West Virginia

We left the Pentagon 9/11 Memorial and headed about an hour and half towards West Virginia.  There is so much revolutionary and Civil War history in West Virginia, but I had to find something as close to DC as possible.  We ended up in Harpers Ferry.
 Our first stop was to grab lunch at the Country Cafe where we could experience the "West Virginia Dog!"  For each of the states I compile their State Foods, Animals, Birds, Tress, Flowers, ect.
It was the cutest little cafe.  Karlie got the sirloin sandwich, Max got the West Virginia dog, Hailey got the bacon cheese dog and we got sweet potato fries to share.
 The West Virginia dog has chili, Cole Slaw and onions.  Some variations also have mustard.  One thing we took home from our visit to this region is that folks here really love their hot dogs.  There are many hot dog restaurants and they are served everywhere. 

 We are not as into hot dogs in the West.  They are pretty much a ball park experience for us. :)  The West Virginia Dog made a mediocre impression on the MKHKKH crew.
 After lunch we went to Harpers Ferry National Park.  Harpers Ferry sits at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers.  Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia all meet at the rivers.
The US armory and arsenal was built there during the Revolutionary War which produced most of the small arms for the military.

Harpers Ferry was an import location during the Civil War and changed hands eight times during the course of the war.  Its strategic location along the river made it a key town to control for troop movement.  Harpers Ferry was also where John Brown and abolitionist made a raid on the the arsenal to initiate a slave uprising in the South.
We took the shuttle bus to Storer College which was established to train black teachers but over time became a full four year degree university where many freed slaves came to learn.  The Appalachian Trail meanders through the back of the college.  We hiked along the trail down to the lower town.  Along the way we saw Jefferson's Rock.  This is where Thomas Jefferson describe the view of the rivers in the Blue Ridge mountains as "one of the most stupendous scenes in nature."  It was a beautiful view.  We had a blast hiking down to the rivers, grabbing an ice cream treat and walking across the bridge over the Potomac River into Maryland.
I like to find songs about each state.  I think West Virginia and New York won the best song this trip.  Just can't but help sing along with John Denver's Take me Home Country Roads.

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