Barred Owl (Strix Varia)
Almost always see a Barred Owl while I’m on the #candocanal but they always find the perfect spot to be hidden in shadows.
So I was extremely surprised when I saw how this shot turned out, all the detail without having to blow any of the lighting out of balance.
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DAY 2: LANDSCAPES
“You make known to me the path of life; You will fill me with joy in Your presence, with eternal pleasures at Your right hand.” ~ Psalm 16:11
For all you cycling enthusiasts out there, I have a fun bucket list recommendation for you! If your travels ever bring you to the mid-Atlantic states, be sure to check out the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Trail (a.k.a. the C&O Canal Towpath). The 184.5 milelong UNPAVED trail starts in Washington D.C. and ends in Cumberland, Maryland. For those who are up to an extra challenge, you can choose to connect to the Great Allegheny Passage (a.k.a. Gap Trail) and continue all the way to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, for a combined 330-mile one-way trip. Autumn is the best time of year to bike this beautiful trail! You will avoid the spring rains and summer heat, and you’ll witness spectacular fall foliage along your journey.
1 1920 August, 2019
Say Goodmorning to this evening time lapse I took of the C&O in Williamsport MD 🌄
We're excited to announce a wonderful addition to our staff, new Executive Director Jeffrey L. Nichols! Jeff comes to us from Thomas Jefferson’s @poplarforest, and will draw upon his extensive experience in the nonprofit cultural heritage sector to spearhead the implementation of the ambitious plan we've shared with the community to revitalize and interpret the Georgetown section of the C&O Canal, as well as other Georgetown historic sites. Visit www.georgetownheritage.org/press to learn more, and welcome Jeff to the team! #georgetownheritage#candocanal#canal#findyourpark
2 2619 August, 2019
A great shot from @russellscamera! Go explore the Park and find your favorite spot! #findyourpark ---------
This was sunset last night at Hapers Ferry along the C&O Canal. I've always found this spot interesting. So many modes of transport converge here: a footpath/bike path, a canal (ruins), train tracks, a tunnel, and a road. Its conceivable that at one point in time you could've seen a canal boat, horses, a train, a car, and bicycles all at the exact same spot.
My #sweatyselfie for today - biked 12 miles on the canal. It's in the mid-90s and pretty darn gross out, but it was worth it.
Haven't had a lot of free time this last month and some. But finally had a little time today to take care of myself, get out, and bike! Another crazy week ahead, but at least I got to bike today!
I hope everyone else got to enjoy the day a bit! #fitgirlsguide#biking#candocanal#sosweaty#summer#maryland#selfcareday
Lest we forget: Most of us are content with our smartphone cameras. Many of us have better and fancier cameras. And there are still some who see and paint and remember things their own way. This is Swain's lockhouse, built in 1830, in Maryland about 16 miles upstream from Georgetown. #candocanal#painting
A sampling of houses in Georgetown and the surrounding area. INCREDIBLE 💥💥
22 1,61026 July, 2019
Beyond stoked to have completed my first bikepacking trip - Pittsburgh to DC in 4 days, surrounded by gorgeous nature and incredible people. 350 miles grinding gravel, dirt, mud, & unkempt trail, 100 or so mosquito bites - but just as many beautiful butterfly sightings to balance it out - about 85 pb&j sandwiches, and an innumerable amount of smiles, laughs, and memories that will last for a lifetime. Or at least until the next tour 😉 which I am positively itching for! (No, it's not just the mosquitos) Who wants to go bikepacking??? .
Thank you @ortlieb_waterproof for setting me up with the perfect bag setup for this trip! Riding through 3 rainstorms without a single drop of water getting in my bags was an absolute blessing. 🙌 Waterproof actually means Waterproof!
52 2,4242 June, 2019
Still here in my mind. Crossing the Eastern Continental Divide by bike is an experience like no other. Getting to it the first day and a half had us wondering why we were SO tired... only until we realized we had been climbing a VERY steady incline for the past 100 or so miles! It was wild to see it laid out on an elevation map, thinking we were riding a plateau the whole time, instead of climbing a mountain?!... and THEN after crossing to be rewarded with the delight of a breezy 25 MILE long descent! Flying through the dirt and mud with no hint of letting up, feeling unstoppable, weightless. Almost like floating. What a ride. The city has been wearing on me since... Take me back 😤
I'm admittedly terrible at Instagram, but here's the remainder of the C&O/GAP trail bikepacking adventure: We rode another 2.5ish days, covering 220miles and saw a hell of a lot of Pennsyltucky. The trail itself isnt very interesting, but luckily I had @surlyrider there for storytelling to keep me well entertained. We climbed the Cumberland Gap, crossed the Mason-Dixon Line, rode through a ton of tunnels, saw plenty of wildlife and hillbillies, jumped in waterfalls and swam in rivers, and enjoyed some spectacular weather. We used AirBnBs for our nights in Meyersdale, PA and Wickhaven, PA - and I'm 90% certain that the latter had a secret dungeon somewhere in the basement. The trail got urban very quickly as we approached the outskirts of Pittsburgh. We cruised to the finish at the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers in downtown, then tramped back a few miles to the start point of @pprac500 . I left my Cutthroat with Pat and scooted off to the airport with just a hobobath and my framebag as a carry-on. I flew back to DC and hung out for the evening, mostly resting what felt like a sore Achilles. Despite excellent health insurance, I only go to doctors when limbs are close to self-amputation, so hopefully I'll never know what caused the sore ankle.
In all, totally recommend the route as an intro-to-bikepacking, but make sure you are with good, entertaining people, because the actual ride is damn boring 😁