Day 22: Virginia

Wednesday,  September 25, 2013

We drive through the Virginia countryside.  There are horse farms, orchards and vineyards with wineries.  We go by a sign selling fresh duck eggs and past a well-stocked pumpkin patch.  There are so many idyllic rural scenes of grazing animals, red barns and silos along the winding hills.  We mention how nice it must be to live here.  We’re told that Lynchburg would be a good place.  It’s near the University of Virginia and there are enough activities to make it interesting.  Our friend points out the deep valleys and told us how his friend was using a backhoe to dig through the snow.  It was so deep that the backhoe got stuck and needed another backhoe to get it out!  Oh, well, we won’t be moving any time soon.

It’s off season so it’s not busy when we arrive in Harper’s Ferry.  It’s has a significant place in American history: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Brown’s_raid_on_Harpers_Ferry.

There are people walking around, but there’s plenty of elbow room.  This is definitely a tourist area as a large portion of the buildings were just storefronts of old-time businesses.  You can peer in or open the door and walk in for a better view.  Our friend and his wife lead the way as we start the hike up to the lookout point in the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park.  It was a two hour hike each way.  Teens to seniors occasionally pass us, but no problem, we will get there.  Oh, what a sight!  The whole town was laid out in front of us.

Soldier at ease

Soldier at ease

Walking up to the lookout

Walking up to the lookout

One hiker prefers to feel the ground

One hiker prefers to feel the ground

Old support posts. Could they be from an earlier bridge?

Old support posts. Could they be from an earlier bridge?

Harper's Ferry

Harper’s Ferry

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