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Delaware Beaches Jellystone Park, near Lincoln, Delaware

Delaware Beaches Jellystone Park, near Lincoln, Delaware

A Stop on the Phoenix's Grand Fossil Tour

By Jim Fulton

 

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I spent a week at Delaware Beaches Jellystone Park, near Lincoln, Delaware. I came to Delaware primarily to check it off my bucket list. As far as I know there are no significant fossil collections here. The campground was pretty and comfortable, except that my site was seriously out of level, there were few trees and fewer campers.

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Id Flights_GFT_2018_0403
Title Delaware Beaches Jellystone Park, near Lincoln, Delaware
Subtitle A Stop on the Phoenix's Grand Fossil Tour
Keywords Lincoln, Delaware, Delaware Beaches Jellystone Park
Author Jim Fulton
Author's URL http://fenixnest/Phoenix/
Copyright 2017
Status Published: 2018/5/9
Last Revised 2018-05-09

Lincoln, Delaware

Arrived 2018/4/3
Day of Tour 255
Nights Stayed 7
Departed 2018/4/10
Map miles from last stop 217
Mileage on arrival 35,035
Actual miles from last stop 548
Accumulated miles for trip 16,518

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I came to Delaware to check it off my bucket list. As far as I know there are no significant fossil collections here, though I found on a beach the shell of a "living fossil", a horseshoe crab.

The map indicates the route I intended to take, which was mostly interstate. I didn’t want to get off on side roads around Baltimore. But when I plugged the route into Google Maps on my phone to guide me, strange things happened: the app forgot we were in America and gave me instructions in kilometers. And it decided I needed to pull my trailer through small towns with narrow streets. Took me two hours longer than planned.

I stayed at Delaware Beaches Jellystone Park, a pretty campground, except that there were few trees and fewer campers. Maybe they knew something I didn’t: the wind off the ocean, unchecked by trees or neighboring RVs, is fierce. My weather app reported 24mph, but I’m sure the gusts were far stronger.

The park's name is ill-chosen. Not only are Yogi Bear and his cohorts seriously out of date, requiring parents to explain who they were to their kids, who will never care for them the way Mom and Dad imagine they remember caring, but the beaches the name suggests just aren't there. There are lots of towns along the coast with the word 'Beach' in their names, but the beaches that exist are not public. Everywhere are signs that effectively say, "Go Away!" Visitors seeking ocean access are funneled down to Rehoboth Beach and a few other places specialized in mining tourist dollars.

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Around Lincoln

I did spend a day looking for public beaches that turned out not to exist within an easy drive. But that's all right. What I did see, and spend a lot of time thinking about was the vast coastal plane that constitutes eastern Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and New Jersey.

Why did I dwell so long on this plane? Because it's old! The Appalachian Mountains were born during the Ordovician Period some 440 million years ago, as an oceanic plate thrust under what would become the North American plate. The mountains continued rising for the next 200 million years.Wikipedia But as they grew from the bottom, eventually matching the Swiss Alps in height, they wore away from the top, under the constant pressure of the weather. The coastal plane is the accumulated silt from hundreds of millions of years of erosion, turning the coastal margin into hundreds of square miles of what would become vast forests and then rich farmland, while reducing the mountains to mere nubbins of their former selves.

The plane we know is broken up by the vast Chesapeake Bay, rather than the slow, meandering, criss-crossing streams, typical of flat coastal planes, but that is of recent origin. It was formed by a meteor strike a mere 35 million years ago.Wikipedia But for that astronomical accident, the geography of the region would be much simpler.

Anyway, these are the thoughts I had while driving through Delaware, and again as I moved my home into New Jersey. Unfortunately, flat farmland does not tend to yield interesting photographs, but here are a few that I took, mostly of the beaches on the edge of that coastal plane.

Photo Gallery for the Beaches and Coastal Plane near Lincoln, Delaware

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Delaware Beaches Jellystone Park

This park was pricy but reasonably comfortable, though the trees are too young to provide any break to the wind that comes in from the ocean. The gravel lanes and sites are reasonably sized, next to large, grassy spaces for outdoor dining.

My particular site was unfortunate. It was seriously out of level, requiring a complicated stack of shims to support it. In addition, I had to use a double hose to tap into the water supply in the neighboring site.

The photos below reveal how sparse the patronage was during my stay. I suspect April is a slow month for campgrounds everywhere, but the cost-benefit equation for this park seems low, and I would not expect a lot of returnees even in peak season. I don't expect ever to return to Delaware, but if I do, I would have no reason to return to this campground.

Photo Gallery for Delaware Beaches Jellystone Park

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Leveling my Trailer
at Delaware Beaches Jellystone Park
Delaware Beaches Jellystone Park
Address 8295 Brick Granary Rd
Lincoln Delaware 19960
Home Page http://www.delawarejellystone.com/home.htm
Phone ‭(302) 491-6614‬
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Pros
  • Spacious and roomy campground
Cons
  • My site was seriously out of level
  • Needed double hose to access water in adjacent site
Reviews (as of 2018/5/55)
Reviewer Rating Out of
RV Park Reviews 7.1 Good 10
Good Sam 9 10
KOA n/a  
Tripadvisor 3 5
Phoenix 6 10
  Site Type pull-through  
  Site Size 6 10
  Ease of Access 7 10
  WiFiNotes   10

Next Stop

My next stop after leaving Lincoln was the Philadelphia South KOA in Clarksboro, New Jersey. This was to be a staging area for visits to Philadelphia and its museums, as well as a long overdue visit with family.

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