Another reason to visit Deep Creek…

Anxiously Awaiting!
If you have had the pleasure of being in our area as of late, then you must have noticed the obvious signs of lake life reawakening. Docks are being put in, fishermen are taking advantage of early morning glassy waters and flowers and trees are blooming. This the perfect time of year to get outside and enjoy the fresh mountain air. With a bevy of locations to go hiking, mountain biking or even horseback riding, it is another reason to visit Deep Creek in the off season. One of my all-time favorite outdoor activities is to take the family out on a geo-caching adventure. A “what kind of adventure?”, you may be asking. Geo-caching! (Pronounced G-O Cashing) Geo-caching is a real world outdoor treasure hunting game. Players try to locate hidden containers, called caches, by using a GPS-enabled advice. It’s like a newer version of scavenger hunting, only more technically advanced. Players go online where they enter the zip code for the area that they are going to be hunting. They enter the coordinates into the GPS, decipher clues if available, and set out on an adventure. These hunts vary in difficulty but it is an easy and fun game to learn. Another neat fact about geo-caching is that most containers contain a book that you can view and sign. How amazing to see how far people have come. (My family has a cache that we created and hid. We were so excited to see one group was from Canada!) In most containers, there are trinkets left from previous cachers. The rule is, if you take something out, you must put something back in. (I claimed a most awesome Winnie the Pooh Pez dispenser!) The Adventure Sports Center International (ASCI) located on top of Wisp Mountain offers some terrific Cache Tours which will give you the gist of the game, if you are reluctant to try it solo. There are so many great caches to be found here in our area. So, if you are looking for something a little new, a little different, a little unique, then try out geo-caching!
Digging for Ramps!

Another unique event to check out that that characterizes life here in the mountains is the Wild Foods and Ramp Cook Off that is being held Saturday, April 27th at the Deep Creek Discovery Center. Ramps or Leeks (Spring Onion) are grown throughout the area and are often picked in late March and April.  With a strong poignant taste and pungent odor, it is often seen as a delicacy and can be used in many food dishes. At the ramp cook off, guests are invited to enter their own tasty dish or just sample some of the many wonderful dishes that are offered (Be forewarned! Ramps will not make you popular as they are also known for leaving those that enjoy them with a strong case of halitosis!) For more information on the event, check out the Discovery Center online. Now is the time to call us here at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations for the best deals on your next Deep Creek stay! In the meantime, we can’t wait to see you at the lake!

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