent large group from an urban area who was not comfortable with walking in the woods, so they adapted the walk to share the information differently than they would have encountered in the woods.

Future offerings in 2023 include expanding the Rooted Wisdom project so that school-aged children can enjoy viewing the film, “Rooted Wisdom,” at the Avalon Theatre in Easton and visit Adkins Arboretum for a field trip with a lesson plan and preand post-activities.

In addition, the Arboretum hopes to do more research and interpretation to create an audio essay project, the Indigenous Voices of the Chesapeake. They recently applied for a grant from the Chesapeake Gateways Network, in partnership with Schoolhouse Farmhouse – the


consultants that created Rooted Wisdom – to help fund the project. In the meantime, the Arboretum has restored the little Wigwam area in the forest which can now be used as an outdoor classroom or for a play or snack break for families taking a walk.

Admission to the Arboretum is $5 for adults (18+), $2 for youth (6–17), and under 6 are free. Members’ admission is also free. Every visitor is invited to enjoy the Arboretum’s trails, regardless of their ability to pay. If paying the regular admission would prevent a visitor from visiting, they can pay what they wish or request a free pass.

To schedule a guided group tour for your organization, contact Jenny Houghton at jhoughton@ adkinsarboretum.org.

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Caroline County Water Trails
1. Marshyhope Creek Water Trail: Paddle Distance: Approximately 1 mile
Skill Level: All levels
2. Eastern Neck Island Water Trail: Paddle Distance: Approximately 10 miles Level: Intermediate to experienced, with open waters
3. Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center Water Trails: Distance: 1 – 2.8 miles depending on trail
Level: All levels
Caroline County Walking Trails 1. Marshyhope Creek Greenway Trail Rosser Rd, Federalsburg 2. Martinak State Park Nature Trail Activity Trail Point Trail Mardela Trail 137 Deep Shore Road, Denton 3. Adkins Arboretum Blockston Branch Loop Forest Loop Nancy’ sMeadow Loop South Meadow Loop Wilderness Trail
North Tuckahoe Valley Trail to Tuckahoe Lake South Tuckahoe Valley Trail to Cemetery Road Tuckahoe Multi-Use Trail 137 Deep Shore Road, Denton


outside the vine




Wine lovers have come to appreciate the bountiful pleasures awaiting them at Layton’s Chance Vineyard and Winery, nestled in the scenic Vienna countryside.

But lately guests have also been pleasantly surprised to discover the added joys of exploring the Layton’s Chance Nature Trail located around the popular full-time vineyard’s perimeter.

Originally laid out by owner/winemaker William Layton as a personal therapeutic and recreational running path several years ago, he’s now enjoying sharing it with fellow runners, walkers, bike riders, Loki, his friendly resident “Wine Dog,” and anyone else wishing to unwind or be energized by drinking in the sweet sights, sounds and smells.

Explorers have their choice of short (.57 miles) or long (1.77 miles) trails bordering the 14 acres of vineyards, 144 acres of farmland, and 102 acres of woodland, all across flat terrain no more than 8 feet above sea level.

The opportunity to stretch one’s legs and view fresh vistas along the trails has proven to be especially welcomed by the growing numbers of RV travelers extending their Layton’s visit overnight.

Along with his ongoing hands-on efforts caring for and keeping up with the winery’s well manicured vineyard areas, Layton seems to thrive on making the nature trails as interesting and informative as possible, gleaning tips and repurposed signage from nearby Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge.

He’s also created a helpful trail guide handout, sharing the Layton family’s amazing backstory of transitioning from farm to vineyard, a trail map, plus photos and fun facts about ten landmarks to be aware of, concluding with a brief, common sense listing of nature trail rules to follow.


Among the items to see on the trail:

Mistletoe: Yes, the iconic Christmas kissing plant actually grows as a parasite in trees, especially in low-lying areas like Layton’s. The good news for winter wine and nature lovers is that its distinctive green clumps are most readily visible when trees are bare.

Bird Laser: No, the green dot you spot moving around the ground and vineyard isn’t a UFO. It’s a non-harmful way to keep feathered foragers from flocking to Laytons to gobble down the sweet fruit, especially in August. It’s also far less time and labor intensive than traditional netting.

“Birds are actually our biggest problem in the vineyard,” Layton said, adding that the feathered flyers once actually consumed seven tons’ worth of grapes in seven days.

