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Waterfalls near Deep Creek Lake

Posted in deep creek lake activities with tags on March 21, 2012 by deepcreekmudybech

Waterfalls near Deep Creek Lake

Do you want to experience a fun day trip? This weekend I took a step off the everyday path and took a Sunday drive to Blackwater Falls, which is a stone’s throw from Thomas, West Virginia.  The drive is about 45 minutes or so from the resort end of Deep Creek Lake. The drive alone is worth the price of admission, passing through beautiful rustic farm country and ascending & descending some of the highest mountains that Maryland and West Virginia have to offer. The reward at the end of the line is Blackwater Falls State Park, a fantastic place to experience with your family and friends. From the welcome center, it is only a short walk down the gorge until you are literally in the mist of this mighty waterfall.  There are many tiers along the walkway so you can experience the falls from many different vantage points. This can be very therapeutic for those of you who live the busy city life and whose lives get caught up in a web of daily gridlock.  Take the family on a little spin South of Deep Creek Lake and experience Garrett County and beyond.

 

Snow Making Wisp Resort

Posted in deep creek lake activities, wisp resort with tags , on November 18, 2011 by deepcreekmudybech

Snow Making Wisp Resort

It is Friday, November 18, 2011 here at DeepCreekLake, one week before Thanksgiving.  Wisp Resort has fired up their state-of-the-art snowmaking system in preparation for the upcoming winter sports season. Temperatures are perfect for snowmaking at the moment, with humidity down to 50%, crucial for getting that coveted light champagne powder. Wisp Resort is always on the pulse of preparation year-after-year, enabling them to deliver some of the finest snow conditions on the East Coast.

 The temperatures will fluctuate a bit warmer during the week, but that doesn’t mean that this is some vain fire drill and time wasted.  After all, snowmaking is a very complex system that has miles and miles of pipe, valves, snow guns, and nozzles that have to be turned on and pressurized to assure that all the bugs are out of the system before the season starts. Wisp Resort is meticulous regarding every aspect & detail, to guarantee a problem-free experience for everyone that visits the mountain. We have closed the chapter on the summer season and the presence of active snowmaking machines is a signal to locals (like the leaves changing in the fall) that the snow season is about to begin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fall Foliage

Posted in deep creek lake activities with tags on November 1, 2011 by deepcreekmudybech

Fall Foliage

I sit reflecting on the fall season looking across a still mirror lake that reflects off the water the last remaining leaves on the stubborn oak trees that seem determined not to give into old man winter. Looking back a few weeks ago we were fortunate to experience a stellar fall foliage spectacle here at Deep Creek Lake. This particular season seemed to hinge on perfection as every hue of nature’s color spectrum flexed magnificently around the lake and Garrett County. Fisherman out to capitalize on the fall bite witnessed a spectacle from their boats on God’s canvas here in the great mountains of Maryland. Leave the stress of life behind and join us next year for the brilliant fall foliage experience at Maryland’s favorite get away destination.

 

 

1884 Oakland Train Station

Posted in deep creek lake activities with tags , on October 4, 2011 by deepcreekmudybech

1884 Oakland Train Station

 

History Buffs, have I got something to share with you that is a mere 15 minutes up the road from Deep Creek Lake. Next time you are here at the lake get on 219 south and head to Oakland; you will be rewarded for your efforts once you get to the 1884 Oakland Train Station!  This beautifully architected building is actually the 3rd building to occupy this location through the years.  The first was a small two-story wooden building that was constructed after the railroad arrival in 1851.  Unfortunately, a fire from the nearby Glades Hotel consumed the railway structure in 1874.  During the interim, a one-story building was erected to serve as the train station until the current masterpiece was built in 1884.  Original architect E. Francis Baldwin described his creation by using the term “Queen Anne Style”, which is highlighted by the rounded telegraph tower and roof that really gives the building its signature personality

The town of Oakland purchased the entire train station property in 1998.  It has since become the center piece of Oakland’s “revitalization work” that was finished in 2000.  There was a time in history when steam locomotives were the norm, and a 250,000 gallon water tank that stood 50’ tall occupied the East side of the station.  It remained in tact until the 1920’s when it was de-constructed.

Oakland was once a very busy hub for transportation greeting 8 long distance express passenger trains a day in the 1940’s and 1950’s.  During this time you could hail a train in St. Louisand be in Washingtonin in almost 24 hours.  What a remarkable trip that must have been winding and carving through this amazing land at a wonderful time in history.  Take your own trip back in time and try to put yourself back where the roar of the train whistle echoed through the foothills of beautiful Garrett Countyand the roots of train travel were paving the way to the industrial revolution.

Garrett County History, Casselman Bridge

Posted in deep creek lake activities with tags , , on July 25, 2011 by deepcreekmudybech

 

Garrett County History, Casselman Bridge

 

Did you know that GarrettCounty has one of the oldest surviving span bridges in the country? Just a short 15 minute drive from Deep Creek Lake and you can visit The Casselman River State Park. The Casselman River Bridge was originally built in 1813 as a part of the old National Road. At the time of its construction, this 80 foot stone arch bridge was the longest single-span bridge in theUnited States. The bridge remained in service until 1933, when a new steel bridge was built nearby. Today, the bridge is listed as a National Historic Landmark and serves as a scenic remnant of Maryland’s history. Be sure to check it out on your next visit. 

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

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