Goodbye, Winter

Late winter on the towpath

Late winter on the towpath

After a quick look at the 10 day forecast, I feel pretty confident in saying that winter will soon give way to unencumbered hikes and bike rides on the towpath.  Likewise, fishermen will soon be casting their lines in the open waters of Battie Mixon’s fishing hole (the canal) below Oldtown.  After slipping and sliding on the towpath and AT–and taking a bath in Big Run on the Log Roll Trail–I’m definitely ready for a decent hike. Soon, Old Man Winter’s white beard will give way to the whites of Dutchman’s Breeches and Bloodroot.  Until then, here are a couple of parting shots.

C&O Canal in the winter

C&O Canal in the winter

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3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Jamie on March 14, 2014 at 7:02 am

    Tom,

    It’s Friday morning as I write this. I have the day off and will be heading to the canal later. I am guessing that your first picture is the towpath just above Town Creek — which is where I may end up today (if I ever make up my mind). :)

    I am certainly ready to see winter in the rear view mirror but it now sounds as if winter has taken offense at the notion of leaving so soon. In the meantime (and with apologies to Irving Berlin)…

    I’m dreaming of a dry towpath,
    Just like the ones of summertime;
    With easy traction,
    No falls distractin’,
    Unless it be some culvert’s slime.

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  2. Posted by LevelWalker on March 14, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    Jamie,

    I will be looking forward to checking out your site and learning of your destination. Town Creek is a pretty good spot. I enjoyed walking upstream from there along the watered part of the canal. The lockhouse that’s about 2.5 miles upstream from the aqueduct is one of my favorites. Be sure to catch a better picture of the North and South Branches than I did! I’m also willing to bet that Irving Berlin enjoyed hiking and would appreciate your lyrics. I’m planning on clearing debris off the towpath between Pearre and Little O on Saturday. We’ve had some really high winds in the area, and I’m pretty sure the trail will be a mess.

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  3. Posted by Jamie on March 16, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    Tom,

    Alas, no good picture of the confluence of the branches. That sure is a picturesque place, though. I can see why this lockhouse is one of your favorites. I think I could have sat at the picnic table for hours.

    I have really enjoyed my canal trips in Allegany County. I only wish it wasn’t so far from home. It would be well worth extended exploration.

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