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Friday, May 25, 2012

Start the Summer outside this weekend

     The weather looks great so take advantage of it by getting out this weekend.  I have a few suggestions for everyone.  How about eating out at a local restaurant with outdoor seating? One year ago I had these suggested places.
 On Sunday the National Memorial Day Concert on the Capitol grounds is always a great way to celebrate the holiday.
   The Bowie Baysox are home this weekend and have a few extras this weekend and maybe even catch a couple of Baltimore Orioles on rehab assignment.  In Frederick with the Keys Oriole recently promoted phenom Dylan Bundy pitches on Saturday.
     For those willing to venture a little farther away we have a great national wildlife refuge in Blackwater off Route 50 just 10 miles below Cambridge, MD.  I would suggest trying this on Sunday to avoid the Bay Bridge traffic this weekend.  Best time to visit is in the late afternoon and watch the sunset over this great refuge.  Some sections of Blackwater remind me of the Everglades Park and yet you are just a couple hours away from HoCo.  If you haven't been to this refuge you are missing one of the best things in our area. If you want to make a day of it visit St. Michaels and eat on the deck of the Crab Claw and then take your car on the Oxford Ferry.  If time permits a ride out to Hooper's Island is great.  All of this is the Eastern Shore at its best and without the crowds of Ocean City.
   For those wanting to stay a little closer to home visit the Robinson Nature Center.  Or take a nature walk on the path from Lake Elkhorn under Brokenland Parkway all the way to Vollmerhausen--about a 6 mile round trip through the most scenic trail in Howard County.

 Finally for those of you wanting to grill this weekend try some fish (brush on some lime and soy sauce) or shrimp with pineapple and mango slices.

P. S.
To further get in the summer mood a little island music. Margaritaville   


Chris Tsien said...

How about getting out on your bicycle?

Hoco Connect said...

Good point Chris. The path for walking from Lake Elkhorn is a good biking route too. I will be biking it tomorrow morning and adding on the hills of Allview.