Camping on Friday and/or Saturday nights at the stunning (**2-night min. campsite reservation)
Elk Neck State Park
View the Perseid and Delta Aquarid meteor showers.
WEATHER, hourly report: http://www.weather.com/weather/hourbyhour/graph/Elk+Neck+State+Park+MD+4033:19:US
As of 4:00 pm it is raining in Elk Neck State park. The rain will stop by 6 pm, then resume as scattered T-storms at 8 pm. Clear up again by 9, then rain scattered t-storms by 10 pm, which will continue throughout the night. Skies will clear by 7 am. Saturday will be partly cloudy, 20% chance rain. Sunday will be mostly sunny, 10% chance rain.
If the rain stops, or it's just drizzling, I'll pack up my car and head out to the camp ground, looking for the 'dry' spell to set up camp. Sleeping in a tent while it's raining is awesome.
If you choose to camp only Sat. night please understand that camping refunds are not possible, even with rain. ~ Nancy P.
"Yes" RSVPs only ~
Please do not RSVP "No" unless
changing from a Yes. Thanks.
Event Host: Nancy P. cell:[masked]
Joint event with "A +40 Active & Social Network"
Meet at the campground Friday &/or Saturday evening, or just come for the day on Saturday. Enjoy hiking trails and a huge beach by the bay with restrooms and free parking.
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Meet at camp store at 12:00 noon. Be aware that we will meet for just a short time at the camp store, and may be gone by 12:15.
Some may want to just go to the beach, others may just hike, some may want to do both. You can always check the beach or call Nancy P. (# given w/ "yes" RSVP.)
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Enjoy a (very) early pre-dawn Perseid meteor shower which can have up to 100 meteors an hour. This year they will be joined by the Delta Aquarid meteor shower. The waxing crescent moon will not interfere with the light show.
Minimum camp ground reservation is two nights. Best to reserve as soon as possible, as this stunning area's campground fills up fast. High on a bluff overlooking the bay, the state park also has a huge beach and swimming/boating area. Enjoy the hiking trails with views of the bay and the park.
Camping / Cabin Reservations:
MILES LOOP for camping. If full, ELK LOOP. (Map at left more accurately represents camping area than camping maps on park website.)
Cabins available in another loop close by that shares shower/restroom facilities (over 100 ft. walk to) with electric loop
Reserve ONLINE or call[masked]-CAMP (2267), Monday through Friday,
8 am to 8 pm.
Friday, Aug. 9:
• 7:30 pm. Meet at the camp store, then Dinner in North East, MD. We can carpool from the store.
Nauti Goose, (live music) http://www.nautigoose.net (has live music)
Woody's Crab House, http://www.woodyscrabhouse.com (an awesome local favorite)
Pier 1 (Italian), https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pier-1-Restaurant/105002396209736 (looks delicious)
Sat. & Sun. 10:00 am:
• 20 min. of morning wake-up stretches @ Nancy P.'s camp site (171)
Saturday, Aug. 10:
•12:00 noon: ~ Meet at the camp store. Last summer some people went hiking, some to the beach.
• 7:00 pm: Pot Luck and Campfire at Nancy P.'s camp site #171, MILES loop.
BYO food/drink and please contribute some wood for the fire. Purchase wood at camp store, do not bring wood into park (all state parks prohibit to protect the forests).
Time to view meteor shower determined closer to event date.
Joint event with A +40 Active & Social Network (Balto area)
DIRECTIONS: (see map at bottom of this event post)
Off I-95 at Rt. 272. Head East / Southeast. Park entrance is about 20 minutes past Northeast, MD, on the left.
***Do not follow directions on automated Map sites or GPS, they do not take you to the camping entrance of the park.
What to bring camping, checklist:
CAMPING / CABIN INFO:
Camp sites: $22.49 plus taxes. Out-of-state (MD) same price.
Check-In time: 3pm
Check-Out time: 1pm
Quiet time is 10pm - 7am.
Radios should be turned off and voices should not carry beyond the campsite.
FIREWOOD: purchase at the park’s camp store only. Do not bring firewood into the park/camp.
Each site has a fire ring w/ a grill and a large picnic table w/seating
PETS allowed; excessive barking not permitted.
NO ALCOHOL permitted in state park.
Visitors (noncampers) Service Charges:
Maryland tagged vehicles:
- Weekends and Holidays = $3 per person
- Weekdays = $3 per vehicle
Out-of-state tagged vehicles:
- Weekends and Holidays = $5 per person
- Weekdays = $5 per vehicle
Swimming at the North East Beach area is unguarded. There is a bathouse with changing rooms, toilets, and cold showers. Also features picnic tables and a recycled tire playground. A hiking trail is also near the beach.
Park Emergencies: after office hours, contact park watch:
August 10-13, 2013 before dawn, the Perseids
The Perseid meteor shower is perhaps the most beloved meteor shower of the year for the Northern Hemisphere. The shower builds gradually to a peak, often produces 50 to 100 meteors per hour in a dark sky at the peak, and, for us in the Northern Hemisphere, this shower comes when the weather is warm. The Perseids tend to strengthen in number as late night deepens into midnight, and typically produce the most meteors in the wee hours before dawn. They radiate from a point in the constellation Perseus the Hero, but, as with all meteor shower radiant points, you don’t need to know Perseus to watch the shower; instead, the meteors appear in all parts of the sky. They are typically fast and bright meteors. They frequently leave persistent trains. Every year, you can look for the Perseids around August 10-13. They combine with the Delta Aquarid shower (above) to produce the year’s most dazzling display of shooting stars. In 2013, the Perseid meteors will streak across the short summer nights – August 10-13 – from late night until dawn, with little to no interference from the waxing crescent moon. Plus the moon will be near the planet Saturn in the evening hours, giving a colorful prelude to late-night Perseid show. Best mornings to look: August 11 (Sun.), 12 and 13.