Christopher heading toward the historic Burnside Bridge. The bridge, built in 1836, played a key role in the Battle of Antietam on September 17, 1862, when a small number of Confederate soldiers held off repeated attempts by the Union Army to take the bridge by force. This Battle remains the bloodiest single-day battle in American history.
Patrick and Christopher rented a double kayak from River & Trail Outfitters and enjoyed a self-guided trip down Antietam Creek and along the Potomac River. We put in on Antietam Creek at Route 34, floated through Antietam National Battlefield, past Burnside Bridge, over some rapids and under a stone aqua duct at the creek's end. With six miles completed, we paddled an additional four against the wind on the Potomac River to the Dargan Bend boat ramp (near mile marker 65 on the C&O Canal). We spotted a bunch of turtles, a few crayfish and cranes, and even a bald eagle. It was a great trip. (Image taken by Patrick R. Kane on 21 Aug 2010 with COOLPIX S570 at ISO 80, f2.7, 1/400 sec and 5mm)