This time of year with the spring rains (which we have had an over-abundance of!), the Potomac often reaches flood stage. This was the case this visit. The main waterfall is usually much rockier, with a more pronounced and dramatic drop, when the water level is lower. This trip, I could hear the roar of the river as soon as I got out of the car, although I could not see the river yet. Wilson was sure I had brought him here to go swimming and began to drag me to the river. Much to his chagrin, swimming was not on the agenda. The river current was probably running at Class V level rapids. No one was going in the water!
As you saw with Wilson's photo yesterday, the boys were able to get a good view from one of the observation decks. They were both very curious to see what the noise was, and hopped up on their own to see over the railing.
|Jim taking in the view|
|This is why there is no swimming!|
|Even w/o the flood conditions, this section of the river is always dangerous.|
|Happily posing for a treat|
The trail can be quite a challenge to navigate when you are a short-legged dog!
|Just 'cause I like it!|
|Jimmy and Wilson, high above the river, posing on rocky terrain.|
|Jimmy, surveying his realm, in mountain lion fashion. Maybe in his case, black panther!|
|Wilson: I don't even need to ask! I KNOW this picture makes my head look HUGE!|
|I do believe Jimmy's tongue is bigger than his ears!|
|But, Mom, it's just right there! Why can't we take a dip?|
|Watching an endless parade of hikers going by|
|Wow! That's some serious overflow!|
I went to the park early in the day. I wanted to walk the boys at the coolest point of the day. But, also, I knew from past experience, how busy and full the park gets. I arrived at 9ish and parked about midway back in the lot. By the time I returned to the car at 11:30, there were no spots left and people in cars were following the walkers, hoping they were leaving. As I drove out the gate, there was a long line of cars waiting to get in!