Diving Deep Creek Lake in the Winter

Posted in deep creek lake activities, diving deep creek lake in the winter with tags , , on February 22, 2011 by deepcreekmudybech

 

Diving Deep Creek Lake in the Winter

Deep Creek Lake has it all, as I have mentioned in numerous blogs in the past.  And, as I have said before, you can’t make this stuff up!  Today I was coming home from an appointment on State Park Road and I happened to notice a group of people on the ice outside the Discovery Center near the Deep Creek Lake State Park.  I am a fairly curious guy so I drove over to check it out and found out that there were a group of people diving in the Lake.  You may find that a little odd considering the 18 or so inches of ice on the lake at the moment.  I was invited out on the ice to get a closer look at the action and was led to triangular hole that was previously cut out and that had scuba gear all around it.  Ten or so locals and out-of-towners were preparing to get suited up and do a dark and ominous dive under the ice.  It may seem dark and spooky but the fact of the matter is that these divers were beaming with excitement.  Two divers attached to one rope dive as another person would keep tension on the rope and feed it to them as they plummeted 40’ deep in the deepest part of the channel.  All of this is being supervised by a master diver instructor.  I have surfed in ocean temperatures a hair warmer than the lake, but could not imagine the sensations that these divers experience in freezing waters, clouded visibility, and under a layer of ice and snow.  Once submerged in the depths of ice water, the only directional lifeline to the small exit-hole in the ice is a rope clasped to their scuba harness about 150’ in length.  Talk about living on the edge!  I definitely have all intentions of trying the sport of diving sometime in the future but I think I will leave the extreme diving to the experts.

Bob Holcomb

Spiker Team P.C.

REALTOR

Phone: 240-321-5335

Office: 800-336-5253

Fax: 301-387-7876

Winter Fest 2011 Deep Creek Lake

Posted in deep creek lake activities, Winter Fest Oakland Maryland with tags , , on February 16, 2011 by deepcreekmudybech

 

Winter Fest 2011 Deep Creek Lake

 

Winter Fest will be held again this year in Oakland, Maryland on February 18-20 and will kick off Friday with the annual Progressive Dinner.  Diners will be treated to sleigh rides skipping from one restaurant to another ending up at the Oakland Historical Museum.  Temperatures are forecasted to be in the mid 50’s until Saturday where they will drop in the 30’s and begin to feel like winter again.

During the weekend, Bill Sandusky form Frozen Assets Ice Carving Company will returning to wow you with his amazing carving skills.  Kids will be treated to a personalized block of ice with their names carved in it.  Ice sculptures will be lit at night and be on display the entire week until they melt.  

Are you a scratch bowler? Try your hand at bowling frozen cantaloupes down an ice ally knocking down traditional bowling pins.  Now that’s something you don’t do everyday!  Horse-drawn sleigh rides will be available to the public throughout the event.  The Oakland Trail will be open during the day and well-lit at nigh for cross country skiers and snowshoe’ers.  Don’t forget to drop into Marvin’s to vote on the Prince and Princess “Snowflake Toddler”.  Get your creative juices flowing and bring your props to enter the snowman making contest.  Prizes will be awarded to the master snowman artist.  As you enjoy the lighted snow sculptures dispersed around town don’t forget to gather around the huge bonfire and cook up a few smores.

The highlight for me will be the snowmobile races on Saturday at The Armory.  Bring your hotrod and saddle up on the race track to see if you have what it takes to get the checkered flag.  Winter Fest is destined to be another spectacular event around the Deep Creek Lake area for your family and friends so don’t miss it!

Bob Holcomb

Spiker Team P.C.

REALTOR

Phone: 240-321-5335

Office: 800-336-5253

Fax: 301-387-7876

Deep Creek Lake, Maryland

Posted in deep ceek lake maryland with tags , , on February 15, 2011 by deepcreekmudybech

 

