Here is a recap of the last few days –
So we flew into Dulles around noon Friday, and we went to the new Air & Space Museum center right by the airport. This is where they keep all the planes that are not on display in the museum on the Mall, so they have a lot of really cool stuff. Off the top of my head they had a Blackbird, a Concorde, the Enola Gay, and Phantom, an X-35, a Shuttle (may have been a replica) and tons of smaller planes and old antiques. It was pretty sweet since they also had a lot of WWII era German and Japanese planes. After the museum we went over to my Aunt & Uncle’s house in Reston, VA.
On Saturday we drove a few miles outside of town to Great Falls, which is where the Potomac cuts through the hills outside DC. It was a really scenic day, even though rain threatend all afternoon. The area is big for kyakers and rock climbers, since the river provides great rapids and the gorge excellent climbing areas. At one point we were able to go through this large cut in the side of the gorge and go down to the river itself. Back in colonial times, there was a canal on the VA side of the river that was used to brng barges carrying wheat and such from upriver, ad since the barges would get destroyed on the rapids, they had this long canal system complete with locks that would avoid the rough parts of the river. Since the water level was way down when we were there, we were able to climb down to where the canal met back up with the river.
Day 3 – Billy Goat Trail
While the ladies went to go see a ballet or something, us guys (me, my dad, and my uncle) went across the river to Maryland to go hiking on a trail that followed the Potomac (although on the other shore than we had been to on Sat). And they don’t call it Billy Goat trail for nothing. While the trail follows the river, it makes for some rough going. You are constantly hacing to jump from boulder to boulder, climbing over and around obstacles, and scale fairly steep climbs. At one point, we had to climb a 80-100 foot wall that proved quite a climb. It was a hard hike, but it was a lot of fun. One of the best hikes I have been on.
Anyways, thats a short synopsis of the trip thus far, be sure to check out the pictures section for photos.