Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Great Falls

 We got there at dusk, having traversed the DC commuter traffic, and a beautiful drive.  If you enlarge the photo you can see four guys on kayaks.  They would one by one go into the rough water and 'surf' it for a few minutes then ride the river done to the eddy and get back into line.  Apparently these guys have ridden these falls for about 30 years.  They used to ride the rapids but now they said they are content to just 'surf' it.


 It's beautiful...


 This is looking away from the falls, down river...


 One last look before we left...


Here Tim stands by the High Watermark sign.  The photo below is from the National Park website showing flooding from March 2010.

 See the river in the background?  It is up to the top of the gorge...apparently in 1942 and 1936 the water level was at the top of that sign...amazing.

Here is a link to the website for this amazing National Park - Great Falls.  It is located just outside Washington, D.C. and the falls are part of the Potomac River.

2 comments:

  1. Have seen the Potomoc, but never Great Falls. It looks so beautiful and the photo of the kayakers certainly does put it all into perspective. Funny to see the foliage there just a wee bit behind ours. Such an unusual year!

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  2. I didn't know about this place. Pretty cool.

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