Thursday, October 8, 2020

Happy Thankful Thursday

 Hello, Happy Thursday!


Hubby and I look forward to the nice weather for our walks and outings.  It seems like the weather people can not always predict the weather lately. We wanted to get away for a night or two but the weather was not cooperating.  

 

1. So we go on, taking our daily walks. On this day we were able to drive an 1 1/2 hour away to the Great Falls National Park in Potomac Maryland. We walked a total of 5.3 miles at the C&O Canal Trail earlier and at Great Falls.  

 

 


2. Great Falls National Park visitor center. It was a pretty blue sky day...My kind of weather, cool, sunny and clear skies.



3. The C& O Canal Trail at Great Falls, not a cloud in the sky.



4. The Canal Boat and canal was being worked on while we were there.



5. Me and my shadow are seen below in the white water without a raft and paddle.




 

 

 

 


 

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6. Below are a few Warblers and friends, top row Northern Parula. Bottom row is the Black & White Warbler, Blue-headed Vireo and a Black-throated Green Warbler.  These were all seen in one spot along the trail to the Great Falls Overlook.

 

 
 
7. