05.15.2010 - 05.15.2010 66 °F
A few weekends ago we took a trial run out to Chesapeake Beach, on the mainland side of the Chesapeake. My dad lent us a locking box that attaches to the trailer hitch, so we filled the box with heavy things and set out. I guess we had a few goals, one being to make sure that the hitch wouldn't bend and the front of the jeep wouldn't bounce up from the weight in the back. The other was to get as close as possible to the first part of "sea to sea" - the North Atlantic Ocean. It was a nice drive and the traffic was not bad for DC. We got into Chesapeake Beach proper and drove around for a while looking for a place to get close to the water. We had originally thought about backing down a boat ramp to get some water/tire contact but didn't want to cause any trouble.
We eventually found a place that was designated a park. It had space for two cars to park, a fence, a bench, and then open water.
There were some ducks fighting on the water - we think they might have been fighting because we were there, because when they were further from us they settled down.
We admired the water and took some pictures. As we left, a guy in a kayak was pulling his boat out of the water.
We drove around the shoreline for a while, going through beach towns and just enjoying the fresh air. By that time it was evening, and it was a beautiful time to be out. I tried using the GPS to find a local outdoor hamburger place - we were set on hamburgers for some reason - but couldn't find anything on our way back home, so we caved and had McDonalds.
All in all it was a good first step in our trip and helped show what kinds of things we should expect on the rest of the way.