It's on the cusp of being seriously Fall here in Maine. On our way from Essex Junction, Vermont we happened on a great little campground outside of Wiscasset, Maine. Chewonki Campground.
Run by two sisters and their two daughters, Chewonki has been in existence since 1961. These women do an outstanding job of keeping the grounds kept and the pool and bathhouse spotless. And they're personable too. 😎
While the price for full hook up (in season) is a bit more than we normally pay, that's not a complaint. The set and setting is worth the price of admission. Note that we are here within days of their off season and within about a month of the closure of the campground for the year. I'm guessing that during high season the campground is full and doesn't have the feel it does now when we are one of about 5 campers in the campground.
After spending a few great days in Essex Junction and Burlington, Vermont, we traveled towards the Maine coast through New Hampshire. I happened on a great place to stay for an evening through Harvest Hosts. Mount Washington Cog Railway.
The Cog Railway allows you to park in their RV lot overnight at no cost. It's a very quiet parking lot with a spectacular view of the White Mountains and Mount Washington. As a bonus, since neither of us had done it before, we took the cog train to the top and spent an hour on Mount Washington.
The last time I was up on Mount Washington, I hiked down to Lake of the Clouds hut and back on a beautiful fall afternoon. Weather can change fast and is constantly changing on Mount Washington. The weather was very cool and windy this time around but, as always, the views are great even if we were a little socked in with cloud cover.
Rode the Island Line Rail Trail out of Burlington, Vermont this morning. Nice. Real nice.
Melanie and I spent a nice couple of days camping along the Ashuelot River at the Ashuelot River Campground. Our site was relatively private (many of the sites nicely spaced out) and set in the pines on the back side of the campground.
The campground is located very close to the Ashuelot Recreational Rail Trail which provides a great bicycle ride of about six miles into Keene, New Hampshire.
Melanie and I spent the day in New York City yesterday and started our day with a walk along The High Line. Arriving by train at Penn Station from Summit, New Jersey where we are staying with a friend, we took a brief half mile walk, climbed the stairs at (roughly) 10 Avenue and 28th Street. The High Line ends at Whitney Museum of Art (closed, unfortunately, on Tuesdays) on Gansevoort Street.
Killens Pond State Park in Felton, Delaware has a nicely wooded campground located on Killens Pond. The campground offers electricity and water hookups and a dump station. The pads are packed dirt. We stayed one evening, cooked outside and enjoyed the cooler temperatures of late August in Delaware.
Melanie and I have been camped in Assateague Island National Seashore campgrounds for going on three days now.
Assateague Island, famed for its wild horses, lies off the Delmarva Peninsula on the Atlantic Coast. This barrier island is a constantly shifting ribbon of sand, altered daily by powerful wind and waves. The Assateague Island National Seashore, Assateague State Park, and the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge each manage and protect this unique, diverse strip of land. (U.S. National Park Service)
The first night we spent in the "A" Loop of the Bayside Campground, the past two nights have been in #2 Loop of the Oceanside Campground. It's relatively quiet here in late August. I suspect the next few days, however, will be busy with the Labor Day holiday approaching.
Campgrounds here are dry camping. No electric, no water at the campsites and each loop has two outside cold water showers and two pit toilets. It's not exactly primitive, but closer to it than some places we've camped. Beachside Campground loops are steps from the Atlantic Ocean.
There's a place to get potable water and there's a dump station available too.
We've lucked out on weather while we've been here. Skies have been mostly to partly cloudy, high temps in the mid 70's, low's in the low 70's upper 60's.
We'll definitely be back.
We're finishing up a really nice and restful few days with our friends, Aida and John Havel in Salvo, North Carolina on Cape Hatteras, the Outer Banks.
Their home, also an Airbnb, is located in a nice neighborhood near the National Seashore. It's quiet here and pretty remote though everything you need for a nice vacation is close at hand.
Sunrise Over Salvo has three suites that are rentals. They are: The Roberts Suite, The Egyptian Room, and Cape Hatteras Light House Room, the room in which we stayed. They have a nice pool in the back of their home too, enjoyable during warm days, or if ocean swimming isn't your thing.
There are no high-rise condominiums in the Outer Banks. All homes, no more than four stories tall, are set back a considerable distance from The Atlantic Ocean and can't be seen once you cross out of the pristine dunes of the National Seashore.
Thinking about an Outer Banks experience? Sunrise Over Salvo is a truly wonderful place to stay.
Pettigrew State Park in Creswell, North Carolina has a small primitive (no water, electric, dump and the RV sites are dirt) campground located on Lake Phelps.
It was a warm summer day when we camped here requiring us to run our generator for a bit until the sun got down after dinner. Because there's no electricity offered, I'd recommend camping in the park in cooler months, but there's hiking and swimming in beautiful Lake Phelps. The campground does offer restrooms with showers.
The park is in a relatively remote farming area in eastern North Carolina. We used it as a way point on our way to the Salina on Cape Hatteras.
South Marcum Campground is another great Army Corp of Engineers campground. This one is located on Rend Lake in Southern Illinois near Benton, Illinois.
We traveled here from St. Louis on our way to Louisville.
South Marcum is only one of a few campgrounds around located around Rend Lake. The great thing for me was they are connected via a great cement biking/walking trail that runs about 12 miles around the lake. More of the trail is planned and will eventually take you all the way around the lake. I was able to ride the entire trail twice while we were at the campground.
Site 58 is an electric only site. There's a dump station and fresh water is available. The showers are clean, the park is very well maintained.