Sprocket had us both up at six and before we knew it we had the jeep ready to go and were on the road bound for a Dunkin’ Doughnuts. Solidly supplied with coffee, iced coffee, and doughnuts we cruised to Boston for lunch with Brendan. We arrived at the Sunset Cafe without too much hassle and really enjoyed perusing the serious beer list. It was a lot of fun to catch up with Brendan–especially because he could relax after having finished his last final for his first year of law school!
Navigating out of Boston was a cinch and before we knew it we were cruising through Portland. We met up with Jean and her roommates who gave Sprocket lots of love and volunteered to watch him while we got dinner at Commons. It was so odd to be back there and I was pretty shocked to realize how many people I still knew. After dinner, we headed over to the new dorm to visit with Q for a bit then headed back over to village. After Sprocket got some more love it was time to crash after a long day of driving.
We started out our travel day at about eight bound for the Scranton area. After an easy morning’s cruise along the interstates we made it to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to have lunch with Dan. We had some not-so-good pizza at Monte Carlo and had a chance to catch up a bit. After lunch he showed us around the plant he was preparing for auction. Dan headed back to work and we hit the road heading north. We made some route recalculation and cut through the Pocanos to camp in the Delaware Water Gap National Rec area. Looking to kill some time in the afternoon and research our next few days of travel we hung out at the Gem and Keystone in Shawnee-on-Delaware. Their beer was not so good and it didn’t help that they were out of most of their varieties either.
In the rec area we didn’t have any problem finding a place to camp. It was entirely too bad that it was buggy because we had a nice little spot back in the trees. Driven to the Jeep early by the mosquitoes we read for a bit before realizing that there were tiny little biting bugs too…fortunately it didn’t get too hot so we both got a decent nights sleep.
The first task of the morning was to wash the cars…and Sprocket. After his bath, I took him for a run. We didn’t run too far but Sprocket loved it anyway. Back from our run, Kim had super nachos ready for lunch before we got in the car and drove to Deep Creek, Maryland. The first stop was at an artificial whitewater rafting course. It was fun to watch the rafters bumble around the “rapids.”
From there we headed to Swallow Falls State Park. We hiked along Muddy Creek and the Youghiogheny River and saw two different sets of falls. Sprocket enjoyed chasing Forrest and I around the rocks. He was quite the jumper but did manage to fall in and get all wet. Back at the lake, we relaxed on the porch while Sprocket explored the woods. We had some yummy hamburgers for dinner, played some pool, and called it a night. We all had a great time on the Yaugh!
After our morning coffee, we loaded Sprocket up in the Subaru and all took a drive to Ohiopyle State Park to check out the falls. After going to the initial viewpoint, we walked up to the footbridge then down along the river to a nice little backwater below the falls. It took Sprocket no time at all to be in that water! After he played fetch for a bit, we hiked back through town. On our way back to the lake we had lunch at the Lucky Dog Cafe. Sprocket met Tigger the great dane, a big old Labrador, and two ornery Chihuahuas. The humans enjoyed some fabulous food while Sprocket slept on my feet.
Back at Kim and Larry’s, we loaded up their boat and took it down to the launch. F and Larry took the trailer back to the house and Kim and I met them at their boat club dock. The four of us spent a relaxing afternoon touring the lake and enjoying the sunshine. We called it quits at about five and headed back to the house to change before heading for Pittsburgh. For dinner we had classic Primanti Brothers sandwiches: Italian bread, fries, cole slaw, and meat (I wasn’t crazy about having slaw on my sandwich though). We drove up Mt. Washington to get a good view of downtown Pittsburgh: from there we could see all of downtown, the Pirates and Steelers stadiums, and the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers coming together into the Ohio River. Our next stop was a bar in South Park where we listened to “Regular Joes” (a duo half comprised of Larry and Kim’s friend Freddy). By the time we drove all the way back to the house Forrest and I were both asleep in the back seat.
Our route from Culpeper took us through Shenandoah National Park to Harrisonburg. From Harrisonburg we were hoping to take Forest Service roads through George Washington National Forest. Unfortunately, they believe in gates out here so there weren’t really any roads to take.
We had lunch at Seneca Rocks before making the final push to Youghiogheny Lake. The highlight of the drive was Route 72 in West Virginia from Red Creek to Hambleton, it was a really cool twisty one lane road through the hills above a river. We made a quick pass through Maryland but did find a Mennonite bake sale and bought some pumpkin bread to take to Larry & Kim’s house. We tried to buy some steaks for dinner in Friendville, Maryland…but the marketplace there had some pretty sad looking steaks.
Up at the lake, we all relaxed and played some pool while Sprocket terrorized Fritz and Crystal, Larry and Kim’s dogs. After a nice evening, we all headed for bed.