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Clear Mountain
Washington Monument State Park

Nice place to take pictures. Bring bug spray!!

Elk Neck
Beautiful place. Be sure to bring a lunch because it is a great spot for a picnic. We took a separate path back to the car - ask at the gift shop where it is.


Kraatz Family
Washington Monument State Park

We all enjoyed the easy hike up to the George Washington's first monument. The view was spectacular! The museum and signage along the trail were extremely educational. Everyone worked together to complete the quest and word search. The park ranger in the museum was friendly and helpful. This was a wonderful experience for the whole family!!

Patapsco State Park
We had a blast playing disc golf in the woods. It took us a few minutes to figure out what we were doing. We should have asked for clear directions before we embarked on our quest. It was a little confusing but it certainly didn't take away the fun. The wooded disc golf area was beautiful. We will definitely return to Patapsco State Park to play disc golf!


Mauk Family
Seneca Creek State Park

Beautiful Park! We went later and didn't see many birds but we did see deer up close.

Tuckahoe State Park
We had fun but we got lost! We paddled for what seemed like forever.


All Around the World
Washington Monument State Park

We love the history and the scenic beauty of this Washington County park. The kids answered most of the questions without even looking at the signs (great signs at this park) thanks to their public school education. After the short hike to the monument and a few minutes spent talking to another Questing family, we took a few moments to enjoy the quiet beauty of area. The word search, which we were warned was created by the Prince of Darkness, wasn't too hard for our kids--they found all of the words and figured out the clue within 15 minutes. So, it can be done. We didn't leave enough time to really spend time appreciating the area so we WILL return again.

Patapsco State Park
What a great activity! No one on our team had ever played Disc Golf so we were a little confused about the rules and ways to play. Lucky for us, the young lady in the office and a few other players really helped us find our way. We had a great time together. It works out well that you start and end at ""holes"" right at the parking lot. Great weather, good map, and beautiful scenery helped us really appreciate Maryland's First State park. We all agree that this is one of our favorite Quests.


Higdon Family
Greenwell State Park

Greenwell was a beautiful suprise! The walk was very easy and the signs along the way were well marked. The kids did this one by themselves as Dad and I just enjoyed the views.

Calvert Cliffs State Park
We were all a little worried about the hike with this one not sure how the little ones we going to do. Everyone did a great job and we really enjoyed the hike. We saw lots of lizzards, turtles and collected lots of fossils and even got to fish.


The Knights of Columbo

Knights of Columbo
Greenwell State Park

We were tired from spending the morning at Calvert Cliffs, but wanted to do the Greenwell quest before heading home. There was a wedding at the manor house so we tried to stay out of their way. The horses were beautiful! It was a nice relaxing walk and we were doing great until we came to the second to the last clue. Thank goodness for the picture on the postcard! Wonderful outing.

Calvert Cliffs State Park
We got to the park first thing in the morning in the hopes of beating the crowds. I'm glad we did! As we were heading out we passed a ton of people on their way in. I'm not sure where they were all going to fit! The walk was a bit too much especially on the way out when we were tired from playing in the sand/water.

We had a great time digging for fossils and shark teeth. We didn't find any, but a few others did. My five year old had a fantastic time flying his kite and playing.


The Batchelder's
Janes Island State Park

My daughter took out the kiack and my boys and their father took out a canou. We traveled over to the other island and back. This was the first time for this and we had a blast.

Pocomoke River State Park
We hiked down the green trail and even got a bit off track but we ended up at the pond and even found a fish to take back. We had a lot of fun.

Assateague State Park
We had a lot of fun by the water and seeing all the wild life. We ventured all over the park. However we did not see any horses.

Calvert Cliffs State Park
We started out and walked down the Red Trail. We saw several differents plant and we even saw a snake taking a stroll down the path. We got to the beach and took a rubbing of the shark tooth on the sign. We walked down the beach and my daughter even found a shark tooth. We had a lot of fun.


