Greg Rouse Water Sports-Deep Creek Lake. So you want to learn how to slalom ski, two-ski, wakeboard or maybe even go tubing? Wouldn’t you want to go to the most experienced guy on Deep Creek Lake? You may also expect the top of the line boat and equipment available to you. Greg Rouse represents all of the above and has a stellar reputation with the local community and out of towners alike. What can you say about a man that grew up skiing Deep Creek Lake all his life with his family? Mr. Rouse has also competed at the highest level of barefoot skiing in the nation. He has competed in the barefoot nationals twice which is quite an accomplishment. His expertise helps all levels, from novice to advanced skiers/wakeboarders who want to tweek their form to perfection.
This morning my husband, young kids, mom and my niece went out with him to work on our game. I’m sad to say that a few seasons of child rearing has kept me from the water doing what I love most on the lake – slalom skiing! I can tell you that the nervousness and excitement were all stabilized with a qualified instructor. Greg refreshed some basic understandings of getting up on one ski as well as tweaking my form after my run. He has an excellent understanding of fundamentals acquired from a lifetime of experience.
My young niece Adrianne (7 years-old) has been working with him this summer and has mastered two skis. What a joy it is to see her skiing at a level I remember going through on this very lake at her age!
Before the morning ended, my mom took a spin on two ski’s making me proud to be a part of a three generation ski session on Deep Creek Lake! If you keep up with me and my husband’s blogging, you will know a few things I repeatedly touch bases on. Get up early, enjoy the glass, make memories with family and enjoy Deep Creek Lake! Call Deep Creek Marina at 301- 387-0732 to make an appointment with Greg Rouse Water Sports to get your family up to speed on your preferred water sport!
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.
Sacred morning glass here at Deep Creek Lake is something to behold indeed. I have become a connoisseur of fine glassy mornings here at the lake. There is nothing more calming and spiritual than waking up very early and looking out on a lake with zero wind and sacrificing a few hours of sleep to enjoy absolute solace. Watch as the sun slowly generates an assortment of warm morning colors and creeps slowly over the mountaintops as the lake starts to come alive. Don’t be surprised if you are all alone during this experience as the lake is underutilized in early morning hours. This makes the journey even sweeter.
Later you can catch up with all your friends who all promised they would get up with you who instead slept in! No worries though, they will have missed out and will never understand what you have experienced until they do it for themselves. Your best explanation of the experience will fall short of something that cannot be defined but has to be experienced.
Years back, my wife Betsy and a few friends would regularly have the boat gassed up and ready to roll for some early morning wakeboard and slalom skiing runs. It’s amazing to see your reflection perfectly off lake glass as you are going in excess of 20 mph. Not one trace ripple impedes the rails of your skis as you carve perfect figure eights leaving wrinkled pulses of wake scattering toward the shores behind you. By the time your run is over and you have switched skiers the waters have again calmed to a mirror surface. Paddleboarding and canoeing take this experience to a hallowed level as the sounds of only your paddle faintly and calmly motor you through seemingly masterpiece sceneries of reflected mountains, trees, clouds and the colorful awakening sun.
Don’t be afraid to bring the fishing poles to anchor and witness the wildlife around as you keep a sharp eye on your bobber. Let the lake’s glass inspire your day before the wind starts to blow and the lake traffic picks up. You will be rewarded with memories that will carry you through the winter.
Greetings from Deep Creek Lake-Wisp Labor Day Sale. The end of the summer is approaching like a freight train and I am very happy to have finally had a chance to get on the lake with family. Our oldest sons, Brendon and Peyton, and their girlfriends came up last week to visit with little brother Griffin. They ziplined, rode the mountain coaster, went for a swim at Swallow Falls, jet skied to the southern end of the lake, enjoyed some Brenda’s Pizza (their favorite DCL pizza), and had ice cream at Huey’s. I had a busy week of appointments but caught up with them to go white water rafting at ASCI, a sunset paddleboard session and an amazing dawn patrol wakeboarding/slalom ski session. We also took little Griffin on his first pontoon boat ride (with the older boys tubing the whole way) to Dutch’s Daughter for lunch on the veranda. I suggest you come visit this weekend and cram it all in. Here are some photos of the 4 days of fun!
Betsy and Griffin
Brendon airing it out
Me trying to keep up…
This weekend is the famous Wisp Sale! Details are…
Wisp Outdoors Equipment Blow Out Sale
Friday, August 30 thru Monday, September 2
9am – 5pm – Wisp Outdoors Adventure Park
Wisp Outdoors Rental Equipment: Limited supply.
Come early for the best selection and save big $$$$!
Sale equipments includes but not limited to
Paddleboards and Accessories.*
*Products are in limited supply and based on availability and subject to change.
