Appalachian Trail Happiness: West VA & Maryland

Appalachian Trail Happiness: West VA & Maryland

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But I’ll tell you what hermits realize. If you go off into a far, far forest and get very quiet, you’ll come to understand that you’re connected with everything. ~ Alan Watts

So a couple of weeks ago I decided to wrap up my final piece of the AT and finish up with a total of 1200 miles.  I jumped back on the trail in Harpers Ferry and quickly you cross the bridge from West Virginia into Maryland.

bridge fixThe trail runs along the old Chesapeake and Ohio Canal tow path and is about as flat a bit of walking as you can find on the AT.  It’s a pleasant walk along the river and you even get to see a bit of wildlife.

Turtles fixAlong the trail you also encounter the first US monument to George Washington, don’t get too excited about the caution type, no crime happened at the monument, a lightning strike hit the monument and so no one is being allowed inside.

wash monument 2 fix wash monument fixAfter a couple of pretty quick days you eventually hit the PA border at the lovely Pen Mar Park.

pen mar park sign fix pen mar park view fixA few hundred yards from the park on the PA/MD line is the marker for the Mason/Dixon line and the end of MD on the trail.

mason dixon fixI was picked up at Pen Mar and brought into Waynesboro, PA to take a nearo and a zero to celebrate my 51st birthday.  Kind of amazing that this year has flown by so fast.  In Waynesboro I stayed at the Burgandy Lane B&B and it was absolutely amazing, super nice people, great room and the second best breakfast I’ve had on the trail.  It made for a wonderful birthday and a happy day my friends ~ Rev Kane

About revmichaelkane

Reverend Michael Kane is a writer, photographer, educator, speaker, adventurer and a general sampler of life. His most recent book about hiking and happiness is Appalachian Trail Happiness available in soft cover and Kindle on Amazon
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