Spring is here and we are ready to get outside! We’ve been hiding out this winter, cuddling in blankets, drinking hot chocolate and breaking resolutions, but the time has come to strap on those sneakers, tie on the hiking boots and get out and explore!

I’m sure I’ve said this before, maybe a couple of times, but one of the greatest resources Maryland offers residents and visitors is its natural beauty and connection to the environment. There are so many opportunities to connect with nature — from mountains and streams to the sandy beaches — Maryland has something for every type of outdoor enthusiast.

Special to this month’s edition is the opening of the Harriet Tubman Museum and Educational Center, a long-awaited endeavor honoring the “engineer” of the Underground Railroad. Don’t miss this feature by contributor Dustin Holt, who gives us the most up-to-date review of the progress and a schedule of opening weekend.

Lena Ellwanger also takes us outside for a dining experience at Lee’s Landing in Port Deposit. Get a taste of the good life (and some good food!) while dining outside on the waterfront.

I’ll admit that while I write this, it’s still a little bleak outside and I haven’t seen a robin or a tree bud yet, so it feels a little early to be talking about warm-weather plans, but I think most of us are ready to get back outside. So if it’s still too cold for you to go out, think about getting prepared with a boater safety course, or take an assessment of your tackle box with Tim Sherman and find out what you need for spring bass fishing.

Until it’s warm enough to be out there, we’ll be making plans, preparing, and watching for those first signs of spring!

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