Central VA Trailblazers / Bear’s Den Hostel & Harper’s Ferry Trip

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We went up north this past weekend to Harper’s Ferry for some sightseeing and hiking. The weather was very accommodating and we took lots of photos.

Here’s a look at the hike to Raven Rock and back. It is described as strenuous due to the 1500 ft. vertical gain and the very rocky trail on the AT. I was happy to discover that wicking materials really do work in the cool weather. Listening to the wind in the trees I often hiked alone, at my own pace, happy to be among the trees on a trail that has seen many amazing hikers on their way to Georgia or Maine.

Earlier we all went to the town of Harper’s Ferry and had some food and drink. There’s lots to see here and they do reenactments of the John Brown drama that precipitated the American Civil War. There are many old, stone buildings that were painstakingly built with materials from the surrounding mountains. I was drawn to the foundation of an old church on the side of a steep hill overlooking the river and mountains. It has been nearly destroyed during the Civil War, later rebuilt and then left for another location closer to the town.


It was a fun trip. I enjoyed the company and the many opportunities for photo captures. Here are some pics!

 
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A really good, antiwar song by Bob Dylan entitled, appropriately, John Brown. Mr Brown, of course, was trying to precipitate conflict over the institution of slavery. It’s a tragic flaw in the human character that it cannot give up the absurd without a lot of bloodshed. And war.
 

5 thoughts on “Central VA Trailblazers / Bear’s Den Hostel & Harper’s Ferry Trip

  1. Nice shots, David! Really loved the one with the old church ruins framing the town below. You have a good eye and great technical skills.

  2. This is a superb post and your photos are absolutely gorgeous! I also agree re Dylan and war.

    Hope you made it through Sandy without too much damage!

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