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Camping @ Elk Neck & early-Sun. morning meteor Shower

  • Aug 10, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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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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SATURDAY-ONLY ADVENTURE:
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. 
Online http://reservations.dnr.state.md.us/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=MD&parkId=380511

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Friday, Aug. 9:
• 7:30 pm.  Meet at the camp store, then Dinner in North East, MD. We can carpool from the store. 
Dinner suggestions:
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.

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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.

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What to bring camping, checklist:
http://www.meetup.com/A-Plus40-Active-SocialNetwork/files/


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: 
[masked]-PARK (7275)

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from: http://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/earthskys-meteor-shower-guide#perseids
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.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I had such a great time! Nancy, thanks for hosting the event.
    I hated having to miss Sunday breakfast with everyone, knowing there was left-over Salmon! More importantly, really wanting to spend just a few more hours with some great people.

    1 · August 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Had a fabulous Time. Thanks Nancy!

    1 · August 11, 2013

  • Nancy P.

    For those who did not get to Elk Neck this past weekend, sorry we missed you! Turned out to be great weather, no rain, although the ground was still wet Saturday morning. We hiked to the light house on Sat. morning, then some went to the beach, a few others into North East for lunch. Then I had an interesting experience at the local Express Care clinic followed by a fun visit to the ER. About six of us got up at 2 am to catch the meteor shower. Finally a night clear enough but Elk Neck is not far enough away from civilization to see many falling stars. Next year will find a more remote location.

    August 11, 2013

  • Nancy P.

    Sorry about not being there for starting the pot luck, which ended up happing a few campsites down the road. I called/texted a few people to let them know I was in the ER. Had an injury on my thumb that was not healing, even after taking a few doses of an antibiotic. Got some meds/antibiotic through IV and the wound cleaned out. Will get to keep my thumb :)

    August 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi There! My co-camper just backed out. How many of you are going by yourself? I know it will be a fun group but just wondering if I would feel fifth wheelish.

    August 4, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Laurel, like Nicole, this is my first meetup with the group, and I'm going alone. I think there's quite a few camping solo.

      1 · August 5, 2013

    • Nancy P.

      i am also camping alone but we'll be planning a Sat. day adventure as a group, and potluck at my campsite Sat. night, 7 pm.

      August 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will wait for tomorrow's sunny skies to set up tough setting up in rain!

    August 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I hate to miss this opportunity to go camping but I am just not quite ready equipment and time wise. I hope to see everyone next time.

    1 · August 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will arrive back to the DC area in the early afternoon, tomorrow (Saturday) from overseas. Wheather - and jetlag - permitting, I hope to be able to make it until between 7 and 8pm. How would I find you?

    August 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I thought I changed my RSVP last week. Can't make this after all

    1 · August 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sadly I have to work. Have fun!

    1 · August 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I was hoping to make it but need to work

    August 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    sorry, have to go to work. have fun!

    1 · August 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello everyone, I reserved and paid for miles loop site #168. Unfortunately, I'm going to have to back out. Would anyone be interested in this site?

    August 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for the support!Ok! This will be great then! See you all there! Big Smiles

    August 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Laurel, I'm going alone too and would love to hang out. I'm at Miles Loop site #174, near Nancy.

    August 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hoping the weather is grand!! Want to get to OC before this Summer passes Joe and I up!! Take pics!!

    August 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just joined, it's my first meetup with the group. Looking forward to meeting everyone and a fun weekend.

    August 3, 2013

  • Nancy P.

    One of the best camp sites has opened up. Monique reserved a site and cannot go due to work. If you want to reserve this spot, please let me know a.s.a.p.

    July 14, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Is Monique's site reserved now??

      August 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will be out of town!

    July 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, is Moniques site still available? I am booked for the Mallows Bay kayaking on Sunday and so I'll leave from Elk Neck early, arriving Friday at the campground.

    July 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can't make this now - hoping for a clear night so all can enjoy the meteor shower!!!

    1 · June 29, 2013

  • Nancy P.

    GUESTS w/my RSVP are from "A +40 Active & Social Network" Meetup

    June 27, 2013

  • Nancy P.

    Thanks everyone for your phone numbers - if you want to keep them private and not posted here, click above on "Change RSVP" then save the RSVP even though you didn't change it. An RSVP question appears with the space to type your phone number. Only I will see your number.

    June 4, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I tried that and no question popped up...

      June 4, 2013

    • Nancy P.

      Meetup has "improved" the RSVP feature, sorry.

      June 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    So sorry I'll have to miss this trip!

    June 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Realized I had other plans.

    June 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My number is[masked]

    June 4, 2013

  • Linda

    Dogs allowed?

    1 · May 31, 2013

    • Nancy P.

      Yes, but excessive barking is not permitted; see info in event post.

      June 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    [masked]

    1 · May 31, 2013

  • William T.

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    1 · May 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    [masked]

    May 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    what is the cost for the camping

    1 · May 30, 2013

    • Nancy P.

      $22.49 plus tax. NOT higher for out-of-state campers. Call reservations:[masked]-CA­MP (2267), Monday through Friday, 8 am to 8 pm. For noncampers visiting the park see visitor service charges, above.

      May 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    share food?!

    1 · May 31, 2013

    • Nancy P.

      that is up to you. last summer we had quite a feast.

      May 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It's official! Gina and I will be in Cabin 2 - Bluebird, just north of the Bohemia area.

    1 · May 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just reserved Miles loop site # 168

    1 · May 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    cool, I grew up not to far from there but haven't been there in years!

    1 · May 31, 2013

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