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Trip Report West Virginia -the 49th state!

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A few years back I realized I only had 8 states to go before I had visited all 50 US states. It was as good a reason as any to make those states destinations.

Last weekend I visited my 49th state--West Virginia!

A friend and I spent a long weekend in Harpers Ferry. You can read elberko's much shorter version on the weekend if you like :-)

It was a long, dark, drive, followed by a long, dark, staircase

I flew into BWI on Wednesday night, while my friend drove up on Thursday. I managed to get a direct flight and the most notable thing about the journey was how smoothly and how nice everyone was.

These days we see a lot of cranky people, and cranky travelers. Not on this trip. People were friendly and helpful to each other the whole trip. Crying baby on the flight? Nobody grinched. Long wait for baggage? No one whined. Long wait on the rental car shuttle? People joked around. Seemed like a good sign for the trip.

The drive really wasn't that long, just a little over an hour. But, it is mostly through the country, and boy was it dark! I arrived in Harpers Ferry a little after 10. HF is pretty dead at night. And did I mention it was dark? There is construction on the road behind the bnb and so parking for the bnb was in reserved spots at the train station.

I found the spot, and fired up google maps to take me to the bnb. It wasn't far, but I had to get there. GM pointed me up some stairs. The Potomac Steps. Gulp.

It's 65 steps in case you are wondering. Carrying a suitcase. There was a strategically placed bench at the top and I sat there and caught my breath.

I made my way (downhill, yay) to the Stonehouse BnB (www.hfstonehouse.com) where instructions were taped to the door. It was a combo lock entry, and it was nice that I could arrive after hours and not have to arrange to meet anyone. I had another fight of stairs to ascend, and I gamely carried my suitcase to my room and settled in.

I finished a bottle of water I had been carrying since Kansas City and went to sleep. I hadn't eaten since 2:30 and was hungry, so sleep followed by the breakfast part of bnb seemed like the best course of action.

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