Enjoying Chesapeake Bay area

LOCATION: Westover, Maryland – in the peninsula part of the state that is between the Chesapeake and the Atlantic

WEATHER: Pleasantly cool. High 80.

CAMPGROUND: Lake Somerset Campground. Commercial RV park. Full hook-ups. A bit dated bathhouse, but clean. Lots of amenities, especially for families – putt putt golf course, catch and release pond, playground, swimming pool, and paddle boats. On a little pond stocked with fish. We are on a long pull-through pad with a picnic table and fire ring. On busy highway, so a bit noisy. $40/night. 3 out of 5 stars. All other campgrounds in the area were even more expensive or booked up.

We left Edenton, North Carolina after a cup of coffee with the homeowner. This has been a very nice housesitting assignment.

Today’s trip would be about 175 miles. We headed north from Edenton, passing next to the Dismal Swamp. Then, across the border to Virginia. We had to drive through busy Chesapeake, and near Norfolk and part of Virginia Beach. Thank goodness it was Sunday with less traffic. Then, we paid our $22 toll and crossed the Chesapeake Bay. It was a 25-mile combination of tunnels, bridges, and islands.

Most of the cars and RVs on the road had Pennsylvania and New Jersey license plates. Most likely, they were hurrying back home after a 4th of July week at the beach. They were all in a rush. We had lots of time, so pulled off the main road and checked out a cute fishing village that proclaims to be the “flounder capital of the world”. We had a delicious lunch overlooking the barrier islands in the Atlantic.

Due to its local fame, we shared tempura-style flounder fingers and a soft-shell crab BLT.


We crossed over to Maryland, and arrived at the RV park at about 3:00.

After unhooking, we went exploring the area., in search of crabs to cook for dinner. We drove down a very curvy road, over islands, until we hit the end of the road, with the Chesapeake Bay in front of us. These skipjack-style boats are used by the crab fisherman.

Sadly, we couldn’t find any crab place open, so we will try again tomorrow.

We took a swim at the RV park’s swimming pool and relaxed by the lake.

DINNER: Shrimp and grits.

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