Escaping the Heat

July 19, 2020 — Whew! Much of the U.S. is in a mad heat wave, including Arlington, VA, where we live — temps in the mid-to-high-90’s … and often with brutal humidity. Last week, Bob flew N8475Y, our Piper Twin Comanche, to Deep Creek Lake in western Maryland, about a 40-min. flight from our home airport of Manassas, VA (KHEF).

Early morning fog lifting at Deep Creek Lake – view from our room

On the way, we saw an interesting wind farm on a mountain ridge in West Virginia.

Temperatures there were fantastic — 60’s and 70’s! The lake is in the mountains; the Garrett County Airport (2G4) is at about 3,000′ altitude. On final approach, we flew right by the Wisp Ski Resort.

Our lodge was right on the lake, on a quiet “finger”; we enjoyed watching all the activity on the water. Years ago, Diana was at Deep Creek Lake with friends and learned to water-ski here.

Swallow Falls — Maryland’s highest free-falling waterfall

It was easy to get around and we enjoyed walking the trails in the Swallow Falls State Park — home to three lovely waterfalls.

Of course, these are strange COVID-19 times. Overall, we were very impressed with the policies, practices and behaviors of the hotel, the restaurants, and people we came across. We felt quite safe.

A great quick getaway from the heat! View Bob’s short video here … and see the the still shots below. (Click any photo to view a slideshow. Don’t you feel cooler just looking at these photos?!)

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