Monthly Archives: October 2014

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Sunrise over the dunes at Assateague Island

Sunrise over the dunes at Assateague Island National Seashore

It’s been a while since our last post. Ever since we left Acadia National Park in Maine, we’ve been visiting with family and friends leaving little time to blog. We’re currently at the Assateague Island National Seashore on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Assateague Island is best known for its wild horses but before we get to that, here’s a rundown on what we’ve been up to for the past few weeks…

A Taste of Luxury

We left Maine in late September and drove to Stockbridge MA where we were treated as honored guests at the Inn at Stockbridge. Our best friends Jeff and Lisa bought the inn in 2013 leaving us stranded back in Tampa FL. Their absence made us evaluate our own situation which led to our decision to retire early. Without our best friends around, there was little reason to remain in Tampa.

While at the Inn, we gave the Airstream a rest and spent four wonderful nights in a large suite with the biggest king-sized bed we’ve ever slept in. Cindy, Trixie, Eddie and I were all able to stretch out like never before. The breakfasts were to die for. Lisa has always been a great cook and has somehow managed to become an even greater cook since our weekly get-together dinners back in Tampa. All I can say is, if you’re ever in western Mass, you’ve got to stay here.

Foyer at the Inn at Stockbridge

Foyer at the Inn at Stockbridge

Casino Boondocking

We left Stockbridge for the 400 mile drive to my sister’s house in Thurmont MD. 400 miles is twice the distance we like to drive in a day so we stopped in at the Mohegan Sun Casino at Pocono Downs for the night. As we were driving around looking for a place to park, a friendly security guard pulled up and directed us to a level parking lot ideally suited for RVs. You don’t get this kind of service when boondocking at a Walmart. Shortly after settling in, a few other RVs pulled in. With the 24-hour security guard and plethora of security cameras, we’ve decided Casino boondocking is the way to go when looking for a free overnight stay.

Mini-Family Reunion

We spent the last week of September at Cunningham Falls State Park just minutes away from my sister’s house in Thurmont MD. Thurmont is a small town between Frederick MD and Gettysburg PA. My other sister and her husband drove in from Chicago so we enjoyed a mini-family reunion of sorts. We drove up to Lancaster PA for the day to visit the family cemetery and farm our mother grew up on. Our grandfather purchased the farm shortly after immigrating from Russia in the early 1900’s and it’s still in the family today.

Family farmhouse in Lancaster PA.

Family farmhouse in Lancaster PA.

Assateague Island – October 6, 2014

We’re currently camped at the Assateague Island National Seashore. Earlier this week, we spent a few days at the Assateague Island State Park. The National and State Parks are collocated on the northern tip of Assateague Island and camping is available in both. We spent our first 4 nights in the State Park and now we’re camped in the national park. Camping sites in the State Park run $45/night with 30 amp service or $35 without. The State Park also offers flush toilets and hot showers. The National Park campground offers no hookups and only pit toilets for $25/night. Sites in the National Park are larger and in my opinion, more scenic. Both parks have dump stations, paved roads/sites, fire rings, picnic tables and allow dogs on the beach. The State Park has some “no dogs allowed” camping and beach areas and alcohol is prohibited. So unless you’re here in the summer when A/C is a necessity, we highly recommend the National Park over the State Park.

Our Airstream as seen from the dunes at sunrise.

Our Airstream as seen from the beach at sunrise.

Another Airstream camped at Assateague National Seashore. We see more Airstreams at National Parks than any other parks.

Another Airstream camped at Assateague National Seashore. We see more Airstreams at National Parks than any other parks.

Trixie and Eddie love running on the beach at Assateague Island.  Both the State and National Parks at Assateague Island allow dogs on the beach. the

Trixie and Eddie love running on the beach at Assateague Island. Both the State and National Parks at Assateague Island allow dogs on the beach.

A family of campers flies their kite at sunset at Assateague Island National Seashore.

A family of campers flies their kite at sunset at Assateague Island National Seashore. A full lunar eclipse will occur on October 8th but there’s clouds in the forecast.

Deer roam the park at Assateague Island.

Deer roam the park at Assateague Island.

What about those wild horses?

Yes, there’s lots of wild horses wondering around Assateague Island. We’ll tell you more about them in our next post…

 

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