Day Nine (Mon, Aug 29)
Today we got out the bikes and headed out on the paved trails. Our first stop was Fort Stevens. It is quite an interesting place. The fort is beginning to fall apart in some places but still a lot to see. There are different cement forms from the different wars. The brochure helps you identify them. There appears to be a tour that drives you around the fort in the back of an army truck. We did not do that tour. It was fun to walk in and around all the pieces. After a few hours of exploring we headed back towards camp. This weekend, for Labor Day, there will be a big civil war reenactment. I believe there is some sort of presentation happening every weekend during the summer. I do have to say that if you want to camp at Fort Stevens Campground on a big weekend like Labor day you will need to reserve it way early. A month ahead we barely got the days we did. I was trying to get something the week prior. You can call the ranger station and ask if anyone has canceled that day.
After the fort we started biking down to the end of the peninsula but Jennifer was having a hard time on her bike so we turned around heading back towards camp. On the way we stopped at the beach and flew the dollar store kites Heather carried in her pack. We gave two of the kites away to other children on the beach when we were done flying. Ben had a hard time getting his kite up… the first one broke, the second wouldn’t fly, finally he took over Jennifer’s Ironman kite she was flying.
As it was getting late so we headed back to camp and attempted to make our pizza pockets for dinner. It was quite an ordeal to cooking them. Wrapping them in foil and putting them in the fire was cooking them too fast, burning them. Putting them in the dutch oven was too slow. The biggest problem was starting the fire late and not having enough wood to make a lot of coals. In retrospect hotdogs on a stick would have been best for that particular night. (We also picked up charcoal at the store… that would have helped a lot)
Over all it was a great but very tiring day!