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Imagestormyla
Feb 20, 2010 5:41 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
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Imagesallyg
Feb 21, 2010 9:32 AM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
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I'll get back sometime and give my review of Cunningham Falls Park in Thurmont MD. Or c-mail me. I like it!

Pending adding our own personal reviews, we can at least post where we've been for personal take on the place, via c mail. I've also camped at Tuckahoe State Park on the Eastern Shore MD, and Catoctin Nat'l Forest which is across the street from Cunningham Falls.

And one park in Greenbelt MD but that was in college, and I scorched my pillow during the night too near the fire, so I am guessing I wasn;t the wisest most prepared camper at that phase. ROFL
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Imagestormyla
Jul 19, 2010 11:44 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
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Surely, someone must have gotten some camping in this summer. Anyone want to share this or any prior year's fun?
Imagewoodthrush
Jul 19, 2010 12:12 PM CST
Name: woodthrush
Albrightsville PA
My bones are done sleeping on the ground -lol. My idea of camping now is a Holiday Inn with the window open.

Years ago, we went here every chance we got. Had an old van and a 17 ft canoe.
I wish we had digital cameras back then.
http://www.algonquinpark.on.ca/

Now, though, there are so many crazy people in the world that I don't know if I would be comfortable camping in the isolated spots.
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Imagestormyla
Jul 19, 2010 12:23 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
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Hilarious! Pam, I was thinking the same thing too. I'm done with tents, but I wouldn't mind doing a weekend in a small RV or renting one of those cabins at one of the state parks. I figure I'm going to leave this planet one way or another. I always think that one of my hurricane sailing events wouldn't be a bad way to go.

That place looks really nice. The farthest I've ever gone for a camping trip, other than whitewater rafting on the Colorado, is Niagra Falls. There are so many great camping areas around here that I never traveled far to go camping. Back in the hippie days, we were always out camping.
Imagewoodthrush
Jul 19, 2010 12:55 PM CST
Name: woodthrush
Albrightsville PA
Well, I'm already in the woods, got my little log cabin here, and critters outside, - don't need to go anywhere - lol
We haven't camped since we moved to the Poconos. We did a lot of living in a small trailer when we did craft shows. We traveled the east coast with a group of crafters - sometimes we'd be gone 3-4 weeks at a time doing one show after another. So we're pretty burned out on living in a small rv.
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Imagestormyla
Jul 19, 2010 12:56 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
LOL, Guess it's room service only for you now, Pam Big Grin
Imagesallyg
Jul 20, 2010 10:44 AM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
Holiday Inn window open LOL Big Grin

interesting observations on camping in general! I haven't camped much--hubby swore he wasn't interested cuz he did it enuff in the army. I do love to be in touch with nature!! Some parks here have tiny cabins with simple beds, there's some security that way.
Stayed in a park lodge in northeast Alabama few years ago. Quaint--the room was fine, the restaurant was pretty basic. But it was neat to leave the room and go tromping downhill to the river. We found a copperhead
He looked like this ~~~~> Blinking
We rented a cabin in Pipestem West Virginia another year. Pretty nice in a cabin sort of way. That park also has a lodge, a big pool (that locals come to also) horses, a cable car down the mountain to a beautiful stream. Lake for canoes and fishing, Golf course for golfing but also w e went out there at night to look for stars but only found lots of golf balls, and the deer came out at nght to graze. An awesome ribs restaurant not far! We really had a great trip that time, the kids all were of ages that could enjoy all the activities together.
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Imagestormyla
Jul 20, 2010 12:43 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Thanks for the great recommendation, Sally. My DSO was in the Navy and feels the same way as yours about all boating and aeronautical activities. He also pretty much had enough camping in all of the years of hunting with his buddies.

My nieces from Manhattan go into apoplexy at the critters found in my yard. Rolling on the floor laughing My sister shelters her kids from all activities and they aren't allowed to get dirty. I have to sneak them out of the house and provide alternate clothes for them just to let them enjoy a stroll in the woods or a wade in a creek. The time I took them canoeing, she almost had a heart attack. Confused

It's my salty sailing buddies who love camping, yup that's right, the 70 & 80 year olds. They did a whitewater rafting/camping trip through the Grand Canyon when they were 60 & 70.

