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Photo of the Week: Southbound CSX at Sunset


Photo by Alex Teitelbaum/

"I took this shot on a late August evening. On my drive home from work, I saw what appeared to be an interesting sky and the potential for a nice sunset. I grabbed my gear and went out to the public boat ramp in Perryville to see what would develop. The scene on the bridge fell onto my lap as the southbound CSX slowed to a crawl as it started to cross the bridge in the middle of the best part of the sunset, allowing me to capture this scene."

—Alex Teitelbaum

Do you have a favorite Bay photo you'd like to submit to our Photo of the Week contest? Send them to our E-Communications Manager, Emmy Nicklin, at enicklin [at sign], along with a brief description of where and when you took the photo and what the Chesapeake Bay means to you. Please also join our Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Flickr group and post your pics to our Facebook page. We look forward to seeing your photos!

The Bicycle Diaries, Part 1

Photo by Nikki Davis/Nikki Davis Photography

When was the last time you biked 1,300 miles around the Chesapeake Bay watershed? My guess is not too recently! That’s not the case for CBFers John Rodenhausen and Beth McGee who recently completed a three-week circumnavigation of the watershed, covering all six states from New York to Virginia . . . did I mention they were on bikes the whole time! “It just felt like the right thing to do for so many different reasons,” says Rodenhausen on a sunny Tuesday afternoon following the duo’s return.

JandBinCornFields Those reasons were very close to home. As McGee’s sister has diabetes and Rodenhausen’s nephew has Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia, the two decided to ride for their families, raising money and awareness for these important issues through their adventure. Of course, as employees of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the Bay was also top on their list of causes. “There is a link between a healthy environment and healthy bodies,” say Rodenhausen and McGee on their blog, “so hopefully our efforts will help Save the Bay, cure cancer and alleviate suffering from diabetes. Bold aspirations perhaps, but we’re going to do the best we can.”

Skylinedrive The journey included stops in Baltimore, MD, Scranton, PA, Cooperstown, NY, Charlottesville, VA, Seaford, DE, and many more. And despite the strenuous, sometimes rainy days, the two don’t have any regrets: “At no point did I ever feel like, ‘oh my god, why am I doing this?!’ and part of it I think was the chemistry between Beth and I. I really appreciated her steadfastness and her ability to just charge forward,” says Rodenhausen. “It was really fun, but it’s a once in a lifetime thing. Even if you tried to do it again, it wouldn’t be the same. You can’t recreate it,” says McGee. “You can’t redo the Mona Lisa,” Rodenhausen adds.

That’s not to say it was all peaches and cream. “There were some really physically challenging moments like when we thought it was going to be a six-mile descent into Cooperstown, and we would just be coasting in at 30 mph, but instead we wound up walking because it was a 20 percent decline on a rocky, muddy back, dirt country road,” says Rodenhausen. “That was probably the largest physical challenge because it was the end of that first week; we hadn’t had a day off the bike in five days; we just crossed three states; and we were carrying more weight than we were going to be carrying the rest of the trip.” “And it was raining!” McGee adds.

Cooperstown But never once did the two ever question why they were out there; never did they reach into their back pockets where they kept sealed, in-case-of-emergency-only envelopes with a list of their top five reasons for doing the trek when they hit rock bottom. “We just rode our bikes and ate,” says Rodenhausen, “I feel so guilty I mean we had so much fun doing it!”

The money keeps trickling in, but all in all, McGee and Rodenhausen, have exceeded their goal of $20,000 raised funds to go to their three causes. As of this week, $21, 301 has been raised ($11,000 for CBF, $5,195 for the American Diabetes Association, and $5,106 for Child Cancer Treatment at Johns Hopkins Hospital).

Though they are happy to be home, they do remember fondly their days of “road magic,” as they like to call it, of serendipitously meeting generous strangers on the road or discovering off-the-beaten-path places. But as Rodenhausen reiterates, “The best part of leaving, is coming home.”

—Emmy Nicklin  

Stay tuned for more on Rodenhausen and McGee's reflections on their journey next week! In the meantime, to read more of Rodenhausen and McGee’s daily adventures, please visit their blogCheck out our Facebook page for more photos of their big welcome home. Find out how you can both bike and save the Bay here

Finally, to donate to Rodenhausen and McGee’s causes, please visit the following pages.


Photo courtesy of CBF Staff.

 Map courtesy of Microwave Telemetry.

Chesapeake News and Dos

Filling you in on the top stories of the week and letting you know how to make a difference!


This week in the Watershed:  Irene’s effects, oysters, and Jeff Corwin


Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities for the Bay


September 4

September 10

  • Attend a Save our Streams water quality workshop in Gaithersburg, MD with the Izaak Walton League.  Learn how to test water samples and collect aquatic insects and crustaceans that indicate water quality.

September 13

  • Learn how to Adopt-A-Stream in the Baltimore Area.  This workshop will give you the skills to keep an eye on your local stream and what to do when you see something wrong. 

September 17


  • Blue Water Baltimore is seeking dependable people to help lead tree plantings in the greater Baltimore area this fall.  No previous experience necessary!  In fact, this is a great way to get experience in both volunteer management and urban forestry. 
  • Become a Watch-the-Wild volunteer and learn how to make observations of nature to help the Nature Abounds organization keep records and understand how our world is changing. 


Adam Wickline


Adam is the Community Building Manager of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.  He works to inform and engage people across the watershed to take part in Saving the Bay.  If you have an upcoming Bay-related restoration event and you need volunteers, please let us know.


Do you enjoy working with fellow Bay Lovers to help save the Chesapeake?  Become a CBF Volunteer to receive notifications about upcoming volunteer opportunities.