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.
The water was so still that I was able to capture near-perfect reflections.
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.
I took the above photograph from the same spot as the one below (180 degree turn)
On a sunny summer day, this view would include folks floating down the river in inflatable rafts. SuperDad & boys did this back in August.
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.
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.
See the large white hotel on the hilltop? Someday we hope to eat at the restaurant and spend the night there.
Peek-a-boo views through leaves of gold
This little fella showed no fear at our quiet walking; he even followed us for a while.
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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.
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