Presidents Day Weekend by Dennis Adkins Charleston, WV

My family and I have a habit of taking the kids and grandkids to
Timberline each year, and I thought I would hold forth on my
impressions as part of this new site as a return visitor. i don’t ski,
but I sure have fun building fires and enjoying my kids and
grandchildren. We waited until the last minute to book, which was a
mistake, but we were still able to get booked into Deerfield. It’s
about seven minutes drive from the action, so we were glad to be able
to get in at all. We picked up our keys and since it was our first
time there, I was interested in how the accomodations would be and
whether they were up to par with the slope-side lodging I was used to.
I was pretty impressed. It was also very affordable and less
inconvenient than I would have thought. I would suggest arriving
during daylight if you are not familiar with the area. There were five
of us, but the condominium we had at Deerfield easily would sleep 8 or
10 people. I think I would like Deerfield in the summer because it’s a
lovely place to walk and it has a nice vista with plenty of green
space. My grand kids are ages 4 and 7. They took took ski lessons and
were pretty much skiing on the second day without a backward glance.
The instructors were excellent and patient.The food was excellent and
believe it or not they have steak and lobster on the menu among about
everything else. I been to Aspen and Vail and Timberline. I think
we’re pretty lucky to have a ski resort this close to Charleston. I
don’t ski so I wouldn’t know about the slopes but everyone was having
a great time. We will definitely go again. Dennis Adkins, Charleston,

The Life & Legacy of Pat Bowling

This website is dedicated to Patrick Marsham Bowling born January 18, 1941 in Washington D.C. To Timberline Four Seasons Resort he will always be with us, although he is sadly no longer here in this life.

“He is up there watching down on us,” says his widow and life partner, the mother of his children—two girls, Kim Wendi and a son Mark – and also his greatest love, his wife, Judy.

November would have been their 49th wedding anniversary.

“The whole family and all of his friends down here miss him something fierce every single day. We’ve been through holidays and birthdays, and we miss him walking in. I hear about it every single day. It’s very hard,” she says.

Pat, as he was known did not have classified security clearance at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station in Lexington Park, MD, but you would never have known it.

Few did.

“He came and went as he pleased and caused havoc everywhere he went,” recalls Judy. “We’ve had a lot of good laughs about that. He was always very upbeat. People liked having him around.”

In fact, at his overflowing memorial service in May of 2012, no one was able to name a location on the base that was off limits to Pat Bowling.

“Someone at Timberline started calling him “General” and it kind of stuck. He flatly denied it, but it still stuck. He was in the D.C. Air National Guard when he was 18 or 19 but his real work was in the mortgage business. It just gave him a lot of pleasure to be on that base with all those planes and with all the service men and women,” she said.

“His legacy is a lot of things and I guess some of the things he’s done for the sailors and marines with the ski trips he’s organized, working to make it affordable for them, the pep rallies, the Pax Rivers Weekends at Timberline.”

Pat Bowling’s legacy will continue with his wife Judy who will be helping new Timberline homeowners, Jim and Brandy Moran, to continue Pat’s tradition of making skiing possible for service men and women.

“The sailors and the marines will be coming up for three days for skiing and a lot of these kids have never even been around snow,” explains Judy. “They have always had so much fun doing it, and Pat was very proud of that. They get to bring their families to ski for the Pax River Weekends.

These initiatives started through Pat’s work with the Patuxant River Navy League. “We were involved in it for at least 10 or 12 years give or take,” said Judy.

One of the big events Pat was particularly proud of was held at their own home in St. Mary’s City, MD. “It was an Oyster Scald,” says Judy but they called an ‘off site training for the United States Marines Corps’ stationed at Patuxent River Naval Air Station.

“Pat figured that out so everyone could get off duty. 2012 was our 10th year of doing it here at the house.”

Timberline Four Seasons Resort both mourns and salutes you Pat Bowling. You are an important part of our past, present and future.

A Personal Story About Pat Bowling

by Fred Herz

I was invited by Pat Bowling to take my girlfriend, who later became my wife, to Mattapany for a full-dress Navy League Event. Mattapany is an elegantly constructed mansion on the northern boundary of the Patuxant air station with an expansive lawn rolling to the shores of the Patuxent River junction of the Chesapeake Bay.

As described by the website: “From the main road, the large white house appears distant because of the long lane approaching the main entrance. Shading its many windows are great trees, including tulip poplars, oaks, black walnuts, magnolias and boxwoods, many of which date to the original old manor house.”

Like all mansions built in that period, it has an unhurried ante-bellum air. Perhaps it is because the finely proportioned rooms entered through arches lined with wood paneling, revealing the thickness of the walls of at least 18 inches, give a sense of seclusion to the remoteness from the rest of the world. This famous country estate took its name from the Algonquian Indian word, “Mattapany” which means, “the meeting of waters,” or “where the path meets the waters.” Sometimes it is where people meet other people, and get to know one another and sometimes decide to get married because of Pat Bowling.

At some point during the afternoon garden party, Pat had arranged for a “five-star general” to play Leonard Bernstein tunes on a grand piano for my awestruck girlfriend in a formal drawing room. That “five-star general” turned out to be an insurance salesman who got up off the piano bench and handed us his card, and a good laugh was had by all.

That was Pat.

Later that evening at his home on Lucas Cove in St. Mary’s City, we all got on his boat and sailed across the Chesapeake Bay for dinner at his favorite seafood restaurant.

All these years later, the woman who is now my wife said she felt like she had been “hit by Cupid’s arrow” that weekend, and she gives me the credit for having the instincts to arrange it and Pat and Judy Bowling the credit for the perfect hospitality she experienced that facilitated the most perfect weekend she had ever had in her life, until that point.

She has said numerous times that she decided that weekend that she would marry me if I asked her. We now have been married nearly seven years and have three children. Thanks Pat and Judy Bowling. I sometimes wonder if you ever really knew how much that weekend changed our lives.

Fred Herz
Vice President
Timberline Four Seasons Resort