Non-Tidal Wetlands: High water areas may be visible when looking into the wooded areas. The water is undoubtedly rising, a harbinger of the harrowing prospect facing Dorchester County, which is estimated to lose between 9,000 and 39,000 land acres to the scourge of sea level rise.

Mushrooms: Among the array of new things Layton’s loves to tackle is growing mushrooms in a clearing along the trail. Just in the beginning stages, the starter set is atop a construction of logs, ready to eventually sprout in the wet, shady spot.

Wildlife: Delmarva Fox Squirrels, Sika Deer, Bald Eagles, Snapping Turtles and Wild Turkeys are among the menagerie.

There’s also a beehive, pollinator plot and a beloved family fishing pond, a leftover water feature dug during the 1950s for irrigation and to quench the thirst of Layton’s dad Joe’s herd of 80 beef cattle. The catfish, sunfish, bluegill and bass have lately become favorite meals of invasive snakeheads, Layton noted, but geese, ducks and heron can still be seen.

One impressive underground feature is the Joe’s Clean Water Bioreactor, an environmentally friendly method of cleaning farm field water overflow to prevent the runoff from reaching rivers and the Chesapeake Bay.

The original pathway leading to Layton’s Chance Vineyard and Winery’s success story, currently bearing fruit, was blazed in the wake of a detour.

William Layton had been raised on the farm where his family had lived and worked for four generations — his Dorchester County farming roots date back 314 years.

But back when he dutifully helped his dad Joe raise corn and soybeans on the relatively small acreage, young William didn’t have much time to just enjoy the jewel of a landscape surrounding him each day.


“I was always too busy to really stop and notice how richly serene it all was,” Layton recalled.

Wanting to experience more, he eagerly left the farm behind for a time,seeking his own greener pastures elsewhere, a journey which led him to college and a job with Toyota, which offered a taste of urban life across the country.

He met and married Pittsburgh-born wife Jennifer and became a dad himself, to daughter Allison and son Stephen. At that juncture, Layton began looking homeward once more, deciding the farm was where he wanted to raise his own family.

Now, William not only gets to savor the sweet landscape on a daily basis, he has the added reward of watching his 75-year-old dad slow down just enough to enjoy a glass of wine and a book from time to time, when he himself isn’t picking grapes.

For more information , visit in person at 4225 New Bridge Road, Vienna, MD, call 410-228-1205, or check their website at https://www.laytonschance.com.



Dorchester County Paddling Trails

1. Blackwater Purple Trail

Paddle Distance: 9 miles one-way

Skill Level: Experienced, with open waters

2. Blackwater Orange Trail

Paddle Distance: 7.6 miles round-trip

Skill Level: All levels

3. Blackwater Green Trail

Paddle Distance: 8 miles round-trip

Skill Level: Novice

4. Transquaking River Loop

Paddle Distance: 5-mile loop

Skill Level: All levels

5. Island Creek Trail

Paddle Distances: Varies

Skill Level: All levels

6. Chicone Creek Trail

Paddle Distance: 6-mile loop

Skill Level: All levels

Dorchester County Walking Trails

1. Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center

2145 Key Wallace Drive Cambridge

2. Blackwater Tubman Road Trail

The entrance to the trail is about one-half mile down Hip Roof Road, and is marked by a sign

Hip Roof Road is located off of Rt. 335, about 4 miles south of Key Wallace Drive

3. Frank M. Ewing/Robinson Neck Preserve Robinson Neck Road Taylors Island

4. Legacy Garden Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park and Visitor Center 4068 Golden Hill Rd, Church Creek

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Areas designated ‘scenic byways’ are usually designed with four wheel traffic in mind. But plenty of picturesque pathways await those exploring on two feet and two wheels, among them, former railway lines repurposed into trails.

According to the Rails to Trails Conservancy, what’s become known as the rail-trail movement had its roots in the mid-1960s rural Midwest. That’s when the concept of converting the ever increasing miles of abandoned or unused rail corridors into public trails organically took root.

The areas of pulled up tracks, though unpaved and ungraded, instinctively beckoned people to walk and explore, with some even serving wintertime pursuits like skiing and snow-shoeing, according to the RTC website.

Today, there are more than 21,000 miles of railtrails nationwide, with several Shore routes in Easton, St. Michaels, Kent Island and Cambridge.

According to RTC’s TrailLink.com locator, the 2.5 mile long asphalt paved Easton Rails to Trails opened in 1998 and runs from Dutchmans Lane to North

Easton Park.

