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Monday, September 1, 2014

Columbia cash found

   The cash was on the backside of this large white oak tree that is the largest white oak in Howard County and the second largest in Maryland.  It is estimated to be about 300 years old and over 100 feet tall.

On the side away from the path is this large cavity where the cash was located.

Congratulations to Cory Andrews who found it and plans to donate it to the ALS Foundation.  

     Hope folks enjoyed the activity.   I plan on doing it again at the beginning of October at another location in Columbia.

   Remember that trash and recycling is sliding one day this week.


Sunday, August 31, 2014

Clue 3 Columbia Cash

Cash attached to a tree of the same type as the one that was famous in Wye, Maryland before it was destroyed by lightening in 2002.


Saturday, August 30, 2014

Clue 2 for Columbia cash

Clue two:  70 adult strides from the bridge near a sign with the name of the Columbia elementary school that opened in 1968.

   See yesterday's blog for the first clue.


Friday, August 29, 2014

Find Columbia cash

    A couple of months ago a person stared leaving cash in various locations in San Francisco and then tweeting clues to the location.  The response was overwhelming and the person moved on to leaving cash in Los Angeles.   The person moved to New York and even Baltimore.  I doubted that Columbia would be a location for this type of search.  I sounded like fun so I thought "why don't I try it in Columbia."  I thought it might be a way to encourage folks to get out this nice holiday weekend and enjoy the weather.  I am not willing to put out a couple hundred of dollars as was the case in the above mentioned examples but I could probably start the fun with $40.

   Above  is the container you are looking for.  If you find it take a picture and email it to me at my email address listed above.  Tell me what you will use the money for.  I will also be tweeting clues to #hococonnect
    Here are the first clues.   The container is around the path of the lake that Jim Rouse's house is on. Head west from the bench honoring Jim Rouse.  The container is 4 feet above the ground attached to a tree.  Look all around the tree.  Next clues tomorrow.


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Highland Inn

     Just when it seems like we have tried every new chain restaurant in Columbia the urge to try something different comes along.   A Groupon coupon was just what was needed to try the Highland Inn.  Self described as "casual fine dining" and "using the freshest ingredients available and utilizing sustainable foods from local farmers whenever possible."  Most of the patrons the evening we were there seemed to be 50+. Even thought Highland is just around the corner from Maple Lawn and River Hill it still seems like a taste of Howard County past.

     I had thought that the restaurant was right at the intersection of Route 108 and 216 but it is located a little way North of Route 108 on Highland Road.  The renovated home offers a number of different styled rooms.  The room we were in had a horse country theme.

     Food wise it is hard to get out without a $100+ tab for 2 people.  This probably makes it a choice for an occasional splurge.   The lobster bacon mac and cheese appetizer shown above was definitely the hit of the night.

   The seafood chowder shown above was disappointing as it was overwhelmed with beans and little seafood flavor.

   My choice shown above was the Murrays Farm Chicken with asparagus, Chicken Fried Soft Boiled Egg, Roasted Potatoes and Chicken Jus.  Very good with the chicken flavorful and moist.

   My dining partner chose the Crispy Skin Ocean Trout, Spring Vegetable Ragout, Baby Carrots, English Pea Emulsion and 60 Degree Egg.   The egg was hard to describe as it was not exactly like a poached egg but not hard boiled.
    Overall an enjoyable evening in a relaxed atmosphere, attentive wait staff and good food.