Since I don't do any hiking, I didn't even look at how long the hike would take. Saturday morning I asked my wife if she'd like to go to Harpers Ferry and she said sure. We had lunch in Arlington and headed out. The 65 mile drive was pretty easy.
We parked near the river and at the bottom of the Maryland Heights Trail. I thought that we would be able to drive a lot further up the mountain. Near the trailhead we found a map that showed that a round trip hike to the Overlook Cliff was 3 miles and would take up to 3 hours!
The Mrs. was not happy. I had told her that it would be a short and easy hike. We didn't bring any water and she was still sore from going to the gym the day before. She didn't want to do the hike.
I tried to persuade her but she stood her ground. I was wrong about the difficulty of the hike so we decided to split up. She went and walked by the river and across the bridge and I went up the mountain. It wasn't an easy hike and it didn't help that I was trying to rush it. I made several stops along the way. It was a hot day but the trail was busy. Plenty of people were leisurely moving up and down the mountain.
I was happy to find out that the hike was only halfway up the hill. The second half of the hike was downhill. I finally made it and the view was worth the climb.
As you can see in the video, the rivers had swollen due to rain.
I stayed up there 15 to 20 minutes enjoying the scenery and getting some rest. On the way back, the first part was not easy since it was uphill. After that, I practically ran down to the parking lot. I reunited with the boss lady almost two hours after we split.
Since I was exhausted, we drove across the bridge to Harpers Ferry to buy some water. It's a very small town. It was full of tourists. I ended up getting a water and a Gatorade. Then we went for ice cream. It sure was delicious.
There was still daylight to burn so I suggested we drive over to Charles Town. I had never been before. It was only 15 minutes away and I wanted to check out the poker room at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races. When we arrived, we saw a lot of people near the track. They were watching live horse racing.
I placed two $5 bets on #1 and #3 to show. Realizing that it wasn't much of a bet, I also placed two $5 bets on #1 and #3 to win. I didn't have time to look at the odds and we placed all our trust on the eye test.
When I went back outside, I handed the Mrs. her tickets and we got ready to watch the race. Check out the video below.
We were pretty happy with the outcome as #1 won and #3 finished third. After the race we went inside to check out the casino. The first thing we noticed was that smoking was allowed and the hideous carpet.
We strolled past the poker room. There was no time for me to actually play. It looked OK but nothing special.
On our way out, we stopped to claim our race winnings. On the $20 worth of bets, our profit winnings were $2! I guess our horses were heavy favorites.
We watched one more race before heading for the car.
It was a wild and wonderful day in West Virginia.