Monday, September 7, 2015

A Walk in the Woods

It's nice having a Monday at home with Humble Dad, something different than our normal routine. We decided to drive an hour to Harper's Ferry, West Virginia where three states meet up including Maryland and Virginia. I am not really a one destination type of gal, enjoying the ride along the way is just as important to me as the end point. We took a longer route that took us to South Mountain Creamery, a delicious place to get ice cream, cream top milk, yoghurt, cheese, and eggs. This farm uses many sustainable initiatives including solar, wind, geothermal, biodiesel, and turning manure into electricity. What's really neat about this place is they still deliver milk to your homes in glass bottles!

It is important to our family to know where are food comes from, so whenever we can grow our own food or buy local we do. The cows are out at South Mountain Creamery, so we could pet and/or touch the maker of our milk.

After getting our fill of ice cream we headed to Harper's Ferry, first stop: the Appalachian Trail Conservancy at the midpoint of the 2,180 mile trail from Georgia to Maine. According to their website thousands of hikers attempt to walk the whole trail every year but only 1 in 4 accomplish it, which is still an amazing amount. We met a man from England  at the Conservancy who flew into Maine in June and was now half way through, he was heading for Georgia and will fly back to England around November if his plans go right.

They have a new movie based off the book "A Walk in the Woods" in Theaters now starring Robert Redford and Nick Nolte about an American man who lived in England for twenty years wanting to "rediscover America" on the Appalachian Trail. It is rated R, so definitely not a child's movie however maybe when it comes out on DVD, we can edit it for our children...

But who needs a movie when you can walk the Appalachian trail for yourself, which inshaAllah one day we will be a "2,000 miler", however today we walked the trail down to the town of Harper's Ferry. . .

A beautiful view of the Potamac and Shenandoah Rivers.

The view of Azara riding her scooter down the hill next to Catholic Church as the train approaches, subhanAllah such beauty!

Our trip was not all about yummy ice cream and beautiful scenery, Harper's Ferry played an important role in American History. It is where John Brown, a white man stood up and was ready to give his life for the freedom of African-American slaves. It is where they built Storer College- an institution dedicated to educating African-Americans. History, Beauty, and Delicious treats made this a good day!

Read more about John Brown with this wonderful children's book we have read a few times!

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