WCBM Life StyleJan 01, 2013 -- 12:00am
We're going to take a trip out to western Maryland and the fall is an excellent time to do that. Our destination is Cumberland. From Baltimore, depending on traffic, it's about a three hour trip. Our first
stop is the Western Maryland Railroad (13 Canal Street). I took the 90 minute ride from Cumberland to Frostburg. The railroad cars are comfortable and provide great views with their big windows. When you arrive in Frostburg
I suggest you take a walk in town. You have about 90 minutes before the train departs.
Admittedly it wont take too long to check out the shops on the main street. But I think you would enjoy stopping in the Hotel Gunter, a historic hotel with a glorious grand staircase. Also, check out the pictures on the
walls. It will teach you about the history of the hotel and town. The main street is only about 100 yards from the station. If you don't want to walk, hang out in the station or drop by a gift shop close by. Walking to Frostburg
University requires a longer walk, but you do have the time. If you get tired in town a shuttle will pick you up.
This trip runs Thursday through Sunday, but that can change as the seasons change. There are other opportunites to ride the rails. Also offered is a dinner train and something called the Maryland Junction Express.
For the Frostburg trip tickets vary with seat location. The average price ranges from $33.00 to $60.00. The dinner trains are a bit higher. By the way, you might inquire about the Murder Mystery trains. For information
There are of course other things to do in and around town. If you like the outdoors there's Dan's Mountain State Park, Green Ridge State Forest and Rocky Gap State Park, the location of a casino. If you plan
on camping check out the Allegany County Fairgrounds, C & O Canal National Park and Hidden Springs Campgrounds. If hiking is your thing visit Great Allegany Passage, Rocky Gap and Green Ridge State Forest.
Other places to consider would be Tri-State Zoological Park, Alpacas at River's Edge Farm, the Historical Society, C & O Canal National Historic Park and Museum, Canal Place Heritage Area, George Washinton's
Headquarters or the Gulf War Memorial.
If you're planning an overnight, there are many choices. A few of them would be the Cumberland Motel, 9 Decatur Guest House & Hostel, Fairfield Inn & Suites and the Mountain View Motel. Lodging that is located
downtown and close to just about eveything is the Cumberland Inn & Spa (120 Greene Street). There are 13 rooms all with a different look. You can relax in the room or in the lounge, with a TV, snacks and reading
material. Rates vary with the season but I think $109.00 to $119.00 is close to average. (240-362-7111)
The easiest way to reach Cumberland is 70 to 68. The town makes for a very good getaway destination. And let me say again, western Maryland is an ideal location for autumn foliage. Keep in mind their season
is two to three weeeks ahead of ours in the central and eastern part of the state. For more information on Allegany County go tomdmountainside.com.
A Tribute To Our MilitarySep 11, 2011 -- 8:46am
A Military Tribute
Now that I lay me down for some sleep
My family’s secure as I take a quick peek.
With all of my heart I must give my thanks
to all those in uniform - regardless of rank.
Each time that they’re seen my heart sure does swell,
They serve our great country and serve it so well!
Freedom’s not cheap, it sure isn’t free...
If it wasn't for them, then where would we be?
They give us their all, and do what they must,
with God they do live, and in God they do trust.
So as I lay down and rest my tired eyes
our freedom still rings, and our flag - it still flies!
Safe is my family, my country, my home,
Because of our Military it must surely be known!
My very last prayer in the deep of the night:
"God bless them & keep them strong for their fight."
- Steve Smith firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank You United States MilitaryMay 02, 2011 -- 3:16pm
Only a minute number are born to take on such a mission! Imagine leaving the luxuries of American life. The likes of leaving behind your favorite sporting events and your favorite TV shows, the fast food restaurants, the nights out on the town, the cookouts. Leaving behind perhaps your girlfriend or wife, your mother and or father, your brothers or sister, your best friend, maybe even your own son or daughter, basically everything you grew up ever or just began loving! Imagine your former lifestyle is now just a faraway fantasy. Every day you spend your free time hoping to one day return to that former utopia. As if this scenario was not unbearably thought-provoking, just try and fathom the idea of waking up each day with the sword of jihad pinned up against your throat! For those days where you are fortunate enough to avoid the jihadist dagger you wonder will tomorrow ever come? Or will today be your last? Every day you wake up in fear as you dwell in the most dangerous location his holiness above has allowed to ever exist! You routinely gaze upon ruin and carnage both from a physical and mental point of view. You see the blood and destruction first hand of both your enemies and allies. You just hope and pray it would come to an end. Who would trade your everyday American existence of freedom and liberty for such a hellish way of life? Only those who understand that freedom is not an eternal virtue, rather it is a occasional lifestyle that must be defended with the blood of heroes! As Ronald Reagan once said “freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction” Thank you United States Military for making sure freedom does not become an extinction in America! Thank you for taking on all the above to save us the burden of having to do the same!
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