Still need an event for the 7 Souvenirs of August? In either case, start your day with a couple of Marylanders and some Krispy Kreme doughnuts. If you're interested and available, we'd love to have some locals join us for a day of caching.
Look for the red Honda CR-V with various geocaching stickers and Maryland Geocaching Society license plates. I've decided that since the event is so early, we'll probably be OK meeting in the Krispy Kreme parking lot.
You might think of us as Yankees, but Maryland has long been a conflicted state. Northerners think we a Southern state and Southernes think we're a Northern state.
From the March 2010 Baltimore Sun article, "Are we Northern? Southern? Yes"...
In 1956, a Tennessee woman wrote to the State Department of Information asking whether Maryland was a Northern or Southern state. The department told her to draw her own conclusion based on the following (which was reprinted in The Baltimore Sun at the time):
1. "Maryland lies south of the Mason and Dixon Line."
2. "Only eleven states in the country produce maple syrup; Maryland is the southernmost state that produces this product."
3. "Almost all Southern states have cypress swamps. Maryland has the northernmost cypress swamp."
4. "Many Northern and Southern states produce tobacco; so does Maryland."
5. "Virginia pines grow in most Southern states; hemlock trees grow in most Northern states; Maryland produces both."
6. "The mockingbird is considered a Southern bird; there are many in Maryland.'
7. "Fried chicken is considered a Southern delicacy; Maryland fried chicken is world famous."
8. "During the War Between the States, sometimes called the Civil War, Maryland had troops in both the Union and Confederate armies."
9. "Maryland's 175th Infantry is authorized to carry the Confederate flag."
10. "Maryland belongs to the Southern Governor's Conference."
11. "Maryland belongs to both the Northern and Southern Regional Park Conference."
12. "Maryland belongs to the Federal Government's Eastern Coastal Migratory Bird Flyway."
13. "At Gettysburg, there are monuments to the Maryland Regiment, U.S.A, and the Maryland Regiment, C.S.A."
14. "At Antietam battlefield, sometimes called Sharpsburg, there is a monument to the memory of the men of Maryland 'who died here for their convictions.' "
The department added at the end: "Most Marylanders find it difficult to answer the question. Some consider themselves Southerners; others as Northerners. Perhaps the truth lives between the extremes."
Even our flag represents the divided loyalties during the Civil War and the desire for unity afterwards.
Maryland is home to loads of great cachers and caches. If any locals ever decide to come up and explore the Free State, check out the the MGS forums (linked above) drop me or Chaz a note. We'd love love to return the favor and maybe host and event or show you around.