The Friedel's
Patapsco State Park

This quest didn't start out very good but ended up great with a picnic for lunch! This quest is hard for small kids and you really need to have patience understanding the map for the starting location and then to find the blocks where you start from and then to find the baskets. We ran across two guys that had played many times before and they helped to explain the game and how to keep score... Some of the pegs was missing or knocked down, some you really had to look for them . After we were done we went back to the station to get out passport stamped. The park is a nice place to visit, a lot of hikes, horse back riding, playgrounds and nice picnic areas… Through it all we did have fun spending time as a family and we did laugh at each other. Onward to our next Quest……


Force Three
Washington Monument State Park

A very nice, informative historical hike. The rangers were very engaging and seemed to enjoy their historical outpost. It was easy to imagine the early Americans proudly marching up the hill and working together to make the first Washington Monument.

Gambrill State Park
Nice drive from Baltimore. Admired the views from the overlooks and the handy work of the CCC boys. Met a very friendly ranger and we got a cool patch when we finished. It was fun! A scarlet tanager landed two feet from us on the trail and sat still long enough for all of us to get a great sighting.


Team Gunn
Western Maryland Rail Trail

So far I think the kids like this quest the best because of the bikes!!! The trail was an easy bike ride--not too busy and a fun day for everyone. I walked part of the trail (with the dog) while my husband and 2 kids rode and did the actually quest and I enjoyed the peace and quiet of the trail and the beauty of the C and O canal next to the trail.

Elk Neck State Park
We loved the view from the light house---the 1st time the kids have ever been in a light house. We all agreed that we need to head back to Elk Neck in the Fall to see the Hawks!!! Make sure that once you get to the lighthouse that you take the water trail back to the parking lot (on the left as you head away from the lighthouse). The kids enjoyed playing on the rocks and we enjoyed watching the boats go by.

Gambrill State Park
We really enjoyed the views from the overlooks. The kids had a great time on the trails and we all learned alot about CCC. We had an opportunity to peak in the Tea Room since a wedding was going to be there...definitely need to find an occasion to rent out the Tea Room...beautiful view!!!!


Team Ness
Seneca Creek State Park

This was a fun quest but be prepared for lots of walking over varied terrain. With 3 children, aged 6-9 plus 1 in a backpack carrier, it was a challenge to hike it all the way through. The first few stations through the woods and along the lake were wonderful, but as we progressed into the final leg of our journey we were unexpectedly swarmed by mosquitos in the woods(between station 4 and 5). We didn't do much birding after that, mostly running and swatting as we tried to get back to the road as quickly as possible.

Patapsco State Park
This was a fun trip and our first time playing disc golf. What a great activity for a sunny day as most of the holes are in shady wooded areas. The park itself was fantastic with ample rest areas, picnic areas and the kids loved the playground.


The Chessies

The Chessies
Patapsco State Park

Megan and I got tired of waiting around for everyone to get their schedules synchronized enough to complete a quest together and decided to do this one ourselves since it is the closest one to our house. This was the first quest that we did. The disc golf was a lot of fun. We had a little trouble finding some of the starting points, but, that was half the fun. They gave us one of the flip video cameras at the check-in station to record our quest and wouldn't you know it, 10 seconds after we turned it on and started to video, the batteries died. Just my luck...lol This quest was a lot of fun though and we had a great time at Patapsco Valley State Park and can't wait for the next quest when everyone will be along for the ride.

Elk Neck State Park
The Turkey Point quest was our first time breaking in our new baby backpack carrier. Mom, Dad and baby were thrilled and can't wait to get out and complete more quests.


