Harper’s Ferry for much more than rafting, a revolutionary bike ride with a ranger on the Mall and a coupon for $5 at the Eastern Market Fleamarket are all in the cards on this weekend following the brutal week for Democrats. Go get some fresh air to recover from your election hangover if you want. We’ll head off to Maryland and look down disapprovingly at the Tea Party before they start giving comedians constant fodder as elected officials.
1. The AT: For this edition of our latest hike in Maryland on the Appalachian Trail we headed to the end of Maryland and started our 10+ mile hike in West Virginia from the Appalachian Trail Conservancy headquarters through the National Park Service operated historic town of Harper’s Ferry where we witnessed a group of park rangers dressed in Civil War military uniforms along with weapons that included their attached bayonets. From there all the while on the trail we crossed over an old railroad bridge crossing the confluence of the Shenandoah and the Potomac in to Maryland that then dropped down via a circular staircase to the C&O Canal Trail which itself runs an apparently smooth 180 miles. This is the only place on the trail that we’ve seen bikes able to access it for the 2.6 miles on the C&O Trail. We then headed up a big hill / tiny mountain stopping on the way down from the top at the Weverton Cliffs which had a great view of the two rivers and the fall foliage on the mountains in the surrounding parts of visible Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland. A great hike on a great day. The Gmap trail isn’t linked yet, but we’ll get that up as soon as it becomes doable.
3. You Say You Want A Revolution: A Ranger led bike tour on the mall about the American Revolution, not the one where the Beatles invaded our shores at RFK stadium. On Saturday, November 6, 2010, from 1:00pm – 4:00pm beginning at the Jefferson Memorial: America has generated over 20 tributes to its Founding Fathers and Revolutionary War heroes across the Federal City. On this 125th anniversary year of the first, Washington Monument, celebrate and see them all. Meet at the south side of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial. For more information contact Jan Buerger at 202-497-1397.
3. Eastern Market Outdoor Shopping Coupon: As it gets colder and before the Christmas season the fine vendors at Eastern Market still need to make a living. Thanks to Cultural Tourism DC, you get a $5 coupon for some awesome painting, furniture, jewelery, signage, clothing or that other knick knack you’ve been contemplating getting for the entryway to your pad. The coupon can be found right here and is good on Sundays until December 1, 2010.