Charlie Stek wanted his son to experience nature, fishing and paddling rivers. With Maryland’s 10,000 miles of rivers and streams — crossed by 5,176 bridges — that ought to be easy.
Yet there was no safe way to get to the water.
To fish the Patuxent, Stek and his son Alex had to park on blind curves, jump guardrails and scamper down banks.
“We had this incredible asset right down the road that kids, families and...