The beeyootiful weather continued here in what used to be called the Baltimore-Washington area but is now called the DMV - which stands for either Dense Moronic Villages or the District/Maryland/Virginia, I'm not sure.
In any event, Carl and I returned to the Avalaon Area of Patapsco Valley State Park, starting on the Ellicott City side. There were signs for an "Elicott City Epic" bike ride and many more cars than usual. We started out gaining some altitude by going up the Buzzards Rock trail and from there started following the Saw Mill Branch trail, basically going in the opposite direction of many mountain bikers doing the Epic ride. We hadn't done this section for a while and were sort of wandering around to see where we would end up.
We randomly veered off onto the Santee Branch and under power lines for a while, then onto an unmarked trail that took us along the rim of a small canyon above what I think is called the Vinyard Springs streams.
Serenity Now view of the Vineyard Springs stream.
That trail continued downhill and downstream until it reached the B&O rail road tracks with a small tunnel/large culvert carrying the stream under the tracks and leading to the paved rail that parallels the Patapsco River. From there it was about 2.5 miles back to the car for a round trip of just under 6 miles.