June had arrived and Beth and I had the itch to camp. It had been a long three months in quarantine and the Mountain Aire was clean, full of fuel and ready to go. Our first outing was a short one. We spent five days at Big Bear Lake Camplands, a combined RV park and large permanent campsite facility on the West Virginia-Maryland border off I-68. Two of Beth’s three sons have camps there. It was a great opportunity to visit them and take the first tentative steps back into circulation. Beth’s daughter and her two daughters came up too so we got to visit with three of her four. Later in the week, my youngest son came up too and pitched his tent in the campground. It was a great week for all.
This was our first trip pulling our new Ford F-150. Getting the truck allowed us to carry our mini golf cart which worked out great at Big Bear.
Big Bear Lake has a lot going for it. It is a 5,000 Acre complex in the West Virginia Highlands. Along with the full hookup campground and several tent platforms and cabins, they have a huge water park with a water slide and pool, three lakes for fishing and swimming, a store with an attached restaurant, golf cart rentals and sales, and several hundred permanent campsites which are deeded to the individual owners. There are beautiful world class trails for hiking and biking in a great wooded venue. Temperatures in the area are cool and crisp even on the hottest days.
On Wednesday we traveled five miles over a country road with spectacular views from atop the mountain ridges to Cuzzart, WV for a great meal at Screech Owl Brewing. Screech Owl is the first legal brewery in Preston County. Their restaurant is called the Spent Grain Café. All of their bread, pepperoni rolls, and pizza crusts are made from the beer and spent grain from their brews. It was unusual and very tasty. If you are ever traveling on I-68, and want a unique culinary experience, stop, unhook from your motorhome, and travel to Screech Owl Brewing at 2323 Ralph Livengood Road, Cuzzart, WV. It’s a little over five miles south of the Bruceton Mills Exit 29.
We hope all of the members of our Newmar Family have been staying safe as we continue on the road to a reopening of our country. It’s been a long road and it looks like many challenges are still facing us.
God Bless You.
Bill & Beth White (20471)
West Virginia State Directors