Saturday, May 29, 2010

Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historic Park

We left Keystone RV in Greencastle, PA to head for the C&O Canal National Park. The C&O Canal was constructed in the early part of the 19th century to link Washington, DC with Pittsburg, PA. The grand plan was to connect two great waterways, the Chesapeake Bay & the Ohio River. It was built during the period when America depended on waterways for the movement of commerce. Unfortunately it was only completed as far as Cumberland, MD, due to money problems, labor difficulties, disease epidemics & the competition with the B&O railroad, which started construction on the same day.

So tonight we’re sittin’ at Spring Gap a National Park camp about 4 miles south of Cumberland, MD. The Campground offers no hookups, just vault toilets, a table and a fire ring. It is located right along side the old canal. Turns out the vault toilets are up at the other end of the park so there not much use to us. I selected this spot cause it’s comin’ on Memorial Day weekend and that’s the traditional start of campin’ season here in the north and we need a place to light for the long weekend. When we arrived we we’re surprised to find an almost empty campground and had our pick of sites.

We got settled in had some dinner and then a campfire then it was off to bed. Guess what we’re not near an interstate so we have a railroad across the canal. Seems there’s a big CSX railroad maintenance facility up the road in Cumberland. I think the 27th train just rolled by since we arrived. How can we be so lucky!!

Well yesterday was a extremely hot, 96 degree day and today is follerin’ in it’s footsteps. I was uncomfortable most of the night so I’m lookin’ to go somewhere we can have electric. Think we’ll head down to Camp Copperhead in Alma, WV. We stayed here in September of 2008 and had a great time with the new owners Kathy & Vicki. Hopefully the hot weather will break cause it’s a little early in the season fer 90’s.

So another leg of our journey to who-knows-where is over and tomorrow dawns a new adventure. Hope to see ya down the road as we’re;

Dancin’ on the Wind.

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