Since it was going to be such a beautiful day, I got the dogs up bright and early and we headed off to Harpers Ferry.
We parked at the train station in town, then walked across the bridge over the Potomac and up the C&O Canal Towpath for a bit until we reached the trail up Maryland Heights. This trail is a great cardio workout and I try to do it once a month just to stay fit. Since I've been laid up for so long until recently, I know that I'm going to pay on this one. But that's why we're here. And of course Belle's never been up there yet.
So up we went, me doing my steam engine impression, aka: "The Little Engine That Thought it Could."
"Huff! Puff! I used to be able to, I used to be able to.."
Yeah, all that recent leg-related downtime really hurt. But I'll work through it, even if I have to come up here every week.
The mutts were right out front there though, making it look easy.
Up near the top. Old Civil War fortification built by the Yankees.
Down to the scenic overlook we walked, to take in this great view of Harpers Ferry below.
It was crazy. As soon as other hikers showed up, Murphy and Belle practically surrounded me as I sat on the rocks. They made it pretty clear that no one was going to be allowed over by me.
Funny dogs. Never seen them do that before.
So we hiked back down the short way, which is quick but necessitates us crossing the canal the hard way.
But we got through it, and by now, the only parts of me not sore are the plastic and steel parts.
Still, it was a good work-out and a fun day, and two well-behaved dogs earned a reward at the Swiss Miss ice cream shop: