Monday, February 11, 2013

Old Rag Mountain Stewards at Harpers Ferry

It has been a few weeks since I posted as we have been busy and haven't been able to get out for a hike.  We were able to do a little bit of hiking this weekend, but the main event was spending the weekend with the Old Rag Mountain Stewards.  WanderMindfully had a brilliant idea a few months ago that we should have a winter gathering.  The Potomac Appalachian Trail Club's (PATC) cabin, Highacre, in Harpers Ferry was the perfect location.  Mountain Stewards are tough and used to rustic conditions and, truthfully, there are PATC cabins that fit that bill.  Highacre, however, is located right in the middle of town, with full running water, electricity and a modern kitchen.  Talk about getting spoiled!  As usual for Old Rag Mountain Steward events, everyone contributed to a feast of epic proportions Saturday night.  We had a great weekend catching up, exploring the area, and eating good food.  I can't wait for spring season to start.

Pictures (click to enlarge):

 Highacre "Cabin" in Harpers Ferry.
Looking north over the Potomac River from the bluff in Harpers Ferry.
An old car parked in town.  I think it is a Ford Model T, but feel free to let me know if that isn't correct.
We stopped in at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy headquarters and found the photo of a Mountain Steward who thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail a few years ago.
Looking down the Potomac from the ruins of a church.
Sun glaring off of the Potomac from the C&O Towpath.
Snowdrops blooming in town - the first flowers I've seen this year.
 The rail trestle along the Shenandoah River in Harpers Ferry.
 Underneath the rail trestle.
The church on the hill in Harpers Ferry.

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