Today Mom and I enjoyed road tripping to Harper’s Ferry. I’ve been eyeing this spot for a while, interested in both the history and Appalachian Trail culture of the town. Today was less hiking, though we did nab a spot behind the AT Conservancy, and more about exploring the town, learning its history, and enjoying the unique old world/new world architecture. The red bricks and stone work were stunning; we also enjoyed crossing the Potomac River into Maryland via the pedestrian bridge.
This served as double awesome for me, as (nearly) 5 years ago, Christine and I powered southbound on the AT over that same bridge, en route to completing the 4-State “Challenge”. Short version – 48.8 miles on the AT, starting on the Pennsylvania/MD boarder and hiking through Maryland, West Virginia, and climbing up up up up into Virginia in 18-ish hours during a snowstorm. You don’t want the long version. Trust me, I was there.
Thankfully today there was no snowstorm. And as it was still light, the town was very easy to explore. Last time I motored through, it was pitch black with snow and we got lost and delayed. I didn’t really stop to enjoy the history, culture, or architecture, as I was hunting for the damn blazes (trail markers).
But today I grabbed my big camera, and flexed some photography muscles. It was fun to take shots, frame a bit, and just get wrapped up enjoying a special afternoon date with my Mom. Enjoy!
Tomorrow I’m at the Clinical Center again for labs and a check-up on the 12th floor OutPatient Clinic. I’m hoping my kidneys have enjoyed all the extra fluids I’ve chucked their way, and that my blood counts are looking good. But that’s for tomorrow.
Mom just finished cooking my pasta – I know this because she just said, “Echo, stop timer!” Yes, Andy has introduced Mom to Alexa and Echo; she loves them. I only pranked her once – Mom turned the tree and living room off the other day, so I very quietly told the Alexa device in my room to “turn Christmas tree on.” Of course, the tree came on – but was met with total silence from Mom. Andy was still here and watched me nearly pee myself with laughter. But that, my friends, is another story entirely.
Pasta awaits! Have a wonderful evening and terrific final day (we hope!) of 2020!