Friday, July 14, 2017

Summer 2017 - part 3


Summer 2017 - Part 3
July 12


In the past two weeks, we haven't seen much flat land as we roamed through Virginia, West Virginia,  and into Pennsylvania.  We made more stops at national historic sites, a few sites of geological interest, and a huge radio telescope.  We escaped heat and humidity for cooler mountain air and trod where Washington and Jefferson are known to have gone before us.  We are now in Johnstown, Pennsylvania at Brian's mother's house and look forward to a family reunion next week.  
 

 Moravian Falls, North Carolina


Natural Tunnel State Park in western Virginia -
a river carved a tunnel and a railroad was built next to it.


from the Blue Ridge Parkway


Statue of Nathanael Greene - Guilford Courthouse National Military Park, NC

Appomattox Courthouse National Historical Park, Virginia

Celebrating our 40th anniversary on a hiking trail

Visiting cousin Janice in Charlottesville, VA


Humpback Bridge in Covington, VA - the oldest bridge of its kind in the U.S.

Humpback Bridge park




We enjoyed spotting some of the sites of the Quilt Trail in Pocahontas County, West Virginia:













Our campsite in Kumbrabow State Forest, WV with flowering rhododendron flanking it and a stream just below:







Green Bank Observatory in West Virginia - world's largest steerable telescope that can move 360 degrees at the base and be pointed in any direction.  It is a radio telescope, not optical, so no digital cameras or cell phones can be used on the tour once you get inside the security fence.




Gotta love a Little Free Library in a national forest campground!



Antietam National Battlefield, Maryland - site of the deadliest day of battle in U.S. History. 23,000 soldiers were dead, injured or missing at the end of one day in 1862.


We hiked part of the AT - the part that crosses the Potomac River on a bridge from Harpers Ferry!






Looking back on the lower town of Harpers Ferry, MD from the bridge over the Potomac:


This is The Point at the confluence of the. Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers

St. Peter's Catholic Church in Harpers Ferry


Overlooking the Shenandoah from Jefferson Rock on the bluff above Harpers Ferry
 whereThomas Jefferson described the scene in admiration.




Brian at the "Top of Pennsylvania" - the highpoint of the state on Mt. Davis