On Monday, we left to go camping. It was a really great trip.
We went camping in Garret County, Western Maryland. Garret County, along with some other counties in Western Maryland, want to secede from the state of Maryland. We like Western Maryland much more than central Maryland and if we could move, we surely would.
Anyway, there were several state parks that we visited, but we ended up staying in Big Run State Park. There were three other places around us: Dan’s Mountain State Park, Savage River State Forest, and New Germany State Park. The area is near the Savage River Reservoir and Savage River, and as usual on camping trips, we fished quite a lot, this time in the reservoir. Also normal for us, we caught almost nothing, except for a two inch large mouth bass, a two inch brim (as far as we could tell) and a five inch catfish… which was a little weird.
While we fished, we noticed these little lizard things in the water. I think they were tadpoles, and they were nice to look at while we sat. Our dad actually caught one of those while bottom fishing. Luckily, he survived when he was released.
So obviously, we didn’t get to keep any fish, but that was fine, I guess. It was a nice place to go fishing, anyway.
One nice thing about this place is that there are hardly any people around. The area is not built up, the towns are really tiny, and they didn’t have any plumbing in the bathhouse (lower comfort station, as they called it). Mostly I think what was repelling people was the lack of phone service. Where we were, it was at least 15 minutes to an area with phone service, which is really cool to us. So there was absolutely nobody near us. That made the trip at least 52 and 7/19 percent better. Our visit was very peaceful and quiet.
Since there were a lot of state parks around us, there were plenty of hiking trails. We did hike a bit, and we also went on a snowmobile trail, which was a little less nice than the others. Overall, there are some very nice trails around Garret County.
Last but not least were the nights. As always, we made fires and roasted marshmallows and had some nice cookies (as Dink put it, camping brings out the health freak in us).
We had some heavy rains while there as well. Our tent held up surprisingly well, but we did get some bad leaking eventually, and we had to empty the tent because everything was wet, including our clothes; we had extras, thank goodness!
We also got to practice starting our fires with our flint and steel. We had dandelion fluff, wood shavings, and a cotton ball smeared with petroleum jelly, and in under a minute, I had a fire started, which was really, really surprising. The flint striker I have is really good; it is the Light my Fire one that we’ve reviewed in the past. That’s probably why I could start a fire so quickly, along with the petroleum jelly and copious amounts of tinder.
At Dan’s Mountain State Park we went swimming in their very clean outdoor pool with very relaxed lifeguards who never once blew an obnoxious whistle or hollered at someone to stop something. The fee for the pool was $4 per person. It was pretty large, with a nice fun water slide which we probably went down half a million times. A pool is really nice to have while camping, since you can cool off on a very hot day.
Next to the pool was a recycled tire playground. We played like children :)
This whole area is a very nice place to go camping, and New Germany State Park also has cabins and houses which you can rent. We had a fantastic time, and I think from now on we’ll be going to this area to camp rather than our old haunts.
Goodbye, Susquehanna and Catoctin! You have served us well, but we’re moving on.