The Wildlife Refuge That Almost Became a Housing Development: Exploring Eastern Neck NWR

We visited Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) twice last month: once in the beginning of the month and then in the later half of the month because I’d read that the tundra swans had arrived. Both times we saw different birds: hawks, seagulls or terns, vultures, Cardinals, tundra swans from a very far distance, […]

A November Visit to Blackwater NWR

I’ve been to the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) before, but never in November, when a lot of the waterfowl are there. The Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, located 12 miles south of Cambridge, includes more than 28,000 acres of rich tidal marsh, mixed hardwood and loblolly pine forests, managed freshwater wetlands and farmland.  What drew […]

The Holiday Spirit Goes Wild at Zoo Lights at the Maryland Zoo!

I want a hippopotamus for Christmas Only a hippopotamus will do Don’t want a doll, no dinky tinkertoy I want a hippopotamus to play with and enjoy I couldn’t stop singing this cute Christmas song by Gayla Peevy, first released in in 1953 as we approached the Maryland Zoo to see its annual Zoo Lights. […]

Let Holiday Lights Displays Light Up Your Holiday Season!

If you’re looking for  a way to enjoy the holidays, then check out some holiday lights in and around Maryland — whether drive through or walk through, holiday lights displays are a family-friendly holiday activity! Whether drive thru or on foot, this is a fun way to get some holiday cheer while letting your inner […]

Murder Mystery Aboard the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad

It was a dinner and the “Late, Late, Late Show” while riding our favorite scenic railroad through the mountains of Western Maryland, filled with comedic improvisation and interactive murder mystery fun! The conductor welcomes us aboard. We were seated at our table in one of the two “heritage” dining cars for the evening’s journey. The performance […]

Why the Walters Art Museum Is Best Visited in Sneakers

On the Desert, Jean-Leon Gerome, before 1867 The Walters Art Museum — usually just referred to as “The Walters” — is a public art museum in Baltimore founded and opened in 1934. Its collections were gathered in the mid-1800s and include masterworks of ancient Egypt, Greek sculpture and Roman sarcophagi, medieval ivories, illuminated manuscripts, Renaissance […]

Delightful Winter Hike in Soldiers Delight NEA

It was a gorgeous winter day, sunny and a perfect 50 degrees and we decided to go hiking. We live near Soldiers Delight National Environmental Area, also referred to as the Patapsco Barrens, a serpentine barrens located northwest of Baltimore, in the midst of a highly populated suburbia. It is the largest and most diverse of […]

Longwood Gardens Bedazzles Itself in Holiday Lights

At Christmas, Longwood Gardens gleefully bedazzles itself with colored lights and whimsy. Adults can become kids again and kids may simply just be, living in the moment and delighting in the wonder of it all. Whether you’re in the Conservatory or walking outside in one of the many gardens, colorful arrangements of lights and trees […]

Something Fishy at the National Aquarium!

There’s something fishy at the National Aquarium in Baltimore! Over the years, the National Aquarium has changed its focus from entertainment to conservation. An emphasis on the importance of water, and the earth as a water system, is a core message throughout the exhibits. Water isn’t just a habitat for the animals displayed. It’s integral […]