Rehoboth Beach, Ocean City, empty campgrounds, no internet, St. Paddy's Day.
12.03.2016 56 °F
Vowing to stay off toll roads we left Newark, Delaware (did you know there is a Newark in New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland, within about 150 miles of each other...must be very confusing) and followed scenic highway 9 along the Delaware shoreline to Rehoboth Beach, the beginning of a 30 mile long stretch of sand bar that runs as far south as Ocean City. The area is susceptible to flooding when storms come in off the Atlantic, as one did just two months ago. High tides, driven by massive winds swept water over the sandbar to flood the town. Most of the houses here are built on stilts so the water does little damage, at least to houses. Cars, well, you can always buy a new car!
The Delaware Seashore is the summer home for people from Baltimore, Philadelphia, Washington, etc. and the roads are chock-a-block from May 24 though mid September. The beach is spectacular. Rehoboth Beach is a beautiful little town, with lots of summer traffic and a lovely boardwalk along the beach. At the other end of the strip, Ocean City Maryland is the polar opposite...it is a huge tourist mecca, with miles and miles of hotels and about every imaginable tourist trap you an imagine. Here is a picture of a mini-golf course, with a dinosaur theme. It was just one on many on the strip.
The tourist season here does not even start until April 1 and we were worried about finding a campground that was open. All of the commercial RV parks are closed and the State Parks did not seem to be open. Half way between Rehoboth Beach and Ocean City is a bridge.
Directly below this bridge is a 350 site State Park campground. As we drove by we decided to see if there was anyway we could stay there and loo and behold, it was open with limited service. Just one washroom with showers open. As you can see from this picture it was extremely crowded...NOT!
We've pretty well had the run of the place. No lineups for showers. No noisy kids. Our plan for this stop was to do some exploring, a bit of hiking and just to see what the shore is like in the off season. We've taken a couple of drives and spent a bit of time in both of the main towns. Today, Saturday, there was a St. Patrick's Day Parade in Ocean City so we decided to take it in, and at the same time get the blog up to date at the library. It is chilly and windy and sitting inside the library is much preferable to sitting in the boler for the afternoon. We are getting caught up on e-mails and this blog entry.
The parade was pretty good. Afterwards we caught lunch at the local Knights of Columbus hall, where we ate corned beef sandwiches and had a beer.
Tonight will be our last night here on the beach. Tomorrow we will head a bit farther south, just about 50 miles. There is a Maryland State Campground open at Pocomoke and it has enough services to get us through a couple of days. We plan to visit Assateague National Seashore, where wild horses frolic on sand dunes.
There will be no blog entires for the next few days but we will catch up once we get to Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, where we will be staying in a full-service RV park for three nights.