Sunday, August 19, 2012

Cumberland Blues

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."

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