Saturday, May 13, 2006

Cherry Hills RV Park - Outskirts of Washington DC

We emerged from Shenandoah National Park in Front Royal, VA, only to find
there was NO cell phone service whatsoever there.

Since I need to be back in communication for my work, we drove
on to Manassas, VA for the night, staying in the parking lot of
the Elk's Lodge.

The Elk's Lodge is very close to Camping World, and a Wal-Mart that
does allow overnight parking in their huge parking lot.

Special thanks to "Wolfgang" the Elk's Lodge chef who welcomed
us warmly upon our arrival. An hour or so later, he appeared at
our door, with two plates brimming with his handiwork...roast pork
loin, scalloped potatoes, green beans with herbs, and a warm roll.

We were stunned, surprised, and so appreciative of his generosity!
We highly recommend the Manassas Elk's Lodge!

But we needed to wash clothes, and the weather is forecast for
rain and storms, so we decided to move on to Cherry Hills RV
Park for our stay in the D.C. area.

We had a huge storm that Wednesday night, complete with tornado
warnings all around us, so we were glad to be settled in.

Usually we stay at the Fairfax Elk's Lodge when we're here, but
they are buried in the trees, making it very "iffy" for our
satellite signal, plus they have a huge swap meet in their parking
lot every Sunday, which we have found to be a monumental hassle
in the past.

This is our third trip to Cherry Hills, in College Park, Maryland.
It's not cheap ($47 a night), but it is rather remarkable to find
such a park in range of the D.C. area.

They have big rig sites, are extremely friendly and accommodating
(they even allow you to wash your rig in your site), and it's
only a mile or so from the Metro stop. We're also located very close to
a Target, Home Depot, Ikea, two large grocery stores, Trader Joe's, and Costco.
Everything we need!

We easily fit into one of their large sites. They also have pull-thrus,
but those are reserved for visits of 4 days or less. Since we'll be here until
the end of the month, we're happy with this site...

The sites are surprisingly spacious, considering where we are. Here's
the view up the road from our campsite. Plenty of room.

A few more views around the park...

This is the "convention center" where the pools, hot tubs, laundry, and showers are.

We're here to see our daughter Brooke, who is in
the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corp.

She's stationed at Fort Myer, which houses the Old Guard Museum. It's the
only Army museum in the D.C. area, and chronicles the history of the Old
Guard, the oldest U.S. Army infantry regiment. The regiment is considered
to be the escort to the President, and includes the tomb walkers for the Tomb
of the Unknown Soldier, the Drill Team, and the Caissons as well. It's also
where Arlington National Cemetery is. Brooke will be participating in
"flags out" on Memorial Day, when they place an American Flag on every single
gravesite in the cemetery.

We're very proud of our "musician soldier" who plays the fife in the FDC.
She has a degree in flute performance, and is an accomplished musician who
plays flute, Irish wooden flute, piccolo, and fife. We're looking forward to
seeing the FDC perform again this year in their "Twilight Tattoo", a popular
show every springtime. They usually perform in front of the White House,
but this year are performing at the Jefferson Memorial, so that should be fun.
We'll be sure and post lots of photos of that for you!