Sunday, November 21, 2010

Getting Out - Great Falls

There are other places named Great Falls, but these are the greatest Great Falls ever.

We have been training for a half marathon (December 11!), so over the last couple of months the majority of our free time has been devoted to training. We've tried to make the most of it by changing up our long runs to take in some DC scenery. This weekend we did an 11 mile long run on the C&O Canal Trail which started and ended at Great Falls Park.

There are a lot of things to love about DC, but one of the best is the abundance of great parks. The C&O canal towpath is a great example because it starts in Georgetown but quickly feels like a country retreat. We took in our long run on Friday, so the trail was fairly empty. We saw 14 vultures, 6 deer, 4 blue heron, 2 hawks, 2 wood peckers, 1 blue jay, and countless ducks - all within a half hour drive of our house.

The happy couple after just over two hours of quality time running together.

If you squint, you can see the last little bit of fall color in the trees.

The park offers canal boat rides in the summer. We're going to have to come back to check it out.

Editor's note: We forgot our camera, so we took these pictures with my cell phone. The pictures aren't too bad though.

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