In 2010, Kieran and I drove across the country to visit Kieran’s awesome parents in Rhode Island. At first, we were going to drive straight there, stopping overnight at a hotel…..but I talked Kieran into taking a few extra days so we could visit Cedar Point and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Falling Water in Pennsylvania along the way. And instead of staying at hotels, Kieran quickly agreed it would be more fun to camp out instead.
And fun it was! We really enjoyed ourselves at Cedar Point. It was my first visit to that Amusement Park and I thoroughly enjoyed the record-breaking rides. Dragster fans holla!
We camped overnight then headed our way to Rockwood, PA. where we booked a ridiculously cheap campsite with Husky Haven Campground. It was $8 a night with free firewood, I shall repeat, FREE firewood and plenty of it! (Note, I’m pretty sure the rate is $10 now). We figured we would camp overnight at Husky Haven and be close enough to drive over to Falling Water in the morning…in time for our tour.
Side note, I STRONGLY recommend buying the tour where you get to go inside Falling Water (pictured below). I promise you, you’ll feel like an Ewok prince or princess as you tour the grounds!
So anyway, where was I? Oh yes, Kieran and I were in heaven at the haven. We quickly set up camp, had some drinks, made some dinner, had more drinks, played some card games, had more drinks, then we had more drinks, took a walk to explore the grounds, had more drinks, and so on.
We couldn’t have been happier as we gazed at the stars and camped the night away. We finally turned in for the night around midnight.
And then it happened… (insert suspense music here).
At 1 am we discovered why the campsite was so cheap. We were abruptly woken by the sounds of a locomotive rocketing past our campsite what sounded like 50 feet away. The website and owners failed to mention the campsite was located right next to train tracks.
If the train had been passing by it wouldn’t have been so bad. But hell no, this train blasted its horn (repeatedly) to announce its passing.
It was like the train was taunting us, screaming, “HEY!!!! Christina and Kieran!!!! YOOHOO!!! Wake Up!!! I’m HERE!!!! Do you hear me??? Do you??? DO YOU??!! Let me blow my horn to ensure you know I’m RIGHT here, besides you!”
We soon realized a train, all horns a blazin, barreled next to the campsite, every hour on the hour. Serenity now!
The next morning, the man who ran the place drove by to check up on us, while we were packing up. He smiled and asked, “So, how did you sleep?”
I didn’t say anything about the train, but I vividly remember giving him a smile and bitch slapping him in my mind. KAPOW!!!!!
Overall, Husky Haven Campsite was beautiful, and the couple running the place were so sweet. If you sleep like a rock or have industrial soundproof NASA issued earplugs, I highly recommend this place!
I made spinach and artichoke dip so I needed to make something to dip into it! Camping breadsticks were a perfect dipping choice because they are delicious, fun to cook, and easy to make! You can make your dough ahead time by storing all your dry ingredients in a plastic baggie, then mix it with water at the campsite, or go the easy route and buy store bought breadstick dough! I like store bought dough for this since it’s less mess. Not to mention the dough is already perforated and easy to tear off in perfect portions.
I didn’t invent anything new, if you google camping breadsticks, you’ll see a wide range of techniques and flavors put together. I merely wanted to showcase this particular method and give you some ideas on how to flavor it!
Next time, after I cook the bread, I’m going to place the bread on tin foil, cover with a pinch of oregano, 1/2 cup pizza sauce, and 2-3 big handfuls of mozzarella cheese. I’ll wrap it up in the foil, and plop it down by the fire and cook until the sauce is warm and the cheese is melted.
Man, now I want to get out my BBQ skewers and toast some bread over my gas stove. Excuse me for a moment, will you?