Team Voodoo at Elk NEck

Team Voodoo
Elk Neck State Park

As we left the eastern shore to head to Cecil Co, the rain faded and the sun begin to shine. Were keeping our fingers crossed but packed our rain gear just incase. Better to be prepared than went for the 3 hours drive home. Elk Neck was a fun, easy hike to the Lighthouse. The cliffs were awesome. We didn’t see any hawks though. The Lighthouse and gift shop attendants were all very nice and helped with questions that the kids had. The whole family climbed the staircase to the top of the lighthouse. What a marvelous view from the top of the lighthouse. After we ventured back down the spiraling staircase, we decided to rest under one of the large trees at the top of the trail. We also enjoyed the cute little gift shop. The kids enjoyed the hills on the way to and from Cecil Co. We sure don't have those kinds of roads on the shore.


Wild Kinlochs
Gambrill State Park

We pretended to be CCC boys and had a ton of fun. According to one of our young team members, One dollar each day is not enough for all of the work they did--that's enough for five dollars!


The McCabe Family
Seneca Creek State Park

Nice walk around the park. Saw several birds. Was able to complete in time for ice cream and the 1 PM boat ride around lake.


Putnam's Rangers
Gambrill State Park

We enjoyed our very first visit to Gambrill State Park -- thanks to Park Quest for prompting us to get out and explore some of Maryland's many treasures! The weather was glorious - we could see all the way to the National Cathedral in DC. The Mountain Laurel was in bloom and very beautiful.

Washington Monument State Park
We had spectacular weather today, and the view from the Monument was very good -- felt like we could see half of Maryland! The word search for this quest was quite a challenge and kept us occupied for nearly 30 minutes!


Freebird
Calvert Cliffs State Park

This was a wonderful walk in the woods and shade to the beach and cliffs. the kids loved looking for the sharks teeth and i enjoyed the sun. the walk was so nice with the different birds, plants, and other wild animals we seen. we were only feet away from a deer that was walking in the swamp and eating. very beautiful


The Crab Catchers
Janes Island State Park

The paddle Quest was a blast. We got 1 kayak and 1 canoe for the paddle. The temperature was in the 80's but a light breeze made the ride delightful. We enjoyed exploring the park and there was an amazing amount of wildlife to see.

Pocomoke River State Park
Pocomoke River Quest was by far the most interesting to date. We were like scientists doing soil and water measurements and observing our environment. The hike was under the canopy of the forest and was cool even on an 80 degree plus day. We will be coming back to this park to camp and visit their pool.

Assateague State Park
We enjoyed this quest however the mosquito population seemed to enjoy us even more, even after DEET. We did discover many island inhabitants and the beach was spectacular. This quest is a good way to see Assateague in a way most have not seen it.


The Barracudas
Elk Neck State Park

We spent a beautiful day at Elk Neck State Park with another Park Quest family. The lighthouse was fascinating. We had fun trying to swing on the vines in the woods. We really liked the bulletin board with all of the different hawks. We debated about the date written on the flag slab--still no agreement. What a great day.


The Crowe Adventures

The Crowe Adventures
Gambrill State Park

We all learned more history on the quest than any other. The sites were great and the park was very pretty. However, we decided to go rouge and take the Black Trail all the way around to the last overlook. That was a great hike, tons of wildlife, lots of different scenery on the trails and it really felt we were in the middle of a forest 100 miles from civilization. However we were running short on time before the ranger left so, we had to practically run up the large hill/mountain on the last leg. Plus, our children saw the park adventure was ""army boot camp"", so we stopped on long the way for extra P.T. Training, it was great.

Patapsco State Park
You have to go to this park during your adventure. This quiet tucked away park of courses offers Disc Golf, but there is a hidden surprise within. They have a ""Rapid River"" that cuts through the park with areas you can go swimming in. What a great time, our little ones our 7 and 9 and have been swimming since they have been in diapers. However, this was the first chance to swim in a river with a moderate current, that was a real eye opener for them. Plus, there are snapping turtles the size of alligators which makes the swim that much more EXCITING. The disc golf was not as confusing as people has mentioned and loads of fun. If you want to find the water, on hole one, another parking lot will be on your left. At the parking lot is a small blacktop road with speed bumps. Drive down it and there is another place to park. At that point you will hear the river. The first place the path leads you to was the only place it was posted you cannot swim, you will see why.

