Pennsylvania Part II: East Stroudsburg

Our second stop in The Keystone State was up north near the New Jersey line and Mount Pocono. The campground itself was the third worst we have stayed in. The owners had basically stopped caring about the place about twenty years ago, or so it seemed. Our electricity went off every 2 hours. We ran the generator when I did laundry, just to avoid power surges when the appliances were in full motion. The upside was that we had the place almost all to ourselves. We had a nice neighbor named Penny on the driver’s side, and no one else near us in any other direction. We took full advantage of our proximity to the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, taking the dogs on long hikes almost every day. We saw many beautiful waterfalls and other lush mountain scenery. We drove about an hour into New Jersey on Sunday evening to meet my cousin Kevin and his bride Claire for dinner in Morristown. It was a week of good exercise and bright night skies.

We asked if they could take a big rig. They said yes. We believed them. They assigned us a grass pad with no gravel or concrete. There had been lots of recent rains in the area. We sunk into the muddy ground before mike could even pull all the way into our spot. That is the first time we've been towed out of anywhere. Now, instead of asking the parks if they can take big rigs, our wording has changed a bit. The new question is "Do you have concrete or gravel pads"? Live and learn.

We asked if they could take a big rig. They said yes. We believed them. They assigned us a grass pad with no gravel or concrete. There had been lots of recent rains in the area. We sunk into the muddy ground before mike could even pull all the way into our spot. That is the first time we’ve been towed out of anywhere. Now, instead of asking the parks if they can take big rigs, our wording has changed a bit. The new question is “Do you have concrete or gravel pads”? Live and learn.

A view of the Delaware River Valley from our hike at Bushkill Falls.

A view of the Delaware River Valley from our hike at Bushkill Falls.

Mike spent most of his time during our waterfall hike looking for trout in the streams.

Mike spent most of his time during our waterfall hike looking for trout in the streams.

The dogs were mucho tired after our morning at Bushkill Falls.

The dogs were mucho tired after our morning at Bushkill Falls.

Waterfall selfie.

Waterfall selfie.

I love the noise and energy that you feel when standing so close to the rushing water.

I love the noise and energy that you feel when standing so close to the rushing water.

Sunset at the abandoned RV Park.

Sunset at the abandoned RV Park.

The little pond at Foxwood Family Campground provided some pretty scenery on our morning dog walks.

The little pond at Foxwood Family Campground provided some pretty scenery on our morning dog walks.

River Road runs along the Delaware River in The Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. So pretty.

River Road runs along the Delaware River in The Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. So pretty.

The McDade Recreational trail provided glimpses of the Delaware River along its path.

The McDade Recreational trail provided glimpses of the Delaware River along its path.

One of the benefits of staying at an ultra crappy campground where all utilities are on the blink...we had the place to ourselves.

One of the benefits of staying at an ultra crappy campground where all utilities are on the blink…we had the place to ourselves.

My friend Janet thought I was being a bit harsh when I called the place dumpy. When I took this photo and texted it to her, she realized I was actually being optimistic.

My friend Janet thought I was being a bit harsh when I called the place dumpy. When I took this photo and texted it to her, she realized I was actually being optimistic.

There wasn't too much to see in the form of restaurants or shopping in the Poconos, but we didn't mind. We spent most of our time on hikes through the wilderness. The Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area is a beautiful national resource.

There wasn’t too much to see in the form of restaurants or shopping in the Poconos, but we didn’t mind. We spent most of our time on hikes through the wilderness. The Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area is a beautiful national resource.

One of the corn fields along the McDade Recreational Trail.

One of the corn fields along the McDade Recreational Trail.

Buttermilk Falls was right down the road from our camp .

Buttermilk Falls was right down the road from our camp .

This is either Bride's Maids Falls, or Bridal Veil Falls. There were just so many to see that day!

This is either Bride’s Maids Falls, or Bridal Veil Falls. There were just so many to see that day!

More gnarly roots and rocks.

More gnarly roots and rocks.

I love all the exposed tree roots along the river bank.

I love all the exposed tree roots along the river bank.

 

 

 

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