Thus far, I’ve found that my out-of-DC trips tend to be some of my most interesting. (Enjoying the best Korean BBQ meal, getting baptized in the Chesapeake Bay, and massive outlet mall shopping). DC is a great city, but sometimes it’s good to get some fresh air.
I took advantage of this Labor Day weekend with a camping excursion at Patapsco Valley State Park, near Ellicott City, Maryland. I was so hyped about my first wilderness experience – sans Girl Scouts – that I tweeted about buying my trout license. (Yes, you are required to buy one, lest the Fishing Police catch you!).
Perfect camping recipe:
- 3 days, 2 nights – was the perfect amount of time – thanks to the holiday weekend.
- It was a short 1 hour ride out of the District, very manageable by car. The weather was more than cooperative; it was in the sixties and seventies.
- I even came away from the experience with a trout (and the premature onset of seasonal allergies)!
And now a warning to those of you who might ever visit Patapsco Valley State Park: if you run across a set of railroad tracks, please know that it is ACTIVE. In a series of very frightening events, my friends and I nearly arrived at the Pearly Gates. Thank goodness I had my camera at the ready, as a freight train nearly ran us over!
That night, while sleeping under the stars, I think all of us shuddered as we hear the faint choo-choo’s echo throughout the park. Lesson learned. (And we came away with a really great story, right?)