Great Day for Great Falls

ImageThe first day of Winter gave us a high of a 70 degrees so Greg and I decided to have a picnic and explore the trails at Great Falls Park in McLean, VA. A lot of other people seemed to have had the same idea as us, but the park is so large it didn’t matter. There’s no shortage of picnic tables and grills for your enjoyment, but keep in mind that you do have to pack your trash out. After a trip back to the car to drop our picnic remnants off, we headed out along the trail to see the water. ImageGreat Falls is perfect for the day where you want to get outside and enjoy nature, but don’t want to work too hard. The trails are exactly the opposite of strenuous. Everything is clearly marked and there are tons of overlooks to see the rushing water. Some overly ambitious people were kayaking, rock climbing, and even stand up paddle boarding. We chose to have a photo shoot instead.ImageImage All in all, it was a great day for Great Falls! Now if only this beautiful weather would stay…

Harpers Ferry

ImageSteve and I went on a little adventure to Harpers Ferry, WV last week. It was kind of eerie how few people were around, but I’m going to blame government shutdown and hope that more peeps are out and about when the parks are functioning. ImageWe were excited to visit because Harpers Ferry serves as the halfway stop for thru hikers of the Appalachian Trail. Steve spent an entire week on the AT this summer in VA (I think his bear count was up to 6 eeeek) and I’ve done day hikes on it in NC, VA, NY, and CT. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy has a little Visitor Center there where anyone can learn more about the AT and buy souvenirs. It was really inspiring to see photos of some of the hikers they had featured on their walls. One sassy grandma hiked it all while having the AT logo painted on her nails. Inside the Visitor Center there was also a Hikers Lounge for those backpackers that are stopping through. I can only imagine how excited hikers are to grab a soda from the fridge and kick back on the computer or to catch up the world they left behind. They also have albums in the lounge filled with polaroid pictures of every thru hiker that has stopped there beginning in the 1970’s. We flipped through one from the 80’s and it was wild to see the gear (or lack thereof) people were using. Proves you don’t need the most expensive or highest tech stuff to hike 2,180 miles. ImageIt was pushing 90 degrees outside and we weren’t too happy about it. Escu me, where’s the fall weather and trees, plz!?!?ImageWhile you’re walking across this bridge you’re in West Virginia, but can see Maryland and Virginia on either side in front of you!