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Freefalling from 17,500: A skydiving HALO

I may seem like a normal mother of four, but hidden behind this housewife facade is a girl who loves adventure. Thankfully, my husband knows this, so he arranged for me to skydive for my 40th birthday. This is how I refuse to grow old. From Southern Maryland to Orange, Virginia is just a couple […]

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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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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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The Marin Headlands of San Francisco

San Francisco never ceases to amaze me and I’ve been visiting there now nearly 38 years. It’s posh and upscale.  It’s quirky and bohemian.  It’s international and worldly. It’s wild, rugged, untamed… and completely escapable. Though I’ve followed the Scenic Highway repeatedly over the years, I’m still pleasantly surprised at each return just how beautiful […]

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A Hike with a View: Mt. Tamalpais and San Francisco

Over San Francisco’s Golden Gate bridge, just above Mill Valley, is the tumultuous mountain of Tamalpais, a mound of green covered curves and hills with a very small tower at the very top. If you have just an hour to park and walk to the top, you’ll enjoy the views there, but it does cost […]

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Muir Woods National Monument just outside San Francisco

Tifnotes: Muir Wood’s National Monument lies just 30 minutes across the Golden Gate bridge from San Francisco giving hikers/walkers the magical experience of walking through a redwood forest.  It gained its National Monument status in 1908 and hosted the first UN conference in 1945.  Here you can see the Cathedral Grove and redwoods over 200 […]

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The Moraga Steps of Golden Gate Heights, San Francisco

It’s amazing what can happen when people work together. These stairs weren’t here ten years ago – or may be they were, but not like this.  Inspired from a staircase in Brazil, these stairs were created by two artists and over 300 neighbors who worked together to create each mosaic panel. It’s a community project […]

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Cedarville State Park, MD

Cedarville State Forest 10201 Bee Oak RoadBrandywine, MD 20613 http://www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/southern/cedarville.asp 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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Carl Alexander Park – Ubach-Baeschwiler

Located between Ubach-Palenburg and Baesweiler, this newly opened park was created on and around an old coal refuse pile from the region’s mining days. There’s a long green space with playground equipment including some really fun swings, a large rope climbing structure, and swivel chairs. Walking and biking trails weave themselves in and around to […]

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