It's time to think about what we're all thankful for, and Maryland itself is surely one of them!
1. Thanks, Maryland, for your stunning variety!
The first rule of real estate is location, location, location, and Maryland is situated awfully nicely. Maybe other people are tired of hearing us brag about our mountains-oceans-farmland-cities-battlefields super-combo, but we're absolutely not tired of enjoying all of that stuff.
2. Thanks, Maryland, for that weather!
Despite how annoying it can be, there's an upside to Maryland's unpredictable weather. We get unexpected 65-degree days at the end of November, sudden snow days in March (right when you might need an extra day to study for those midterms, right?) and a convenient rainstorm right when your car might need to be washed.
3. Thanks, Maryland, for your awesome wildlife!
Between the stunning beauty of the Chesapeake bay, the forests, the countryside and the beaches, we're home to quite a few critters. Assateague ponies call Maryland home (and I never got over how the book was about Misty of Chincoteague, even though the horses live on Assateague!), as well as massive salamanders call Hellbenders. And who could forget our dapper mascot, the colorful Oriole?
Every little girl's dream, right? Photo via Wikipedia
4. Thanks, Maryland, for being a music-lover's dream!
I'm still sad about the demise of the Recher, but that doesn't mean there aren't a zillion other options. Merriweather Post Pavilion? Check. The Fillmore? Check. Ram's Head Live!? Check. Even places like the Meyerhoff and the Strathmore will have performances worth checking out, and that's not even getting started on all the little hole-in-the wall places all over the state. Support your local muscians (like previously-profiled May Weather, perhaps?) and they'll love you back.
5. Thanks, Maryland, for keeping us healthy!
The first dental college in the country was opened at the University of Maryland, paving the way for dentists to learn how to help out when we hit the Berger cookies a little too hard. Sure, going to the dentist isn't exactly fun, but you know what is fun? Having your teeth!
Maryland was also home to Clara Barton, who founded the Red Cross. The Red Cross supplies almost two-thirds of the blood donated to hospitals around the country, and provides all kinds of health services to people in disaster zones--just to name a few of the organization's abilities. Hey, thanks, Clara!
Like a boss: Clara Barton. Via Wikipedia.
6. Thanks, Maryland, for your FOOD!
Hopefully, you've got a fantastic Thanksgiving spread waiting for you, but if you're in Maryland, a feast is never far. Our crab houses are to die for, we do desserts better than any state in the Union (just ask the Berger cookie company, Duff Goldman, or the Dangerously Delicious Pies folks) and you can get a bite of delicious ethnic cuisine from basically every corner of the world. Eat up, Marylanders--and thanks again!
This post was written by Route One Apparel blogger, Eva Niessner.