2012 Eastern United States travel blog

New Castle, DE - Delaware Motel and RV Park - our site

New Castle, DE - Delaware Motel and RV Park - our site,...

New Castle, DE - Delaware Motel and RV Park - our site,...

Fort Meade, MD to New Castle, DE 0 - our route -...

Fort Meade, MD to New Castle, DE 1 - the Bay Bridge...

Fort Meade, MD to New Castle, DE 2

Fort Meade, MD to New Castle, DE 3

Fort Meade, MD to New Castle, DE 4 - half way across...

Fort Meade, MD to New Castle, DE 5

Fort Meade, MD to New Castle, DE 6 - lots of farm...

Fort Meade, MD to New Castle, DE 7 - the bridge on...

Fort Meade, MD to New Castle, DE 8 - it's a very...

Valley Forge 1 - some of the replica huts built to represent...

Valley Forge 2 - the huts held six enlisted men

Valley Forge 3

Valley Forge 4 - or two officers

Valley Forge 5 - almost all of Valley Forge is on high...

Valley Forge 6 - the National Memorial Arch dedicated June 19, 1917

Valley Forge 7

Valley Forge 8 - the officers at Valley Forge

Valley Forge 9 - the other side

Valley Forge 10

Valley Forge 11 - Gen. Anthony Wayne was a major leader at...

Valley Forge 12 - a covered bridge built in1865 near our tour...

Valley Forge 13 - the train depot near the Washington Headquarters

Valley Forge 14 - the original building used by Washington as his...

Valley Forge 15 - one of the rooms in the headquarters

Valley Forge 16 - one of the bedrooms

Valley Forge 17 - the kitchen

Valley Forge 18 - what is believed to be the best likeness...

Valley Forge 19

Valley Forge 20 - the quarters for the Commander-in-Chief's Guards

Valley Forge 21

Valley Forge 22 - the parade ground area where all training took...

Valley Forge 23 - the Washington Memorial Chapel

Valley Forge 24 - inside

Valley Forge 25 - another view of the chapel with the tower...

Hopewell Furnace 1 - in case you didn't know what Hopewell Furnace...

Hopewell Furnace 2 - the charcoal cooling area, storage and the furnace...

Hopewell Furnace 3 - the back of the big house

Hopewell Furnace 4 - the anthracite furnace, only used four years

Hopewell Furnace 5

Hopewell Furnace 6 - the two charcoal kilns used to make the...

Hopewell Furnace 7 - the charcoal cooling shed

Hopewell Furnace 8 - the charcoal storage area

Hopewell Furnace 9 - the source of forced air for the furnace

Hopewell Furnace 10

Hopewell Furnace 11 - the blacksmith shop and some of the worker's...

Hopewell Furnace 12 - some of the stove parts manufactured by Hopewell...

Hopewell Furnace 13

Hopewell Furnace 14 - Doris' favorite part of the site

Lots of orange day lilies alongside the road all over the area...


It was a pleasant 104 mile drive from Fort Meade, MD to New Castle, DE. Instead of driving I-95, etc. through Baltimore, we dropped down to US 301 and cut across the upper part of the Chesapeake Bay on the Bay Bridge ($12 toll) and then into Delaware and on up to New Castle. We are staying at the Delaware Motel and Trailer Park. The place is a little run down and mostly occupied by construction workers at the time but we have a 50 amp full hookup site that is really large for an RV park and we think it will suffice just fine though I would probably look harder for a nicer place in the future. The satellite was easy and we have good Verizon coverage.

Tuesday we headed for Valley Forge and also Hopewell Furnace. Valley Forge is a National Historic Park and Hopewell Furnace is a National Historic Site. We were pleasantly surprised to see that both have been taken care of very well. Both were free which is unusual in this day and time. We took the self-guided auto tour on CD at Valley Forge and found it to be very useful, like having your own tour guide going at your pace instead of theirs. We just strolled the grounds at Hopewell Furnace and used their self-guided tour which included audio recordings at each stop which were also well done. It took all day to travel to and see both parks and we managed to catch rush hour traffic on the way back. It wasn't too bad though as Sheila, our GPS, routed us on some of the back roads rather than the Interstates.

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday were the hottest three days we have experienced in the last five years with temperatures hovering around 100° each day. We managed to do a little tinkering around the Mothership and got an oil change for Libby, but otherwise, we just stayed inside in the cool and watched movies and the College World Series.

Today, it finally cooled down into the mid 80's and we managed to get a few maintenance and cleaning items taken care of. Tomorrow, we head for Liberty Harbor RV Park which is a blacktop parking lot with water and electric hookups and painted lines showing your site lines. The only thing good about it is that it is just across the Hudson River from New York City which we plan on visiting for the next week. We will be picking up our youngest daughter, Michelle, at the Newark airport in the afternoon and she will be staying with us during our stay in NYC and also our next stop, Boston.

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