Boys on Bikes

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” Albert Einstein Lois dropped me off at the Deal Trailhead, just west of the highest elevation on the Great Allegheny Passage. While waiting for the arrival of the other Arnolds, I would walk ten miles to Meyersdale, where the real biking […]

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The Great Allegheny Passage

“Life is like a ten speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use.” Charles Schulz Starting in Cumberland, Maryland, the Great Allegheny Passage follows former railroad beds for 150 miles to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Less than twenty years ago, the route began to escort bikers and hikers through the Allegheny Mountains. The 183 mile […]

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“Well, you wake up in the mornin’, you hear the work bell ring And they march you to the table, you see the same old thing Ain’t no food upon the table, and no pork up in the pan But you better not complain, boy, you get in trouble with the man” Leadbelly     […]

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Into the Forest

“I predict future happiness for Americans, if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.” Thomas Jefferson    “Thomas Jefferson once said, ‘We should never judge a president by his age, only by his works.’ And ever since he told me that, I […]

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Back to the Parkway

“Mr. Wolf and Mama Bear were banging on the door I told ’em once, I told ’em twice, don’t come ’round here no more They’ve stolen all our chickens, they killed our neighbor’s cat Last night I saw ’em talking to big weasel and his rat It’s such a cozy neighborhood, we love our little […]

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Washington and The Willard

  “What this country needs is a good 5-cent cigar.” Vice President, Thomas Marshall Just two blocks from the White House, at 1401 Pennsylvania Avenue, a hotel has sat at this location since 1818. Through different names, owners and design, the hotel has served the Washington elites ever since its beginning. The construction of the […]

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Sunshine on the Canal

“If you want to see the sunshine, you have to weather the storm. Frank Lane   As a reward from our walk in the rain yesterday, blue skies ruled Saturday along with low humidity and temperatures in the seventies. Are we really in Washington in August? Starting at Lockhouse 6, the good weather exponentially increased […]

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Meet the Chesapeake and Ohio

  “The stretch of 185 miles of country from Washington, DC to Cumberland, MD is one of the most fascinating and picturesque in the Nation…It is a refuge, a place of retreat, a long stretch of quiet and peace…a wilderness area where we can commune with God and nature, a place not yet marred by […]

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Bull Run

“There is Jackson standing like a stone wall. Let us determine to die here, and we will conquer. Rally behind the Virginians.”         Bernard Elliot Bee, Jr.   About 25 miles southwest of Washington, DC, the first major battle of the Civil War, named the First Battle of Bull Run by the Union […]

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Arnold Adventures Treetop Edition

“Life is an animation.”   Elliot Arnold   Treetop Adventures is located in the Levi Jackson State Park. After studying the course, Scout changed his mind and decided he wanted to do this. Elliot’s enthusiasm soared. As Darkwing Duck said, “Let’s get dangerous.” Harnesses attached, time to fly.  (looks quite heavy?) Still on the practice course, […]

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