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Old 01-10-2010, 03:01 PM
 
Location: Home is where the heart is
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Got a chance to go out for a short walk today. BRRRRR it was cold! But it was cool to see all the ice on the Potomac.


Look how beautiful the river is.. and how treacherous. Yes, those are big chucks of ice bopping out in the middle of the river. Lots of large tree trucks, too. Also, check out how high the water level is. Those trees below the waterline are normally up on a bank.


This looks like a field, but it's an inlet that was completely iced over. Ice was thick enough that we saw several people trying to play on it. What fools! Please don't try this--if you fall through, the river is moving very quickly underneath the surface and you will get sucked under the ice in nothing flat.


Sugarland Run was iced over enough that we saw squirrels running across. The ice looks so thick and permanent, but it's not. The next photo was just a short bit away--and as you can see, just the increased amount of running water was enough to completey eliminate the ice. By the way, check out the roots of the tree. The recent rains, snow, and ice have really eroded the shoreline. Next time I come down here, this tree will probably have fallen in.


No ice at the falls, where the water was running fast and there's a good bit of sunlight that had also melted most of the snow.


This is a frozen over side stream. Look how many animal tracks! Fox, squirrel, deer, rabbit, raccoon, and possibly bobcat.

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Old 01-10-2010, 03:05 PM
 
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Oh, so serene! Reminded me of the wintry days in Wisconsin
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Old 01-10-2010, 04:45 PM
 
Location: The OC to NOVA
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Those photos are so pretty! Thank you!
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Old 01-10-2010, 04:59 PM
 
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Those are absolutely gorgeous!!! Thanks for sharing. It was a beautiful day today and nice to not have to battle the wind.
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Old 01-10-2010, 05:05 PM
 
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Remember I'm new to VA.....where did you walk?
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Old 01-10-2010, 05:14 PM
 
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This is a little side arm of the Heritage Trail (which stretches all the way from Difficult Run to Leesburg). This particular part of the trail is where Sugarland Run meets the Potomac. Some people call the falls Potomac Falls, although it's not formally listed as such on some map that VRE has... thus leading to a long standing joke between us. (He claims it doesn't exist... and hey, his claim is just as believable as mine!)

It's a little difficult to describe how you get to this part of the trail, especially since I take a back route from my house, so I don't access the trail in the same way most people do. The best way might be to park at Algonkian Park and head east. But it's hard to describe which trail in Algonkian to choose. It might be easier to drive to Middle Bluff Road in the Rivercrest section of Cascades. Look for a trail between the houses--it may take you a few passes up and down the street to spot it. The small neighborhood trail leads you down to a large trail. Turn left, and the falls are about a 1/4 mile. If you go over the bridge, the trail then continues into Algonkian Park. There's a side spurt trail that leads to the Potomac and a few small lakes where you'll see lots of herons. This area is informally known as Heron Lake--but again that's not a name you see on maps. (You know what, I don't think those map makers know much about Loudoun County.... according to the map makers the entire town of Hamilton doesn't exist, either. )

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Old 01-10-2010, 06:21 PM
 
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Oh, so serene! Reminded me of the wintry days in Wisconsin
LOL! Nova's been reminding me of Wisconsin quite a bit this year. I'll be happy when it gets back to normal and starts reminding me of Virginia!
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Old 01-10-2010, 06:52 PM
 
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LOL! Nova's been reminding me of Wisconsin quite a bit this year. I'll be happy when it gets back to normal and starts reminding me of Virginia!
Hey don't be ashamed of Sterling, and rename yourself. LOL

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Old 01-10-2010, 07:37 PM
 
Location: Northern VA
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Beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing!
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Old 01-11-2010, 07:38 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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Hey don't be ashamed of Sterling, and rename yourself. LOL
LOL, you're just jealous 'cuz we get to have a choice of names!
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