Elk Neck State Park
Elk neck was delightfully more than we expected. The cliffs, the bay , migrating Hawks, and the light house was fun. Especially the stink bugs trying to attack us in the light house. But, we found the ""blue Trail"" on our way back. Before you leave, with the light house to your back, cut left and at the right edge of the wood line there is a trail marked in blue paint. This topsy turvey path was lots of fun we all had a blast. This path will lead you to a wooden bench and to the left is a small secluded beach. You have to hang out and let the kids skip rocks and find seashells. Then you can go straight up to rejoin the white path at the ""bird migration field"", this will make sense to you once u there. Then we went to the swimming beach and had fun the rest of the day. Plus we encountered two black snakes on the large playground. The staff responded quickly and happily relocated the snakes to a more desirable snake location. The view and terrain was different than we are use to and our kids had lots of fun swinging on the vines.


Horse Shoe Crabs
Tuckahoe State Park

This was really an adventure. We picked a day that happened to be the same day as a bike race in the park. The boy who checked us in at the boathouse was so busy that when he handed us our worksheet he forgot to mention that there was only one way in and out of the area. So after we had collected all of our clues we just continued paddling on assuming that the path must make a circle. Well, we ended up in some very hard to manuver areas and you might say, got lost. We finally decided to turn around and head back the way we came. Our trip ended up being at least three and a half hours. It might help if the worksheet said to turn around after you collect your last clue. We read over the sheet several times hoping it would tell us something. But if we hadn't continued on past the sixth clue, we would not have seen the muskrat swimming in front of us or the baby fawn with its white spots that stood up from its hiding place on the waters edge and hurried into the woods. We did enjoy seeing all of the turtles, but the downed trees were a little hard for us to manuver around.


The Mighty Eco-Rovers
Calvert Cliffs State Park

A nice walk through the woods on a hot day -- not too buggy and we were impressed with the large marsh/swamp area with thousands of lily pads blooming. Saw lots of turtles, brown snakes in the marsh water (yikes), and frogs. Beautiful scenic views on the water. Kids said ""we liked looking for shark's teeth!"" (they found 2). we liked the beach a lot. i really liked calvert cliffs a lot too. At calvert cliffs we had a lot of fun!

Greenwell State Park
This was our first quest -- unfortunately it was very hot/buggy. Guessed at the first clue as we could not find the first sign. Clues were very easy. The view of the river was beautiful. Could not see go near/see the house as there was a private event there. Could not get a good sense of the place -- mix of private and public areas and we were not sure where one could go.


Team Lynch
Janes Island State Park

Bad start. Raining on arrival. No fire because wood was wet. Ended up eating poptarts for breakfast. Got our groove and Kayaking was beautiful. Terrific Park and great day. Plan on packing a lunch for the Quest and spend the day on the beach. Very private and breathtaking. Too pretty to turn around and come home.


Martini Time
Patapsco State Park

Thanks to my sister and brother in law who are Pros in Disk golf, we were familiar with the sport and had our own disks. My parents joined us for this quest since they enjoy playing disk golf. We had a great time - what a beautiful park. Jackson loves playing and did very well. We all played the quest nine holes then had a picnic lunch by the waterfall (highly recommend). Then Jeff and I went to play on the playground while the rest of the gang played the second nine holes. It was a wonderful time!


Team Mervidas
Patapsco State Park

We had a great time playing disc golf - we had never played before! Packed a picnic lunch for when we finished. Definite recommend bug spray because the whole disc golf course is in the woods. This was our first quest and we can't wait to do more.


The Lockhart Lighthouses

Lockhart Lighthouses
Washington Monument State Park

Lots of nats!!!!! Very educational along the trail to the monument. Very nice park.

Western Maryland Rail Trail
Very nice and fun! Very educational along the trail. Had a blast riding the bikes that we rented.

