|Can you spot the heron? They just hung out along the rocks swooping among the falls.|
|The Potomac drops approximately 75 ft at these falls|
|Eamon found this little puddle of life. This millipede was the biggest he found.|
|Identifying a new to us tree by its flower - Tuliptree|
|The lock remains|
We noticed herons along the rocky water's edge. They would swoop toward the current and return to their perch. We didn't catch a glimpse of them retrieving any fish from the rapids though. One the ground, the kiddos were amazed by the millipedes we found everywhere. They studied them and made sure everyone knew about the creatures. Other children huddled around for a chance to look or hold. They searched for new plants to identify and the elusive four-leaf clover. We used our spotters guide to figure out trees that are new to us.
Ruins of old towns and locks elicited stories and musings about generations past. We talked about how the town could have been lost to fire if the homes had stone foundations. We looked for treasures. Huge fairy houses were discovered and spruced up a bit.
Our family bought an annual pass to the national parks during this trip vowing to return for more hiking. We also want to explore the Maryland side of the falls. They were really impressive and I can see why they are called Great Falls.