Monday, April 23, 2007

Weekend bike ride!

Here are a few pictures from our bike ride on Saturday on the Allegheny Highlands hike and bike trail. It doesn't look like it but you are going up hill. But is it a fun place to ride.

This cave is located along the trail. Here is info from Wikipedia: In 1912 workers excavating a cut for the Western Maryland Railway broke into a partly filled cave along the western slope of Wills Mountain on the outskirts of Cumberland, Maryland near Corriganville in Allegany County, Maryland. The cave became known as the Cumberland Bone Cave. Forty-one genera of mammals were found, about 16 per cent of which are extinct. numerous excellent skulls and enough bones to reconstruct skeletons for a number of the species were present. Skeletons of the Pleistocene Cave Bear and an extinct Saber-toothed cat from the Bone Cave are on permanent exhibit in the Ice Age Mammal exhibit at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. Many of the fossilized bones date from 200,000 years ago. The Cumberland Bone cave represents one of the finest one Pleistocene-era faunas known from eastern North America.


Maggie Ann said...

Oh wow...isn't that something..but the picture of it is forboding enough..but not for a bear of course...grin.

Sophie Honeysuckle said...

Thanks for such an interesting post!!