Who's gonna ride your wild horses?
Who's gonna drown in your blue sea?
Who's gonna ride your wild horses?
Who's gonna fall at the foot of thee?
Famous for the packs of wild ponies that roam the land, the lyrics from the classic U2 track will be on your mind this weekend as we camp in Maryland's Assateague Island State Park, the state's only ocean side park.
The Assateague barrier island is bordered on the east by the Atlantic Ocean and on the west by Sinepuxent Bay; its two miles of ocean beaches make this park popular for beach side camping, swimming, beachcombing, sunbathing, surfing and fishing. The island's bay side offers canoeing and kayaking in secluded coves and marsh areas with unbelievable wildlife viewing opportunities. The Assateague wild ponies are among the favorite inhabitants of the island, as well as, sika deer, and will walk right through our campsites.
We'll meet Saturday afternoon at the campground, check in, and head to our campsite to set up our tents and other gear. From here we can do as much or as little as we'd like until dinner that evening. Sunday we'll get up and make breakfast, break down our campsite, and can continue to explore what the campground has to offer.
What does it cost and how do I pay?
$17.00 per person
Cost is for ONE night of camping. Payment is via PayPal -- you don't need a PayPal account and can pay via credit/debit card.
Space is limited so until I receive your payment your RSVP is not confirmed and your attendance is not guaranteed. Once I have confirmation of receipt of your payment I will move you to confirmed RSVP status.
Refunds will be given only if the meetup is cancelled, rescheduled, or if requested 5 or more days in advance of the event.
To pay for your camping reservation, click HERE.
But what do we eat?
To keep it simple, everyone is responsible for bringing what food and snacks they would like to eat and drink.
We will be cooking dinner Saturday and breakfast Sunday, and it will be semi-communal, meaning bring what you would like to eat for yourself but perhaps also enough to share with a few other people. Simple to cook but interesting items are best.
What else do I need to know?
• When you RSVP, please comment if you have camping gear to bring (tent, sleeping bag, etc.).
• I've reserved two campsites and three tents are allowed at each site. I'd suggest buddy-ing up to save hauling space/equipment costs. It doesn't matter to me if the accommodations are co-ed or gender segregated, everyone can decide what is most comfortable for them.
• Rental gear (tents, sleeping bags, etc.) is available at the Tents and Trails store in downtown NYC, Gear to Go Outfitters in Park Slope, Brooklyn, Eastern Mountain Sports and at several REI stores in the NY/NJ area.
• If you are unsure what to pack, click HERE for a list. You won't need to bring everything on here, but it's a good start. If you are still unsure, please ask.
• The campground has flush restroom facilities, warm showers, clean water, and pay phones. We are not auditioning for Survivor here.
• Parking at each campsite is limited to 2 cars, the rest will need to park in the overflow lot a short distance away.
• Meetup will be cancelled only in the event of a zombie apocalypse or locust swarm of biblical proportions. Possibility of rain or any other precipitation and we still camp.
How to get there ... carpool!
Assateague State Park
7307 Stephen Decatur Highway, Berlin, MD
GPS Coordinates (Latitude, Longitude)
We'll need to carpool to the campground. When you RSVP, please indicate if need a ride. Or if you plan to drive, where you are coming from and how many passengers you can take. We'll then figure out our carpooling options, please be proactive and contact a driver directly rather than just saying where you need a ride from. Gas and tolls should be picked up by the passengers, also a cup of coffee for the driver is a nice gesture.
This is event is cross-posted in The Chill Hiking and Camping meetup so be sure to check there when looking for a carpool.