Road Trip to Pennsylvania

Omni Bedford Springs front entrance Pennsylvania

Our baby has morphed into a little tornado. He spends his waking hours spinning around the house, upending every object not tethered to a surface. We haven’t held him liable for damages yet because he reimburses us with smiles and laughs. With all of this energy bubbling through him, we thought he was ready for a short weekend trip to the countryside. After some googling, I came upon the idea of taking him to the Omni Bedford Springs Resort, a […]

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Drone footage of Chestertown, Maryland

I bought a drone a few weeks ago and think I’ve found myself a new hobby. I live in Washington DC so I can’t fly the thing within 30 miles of my house because of the FAA restrictions over the capital, so I’m not sure if I’ll get to use it as I would like to. But even if I never use the thing again, I got my money’s worth last weekend. The Autel X-Star Premium, which I bought from […]

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Havre de Grace, MD

Concord Point Light

Havre de Grace, the city whose name has caused pronunciation problems for centuries, is situated along the mouth of the Susquehanna River in northeastern Maryland.  Just one mile south of the congested Interstate 95, this city of 12,000 is nestled in a quiet corner of northern Chesapeake Bay, where the mighty Susquehanna dumps into the bay the fresh water it collected during its 464 mile journey through New York State, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. Not only does Havre de Grace–locals pronounce […]

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Sugarloaf Mountain (Maryland)

Sugarloaf Mountain Maryland foliage

Sugarloaf Mountain, about 45 minutes northwest of Washington, DC, is a good choice for a half-day getaway to the countryside. I wouldn’t say Sugarloaf is a mountain–it’s only 1300 feet above sea level–but it juts out above the surrounding farmland  so it’s visible from ten miles away. I initially intended to take the dogs to Little Bennett Regional Park, right off I-270, but when I got the entrance I realized it was more of a campground then a hiking trail […]

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Annapolis, MD (July 2015)

Annapolis sailboats

I’m lucky to live within an hour’s drive of Annapolis, Maryland, one of the most picturesque seaports on the East Coast. Emily and I decided to pay a short weekend visit there with our dog Ollie to celebrate my birthday. On the way there, we picked up some sandwiches at Bay Zu Coffee and headed to Quiet Waters Park on the South River, a little bit outside of the city.  This 340-acre wooded park is a great place to spend […]

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St. Michaels, MD

St. MIchael's Talbot St

The summer’s approaching, so to get in the spirit Emily and I decided to head out to Maryland’s Eastern Shore to St. Michaels, MD, a quaint town about an hour and a half drive from Washington DC. Even before we crossed the four mile long Bay Bridge over the Chesapeake, I noticed the sand and pine trees characteristic of the coastline. I didn’t like driving over the bridge. It’s really high, the lanes are narrow, and there is no shoulder. […]

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Frederick, Maryland

Downtown Frederick maryland MD

One of my favorite day trip destinations under an hour’s drive away from Washington DC is Frederick, Maryland. It’s a old city, dating back before the Civil War, and is laid out in a easily navigable street grid. It looks very similar to Fredericksburg, Virginia–so similar that I often mix up my memories of the two. I don’t know how much of stems from the similarity in the city names, or the fact that the city’s buildings and street-scapes look […]

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Ellicot City, MD and Patapsco Valley State Park

Another great day trip from DC is Ellicot City, MD, a quaint and historic town about 10-15 miles west of Baltimore.  I was planning to go to Richmond or Charlottesville, but did not feel like driving the 2 hours with my dog because he gets antsy in the car on rides over an hour or so. I definitely plan to visit those sites soon, just not this weekend. My plan was was to hit Ellicot City, explore a little bit […]

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Calvert County, MD

Flag Ponds dog

I first visited Calvert County in 2012 on a fossil hunting trip along the western coast of Chesapeake Bay. I had read in a travel guide that Calvert Cliffs State Park is a prime location for finding 50 million year old shark teeth, so I decided to give it a go. I combed the beach for a while, even digging some shallow pits on the beach in the hopes of finding some  specimens but came up with nothing. It was […]

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Assateague Island National Seashore

Assateauge sunrise virginia

When my friends asked  if I wanted to go camping on the beach at Assateague, I was a little skeptical. I’m not a big camper–in fact, the last time I “camped,” I was in the Army. And that was for weeks at a time in a camouflage tent with a potbelly stove in the dead of winter in Germany. Not that fun. But this would be different: beers, a beach, good food, good weather, and a bunch of friends. And […]

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