We had been planning this trip since last week, and had originally planned it for yesterday Thursday, but the forecast said severe storms and possibly large hail in Harpers Ferry, so we took the day for other things (namely going to the feed store and then stopping by my vet's to get more GastroGard for Lily...) and moved our plans for today. The forecast had said 20%-30% chance of rain, with showers in the morning and sun in the afternoon. The big difference from yesterday to today was going to be the temperature: it was in the high 80's yesterday, and today it was in the 50's!
We left the house at 8:00 am to start the hour drive north. It was cold, and it drizzled most of the way up.
|More insane green|
|Arriving at the park|
|We took the shuttle into town. They have a beautiful little old fashioned church with stained-glass windows. It's right on the edge of a cliff.|
|The Potomac. I read the Lewis and Clark story when I was a kid, and this view just reminded me of the descriptions in the book.|
|This was our first time seeing true Northeast forests. Charles joked that it's pretty awesome when you realize that what you saw in movies before is actually even better in real life!|
|A family of Canadian geese braved the river, crossing from one side to the other through the little rapids.|
|Train tracks on the left.|
|The town in early morning. It kind of looked like a ghost town-only a handful of people around.|
|The Appalachian trail runs right through the center of Harpers Ferry. LOTS of hikers!|
|This view reminded us so much of the mountains back on the island! At some point I need to write a post on PR.|
|Tunnel, with a view of the river beyond.|
|Behind us is the point where the Potomac and the Shenandoah rivers join.|
|Harpers Ferry is almost the exact middle point of the Appalachian Trail.|
|Pedestrian bridge next to the train bridge.|
|Stairs winding down from the bridge.|
|Under the bridge. In this photo it looks like the sun had come out. It had not!|
|C&O Canal trail|
|The wind whipping the trees. This was constant! They were 20mph. Add that to 50 degree weather on an overcast day: it was freezing cold!|
|Up the Maryland Heights trail|
|It was beautiful!|
|Back in town. No change in the wind.|
|We went up those stairs later. They led to the Jefferson Rock.|
|We had lunch at this little inn, sitting right on their porch.|
|View close to Jefferson's Rock|
We hiked up part of the way past the rock, then turned around and headed back, as by then the place was crawling with people, especially kids. There were like 6 bus loads' worth of middle school kids. Charles and I were happy to discover that, while we need some work to get back to our old level of fitness, we are in better shape than a lot of those kids attempting to climb up those steps! Ha!
We'll be back. We have a list of things we want to do for next time, and it would be nice if we could just stay overnight to explore at leisure.
Once back home, we stopped by the barn so I could walk Lily for 25 minutes and give her her GastroGard. She is MUCH better on the GI front, which has meant she has been MUCH better mentally as well. I think part of her spazzing out last week was her upset stomach. Despite the wind, the cold, and the horses playing in the field next door, she was an awesomely good girl:
|I put her Thermomanager on for the walk. It was cold, and she's almost completely lost her winter coat by now.|