Friday, February 26, 2010



The Deep Creek Dunk is scheduled for tomorrow, The MD State Police have issued a very well written, logical report. 

Thursday, February 25, 2010


Deep Creek Dunk This Saturday

Backbone Farm X Country Skiing Kids Triathalon

This Sunday 2-28-10 head on out to the Backbone Mountain Farm for the kids tri-athalon. When tubing the other night I ran into Max Dubansky a former classmate of mine from high school. I always plug his farm on my web cast found on This weekend his kids are organizing a kids only tr-athalon. Of course there will be plenty to do for the adults as well Check out there website for complete details.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010


In all my years here I have never been to the tube park at WISP. I know some great runner sled roads and back hills. Last night some friends were heading to the Bear Claw Tubing Park at WISP Resort, in Deep Creek Lake, MD. so I went along. Wednesday is locals day and the price was eight (8) dollars for two (2) hours.

It was FAST very fast. The park was clean and the warming hut huge, and the place was PACKED. I managed two (2) runs in better past the first hour and was not going through the cattle call again. It is definitely a place for all ages. I went with two good friends both over 70 and they hopped right in and flew to the bottom. The stopping was a bit hard as you can see. I dont know if the higher prices on the weekend twenty two dollars for 2 hours keep crowds down? No climbing  up the hill is great and the ride down fast and furious. It was the waiting that hurt.   *** out of five stars.

Monday, February 22, 2010

BIG Cat sighting

These Pictures were sent from a friend. Although unverified I take them on good standing or consider them cool none the less. These cats were seen near Elkins WV. As a witness in the summer of 1991 to a big cat along Rock Lodge Road. and cousin to a Bobcat attack survivor also near Rock Lodge. I am a firm believer that Garrett County is home to a few of these animals. Remember that if confronted DO NOT RUN, BEND OVER OR STOOP, PLAY DEAD OR CURL UP. BE AS BIG AS POSSIBLE AND IF ATTACKED FIGHT BACK. Most importantly consider yourself really blessed to have seen such a wonderful sight.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Spring Trout Fishing? Be here before you know it.

I was driving past the Bear Creek Fish Rearing Station today and reminded that Trout Season will soon start. I have been taking advantage of some of this "Inside Time" to catch up on around the house projects, and now is as good as any to gear up for fishing season. Garrett County is well known as one of the best fishing destinations along the eastern coast. Here is a link to this seasons stock schedule. CLICK HERE Good luck and if you like to contemplate life mysteries while fishing ask your self this. Why am I paying flush tax and Pittsburgh is destroyed by our record snowfall?

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Frozen Deep Creek Lake Reminders

The DNR continues their efforts to make lake users aware of safety precautions. Especially as the Deep Creek Dunk changes ice patterns. CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST DNR UPDATE

Don't forget get involved with the Dunk

Monday, February 15, 2010


 Just the facts as reported by MRIS fresh off the press.

This article and link will allow you to see statistics for the whole MRIS territory. Here is the Garrett County numbers. Clicking on the graph will enlarge it.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Knowledge is Power

If nothing else I want the outfit.

For More Info About Deep Creek Lake & Garrett County Housing Go To: WWW.SELLINGDEEPCREEK.COM

Oakland Winterfest Schedule

Friday, Feb. 19 –  Progressive Dinner via horse-drawn sleigh and Lighted Ice Sculpture Viewing  After Dark

Saturday, Feb. 20 – Snowmobile Drag Races will be held at Winter’s Field in Oakland, Maryland on February 20th beginning at noon.  Registration begins at 9:00 to 11:30 and there are cash payouts for 1st, 2nd & 3rd places in each class.  There are 7 classes this year:   For more information call 301.334.5060.
On-site  ice sculpting  demonstrations, Name Carvings in Ice, Sleigh Rides, 33 Works of Art In Ice  Sponsored by local, Businesses Other attractions include: Ice Throne,  Dragon and Slide, Frozen Bowling Alley, Wine Tasting, Snow Toddler Announcement, Music by the Preston Madrigals, Campfire with S’mores, Scavenger Hunt, Craft Vendors at the Oakland Train Station, Food Vendors, and Sculpture Lighting

Sunday, Feb. 21 Winter Fest Breakfast,  Works of Art In Ice Sponsored by local Businesses: Ice Throne, Dragon and Slide, Frozen Bowling Alley, Campfire with S’mores, Music at the Gazebo With Maria Rose & Danny Elswick, Craft Vendors at the Oakland Train Station, Food Vendors


Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Garrett Trails Helps Government 'Get It'

 As a supporter of Garrett Trails This is great news!!!  I sit in on the board meetings and know first hand how valuable this trail system and some help can be for Garrett County and Deep Creek Lake. Dont forget Taste of Garrett May 17, 2010.