The bike shop people were very nice and helpful. We also enjoyed receiving patches at this quest and also at Gambrill. That was a nice added souvenier.

Seneca Creek State Park
This particular park quest is more for ones that enjoy birds. Park was nice though.

Greenwell State Park
Very nice park also enjoyed our walk along the River trail. We had a little confusion on where to start for we tried to start along the one path that went by the stables. it was hint 7 i think it was.

The park was very clean and enjoyed walking along the trail by the water and enjoying the views.

Gambrill State Park
Nice park and nice views from each of the overlooks. Very educational and learned a few things along the way. The park ranger George was very helpful during our quest.

Calvert Cliffs State Park
Long walk to a little beach. Nice trail, nice scenery along the trail. Saw one snake and some birds and lots of nats. Would go back during the week when its not so crowded.


The Pilgrams

The Pilgrams
Gambrill State Park

This was our first park. The kids really enjoyed having to look for answers along the way. They felt like they were on a real hiking adventure. The one set back was that we chose a very foggy morning to go and missed some of the beautiful view.

Patapsco State Park
Frisbee golf was alot of fun. A bit difficult for pre teens but we enjoyed the walking in the woods as much as the actual frisbee throwing. Look forward to doing it again sometime.

Tuckahoe State Park
Wow! What an adventure! After our fun but exhausting paddle up the creek, which had alittle more current than usual due to so much rain, it was time for the relaxing trip back. SO WE THOUGHT! Did I mention the current being alittle stronger than usual? We came up on a tree that was lying across the creek near marker #5. We knew of this tree from passing through on our way up. However, we were going too fast when we approached this tree and we ended up tipping over. So there we were, Dad and his 10,8,and 6 yr. old crew trying to get back in our canoe. By the grace of God I was able to get the canoe afloat, retrieve my children who were drifting away with the current, and make our way back to the boat house. Nobody was hurt,(other than Dad's pride and wallet)glasses,digital camera,cell phone,2 hats,and a pair of croks. However,to see my children choose to be brave in our little crisis and trusting their dad...THIS WAS PRICELESS!!! We are definately building memories and having a great time.

Calvert Cliffs State Park
Thank goodness for all terrain wagons! Our 2 and 4 year olds took turns riding during the 1.8 mile hike. On our way back from the beach our 6 yr. old accidentally stepped on a copperhead snake and minutes later we were face to face with a 4 ft. black snake. Needless to say, all 5 kids had some nervous energy and were able to burn it off at the tire playground.


PA Explorers
Western Maryland Rail Trail

The Rail Trail was the halfway point on our return trip home to Pennsylvania. We rented bikes and completed the quest. It was a great way to stretch our legs before returning to the car. The trail was very relaxing. We really enjoyed the experience.

Swallow Falls State Park
Swallow Falls was absolutely beautiful.

Deep Creek Lake State Park
This was our second experience geocaching. It was great to hand the units to our children and allow them to take the lead.


The Girard Family

Girard Family
Seneca Creek State Park

We visited this park midweek on a hot day. Our goal was to take a 2 mile hike along the lake & in the woods to look for various birds. We saw a cardinal, chickadee, nuthatch, and robins. There were other birds flying over the lake that we couldn't identify. The hike was very scenic- beautiful ferns, many bridges over streams, and large rocks (great for climbing!). Along the way we saw a turtle, dragonflies, and a snake.

Patapsco State Park
The kids loved playing disc golf. This was one of their favorite parks in the Quest.

We visited on a hot day in the middle of the week. It was pretty empty (only one other group was playing on hole 1 when we were on hole 9). Thankfully most holes are in the shade so the heat didn't affect us as much. We had a little trouble following the course, but the kids didn't mind. They enjoyed running around and looking for the holes. Once you've done the course it will be easy to follow in the future.


