Video: Real Jaws in Ocean City, MD, June 8, 2020

A great white shark was spotted off the coast of Ocean City, MD on June 8, 2020. The surprised fishermen were shocked but captured this exciting visit with their mobile phones. Even with all the COVID concerns, visitors are anticipated to flock to Maryland ocean resorts in record numbers this summer.

Charter Fishing in Ocean City

From May to September, Ocean City, Maryland, is one of the most popular destinations for off-shore fishing in the Mid Atlantic. This ideal location for surf and sand has all types of large fish, such as white and blue marlin, mako, tiger and thresher sharks, skate, sea bass, trout, blue fish, tautog, yellowfin, bluefin and bigeye tuna, wahoo, mahi-mahi and rock fish. In addition to fishing, O.C. features miles of free beach access, the boardwalk and restaurants, shops, hotels and amusement parks galore. List of fishing charters and things to do.

OC Mayor asks visitors to follow safety guidelines while on vacation

OCEAN CITY, Md. (June 5, 2020) – Mayor Rick Meehan released a new video message urging people to adhere to the town’s safety guidelines while visiting Ocean City. Mayor Meehan’s video message, available at https://youtu.be/QxiIQfDSc8I, reminds visitors to practice physical distancing and follow all health and safety guidelines in Ocean City.

“We are looking forward to summer and welcoming visitors back to Ocean City, but it’s important to remind everyone that you can’t press pause on safety while you’re on vacation,” said Mayor Meehan. “We want this to be a summer to remember, in a year that we certainly won’t forget, which means we all need to keep Ocean City moving forward. Continue physical distancing and follow all the rules and guidelines from the CDC and State of Maryland. We want our residents and visitors to enjoy our beach, Boardwalk, shops, restaurants and hotels, but please make your top priority keeping yourself and others healthy and safe.”

The Town of Ocean City is continuing to follow the actions of Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and the Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery. To safely welcome visitors this summer, Ocean City is asking everyone to follow the town’s rules and guidelines, as an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any place where people are present.

For more information on how visitors can safely enjoy a vacation in Ocean City, Md., this year, visit www.oceancitymd.gov.

The Bandanna Mask

With Covid-19 the topic of day and the subject of masks now front and center, I took a few minutes to come up with an easy to make (and wash) mask.

Utilizing some items from around the house, my favorite bandanna, a pair of shoelaces and four safety pins, I created a comfortable alternative to the popular and hard to find N95 masks. Plus, you can wash your bandanna mask as often as you like.

What’s needed and how do you make it?

> One bandanna

> Two shoelaces

> Four safety pins (like what you get from the drycleaners)

> Coffee filter (optional)

Just fold over your bandanna a few times to achieve the shape and pin the shoelaces to it. Easy. After you wear it, you take it off, tie the shoelaces back up so they don’t get tangled and throw in the wash… or take it apart before you wash it.

What are some of your favorite bandannas? After making this mask, I wish I had more! There are so many styles of bandannas and everyone can show off their own unique personality with the bandannas they choose. Why not make it a little fun, while you are protecting yourself and those around you? If you are a hunter, you can use your camo mask this coming season.

Note that the CDC recommends slipping a coffee filter into your bandanna mask. If you use a round coffee filter, just fold (or cut) it in half and slip it into one of the mask layers. At the end of the day, you would toss out the filter before washing your mask. Other benefits are that a filter gives your mask more structure and seems to improve breathing because of the firmer shape.

What the experts say about masks

The University of Maryland Medical System writes that the CDC now recommends that everyone wear a homemade mask when in public during the coronavirus pandemic. The CDC recommends using a cloth mask that be created from cheap materials or household items, such as a T-shirt.

Novel coronavirus infects others through droplets. These droplets can be projected into the air when someone speaks, coughs or sneezes. Risk of transmission through these droplets is higher when people are in close proximity to one another.

Cloth masks contain those droplets and keep them from projecting into the air, reducing the likelihood of transmission. This is particularly important when normal social distancing measures are difficult to follow, such as getting groceries or medications at a pharmacy.

How they say to make a mask

There are many ways to make a cloth mask at home. Not all of these methods require a sewing machine.

Homemade masks must meet these basic requirements:

  • Fit snugly but comfortably against the sides of the face
  • Be secured with ties or ear loops
  • Have multiple layers of fabric
  • Allow for unrestricted breathing
  • Ability to be laundered and machine dried without damage or shape changes

To see approved ways to make a face cover, visit the CDC website.

