2 Posts In 1: Relaxing At Rocky Gap Lodge & George Washington’s Cabin! (MD) “DAYS 297 & 298” – 4/27/11, 4/28/11

April 29, 2011 - 9:40 am - (MD) “DAY 297” - Week 44 - State 41

Let me start by saying that even though I came to this resort (Rocky Gap Lodge) to just relax and do nothing for the week, I woke up this morning after only two days of rest and had to do something!  I can’t help myself. 😉

Walking The Property
So, I took a shower, through on some cloths, and decided to walk the property. (I figured I’d get some exercise while enjoying the beautiful views this area of Maryland has to offer.)

I kind of did this yesterday, but today I walked a little further and stayed out much longer.   The first area I stopped at was pool and hot tub area, I stopped here first to see how long this facility was open because the hot tub might be an option later tonight.

Is there a better way to relax than in a hot tub?  Hmmm...  On second thought, there is, but only if you have a hot girl giving you a shoulder massage while in the hot tub. 😉

After leaving the pool area, I walked around the lake for about a mile. (To walk the entire circumference of the lake is a 4.2 miles and I wasn’t going that far, I don’t want to die when I’m suppose to be relaxing.) LOL

Once I was done with that, I headed toward the golf course to just take a look at a hole or two. (I don’t have the cash to rent clubs and play a round, so observing a few holes is the best I can do.)

At this point in my day it was around 1 pm, so I decided to get back to my for room to grab my car keys so I could drive downtown to get some food. (The food here is good but it’s hotel prices and I can’t afford a $15 lunch after tipping.)

Driving Into Cumberland
The nearest city to the Rocky Gap Lodge is Cumberland, MD.  So, for the past two days and obviously today, I drove the 7 mile ride in order to get food for the day.

I’m not thrilled about what I have been eating, but my standard meal for the week has been 2 McDouble’s from McDonald’s and a 3 piece fried chicken from Roy Rogers. (I eat the burgers first and hold the chicken for later.  Fried chicken has a long shelve life out of the fridge.)

Tanning/Relaxing By The Lake
After I got back to the room and ate, I looked out the window and realized it was still very nice out.  So, I put on my tanning shorts and went out by the lake to relax until the sun went down.

But, I didn’t end up staying that long as the clouds eventually covered the sky (blocking the sun), so around 4-5 pm I grabbed my things and went back to my room for the rest of the night.

Watching TV Until Bed Time
Once I got into my room, that was it for the day.  There isn’t a huge nightlife here although there are a few bars in the hotel.  But, not wanting to drink limits the activities you can do at night in this area or any area for that matter, especially during the week.

The truth is, I didn’t mind this at all as I’m a TV buff and haven’t had many days this year where I could just sit in front of a TV and watch it all night long.  (In my life though, I’ve spent many days like this.) 🙁 🙂

Anyway, I don’t remember everything I watched but I know I watched a little baseball, some NBA play-off games, and of course... the season premiere of South Park. (So funny!  I’m sorry Kyle, so sorry!, If you saw last night episode (Wednesday’s), you’re laughing right now.) LOL

Crashing Before 1 AM
I’m exactly sure when I went to bed, but I know it was before 1 am because I didn’t speak to Jeremy tonight as I normally do. (Jeremy always calls me around 10 pm California time, so since I’m on the east coast, that makes it  1 am call and I never even heard it.)  That’s it, another relaxing day.  🙂

Thanks for reading!

April 29, 2011 - xx:xx - (MD) “DAY 298” - Week 44 - State 41

When I woke in my room this morning after basically relaxing for 3 days straight, I couldn’t take it anymore and had to find something I could afford to do today (besides hiking).  Hey, I still want to relax. 😉

Checking The Hotel For Activities I Can Do
One of the many good things this hotel has, is that there is a board with activities posted in the lobby for you look at everyday.  Also, they have a machine (like a kiosk) that lets you search the entire area for things to do and if you pick something, it prints out a little slip with all the information you need.  Pretty cool! 🙂

After searching through the machine, I saw that one of George Washington’s Cabins was located in Cumberland. (Pretty much where I was getting food the past 3 days.)

So, since I knew it wasn’t that far and then, add in the fact that I love American history (as well as anything American) and this was an easy decision. (This last sentence wasn’t written so smoothly, my bad.)

George Washington’s Cabin
I arrived at George’s cabin around 1 pm (we’re friends now, hey I’m at his house) and was super interested in the all the writings they had there explaining this area which was where GW lived for a few years.

