1000 miles and a beer at the White House

Front Royal, VA to Harpers Ferry, WV.
During our last night in Front Royal a huge storm came through, with extreme lightning and high winds. The next day we walked through the aftermath, the trail looked like a war zone! Climbing over huge fallen trees and brush every mile we made it to Harpers Ferry, WV on July 3. Harpers Ferry is known as the mental half way point on the Appalachian Trail. We stopped in at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and then got a ride into Washington, DC for the Fourth of July celebration. This was my first time in DC, it was fun! A lot of hikers were in town, we walked around to see all the monuments and memorials, explored the city’s July 4 celebration and I even got to drink a beer in front of the White House while watching the fireworks, it was Awesome! When we got back to Harpers Ferry my brother Donnie “Baby Steps” who has been hiking with me for a month, ended his section hike. I will miss his company! Here is a parting blurb by Baby Steps-

After a month of hiking and a total of 300 miles I’ve had to say goodbye to J-Dub and the other hikers I’ve encountered on this journey. This has quite honestly been one of the most physically, mentally, and emotionally demanding things I’ve done, ever, and it has all been so worthwhile. Spending a month on the trail has given me a glimpse into the extreme lows and highs the Trail holds, from severe thunderstorms and seemingly even more severe blisters, to the breathtaking views at the peaks of mountains and the sweet taste of trail magic, it is all part of the experience. J-Dub and I pushed our way into Harper’s Ferry, riding The Roller Coaster in a day, in order to end our trip together in Washington D.C. for the 4th of July, and I can think of no better grand finale for what has been such an incredible and intense month. To my brother and all the Thru-hiker’s I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and befriending, I can only wish you Happy Trails and the best of luck as you make your way North to take on Katahdin. – Baby Steps

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Fallen trees and debris on the trail.

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Fallen trees and debris on the trail.

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Baby Steps climbing over a fallen tree.

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Hiker resting at Jim and Molly Denton Shelter during the mid-day heat.

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Fallen trees and debris on the trail.

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Fallen trees and debris on the trail.

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Baby Steps climbing over fallen tree.

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Baby Steps climbing over fallen tree.

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Entering “The Roller Coaster”, a 13.5 mile section of steep, tightly packed accents a descents.

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Gandalf eating Sassafras leaves.

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Entering West Virginia, marking 1000 miles!

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Firefox and ogre

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Baby Steps at the first view in West Virginia.

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Ogre on the rocky trail leading to Harpers Ferry.

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Bridge over the Potomac River.

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Potomac River.

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Canon in Harpers Ferry.

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View of lobby from our room at The Westin in Washington DC.

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Ogre, Baby Steps and me in front of Washington Monument.

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Baby Steps and me at WWII Monument

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WWII Memorial.

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Korean War Memorial.

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Korean War Memorial.

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Vietnam War Memorial.

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Vietnam War Memorial.

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Baby Step sitting on Einsteins lap.

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Yellow Blazing (road walking/travel) in DC.

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The White House

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Marijuana rally outside the White House.

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Casanova, Gandolf, Ogre and Baby Steps admire white blaze found in the middle of DC.

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