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Dec 28, 2009 - Day 3 - Roanoke Rapids, NC to Harpers Ferry, WV

The beauty of Virginia and West Virginia in the winter is breathtaking. It's stark, cold, just a skeleton of the lush green jewel it becomes in the summertime. Rolling hills cradle the remains of snow in their valleys while the south-facing slopes show the earthy brown of winter dormancy. Here and there a maple or oak tree may have retained some golden leaves. The changing of the seasons is something we don't experience in Florida. I think perhaps we as humans lose something being disconnected from the cycle of the seasons. With nothing to...

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Sep 29, 2009 - Harper's Ferry National Park

The winds have kicked up today and the sky is a beautiful mixture of grey and white clouds skirting around on the breezes. I love windy days = as long as we are not traveling. We have had some sunshine and no rain so far, and the high temperature was around 75, so it is very pleasant. -- We packed a picnic lunch and headed out to the Harper's Ferry National Park which is literally next door and my old lady pass gained us free entry. The first stop was at the visitor center, where we were given a brief description of the park and directed...

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Pretty Damn Nice!

Sep 28, 2009 - Harper's Ferry

Today was a travel day and as usual, we were excited to get going. The morning was crisp and clear with the smell of fall in the air. I couldn't help but take a couple of pictures of trees, in spite of my promise not to this year. I love the green trees with red tips. I'm sorry. I just couldn't help myself. -- We traveled further south out of Pennsylvania back into Maryland and into West Virginia, a state which we have not been in before. We will miss Ohio, Connecticut and Rhode Island on our trip to the East Coast this time. Today's...

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Pretty Damn Nice!

Jun 30, 2009 - The Three Month Anniversary

...Made it through the Shenandoahs...made it over the infamous "Roller Coaster"...and then I finally made it to West Virginia!! I started the Trail March twenty-ninth and three months later I walked into Harpers Ferry, WV on June twenty-ninth. I almost cried when I walked up the steps of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy Headquarters, but I held back the tears. All I could keep thinking to myself was, "wow...i just walked 1,013 miles to get here!" Harpers Ferry, WV is not the literal half-way point on the Trail, but it is the psychological...

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Jun 24, 2009 - Two more off the list

Here we go again. To get to our first destination today we had to drive out of Pennsylvania, into Maryland and then Virginia before finally arriving in West Virginia. All of this was accomplished in under 50 miles and in less than an hour. First stop today, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. Most people have heard of Harpers Ferry because of the abolitionist John Browns raid here in 1859. Here's a quick background of that event. John Brown believed that he could free the slaves and selected Harpers Ferrry as his starting point. This...

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Oct 27, 2008 - Scene of the Crime

Harpers Ferry remembers John Brown - Monday, October 27 Harpers Ferry is a town of great scenic beauty. It sits at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers an hour west of Washington D.C., a location that has linked it forever to our country’s past. The list of people who have walked the streets of Harpers Ferry reads like a Who’s Who of American History. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Meriwether Lewis, Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, George Armstrong Custer, J.E.B. Stuart, General Philip Sheridan, Abraham Lincoln,...

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2008 Keys 2 Canada

Jul 31, 2008 - Harper's Ferry, WV

Harper’s Ferry is much more than the site where John Brown led an attack against the Union Armory in an attempt to rally the anti slave proponents on the eve of the Civil War. He was later hung for treason. As John was reading the abolitionist history story he was struck by the facts that the slaves were freed 4 years later by the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 and the end of the Civil War in 1865. They were later given the right to vote by the 15 Amendment passed 7 years after that in 1870. His wife and daughters weren’t given the right...

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Jul 29, 2008 - Harpers Ferry,WV

We were playing cards late into the night with some friends from upper New York state. Got to bed late and got up late , around 10 AM. Gary left to go up to Charles Town to get his truck oil change and to pick up a few things from the Wal-Mart store. Norma works for Wal-Mart in Cape Coral and gets a discount from the store prices. So the three of us went to Harpers Ferry for a sight-seeing tour of the old town. Very nice old building from around 1800's on the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers. We had a very nice time and now back to the K.O.A....

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HARLEY, MISSY

Jul 28, 2008 - Harpers ferry, WV

We did not get up until around 10 AM because we were up playing cards with some friends from down at the dog park. We had a great time with some dogs that we meet while on the horse back tour of the battle field. We talked about the great time we have had on this vacation and about everything else in the world until around midnight. We were up before Gary and had to get him up before he could get his pants and shoes on. We three took a walk down the rock road of the camp ground to the dog area so we could do our thing. Norma was back at...

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HARLEY, MISSY

Jun 28, 2008 - John Brown's body lies a mouldrin' in his grave

I am becoming to understand American a bit more. It’s kind of like England but compressed. In America’s brief history, only a mere three hundred years she has done so much in such a short space of time. I think that no any country in the world has achieved so much in such a short space of time. And I mean that sincerely. I don’t know were I learnt it but I did, “John Browns body lies a moldrin’ in his grave… and his soul goes marching on”. And here I am in Harpers Ferry, such an unexpected place, full of American History, those pioniers who...

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Nov 11, 2007 - Cleaning, Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

Sunday-Tuesday, November 11-13, 2007 Sunday-Monday, November 11-12, 2007 Depending on which day anyone chooses to celebrate, Sunday and Monday were Veteran's Day. They were also days for cleaning. Rick cleaned out the vents for the washer/dryer. I ironed, cleaned out and washed the refrigerator, vacuumed, dusted, and washed mirrors, windows, and floors. Rick cut blocks of wood and I painted them black to use under our electric candles. We put them in the front window. Rick also finished his maintenance jobs. Everything was then ready for...

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Sep 20, 2007 - Harpers Ferry, WV

Back to the history lessons - we were headed to Harpers Ferry, West Virginia today. We had intended to go to Antietam as well, but we found that Harpers Ferry was much more involved than we had expected. From a Civil War perspective, we were finally doing the battles in the correct order. The battle at Harpers Ferry occurred just days before Antietam (but before Gettysburg and Monocacy and after both Battles at Manassas). Harpers Ferry is part of this large national park that is nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains where the Shenandoah and...

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