John and Janet 2019 Louisiana travel blog

National Historical Park

Visitor Center

AM Fog

St. Peters Church

Shenandoah River

Shenandoah River

Flood Levels

High Street

John Brown Museum

Confluence: Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers

Train and Pedestrian Bridge

Three National Trails

The Point

Appalachian Trail

Local Tradition

Don't Know The Story


Train Arrives

More Locks

The Confluence

Flowering Quince


John Brown Monument

Monument and Harpers Ferry

Lewis and Clark

St. Peters

Back At Camp

Not Thomas Jefferson Point

A Civil War Site

Today we visit Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. It is our first day on the motorcycle.

It is a short ride to the Park’s Visitor Center. From here we take a shuttle to the Lower Town. John heads immediately to the Shenandoah River. It is a beautiful morning.

We make it to The Point. We view the confluence of the Shenandoah and the Potomac Rivers. So many pictures to take.

We continue to the train and pedestrian bridge that crosses the Potomac River. We can now say that we have hiked the Appalachian Trail. Okay, we hiked a SHORT section of the trail. It is a local tradition to leave locks on the bridge. I do not know the history of this but there are a lot of locks.

Harpers Ferry is in West Virginia. We cross the Potomac River and are in Maryland. We are standing in four National Parks: Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, Appalachian National Scenic Trail, Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park and the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail.

We continue to explore Harpers Ferry. We find John Brown’s monument. We find a Lewis and Clark marker. Harpers Ferry is where they supervised the building of their iron framed boat and gathered supplies.

After lunch we get back on the motorcycle. It is a short ride to Bolivar Heights. I thought this was where Thomas Jefferson viewed Harpers Ferry and commented on its beauty. I am wrong. It is a Civil War site.

We head back to the campground for a wine tasting. I find out that the Jefferson viewpoint is in town and requires climbing a great many steps. Pass.

It has been a great day! Tonight we rest up. Tomorrow we make another short move south.

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