Monday, June 30, 2008

Hi, We're in Delaware

Not the state—the water gap. This weekend we took our rig for a little test run over to the Pennsylvania/New Jersey border for a one-night, high-speed camping trip at the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.

It is surprisingly close (an hour and a half from NYC) and surprisingly remote-feeling once you're there.

Emily stress-fractured her foot walking around the hard-ass streets of New York in flats the day we went to galleries and MOMA with my mom, and has had to wear a little boot thing, so we weren't able to hike, but it was a fun drive and nice to get out of the city for a minute.

We lucked out with the weather, and these little guys were going nuts among the flowers at the edge of the Delaware River.

The closest town to Dingman's Ferry, where we camped, is Milford, PA—home of Gifford Pinchot, the former Pennsylvania governor, conservation pioneer, and namesake of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest in Southwest Washington State. Since we were high-speed camping (sleeping in a campsite but eating all our meals in town, so we only have to bring a tent, sleeping bags, and a lantern), we had some beers and nachos at one of the local restaurants and a good breakfast Sunday morning at the diner.

The car held up very well and got almost 23 miles per gallon. Not bad for a truck. The only thing we noticed is that there seems to be some minor problems with the electrical system—the windows sometimes lock by themselves. Note to self: no driving off bridges.

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