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Blue Crabs Race at the National Hard Crab Derby – Crisfield, MD

Crabs are loaded for racing at the Hard Crab Derby in Crisfield

Blue Crabs will race on Sunday, September 3rd at the 70th Annual National Hard Crab Derby at Somers Cove Marina in Crisfield, MD.     Before I lived 6 miles from Crisfield, I knew about the National Hard Crab Derby.  People from all over the Mid Atlantic region flock to […]


Chesapeake Book of the Dead – Stories & History for Graveyard Lovers

Chesapeake Book of the Dead – Stories & History for Graveyard Lovers

Graveyards fascinate me. There’s something about wandering around old tombstones in tall grass that fires up my imagination. I’m always thinking that so many hopes, so much love, so many stories lay buried beneath them. Helen Chappell’s book, Chesapeake Book of the Dead: Tombstones, Epitaphs, Histories, Reflections, and Oddments of the […]


The Stanley Hotel – Most Haunted Place in America – Estes Park Colorado

Stanley Hotel - Estes Park, CO

The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado, dubbed the most haunted place in America, is worth a visit.  The setting which inspired Stephen King to write The Shining, was haunted long before he arrived on the scene.  And it appears to be a lighting rod for ghosts, scores of which […]


#3 Pocomoke River Canoe Company – Kayak and Paddle in Flat Water

Pocomoke River Canoe Company in Snow Hill

Pocomoke River Canoe Company Part of the 100 Things to Do Between the Bridge and the Beach series   The Pocomoke River Canoe Company can outfit you with a kayak or canoe, and offer guidance on traversing one of the most scenic flat water trails for kayaks and canoes. Every […]


Where Are the Ghosts in Easton?

Where Are the Ghosts in Easton?

There are ghosts in Easton, the Eastern Shore’s second largest historic town.  Easton’s name comes from once being the eastern capital of Maryland, and though there’s no need these days to have a capital city on the east side of the Chesapeake Bay, Easton is still an anchor on the […]


The Angel Oak in Charleston – Oldest Living Thing in the East

The Angel Oak in Charleston – Oldest Living Thing in the East

The Angel Oak is said to be the oldest living thing east of the Rocky Mountains.  This ancient Live Oak located in Johns Island, South Carolina just twelve miles from Charleston historic district is a hidden gem few visitors know about.  Majestic Live Oaks draped in Spanish Moss lining the […]


Buy Local Schmocal – Retailers Need to Get Online

Homemade Snow Man Hat - from Lara English's Etsy Shop

When I organize our Travel Hag Adventures, I’m committed to the Buy Local movement.  Whenever possible, we support local, privately owned businesses when we shop, eat, rent gear, or stay overnight (if affordability allows).  Buying local helps to preserve communities and build local economies, and tourists are often big factors […]


Why Visit Mount Vernon? Uncle Tony’s Perspective

Mount Vernon - photo by Sherry Main - CC - Attribution-ShareAlike

Mount Vernon is the 18th century Georgian-style mansion located on the Potomac River in Virginia just sixteen miles from Washington, DC.  The mansion that George Washington called home is situated on a 50 acre plantation which is now a living heritage museum and a national historic landmark.  George and Martha […]


7 Elements of a Good Ghost Tour

Charleston Jail - 2nd Most Haunted Building in America

  Halloween is a time for ghost tours – but these days ghost tours are popular year round.  The ghost niche is hot and guided tours that take guests through areas known for paranormal activity and unexplained “events” have never been more popular. As a ghost tour guide and as […]


What is a Buyboat Anyway?

Chesapeake Bay Buy Boat P.E. Pruitt

  The Chesapeake Bay Buy Boat Reunion was held this year (August 3-4, 2012) at Somers Cove Marina in Crisfield, Maryland. What’s a Buy Boat or Buyboat? It’s a boat whose captain would buy a waterman’s catch directly off that waterman’s boat, and then take the catch to one of […]


Estes Park, Colorado – A Great Intro to the Rocky Mountains

Estes Park - Welcome Sign

Coming from Denver, Estes Park is about 65 miles.  The hour and a half drive starts out on straight flat highway with the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains rising up out of the western landscape.  It’s stunning really.  I’ve done this drive once before and have also approached Denver […]


Grand Lake Colorado by Train – California Zephyr hits Granby Station

Grand Lake Colorado by Train – California Zephyr hits Granby Station

Cross Country Trip by Rail – Chicago to Granby on the California Zephyr   Take the train to visit Colorado and the Rockies.  Amtrak’s California Zephyr leaves from Chicago at 2 pm and arrives at Granby station the next morning. Noted as one of the most scenic train rides in […]