I am a DC area native (Montgomery County.) I've lived other places but I like it here. I love going into DC and I definitely need to spend more time in Baltimore as well.
I love to spend time outdoors, particularly hiking. My favorite things about Silver Spring are the hidden trails where you feel you are anywhere but the city (or suburbs).
I live in Silver Spring (I know city people.. the horror) but those 10 minutes to the DC line are not an ocean (not even a river). (I also like to use parentheses)