Monday, August 11, 2008
Harpers Ferry ~C.W.Cushman 1938
Since I am not going anywhere this summer I will continue the Virtual Travel Series here...We have done Cape May, Cape Cod, Sanibel Island, the Pacific Northwest and parts of California...So today is Harpers Ferry. I have not been there since I was a Nursing Student in the early 80's. I used to go to the Shenendoah Valley with friends to hike,raft or wander the Blue Ridge Mountains.
This little town is full of History and located on the side of a mountain, or really big hill, depending on how you look at it. And it is full of these little wanding streets with houses built right to the street. And it does have this incredible light in the summer.
I went with a Friend, and it was a bit of a disaster, but it is still one of my favorite places. ( Disaster ? well, we went to meet my best friends "pen pal/boyfriend",a Clandestine Ron-e-vue, except everytime she left the diningroom, he asked for my number, and then we got food poisoning, and then we stayed in an Old Inn that was Kinda Haunted.So we got the Trots, my friend did not get The MAN,he went off to his own private room...and to top it off,she thought I was banging on the wall all night (yeah she thought Someone was banging Someone, that is how noisy the Mystery Noise was , but we could not Locate THE Noise ), I wasn't banging anything, except getting to admire the old timey porcelain facilities....We drove home at 4am and gave up on The Inn and her "Man-t--be", we never saw her heart-throb again).But both of us did definently have some newly defined opionions about Ghosts.And one was more scared than the other.....
But I would still go back many times. And I know exactly where this shot was taken- even though I was there over 40 years after it was originally taken. It's full of History, there is some great food and amazing views...and High Rocks to go sit on and Think...or wander the Old Buildings and think of Another Time.It is a quiet place, smells like ginger cookies and baked potatoes and rootbeer.But the Quiet is embracing, not isolating. I was struck that this photo captures the Quiet, that it also captures the Light that it possesses, much like an Edward Hopper Painting.
How about you - are you taking a Stay-Cation ? or Thinking of taking one? Going Close to Home or just staying home ?
So speaking of THINKING....
So Obama is on vacation, and if you are a supporter and you can be notified by TEXT when he chooses his VEEP. WHO will it be? What is your best hunch.....6-6 thinks Biden... I have no idea...What do you Think ?
Wisdom for the Day:
"Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane." -- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
( I am starting a Health Blog....stay posted...later in the week...but the other reason I mention this is because I think vacations should be a part of any good Health Plan....)
Have a good day ...back later...Some new thought food up below. Click the Title if you want to learn more about Harpers Ferry.