Park Quest 24/7, the end
I started at sun up at water's edge one week ago in Garrett County and ended minutes ago at the Atlantic Ocean.
In between, I visited some of Maryland's prettiest public lands — 24 parks, all different, all worth seeing — in seven consecutive days.
During Park Quest 24/7, I met some tremendous public servants and volunteers.
I can't say I ate well, because with the exception of one meal, that would be a big, fat fib.
When I reached Assateague and waited to have my Park Quest passport stamped a final time, the Maryland Park Service brass surprised me with flowers and sparkling grape juice.
"I didn't think you could do it," said Parks Superintendent Nita Settina. "But I'm glad you did."
Despite bites and bumps and bruises--which now feel like merit badges--I'm glad I did, too.
Now, what's my next Quest?