Deep Creek Lake, Maryland

Just a hair west of the Eastern Continental Divide on a large Plateau called Tablelands, and just a bit East of Morgantown, West Virginia home of the Mountaineers, you will find the up and coming resort town of Deep Creek Lake. Maryland.  The mighty Youghiogheny River carves through the panhandle of Maryland’s Garrett County mountains as it flows north through Pennsylvania and finally merges with the famous three rivers in the steel town of Pittsburgh then funnels to the Mississippi River and eventually drains into The Gulf of Mexico. Deep Creek Lake was a very popular get away for the rich and well-to-do folks who were trying to escape the brutal humid heat that dominated the East Coast at the turn of the century.  Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone and Thomas Edison often camped at Maryland’s highest waterfall, Muddy Creek falls which is only minutes from the northern end of the lake. Deep Creek Lake was in fact created when the DCL Dam was constructed in 1928, which gave this tranquil mountain environment another valuable asset and catapulted the area into becoming Maryland’s diamond in the rough. The lake slowly evolved to support lake recreational activities such as boating, sailing, fishing, swimming, and waterskiing and whose main stream popularity gained momentum through the decades to become the centerpiece for tourism in the state of Maryland.  In 1955, Mr. Ace Heise turned the cow pastures of Marsh Mountain into a make shift ski area that slowly evolved into one of the premier ski resorts on the east coast, Wisp Resort.  The power trio of Wisp Resort, Deep Creek Lake, and the Youghiogheny River stand as the nucleus to the county thriving abundantly with recreational activities year round.  Activities include; hiking, river and lake fishing, camping, snowshoeing, boating, sailing, wakeboarding, slalom skiing, ATV riding, snowmobiling, kayaking, snow skiing, snowboarding, zip lining, dune buggy trails, ice skating, a roller coaster, and jet skiing to name a few. With the popularity of the lake came more and more events to entertain locals and tourist alike.  Events like: The Autumn Glory Festival & Parade, The Deep Creek Dunk, The Cardboard Box Derby, Deep Creek Lake Art and Wine Festival, K-9 Tunes and Brews, Winter Fest,  Aquapooloza and many more throughout the season. Take a little time before your next visit to DCL and dig up some facts and history in the archives of the internet so your appreciation for this special town can be fully understood.

Bob Holcomb

Spiker Team P.C.

REALTOR

Phone: 240-321-5335

Office: 800-336-5253

Fax: 301-387-7876

Drag Racing Snowmobiles Deep Creek Lake

Posted in deep creek lake activities with tags , on February 13, 2011 by deepcreekmudybech

Drag Racing Snowmobiles Deep Creek Lake

I have been seduced by the mountain life and loving it!!!  Bucket list…Snowmobile drag racing…CHECK!  I can’t reiterate how much I enjoy life here in Deep Creek Lake after the work bell rings! I am a self-professed surfing and beach junkie and wondered if I could ever be disconnected from the ocean life that has always been my roots and co-exist with the mountain lifestyle. The answer easily screams YES!!

Yesterday I participated in snowmobile drag races, an event that was put on by The Snowdrifters Club. Temperatures ranged from cold to freezing with stiff 20-25 mph West winds bringing horizontal snow and walloping wind chills. Sign up’s started at 8’ish and went on until 10am.  The event kicked in with the classic old snowmobiles leading the charge. Next came everyone’s favorite class which was the Kitty Kat class.  Little youngsters were getting their feet wet in a sport that surely will be engrained in their hearts forever. The smiles of these wonderful children and the cheers from the supportive spectators really kicked this ice cold event off with warm feelings by all.  The rest of the day rotated classes ranging from 400 cc’s to 1100 cc’s and were separated by classes – Stock, Super Sock, and Pro Mod.  The rush of sitting at the starting line awaiting the stage light to go green can only be experienced; words do not describe these types of emotions.  As the light goes green and you hammer the throttle, you explode off the starting line like a rocket ship and the peripheral vision blurs as your focus becomes the finish line. Sure, these sleds hit speeds of 100- 120mph on the lake but you only have 500’ to reach your top speed when drag racing.  Factors influencing speed are where you take off and the snow conditions beneath your sled, how you distribute your weight on the sled, the line you choose, visibility, and most importantly how quickly you get into the throttle as the light turns green.  Unbelievably exciting event!!

 

We have one more drag race coming up next weekend for those of you that missed it this year. Check out Deep Creek Home this week for more details.

Bob Holcomb

Spiker Team P.C.

REALTOR

Phone: 240-321-5335

Office: 800-336-5253

Fax: 301-387-7876

Cardboard Box Derby Design Deep Creek Lake

Posted in Card Board Box Derby Construction, Card Board Box Derby Deep Creek Lake with tags , , on February 11, 2011 by deepcreekmudybech

 

Cardboard Box Derby Design Deep Creek Lake

March 19, 2011. That means you only have 37 days to come up with a design, get the necessary cardboard, purchase a couple dozen rolls of duct tape, and try to put together a team of people who will be willing to sip a few beers and help build a cardboard rocket ship for this year’s cardboard box derby. Last year, Long and Foster manager Bob Carney, and myself (Bob Holcomb) from The Spiker Team put together our first entry in this event which was a two man Bob Sled, AKA “The Bobs’ Sled”.  Long and Foster agent Doug McClive had the cardboard connection from an anonymous source, and fellow agent Mark Utterback came through with cases of duct tape to get the build started.  What better way to get down a track of packed snow than on a Bobsled?  So, from there the construction journey began on some old saw horses with many different kinds of cardboard products.  It didn’t take too many 3- hour build sessions to get our design laid out and put together.

