Memorial Day weekend was a huge success again this year as we saw people coming from every direction to enjoy Deep Creek Lake. I noticed a few boats after lunch buzzing McHenry Cove slowly gearing up to enjoy a wonderful holiday weekend. By Saturday at noon the lake was packed with families enjoying all the lake has to offer. I saw fishermen, tubers, skiers, wakeboarders, wakesurfers, sailboats and jetskis running all full throttle by dusk.
I snuck out Sunday morning at 6am on my paddleboard to get a little peaceful time to myself. I was rewarded with perfect temperature’s and perfect glass. I saw one fishing boat buzz through in the hour I was out, but other than that I had the lake to myself.
Honi Honi was rocking as usual on Monday and I had a fantastic time talking to friends and out-of-towners. People had their beach chairs and blankets laid out enjoying one of many perfect days this weekend. The docks were full of happy boaters, kids packed the playground, the cornhole games were full and the funky 70’s music set the pace for a wonderful day. By Tuesday morning the lake was empty of boats and people, but the weather is still holding up nicely. Thanks to everyone who participated in a safe and successful Memorial Day Weekend. Through all the fun I talked to a lot of folks that respected the true meaning of the weekend, paying respect to the veterans who have protected out great country.
Last night I had the opportunity to try out the new Flying Squirrel Canopy Tour at Wisp Resort. It was the best hour of excitment that I have experienced this spring. After a short trip up the conveyor belt at the snow tubing park you have your first crash course in zip lining on two very short training runs. Next you get to climb a rope ladder up to your first platform for a fun descent through the trees next to the famous mountain coaster. The feeling of flying through the air on a zip lines is both calming and exhilarating at the same time. After conquering the first three runs and walking over a few cable bridges it’s time for you to experience the tallest, longest, and fastest run of the tour. You are standing on a little platform over 50’ off the ground overlooking the most amazing views of Deep Creek Lake. After a few safety checks by a knowledgeable Wisp staff it’s time to launch across a 400’ zip trip which takes you the width of the entire tubing park. This will surely get your motors running! Finish up with another long zip run and slide into home plate with your endorphins cranking maximum RPM’s. Well worth the $39 for admission.
People from Baltimore, Washington DC, Northern Virginia, Pittsburgh and many other areas that surround Deep Creek Lake all get what it is that makes this place special. After all, Deep Creek is within a three hour radius of 25 million people, many of whom know all too well what this part of the country has to offer. People who have time and money invested in Garrett County have been rewarded with something much more valuable than just that. They have been rewarded with endless, lifelong, family memories that are deeply embedded in their children.
Deep Creek’s reputation has extended its reach down to Hampton Roads, Virginia. Those who had never heard of Deep Creek Lake and Wisp Resort have found a heaven they will never forget. You have heard me over the last few months preaching the gospel of winter sports and an abundance of quality snowfall. Sure, people from Virginia have visited other resorts in Virginia, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania when a change of pace is needed. However, none on these ski resorts have a 3,000 acre lake that serves as the backbone to this four-season resort. The people of Virginia are being more and more enlightened to what millions of others have already discovered and call their home away from home for decades. Today at Wisp Resort, we have an icy blue sky that is radiating off a perfect carpet of snow onto smiling faces of a packed Wisp Resort. Some of these happy faces are friends in from Virginia Beach who are enjoying a perfect first visit that will certainly not be their last.