Maryland Heights

January 2022

It was a dreary day in the beginning of January. It wasn’t freezing, but it was exactly warm either. Naturally, I thought it was a good day for a hike. So I grabbed my camera and off I went!

Since it is now $20 (😲) to park at the train station in Harpers Ferry I was super excited to make use of my America the Beautiful pass. Not having to worry about a ticket this time, (whoops!), I confidently parked, did a light stretch, and headed off toward the bridge over the river Potomac.

This was my first big hike in a LONG time. Last spring was marred with persistent achiness and shortness of breath from having covid and then in the summer and fall a bad sprained ankle. Needless to say, I didn’t hike much last year, but finally I was up for it and in need of some nature/photo therapy. 

If you’ve ever done this hike you know that it is super popular. Like, you usually see more people than trees. Ok, that's an overstatement, but there are lots of people... usually. On this sloppy Tuesday though, I only passed 14 people on my way to the top!! Gave me some real lovely time to just enjoy the journey, stop to take pictures of the little details and pause about 30 times to catch my breath!

Tree headshots. Might be my new favorite. The little details of the bark are so interesting. (Me catching my breath, trying to make this a real experience for you.)

When I got to the top I think I actually gasped. I WAS THE ONLY ONE UP THERE. It made the view the most enjoyable I think it’s ever been for me. The clouds, the birds, the little peaks of sunlights, the rocks, and dampness of the earth. It was beautiful. Whatcha think?