Adventures, The Features, Tourism

Tourism: Catoctin Mountain Park

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Nestled an approximate 90 minute, northwesterly drive from DC,  Catoctin Mountain Park located just outside of Thurmont, MD, is a great spot for a day trip or the perfect location for a weekend getaway from the district’s hubbub.

I’ve long had Catoctin on my radar since moving the DC, in fact visiting the national park is one of my New Year’s resolutions. And while I wouldn’t consider now the perfect time to visit the park, I’m of the spring/summertime hiking ilk, the park is definitely still opened to hikers, drivers and visitors, although you should check the park’s website prior heading out for closure updates, and is well worth the effort. Continue reading

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“Glamping”? Oh, Come On.

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Did you see this in today’s Express — that you can go glamorous camping, or “glamping” in Maryland?

Here’s how it works. If you want to go camping but are simply too lame to set up your own campsite, you can pay the fine folks at Montgomery County’s Little Bennett Regional Park to do it for you.

For “Camper Ready Camping,” (no hyphen included) they will prepare for you a tent, a stove, a lantern, and two chairs for your pampered behind. (Note that it’s a four-person tent, so either you’ll have lots of room, or two of you will be parking your butts on logs where they belong.)
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Campy Fun

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‘Obsessed with the woods’
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When I was a kid, a friend and I decided to spend the night in the yard…until our horse snorted loudly outside the tent door and we ran screaming to the house.

Camping also makes me think of watching meteor showers from sleeping bags spread under the sky, freeze-dried cobblers gone hilariously awry, adventures with bear canisters, and way too much rain.

One thing’s for sure — camping breeds good stories. Get some new ones by joining the Great American Backyard Campout and sleeping outside Saturday night, when it’ll be clear and 60-odd degrees. Your balcony a bit cramped? Head to wide open space in Shenandoah or George Washington National Forest. Then flambee some s’mores.