Saturday morning, after fueling with bagel sandwiches from Einstein Bagels, we headed out to Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. We’d been once between, back in August 2014, and were itching to head back to explore more of it’s beauty. Every year since we met, we’ve bought a National Parks Pass which is an annual pass that allows you entrance to any national park for a calendar year. After realizing ours was due to expire at the end of the month, after not using it since we purchased it at Harpers Ferry last summer, we knew we needed to mark our calendars and head out soon.
We arrived at the park around 9am. Both boys napped for the last part of the drive and were excited and refreshed when we arrived at the visitor’s center. After perusing the map of the area we decided to embark on the Murphy-Chambers Farm Trail, which was a 2.2mi loop without scrambles. A perfect distance for a pregnant mama and hiking toddler. The trail began through a wooded area and soon opened up to acres of beautiful open space.
Jack excitedly hiked along, stabbing his hiking stick into he gravel as he walked.
The trail eventually wound back into the woods and led us to a gorgeous overlook of the Shenandoah River.
Pictures don’t do it justice.
We continued along the loop and when the trail opened up again, we let both boys out to explore and play for awhile. They had a great time running through the fields, picking wheat and flowers.
Eventually we packed them in the hiking pack and Ergo to head back to the car. The whole hike took less than 2 hours and was a wonderful way to spend the morning as a family.
We really love Harpers Ferry. It’s natural beauty is astounding. We’ve even white water rafted down the rapids a couple of years ago, which was an awesome experience! Our favorite part of the area though is this delicious hole in the wall tex-mex restaurant called Ortega’s. They’re very affordable and have the most delicious baja fried fish tacos and carnitas. If you’re ever in the area, definitely go!
Hope you had a wonderful weekend as well. I’ll be back soon with another soup recipe, this time…MINESTRONE!