COVID-19 and fishing and hunting in Maryland “for sustenance”

DNR UPDATE (EDIT) 3/31/2020 Subsistence hunting and fishing — limited hunting and limited recreational fishing and crabbing for sustenance — can continue, however social distancing must be adhered to strictly. News from DNR

Recreational boating is not allowed, as was announced yesterday.

UPDATE: 3/31/2020 4:11 PM DNR FAQ

Can I go hunting?

Limited hunting is allowed if you are seeking food for you or your family, but the social distancing guidelines and the prohibition on social gatherings must be strictly followed.

Can I go fishing?

Limited fishing is allowed if you are seeking food for you or your family, but the social distancing guidelines and the prohibition on social gatherings must be strictly followed.

Can I go boating?

Recreational boating is prohibited until the governor lifts the executive order or until the State of Emergency has ended. However, if an individual is boating to seek food for them or their family, boating is permitted. Boats used to transport essential employees or goods as defined in the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce are also permitted. 

Does kayaking or paddle boarding count as recreational boating?

Since kayaking and paddle boarding are both human-powered forms of exercise, akin to bicycling, they are permitted under the executive order. Guidance on social distancing and the prohibition on social gatherings must be strictly followed.


Before you head out to a county or state park, be sure to research whether or not it is open during the restrictions.

The Maryland Executive Order mentions outdoor exercise, but DNR clarifies

The Executive Order:

II. Stay-at-Home Order

b. As used herein, “Essential Activities” means:

v. Engaging in outdoor exercise activities, such as walking, hiking, running, or biking, but only in compliance with paragraph III below and applicable social distancing guidance published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) and the Maryland Department of Health (“MDH”); vi. Travel required by a law enforcement officer or court order; or vii. Traveling to and from a federal, State, or local government building for a necessary purpose. III. Gatherings Large Than 10 Persons Prohibited. a. Social, community, spiritual, religious, recreational, leisure, and sporting gatherings and events (“large gatherings and events”) of more than 10 people are hereby prohibited at all locations and venues, including but not limited to parades, festivals, conventions, and fundraisers. b. Planned large gatherings and events must be canceled or postponed until after termination of the state of emergency and the proclamation of the catastrophic health emergency has been rescinded. 

Maryland DNR issues guidance “for sustenance” fishing and hunting

From DNR: While the order does allow for outdoor exercise recreation, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is reaffirming the need for members of the public who engage in outdoor recreation to follow all rules and guidelines in place to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more…

News from DNR

Today’s Hunter Gatherer

There is a modern Hunter Gatherer movement in the United States. Whether for health, fitness or sport, people are heading back to the woods, fields and rivers for exercise and food. A modern Gatherer may also maintain their own garden and visit the local grocer and farmers’ market to pick fresh vegetables and make healthy food choices. Read more…

You gotta eat!

COVID-19 and hiking and biking in Maryland

Well this is good news. We can go walking, hiking, running and biking!

DNR UPDATE (EDIT) 3/31/2020 Subsistence hunting and fishing — limited hunting and limited recreational fishing and crabbing for sustenance — can continue, however social distancing must be adhered to strictly.

Recreational boating is not allowed. (For exceptions, Update 3/31/2020 see DNR FAQ)

Before you head out to a county or state park, be sure to research whether or not it is open during the restrictions.

The Maryland Executive Order mentions outdoor exercise

The Executive Order:

II. Stay-at-Home Order

b. As used herein, “Essential Activities” means:

v. Engaging in outdoor exercise activities, such as walking, hiking, running, or biking, but only in compliance with paragraph III below and applicable social distancing guidance published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) and the Maryland Department of Health (“MDH”); vi. Travel required by a law enforcement officer or court order; or vii. Traveling to and from a federal, State, or local government building for a necessary purpose. III. Gatherings Large Than 10 Persons Prohibited. a. Social, community, spiritual, religious, recreational, leisure, and sporting gatherings and events (“large gatherings and events”) of more than 10 people are hereby prohibited at all locations and venues, including but not limited to parades, festivals, conventions, and fundraisers. b. Planned large gatherings and events must be canceled or postponed until after termination of the state of emergency and the proclamation of the catastrophic health emergency has been rescinded. 

