No natural lakes, that is. The glaciers didn’t quite make it all the way to Maryland so there was no carving out of the deep water lakes that can be found north of the state. There are plenty of ponds and marshes though and of course there is the beautiful Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean to more than make up difference. The use of rural high speed satellite internet connections keep this state accessible to everyone in this place that is nicknamed ‘America in Miniature’ due to its vast array of topographical features.
The ‘Star Spangled Banner’ was penned here after an attempt by the British, in the War of 1812, to capture Baltimore. Fort McHenry provided the protection needed and drove them back, inspiring Francis Scott Key to write one of the most patriotic songs ever written in America. The words were put to music and the song slowly made its way around the states and into people’s homes. In a world of IPods and high speed satellite internet service you have to wonder how long it would take to spread that same song today!
Baltimore is also home to the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course, the second leg of the Triple Crown Stakes in horseracing. Any thoroughbred horse that can win the Kentucky Derby on the first Saturday in May, the Preakness Stakes on the third Saturday in May, followed by the Belmont Stakes, earns the rare privilege of being named a Triple Crown Winner. So rare, we haven’t had one since 1978!
Maryland is also base to over 350 biotechnology companies. Research and development is a big draw to the state which is technologically ahead of most others. The names of John Hopkins University and the Goddard Space Flight Center head the list of numerous facilities famous for high standards of excellence in their respective fields.
Talk about history, there is not a step you can take that hasn’t a great story behind it or a war fought on it. From Fort McHenry, drive on over to Harpers Ferry for a visit. The Appalation Trail runs straight through the town and a short walk can take you to West Virginia and back! Harpers Ferry has seen the dawn of the first American railroad right in its own backyard, the John Brown anti-slavery campaign and became the site of the largest surrender of Federal troops in the Civil War. In keeping with its Civil War history the next stop should be at Antietam National Battlefield where the ghosts of so many of the victims of the war between-the-states may still roam. Say a prayer and wish them peace.
You can call Maryland the Old Line State, the Free State, or the Chesapeake Bay State but don’t ever call it the unconnected state! With high speed rural satellite internet service widely available they are always united in communications availability and technology. The best using the best has kept this state way ahead of the rest of the nation in so many ways that I’m thinking we could all learn a thing or two from the great state of Maryland!