Global warming has caused 2012 in the Baltimore-Washington area to start directly with April - it went up to the high 60's on Saturday, so Lauren, Carole and I threw the bikes on the Subaru and biked around the BWI airport trail. As we were getting the bikes off the car, a rather odd, ZZ Top-bearded guy with two small dogs came over and started chatting up Lauren and Carole. Carole immediately tried to set him up with Lauren, pointing out that Lauren not only loved cats but she could learn to love dogs, too. Lauren hopped on her bike and pedalled faster than I've ever seen before.
On Sunday, Carl and I decided to explore the trail system on the Big Gunpowder Falls River trail system north of Baltimore. We did about a 5.4 mile loop over the Sweathouse, Wildlands and Stocksdale trails. A lot of mud along the river, some nice views of the valley carved out by the Sweathouse Branch but overall not a very exciting area to hike when the leaves are off the trees. On the way back, we drove by the former site of one of Carl's former employers - after getting bought by Rockwell Collins they apparently shut down the White Marsh facility(which is now TIC Gums, where you can find the famous "Gum Gurus") and moved everything to Texas.
After getting back from hiking, I played around a bit in a ham radio teletype (RTTY) contest, where among many others I worked a guy from Hungary who sent me an electronic confirmation (QSL) of our contact, pointing out that radio-contesting is only one of the many exciting sports practiced in Hungary by the cool and hip.