Sunday, June 21, 2015

Having a Good Time on the Maryland Ice Cream Trail

Sometimes you just need the right reason to take a road trip. The Maryland's Best Ice Cream Trail is one such reason. Pick up your passport at your first stop, answer a question related to Maryland's dairy industry, and get your passport stamped. Think of it as a scavenger hunt to try some of the best ice cream Maryland dairies have to offer. Once you get all your stamps you can enter to be named "Maryland's 2015 Ice Cream Trail Blazer" by mailing in your completed passport. We took on the extra challenge of visiting all eight dairies in a single weekend.

Bubba eats Rocky Road ice cream on the Maryland's Best Ice Cream Trail

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Steam Engine Returns to Walkersville Southern Railroad

Just outside of Frederick, Maryland is a small railroad run by mostly volunteers. The tracks were once part of the Pennsylvania Railroad and later part of the Penn Central Railway. Bankruptcy and the destruction of a bridge over the Monocacy River by hurricane Agnes left the tracks abandoned in 1972. In 1991 the Walkersville Southern Railroad was formed and by 1995 trains were once again running on the Walkersville-Frederick line. While the WSRR normally runs diesel locomotives we were there for steam!

Lehigh Valley Coal Company #126 Steam Locomotive

Friday, May 8, 2015

Arsenal of Democracy Flyover - Warbirds Over Washngton, DC

A once in a lifetime event happened on Friday, May 8, 2015, in the skies over Washington, DC. World War II vintage warbirds assembled in 15 groups to honor the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day as they flew over the National Mall. The formations represented the major battles of WWII. I took the day off to experience the Arsenal of Democracy Flyover and to be able to share some aircraft photos with you from my location near the WWII Memorial.

View from near the WWII Memorial in Washington, DC

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Things to do in PA - Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania

The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania is packed full of history dealing with railroading in Pennsylvania. You can browse the more than 100 locomotives and railroad cars on their 18 acres in Strasburg, PA. The museum first opened in 1975 and is owned and operated by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. They do a good job of education and preservation at their museum.

The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania

The Haines Shoe House - A Curious Place near the Lincoln Highway

If you are ever driving the Lincoln Highway (state route 462) or Rt 30 outside of York, PA be sure to stop for some ice cream at the Haines Shoe House. Located at 195 Shoe House Rd in Hallam, PA, it was built by Colonel Mahlon Nathaniel Haines in 1948 as an advertisement for his over 40 Maryland and Pennsylvania shoe stores.

The Haines Shoe House