Sunday, June 26, 2011

Into The Wild

While in Maryland, Ed and I have been hunting for alternative places to park our truck while we wait on our loads. Anything that isn't a Target parking lot, a truck stop in crackville or a barren expanse of cracked asphalt located next to swamp weeds and an airport, rendering our internet useless will do.

We've driven around the area hoping to come upon something with the view of the Chesapeake Bay, but so far have had no luck. We've even checked out local marinas so we can combine Ed's love of all things nautical, with my love of being the hell out of the parking lot with no internet.

This week we came upon
Susquehanna State Park in Havre de Grace, Maryland. Click HERE to hear how the name of the town is pronounced. Clue: It's not Have-ray dee Grayse.

We drove into the park, as we quickly found out, the wrong way. The GPS had us coming in the back way, where the roads were one lane and the branches hung low. I can't count how many leaves and twigs we knocked off as we crept under them. At one point, we came upon another vehicle, and even with us each on the edge of the road, we barely squeaked by one another. And the road seemed to get narrower the further we went in. The canopy of trees darkened the light from the sky and the signage to the campground we were looking for was hidden among the foliage, wooden arrows with the camping symbols barely visible.

When we finally found the RV camping spots, with the assistance of a park ranger, Ed looked at me and said, "Huh."

"Kinda quiet, isn't it?" I said.

Kinda quiet?? There was NO ONE ELSE THERE. The only thing we heard were the leaves rustling in the breeze and tons of birds. It was definitely a place one went to be with nature; to hike through the woods, to kayak on the river (wherever that was, because even though it borders the park, we didn't see it), and to definitely get away from it all. And you will certainly be away from ALL of it, because it's miles to civilization.

To be fair, it was beautiful and peaceful, but very remote and not really what we were looking for. I couldn't imagine what I'd do there. There was no cell phone signal, we'd definitely not be able to get a satellite signal for the TV with all the trees, and although the park boasted wi-fi, I couldn't seem to raise a connection. Nope, not really what we want right now. If and when I write my novel, this will be one of the top places on my list, as by it's very nature, there will surely be NO interruptions.

Next on our list is Cherry Hill Park near Washington, DC.


Evil Pixie said...

Sounds lovely, though not practical for your needs. That must be tough finding a place to park. Gadzooks!

Dale said...

Maybe you'll want to invest in a telescoping Satelite thingy to get above the tree canopy, like the TV News trucks use. :)