First stop on Park Quest 2011
Beautiful start to my state park marathon: 24 state parks in seven days, going west to east. It's only 65 degrees right now at Herrington Manor State Park. But humidity is hanging like damp cheesecloth over the 53-acre lake.
Some folks are out fishing early and the park manager, Lieutenant Al Preston is sprucing up the grounds around the lake house.
This Quest requires compass skills. No worries, I have one owned by the late Bill Burton, Maryland's longest-serving outdoors writer, former Evening Sun colleague and good friend. For good luck, his granddaughter bought a little ceramic bear and left it at the park snack shop for me to pick up. Thanks, Kenzie.
Good Quest. Tougher than last year. Preston said it was designed that way to give Questers basic compass skills last season that they could build on this season.
One down and 23 to go. Time to find a cup of coffee before moving on to my next stop, Deep Creek Lake State Park.