Judging by recent Instagram photos… I think I have a sushi addiction. Oh well!
Not too long ago I posted some of my favorite Family-Friendly Hiking Trails in Maryland. If you are anything like me, sometimes you just want to get out on the trail, but want to tackle a more difficult trail. Maybe one that isn’t necessarily considered kid-friendly? Maryland is full of scenic trails that are just too beautiful to resist. So call a sitter, grab your back pack, and check out some of my favorite not-so-family-friendly hiking trails in Maryland!
Not-So-Family-Friendly Hiking Trails in Maryland
Avalon Super Loop in Patapsco State Park
Now this trail only just over 12 miles, but it is still great if you want to spend your entire day at the park! There is lots to see whether you are a nature or history buff. I really enjoy the waterfall areas, but there are ruins and artifacts along the trail too.
Catoctin Mountain Park Circuit in Thurmont
This circuit is almost 9.5 miles, but still offers some of the most beautiful views in Catoctin Mountain National Park. My favorite is Cunningham Falls (which is a great place to start). You don’t want to miss Chimney Rock, Wolf Rock, or the Blue Ridge Summit Overlook. Just a warning, this trail is on the rocky side! If hiking over boulders and rocks isn’t your thing, you may want to skip it.
Information concerning fire safety was provided to me via Kidde. Though I received compensation in the form of a gift card and product, all opinions are my own.
Living in a condominium building, fire safety is a topic always on my mind. I take many precautions in my household to prevent fires, but in living in such proximity to others, I worry if they do the same…
As of July 1, 2013, Maryland has a new smoke alarm law and you be affected!
- Live in a home that uses battery-powered smoke alarms?
- Ever forget to replace the batteries in your smoke alarm?
- Have smoke alarms installed only in hallways and not in every bedroom?
- Know the last time you replaced your smoke alarm? Was it more than 10 years ago?
- Plan to renovate your home or move to a new residence?
If you answered YES to any of these questions, you are affected! Maryland law now requires homeowners to replace existing battery-operated smoke alarms with ones containing a 10-year sealed battery. The upside is that these long-life alarms will provide continuous power for a decade, meaning you never have to remember to replace batteries.
Home Fire Safety Tips
Did you know that two-thirds of all home fire deaths in America occur in homes with either no smoke alarm or no working alarm, mainly due to missing or disconnected batteries? Check out this infographic to learn more facts about how deadly and serious fire issues are here in Maryland:
Now that you understand what an important issue fire safety is, let’s move onto some tips!
With the weather warm, my family has been spending much more time outside! One of our favorite activities is hiking. We are lucky enough to live in the beautiful and scenic State of Maryland! Check out some of our favorite spots for family-friendly hiking in the area.
Family-Friendly Hiking in Maryland
Gunpowder Falls State Park Wildlands Loop in Gunpowder Estates
Gunpowder Falls features an easy trail that is 4.5 miles long. Towards the end there is even a swimming hole!
Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis
Quiet Waters is a park with many walking trails. Definitely check out this location if you are looking for super easy trails more on the walking than hiking side. There are water views of Harness Creek and the South River along with playgrounds and fields for your kids to enjoy.
Patuxent Research Refuge in Laurel
This refuge feature various trails of different lengths. It doesn’t matter if you are looking to hike less than a half mile or up to 2 miles, you’ll find a trail for your family. Definitely check out the National Wildlife Visitor Center for wildlife research and exhibits to learn more before setting out on your hike.
When I moved back to Annapolis as a young 22 year old, family-friendly restaurants were never on my radar. Bars, nightlife, pubs… that’s what I paid attention to. Now fast forward, I still very much enjoy going out in this town, and not slaving away in the kitchen every night. The difference now? Instead of a hungry overwork tired man in tow with me, I have a hungry happy energetic toddler by my side. Yes, dining out can be an adventure… but luckily for me, there are some great restaurants in the area who are always happy to accommodate families and their children!
Known in town for their burgers, Grump’s is a great little restaurant that offers a variety of menu items for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. One of my favorite parts? They assign a “toy” to your table! Yes, there are toys to keep your kids entertained and busy while you wait for food.
Metro Diner Cafe
Metro has quickly become one of my favorite places to take my son as they focus on serving locally sourced farm fresh, natural ingredients and organic beverages. They offer Touch Screen Ordering, and the food is often ready in 10 minutes or less. Every Wednesday from 5-8pm, they offer Family Night! This often includes fun entertainment, crafts, and activities for kids to participate in.