Pickin’ Up Trash on Level 52

The View from Sideling Hill Creek Aqueduct

We spend a lot of time volunteering on the C&O Canal between the Sideling Hill and Fifteen Mile Creek Aqueducts, and our little section has turned into a home-away-from-home over the past couple of years. We headed to good ol’ Level 52 with a bit of trepidation today because of the recent passing of Hurricane Irene and a relatively significant earthquake that occurred about a week earlier.

'You can't see me!'

Hero in a Half Shell...He was ready for a fight!

 

 

Fortunately, all of the local canal structures stood up the the jolt of the ‘quake, and the thirsty ground soaked up the biggest part of the recent rain. Instead of a soggy mess, we found a relatively dry towpath, and several animals were at play in the park.

 

 

 

'I wonder who was playing here?'

Kickin' Sticks

 

 

Most of the time, the hikers and bikers in the park keep things pretty clean, and today wasn’t any different. We filled two kitchen garbage bags with trash and kicked a few fallen limbs out of the way of the bicyclists.

 

 

 

A plastic bowl? This gives the expression, 'Breakfast on the go,' a whole new meaning!

Another View from Level 52

 

 

In fact, as I think back on today’s hike, I can only muster one major complaint: the gnats were out in droves, and the Deep Woods Off didn’t serve as much of a deterrent! If anybody knows of a method or product that holds these pests at bay, feel free to leave a comment!

 

 

The Bat Cave...I mean, Bat Gate!

 

 

Also, the bat gate project at the Indigo Tunnel appears to be completed. Our last post on this topic shows a large empty hole in the middle of the gate, but I’m pleased to announce that the doors have since been added. In all, it was a beautiful and satisfying day to take a hike in the C&O Canal NHP!

 

 

 

 

 

A Perfect Day!

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Candee, these are great photos. I love how green everything looks. Glad y’all came through the hurricane without damage!!

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    • Posted by Candee on August 29, 2011 at 9:32 pm

      Thanks….something’s wrong with my camera and it washes everything out. Aside from that, I like the pictures, too.

      Reply

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