Life's Journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, totally worn out, shouting "Wow...What a Ride!"

Saturday, May 18, 2019

DE & NJ Off The Map

May 5-8, 2019

After a week in Washington DC I knew we’d need a place to decompress. A noneventful ride, around Baltimore and into Delaware, led us to Lums Pond State Park in Bear, DE. If you are traveling with propane, either on or off, through Baltimore, you cannot go thru the tunnels so you have to take a bypass. We chose to take I695 on the east side of the city and over the Francis Scott Key Bridge. On Sunday morning it was a pleasant drive with little traffic. 102 miles and we were pulling into the campground.

Lums Pond has 70+ sites that are all full hookups, their website says they can hold 40’ RVs, some sites will better than others so look closely when making reservations. Our site, 24, was plenty long enough but with the services, more towards the front of the site we couldn’t go all the way back in the site, no problem as there was plenty space to park the truck next to the RV.

While in DC we learned our friends Alex and Paul also had reservations at Lums Pond, the fun times continued.

We got Alex and Paul out hiking to a tri-state corner marker. The NJ & DE sides have no access but we could go in thru the PA side. A beautiful hike in the rolling hills with a fern strewn floor and variety of forest canopy. I was able to get a PA geocache while at the tri-state marker.

We found out blogger/fulltime friends Susan and Bob were also staying at Lums Pond. Talk about synchronicity!! We caught up with them on a hike around Lums Pond. Found my DE geocache while on the hike. Safe travels this summer!! Maybe we'll cross paths again. 

We enjoyed a few meals at Stewart’s Brewery, of course, Dave enjoyed a few beers. Thanks, Alex and Paul!! 

Lums Pond was just what we needed to decompress after DC. We had a great time with Alex and Paul so it's a sad day when we part ways. We know we'll see them in AZ this winter but hopefully, our trails will cross sooner. Safe travels guys!!
On the 8th we moved north 40 miles to the Philadelphia South\Clarksboro KOA inClarksboro NJ. We’ve spent time in NJ over the years but never in the RV, so we had to spend the night there to get it off of our state map. An older KOA and the sites are close together but we ended up with an end site so had a bit of room. The roads in the park are narrow but with care can be navigated them with no issues. Since we know at the next stop we’ll be really busy I went ahead and got the laundry caught up and then we went out for a quick ride to find a nearby geocache.

Until next time...

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Washington DC-A Redo

April 28-May 4, 2019

Our 90-mile ride to Cherry Hill Park in College Park MD was uneventful and we arrived right at check-in time, 11am. Too bad the guy in our site hadn’t gotten the message on check out time, at 11:30 one of the workampers went over and woke him up telling him he was overdue in leaving. At 12:30 I walked over and he was still not ready, I asked him when he would be ready, he said it wouldn’t be long and apologize. I admit I went off a little on him, soon though we saw them pull out and we moved in about 1pm. Had to get the ribs in the smoker as we friends coming over for dinner. A couple of hours later our friends Alex & Paul pulled into a site down the road from us. Let the fun times begin.

Years ago, before we were on Facebook we, along with our friends Les & Deb, drove down and spent a week touring Washington DC. Dave took lots of pictures and downloaded them every night, we had a great time seeing the sites with our friends. A few months later when we were all back in VT I went looking for my pictures, couldn’t find them so I called up Deb to get her files from the visit. She called me back, she couldn’t find hers either. Neither one of us ever found our pictures so we knew someday we’d have to go back and revisit many of the places we had previously visited.

Cherry Hill Park makes it so easy to get into DC, a bus to the metro station, then the metro into the city, takes about an hour for the trip but not having to think about parking the dually pickup it’s worth the time and cost which was about $5-$7/person total to get into the city. They sell the metro cards right in the office and reloading them can be done at the park’s bus station or easily at any metro station.
Our first foray into DC was on our own, we were on the 8:20 bus and reached the National Mall about 9:30. We spent the day walking the National Mall and seeing the memorials, over 15 miles walked that day. 
Washington Monument 

4/1977 with my BFF-high school trip
WWII Memorial

Lincoln Memorial

Korean War Memorial

Vietnam War Memorial
Men's memorial

My cousin US Marine Robert J Overmyer-7/4/69 died in Quang Tri province
Women's memorial 

Martin Luther King Memorial
Jefferson Memorial

FDR Memorial

WWI Memorial

Arlington Cemetery

Walking along the National Mall

Tuesday Alex and Paul joined us in touring DC.

Our first stop was the National Air and Space Museum. Some random pictures of what we saw there.

After lunch, from the food truck vendors just a block away, we headed to the Museum of Natural History. We visited a few of the different areas but our favorite is always were the gems and minerals are.

Hope Diamond
Wednesday we hung around Cherry Hill Park until it was time for our night tour of the memorials. At 5:45 we boarded our tour bus and headed into DC with our tour guide explaining the history of the city and how Washington DC is laid out.

Thursday Dave and I headed into DC by ourselves again. We tried to get tickets to the Holocaust Museum but the only ones available were at 3:15 which would put us heading back during the commuter hours, which we didn’t want to do. Instead, we headed to the Bureau of Printing and Engraving to see how money is made. No pictures on the tour but we did get a few pictures while in the gift shop. As a former banker, I enjoyed seeing how our currency is made and the security changes over the years. The only bill not having all the security threads and watermarks on it is the 1 dollar bill, not worth worrying about counterfeits counterfeiting it.

We also did a quick walk thru of the National Museum of the American Indian, a repeat for us as we’d been there years before.

Mohawk Pipe Tomahawk Circa 1750

Anishinaabe Pipe Stem with Pipe Bowl Circa 1792

On Friday we all headed back into DC. We got off the metro in Chinatown.
 Friendship Arch
From there we headed over to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, Paul was a former Los Angeles CA police officer, he had been here before and wanted to see it again.

Afterward, we headed over to the only museum that we visited where there was a fee to tour, the National Law Enforcement Museum. 

It was then time to find some lunch so we started walking towards the National Mall. Along the way, we came upon the United States Navy Memorial.

For lunch, we tried to go to the National Farmers Market but it was way too crowded. So we headed to the best kept secret lunch place. The FDA, they have a cafeteria that is open to the public, supposedly workers in other nearby building come there for lunch too. This was our second visit and it was just as good as the first time. And affordable!!

Saturday Dave and I headed to the Eastern Market in DC. Way too pricey for our blood so we took a long walk back to the metro station stopping to check out Bartholdi Fountain along the way. 

We got home and finally took a walk around Cherry Hill Park. Lots of sites of varying lengths, some cabins, and a tent area. A few thoughts about visiting DC. FDA was the best value for lunch, good food at a reasonable price, much better than the street vendors and food trucks. Not realizing we needed tour tickets for a few of the newer museums we didn’t get to see them, so plan in advance if you want to see the Holocaust or African American museums. The metro is easy to use, know what the last stations are on the line you want to go on so you know which subway to get on. The subway is clean, the stations are kept up, and we never felt unsafe there. 

Our pictures are backed up, they are on Facebook, so hopefully, we can escape DC with them.
60+ miles for the week. 
Until next time...