We went to Great Falls on the Virginia side yesterday.
It started to rain a little as we got off the highway, and so we started to turn back disappointed.
But before we got back on the highway, the rain stopped and we continued our “Sunday Funday” trip.
With 3 beautiful overlooks of the Potomac River–even on a cloudy, chilly Fall day–it was marvelous.
Because of the changing weather, it wasn’t too crowded and we were able to get right up on the overlooks for some spectacular views and photos.
At one point a (rescue?) helicopter suddenly pulled up from nowhere beneath the cliffs and was like right there up close in our faces, but we had already started to pull back to the trail and I missed a cool photo that I would’ve like to capture.
The current of the water is really strong at Great Falls and an average of 7 people die a year there.
Also, sometimes there is such enormous flooding that the water crests above the high overlooks–75 feet up!–and overflows onto the park’s grounds.
We watched some climbers scampering along down on the rocks by the water (on the left) as they got close, but not too close to the water’s edge.
As I think about it, living in Washington, D.C., the capital and superpower political hotbed of the world, the symbolism of being on the edge is not lost.
Some people wade too far and get overcome by the rising water and powerful currents, and others may be too apathetic or fearful to even get close enough to dip their toe in the muddle.
Even for those that sincerely care and want to try to make a difference in the direction and future of where we are going–technologically and success-wise–it’s water, water everywhere.
Like Great Falls, DC runs with a powerful current–a lot of it simply running nowhere, much is hidden beneath the surface, but overall with enough force to shape our country’s destiny for better or for worse. 😉
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)