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I’ve talked to my wife since acquiring the scamp that we needed to name it. We’ve been to a few locations already and nothing seem to ‘fit’ when I would just throw out a name or two.
This post is more about making sure there is a recording as to the date we decided to call our little camper “Miss Bliss”. The name for her seems to fit just right. I now feel a small sense of relief naming the trailer finally, I know it seems silly, but it’s now got a name.
We’re looking for some end of summer relief this coming week with a local outing, just haven’t decided where yet, more on that later. Fall is just around the corner and I’m anxious to see that weather come sooner than later.[Top]
Our first out of state camping experience starts with Hickory Run State Park in PA. Yes, it’s our first out of state camp spot. Most of our stays have consisted of either 1 or 2 nights depending on our schedules. My wife and I have 2 to 3 days of free time sometimes weekly or biweekly and we utilize that for going out and finding camping locations to take advantage of. We are still noobs when it comes to camping and we are gradually growing into it as each year passes and we love it!
We drove out to Hickory Run and the drive was great. Renee and I really do enjoy driving out to Pennsylvania as we often shop at Cabela’s in Hamburg, PA and sometimes drive off the main highways to explore the countryside roads, the smaller towns and covered bridges you find just about everywhere in PA. The drive to the park was no different and the backroads were hilly and scenic. First thing you’ll realize when going to the park is that GPS sometimes does not agree with the location you try to put into it. Google maps on most phones will work great in finding the entrance incase you run into that trouble, the main camping entrance is off RT 534.
The campground supplies a camp store with just about anything you could possibly need in it, they do have a loop dedicated for pet campers and typical pet rules apply. Bear (not so much) and Raccoon (sitting at table with you?) activity to be aware of. Although I didn’t see either, probably due to the high population of dogs in the vicinity. Heavily wooded area with 40+ miles of trails throughout the park. Activities galore with nearby streams, waterfalls, lake and boulder field!
One of the most elusive things that Renee wanted to see and took us a few hours to find, was a dam crossing that was unlike any you will find in the area within the confines of the park. We did finally find it after asking everyone where it might be (no one had a pinpoint as to where exactly it was) with no luck. The road was closed due to heavy rains the night before which of course made it that
much more difficult to find, but we did end up walking down and around to it. It’s a road that crosses this waterway and it’s beautiful! Definitely worth finding if you do go to the park. (Hint, it’s near Saylorsville Dam, just continue down the road past it.) Did I already mention the park is filled with things to do? Ok good.
The campsite we settled in was at the back of the loop drive. The lot consisted of a fire ring, 50/30/20 amp service, a picnic table and paved driveway with a roomy sized lot for our mosquito canopy. The website only shows 50 amp available, since I’m a noob I didn’t realize that all options were available so I picked up a dogbone electrical adapter just in case. Better to have and not need than to need and not have right? A short trail behind our site lead to the woods and a surprise water stream (babbling brook) about 50 yards out. The campsites are heavily wooded and all you hear are the birds. It was quiet and pleasant for the duration of our stay. The staff were friendly to us and most of the people we ran into were very nice. The first night of our stay we had thunderstorms all night, but that wasn’t a problem with the new Scamp and spent the evening hours finally catching up on Game of Thrones (I know, yes, we haven’t watched the whole season but managed to watch quite a few, not done yet!) and playing card games being extremely comfortable the whole time :-).
The next day was clear (or seemed to be until 3pm according to local weather) and we set out to explore the park some more. We drove out to find Hawk Falls and found the trail. (rt 534 just past overpass for 476) We walked down about halfway down the trail past the first bridge and all of a sudden a torrential downpour unleashed upon us! Thankfully I didn’t bring any expensive equipment because that would of just plain sucked. It was approx 10am and forecast still showed 3pm rain, so as you can imagine we walked back to the truck, completely soaked (might as well of jumped into the falls) and Dante wasn’t too happy either as we were all drenched. I’m such a pessimist and my wife is such a positive light in my life, insisted we continue to explore to find that one road that you can drive through the water. (the previously mentioned elusive dam), so we drove on and of course the downpour stopped once we were securely back into the vehicle. But that’s generally how it goes when you’re not prepared for it isn’t it?
Overall, a very unique area to visit and we enjoyed our 3 days at the park. Great campground to check out!
Be forewarned! – Sorry for the poor video production below, first video release w/the blog!
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Alot has happened since I last posted. Renee and I have just upgraded our camping equipment to the next level. After much research and lots and lots of luck, I managed to nab a great deal on a used, (new to us) 2011 scamp 13 trailer. Trailer is in fantastic ‘like new’ condition and we’re very excited to really get some use out of it. I drove out to Michigan to pick it up and bring it back to NJ, towed great behind my Nissan Frontier.
We couldn’t wait to try it and had our maiden stay at Turkey Swamp park for an overnight. Was a luxury stay compared to the cargo trailer I had recently rigged up with ac.
We are extremely happy with it and are now planning more extensive trips. The trailer is equipped with Air conditioning, furnace, stove top, cold water sink w/12 gallon fresh water tank and city water hookup, 1.9 cu refrigerator, couch/bunks up front with dinette/ bed in the back. Lots more storage then we are used to along with a screen door and windows.
I won’t go into too much detail about this little trailer, but having the continued convenience of having a small trailer to get in and out of just about anywhere is great! Size was a major factor for me when looking for a travel trailer. This one is 13 feet long (compared to my 11 or so foot long 5×8 trailer) and just short of 7 feet wide (exterior), it’s the perfect size for us!
We really enjoy going out to Turkey Swamp Park, NJ due to it being a great campground and only 20 mins away from us. It is a bit on the pricey side but it’s nice for a last minute need to get away spot. We have a german shepherd with us all the time, so all parks we go to HAVE to be german shepherd friendly at minimum. Sites here are decently spaced and all sites are electric/water/pull through, fire ring, picnic table sites. I’ve seen some bus rv’s in sites throughout the campground (although maybe a bit snug to fit in). Dump station also available for the campers here. Clean Shower/bathrooms and a playground for the kiddies. Nice trails, boat rentals at a lake in the park and just overall beautiful wooded area. Staff are always friendly to us. If you are in the Monmouth county, NJ area I highly recommend it.
And since we’re now planning to extend our camping adventures out of state, I setup a new map on the pages listed on the site above and will begin to actually blog about the places we visit and review them.
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I wanted to share a short post about something I thought was really helpful. I ran into a problem while camping during the fall last year. My black german shepherd was nearly impossible to see if he wasn’t semi-near the fire we had going. He would play or wander off while we talk and it would occasionally freak me out when I couldn’t see him. I didn’t want to leash him when he usually just hangs around anyway and nobody else around for miles.
After some research I purchased a Clip-on LED Light by Nite Ize and it works great! I just turn it on when it gets dark and I can clearly see where he’s at in the pitch black woods. It’s bright and changes to random colors while on. It’s not oversized and doesn’t interfere with his activities of running, ball fetching, drinking or eating. I’ve used it for a couple seasons now and Dante always has it on his harness when we go out on adventures.
Hope this little blurb helps you out when searching for a pet light while in the woods. Happy camping and be safe!
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