|Revolution #50: 01 Jan 2014 - 31 Dec 2014|
For my first hike on January 1st, I headed to Great Falls National Park. It was nearby, it was beautiful, and it was the catalyst that lead to 49 more hiking excursions.
So where to go for #50? As I complete one revolution of the sun, I chose to circle back to Great Falls; where it all started.
|Jan 1, 2014|
|Dec 27, 2014|
Three of my children joined me today. I have had numerous hikes with my wife, a number with each of my four kids. Each one was great! Each one a memory I will never forget.
We started at Difficult Run. Surprisingly, trail maintenance efforts have started and are nearly complete. Floods in the area had previously deteriorated the trail making portions of it impassable. Now, many portions of the trail are new and wide, allowing you to enjoy the views, move along, not nearly as treacherous.
From a previous visit, I knew there were a pair of nesting Black Vultures in this area. We saw them both, but only captured a photo of one, as the other flew upstream as we approached.
|One of the nesting Black Vultures|
|Confluence of Difficult Run and Potomac River|
Mather Gorge awaits as you make your way toward the Falls. There are plenty of areas to stop and enjoy the peacefulness and beauty of the area.
|Sarah at the Eastern end of Mather Gorge|
|Across the river, Maryland - and Billy Goat Trail|
|A lone kayaker makes his way downstream|
|A Rock Climber, kayaker, and paddle-boarder all enjoying the day|
And with that, "Fifty Hikes at 50" is complete! Oh, I'll still hike - and hopefully by Spring I'll be out backpacking some. I'll be a 51 year old man hoping the trail never ends - and enjoying the journey along the way!
|Riley on one of her many hikes!|
Keep hiking, friends!