Papa’s World – Off to Great Falls with the little ones !!!

We decided that we would take the three little ones to Great Falls

They were off from school and we were watching them.

To say I was nervous would be a understatement –

They like to climb and Bode is fast !

Cassidy Taylor Bode
at the first overlook in Great Falls Va.

I did not have to worry – they were perfect –

listening to what we said and not climbing onto the ledge

It was a beautiful day – low 60’s – blue skies – white clouds !

History abounds here

Everywhere you look are interesting facts –

and Taylor already knew a lot of them !

We do as much now as we can
Bode on his way to the overlook
Learning from MORMOR !!!! LOL
Taylor
Bode and Taylor
at another overlook
Over the years
the different flood stages
and it goes up another 10 feet !

The flood stages are just hard to believe they would get this high!

Which from the bottom of the gorge

has to be 100 to 200 feet !

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A tribute to George Washington
Taylor Cassidy Bode
The last two should of been the twins
they look and act so much alike
Taylor is so laid back
and is going to be tall
like her MORMOR!
Cassidy – the one who would
not leave MORMOR’s side
and held her hand the entire time

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Taylor Cassidy Bode

Papa’s World

A trip to Great Falls Va.

Taylor Cassidy Bode

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Papa’s World – Walking the Billy Goat Trail – Great Falls

On Sunday after church service and adult education –

Sherry said

” Lets do something ” !

She had told me to wear my walking sneakers –

She said we can go to one of three places –

Georgetown – some where in D.C.

or Great Falls !

Sherry & Tom at Great Falls

Now – 18 or 19 years ago –

we went there – and have not been back since –

So – I said – how far do I have to drive

and she looked it up –

six miles – DONE –

I do not want to drive into Georgetown or DC !

Great Falls

I had forgotten just how beautiful this place is !

A man in a Kayak trying to go up the rapids

You actually can pay and go down the river in huge rubber tubes –

There were people getting ready to do this but we missed them.

The Billy Goat trail

Somehow as we were climbing up and over and trough the rocks

on The Billy Goat Trail –

They had put in and gone on their way !

We did however see one lone Kayak trying to go up the rapids !

There were several places along the trail

That people were going to rope down !

Flood stages over the years

It is really hard to believe that where she is standing –

FLOOD WATERS !

A lot of these dates correspond to major storms and ice and snow melt !

Mather’s Gorge

The Billy Goat Trail is full of rocks and boulders such as you see here.

I found myself gingerly placing my feet down in order not to slip.

It was dry and very hot out – 95 degrees –

I do not think I would walk this after a good rain.

Being it would be extremely slippery !

Below is where they put the tubes in

Most of this trail stayed away from the gorge edge –

but had little side trails that you could walk out to see over –

often times you actually could stand on rocks – NOT ME !

One of three overlooks

There were Three major over looks that had walls waist high –

Those I did – and were quite safe !

There were volunteers constantly walking the trail and overlooks –

making sure everyone obeyed the park rules !

I was surprised that they actually let people repel over the sides

and climb back up again !

I do not know if you have to have a permit to do that ?

I did read where you had to check in and register !

Old growth trees along side the canal

In 1784 – a series of five canals were constructed

and are still there

The main path follows along right where the footpath was

George Washington presided over the effort to construct the canal

and after completion in 1802 –

it operated for 26 years .

Old growth trees along side the old canal

It would take three days to travel the old canal from Cumberland Md.

To Georgetown – a distance of 190 miles –

the boats were flat –

pointed at both ends –

75 feet long and 5 feet wide !

After arriving at Georgetown

most of the boats were

sold for lumber

and the boatmen would then walk back home !

This area was a major trade center between the Indians and the colony.

View of the river

I was also surprised to see all the area to have picnics !

There were many tables and grills –

A host of families – and wide open spaces – shaded by the old trees !

A very nice visitors center and bathrooms –

along with a concession stand where you could buy Hot dogs

Pizza – other food and ice cream bars etc.

A deer eating 20 feet from us

I hope you liked our little side trip to GREAT FALLS PARK

On the Virginia side !

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