Requested by Lexie

MY FAVORITE THINGS ABOUT LIVING IN MARYLAND

Even though it's far from perfect, I love my state and find it hard to imaging living anywhere else. And @lexie_elyse, thanks for the request! I see that you also live in Maryland (holla!), so hopefully you'll relate to some of these.
  1. The state flag (and how much everyone loves it)
    We have the best flag hands down, and most everyone who lives here will tell you the same thing. We will also shove our flag in your face by wearing it on every accessory and article of clothing possible, along with car decals and wall hangings and practically everything else.
  2. Crabs
    Even though they're expensive af and a pain (literally, I always cut my fingers) to eat, crabs are a staple here, and we wouldn't have it any other way.
  3. Old Bay everything
    It's the best spice. Though it's at its best when used with crabs, it goes well with a plethora of other food items, including my fav: potato chips (affectionately titled Crab Chips). Also I know technically Old Bay is available in some other states, but I feel like it's still our Thing.
  4. Proximity to D.C.
    Where I live, D.C. is about 45 minutes away if there's not bad traffic. I don't take advantage of this enough, but it's amazing to have such an important and culturally-rich place right around the corner.
  5. Annapolis
    Our state capital is gorgeous (and, recent bonus, full of Pokéstops). It's about 20 minutes away from where I live (again, depending on traffic, which is frequently awful) and makes for a great day trip to walk around and take it all in. Lots of historical areas to explore.
  6. Water access
    Chesapeake Bay practically cuts Maryland in half, so between the bay and the Atlantic (see the crowded and touristy Ocean City), there are plenty of places to enjoy the water. I'm less than 20 minutes from reaching the bay, and even though the water is generally brown, the views are A+.
  7. All four seasons!!!
    Not exclusive to Maryland by any means, but something that you don't get to experience everywhere. I went to college in Ohio, and it just wasn't the same. We just do weather better and more fully here—sometimes all in one day.
  8. The state dog
    Idk how many other states have their own state dog, but when I took my state history course and learned about the Chesapeake Bay Retriever, I thought it was the coolest thing ever. They basically look like chocolate labs with a red tint. Plus my cousin had one growing up (her name was Chessie, so original lol) so I got to experience one first hand (apparently they are Not Cheap).
  9. Variety of areas
    We have a little bit of everything here: mountains in the western tip, beaches on the coast, farmlands in the south, big cities in the middle—wherever you want to live, you can do it in Maryland.
  10. Cost of living
    LOL JK, this is arguably the worst part of living in Maryland. It's expensive af to live here, and I doubt I'll ever afford to live on my own unless I move out of state. But with all these things I love, I guess in the end I get what I pay for. :)
  11. ETA: Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky
    This one is obvi timely, but I've had heart-eyes for Michael Phelps ("The Baltimore Bullet") for years, and now Katie Ledecky (Bethesda native) is showing herself to be just as badass—smashing her own world record to win the gold? WHO DOES THAT? Badass Maryland swimmers, that's who. I love that we have these athletes as representatives and legacies.