At the beginning of the summer, before it got hot, I actually went camping. Well, it was still hot, but not like the 100+ degree heat we’ve been having in the mid-Atlantic recently.
I went to Harpers Ferry, WV and it was quite a trip. The town of Harpers Ferry is very nice. Little shops and restaurants share the hillside real estate and look down on tubers who float down the Potomac (many of them a tad intoxicated.
One of the neat things about Harpers Ferry is that it’s the corner of three states: Virginia, Maryland, and West Virginia. It’s pretty much impossible not to cross state lines every day you stay there. Another line involved is the Appalachian Trail. Harpers Ferry is considered the “spiritual half-way point” on the AT and I think it would be a fantastic little place to take respite from the trail. Here’s an interesting sign you don’t see every day!
We took a walk across the river at one point, a walk that parallels the old train tracks that still run by the once-thriving trade town. They had to make a hole in the mountain to get the trains where they needed to go.
At the end of a long day at Harpers Ferry, its good to get a scoop or two at Scoops Ice Cream Café. They have a TON of great frozen treats and even offer a discount for Boy and Girl Scouts! I tried to claim the discount but the lady said I was too old!
The weekend went pretty well overall. The camping part was a hassle and the decision to rent a site near the water was a mistake of bugtastic proportions, but at least I got to pitch my tent for the first time in years!