Actually, I have done a fair amount of outdoor activities while vacationing with my one Manhattan niece in Colorado. She had the time of her life, especially when I took us up a mountain on a snow mobile trail, in a 1 day old rented Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham to go high wire lake crossing. Hilarious! We had to run the car through a car wash 4 times to get the mud off of it and go into the sporting good store next store and get cleaned up, before we could turn it over to the valet and check in at the Ritz Carlton. Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Then, the attendant had the nerve to smash the entire side of the car parking it. Luckily we had the testimony of all of the amazed folks at the car wash to prove that it had only moments before, been in perfect condiition. Blinking
Imagewoodthrush
Jul 20, 2010 1:02 PM CST
Name: woodthrush
Albrightsville PA
Well, we set the date for our winter trip to Fla. Condo on the gulf coast. Can I count that as camping? Rolling on the floor laughing
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Imagestormyla
Jul 20, 2010 1:06 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
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Rolling on the floor laughing Yes, as long as it has a chair on a balcony. Hilarious!
Imagesallyg
Jul 21, 2010 6:23 AM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
So funny! Wow what a tale aabout the new Caddy. And the change of clothes thing has me seeing the scene from the Sound of Music where Sister makes adventure outfits and sneaks the kids out.

woodthrush= bless you for going to support the struggling gulf coast. My sister said our beloved Pensacola beaches have been pretty clean, you just don't know how the wind will change on a particular day and bring something in.
We love the beach down there, so much less crowded than MD and VA and the sand seems much cleaner than Myrtle Beach (or used to Sad )
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Imagewoodthrush
Jul 21, 2010 9:56 AM CST
Name: woodthrush
Albrightsville PA
We spent some time one winter up in the panhandle. Alligator Point. It was right on the beach, the campground across the street. Since then a hurricane practically wiped the place clean. We went back and the street that we had driven on to get to the camp ground had collapsed onto the beach. I like the panhandle area there.
It's like country with a beach.
It will be interesting to see how the oil will travel on the gulf current, especially as the season changes, more storms, cooler water and such.
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Imagestormyla
Jul 21, 2010 1:46 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Sally, Are there any nice places to camp in your area?
Imagesallyg
Jul 22, 2010 7:00 AM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
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I have to 'fess I am not much of a camper in reality. I have been to Catoctin National Forest and Cunningham Falls State Park near Frederick Maryland. I loved them both but caveat == I don't have a lot to compare to! Those two are next to each other literally. The Falls are neat but very busy. LOL, there is a sign that warns you not to climb on the rocks which thousands of people ignore every week during the summer. Around the right side of the falls you can make your way (if a bit nimble and determined, this is not for Grandma, ) above the falls people swarm all over, and follow the stream for some lovely stream scenery and other smallish pools and large rocks. After getting sweaty and tired at the falls, go to the lake and plop on the beach . cool off and have a snack at thesnack bar, and use the shower and restrooms.
Catoctin has what we MD suburbanites call a mountain so there is nice hiking for a family. We went to Wolf Rock.
Between the two parks you can choose tents or tiny cabins or group sites. I use a state of Maryland DNR website to view layout of the camping loops and reserve your spot. I've paid 25 bucks a nite for a tent spot. The loop we campe at last year had a office and security gate at its entrance. I'd still lock up the iPod on the car at night though etc. But we had a very nice time, quiet on a weekday, probably busy weekends since its close to so much suburbia.

My born again camper experience (just kidding--the first time I went camping after a twenty year lull) ) was at Catoctin Mountain. with my DDs girls group. It was great, helped by a great leader Karen who's very experienced. We set up in a group area and the adjacent group area was open so it was very private. Outhouse. Eh, whattya gonna do? "grin " and bear it!. First night I barely slept but heard four diffferent owls! and some cows in the morning, guess we weren't too far from the edge though you could only see trees forever. Karen led us on a night hike the next evening. Very cool! I'm sure she knew what she was doing, leading a bunch of girls and naive moms thru the woods in the dark with flashlights. Mr. Bush was in town that weekend, this is where Camp David is located. So certain roads are sometime restricted in this park, whenever a Pres is at camp. We had a Jeep with two handsome rugged young Secret Service guys "undercover" ha ha , eyeballing us when we drove in and out for the lake at C Falls.

