June 8, 2008 Hike and Balloon Test

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Poster - See what we are trying to protect! Hike sponsored by the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club.

Thanks to all the folks who helped make this a great success! In addition to the hike, we launched a red helium balloon to a height of almost 190 feet to see for ourselves how visible the tower will be. Check out the links below. Keep in mind that this is just one balloon 8 foot across. A truss tower will be much more substantial. Also consider what this will look like in the late fall, winter, and early spring when there are no leaves on the trees! Many of the photos have a red ellipse superimposed with the balloon visible in the top end of the ellipse.


Just in time for the hike and balloon photos, we received a panoramic view taken last fall by a local citizen from the approximate location of the proposed tower. We have both a small version and a large version.

View comparing the height of the balloon to the current 85 foot cell phone tower. The cell phone tower is somewhat farther away than the balloon, but most of the difference is due to the height.

View from Shenandoah River shoreline in Harpers Ferry (location 1). Very close to point where Potomac River and Shenandoah River meet. Alternates between a normal and a zoomed view.

View from Shenandoah River shoreline in Harpers Ferry (location 2). Upstream from location 1. Alternates between a normal and a zoomed view.

View from log on Shenandoah River shoreline in Harpers Ferry (location 3). Upstream from location 2. Alternates between a normal and a zoomed view.

View from Shenandoah River shoreline in Harpers Ferry (location 4). Upstream from location 3. You can see the log I was standing on at location 3. I wonder if the guy standing on the log is wondering if the tower will be as unnecessary as we think it will be. Alternates between a normal and a zoomed view.

Understanding what limits your view at river height in Harpers Ferry. However, without 3D modeling, it is not clear to us whether the tower will be viewable from Jefferson Rock in the late fall, winter, or early spring (when the leaves have fallen)!

340 at the MD - VA bridge. The view of the tower will be so large from here, why bother with a zoomed view?

340 at the Jefferson Pike exit. Alternates between a normal and a zoomed view.

Thanks to Google Maps for the wonderful maps superimposed on the photos above.

Around the Sandy Hook neighborhood 1 - Valley Road (River and Trail Outfitters). No Mister Rogers, it is NOT such a wonderful day in the neighborhood!

Around the Sandy Hook neighborhood 2 - Valley View Overlook.

Around the Sandy Hook neighborhood 3 - Valley Road.

Around the Sandy Hook neighborhood 4 - 19409 Keep Tryst Road. Maryland Heights is in the background.

Around the Sandy Hook neighborhood 5 - 19409 Keep Tryst Road, zoomed-in view.

Around the Sandy Hook neighborhood 6 - 19414 Keep Tryst Road, a historic property.

Around the Sandy Hook neighborhood 7 - Garrets Mill Road.

Around the Sandy Hook neighborhood 8 - Garrets Mill Road.

Around the Sandy Hook neighborhood 9 - Garrets Mill Road.

Around the Sandy Hook neighborhood 10 - Yarrowsburg Road.

Take A Hike - coverage by the Brunswick Citizen local newspaper.

Hikers lament tower's threat to 'pastoral view' - coverage by the Herald-Mail newspaper.

For fun: Time lapse movie of our raising the balloon. This is a modest sized movie file, so be patient. While we were raising the balloon, I kept thinking that there was a song from either the 70's or 80's about red balloons. A few days later I found out that the song was by the German group Nena. The German version was called 99 Luftballons and the English version was called 99 Red Balloons. There have been many covers and spoofs, perhaps the best being the spoof on the TV show Scrubs.

Last Updated October 16, 2008