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Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Great Falls, Virginia




On Sunday - while recovering from jetlag and waiting for my conference to start in earnest - we went for a walk by Great Falls in Virginia. We followed a trail which led us on a really fun route along the edge of the river, scrambling over rocks for a lot of the way. It was a rather grey day (we got rained on a little, at the beginning) and the river was a murky brown, meaning the overall impression was impressive rather than picturesque. Signs everywhere advised on the dangers of falling in - though with such raging waters, I'm amazed the signs were necessary! (Though, I must confess, the idea of learning white water kayaking suddenly shot up in appeal... I may be crazy...)







19 comments:

Tabor said...

My old stomping grounds when I used to live in that area.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

How spectacular!

Velva said...

Beautiful. Welcome to the states! A of foul weather passed through that part of the country recently, explains the raging brown water. Still stunning, nevertheless.

Enjoy your conference.

Velva

Velva said...

Sorry, I had a typo...I meant there has been " a lot" of foul weather.

Crystal Escobar said...

Oh wow, that is beautiful!

christine said...

Sorry, what was that? You may be a "little" bit crazy????? xx :)

Scientific Housewife said...

How nice!

Kel said...

Rachel ~ You are visiting in my neck of the woods! We love Great Falls! I hope you enjoy your stay in Virginia and DC!

Rachel said...

A little crazy? Great to look at, that river, but I think best from a safe distance!

Hope the conference goes well...

MelRoXx said...

Great photographs! I SO wanna go there!

yogurt said...

A beautiful part of our country, Virginia. You are not far from a part of Maryland I visit regularly. I have family there.

Enjoy the rest of your trip, Rachel. If you find yourself in Texas, look me up!

Rabbit Hole Report said...

Thank you for showing me more of my own country. Impressive indeed.

A shame New York and Baltimore aren't closer; I'd suggest meeting up for tea. I hope the conference was better than your deplaning experience. :)

Lauren Michelle said...

Wow, compared to the tame, lazy rivers I've seen in person, this one looks rather wild. How exciting! But I would definitely not take my row boat in there.

smilla4blogs said...

I used to visit Great Falls often, years ago, when I lived in the Washington area. Lovely to see it through your eyes. Hope you are having a wonderful stay in the U.S.!!

Kazzy said...

That is my neck of the woods. I grew up about 30 min from there. Pretty, huh?

Mademoiselle Poirot said...

Great pics! Looks fantastic for some kayaking - if only I wasn't so untalented in that area. I've tried and failed ;-) Enjoy! xo

Fly Girl said...

How beautiful! I think you will enjoy whitewater rafting, have fun in Virginia!

liliannattel said...

Gorgeous! Enjoy!

criticalmark said...

I lived in Virginia for 3 years and nobody even mentioned this place! Mind you, probably not the best place to visit with three small children ... unless you want to go home with fewer of them.

Mark Lawrence

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