Sunshine on the Canal

“If you want to see the sunshine, you have to weather the storm.

Frank Lane

 

As a reward from our walk in the rain yesterday, blue skies ruled Saturday along with low humidity and temperatures in the seventies. Are we really in Washington in August?

Starting at Lockhouse 6, the good weather exponentially increased the usage of the towpath.

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Water quality may not be very good, but at least it is colorful.

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Despite getting closer to Washington, wildlife sightings never abated.

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We spotted a black capped night heron, which we had never seen before. Further, they are usually nocturnal fisherman.

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A young beaver frolicked in the waters.

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turtles everywhere working on a tan….

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Blue heron

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Duck which cannot be labeled yet….

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Another day, we see yet more vultures.

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We passed under the Chain Bridge

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and under a converted railway bridge, now a bike trail.

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In the pond of Dead Mike, a resident volley, which we have named Wilson, floats from bank to bank. We suspect the tennis ball below, which we have named Spalding, may be related.

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Near the end of the Canal, the Potomac supports all kinds of summer recreation.

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Approaching Georgetown, Key Bridge crosses the Potomac.

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By the time the canal reaches its end point, or origin depending on which way you are going,  in Georgetown, the city encroaches on its passage, while the water flows to a trickle. The peace and quiet is now behind you. Sounds of the city traffic, along with low flying helicopters and motors from watercraft fill the airspace.  You are now in Washington DC.

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If Walt Disney’s Dumbo ran into Gerald Rich’s welding torch after Mr. Rich had drank a little bit too much, this sculpture may have been conceived.

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The canals ends just across the creek from Richard Nixon’s antagonist, the Watergate.

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Later, under the shadow of the Washington Monument, the one time end of the Canal, still has the original lockhouse standing.

 

 

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