Maryland DNR issues guidance

From DNR: While the order does allow for outdoor exercise recreation, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is reaffirming the need for members of the public who engage in outdoor recreation to follow all rules and guidelines in place to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

More from DNR

Great news for your family

This is great news for all of us. In order to stay healthy both physically and mentally, we need to get outside for daily exercise, whether it is a walk around the block or a 9.5 mile trek around our communities. Good luck during these difficult times. Please share this news about “hiking and biking” with your family and friends, so they know they can get a breath of fresh air each day!

Graphic by Zach Robinson

Trail Ride: Biking Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis

Yesterday March 14 we biked again at Quiet Waters. This Anne Arundel County park has very nice paved paths for biking and walking. Also, starting March 16, all Anne Arundel County parks have removed their entrance fees, so this is a great time to get out and explore. A little movement and sunshine will brighten anyone’s day.

Good for all skill levels

600 Quiet Waters Park Rd, Annapolis, MD 21403

From All Trails https://www.alltrails.com/explore/trail/us/maryland/quiet-waters-park-trail

Quiet Waters Park Trail is a 5.1 mile loop trail located near Annapolis, Maryland that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

More than just trails

From AA Co. https://www.aacounty.org/departments/recreation-parks/parks/quiet-waters/

The Quiet Waters Visitor Center is the place to begin your visit to the park. The Visitor Center’s two art galleries display art exhibitions of the best local and regional talents. The park provides six outdoor pavilions that can be rented for parties. The park’s indoor facility, Blue Heron Center is available for weddings, parties, and business meetings.  

Many paths to ride or walk

We parked at the main parking lot behind the Visitor Center and started off in a general direction towards the river. You can stay on the asphalt paved road or head into the woods on the paved bike/walk path. There are mild hills, but it is mostly flat. We road the path all the way to the river’s edge, stopping at the “dog beach” to rest and drink some water. After our break we road the path by keeping right. The path leads to the road, which you ride for a bit and then you get back on the path. What is nice is that if you want to opt for a shorter loop, there are opportunities to get off the path and get back on the road. This is what we did somewhere along the way and then followed the road back to our Jeep. As we were leaving the park we spotted a herd of deer along the road. With hundreds of acres and an extensive waterfront, the park is home to a large variety of wildlife.

Mom Cleans Grill, Cooks Burgers, and Son Nearly Dies

I recently read an article sent to me by a family member with the provocative title “Mom Cleans Grill, Cooks Burgers, and Son Nearly Dies”. This title would get anyone’s attention and I am grateful for that! The story was about how one family, like many of ours, use metal bristle brushes to clean our grills and how these bristles can break off and get on our food. This is a warning to all Marylanders who love to grill throughout the year.

From grilling to a hospital trip

The boy in the story was very unlucky, but we can see how this could happen to anyone. An excerpt:

One summer, the Fiore family was enjoying the beautiful summer weather when they decided to light up their backyard grill and cook up some classic burgers for dinner. Mere seconds after taking a bite of his first burger, however, the Fiore’s six-year-old son, Anthony, immediately became violently ill. The family couldn’t tell what was wrong with Anthony, but rushed to the hospital for a terrifying night.

“We knew something was wrong and he was in extreme pain because he was crying,” Anthony’s mother, Naida, told the press.

“It felt like a needle,” Anthony told the Canadian Broadcasting Situation.

“From the time we had dinner to the time he had surgery, it was twelve hours later, because our journey started at the local hospital, and then we were transported to SickKids,” Nadia said.

The surgeons at SickKids were able to successfully dislodge a metal wire bristle from a barbecue grill cleaning brush from Anthony’s throat. Surgeons explained to the Fiores that encountering patients with these sorts of bristles lodged in their throats was not at all uncommon, and that the situation had a great likelihood of being fatal.

How we should clean our grill

In order to prevent such a frightening incident, it is advised that people only clean their grills with high heat or solid scrapers that have no chance of leaving behind tiny bristles or any fragments. Plastic or wooden bristle brushes are very commonplace in hardware stores, but these should be avoided at all costs. The risk to just too great to take a chance. With fairly pleasant weather for most of the year in Maryland, many of us grill year ’round.

Not just your backyard gill

Now the obvious question. What about other grills? What about group outings, parties, and public park grills?

Here is where we reach a big dilemma. What to do? Well, it is most prudent to bring your own cleaning device and make sure the grill is spotless before you put your food on it. As far as when others are cooking, just ask how they clean their grill before you eat their food. That is the only way to make a sound decision. The consequences may be catastrophic for those you love.

Grilling is fun in the outdoors, but safe grilling is essential to protect your family and friends. Think about these tips next time you visit your favorite Maryland park.

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