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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

VA to MD to Lancaster, PA

Location: Lancaster, PA (High 84, Low 60)


Over the weekend, we spent a very nice couple of days at Richmond North/ Americamps KOA. Other than finding a Wal-Mart and picking up a few necessities, we pretty much spent the weekend doing nothing much at all.

The highlight of our weekend was definitely the surprise visit by Bob and Bunny, friends that we met waaaay back in April 2011 when we went to the RV Dreams rally in Sevierville, TN. It was such a pleasant shock to hear a knock on our door and see people that we recognized. It was so great to catch up on the past two years! Bunny, if you are reading this, yes, I got sidetracked and forgot to take your picture!! You didn’t do that on purpose, did you? Be right back 

MD2On Monday morning, we pulled out of the campground and had a fun-filled ride (NOT) up I-95 around Washington DC.



We were very happy to make it past the busy urban areas, and pull into Jellystone Campground in Williamsport MD. It was easy to tell that this would be a very family oriented campground during the summer season, but being only April, it was practically empty.


They advertise free wi-fi, but I don’t know about that. There were only a handful of other rigs there and we couldn’t get to anything. So I highly doubt it would be any better when the campground is full. And, our phones had no internet service whatsoever. We were in a completely dead zone. 

IMG_4876One thing I did love about this campground was that it was only 8 miles or so from Antietam National Battleground, and that is where we went yesterday.

IMG_4889Antietam was the location of a 12 hour battle which began right near this little Church on September 17, 1862.



It was the bloodiest single day battle of the Civil War, with 22,720 casualties.


IMG_4886I couldn’t wrap my head around the fact that so many people died right here in this field. It was powerful and mind-boggling.





There was an auto tour with 11 stops which we followed, and at some of the stops there were hiking tours over certain paths for different stages of the battle. We didn’t have time to do all of that yesterday, but I would like to go back another time when we are able to stay for a couple days. IMG_4896


This is the monument to Clara Barton, who ministered to men on the battlefield while the battle was still going on.

It was a powerful place to spend a few hours.





This morning, we packed up and headed to our current location, which is Lancaster, PA!




We are looking forward to a fun-filled few days…a little sightseeing tomorrow and a Heartland Owners Campout starting on Friday.


  1. Compared to when we lived in the DC area they have really improved the roads around there. Thank goodness. But it is still nerve wracking.

  2. Hey! That looks like it might be Old Mill Stream Campground in Lancaster. We were there last June for the Montana rally. Hope you enjoy the rally and the Lancaster area; we certainly did and would like to return at some point. If you happen to pass through NJ on I-78, wave!

  3. The thought of that many men killing each other is mind boggeling. What a waste.

  4. How cool that Bob & Bunny popped by! I haven't heard from them since the rally. You'll like Lancaster. There is a lot of good food there too :)

  5. We were just at Old Mill Stream Campground last weekend with a FMCA Chapter. Very nice campground. We love the area = lots to see and great PA Dutch food.

  6. A few years back we did that walking tour of Antieham.

    Enjoy your time in Pennsylvania Dutch Country.

  7. Lancaster Pa's high was 84?? really? Wow. Here in Houston, TX, we may have reached 74 today. But we got a cold front & I always assume it's got to be colder up north than we are. ;-) History is fascinating, but sad all the same isn't it?
    Fun to run into old RV friends!

  8. You have a very nice blog. Your cats are lovely.

  9. Antietam looks really neat. If you are ever in Vicksburg MS be sure to visit The National Military Park, it is the site of the siege of Vicksburg and the Cairo Museum.