It may be a shock to folks but I absolutely love being outside, especially when the weather is crisp. Lately I have felt the need to get away from it all and just relax with some peace and quiet. I knew just the remedy to cure my funk.. camping! After doing some research of various State Parks in the area, we decided on Rocky Gap State Park near Cumberland, MD. Check-in was not until 3PM but we were able to check in early which was great. The ride up was quick (about 1 1/2 from Frederick, MD) and beautiful. All of the sudden we were hit with beautiful gold, orange and maroon picturesque views about 20 minutes to the park.
As soon as we got to the campground we set everything up before heading to the trails for a hike. By the time we got back it was time to light the fire. Because of the threat of Emerald Asher Borer (a beetle that destroys Asher Trees, Maryland State Parks do not allow you to bring your own firewood. We purchased some bundles of wood on sale at the check in office, but of course needed more so Wade scavenged around for more. The fire was lit and we were ready to relax the rest of the night. For dinner we had hot dogs and baked beans and dessert of course included s’mores! It was a wonderful evening of watching the sun set through the trees and turn into a starry sky. We woke up fairly early and made a campfire to warm up- it was super chilly. Fresh coffee was made along with eggs and bacon for breakfast sandwiches before packing up and heading home. Although our time was short in Rocky Gap I cannot wait for our next camping trip!
Since I am the type of person who always feels like she is forgetting something, I made a packing list of dummies below.
Camping Packing List for Dummies:
-Tent (+ tarp for inside floor if your tent does not come with one)
-Sleeping bags/Tons of Blankets/Pillows. You never know how much you love your mattress until its gone.. plus once you hit the 3am mark the air gets dewy and you will be freezing!- including any furbabies you bring with you)
-Pot + Pan + Lids
-Water (this may seem obvious but this is needed more than just for drinking, washing out your pans, etc)
-Folding table (if your campground does not have one)
-first aid kit
-Food (staples include over the fire popcorn, hot dogs, beans & s’mores for dinner and bacon, egg and cheese sandwiches for breakfast)
-Drinks of choice
-Dog Stuff (dog food, leashes, toys)
-Cups + mugs (if you would like coffee)
-campfire grill grate and/or camping propane stove (we brought both)
-basic toiletries (depending on how stinky you get)
– music player
-camping clothes (layers layer layers, t-shirt, long sleeve shirt, sweat shirt, jacket, spandex, jeans, sweatpants, regular socks, heavy socks, hiking boots, scarf, gloves)