2016 Winter Trek travel blog

Early morning in Lower Town of the Harpers Ferry Historic District

Looking toward the gap in the Blue Ridge Mountains made by the...

Wooly blanket of clouds being drawn back

Piers from the old highway and RR bridge across the Shenandoah River

Rope swing inviting a jump into the Shenandoah River

A look at "John Brown's Fort" from under the RR bridge

Old B&O Railroad bridge carries the Appalachian Trail across the Potomac and...

Love Locks are starting to make their appearance on the fence on...

Safety fence separating the Appalachian Trail from the CSX Tracks

Harpers Ferry Tunnel through the mountain

Looking up at Maryland Heights Cliff

Osprey nesting on old B&O RR Bridge

The osprey on the wing

Another look at the osprey flying

B&O Railroad Crossing with Maryland Heights Cliff in the background

John Brown Raid Memorial

St. Peters Roman Catholic Church

Looking up High Street in Lower Town

Some more buildings on High St.

General Store on Potomac St.


I got up this morning to see what sunrise at the junction of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers looks like and I wasn't disappointed. Dawn had broken, but the sun hadn't yet peeked above the Blue Ridge Mountains by the time I got to the point in Harpers Ferry Historic district. The CSX rail line from the Shenandoah Subdivision and Cumberland Subdivision cross the Potomac on the B&O Railroad Crossing just upstream from its confluence with the Shenandoah. As the tracks enter Maryland they enter the Harpers Ferry Tunnel just below Maryland Heights Cliff. I crossed the B&O bridge to Maryland and hiked another portion of the Appalachian Trail while I crossed. So far I've walked about 1 mile of the trail so there's only about 2,179 miles left. The National Park Service is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year and the Appalachian National Scenic Trail has invited everyone to get outside and hike 100 miles on the Appalachian Trail during the year 2016. I'll have to find another opportunity to get in the other 99 miles this year. Hope you enjoy the early morning look at Harpers Ferry and the two rivers that meet there.

After returning to Winnie, we spent the day relaxing. No sightseeing. We head to Baltimore tomorrow for some family time. There probably will be some kid pictures. Stay tuned.

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