Friday, August 17: Sadly today is our last day of vacation at Deep Creek Lake. We have to check out of our cabin tomorrow and head back home to Virginia. We have a mostly lazy day, prodded in part by a near-constant drizzle all day, but we did take a little walk along the Youghiogheny River to Swallow Falls.
Friday, August 17: Today we go on a walk along the Youghiogheny River to Swallow Falls in western Maryland, where I encounter a lot of mushrooms. As I don’t see any of these, ever, in Oman, I thought I would create a little gallery.
You can click on any of the images to see a slide show…. 🙂
Thursday, August 16: This week’s travel theme from Ailsa of Where’s my backpack? is SIGNS. Ailsa writes about signs: they come in all shapes and sizes. If you would like to join in, create your own post with the title Travel theme: Signs and put a link to Ailsa’s page in your post so others can find it. And check back in next Friday for a new travel theme.
The USA certainly has its share of strange & interesting signs, as Ailsa’s post demonstrates, so I focus my sign-hunting on western Maryland, where our family is on vacation, and in Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania. Here are a few from the mountains near Deep Creek Lake. I found this one at a Baptist Bible Church.
Believe it or not, there is a town called Accident near Deep Creek Lake.
This is a sign I found on the back of a bathroom door near Monroe Run Hiking Trail. I found it interesting and informative! 🙂
And here’s a warning to fishermen to please wash their waders so they don’t spread “Rock Snot”!
In Pennsylvania, we eat lunch at a cute little cafe where they write their signs on blackboards. This reminds me of my childhood, when I used to make all 4 of my little siblings sit in rows and listen to me “teach” them (who knows what!) and write on a blackboard.
And at this little cafe in Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania, the only option available to my vegan sons is in the bottom left corner.
Wednesday, August 15: Today is our last day to have the boat, so despite the fact that it’s gray and quite cold, we brace ourselves to enjoy our final hurrah of wakeboarding and tubing. I don’t wakeboard, but I do get out on the tube for a bit of excitement. The boys have a great time doing stunts on the wakeboard, especially Adam who likes to take flying leaps and dance in figure eights on the water.
After my turn at tubing, I have the boys drop me at the dock, where I head immediately to the hot tub to warm up. The rest of the afternoon, I spend reading, relaxing, going through my pictures, posting a blog, and watching the end of Kate and Leopold. All right, you can see I’m on a Meg Ryan kick, especially since Creekside Cove has a stash of VHS movies that I haven’t seen in ages.
In the early evening, we return the boat and stop at the grocery store, where we load up on vegetables. At home we make fresh green beans, pasta sauce with yellow peppers and onions, whole wheat penne, and a green salad. Later we head out to the Lakeside Creamery to get fruit smoothies and then enjoy a couple of card games: Kings Around the Corner and Hearts. I lose every game we play! I get cozy in bed and continue reading my book, It’s All Greek to Me! until I happily fall asleep.
Tuesday, August 14: Today we take the boat out and the boys go wakeboarding for quite a long time. I don’t take my camera with me because it gets tiring trying to take action shots when the boat is bouncing all over creation. I immediately regret it; tomorrow I can hopefully get some shots of them showing off their skills. I have the boys eventually drop me off at the dock, where I go kayaking for a bit and then lie on the dock reading the book I just started: It’s All Greek to Me!: A Tale of a Mad Dog and an Englishman, Ruins, Retsina-And Real Greeks
In the evening, we take the boat out for a sunset cruise on the lake. Our destination is Brenda’s Pizzeria, a New York-style pizza place. We cruise quite a distance, shivering against the cold wind and dark clouds, huddling together with beach towels wrapped around us.
We’re startled by a piercing beep on the boat and we realize we are almost out of gas. We are near Brenda’s Pizzeria and there is a gas station near there, but they tell us it’s against the rules to sell gas to a jet boat! I guess our boat is a jet boat, whatever that is. We have to go for quite some distance in another direction and the shrill beep goes off a few more times. I’m starting to worry we won’t make it and will be stranded out on the lake with no fuel and a storm brewing.
Finally we make it to a gas station, where we buy gas from some very friendly people. Tied to the gas dock is an ice cream boat that apparently makes the rounds around the lake at 3:00 every afternoon.
Finally, with our full tank of gas, we arrive at Brenda’s Pizzeria, where finally we can warm up and eat some dinner.
It takes some effort to figure out a way to make a vegan pizza for the boys, but Mike and I decide to share a spinach and artichoke pizza with plenty of mozzarella on it. In order to get no cheese, you have to “make-your-own” pizza. We think the spinach and artichoke pizza looks just fine the way it is.
The boys order a “make-your-own” pizza with a long list of healthy ingredients and no cheese.
After our delicious dinner, and boxes full of leftovers for tomorrow, we head back out to the dock, where we hop onboard and cruise back home, surrounded by a beautiful sunset.
Back in our cabin, we relax and the boys watch Analyze This, while I go back to reading my book, and end the day just as I began it…. sleeping.
Monday, August 13: Tonight Alex makes some delicious mushroom hoagies. Usually he makes mushroom tacos, but since we are out of tortillas, he turns the recipe into sandwiches.
First he chops a huge number of mushrooms into tiny pieces.
Mike grates some carrots. They put the grated carrots and mushrooms into a large saute pan and cook them up. Alex adds red pepper flakes, chili powder, garlic salt, oregano and some jarred pasta sauce.
After the concoction is steamy, we pile the mixture on a hoagie bun, along with fresh baby spinach, tomato slices, and Goddess dressing, for a delicious vegan sandwich.
Afterwards, the boys play some pool, and I begin to watch You’ve Got Mail, with Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks, until I get sleepy….
Monday, August 13: We rent a motorboat for the next three days, along with a tube for today, so the boys can get pulled behind the boat. They get thrilled by these kinds of adventures; I go along for the ride to take pictures and to simply enjoy looking at the lakeside homes and the sweep & dapple of clouds in the sky.
The clouds at Deep Creek are so billowy and puffy that the sun in turn hides behind them, punctuating our sunny day with moments of darkness and cold, and then pokes out to provide moments of pure brilliance and warmth. The boys keep asking me when I’m going to tube, but frankly, it’s just too chilly for me to make that leap into the water. I’m perfectly happy just to bounce along in the boat, jerking and pounding over wakes from other boats, and then cruising at what feels like a high-speed but is actually only about 20 mph.
Sunday, August 12: We pile in the car to drive about 20 miles to the Monroe Run Hiking Trail for an afternoon walk. Our border collie Bailey is always the first to hop in the car, making sure he doesn’t get left behind.
After our lunch at Canoe on the Run, we drive through forests and rolling farmland to the Monroe Run Hiking Trail.
The boys are always happy when they can climb on rocks and fallen tree trunks, climb trees, and hop on stones across a river. And I’m always happy to see them happy. 🙂
Sunday, August 12: On our way to the Monroe Run Hiking Trail, we make a stop at Canoe on the Run for some lunch. Canoe on the Run is a cute chalet-shaped restaurant that serves great sandwiches and chili, pastries, tea and coffee. It even offers vegetarian options. Three of us order veggie wraps, while Adam orders a Portobello mushroom sandwich. I get myself a long-sleeve t-shirt because it’s quite cool here at Deep Creek, but not cold enough for the heavy-weight sweater I brought along.
After we eat, we hop into the car to head to Monroe Run Hiking Trail….