I vividly recall not thoroughly enjoying the experience of National Parks as a child. Sorry in advance to my parents. I just don’t think I appreciated it. That’s what it boils down to. But, oh, how the tables turn. Now as an adult I actively seek out close National Parks to visit, and today was no different as my Travel Buddy and I experienced a close-by wonder, Harpers Ferry.
For $10 to enter the Park, we began at the small but informative Visitors Center. Three rangers there were helping people and explaining some of the highlights to check out. A ranger told us about a shuttle that makes frequent stops at the main historic town and other spots (depending on the weather). Moments later the shuttle arrived. Winding around the country road, a recorded narrator spoke about the history of Harpers Ferry and even sang a little country ditty. Unfortunately, I don’t think it’s available on i-Tunes, but you will find yourself humming it throughout the day.
Surrounded by water (hence the appropriateness of “Ferry”), any angle was picture-perfect. This fact, however, also contributed to the numerous floods this town experienced. In one of the first stops at a little museum, a 10+ minute video explained what the townspeople endured and overcame in regards to natural disasters, war, and human rights. Buildings were reminiscient of simplier times with wrap-around porches and handsome stonework, and where each shop offered a specific ware, such as cloth or ammunition. And one of the highlights was a steepish hike to Jefferson Rock. Talk about a view! The Appalachian Trail weaves right next to the Rock, which is perfect for hikers.
Ordinarily I’m not excited about food in National Parks, and for good reason. My experience has just not been a tasty one. After a little reviewing on Yelp, the Cannonball Deli didn’t sound half bad. Appropriately named because this lower-level spot used to house canons for war, the Cannonball made one yummy gyro with warm pita, tender lamb, flavorful tzatziki sauce, a fresh salad, and crispy chips. It was hearty, and after a lot of walking I had really built up an appetite.
One could use a few days to fully explore all Harpers Ferry has to offer. Our few hours there were worthwhile and, for $20, quite a steal!
On the road again,