 BLOG STOP! Seriously folks, it is not that hard to build a cardboard box entry.  The whole experience from putting it together until you cross the finish line is exciting and rewarding. BLOG RE-START!

  Did I mention this is to raise money for the blind skiers program???  I bet I can find more reasons for you to participate then you can invent excuses not too.  You have 37 days. Get together with your family, friends, coworkers, or make some new friends and put your best effort in building a cardboard box masterpiece and pilot the vessel to victory.  If you finish first or last, consider it a victory in life for supporting a great cause and having a heck of a lot of fun being a part of the process.

PHOTO’S BY BOB CARNEY

 

Bob Holcomb

Spiker Team P.C.

REALTOR

Phone: 240-321-5335

Office: 800-336-5253

Fax: 301-387-7876

Garrett County Special Olympics Dunk

Posted in deep creek dunk, deep creek lake activities with tags , , on February 9, 2011 by deepcreekmudybech

 

Garrett County Special Olympics Dunk

This year’s winter season is far from over and in my mind we have a few more annual events left that help define what a special place we have here in Deep Creek Lake.  It’s early February and we have snow flurries coming down at the moment.  Tuesdays are always a great time on the slopes considering that the traffic has thinned out from the weekend.  As we look ahead at the must-see events calendar, we have in our crosshairs the Deep Creek Dunk.  This event takes place at DCL’s party hub, The Honi Honi Bar, and you can be sure that it will be standing room only, as always.  People make their way by car, truck, snowmobiles, snowshoes, cross country skis, and I’ve even seen a lady pulling her children on a sled across the frozen lake.  The event sponsors come in weeks ahead of time with chainsaws and other implements of destruction to cut out a huge area along the shoreline through the 1-2 foot lake ice to set the stage for the insanity.  Dunk (not drunk as you may suspect!) participants get people to sponsor them ($50 per sponsor) and they literally bare all and jump into icy Deep Creek Lake to raise money for Maryland’s Special Olympics.  Well, not bare all, but last year I did see a guy in Speedos with swim fins and a snorkel mask on, as painful as that may sound.  That’s where this gets even more interesting…Aside from the body bearers, some people come dressed up in all kinds of unique, wacky, fun costumes which add even more enjoyment for spectators.  Make the decision now; are you a dunker or a watcher?  No matter what you do, don’t miss this exciting and fun event that revolves around raising money for a first class charity organization.

Bob Holcomb

Spiker Team P.C.

REALTOR

Phone: 240-321-5335

Office: 800-336-5253

Fax: 301-387-7876

Snowmobile Deep Creek Lake

Posted in deep creek lake activities, Snowmobiling Deep Creek Lake with tags , on February 8, 2011 by deepcreekmudybech

 

Snowmobile Deep Creek Lake

 

I consistently discover new things to do, being a “newer” resident at Deep Creek Lake.  In a very short time, this special place has offered me opportunities to snowboard, wakeboard, fish, kayak, golf, paddle board, play on a manmade whitewater course, and has even inspired me to pursue photography and painting because of the immense beauty that surrounds me daily.  This winter, I have become a snowmobile junkie.  My wife, Betsy, and I have looked at DCL and Garrett County through a new and exciting pair of glasses since being introduced to “sledding”.  We explore the lake, ride to breakfast and dinner, or just race each other on these 4-stroke Yamaha hotrods across the frozen lake.  I have had my sled torqued out to 100 MPH on the smooth icy lake which will start a floodgate of adrenaline senses streaming through your veins and leaving chills of excitement down the back of your neck.

 Out of towners and second home residents always give you a raised eyebrow look when you mention that you actually ride across a frozen lake on these monsters, but we are much thicker than the 6” minimum at the moment.  We are closer to the 24” mark now.  Some nights you will see many huge groups of snowmobilers riding in what looks to be motor cycle gangs.  Get up here and join an experienced club so you can safely enjoy a sport that puts you maximizing life!  www.gcsnowdrifters.org

Bob Holcomb

Spiker Team P.C.

