ABOUT 28 years ago we went to Pocomoke River State Park, Shad Landing area, because we wanted an inexpensive place to take our two small boys. We have been back almost every year, and those two boys now bring their children to continue our tradition of camping.

We can be there from our home in Laurel in about three hours. The park is close to our other favorite places, Chincoteague and Assateague. Ocean City is about the same distance in the other direction.

Grandpa and all the big kids in our family live to fish. Here they can move from the catch and release pond, to fishing from the boat docks and then to a canoe in Corker's Creek. We all have stories about these trips. Remember how our granddaughter hated to touch the worms? How about the time someone dropped a wristwatch in the creek? There's the spot where your dad caught his first fish all those years ago.

Meanwhile, Grandma can be found walking, the soft needles underfoot and the aroma of pine all around, or reading. It's hard to decide whether to read at the campsite with all the songbirds to listen to, or to take a book down by the water where a blue heron might be sighted.

CAROL McCLELLAN

Laurel

Pocomoke River State Park, 410-632- 2566, www.dnr.state.md.us/ publiclands/eastern/pocomokeriver .html.