First Road Trip in the Falcon – Texas to New Jersey

Setting out on the road has always been a bit… anxiety-inducing for me. Traffic isn’t one of my favorite things, and when you add the potential for all that could go wrong when towing a heavy trailer- well, let’s just say that sometimes I find myself grinding my teeth and biting my nails..

Towing such a large and heavy trailer that is new to us is cause for caution, as it should be. And since I’m overly cautious anyway, I’m sure Shane finds my level of anxiety about the whole thing and partitions to drive slower a little anxiety inducing for him. Or probably just annoyance (🙄).

So that’s how we started our trip, setting off from Waco, Texas. We left our home behind (it’s currently still on the market) and set off for our first “lay-over” stop at Village Creek State Park in Arkansas.

After last-minute chores kept piling up back in Texas, we rolled in after 11pm. Tired as heck after a long day, we set up camp for the first time in our new home and finally closed our eyes around 1:30am. Upon waking, the park ended up being a huge surprise! It was spacious (our site was big enough to fit 3 5th wheels!), well laid-out, quiet, serene, and beautiful! We didn’t have the time to really enjoy it since we headed out before 9am to get on the road to our next stop, but we’ll definitely be stopping by again!

After another long drive (about 6 hours), we finally landed at our second stop: Glasgow, Kentucky. We spent a couple quiet days with my family at Barren River Lake State Resort Park (yes, that’s really it’s name, and yes, it’s obscenely long). We dropped off a ton of things from our house to put in “storage” and left my car with my mom, so we set out after much too short a visit with a much lighter load and in one vehicle.

It took another 6 hours to get to Woodsmoke Campground in East Tennessee, but by this time we were fully ready to stay in one spot for a few days and rest after all the driving. We also got the chance to spend a few days visiting with Shane’s family, which was a nice treat.

Woodsmoke Campground was quaint, quiet, and in an okay location, but the sites were small and the tremendous amount of shade made it always dark inside the RV.

For more detailed campground reviews on all of the campgrounds we’ve stayed at, head over to the page Campsite Reviews! (Coming July 2019!)

After a four day stay in the southern Appalachians, we headed north towards Shenandoah River State Park, just a stone’s throw from the famed Shenandoah National Park.

We camped just yards from the Shenandoah River for two nights. During our stay, we skipped over to tour Luray Caverns which was absolutely stunning. The height of the cave was impressive, and the formations breathtaking.

 

This column is one of the largest in Luray Caverns!

The largest musical instrument in the world: a stalacpipe organ!
The “Wishing Well” is drained every year for the coins to be donated to various charities!

After a rainy day inside, we headed north again for Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.

Old town Harpers Ferry is a part of the National Park system, which is really cool because it makes it easy to get around, it brings in tourism for the town, they’ve sustained the old architecture, and there’s tons to learn, see, and do!

After parking The Falcon just ten feet from the (Potomac) river’s edge, we headed off to explore the sights! (To see the view from our “RV TV” (window), make sure to watch the video linked at the beginning of this article!)

We parked at the park’s visitor center and hopped a ride on the shuttle to town. Old town Harpers Ferry is stunning, with original buildings (some are restored, some show the history of what they’ve been used for, some have only been preserved from future decay), brick-paver streets, historic churches, and railroad tracks that still see trains roll through daily. And then, there are the rivers.

The Potomac and Shenandoah rivers meet at Harpers Ferry, merging to form just the Potomac, which is a gorgeous sight. The railway crosses over the Shenandoah, tunneling through the mountain as you can see here.

The beauty of this place cannot adequately be put into words, but as an English settler once said of Harpers Ferry, “It is worth a trip over the Atlantic.”

As another rainy day passed, we decided to pass some time at a local brewery aptly names Harpers Ferry Brewing. The craft beers were intriguing, and in trying out first flight of beer, we’ve discovered a new hobby!

The next day we packed up and headed east. This was the day I’d been looking forward to – the day I get to finally see the ocean again!

After another 6 or so hours of driving, we made it to Assateague Island National Seashore. This is the island on the Maryland coast famed for its herds of wild ponies! To see our glimpse of them, make sure you check out the video!

A rainy two days left us wishing we could stay to do the kayaking we had planned, but an approaching deadline had us packing up and heading north again towards Cape Henlopen State Park on the Delaware coast.

While we were there, we explored a WWII army coastal defense base called Fort Miles. We captured extensive footage here in the vlog, so make sure to catch that!

We headed into the nearest town, Lewes, which is actually the very first town in the US!

The Zwaanendael Museum was created to honor Delaware’s first European settlement, 1631.

After a quick search on Roadtrippers, we headed into the Zwaanendael museum and saw, among other fascinating bits of DE history, a mermaid! (Again, in the vlog! :))

The Zwaanendael Museum was modeled after the original Dutch settlers’ town hall in the Netherlands.

We also caught a glimpse of the oldest surviving house here in Lewes. That makes it the oldest house in the very first city in the very first state! It’s also a part of the very first National Historic Park! Talk about some history!

The Ryves Holt House in Lewes, Delaware, 1665.

After a wonderful couple of days by the sea, we concluded our journey by making the two hour trek north to a little town in rural New Jersey where we’ll be living until July.

While we’re here, we plan to tour the US Navy’s oldest battleship as well as our nation’s first capital, so stay tuned!

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See you soon!

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