It was our intent to head straight to Deale when leaving Kentucky. As it turned out, a friend suggested that we may want to check out Harper’s Ferry. As neither of us had ever been there, we decided to take a detour and check it out.
As we headed on our way, we encountered some nasty weather. Fortunately we had just stopped at a rest stop to fix some lunch when the storm hit. So we waited it out, it took about an hour to pass but since we were safe and off the road, there was no rush. Once the weather cleared, we headed out again.
As we passed through Charleston, WV, you could see areas of devastation from the interstate. They had a number of exits flagged with “No Sightseeing”, evidently they had experienced a problem with people who wanted to see the devastation up close, We continued on and was almost to the Maryland state line but decided it was getting late so we should find a place to stay.
As Steve was driving, I was calling campgrounds for available sites. I was on the phone with a campground when I asked them what exit they were at, she responded Exit 15, I look up and we were at the exit so I just yelled “get off now” and Steve responded like a champ and made the exit. (He may of made a few comments under his breath but I was still on the phone with the campground so I missed them.)
We proceeded to get to the campground over washed out roads and lots of bouncing. It turned out the folks were very nice but we had to drive 3 miles into the woods on a narrow, unpacked, partial washed out road. But we made it and parked and was settled before dark.
The campground was Chestnut Ridge Park, located in Bruceton Mills, WV.
The forest was really beautiful and quiet, and would have been quite nice if the roads had not been so bad. The park manager did say she had reported it but there were too many more critical areas that had priority so we certainly could understand that.
We had a comfortable night and the next morning headed to Harper’s Ferry.
The drive through western Maryland was beautiful. We stopped for lunch at a rest stop and took a few pictures. Again, we find it amazing how much beautiful open land there is in this country and the numerous places to explore. We take in as much as we can but it just isn’t possible to see it all.
We made it to Harper’s Ferry around 2 PM. They have a huge parking area at the welcome center, plenty of room for the RV and tow. Once parked we picked up a shuttle and it first took us on a tour of Bolivar Heights Battlefield. It sat high over the rivers and provided amazing views.
We then took anther shuttle into Harper’s Ferry and visited the historical buildings and read about the history of John Brown. We stopped in the only real pub and had a cold drink, it was really quite warm.
Afterwards, we walked out to the point where the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers come together, and then took the footbridge to the C&O Canal and Maryland Heights.
We walked along the streets and admired the old buildings. While you can tell where restoration had taken place, there is still a lot of original structures still standing and period displays had been created.
Yes, we walked up these stairs.
By 5:30 we were ready to head out, we needed to find a place for the night. We walked along the Winchester & Potomac Railroad trestle on our way to pick up the shuttle.
We decided to find a Walmart for the night as we were only a few hours from Deale but did not want to arrive after dark. We found an accommodating Walmart in Frederick, Md. And settled in for the night.