Maryland & West Virginia

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John’s birthday on Wednesday was spent at Rocky Gap State Park in Flintstone, Maryland. It was a beautiful park with a 300 acre lake (Lake Habeeb). There was a 5-mile hike around the lake which was my kind of hike (easy).

Our plans were to get to Mammoth Caves National Park in Kentucky by Memorial weekend. T Each park we went starting on Tuesday they told us how they were totally booked for the Memorial Holiday weekend. So after calling and checking the parks in Kentucky and along the way we decided on Thursday we better find a place for a few days and stay.

Thursday to Sunday was spent at Kanawha State Forest in Charleston, West Virginia. With no internet or cell service, it was a quiet place to stay. We think we had the nicest site in the whole park. There were only 46 sites total. This was where we decided to stay for three nights due to many of the parks being filled up. The hiking was nice although all the hikes were in the forest and no views. To fill our time we decided to go out and find some shops in Charleston. Before we were even out of the campground the GPS told us to take a left and “Go off road”. Not quite what we were expecting. We decided not to listen and continued on our own way. We found the roads very narrow and winding and with the beast of the truck it was a little daunting. Most drivers barely slowed down around these winding roads. So our big shopping adventure landed us at Rite Aid and we went back to the campsite after that.

A few little mishaps during these three days but we are moving on to Mammoth Caves on Sunday. (Mishaps included John throwing his back out and hoping he will be able to hike when we get further into our trip; and me getting two tick bites and two bee stings.)

All in all the parks we have been in so far have been great but we have had enough of the forest and trees and ready to see some other types of landscape.

P.S. John’s interpretation of the above was, “I’m stuck in this camper for 3 days, my back is killing me and I want to go see something other than trees!”

Animal sightings: 1 turtle, 1 pileated woodpecker, cardinal, butterfly, ticks, and bees (no mosquitoes or black flies)

This beautiful butterfly kept us entertained for quite a while.
This beautiful butterfly kept us entertained for quite a while.

 

Mickey (in disguise) joining in on our Happy Hour
Mickey (in disguise) joining in on our Happy Hour
Happy Hour in West Virginia
Happy Hour in West Virginia

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Turtle posing for us
Turtle posing for us
Limestone and shale created this gorge at Lake Habeeb
Limestone and shale created this gorge at Lake Habeeb
View from our hike around Lake Habeeb
View from our hike around Lake Habeeb
Mickey enjoying some fresh air at Rocky Gap
Mickey enjoying some fresh air at Rocky Gap
Rocky Gap campsite.
Rocky Gap campsite.