Tolson Titans
Assateague State Park

Having been to Assateague many times we were not as excited going into this quest...we were pleasently surprised though. We really liked the fact that all three eco-systems were intoduced. For as many times as we have been to Assateague we have never explored anything other then the beach. On this Quest you will explore the beach(bring your bathing suits), the bay(look for the blue crabs), and the trails(bring LOTS of bugspray!). The ponies were out this day, but we did not see any deer today. Along the trail we discovered Cacti, and various beautiful wildflowers. While down at the bay area we met a very helpful quide who was setting up for a school group. She was very kind answering all our questions, and also allowed us use of her nets until the group arrived. Do not miss the visitors center while at Assateague, it is a must see. The kids will enjoy a hands on exibit where they can pick up a live Horseshoe Crab, Hermit Crab, and various egg casings. Lots of great information, guides, and reasonable prices in gift shop.

Pocomoke River State Park
We LOVED this quest!! We stopped at the nature center to begin our quest, and met some wonderful informative ladies. The nature center was awesome as well, and we enjoyed some time there before begining our journey.

Let me tell you, the guide book that we were given was AMAZING. You could tell that alot of time was put into making this quest. First, we were to head out into the woods and search for signs of life, identify different species of trees, and document any life that we came across. The guide book showed examples of all these things and we learned so much! Next, we were to go to the pond area(don't forget to write down the marker numbers on your way there, you just might need them). We opened the large quest box there, and the kids faces just lit up!! There were nets, buckets, an underwater telescope, and various other cool tools. The kids were off!!

They caught(and released of course)tadpoles, minnows, dragonflies, damselflys, a bull tadpole,and a dragonfly nymph(which we thought was a water stryder-thanks again for the guide book). So far this was our favorite quest!! Don't forget the bug spray though, lots of ticks, and mosquitoes!

Tuckahoe State Park
What an adventure! There were five of us, and none of us had been on a canoe before. Of course, my husband gets the hang of it right away, I do not! First, I didn't know that the heavier person should sit in the back, so my daughter and I wound up going around in circles! We were trying so hard, we wound up getting more water on us the anything else(including soaking our passport). My husband had our other two children, and he takes off to start getting clues. My daughter and I went back to shore, to see what we were doing wrong, and got a few pointers. Our next time out went much better... Turtles were everywhere, we saw snappers and sliders galore! We also came across a HUGE beaver making a dam. That was awesome! The surrounding were beautiful. The only problems I really had with this quest was, I thought some instruction should have been given on how to use the canoes and kayaks. Also, I felt there should have been some sort of map to go along with the activity sheet. There were lots of places where the trail would split, and we had no clue which way to go. Eventually it would end in a dead end, but it wasted so much time. Otherwise we really enjoyed this and will definitely head back to try our hand at those canoes again.


Team Ficus
Deep Creek Lake State Park

Had a great visit. We learned how to use a GPS! How fun! We also visited the aviary and watced redtails eat rats. Can't wait to visit more parks!


Wandering Wootens
Assateague State Park

We had a beautiful day to quest. The sun was shinning and when the breeze blew the mosquitos flew away. The challenge brought us to a variety of sections of the park. We saw animal footprints small to large. Assateague is amazing from the waves to the trees.


Otis's Team
Pocomoke River State Park

This was our fourth quest.The nature center is fun to visit by itself.Our son had fun searching for bugs and loved catching a bullfrog at the pond.If you like to swim,they have a nice pool.

Janes Island State Park
We went here on memorial day.When we got to the park they were out out of canoes,so we had to wait for one,but it was worth it.When you go, bring a plastic bag for the things you don't want wet and your bug spray.The beach is a lot of fun.Our son loved making sand castles.

Tuckahoe State Park
This was a really fun quest.We have been to this park many times to hike or play on the playground but, never out in a canoe.We saw lots of wildlife and went into several dead ends.My husband kept cooling off our son with water from his paddle.We will canoe here again.

Patapsco State Park
This was our first quest. My son and myself had never played disc golf before. We really enjoyed it, but the gnats were terrible.