The trail features an original railroad depot, converted into a museum/visitors center, near its midpoint south of Goldsborough Street, and is open for walking, biking, inline skating and is wheelchair accessible.

Traillink continues:

“The route of the abandoned Chesapeake Railroad line that the Easton Rails to Trails occupies is actually intact to Cordova, with most of the corridor preserved even farther north to Clayton, Del. (over 50 miles away). However, there are currently no concrete plans in place to complete this extension.

Instead, Easton is working to construct a second rail-trail on another abandoned corridor, beginning at the existing trail between Idlewild Avenue and Maryland Avenue and traveling northwest to the Tred Avon River. A future bridge will span the waterway to carry trail users to the neighborhood of Easton Village.”

The asphalt paved St. Michaels Nature Trail, which opened in 2010, covers 1.3 miles of an abandoned Baltimore, Chesapeake and Atlantic Railway (later,

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Baltimore and Eastern Railroad), a route originally running from Claiborn to Ocean City.

Located on the town’s western perimeter, starting at Heathington Farm Road, it runs northwest through the parking area across from Bay One Hundred Pool, through a woodsy residential area, crossing a covered wooden bridge over San Domingo Creek, traveling past a horse farm and cemetery before concluding at Bradley Park on Railroad Avenue.

TrailLink.com continues:

“In the near future, St. Michaels plans to extend the nature trail farther north to Perry Cabin Park, while a new rail-trail is planned for a portion of the same rightof-way in Easton.”

In Queen Anne’s County, the 6.5 mile Cross Island Trail spans Kent Island from East to West, starting at Long Point Park in Grasonville across diverse trails, roadways, and beach, passing boatyards and wetlands, before ending up at Stevensville’s Terrapin Nature Park by the Chesapeake Bay, where it features a wheel-chair accessible boardwalk.

Also from TrailLink:

“Several miles of trail, between Macum Creek in Chester and Old Love Point Park in Stevensville, follow the former Kent Island Railroad, operated by Queen Anne’s Railroad Company, the island’s first passenger rail service. Though short-lived, the railroad carried freight until the 1950s. At Cox Creek, the pilings and lower framing of the bridge can be traced to the Baltimore & Eastern Railroad trestle bridge dating to the 1890s. The trail is also part of the larger East Coast Greenway, a growing network of multi use trails connecting 15 states and 450 cities and towns on a 3,000-mile route between Maine and Florida.”

In Cambridge the 1/3 mile Cannery Park Rails-ToTrails Project, a paved walkway and biking path, helps further connect the proposed Park with downtown, running from Cedar Street to Washington Avenue.

The trail covers part of the railway which had been vital to the former Phillips Packing Company, a remaining remnant of which is returning to life as The Packing House. Once the city’s largest employer, PPC supplied troops with meals through both World Wars and Korea.

The project is reportedly part of an envisioned 30 mile rail trail project throughout Dorchester County.

Just as the Rails-to-Trails movement has boosted the possibilities of where to explore, e-bikes have raised the bar on how to head out.

Easton Cycle and Sport Store Manager Ronnie Warden has seen the trend gain traction locally over the past few years.

“There are several reasons e-bikes have gained so much popularity, but it really depends on the demographic,” Warden said. “People of all ages are purchasing them for


different reasons; we see the younger riders getting them for fast commuting through town, older riders getting them to keep up with a spouse/friends or to accommodate an injury or disability, and senior riders to gain more confidence in their own ability by having the support of the electric if they get tired or need to move more quickly. One of our guys here in the shop mentioned he prefers his e-bike when riding in town because he feels safer being able to keep up with traffic rather than having everyone fly past him.”

Asked about which type of battery is best, Warden replied that it depends on the model and how it is used.

“The more the rider pedals and uses their own

effort the better range they get,” said Warden. “We have some people run out of battery in 20 miles and others make it up to 80 miles on a charge. The average range we see customers get is somewhere between 40 and 60 miles on our best

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means you have to pedal for the motor to activate. Riding for 30 minutes on a traditional bike is about the same effort as riding for 30 minutes on an e-bike, but you would have covered much more ground on the e-bike.”

Currently, Easton Cycle and Sport’s best selling e-bikes are comfort hybrids, mainly the Electra Townie 7D and Trek Verve series.

