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:
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.
After a record breaking snowfall this past winter which led to epic skiing and snowboarding conditions, spring has opened up the window to warmer summer sports. “Warmer” might be a stretch when talking about water temperatures, but the air temperatures have been midsummer- like for the last 3 weeks. A couple of passionate water skiers disregarded talk about the ice cream headache cold waters here at Deep Creek Lake this time of year and decided to have a go at being the first ones on the lake. The only unorthodox detail that I left out is that these skiers would have to saddle up in 3mm dry suits to be able to tolerate the 45 degree temps the lake is serving up this early in the season. The only vulnerable body parts were the feet, hands, and head which didn’t keep these hardcore guys from enjoying an exciting Easter Weekend on the lake. What a great experience to see friends enjoying a wonderful day of water skiing while watching the snow skiers enjoying the final weekend of winter sports at Wisp Resort.
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…