Back later with more info on Tuckahoe State park on MD Eastern Shore
"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon
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ImageHollyAnnS
Jul 22, 2010 8:10 AM CST
Name: Holly
South Central Pa
I am not much of a camper myself. Most of my camping was the result of not enough money to do it any other way. I have camped in tents, out the back of the van and in a motor home. My camping experiences were always fun. But crawling in bed every night covered in Deet with dirty feet and getting up in the middle of the night to walk to the restroom with a flashlight. Thumbs down At the same time I find that camping is very relaxing and I really do enjoy many parts of it.
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Imagestormyla
Jul 22, 2010 8:31 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Holly, I love that photo, neat tent. Camping and camping gear has surely come a long way. I think that all of the stuff that I used came from one of the old Army/Navy stores. Do those stores still even exist? Seems like now, everyone shops at Cabelas. http://www.cabelas.com/home.jsp;jsessionid=V4GH3SVDTDP55LAQB... DSO and I spent a fun afternoon visiting their store here in PA. But they had so much merchandise, it was overwhelming. Their outdoor sidewalk sale type of bins were fun though. Bought DSO a great pair of Merrills for $10 and a really nice Columbia shirt for $7.

Sally, I stopped at a nice park in MD this winter called Gunpowder Falls. Couldn't really do much exploring as there was a good bit of snow on the ground. Have you ever been there?
Imagesallyg
Jul 22, 2010 9:36 PM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
Holly, yeah there is that, about camping. If it rains--really makes it rough!!

Gunpowder Falls Only once really. We saw a deer and stopped to let the kids look, and hubby wanted to feed it something, and all we had in the car was a donut! . hence a family joke that deer like donuts Sticking tongue out

I camped another year with the girls group at Tuckahoe State Park on MD Eastern Shore. About an hour from Baltimore, going toward Delaware. Adkins Arboretum is "next door" with a display of natives, I have not toured it. There is a dammed stream which makes a good fishing lake (I guess, don't know much bout fishing) and canoe rentals on weekends. A playground by the lake, but no swimmng. We rented canoes and went upstream awhile and Karen had us all stop and she went right in to cool off! So most of the girls did too. She is a wonderful leader, I don't think these girls would jump in that mysterious dark water for just anybody, did anybody mention snakes, thank heavens we didn't see any. Another section of stream we passed was very shallow and with a lovely gravel bottom, very pretty. But there is no great hiking there. Flat boring eastern shore land.
We took the kids there several years ago. Nice shaded camp sites for tents, and Bath houses, no outhouse. . The only birds I heard were peewees. But now I know what peewees sound like, and they remind me of Tuckahoe. We canoed again and saw turtles on every single stick of wood in the water, which was neat.
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Imagestormyla
Jul 22, 2010 9:51 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
That sounds like a fun spot. Thumbs up I would enjoy the canoeing as long as it was cool enough that the skeeters aren't biting. A lot of times when we used to sail out of Swan Creek in Rock Hall, Md, also on the Eastern Shore, when we would anchor in a cove up one of the rivers, we would take the dingy or the canoe off of the boat and go exploring up the shallow creeks and rivers. It was always fun.

Sometimes, it would get pretty shallow and we'd have to get out and push the craft, through tall grasses and mud. I used to try not to imagine what water life might be swimming around my legs. Blinking
ImageHollyAnnS
Jul 23, 2010 7:16 AM CST
Name: Holly
South Central Pa
Stormy, Gunpowder Falls is on the Rails to Trails circuit. Ric and I rode part of that years ago. It runs from York to Baltimore, I only did about a 10 mile section it was just beautiful. Its a good way for me to bike as it is so even, without the hills that make it so hard for me. http://www.bikewashington.org/trails/ncr/ncr.htm
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