My BFF came for a visit over the weekend.
We had a lovely lunch at the Red Fox Inn: peanut soup and crab cake sandwiches. Yum!
This historic inn located in the town of Middleburg has been in business since 1728.
We spent the better part of one day exploring Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.
Across the Potomac River from Harpers Ferry is the C&O Canal and Towpath. The Railroad and the C&O Canal were in competition with one another. In the end, the trains were faster and cheaper. The C&O Canal Towpath is now a lovely trail for hiking and biking.
Harpers Ferry is nearly the half-way point on the Appalachian Trail. It is also the site of John Brown’s fort.
This town changed hands 8 times during the Civil War.
It’s a long way up these steps to the place where Thomas Jefferson wrote eloquently about the view… but it’s worth it. Along the way you will pass a church that escaped shelling during the Civil War by flying the British “Union Jack” flag, proclaiming that it took no sides — neither North nor South. You will also pass a church that did not have the same luck.
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Above is the spectacular view (from Jefferson Rock) that so moved Thomas Jefferson: the meeting of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers amongst mountains and rocky valley.
Here is where we could travel southward on the Appalachian Trail, if only we had time…
But it is time to leave Harpers Ferry.
We had a busy weekend…
Not only did we visit Middleburg and Harpers Ferry, we managed to visit two wineries and attended a
Guinness St. Patrick’s Day party.
Thank you, SuperDad, for being our designated driver!
KCINNOTX actually liked Jake & the Burtones (above) better than The Acoustic Burgoo (below), but being up near the front and actually being able to hear them clearly might have influenced her impressions.
On Sunday, we traveled into The City for a museum and a
foot-killing, pain-filled tour of the monuments.
World War II Memorial
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Vietnam War Memorial,
a.k.a., “The Wall”
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The Lincoln Memorial
Gratuitous heads of school children being photographed by their leader, left in photograph for perspective.
(Below) View from the Lincoln Memorial toward Washington Memorial. The Reflecting Pool has been drained for maintenance since October 2010.
I very much would like to see this Korean War Memorial at night, on a dark, rainy day or a foggy, misty morning. The statues portray soldiers sweeping through field and brush in miserable weather. Our beautiful, sunny Spring day did not do this memorial justice.
Not that I’m complaining about the weather!
In another week or two, the Tidal Basin will be filled with the reflection of Cherry Blossoms. For now, there is the promise of blooms in bud and a haze of pink on the distant trees.
Speaking of promise… here are a few photos from the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial. His message is appropriate for today’s world:
Thomas Jefferson Memorial
It was a wonderful weekend.
I treasure our friendship and I especially appreciated the good times together (and the good weather!) while taking my mind off other things.
Tomorrow I’ll be “flying the friendly skies.”
I’ll be silent from blogging for a few weeks while I am visiting my mother. She had cancer surgery last week and I am going to be her post-surgery caregiver.