Sunday, October 19, 2014

Susquehanna River to Assateague Island

With heavy rain, Jan and I decided to spend a few extra days at Ives Run COE in Tioga, Pa.  Good choice, because the day we left gave us great views of fall foliage through the mountains as we traveled down Route 15 towards Harrisburg.

Route 15 joins up with the Susquehanna River and parallels it for a number of miles into Harrisburg.  We decided to try Ferry Campsites right on the river.  It is a Passport America campground which meant half price on a Thursday night.  The sunset over the river offered some great views.
We had been in this area six years ago, but further west on the Juniata River.  Just had to go back and catch some pictures from that visit.  Besides a side trip to Hershey, Pa, we had happened upon an antique car show. There is something about cars from your past.  This is a 1963 VW bug.
It had to be one of the most enjoyable , cheap drives at the time.  Jan's Dad had one a little older than this with the manual flip lever for the reserve gas. Ours was a 1968 model, still a lot of fun.
Also on show was a 1955 or 1956 Ford Thunderbird.  Clifton had one almost like this one.  Wish you still had it, Clifton?
And I just could not end without one of the ultimate cars of our 1950's neighborhood.  The 1957 Chevy was a classic for all time.  Enough said!
From the Susquehanna , it is quite a ride to head around Harrisburg and then east to Delaware.  The idea is to avoid all of the congestion of Washington, D.C. and Baltimore.  Well, we did avoid some of it by heading down Route 1 and then to the shore of Delaware and Henlopen State Park.  A beautiful park on the shore, it covers land once used by WWII installations used to keep track of enemy submarines and warships that might target war production faciliites in Wilmington.  This park is on Cape Henlopen in Delaware and right across the river is Cape May in New Jersey.  We could have come down the New Jersey shore to Cape May and then taken the ferry to Cape Henlopen.  We did see some large Class A and Fifth Wheel Rvs in line to board the ferry north.
Our main reason to head to this area was Assateague Island National Seashore Island Info.  And one of the biggest draws for this park is the presence of wild horses.  These pictures around our campsite are proof that the horses are very much there.
It's not just horses.  Assateague is a draw for beach goers, surfers, fishermen, and wildlife watchers.  Just to give you an idea of the popularity, we were lucky to get a camping spot here on a Saturday.  The sign going in said "Campground Full"  Luckily, we try to ignore such signs and check for ourselves.
The park is well kept and plenty of rangers and hosts working to keep it maintained.  This long walkway was recently replaced and provides a great views over the water on bayside.  

If you plan to visit, keep in mind that there are no hookups at this campground.  There is fresh water and a dump station within the campground.  For us, the solar panels came in handy once more and, of course, the entrance was free and the nightly cost was $10 with our senior pass. Keep in mind that  you can be in the wilderness here on the island and just a few miles north is a very busy tourist mecca called Ocean City.   But you will have no problem finding a crabshack for dinner.
This picture was taken from our back window.  The stallion was keeping track of three mares, but they were close by our RV most of the two days.  For those of you who are more familiar with horses, the rangers indicated that these horses may look a little bloated because they are always eating salty vegetation(including poison ivy!!) and for that reason, drink a lot of water. You can see that they are starting to get their winter coats.

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