C & T Plus 3
Pocomoke River State Park

Very educational. We thought unlocking the box was cool! We found a cool frog.

Calvert Cliffs State Park
Awesome! Pretty walk and we loved the cliffs! We had fun looking for fossils!


Crab Catchers
Seneca Creek State Park

We were not sure we would be able to complete this quest as we had arrived at 320pm on Sunday but the boat house was open till 830 pm. We were able to borrow a field guide for the birds and everyone enjoyed the hike by the lake and beyond. We spotted many birds and other wildlife, a box turtle and a chipmunk. This is such a great park we will be going back at another time to enjoy.

Patapsco State Park
We had a blast doing the disc golf. It was different from any sport I have played and all had an enjoyable time. Everyone participated in the activity from 6 to 37 years we all had fun.


The Bald Eagles
Tuckahoe State Park

What a blast! We only got the kayak stuck 4 or 5 times - but that was part of the adventure, wasn't it! Beautiful, peaceful, and full of wildlife - an absolutely perfect way to begin our Park Quest.


The Terrific Tigers
Tuckahoe State Park

This was great!! We loved kayaking through this beautiful area! Our son was so excited to learn how to ""turn"" the kayak to the left or right in the water. We saw so many turtles and heard so many birds singing. We also took some time to play in the tire park after our quest, and really enjoyed this too.


Skills Plus
Janes Island State Park

What a pleasant surprise this quest turned out to be! Last year we had to catch a blue crab to complete the quest at Jane's Island (which we had a blast doing!), but this year consisted of a canoe trek followed by a quick hike to Tangier Sound. We had never been to this side of Jane's Island before and were amazed to find quite a nice little beach along the sound. If we had known what to expect, we would have packed a picnic lunch, worn our swimsuits, and brought our beach bags! We will definitely be back there soon-- this is the perfect place for little ones to swim and play without worrying about big waves, currents, or water that is too deep!


Team Scharch
Tuckahoe State Park

We started this quest late Sunday afternoon just before the cutoff time. Note to other questers, give yourself PLENTY of time for this quest! We had trouble with this one because the path is not marked well and the twists and turns are tight. We often bumped into trees or the side of the very narrow turns with the canoe. It was scary feeling the canoe hit logs underwater we couldn't see but we hit enough to get used to it. We took our own canoe which was a good thing because the park was crowded and all the boats out. I thought we had 2 hours to finish but the park staff said be back by 4:30, something else to be aware of. We made it back in the nick of time and compleated the paper but we didn't make it to see all the sign posts because of time. The river narrows to very tiny the farther up you go and we had to turn back when encountering a log you have to duck under and it had dangling vines that looked like poison ivy. It is turtle heaven though and we saw LOTS and LOTS of them from teeny tiny ones to very big ones. All of them piled onto of every log that stuck out of the water. We also had a baby beaver swim right next to the canoe and we save several more swimming by the bridge next to the boat ramp. After turning in our Quest paper and getting the book stamped we went back out into the lake to do some fishing. Didn't catch anything but logs but it was a nice lazy afternoon to spend on the lake.


The Bees
Pocomoke River State Park

For those who want to do a nature quest, Pocomoke has put together a great package to study ecosystems by doinf scientific research and observation of nature. Ian and I enjoyed the walk and using all the gear. We even saw some snakes and a turtle! Be sure to stop in to the Nature Center for some great hands-on programming.

Washington Monument State Park
This historical quest was a lot of fun (other than the word search). I would never have visited this park if not for this program, but it is, as one of the staff said ""One of the best kept secrets of Maryland."" It has a great museum for Civil War buffs, plus hiking opportunities, a playground, and camping! Bring the bug spray though, on a warm still day, the gnats were all over us. There is a great view from the tower, don't miss this one if you can help it!

Swallow Falls State Park
This park is an absolute jewel for Maryland! The hiking trail was more involved than Deep Creek, but our young'uns walked it on a drizzling and muddy day without much problem. The water was too fast to go out on the rocks, but the falls were awesome!

