I feel your pain, Chip. Last weekend I had a grey squirrel chew a hole in my critter proof (?), odor proof blue barrel. Not through the body, but through the edge of the lid and into the blue plastic. No food lost but it ruined the barrel.
I love maps and charts. When I was a navigator on a ship I used to save the old charts when a new addition came out instead of throwing them away. They were all corrected manually and were usable. I kept them flat under my bunk mattress (rolling charts and maps is a no-no !). One dark and...
Thanks for the TR. Do you still keep a website going with your trip reports? I lost track of it as it seemed you were no longer posting there. I enjoyed going thru your adventures.
The MH stuff will be fine. A recent story is that guys at the MH processing plant opened some that were over 30 years old, tested and then ate them. They were as good as the day they were made. I believe they no longer put expiration dates on the packages, just manufacturing dates...
Welcome from another Marylander! Camping at the backcountry sites at Assateague is nice in the off season when the bugs are gone. The Patuxent River also has paddle - in campsites (reservations required). Both require that you pack in your fresh water as there are no sources available.
A couple of us try to get a 3 day paddle in there between the closures and Christmas. I just got summoned for jury duty (federal court) for the month of December so I might not make it this year. Mike is right- this is the best time to camp in the Assateague backcountry.