This summer, we took the RV to a couple of state campgrounds. It was crowded and not so much fun. Off-season RVing in Oregon was great – the weather was mild and the campgrounds were empty. In the northeast, the campgrounds are only open from April to September, and they are very crowded.
The good news is that, in National Forests and on BLM land, there’s something called dispersed camping. Basically, you can camp anywhere so long as you’re a certain distance from the nearest paved road, etc. Unfortunately, the northeast has no BLM land and very few national forests.
This Chol Hamoed we took the RV down to Assateague Island. It took a bit of time to get everything ready to go, so we didn’t leave until 2am on Monday morning (Motzei Sukkos). We drove straight through, arriving at 7am Monday morning. I was a bit sleepy at 3:45am, but after buying a soda at a rest stop I was fine for the rest of the drive. About 30 miles out, I realized that I forgot to pack B’s bicycle! Thankfully, $48.50 at Walmart solved that problem:
No sales tax in Delaware, hooray! We did have to wait in the parking lot for 10 minutes or so until they opened.
We got the RV set up and the kids explored a bit:
The horses were right next to our campsite:
We played on the beach for the whole day. Towards the end of the day, M and B built a little castle for themselves and sat inside:
Birds at play:
Sunset over Assateague:
On Tuesday, we hit the beach again:
In the afternoon, we went to Ocean City. M and I left a bit early and started biking towards Ocean City. Trish caught up with us at the Frontier Town theme park. It was closed for the season, but the shark and boat were accessible:
In Ocean City, we rented one of those two-by-two family bikes and rode it up and down the boardwalk. We played Skee Ball, etc. That night, I took the kids down to the beach and we saw tons of crabs running around:
On wednesday, we had another day of fun on the beach. M got in over his head, literally:
Later we went into town and went to Baja amusement park to ride the roller coaster and go karts.
Sunset over the campground. Our site is on the far left:
RV + sukkah:
We went out on the beach after dinner. Our RV is on the far left:
Trish and the kids are the glowing streak on the beach, lower left, and Jupiter is the bright “star” on the center left edge:
And a bonus – Uranus!
On Thursday, we, that’s right, hit the beach again. This whole vacation involved a good bit of laying about on the beach, which was fine with me.
We found lots of Horseshoe Crab shells, but this was the biggest one. Note the shells living on it’s back:
I took B for a ride:
Later, Trish built a castle. Behold the smooth walls:
On the water:
M set up “armies” of horseshoe crab shells:
Towards sunset, we rode down to the bay:
The bridge to the island:
Sunset over the bay:
Wading in the bay:
An island in the bay:
A bit after sunset, we had a couple Sika deer in the campground:
We left at 10pm and got home at around 3am. Until next time, Assateague!