Sunday, September 9, 2018

Frederick + Harpers Ferry
















September 2, 2018

A Sunday spent solo-roadtripping in an L-shape: up to Maryland, first to Bethesda for bagels and coffee then to Frederick for a quiet, cloudy walk through downtown and nearby neighborhoods and the canal park, then across state borders again to West Virginia to go hiking and exploring in Harpers Ferry, then retracing my steps back home to Northern Virginia. 

The locations were picked more or less at random; I wanted to drive through a few different states in the same day and see some interesting places. I was most pleasantly surprised by Harpers Ferry -- I only knew it as a key Civil War site, but Civil War history is not of particular interest to me. To my enjoyment, the area only focuses a little on the war sites and more on the town itself, a series of buildings built in the 1700-1800s nestled into the side of rolling hills. I also took advantage of the weather and hiked the 2-miles-each-way, nearly vertical climb up to the most popular overlook, an outcropping of boulders overlooking the river below and the town that bisects it. 

The day was both a good way to see a few nearby cities within easy driving distance of D.C. and a chance to get out of the hubbub of the city and visit the "real" world again. I never realise how ingrained I am in D.C. culture until I leave it and people say hi to each other and are generally pleasant to strangers they pass (what a wild concept).

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