After all of the festivities, today turned out to be a perfect day to wrap up the weekend with a beautiful 6.5 mile hike - and a chance to work off the burgers, bratwursts and beers.
My son Tim joined me today, so I wanted today to be a great hike; not straight up a mountain, not a more isolated locale, rather, a place to get out and enjoy the weather and take in some great views. We decided on Difficult Run to the Potomac River, then up River Trail to Great Falls. This hike offers a perfect balance of distance, difficulty, sun and shade, so was just perfect for a day like today.
Difficult Run is a great place to start for a fun day! Hop out on the rocks, check out some of the wildlife you're likely to see. Enjoy the peacefulness and the sound of rushing water, all as you move along closer to confluence with the Potomac.
|Black Vulture at Difficult Run|
|Potomac River - Mather Gorge|
|Rock Climbing along the River|
|A broad-headed Skink checking us out at an overlook point|
|Turtle swimming in the river|
It seems every time we come to the Great Falls area, a rescue action occurs. The below response seemed to be as a result of a fall on the rocks.
|River Rescue response to injury on Billy Goat Trail|
|Response to injury on trail|
|Tim and I - Great Falls, VA - 06 July 2014|