Today was lots of fun. Hot and oppressively humid, but lots of fun.

We started our day with the auto tour of the Antietam Battlefield. There’s something (to me) a little spooky about these battlefields, especially if you’re out and about on a warm and foggy morning. 23,000 soldiers were killed, wounded or missing after 12 hours of fighting there during the American Civil War. No wonder I found it a little spooky.

After a few hours of doing that, during which the day really warmed up, we ate a quick lunch and headed out to go tubing on the Shenandoah River. It was relaxing, peaceful, cooling, and fun. We were the only two out on the part of the river where we were tubing. It’s early in the season. We were told things might start picking up in a week or two.

I haven’t been tubing in a very long time, not since we lived in Atlanta, Georgia and went tubing on/in the Chattahoochee River.

Dinner last night at Shaharazade’s was fabulous. The food was fresh, nicely spiced, and very tasty. I highly recommend the place. We started with a hummus platter. Then we had a summer salad of mixed greens, (fresh, locally grown) strawberries, walnuts, apples, and a ginger dressing and a plate of chicken shish kebob which came with an eastern salad of cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, feta cheese, and pine nuts, and seasoned Basmati rice (it was sort of like a pilaf with almonds and raisins, the seasoning was saffron). We shared the entrees (the summer salad and chicken). We both had tea to drink. M had the lemon rooibus. I had the Provence rooibus (rooibus with lavender).  Shaharazade’s is, after all, a tea room.

The service was excellent, the surroundings were relaxing, and we thoroughly enjoyed our meal. It was a pleasant contrast to our dinner at The Anvil Inn in Harpers Ferry.

We’re going back to Shepherdstown for dinner tonight. We’ll probably go to the Blue Moon Cafe to enjoy some vegetarian food.

Tomorrow we head to Lancaster. I won’t have an internet connection there so I’ll write again after we return home on Sunday.