It’s a humid, sticky, drizzly Saturday.
I had to get up at 6:00 am in order to go to the DMV to get my Virginia Driver’s License. (I needed a full hour to do my hair and makeup, since this picture will be on my license for years!!) The DMV opens at 8, but my plan was to get there at 7:30 in order to beat the crowds. Last time I went to the DMV, we arrived to see the line literally wrapped around the building. Not cool. Well, apparently I wasn’t the only one with the idea to get there early today. I arrive at 7:40 and was about the 40th person in line. Luckily, it actually moved quickly; once it opened, about 20 people were helped immediately, so I was out of there by 9:00. I look like a hobbit in my picture, though… A kinda pretty hobbit, but still a short, stumpy-necked (kinda pretty) hobbit. 🙂 Oh well.
Now I’m officially a Virginia resident and can officially reserve the tennis courts down the street whenever I want. Oh yeah, and vote…
Then, Mike and I wanted something to do before the 3:30 pm FSU game came on tv. So I thought “We live in Falls Church. We MUST have some waterfalls nearby right? Why else would this place be called ‘Falls Church’?” (In fact, according to e-podunk.com, Falls Church “… was named for its location on the falls of the Potomac, and for a local Anglican church…”.). I checked out the local waterfalls online and we drove about 15-20 minutes to “Great Falls Park” – it’s a National Park which has HUGE falls and a famous “funnel” effect. Why don’t I just show you how cool it is?
On the way out, there was a deer in the road! He/she ran off before I could take a picture.
Getting into the park was free today because it’s national park volunteer appreciation day (or something like that). All I know is, we didn’t have to pay $5.
This was our first view once we got out of the truck. Bailey was with us, too – this park allows dogs!
Do you see the dark blue dot in the center, with a yellow hat? That’s a guy in a kayak. The kayak looked more like a surfboard at times, and he kept going under and being swept in circles as the whirlpool effect pulled him down. I was so afraid we were about to watch one of the drownings that the sign warned about. There were other families at the overlook with us, and we were all captivated by this guy. He would go INTO the rapids, get pulled under, flail around, come up, get a breath, go back under…and so on. It was crazy!
This was crazy… Look at how high the water has gotten! With the picture on the right, you can KIND OF see the water in the background. What you see is the TOP of the falls, before it crashes over cliffs that are over 70 feet tall. So for the water to have risen as high as these posts is completely amazing.
More ruins… Do you ever wonder if what we live in today will be the ruins for another generation to see and speculate on? I hope not…
Along the trail… The good thing about having such a gloomy, overcast day is that the lighting was great for picture-taking.
(Now we’re watching the FSU game. Go Noles!)