It was with some fear and trepidation that I pushed the “Enter” button on my computer to reserve the campsite that night. I was planning out the route for our recent journey out east, an attempt to “bag” as many of the eastern state highpoints as we could manage during our 10 days on the road. My hesitation is caused by the location of this particular campground; while it is in a perfect location for us to be able the climb three peaks in close proximity the day following our arrival, it is situated in Accident, Maryland.
While I am not overly suspicious by any means, I also do not believe in tempting fate. Nonetheless, I booked our site for the night of July 18th at the BumbleBee Campground and RV Park in Accident. Looking back, I see that I even made a note on our itinerary “I feel we may be pressing our luck here…”
It turned out to be a great decision; no accidents involved. We headed out from our home near Green Bay, Wisconsin at our usual 4 am departure time. After a slight problem with our camper braking indicator, which we ultimately decided to ignore and have checked out when we arrived at our destination if it was still causing problems, our trip was blessedly uneventful.
Around 8 pm we were nearing the campground but realized that, even though we had tried to follow the directions provided on the website, we were lost. I made a call to the BumbleBee and a very friendly voice, Tim, gladly gave us directions and assured us we were almost there. Even with his directions, however, the campground was a bit tricky to find. Our efforts were rewarded upon arrival however.
Our site was tree-lined, spacious and right across from the restrooms! Glancing around the campground, we noticed all sites were large, trees plentiful and the feeling was peaceful and relaxing. The sites have full hookups, as well as a large fire ring and a nice picnic table. A welcome change from our 16 hours on the road! Even the puppies who accompanied us, at no extra charge I might add, were thrilled to get out of the car!
We met Tim and learned that he is the owner of the BumbleBee. He gave us a map of the area and helped out with directions and suggested activities and places to eat. As it was one of our first trips with our camper, and being the friendly guy he was, Tim also helped us back up the camper to get it close to the hookups—always a good thing!
We quickly set up and I set a pot of our Tuscan stew on to simmer as by now we were all quite famished. I then stepped over into the large, clean restrooms and took the best hot shower I have ever had! It was delicious.
We came back and enjoyed our dinner in a very pleasant setting before finally turning in around 11:30 pm., in anticipation of our highpoint hikes to come the following day. While we were not out of town yet, I was beginning to believe that a name is just a name and that Accident is not a prediction. I am still curious as to how the town was named however…
For more campgrounds in the area of Accident, browse Woodall’s listings of Maryland Campgrounds.