Ice, Ice Baby

Icicles at the Paw Paw Tunnel

Like many middle-aged men, I have a thing for really bad rap songs and icicles.  Many years after the fact, I still remember far too many lines from Vanilla Ice’s signature hit, and–with all due respect to Mr. Ton-Loc–I think Funky Cold Medina is a drink best served on the rocks.  With this in mind, the recent cold weather and snow has left a trail of hanging ice along the western end of the C&O Canal.  The Paw Paw Tunnel, unfortunately, is closed to hikers for the time being because of a rock slide near Mile Marker 155, but it looked great from a distance today.

Ice along the C&O Canal towpath

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4 responses to this post.

  1. I hope y’all were careful and watched your steps Dave fell this past Jan and he’s been off work since. Ice is beautiful, especially when it decorates hillsides, waterfalls and so on, but it can be brutal too.

    These are gorgeous photos


    • Posted by LevelWalker on March 9, 2013 at 6:56 pm

      Sorry to hear about Dave. We didn’t get far that day because there was a rockslide on the other side of the tunnel. I hear it will take a year to stabilize and clean up the mess!


  2. Posted by Rick on November 16, 2016 at 8:50 am

    Did they board up the tunnel!? Or is this a winterizing technique?

    Great shots!


    • Posted by LevelWalker on November 16, 2016 at 9:54 pm

      Rick, it’s a winterizing technique. They put the covering over the uspstream end about this time every year. There is an opening about the size of a door, so you can still walk through the tunnel. There should be several bats in the tunnel, which kind of adds to the fun!


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