Because Monday was a nice day, and because I hadn't flown in a few weeks, I decided to take advantage of the day and exercise the airplane. (click on any picture to enlarge.)
Down below is Route 522, Valley Road, heading up to Berkeley Springs.
Over a couple more ridges and we find ourselves above downtown Paw Paw, WV at 4,000 feet.
And here's the train tunnel that cuts through the ridges as it tries to go straight across the meandering bed of the Potomac.
Following the Potomac roughly southwest from here brings me over FCI Cumberland, a federal prison nestled here in western Maryland. It's a medium security place with a lower security camp next door.
wikipedia page, it currently hosts former Green Beret doctor and convicted murderer Jeffrey McDonald, Actor Michael Douglas' drug-addled son Cameron Douglas, and anti-government whack-job Ed Brown. But it's kind of chilly outside today, so it looks like they're all inside watching TV.
Heading north a bit, I cross over the grass airport at Mexico Farms, just south of the main Cumberland regional airport.
And there's Cumberland, MD, with it's regional airport, my first stop, in the foreground. I'm setting up a left downwind approach to runway 23 now. Winds light and variable.
Just north of the airport is the big CSX rail yard, formerly part of the Baltimore and Ohio system.
I see trains moving around.
"Cumberland Traffic, Super-cool Cessna is left base, Runway 23. Cumberland."
I head north for a while, and play over western Maryland and Pennsylvania for a bit, then I head back east, crossing over Interstate 68's Sideling Cut, a massive 340ft. deep chop through the mountain ridge that was man-made to allow passage of the highway.
And here's downtown Hancock, MD on the north side of the Potomac as I set up a left base approach to Runway 11 at their little airport just south of the river.