Today (and yesterday), my wife and I headed down to Deep Creek Lake for the 20th anniversary of my family's first visit. I first remember visiting back in 1996 for the 4th of July and, with a rare exception, it's been an bi-annual tradition ever since. I can still remember many of the highlights from the first trip including complaining about having to ride my bike up a mountain, getting "brand new" Star Wars action figures (to coincide with the films' 1996 re-release), my cousin tricking me by claiming he used all the sparklers while I was out, and getting a black eye after a water-ski hit me in the face. Many of the original traditions have existed off and on for the duration of the visits, from the mini-golf trips, ice-cream runs, WISP tours, boat rides, and a number of the other "40 to 50 activities" there are to complete at Deep Creek. Though this year's is more sparsely attended, and though the weather is a bit wet, it's been both nostalgic and comforting to see Deep Creek in action at least one more time. Who's to say if it will be the last formal Deep Creek trip, but a twenty year tradition is certainly worth celebrating.
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