Daily Archives: November 7, 2008

Golden

I invited my husband on a day-date last Friday, giving him the choice: a 12-mile bike ride or a drive to a hiking spot. I’m grateful he chose the drive & hike, because that allowed me to take plenty of photos!

Our first stop was our first crossing of the Potomac River.

looking west toward the Blue Ridge

looking west toward the Blue Ridge

I’m guessing that Odd Mix and family at New Life Farm might recognize this view!

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The water was so still that I was able to capture near-perfect reflections.

That's not algae!

That's not algae!

Between the still water and low volume in the river, we could look down from the bridge and see the riverbed below.

Then we got back into the car and drove to one of my favorite places.

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click to enlarge

I took the above photograph from the same spot as the one below (180 degree turn)

John Brown's fort

John Brown's fort

At the confluence of the Shenandoah & Potomac rivers

At the confluence of the Shenandoah & Potomac rivers

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On a sunny summer day, this view would include folks floating down the river in inflatable rafts. SuperDad & boys did this back in August.

crossing the Potomac for the 3rd time

crossing the Potomac for the 3rd time

At the end of this bridge is a spiral staircase. The open steel-work steps are a challenge for me visually, so I didn’t take any photos; I have to concentrate on walking up and down those steps without getting too dizzy.

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canal and towpath

canal and towpath

lock 33 and lockmaster's house (?)

lock 33 and lockmaster's house (?)

An abandoned lifestyle almost before it began, this system of locks was made obsolete by the completion of the C&O railroad. Trains were faster and cheaper.

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See the large white hotel on the hilltop? Someday we hope to eat at the restaurant and spend the night there.

walking in the woods

walking in the woods

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Peek-a-boo views through leaves of gold

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This little fella showed no fear at our quiet walking; he even followed us for a while.

The goal is in sight

The goal is in sight

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Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

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Can you find John Brown’s “fort” – the armory he & his band of men took over in their ill-fated stand?
That is the Shenandoah River snaking toward you from the background.

SuperDad takes in the view

SuperDad takes in the view

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Definitely GOLDEN.

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