We managed to get a decent start on Wednesday. Even Ringo was ready to go on time. Usually we have to search around the house before we can put him in the carrier to take him to Winnie. I found him on the bed and whenI laid the carrier on the bed he got up and climbed in with no fuss. I guess acceptance has come with old age.
We drove to Rock Hall, MD. We're staying at Bayshore Campground, right on the shore of the Chesapeake Bay. I had originally planned on trying out our new membership in Harvest Hosts. There was a nice winery just after you enter Maryland, but I didn't get my new house batteries and i didn't make the mods to install a new generator before we left. Most of the Harvest Host spots (wineries, farms, and golf courses) don't have electric hookup, but you can run a generator for power. All are usually free for an overnighter. I guess by the time we go on another trip I'll be prepared to try out the membership.
Bayshore Campground is a nice spot although a little expensive, $57/night with only electric and water. They were just opening for the season so there wasn't even internet accessibility. Most of the sites are for seasonal residents, but there is a fair amount of room for transients. I'd probably spend some more time here in the future during the shoulder seasons as I imagine it's pretty crowded in the summer. It's located near the entrance to the East Neck National Wildlife Refuge. We just missed snow geese and tundra swans as they headed north to breeding areas in Canada in March. I went there on Thursday and found nesting ospreys and saw some eagles from a distance. Looks like the fall and winter would be better times for water fowl watching.
Lots of early American history in the area. We visited an St. Paul's Kent Episcopal Church that was first established in the early 1700's. It was one of the original thirty parishes created in 1692 by an Act of the General Assembly declaring the Church of England as the established religion of the Province of Maryland. It is currently the oldest continuously used Episcopal church building in Maryland. Next to the cemetery was a huge swamp chestnut oak tree stump with a bicentennial commemorative plaque indicating that in 1976 the oak tree had been standing for over 200 years. It was cut down on December 9, 2015 because it was showing its nearly 400 years of age. Before it was cut down it measured 106 feet in height, 24 feet 6 inches in circumference, and 92 feet in average crown spread. A mighty oak for sure.
Not too far away was a monument memorializing the Battle of Caulk's Field, the only War of 1812 battle fought on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. In August 1814, as part of the British attacks on Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, Sir Peter Parker (not Spiderman), a British Navy Captain, was ordered to sail into the upper Chesapeake Bay to keep Eastern Shore militia units from crossing the bay to aid Baltimore. American militia units were able to repulse a British landing attempt along the shores of the Chesapeake Bay. As you can see from the picture, there are some stone plaques and 2 flag poles at the site.
Just north of Rock Hall is Tolchester Beach that In the late 1800s, was a popular tourist destination for residents of Baltimore and other areas served by the Chesapeake Bay steamships. The beach had hotels, restaurants, and games, picnics, horse-racing and an amusement park with a merry-go-round and a roller coaster. It all closed in 1962 and nothing exists of the amusement park today, but there is a nice marina and a small settlement of homes.
We headed south on Friday for a weekend stopover near Nanticoke, MD. Stay tuned.