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5/17/18 3:13 A

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I think PBS or one of the cable channels did a documentary on the fading way of life the watermen of Tilghman and the Eastern Shore live.

We go every chance we get, but finances and a new job for DW haven't allowed it as much recently, but we've turned the corner on that and do plan some short trips this summer. SIL and BIL stopped here last week on the way to Virginia for a day and will stop again tomorrow and Friday for another visit. They're staying tonight at Skyland on Skyline Drive which will be our first little trip to stay there overnight and get in some hiking while there. Maybe the next will be the Annapolis area or maybe just Baltimore for the Aquarium? We used to do six or eight three day weekends a year and would like to get back to that.

There was a question about accents a day or two ago and if I have any, it's Western Maryland which is a milder form of the Eastern Shore watermen. I think mine might be a mix of that and PA Dutch?

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5/17/18 12:54 A

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Dave you mentioned being attracted/interested in the Eastern Shore, Chesapeake Bay.
I have been going there for years and I do own a home on Tilghman Island MD.
This is one of the most relaxing and beautiful places I've ever lived.
Tilghman Island is one of the few working islands on the Bay.
The watermen of the island have traditions of Oysters, Blue Crabs and fishing industries. This way of life is in danger ending. I will be sad if their lives and traditions come to an end.

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I haven't traveled much but here are some highlights.

The Flood in the campground that had to be evacuated and we didn't want to leave. I was 1yr old.

The tornado in the campground that flipped over pontoon boots about a quarter mile away from our camp site.

The lonnnnng bridge crossing into Canada. Our tire was swollen and almost blew out before we got to the other side.

Niagara Falls, where, from our view at the railing, we thought the people down in the river on the boats wearing black raincoats were a bunch of vacationing nuns.

The cool, unusual rental homes in Michigan. Very unique designs. We would rent them when attending a family reunion.

The New York mountains that shed a snowstorm on we Ohioans who were still wearing summer clothes on October 4th.

Tennessee mountains and waterfalls.

Pea Island, where I met my first shark pretty much face to face.

And the small airplane that I flew in from Connecticut to Ohio, through a severe lightening storm. And my cousin was the pilot. eek.

And the 'bear' my new husband and I met on our honeymoon in the woods at Lake Hope State Park, Ohio...which, after a very still 10 minutes, we discovered to be a tall tree stump with a snout and two muscular paws.


But my own town in Ohio has much history and my family was always interested in researching it. My mom donated two photos of my grandparents for a pictorial history book of it.


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5/14/18 4:48 P

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I remember you mentioning the traveling trailer. They can be quite pricey. Are you trying to convince your DW or does she think the idea too whacky?

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I do wax poetic now and then. DW says I'm just waxy... er, whacky? One of the two, maybe both.

In my defense, it is a remarkable area. We have much within a four hour or less drive, but I can get to mountains, creeks, rivers, and lakes in less than a half hour and much of it is a short walk from my house. It seemed to be a vast area when I was a kid and went to spend Summers with my Grandma a little over twenty miles away in Maryland. As I've grown older, the area has become smaller by familiarity even though the distances are all still the same. I've learned that the creek that flows through my hometown is the same one that passes near where I spent those summers on it's way to the Potomac which flows into the Chesapeake Bay as does the Susquehanna River which is less than an hour in the opposite direction. If I want to walk to any of these bodies of water it's a nine-mile drive or so to the long-term parking for the Appalachian Trail. All this doesn't stop me from wanting a travel trailer, though.

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Wow, I loved reading everyone's response. In some ways it made me feel as though I haven't been anywhere, which isn't true, it's just everyone made their experience seem so fascinating. Also, Dave's response was very, dare I say, poetic? That is what came to mind. And now I'm intrigued about his state, but also that I can dig a little deeper into the history of my own state and the Appalachian Mts. =)

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I've been around a bit. I'm very attracted to water and mountains. I love the Great Smoky Mountains, the Everglades, the Eastern Shore, the Pacific Coast, the Chesapeake Bay. Art museums, maritime museums... my list could go on and on. However, the place I find most interesting is home. The history of this area is the history of my family and unless my Grandson produces a bunch of offspring, he'll likely be the last to bear the name in our branch. I can't take a walk or a drive without seeing things that hold memories and interest for me on a personal level. So the wonders of the world are interesting, but my backyard fascinates me the most.

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From a Genealogical stand point....A cemetery in Hwy 10, near Neenah Wisconsin. The older stones (mid 1800's) were set in chronological order. I love the old stones they had and it was the first time I seen a Weeping Willow engraved on a stone.

We visited Italy when my daughter lived there. The lifestyle was interesting and very different from what we are used to. We enjoyed it.

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I've been to Europe and all over the States . But the absolute greatest place was a two week trip all over Alaska.It was amazing the beautiful wilderness and the wildlife.
I would love to do the same trip over again. Two weeks wasn't long enough because the state has so much to see and do. Some of the areas are only accessible by boat or air
no direct access roads. Kenia peninsula, Denali and Alaska by train. I could go on and on but I can tell you it was an amazing experience.


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You have all been to more interesting places than I have. I guess in the last 50 years or so it has been the Gateway Arch in St. Louis. We went to the top of it and I think through a Lewis and Clark Museum there. When I have traveled places I am always stopping at some place like a museum or park.

When I was little (maybe 8 or 10) my mother was working in Washington D.C. on assignment from her job and my dad and I went with. So we visited Mount Vernon, Washington and Lincoln memorial, and I think the Smithsonian. I can't really remember other places. I know we went to the Pentagon to meet Mom after work one day, but I can't remember if we actually went into the building. I think we did, but I don't remember. Both my parents worked for the Air Force (civilian) and had clearance to get in there.



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I've been on a research cruise from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution to the triple junction where the South American plate, the South African plate, and the Antarctic plate separate.

It was cold, gray, bleak, stormy, cold, rough seas, ship constantly tossing and rolling. One sunny day (there were few) we could count at least 21 icebergs in the sea around us.

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My brother was stationed in Germany and traveled to a lot of different places. He loved it. I think the base is now closed. He said where I live reminded him a lot of Germany.



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Me and my 1st wife went to Holland for our honeymoon....of course i was stationed in Germany back then..


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Thats a hard one. I don't go anywhere I don't think will be interesting. But properly the most interesting was being the only non Amish in am Amish valley for 6 years.

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Where is the most interesting place you’ve been?

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