On the real estate home front, here are 3 great properties at Deep Creek Lake:
Weekly updates by Betsy Spiker Holcomb of Taylor-Made Vacations and Sales, Deep Creek Lake. Put March 26, 2014 into your phone reminders for next season and I’ll tell you why. I have noticed that this Easter week we are having epic winter wonderland snow/ski conditions and virtually no one here to enjoy them. We have been getting dumped on with snow from a late winter storm that has left many upset about the never ending winter that we are having across the East Coast. I say, take it as it comes! The majorities of people have their minds on golf and the beach this time of the year and often miss the last week here at Wisp Resort. If you were here this weekend you could have pounced on some “West Coast” style powder that lasted most of the day because of the light pressure on the slopes. Check into rental & ticket rates next year around this time and pray for snow! Chances are you’ll score big on some sweet conditions! Check out this photo I got off Wisp’s Facebook page. “Got powder?”
Looking ahead a little when spring and summer start to show their face, consider getting your boat tuned up early before the marinas are swamped with service work. If you are looking for a boat, this is a great time to place your order to ensure getting the boat you want in time for the start of the season. Give Betsy’s brother, Adrian, a call at Deep Creek Marina 301-387-6977 with questions regarding a new or used boat. If you are looking for service, ask for Kim who will be happy to help you.
Here’s a little teaser that I took before a morning session with Bets and the boys a few years back. Bring on summer!
Don’t get caught in a stagnant rut & work routine and forget to enjoy life! LetDeepCreekLake and GarrettCounty serve as catalyst for this year being the BEST EVER for you and your family! Feel free to call me anytime with questions about anything here of interest to you.
Deep Creek Lake-Wakeboarding. As summer winds down and the kids start to get back to school, there is still time to enjoy one of my favorite summer sports without the mid-summer traffic normally on the lake. The boats on the lake become a little more sporadic helping in producing optimum wakeboard conditions which are no wake and pure glass. There is nothing more exciting than getting up on a wakeboard and having the perfect mirror lake reflecting the mountains off the water while doing 20 or so miles per hour. You don’t have to bust big airs to feel the stoke of wakeboarding. Just kick back with your friends and family and enjoy the experience. I often hear people saying, “Wow, I can’t believe summer is over already” or “summer flies by faster and faster each year as you get older”. Make it a priority to enjoy every moment you can with your family and friends in this gift of life that we are all fortunately given. Take my advice and put wakeboarding on your list of to-do’s in late summer, and find the treasures of memories that are awaiting you and your family.
Deep Creek Lake-Bust Largeness Wakeboard Contest. It’s easy to see how this event was missed by the masses as I can’t really recall hearing much about it before the event took place. However, High Mountain Sports put together a spectacular event with locals and out-of-town pros alike. The contestants, both men and women, put on an amazing display of what the human body can do attached to a 45-foot rope and a small epoxy wakeboard strapped to their feet. I personally am not up to date with the wakeboard trick lingo but I described them to my wife as being mcflips, el rolos and of course very large airs. Contestants were launching off what appeared to be a 3-foot wake and catching at least 8-10’ airs, which had the crowd along the bank applauding these young daredevils. Boats lined up on the water on the strip of DCL in between Rock Lodge Road and Garrett Highway to witness the Bust Largeness contest that was held directly across the street from High Mountain Sports. Deep Creek Marina supplied a brand spanking new Malibu Wakesetter to help provide the contestants with premium wakeboard conditions. They also brought another state-of-the-art wakeboard boat, a Malibu Axis, for the spectators to check out during the event. To round it out, Johnny Rock provided enough wattage to blast ripples of sound through the water with some hip, energetic background music. Betsy and I have been known to do a few bunny hops over the wake during our summer dawn patrol sessions but we’ll leave the largeness airs to the professionals!
So it’s already the beginning of August and summer is chuggin’ in full swing here in Deep Creek Lake. The summer season is progressing at a light speed pace and is teleporting us toward winter, being funneled through some out-of-control vacuum vortex of accelerated time. As we all take in the beautiful summer here in DCL there is an internal alarm clock deep within our brains that quietly starts to pulse, reminding us that summer is slowly inching toward the end of the season.
Deep Creek Lake always boasts a long, exhilarating summer season with special moments that are unique to our individual tastes. In the early hours, when the day is blooming, some soulful dawn patrollers set up on their favorite fishing spots waiting for that legendary hook set, or slalom skiers throwing massive rooster tails on perfect glass, or wake boarders launching huge airs across perfect early morning wake. Whatever it is that makes this lake special to you, remember to enjoy as much of it as you can before the cold weather settles in on us. Don’t panic! We still have a lot of summer left. Just a friendly reminder for you to plan your next trip, in case procrastination or work responsibilities impede on your recreational time.
Dawn Patrol Deep Creek lake. As the season transitions towards the winter ski season, I’m torn between my love for the upcoming snowboarding season at Wisp Resort and my passion for wakeboarding early in the morning on Deep Creek Lake in the summertime with my family. This past summer when the alarm sounds for me at five thirty sharp, I did rounds around the house waking up my grumbling family. The grumbling soon turns to a positive excitement as we pull out of the drive way on the way to the dock and notice that there is zero wind through the tree tops. There’s a fiendish pleasure knowing that we will be the first people to get our Malibu Wakesetter on the lake to create the first ripples on a virgin glassy lake. The feeling of wakeboarding through filtered darkness on a glassy lake at dawn while watching the sun slowly rise over the mountains, bringing light and warmth to a beautiful day is amazing. Recommended…