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Savage Mill Birthday Zipline

I’m a big fan of birthdays and a fierce believer in celebrating them as fervently as possible. If you don’t believe me, go back and review the way I threw myself out of an airplane for my 40th. Age is an attitude, but it’s also a gift that brings with it maturity, knowledge, wisdom, and […]

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Annapolis Greek Festival

Lesson learned: Do NOT go to the Annapolis Greek festival overly tired or not-hungry. The point is to eat and eat abundantly. As the brochure says, “Greek food is good and we have the figures to prove it!” I’m kicking myself now. We parked easily at the high school right as the shuttle drove up, […]

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Swan Lake by the Moscow Festival Ballet

Tifnotes: Naval Academy Distinguished Artist Series It is no secret that the entire DC area is ridiculously expensive. Apart from free museums and monuments, you want food or entertainment and you better have deep pockets. Living here, I’d love to go to the Kennedy Center all season and see all the amazing performances there… but… […]

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The North Beach Polar Bear Plunge

The great New Year’s sleeping in was thwarted this year when I had to pick a tween up from a party. Awake and curious, I woke my youngest two and drug them to North Beach for the annual Polar Bear Plunge. No, we wouldn’t test the Chesapeake waters, though Elise protested. We’ll watch… and then, […]

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Kayak Annapolis – Falling in love with the city and sport

In this area threaded with rivers and inlets, kayaking is everywhere.  In DC you see kayaks cruising near Georgetown and in Solomons they snake in and out of tiny inlets off of the Chesapeake Bay. Annapolis is no different.  The “sailing capital of the U.S.” is surrounded by boats of all sizes from Navy ships […]

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An Annapolis Deli to return to – Chick & Ruths Delly est. 1965

I just found some notes scribbled on an old menu and realized that I haven’t shared Chick and Ruth’s deli even though it’s become my local favorite.  From the first time I saw it, it intrigued me.  In this tall narrow building sandwiched between two others along Annapolis’ busy old town Main Street, locals, tourists, […]

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Crab Avocado Tempura roll at Tsunami in Annapolis

Tsunami Sushi in Annapolis

Tsunami 51 West Street Annapolis, MD Tel:  410-990-9868 Web: Tifnotes:  Out of a salad, a soup, and four rolls tried, we found that while three were quite repeatable, the other three were as easily forgettable.  If you have a need for sushi here, order the salads and heartier sushi rolls.  The simple rolls and […]

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Best of Southern Maryland: Mexican Restaurants

Mexican food is about as American these days as hot dogs and popcorn.  Really.  I’d nearly forgotten when living in Spain, but now that I’m back, it’s one of those first things you ask.  “Where’s the best Mexican food?”  There isn’t a plethora of it here as there aren’t a plethora of Mexicans either.  In […]

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The Tough Mudder: When Adrenaline Meets Mud

If you’re imagining a stern curler-clad woman wielding a rolling-pin, you couldn’t be farther than the truth.  There are no curlers here and tough takes on a new meaning as thousands of participants run, jump, crawl and climb through 20 obstacles spread out over an 11 mile course.  This is an obstacle course on steroids […]

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Cedarville State Park, MD

Cedarville State Forest 10201 Bee Oak RoadBrandywine, MD 20613 Pet friendly forest with miles of hiking trails, lakes, and camping available, Cedarville State Forest is a nice place to bring a picnic and spend the day.  It costs just $3/car to enter.  Fall foliage is beautiful here especially in the reflection of the water, […]

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