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Behind The Scenes – hidden in plain sight

I’m a little late with this post – I usually shoot for Sundays – but this one was worth the wait, y’all. I promise.

This week has been filled with more gardening, getting sick and finding out that I probably was glutened by my MULCH [seriously, wtf], recovering, trying to catch up on lost work by dyeing fiber for a custom order for Kate from Gourmet Stash like a wild woman – her first run of Dyer Mashup punis which included Threeravens fibers sold out! – plus some other dyeing that needed to happen, plus some studio visits PLUS some awesome Intro to Spinning classes… *takes a deep breath* Yep, I’ve been busy!

Rob has been hard at work making new BUTTONS for the shop… the button selection is hard to maintain, because they’re so popular, so he’s making special polymer clay buttons exclusives to add to fabulous projects. It’s been a bit of a learning curve, as neither of us had worked with polymer clay in a while – and of course, we want them to be perfect. However, we have a nicely colorful, large selection that will be available starting next week. Look here for more details, of course!

polymer buttons

 

 

They look so much more awesome in person!

 

After all that work/sick/work, plus because of the fact that Rob and I hadn’t had a date day in something like a month, I arranged to go on an ADVENTURE today. I had found out about a couple of hidden gems right around the corner from the Studio, so we went on a trek to discover if they were as awesome as I suspected.

[I say WE, but I didn’t tell Rob what we were looking for until we were there. Muahahaa.]

 

The studio is in the quirky neighborhood of Hampden, and some people know that it used to be surrounded by various mills, most of which now are being repurposed into other uses like apartments and artists spaces. The road that the Studio is on, Falls Rd, is named after the Jones Falls, a lively waterway that stretches from Pennsylvania to the Baltimore Harbor, where it quietly empties out in relative privacy now, thanks [?] to the Fallsway project. The end of Falls Rd is ironically where you can’t really get to the Jones Falls anymore, as that’s where it starts going down into the underground that will usher it to the Bay. The last stretch of Falls Rd, however, is a small paradise of Urban meeting Wildlife.

Someone was smart enough to set up the Jones Falls Trail along here, and walking or biking gives one a great view of the water, the strange structures that empty into the Jones Falls, or have been abandoned and left to slowly sink down into the stream bed. There’s a magic there, if you’re receptive to it – this bit of untamed wildness that snakes through the heart of Baltimore. It’s something else.

And I know I’m not the only one to catch this. Artists in the area have been drawn to the Jones Falls too – in fact, we went in search of one artist’s installment, hidden along the waterway – the Jones Falls Rhino.

This is what we hoped to find. Photo: http://www.iknowtherhino.com/

This is what we hoped to find. Photo: http://www.iknowtherhino.com/

 

Unfortunately for us, the Rhino was elusive. At first we thought that, even though I tried really hard to pinpoint where it would be hiding, I’d blown it. But it turns out that it escaped. Rob talked to the artist and he revealed that it disappeared – I’m hoping that somehow, during a flood, it floated away on a grand adventure down the Jones Falls, out to the Harbor, then off to sea. A girl can dream.

 

So we’d struck out on the first count, and my hopes were high for the second hidden treasure.  We walked further up the hill and found a path that led down to the water, right where I thought it should be. So far, so good. We discovered an absolutely delightful – though precarious – path down to the waterway… with COLUMBINES growing wild alongside the way. *swoon*

The secret, precarious path. The rails were branches. The stairs are uneven, with wood and stone and rebar.

The secret, precarious path. The rails were branches. The stairs are uneven, with wood and stone and rebar.

 

I’ve only ever seen wild columbines on wilderness walks. I guess this is Baltimore wilderness. <3

 

There were so many of these.

There were so many of these.

We found some art tucked here and there, and that did nothing but amp up that magical feeling I had. I was buzzing with excitement, knowing what we were going to see. And that anticipation was completely fulfilled when we got to the bottom.

 

Yes, it's a half-circle falls. It's amazing. And LOUD.

Yes, it’s a half-circle falls. It’s amazing. And LOUD.

 

I just want to put the gallery here to finish this out, because the pics speak for themselves. If you decide to check out Round Falls, be aware of these things: steep stairs with exposed rebar [seriously, it’s no joke, Rob even managed to trip on it on the way back up and we KNEW it was there]; insects, especially as it gets warmer; the observation deck has one end with no guard rail, but otherwise it’s sound; it’s a touch sketchy, so don’t go by yourself. There was evidence of people camping at some point. It *is* Baltimore, of course.

Some links about Jones Falls Trail and Round Falls:

http://thebaltimorechop.com/2012/06/26/round-falls/

http://www.americanwhitewater.org/content/River/detail/id/3579 – this is a GREAT description of the water, even if you’re not kayaking it!

http://www2.citypaper.com/news/story.asp?id=2480

 

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1 Comment

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    Bek
    May 1, 2013 at 3:43 am

    What a wonderful adventure! Your telling brought me back to when I was a kid and I would go exploring. The half-circle waterfall is something I have never seen. If we ever make our way back up north, we’re going to stop in to say hello and go for a walk on the trail. The buttons look great too!

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