After the best breakfast buffet we’ve had yet (thank you Fairfield Inn) we loaded the van and took off for Shepherdstown. The rain rarely let up, instead varying between drizzling, pouring, and wind-blown sheets. We persevered and made it to Antietam We took the caravan tour, starting with an overview of the battlefield and campaign at the visitor center, then followed the ranger in our cars to 3 stops where he described in detail the events of the 12-hour battle, during which 23,000 men were killed or injured.
Now a rant and a request to spread the word about an unscrupulous businessman. We had made reservations at the Little Orleans Lodge, our first stay on the C&O trail. Due to the rain and flash flood warnings, I called in the morning to cancel. Today Bill reviewed our credit card transactions online and found we’d been charged $50 by this place. He called the owner who was uncooperative and would not reverse the charge. There is no mention of a cancellation fee on the web site or in the trail ” bible” where we found the ad. He never said a word about it either time I spoke with him, and told Bill, “I can’t tell her everything”. Please post warnings about this on any forum possible.
We are checked in for two nights at the elegant Bavarian Inn, Shepherdstown, WV.