Traveling Companion: Bill Graveman
Vehicle: Bill's 1994 Honda Accord
Bill at the top of Delaware.
Bill currently lives in Bethesda, MD, but on our way to Delaware we stopped by the construction site of his condo. There were now three concrete block shafts for the stairs and elevators. But second floor framing of the building of the same design down the street was coming along nicely.
We made one more stop on the way--the US Army Ordnance Museum on the Aberdeen Proving Ground. A field full of old tanks and artillery pieces plus a building full of guns, including a WWII German curved-barrel submachine gun for shooting around corners.
Then after cutting through Bill's home for two years Newark to pass through the University of Delaware (and to avoid a tollbooth on I-95), we made for the summit. There is a little controversy about the highest point in Delaware. It was determined to be at in the middle of Ebright Road in a residential neighhood with a marker at the corner of Ebright and Ramblewood Drive, at an elevation of 448.
I'm having a bad hair day at the blustery Delaware summit.
However also at this intersection, Turf Road heads west about 100 meters into a trailer park. Various topographic surveys have put the true highest point in the trailer park, but there is some question as to whether it extends up slightly over the 450-foot mark due to natural geologic processes or because of the grading and leveling in making the park. At any rate, the trailer park is private property, and they prefer that highpointers stay out. Because of this, the Highpointers Club officially recognizes a trip to the sign on Ebright Road.
Is the true Delaware highest point in this trailer park? We may never know.
I hadn't seen Bill in at least three years. Some may scoff at my silly quest, but it has been very good for me. It makes me visit friends, perhaps even make some new ones, and it takes me to places that I probably never would have gone otherwise.
On another note, the Canadian band Moxy Früvous on their otherwise excellent live album Live Noise incorrectly states that Delaware is the state with the lowest highest point. Florida actually holds the honor. On their FAQ page they say that this mistake came from trusting Trivial Pursuit:
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