REALTOR

Phone: 240-321-5335

Office: 800-336-5253

Fax: 301-387-7876

Steelers/Ravens Rivalry Deep Creek Lake

Posted in deep ceek lake maryland, Steelers/Ravens Rivalry Deep Creek Lake with tags , , on February 6, 2011 by deepcreekmudybech

 

 

Steelers/Ravens Rivalry Deep Creek Lake

I moved to Deep Creek Lake 4+ years ago from the Outer Banks to supervise the construction of the new Lodestone Golf Club at Wisp Resort.  My football roots hailed from the great state of Texas, Dallas to be more specific.  I grew up a diehard Cowboy fan in Redskin country and never really felt moved by any other football rivalries.  Living here in Deep Creek Lake, Maryland has changed all that for me, as it is truly a unique football fan situation here at the lake. Okay, here is why…. Fans here live in the great state of Maryland…You would think this would be a shoe-in to be a Baltimore Raven fan, right??  Not so much.  Remember, we are 3 hours West of Baltimore but only 2 hours south of Pittsburgh. Our primary TV station here is Pittsburgh’s own WTAE-4 coming straight from downtown P-town.  Every morning and evening we hear about Pittsburgh’s weather, news and sports; this is where you hear about the black and gold year round.  Sure, you hear about the Penguins and occasionally the Pirates but make no mistake about it, Steeler Nation’s head quarters hails from this three river steel town.  But just as Steeler fans bleed black and gold, DCL is split in half by Raven fans that have purple blood running through their veins.  The Ravens fans here at the lake take as much love and pride into every game just as their rivals do.  I think to say that each team respects each other is just downright false!  These teams and their fans have no love for each other!!  As we step out of our beds and plant our feet on the floor of Super Bowl Sunday (which is playing in Dallas in the Cowboy stadium, Ouch!), there are still Ravens fans that feel like they didn’t get a fair shake on the last Ravens Steelers Brawl.  Just as some baseball fans feel that the Red Sox/Yankees playoff duels ARE the World Series, the same sentiment is felt here at Maryland’s favorite lake/ski town. Ravens fans/players feel like they were cheated out of a victory at this year’s Ravens/Steelers “Super Bowl” and they are angry and hungry for the re-match next year. Until then some friendships and business relationships may be strained until the tables are turned next football season.

Bob Holcomb

Spiker Team P.C.

REALTOR

Phone: 240-321-5335

Office: 800-336-5253

Fax: 301-387-7876

North Camp Development, Wisp Resort, Deep Creek Lake

Posted in Uncategorized, Wisp Resort real estate with tags , , on February 5, 2011 by deepcreekmudybech

 

Betsy Spiker 301-616-5022

 

North Camp Development, Wisp Resort, Deep Creek Lake

Let me let you in on a little secret here in Deep Creek Lake.  On the Northwestern side of Wisp Mountain there is an up and coming community that is destined to become a favorite among second homeowners here at the lake. Wisp Resort’s newer community, North Camp, has tremendous personality that day-time visitors and winter sports enthusiasts cannot fully appreciate unless you visit at dusk, when most are home cooking dinner with their families. You cannot believe the sunsets on this virtually undeveloped side of Wisp Resort. It is only a few minutes from my front door and I routinely put dinner on hold to buzz over to relax and absorb some tranquil sunsets.

 

 Most people interested in mountain real estate visit during the day and have no comprehension of fiery calm sunsets that consistently grace Garrett County. Homes and homesites look 50+ miles across a maze of mountain ranges and spectacular views extending deep into West Virginia. Don’t forget that you are only a few strides from the new Wisp Resort ski slope expansions with great ski in/out opportunities right off the ski lift seconds from primetime runs. Take a little time next visit and give Betsy Spiker Holcomb a call; let her team show you around an amazing mountain that we are proud to call our home.

Bob Holcomb

Spiker Team P.C.

REALTOR

Phone: 240-321-5335

Office: 800-336-5253

Fax: 301-387-7876

 

Willy Wisp Deep Creek Lake

Posted in Children’s ski/snowboard program at deep creek lake, Children’s ski/snowboard programs at wisp, Kids skiing at deep creek with tags , , on February 3, 2011 by deepcreekmudybech

 

Willy Wisp Deep Creek Lake

I know we have a lot of young families that are choosing Deep Creek Lake as their second home get away. Young families need a special place they can count on to help instill confidence and love for winter sports such as skiing and snowboarding. The Willy Wisp program at Wisp Resort will provide your youngsters with professionally trained instructors teaching groups from 3-7 years old to 8-14 years old. Believe me, you will be amazed how quickly the young ones latch on and learn these sports. Even if your children are grown you should still drop by and become a spectator of some heartwarming moments.

My mother-in-law, wife and I brought down our niece who is a hair past 2 years old for her first attempt at skiing. It didn’t take long at all before she was cruising down the slope by herself! What a wonderful experience to be involved in. Check out the rates so you can be prepared on your next visit to DCL to start your child on a lifelong love for winter sports.

Bob Holcomb

Spiker Team P.C.

REALTOR

Phone: 240-321-5335

Office: 800-336-5253

Fax: 301-387-7876