Candee and I volunteer on the C&O, and we have been pretty anxious to get back out on the towpath. Nevertheless, the recent government shutdown has kept all visitors out of the park–or has it? Today, when we reached the remains of Lockhouse 57, near the Indigo Neck hiker/biker campsite, we weren’t too surprised to see a large log straddling the foundation of the old cellar. Trees and limbs fall. Enough said. However, there was an odd shrine or decoration directly below the log, made up of woven branches and placed atop two stone cairns.
Remembering the closure, my thoughts turned to ghosts, ghouls, and things that go bump in the night. Could it be that the wee people of the forest held sway over the C&O Canal while we foolish mortals were blocked from entering their domain? After seeing this odd site, I could almost imagine a tribe of leprechauns dancing hand-in-hand around this structure, away from the usual prying eyes of hikers, bikers, campers , and park rangers. I’m not sure what kind of chicanery we encountered, but as All Hallows Eve approaches, keep a sharp lookout while walking down the towpath. HAPPY HALLOWEEN!