I learned that he lived here as a aide to General Braddock who was the commander of the Virginia Military Forces.  But after General Braddock died in battle during the French-Indian war in 1955, Georgie Boy took over command of Virginia Military.

F.Y.I. - GW warned Braddock about the backwoods warfare he would face, but he didn’t listen and he lost his life as George led the remaining men off the battle field.  George himself, had 4 bullet holes through cloths but escaped unharmed.

There is a lot more I could tell you, but it’s nothing you can’t read in the history books if you’re interested further.  But, one more fact that I thought was interesting was he was only 22 years old when he took over command of the Virginia Military. (I was getting drunk every night at WVU at that age.) 😉

The Potomac River
Whenever I have thought about George Washington and what he has done for our county, for some reason (outside of being our first president), I always think about him crossing the Potomac river.

Well, here I am looking at the Potomac River and to be honest... I think I can swim across it.  Now, I don’t remember the whole story about his crossing but now I have to look it up because this doesn’t seem to impressive. 😉

None-the-less, as our first president did, I crossed the Potomac river. (Well... except I did on foot across a bridge that’s named after him.)  Another thing I didn’t know until right then was that once I got to the other side of the bridge (40 yards-ish), I was in West Virginia.  Huh?  Ya learn something new everyday.

Checking Out The Rest Of Cumberland
Now, even though I’ve been to Cumberland everyday since I have been at the Rocky Gap Lodge (just to get food), I haven’t really looked around town.  So, since today is the day I’m back to doing things, I walked through their main drag to see what they had to offer.

As I just learned from the GW tour, this is a very old town/community with a rich American history.  But, I also found out that this is a very small town now, with almost no population (or at least a visible one).

What I mean is, this city was dead as many of the stores were closed.  And, it was good reason because there weren’t any people around to buy anything anyway.  Yes, there were a few shoppers, but I have no idea how the stores that are open even stay that way.  It was that lifeless.

Getting My Daily Rations
After checking out the town, I drove to McDonald’s and then Roy Rogers so I could get my daily ration of food for the day. (It costs me $7 and I have enough food for the day.)

The crazy thing is and I have seen this now in many small towns, is that McDonald’s is packed with people.  I didn’t see anybody in town, but at McDonald’s you could hold a town meeting.  The inside was packed and the drive-thru had a line that stretched into another parking lot.  And we wonder why Americans are fat!

Back To My Room For The Night
By the time I got back to my room it was after 5 pm and all I did for the rest of the night was TV.  I watched some movies, some sitcoms, some sports, and the NFL draft.

The crazy thing about the draft was is that the Pittsburgh Steelers drafted Ohio State defensive lineman Cameron Heyward (son of Craig “Ironhead” Heyward).  Anyway, the crazy part is, I met him at the Super Bowl in Dallas (at the NFL Experience).

F.Y.I. - I forgot to get a picture with him because I was in autograph mode when I met him.  The problem was, I didn’t have anything for him to sign and by the time I realized I should have just took a picture with him, he had walked off with his agent or whoever was leading him around.  Damn!

Well... that was my last day of relaxing as tomorrow I’m back to the Pittsburgh area to continue on with the last 8 weeks (and change) of my journey.  I”m refreshed and ready to tackle the world again!  Thanks again to my friend who got me this room.  It was much needed and I enjoyed myself.  Thank you! 🙂

Thanks for reading!


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  1. John says:

    I’m not saying that Washington never crossed the Potomac (I’m sure he did a lot of travelling), but I think the crossing you’re thinking of is when he crossed the Delaware to attack the Hessians on Christmas in Trenton. In 1982 a plane crashed into the Potomac IN Washington, D.C. Maybe that’s what you’re thinking of…?

  2. Dad says:

    I’m glad your ready for the final 2 months. Let’s
    make them memorable !!!!!!!!!!

  3. bennervous says:

    You have tanning shorts? Really? Tanning shorts?? What are they? Are they those little spandex-like shorts that are really short? Almost like one of those little bathing suits or “boy shorts” that hot girls wear? Tanning shorts? It sounds so European!

  4. dave says:

    No… LOL just regular gym shorts… 🙂


  5. jeremy from columbus says:

    Washington’s crossing of the Potomac came during the war when his unit was surrounded on 3 sides by the British with the river to his back. They all knew they would be attacked the next day and forced to either die or surrender. The weather that day was really cold and rainy, which made wagon travel impossible. Luckily for America, it turned frigidly cold that night and froze the muddy ‘roads,’ and GW was able to sneak his unit out of sure-defeat because the ice would hold the weight of the wagons and cannons he was getting out of the area. You know the rest of the story. A lot of history buffs consider this his most strategic victory of the war.

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