Deep Creek Lake State Park
It was a rainy day at the Lake, but we made the best of it as 5 year old Ian, 3.5 year old Stella, and the grown-ups hiked the GPS trail. It was Great to visit the INCREDIBLE nature center at the park, and Ian got excited at seeing the Red-tailed hawks and the bear trap. I think they had the most fun splashing through the puddles, though. It's great to be young!


Team Emandal
Washington Monument State Park

This activity was a fun one. Answer the questions, find the answers in a word search and then unscramble the letters - something for everyone to do. What a great way to bring history alive - thanks. This was the closest we have ever been to the Appalachian Trail - is their hiking in our future? Perhaps.

Swallow Falls State Park
This was probably our favorite so far. The kids have never seen falls before and they had alot of fun exploring. Thanks Mr. Pete for the clipboard - it made writing our answers down alot easier. We saw a fawn at the bottom of Muddy Creek Falls that had lost its way and was calling for its Mom. He was having a hard time getting back on dry ground - we all hope he made it.

Deep Creek Lake State Park
Team Emandal and The Mighty Four ventured from Salisbury to Deep Creek Lake for a beautiful weekend of camping and questing. Sunny and 70 degrees is our kind of weather. This was our first time using a GPS and it was a lot of fun. We were glad to see the bear trap after we saw bear paw prints on the dumpster at our campsite - a little too close for comfort. The Deep Creek Quest stamp was nothing fancy but they redeemed themselves with a complimentary protein bar - way to go Deep Creek (we'll still be looking for a bear on your stamp next year).

Assateague State Park
We couldn't have picked a nicer day, cool with the breeze off the ocean. Creating our field guide was alot of fun. We didn't realize the budding artists we have in the family. The Air show was in O.C. the same day and we did get to see a couple of plans fly over.


Goofy Galloways
Patapsco State Park

The boys and I had a great time with the frisbee golf quest--mostly laughing at ourselves. The lady at the gate told us most of the ""holes"" were par 3. It took us a minimum of six throws to get our discs to the basket. Disc professionals we are not!


Mauk Family
Gambrill State Park

Beautiful park! Kids had a great time running around and searching for the answers. Had trouble with one question but found the answer in the next question after another park user helped us out with it!!

Washington Monument State Park
Very beautiful and the views were great.


My Three Sons
Pocomoke River State Park

The bugs were really bad and it did take away from some of the fun. It was good to see the different areas. The kids really seemed to like exploring the differences.

Assateague State Park
We had a great time at Assateague. It was wonderful to see the ponies up close. The bugs did bite though, but all ended well as we went swiming in the ocean.


Tiger
Western Maryland Rail Trail

We hiked, yes hiked, the whole trail in three hours (9.6 miles!). All of the bikers were very impressed by our effort. Surprising encounters includes huge black snakes falling off the cliff or slithering past you on the trail, a chicken coup along the way and many bugs while we heading back along the river. Bug sprays strongly recommended if you are going to do the same. The direction is not that clear though. We had ice cream sandwiches and much needed rest after getting back to the bike rental place.

Seneca Creek State Park
we went on a Saturday morning. the boat center staff are very helpfull explaining the rules and use of the binoculars, books and the flipvideo cameras. It was an excellent outing for our team. We found many birds and had some friwndly arguments over what birds we really found. The trail is great and direction is very clear.

Elk Neck State Park
It was a great day and we participated the morning fishing camp and our kids caught many sun fishes and saw a bunch of water snakes. We then headed to the lighthouse quest with great views from the lighthouse. We headed back to the beach for a little swimming (for the kids).


Dymowski 7
Pocomoke River State Park

Most fun quest so far. We loved all of the activities and the rangers were great. We were there in time to feed the animals, and we saw a snake swimming in the pond.

Assateague State Park
Great weather. We took my parents with us too. The kids loved recording the experience with the recorder. Fun.