Rolling through gray hills, we sought a campground. Parking overnight at Walmart has its charms. But, so few that we really prefer a nice campground in a park. Well, actually, our favorite thing is to park somewhere off the grid. Someplace where nobody else is and amenities are nonexistent. Where we see only woods and sky.
But, in a populated area just outside of Dayton, Ohio, an official campground is the way to go. We saw Sycamore State Park on the map and navigated our way over. We found the park alright but were having trouble locating the campground. Could it really be that small, grassy area with a spot-a-pot, right across a street from a row of houses?
Unconvinced and without signs for guidance, we drove deeper into the park, down an unmarked road. The skies overhead were roiling with sinister rain clouds, ready to drench us any minute. Where the heck was the campground? But wait, we must be getting close to something, there are cars parked along the road up ahead.
A young man got out of his car and ran, as if he were late for something. Um… he’s wearing a cape and carrying a giant sword. Oh, where the heck are we?
Around the next bend, we saw even more people with capes and swords. And horns. And clubs.
OK, now we see. These folks are LARPers! Live Action Role Playing.
We stopped to say hi. They looked scary but turned out to be very nice! They were happy to pose for some photos as they prepared for battle.
They also knew where the campground was. That grassy lot with the spot-a-pot was it.
In summer, the lot would be pretty with leaves on the trees and warm breezes. In nicer weather, the locals hike and ride horses on the park trail system. But tonight, it’s cold and wet but a good-enough place for the Tramper to sleep for the night on the way back home to Baltimore.
Yep, we’re headed East. The Tramper Voyage will soon take it’s Baltimore hiatus. Oh, we’ll still be blogging. We have a number of summary posts in mind. A map of the Voyage, technical stuff from David, etc. And the Photo of the Week, of course, will continue.
Yes, we have lots of things to post. So, stayed tuned.
Meanwhile, we observe that homemade apple cobbler for dessert made the leafless Sycamore State Park park warm and cozy!
I’d love to encounter people like this in the woods! What a funny day and that apple cobbler must have been the perfect ending.
Sheila – Those LARPers were fun! Maybe you’ll run across a group someday soon. And yes, the apple cobbler tasted great and warmed up the Tramper!