It seemed most of the campsites around us were totally booked up, and the Shenandoah National Park where I really wanted to camp was closed with the government shut down, so we had to go about 150 miles northeast to find an open site that allowed pets. We found Rocky Gap State Park open, and ended up booking a campsite there. We often go near here when driving home, and even spent some extra time in the area which is near Cumberland back on our 5th anniversary, and it always seems to be a charming area in the rolling hills.
The state park itself includes a campground, trails, golf course, a resort and casino surrounding a large lake. This would be a nice place to come in the summer with it's beautiful lakeside beaches. In the fall, the park, and the hills around it are beautiful with fall foliage.
Theo of course slept like a rock, despite getting quite wet on the edge of the tent. Eli and I were completely dry, so I felt pretty bad Theo's sleeping bag was soaked, but he never said a word and it didn't seem to bother him. We decided to head out and get a screen tent, which we put over the tent the next night. We stayed completely dry the next night.
On Saturday, we took a chance and started hiking in the afternoon. We stayed dry the whole time (a few hours) as we traipsed through the woods, partly up the mountain, and then around the lake. We started from our loop in Dogwood onto the Rocky Trail.
Of course there was lots of rock climbing...
These were daddy's ripples.
When we got back to the campsite Theo finally got to help dada build a fire. It took awhile, even for my Eagle scout hubby, due to the dampness, but eventually he got it going. And we enjoyed our night around the campfire (though Theo did end up with a recurring nightmare about starting marshmallows on fire).
Our tent is just about too small for us. We're going to need to invest in a larger one pretty soon. This was the last photo before we packed up camp. In the rain. And then found out when we were ready to leave that our car battery was dead! (Apparently, we had the lift gate up too much.) Luckily, we called a ranger and they were able to jump us right away. In addition to the great staff on hand, the bathrooms were also great with family bathrooms and hot, free showers. And large sinks for washing dishes (my least favorite part of camping- cold water and maple syrup don't work well!)