Monthly Archives: June 2014

Cunningham Falls State Park – Friday June 20, 2014

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Cool weather returns.

It’s 53 degrees outside as I draft this blog posting which is a welcomed relief after the 90+ degree days over the past few days. We’ve been at Cunningham Falls State Park for a week now and much of our time has been spent with my sister in Thurmont MD. We were here last October on our way back from Colonial RV in New Jersey with our new Airstream. It was literally freezing then but the leaves were just past their peak which more than made up for the cold temps.

Visiting with family at Cunningham Falls State Park last October.

Visiting with family at Cunningham Falls State Park last October.

Cunningham Falls is a popular park, especially on weekends. Fortunately we made reservations months ago so we have what I think is the best spot in the campground (I had scoped out all the sites on our last visit). They offer 30 AMP hookups and have water spigots scattered about. We have enough hoses that we can refill our water tank without having to move the Airstream or use jerry cans. There’s a dump station on exit which we’ve used one time so far.

Kids return as well.

It’s early Friday morning and families started arriving late yesterday. This place will be full by this afternoon and I can’t wait until Sunday when it empties out again. Last weekend, the campground was full of kids riding bikes and screaming nonstop from dawn to dark. I’m already hearing from the few kids that arrived yesterday. Eddie growls as they go by. He’s a grump like me and prefers peace and quiet. The weather is expected to be nice so we’ll head out for some adventures to get away from the hubbub.

Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

We load up T&E and head to Harpers Ferry. Harpers Ferry is a National Historical Park that sits at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers. It played a vital role both prior to and during the Civil War. Click here for more details.

Being a weekday, there are few tourists but the train station parking lot is full of commuters’ cars. We get lucky and find a free parking spot just outside the train lot. Harpers Ferry has both a commercial and historic section. We head over to the historic section which is closer to the river.

 

Historic section of Harpers Ferry as seen from the Shenandoah River.

Historic section of Harpers Ferry as seen from the Shenandoah River.

Even though it’s cool out today, T&E pull us down to the Shenandoah River for a swim. I’m unable to photograph T&E swimming since I need both hands to keep them from being swept away by the swift current.

Shenandoah River where T&E take a dip.

Shenandoah River where T&E take a dip.

We check out some of the historic buildings as we work our way back to the commercial section for lunch.

Historic section of Harpers Ferry.

Historic section of Harpers Ferry.

We learn that Harpers Ferry is the psychological midpoint of the Appalachian Trail and that it runs right through town.

Appalachian Trail goes up these steps.

These stairs are an actual part of the Appalachian Trail.

We find a restaurant with outdoor seating so T&E can join us for lunch.

T&E wait for a handout at an outdoor cafe in Harpers Ferry.

T&E wait for a handout at an outdoor cafe in Harpers Ferry.

Eat up guys. It’s time to head back to our noisy campground.

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