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Leaving Gettysburg for return trip to Texas

A few days ago we left Gettysburg for our retun trip to Texas. We went to Drummer Boy Camping Resort so that we would be close to our son and his family who live about 30 miles south in Westminster, Maryland. We stayed almost a week and spent most of the time with our grandchildren, which didn’t give us any time to do any touring around the Civil War battle grounds. However, we had visited with them last year and did the touring thing at that time.

The fall colors were in full form while we were there. We were there last year at about the same time but the colors didn’t seem to be as vivid as they were this time. My son said that they had more rain this year which probably helped with the colors. The temperature dipped into the mid 30’s while we were there and that also probably help change the leaves.

Fall Foliage

Fall Foliage

As we were heading home, it occured to me that we had been seeing more 18 wheel trucks on the roads than we had ever seen before. Of course the traffic on whole is much heavier in the northeast than it is where we live. That’s not to say that we don’t have a lot of traffic, but we don’t have as many 18 wheelers on the highways. We began to count the groups of trucks as compared to the number of cars. There were at least 3 times as many 18 wheelers than there were cars. Not that this has anything to do with anything but it was just an interesting observation that we made. For most of our time on the interstates, I felt that I was in rush hour traffic all day long. It was hard for me to look around and enjoy the scenery like I can do while we are traveling out west. You wouldn’t think that the demand for gas is dropping by observing the intense traffic on the interstates in the northeast.

Big Truck

Big Truck

Another observation that I made on this trip, was that there were a great number of campers on the highways both going and coming. On some days, we couldn’t go more than 5 minutes without seeing several campers. They weren’t as plentiful as the 18 wheelers, but there were a lot of them on the roads. We stayed at 7 different campgrounds on the trip and they were all almost full each night. So much for gas prices hurting the camping industry! With the prices of fuel falling, prehaps more campers will hit the road. The price of diesel fell 20 cents from the time we started our trip to our return. We stopped at one Flying J going and stopped at the same Flying J on the return and the price of diesel was exacting 20 cents cheaper in one week. That’s a good thing!

We were really lucky in choosing our campgrounds by the luck-of-the-draw. They were all (but one)good camlpgrounds with one being really nice. However, the last campground that we are staying in isn’t very nice. I don’t like this campground even though it is a Good Sam campground and has a fairly good rating by Trailer Life. I have found that you can’t always trust the campground ratings by Trailer Life and Woodalls. For good campground information with pictures, check out This Old Campsite.


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