“We have a lot of families that just want to ride together around neighborhoods and town, as well as a lot of retirees that may have stability issues or just want to be more comfortable,” said Warden. “These bikes allow for a straight back, arms to be out in front of you instead of being low so you lean on your wrists, and the Townie allows you to have your feet in the ground comfortably when you come to a stop.”

Locally, e-bikers can ride assured they’re on safe legal ground, Warden advised.

“Currently there are not any restrictions locally. I have spoken with Easton Police about their thoughts on

and not causing any issues, they do not see any need to worry about restricting them. This being said, there are restrictions elsewhere. Some parks have restrictions on Class of e-bike, where only Class 1 would be allowed and Class 2 and 3 are not. So if you are traveling it is wise to look up the local restrictions.”

Overall, the landscape is looking positive for bike riders and bike enterprises.

“People are much more accepting of cyclists now then they ever have been,” Warden said. “It has grown as an industry immensely with bicycle tourism becoming huge all over the country. Thousands of people visit Talbot County every year just to ride and see the sights.”

For more information , visit Easton Cycle and Sport, 723 Goldsborough Street, Easton, or online at https://www.ecs.bike.

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Knapps Narrows to Dogwood Harbor

Paddle Distance: Approximately 1 mile one-way

Skill Level: Experienced, with open waters

Tilghman Island and the Bay Hundred Water Trails

1. Eastern Bay and Tilghman Point Trail: Claiborne to Tilghman Creek Landing and Wade’s Point

Paddle Distances: 5.2 miles

one-way, Claiborne Landing to Tilghman Creek Landing; 3.5 miles round-trip, Claiborne Landing to Wade’s Point

Skill Level: Experienced, open water exposure

2. Chesapeake Bay Trail: Bayshore Road to Lowes Wharf and Cabin Cove

Paddle Distances: 3.33 miles

round-trip, Bayshore Road to Lowes Wharf; 1.82 miles roundtrip, Lowes Wharf to Cabin Cove

Skill Levels: Beginner to intermediate for shorter trail, experienced with open water for longer trail

3. Knapps Narrows and Three Creeks Trail: Knapps Narrows to Front Creek

Paddle Distance: Approximately 3 miles round-trip

Skill Level: Experienced, with open waters

Knapps Narrows to Back Creek

Paddle Distance: Approximately 2.5 miles round-trip

Skill Level: Beginner to intermediate

4. Black Walnut Cove Trail: A loop trail in Black Walnut Cove

Paddle Distance: 3.5 miles or shorter

Skill Level: Novice to intermediate, with open waters and crossing the mouth of Black Walnut Cove

5. Balls Creek Trail: A loop trail starting at Neavitt Landing

Paddle Distances: Approximately 3 miles

Skill Level: Novice to intermediate, with open waters and crossing the mouth of Balls Creek

St. Michaels Water Trail

1. Neavitt Landing to Leadenham Creek:

Paddle Distance: 8 miles

Skill Level: Intermediate to difficult, open waters with southwest exposure

2. San Domingo Creek to Hambleton Island:

Paddle Distance: 3 miles

Skill Level: Beginner to intermediate, some open waters with southwest exposure

3. St. Michaels Harbor and Miles River:

Paddle Distance: 3 miles

Skill Level: Intermediate to difficult, open waters with northwest to southwest exposure

4. Oak Creek:

Paddle Distance: 2 miles

Skill Level: Beginner to intermediate, easy paddle, protected waters

5. Miles River & Newcomb Creek: Paddle Distance: 2.5 miles

Skill Level: Intermediate to difficult, open waters with northwest to southwest exposure

