Civil War era novel that mentioned John Brown and Harpers Ferry, so I thought we should go check it out. While I'd heard of Harpers Ferry, I don't think I'd ever been there before.
It was just the right distance away, about 1.5 hours, split between highway for the first part, and winding country 2-lane roads for the second, with plenty of rolling vistas and fall colors on the way. When we got to the National Park parking lot, we learned there are two ways to get to the main historical town area - take a shuttle bus or hike (an easy terrain 1.5 miler.) Guess which we did.
When we got down there, we found they were commemorating the War of 1812, so we sat and listened to some fife & drum, and an explanation of uniforms and other military traditions of the time.
Little House series.
Poppy, however, was "so tired", you know because she had such a hard job of riding on Dad's back during our hike.
But tickling brings out a smile.
Appalachian Trail between its two ends in Maine and Georgia. We saw several Trail hikers throughout our day, reminding Ed that hiking the AT is high on his bucket list. And if that's not enough, Harpers Ferry is at the confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers, which was pretty awesome to look out at, and which fascinated the mountain man in Ed. We saw some kayakers out there in super hero Halloween costumes.
Ed's a reader. Meaning, in any historical spot, scenic outlook, museum, etc. - anywhere that has a marker or sign to be read, he reads it. That's good, because he learns a lot, and then can tell me about it if I'm interested. Me, I glance or skim, but I like to keep moving. I like to take in a place, not scrutinize it.
This is easily my favorite photo of the day. This fellow was playing some mean banjo; Ginger and I watched him for a long time, enthralled. I love the banjo. Then when the others joined us, they all broke into spontaneous dance, and danced uninhibited in the street for quite a few minutes. There's nothing like music, dance, views, history, (and a little frozen custard) to make a fabulous Fall family day.