On Sunday after church service and adult education –
” 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 !
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 !
I had forgotten just how beautiful this place is !
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.
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 !
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 !
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 !
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 !
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 !
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 .
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.
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.
I hope you liked our little side trip to GREAT FALLS PARK
On the Virginia side !
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