Sharing 42 out of 276 (pictures, that is)

My BFF came for a visit over the weekend.

Red Fox Inn

Peanut Soup at the Red Fox InnWe 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.

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We spent the better part of one day exploring Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.

Harpers Ferry

Harpers Ferry

Harpers Ferry

Harpers Ferry

Harpers FerryAcross 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

Harpers Ferry

Harpers FerryHarpers 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.

Harpers Ferry

Harpers Ferry

Harpers Ferry

Harpers FerryIt’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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Harpers Ferry

Jefferson Rock at Harpers FerryAbove 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…

The Appalachian Trail at Harpers Ferry

But it is time to leave Harpers Ferry.

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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! 😀

Jake & the Burtones
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. The Acoustic Burgoo

On Sunday, we traveled into The City for a museum and a foot-killing, pain-filled tour of the monuments.

World War II Memorial
World War II Memorial (Atlantic)
World War II Memorial

World War II Memorial

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Vietnam War Memorial,
a.k.a., “The Wall”

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statue of soldiers near Vietnam Memorial

Lincoln Memorial

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.

Korean War Memorial
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!

early cherry blossoms

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:
words of FDR

soup kitchen line, FDR Memorial

FDR Memorial
FDR Memorial

FDR Memorial

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.

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15 responses to “Sharing 42 out of 276 (pictures, that is)

  1. I’m had you had such a great weekend! Great photos. I hope your mom has a rapid recovery! Why am I thinking your mom lives close to me. Am I hallucinating again? If she does, I’ll drive wherever you are for a respite lunch. Let me know.

  2. Makes me miss the East coast…I grew up in Virginia. Of course I had no appreciation for the history and beauty then–now, I’d love to go back and drink it all in, well mostly the beauty part!

  3. These are wonderful photos. There is so much to see on the East coast that is just extraordinary. I love it. And my friend I send much aloha and sunshine to you and your family for your mom. Keep positive thoughts. 🙂

  4. What a beautiful and historic area.. and so springlike as we sit here watching the snow accumulate today.. about 4 inches and counting… sigh!

    Remember to take good care of your own self while caring for your mom. I’ll miss you, KC and look forward to your return. Be safe. Hugs.

  5. so beautiful! I’m glad you had a good time 🙂 The Korean War Memorial looks amazing…I don’t think I’ve seen that before, and you’re right, it would look spectacular in the rain or fog.

  6. Oh so beautiful – like a history lesson in photographs for me.

    I will be thinking of you as you take care of your mother – I will miss you too.

  7. Wonderful shots of a great weekend!

  8. Wow, looks like you had a wonderful weekend. I hope you have a safe journey and your mom heals up completely and quickly.

  9. It’s good that you took time off for yourself before you take on the care of your mother.

    It looks like you had a great time. so, when will you start walking the 3000? miles of the Trail?

  10. Beautiful scenery. I want some crabcake sandwiches!

    I love that old brick.

  11. My comment didn’t take the first time. Holey Cow Patties! Love the new blog layout! The picture on the ‘cover’ of your blog is beautiful and that little swipe button rocks! [Especially on my iPad.] 😀

    Is this a standard wordpress layout or did you learn how to code some of this yourself?

  12. great photos!

    and you’re very right – the korean war memorial is downright HAUNTING at night. (i recommend it!!)

    feel better soon / good healing wishes for your mom!

  13. Ohhhhhh I LOVE D.C. this time of year… now you’ve got me hankerin’ to make a run down there! And I love Harpers Ferry ANY time of year! Dennis and I used to spend half our lives up there when we were dating. How SAD that we haven’t been back since we got married! Sheeeeeesh….

    Sounds like you and that other KC had a fantabulous time!!! What a GREAT thing when BFF’s get together!

  14. Wow. So much happened I don’t know what to say anymore!