Talbot County Walking Trails

1. Easton Rails to Trails: Parking at North Easton Park and Idlewild Park Easton

2. Pickering Creek: 11450 Audubon Lane


Wetland Overlook Loop Trail

0.9 miles

Farm To Bay Trail

1.8 miles

Chilldrens Loop Trail

0.3 miles

Pond Loop Trail

0.4 miles

3. St. Michaels Nature Trail:

1.3 miles

S. Talbot St. just north of Heathington Farm Rd. and Bradley Park at Railroad Ave. St. Michaels



My wife andIrecentlylookedintogetting ahotel room fora fewnightsinWashington DC.Wewenttogood ol’Googleto seewhatthe options were.Immediately at thetop were hotels offeringstays for$80 anight,withthe listings continuing down thepagetorooms well over $1,000 pernight.Knowing that regardlessofthe price,wewill have aroofoverour heads, abed to sleepinand runningwater,mywifeand Iprefera fewcreaturecomforts. My wife is particular about thebed Sheprefers asofter mattress andnot onethatfeels as if we are on concrete with paperthin pillows. Housekeeping service is also amust, andwe’dlikethe hoteltobelocated in asafe area of thecity. Lastly,webothwanttobeatafacility that would provide some assistance with wheretogoand what we should do.This ultimately pushed us closer to thehighercostrange, but we were ok with it simply becauseweunderstandthat’sthe tradeoff forthe care andcomfort we wanted during ourstay. AccordingtoB ooking.com, themajorityofpeoplevisitingthe city bypass the$80 pernight stay,choosinganaverage hotel stay of $447. The lessonhereisthateventhoughconsumers couldget abed,roofand runningwater very inexpensively, theaverage guestdesiremore out of their hotelexperience.As amatteroffact, this holdstruewithmostthings.

Much like theGooglesearchfor ahotel room,whenwe search forcremation prices, we areimmediately presented with theleast expensive options available. Sincemost people purchasecremation services farlessoftenintheir livesthanmakehotel reservations,weshouldhaveabetter understandingofwhatgoesintothe ‘how much’before meetingwithone of thedarksuitedundertakers. Much like the$80 hotel“deal”, we shouldcarefullyconsider if theleast expensive optionisinfactthe experience we really want

The costofacremation service ultimately comesdownto what theexpectationsare forour lovedone andour family

Take forexample the‘businesses’ todaythatoperate out of commercial warehousefacilities providingthe leastexpensive option, like the$80 hotelroom. These companies often are affiliated with multiple otherbusinessesoffering disposition in amassvolume. Theyare primarilyfocused on disposition only with very little,ifany,guidance or care providedto thesur vivors,friends andfamily. These arealsothe ones we typicallyreadabout in thenationalnewsand localstate boards fineonwhatseems to be aregularbasis.Nonethe less, it is an optionfor thosewho seek solely thedisposition of a deceased –ie. Aroof, bedand runningwater only

From therewemovetofuneralhomes that offer acremation service,yet do notown acrematory.Wecould comparethis

to thehotel that maygreet us with asmilingface but doesn’t provide dailyhousekeepingand perhapsoutsources anyfood service options.Accordingtoa2019 survey by theCremation Association of NorthAmerica,70% of funeralhomes do not ownacrematory.Thesefuneralhomes provide guidance to thefamilies andoversight of service,but outsource the cremationtoathirdparty,and often thetransportationof thedeceasedaswell. Whilethistypeofser vice does allow the funeralhometokeeptheir staff small whilepossibly serving alargenumberoffamilies, they cannot be 100% certain what happenswhenthe departedistaken off sight duetoanother companyperformingthe cremation. In 2002, we learnedof theTri-State Cremator y, whichwas accepting decedents for cremationfrom funeralhomes whodid notown acrematory Instead of providingthe services they were paid to perform, let’s just saythe cremationwas not beingcarried outand what wasbeingreceivedbythe families from thosefuneralhomes wasnot at all thecrematedremains of their lovedone.As upsettingasitmay seem, this third-party outsourcingprocess is still beingutilizedtoday.

The next optionavailabletoconsumers is theall-inclusive funeralhome. These arethe licensedestablishmentsthat provide coachingtothe sur vivors on next steps andcomplete oversight of thedeceased. We seethemoftenusingthe tag line“Your lovedone neverleavesour care”and “Cremation with Confidence.” These firms do notoutsource anypart of theprocess. The individualswho transport thedeceased from alocal place of passingare employeeswiththatfuneral home,not acontractedthird-party transport company. On staff licensedemployees also overseethe entire cremation process. The firms that provide this full-ser vice approach, includingowningand operating thecrematory,makeuponly 30% of theentireprofession(accordingtoa2019 survey by CremationAssociation of NorthAmerica). These funeral home cremationprovidersensurepeace of mindthatall is beingoverseenbyone singlecompany andthose ashes being receivedare,infact, thoseofour lovedone.Itisthe hotelwith theconcierge assistance,daily linen service andabreakfast with made to order omelets.

Many consumersare notaware of themultipleoptions availabletothemwhenitcomes to thelossofaloved one. We need to be sure to make educated decisions.Takethe time to learnwhy costs arewhattheyare in order to prioritize what is mostimportant.Itisalwaysadvised to talk with thelocal undertaker farinadvance to answeryourquestionsabout the things that matter most.

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