Sorry about the slow blogging. Georgia, Sky and I left Maryland for Pennsylvania yesterday morning for a whirlwind visit to see our kids in the Pittsburgh area. Not much time for sightseeing, and I don't have much to show for it; not even a butterfly or flower picture. But here's a picture I took as we flew past Cumberland, the heart of Maryland's coal mining region in the Allegheny Mountains:
A pretty town, nestled on the banks of the North Branch of the Potomac River. The smoke you see in this photo was from a train, barely visible at the bottom, through the rails of Highway 6. Once Maryland's second largest city, Cumberland has languished, and now boast a population of only around 20,000.
The Grateful Dead even made a song about it, "The Cumberland Blues."