Beach camping on Assateague Island, in the Maryland State Park Campground. Columbus day weekend, Oct 7-10 (Fri-Mon). Check in to the campground anytime after 2pm Friday. We will plan to have a group dinner on Saturday night. Assateague weather: http://www.weather.com/weather/tenday/MDSPAS:13 Island info: http://www.assateagueisland.com/ The MD state park has nice bath-house facilities, with hot water showers and real flush toilets (vs the primitive National park facilities - porta-potties and cold showers). Join the group as they head to the Beach for a Fall Campout on the Beach. See wild horses stroll thru the campsites and drive over to Ocean City which is just minutes away. You can even Rent Kayaks and take a bay-side tour or JUST RELAX... $54/person for the entire long weekend. But if two people are able to share a car and share a tent, just reserve one slot and pay $54 for the two people. (Add in the comment field that you have two people.) No pets allowed. (The J-loop camping that allows pets seems to be fully booked.) They can allow four cars and three tents and six people per site. So the cars and tents are the limitation. (There is a parking overflow area if there are too many cars.) I organized the Assateague beach island campouts last year for Labor Day and Columbus Day weekends, with great success. Here is the latter: http://www.meetup.com/DCADVENTURES/events/14686784/ I went ahead and booked the sites for the Columbus Day weekend, October 7-10, 2011, Friday - Monday: loop I, sites 98/100/102/104/106. This is in the Maryland Assateague State Park, right by the beach, with nice bath-house facilities. Bring a tent (or share), sleeping bag, pad/air-mattress. The tent will need 15" (ok) or 18" (preferred) long stakes for the tents, to grip in the loose sand. (Or buy wooden dowels at the hardware store.) The normal little stakes won't work. (Maybe can use string to tie the tents to the nearby shrubs.) Bring firewood, charcoal, lighter-fluid. Stove/cooking-equipment if you want to cook or make coffee in morning. Bring bug-spray. Sun lotion. Umbrella, chair, blanket, etc. Flashlight. Cooler, food, beverage. Optional but nice: Screen-tent to put over the picnic table, to keep bugs away. Lantern. Fly-swatter. It is essential that you do not leave food out (even in coolers) where the ponies can get them. Don't leave food in the tents, or the ponies will tear the tent to get to it. Pack food in the car overnight and when you are away from the site. The ponies look sweet/cute, but they can bite/kick, so stay away from them.
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