 This article is from the CUMBERLAND TIMES

Mountain Marylanders back governor’s plan for state trail network
Kevin Spradlin
Cumberland Times-News
CUMBERLAND — The mountain side of Maryland and those living closer to metropolitan centers can at least agree on one thing — there is value when investing in local trail systems.

With many legislative initiatives, there often is a split on what is good for one part of the state and what is good for Mountain Maryland.

This time, “I think the two sides do agree,” said Bill Atkinson on Friday, two days after Gov. Martin O’Malley announced the state’s first Maryland Trails: A Greener Way To Go plan.

The development of the plan was spearheaded by the state Department of Transportation. It focuses on a long-term projection of how a seamless trail network throughout the state can increase commuter options. Atkinson works for the Maryland Department of Planning and is a local representative for the Pennsylvania-based Trail Towns Program. He also is appointed as an advisory member to the Garrett Trails organization by the Garrett County commissioners.

Atkinson said the annual PACE reception in Annapolis about a week ago, where both Garrett Trails and the Allegany County-based Mountain Maryland Trails organization collaborated on a booth to showcase their positive economic impact, was “the first time we really joined forces.”

“We received a lot of interest at PACE with the combined booth,” said Mike Dreisbach, Mountain Maryland Trails president. “It looks like MMT and Garrett Trails can help the governor add about another 200 miles to make it 1,000 miles in Maryland.”

Atkinson, an avid bicyclist, said people already are using portions of the 20.47-mile Great Allegheny Passage in Allegany County as a commuting option on good-weather days. The gradual decline from Frostburg east to Cumberland provides an easy ride to work, he said.

“We found that to be one of those sidebars to the trail experience,” Atkinson said. “It’s easy to get to work that way. It’s recreation, it’s transportation and it’s economic development.”

State officials appear eager to agree.

“Working together, we can create a great transportation trails network that takes residents to where they need to go by bicycle or foot without ever having to get into their cars,” said Transportation Secretary Beverley Swaim-Staley in a news release.

Atkinson said a key goal of local stakeholders is to connect the Great Allegheny Passage to Garrett County — possibly from Penn Alps Restaurant in Grantsville to the GAP in Meyersdale, Pa., by way of the Casselman River railroad. Another top priority is to connect the Great Allegheny Passage to the Georges Creek communities along state Route 36, into West Virginia then back in Maryland in Kitzmiller.

“You know, the longer we can get the person to stay in the area, the better it is for Western Maryland,” Atkinson said. “This is a regional concept of trails.”

Atkinson said there is a chance that the towns of Lonaconing, Barton and Midland can all connect to the existing railroad bed before it fully connects to Frostburg and the Great Allegheny Passage.

Contact Kevin Spradlin at

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Deep (creek) Snow Blows??

Six more weeks of Winter, The rodent saw his shadow, Mother Nature obliged. I love it all except the clearing of driveways and walks. I am fortunate to have access to a snow blower. Having opened my access paths to the rest of the World I take pause today and give thanks to the Snow Blower. THANK YOU  ARTHUR SICARD.  The man who in 1925 invented the Snow Blower and in 1927 sold the first 'Sicard Snow Remover Snowblower.' Capable of throwing any snow 90 feet. A Salute to you Arthur. Driveway Open I am going snowshoeing.  

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Groundhog Shadow = MORE Snow for Deep Creek Lake, Garrett County

    Thank you to Phil winter will remain winter and chances are that means more snow. There are of course all the traditional snowy activities but here is a twist.

I was spending some time with a friends kids the other day and "what are we going to do now?' became the catch phrase. I remembered snow painting. With acres of blank canvas and few supplies needed I knew we had a plan. Some items you will need include.
  • Food Coloring
  • Shampoo, squirt or mist bottles,
  • Water
  • Imagination
    This can be an educational time to explain primary colors and such or just a good time. I would imagine Super Soakers would work pretty well or plain buckets for a more Jackson Pollock feel.  As a big fan of night hiking this may be a fun event to create one evening and return the next morning for the grand reveal. Send me a picture of your outing. If you need a place to paint browse my website Selling Deep Creek to find your own natural studio.

Cold Hard Data


Here is a great link to the latest Economic Facts, Released by the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development..