Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Legislation to provide safer boating on Deep Creek Lake


  New legislation is in effect changing the use of PFD's (personal flotation devices) on MD waterways. Children age 13 and younger are now required to wear a PFD. Going into effect on October 1, 2010 are new requirements for boat operators. 

     The new law will require children under the age of 16 to possess a certificate of boating safety education before they can operate a boat AND (1) either be supervised by someone 18 years or older who is also aboard the boat, or (2) be supervised by someone 16 years or older with a boating safety certificate who is aboard the boat.

Garrett Trails Earth Day Cleanup

WHEN: APRIL 22, 2010 9:00AM

Garrett Trails would like to invite the entire community to help clean-up the debris, litter and other obstacles left behind from the unforgettable winter.  The project will take place on the 5.5 miles of trail between Herrington Manor State Park and Swallow Falls State Park.
Possible tasks may include: picking up litter, clearing downed branches, replacing and moving gravel, and minor pruning. Trash bags will be provided.  Anyone who would like to donate to the event should contact Nick Pratt at (301)801-3362 prior to the event.  Things to bring include drinking water, appropriate clothing, work gloves, and boots.  Things not to bring include pets, unsafe equipment, chain saws, and motorized vehicles. 
With the hiking and biking season quickly coming up, there is no better time to roll up your sleeves and celebrate Earth Day by helping to maintain our outstanding network of quality trails that provide access to Garrett County’s historic, municipal, and environmental treasures.

Sunday, April 18, 2010


I was piddling around the WWW and remembering my days as a 4H-er. In my travels on the web I came across the Garrett Extension website. My childhood memories of the Extension were of a very kind lady named Alice. Alice "Was from the EXTENSION" was all I knew. I started playing on their site and found it was full of all kinds of useful information for me. I thought I would pass it on. From plant identification and parenting teens to financial planning and hog prices. It was there. Click below to visit their site.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Portable Garrett County Sunrise From Meadow Mountain

4 Minute sunrise from Meadow Mountain

This Garrett Trail is south of Frank Brenneman Road along the Eastern Continental Divide

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Deep Creek Lake State Park Camping Season Starts 4-16-10

Deep Creek Lake State Park is open for camping April 16, 2010 on a first come, first served basis. Having lived outside for 5 months on my Appalacian Trail Thru-Hike I relish a quick night out in Garrett County. For a link to more information about all the parks CLICK HERE. As a volunteer for GARRETT TRAILS I try to get 100 nights in a sleeping bag each year. Set your personal challenges and realize them in Garrett County.

Saturday, April 3, 2010


This photo was taken not far from 219 near the police station.

DNR Reminds Marylanders To Avoid Springtime Conflicts With Bears
Annapolis, MD (April 1, 2010) — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) would like to remind people living in and visiting bear country that they should help keep Maryland’s black bears wild. In April, after a long winter slumber, bears leave their dens and begin looking for food. Natural foods are scarce in the early spring and bears will often take advantage of human-provided food sources if they are available. Generally, this creates problems for both bears and people.

Trash and birdfeeders are two food sources that often lure bears into residential areas. Trash should be locked in a bear proof trash container or inside a building until the day of trash pick-up so that bears cannot access it. Rinsing trash cans with ammonia after they are emptied will help to eliminate any food odors that might attract bears.

Homeowners should also remove birdfeeders from April through November to avoid attracting bears. Songbirds will not suffer as there are many food sources for birds during this time period. If you insist on feeding birds, it is recommended that you bring birdfeeders in at night when most bears are active. This will not only prevent bears from eating the birdseed, but will also prevent them from destroying the feeder.

“Keeping bears wild is a community effort that benefits both bears and people,” said Harry Spiker, DNR’s Game Mammal Section Leader.

For more information on living with black bears please call the Western Region DNR Service Center at 301-777-2136 or visit us online http://www.dnr.maryland.gov/wildlife/bbmd.asp

Deep Creek From Above

I stumbled upon this on YouTube. It really gives an interesting view of the Deep Creek Lake, Wisp Resort, and the surrounding Garrett County landscape.

Friday, April 2, 2010

GLAF Opens it's 2010 Season!

Yu Wei Chinese Dance Collection
Saturday, April 24 , 2010
7:30 p.m.
Garrett College Auditorium
McHenry, MD
Praised for her exquisite artistry and purity of beauty.Natural observation, folk tradition and classical training from Yu Wei’s art. Based on Chinese culture and history, Yu Wei’s choreography is drawn from the styles of Chinese traditional, classical, folk, ballet and modern
dance. Featuring original costumes and famous music from China and the world and short narrative films in a multimedia presentation designed to leave audiences
with an understanding of each dance, as well as the dancer’s life story.
Garrett Lakes Arts Festival GLAF is the largest presenter of performing arts and arts education in beautiful Garrett County, Maryland, and serves the entire tri-state region (MD, PA, WV).


Thursday, April 1, 2010


Ramp Cook-Off - Discovery Center, 11 am - 1 pm. Ramps are a long awaited sign of Spring. Join us by entering a dish or just tasting! Live Appalachian music. Free. Www.discoverycenterdcl.com, 301.387.7067.
If you are interested in owning property that may have ramps growing on it. please contact me or search at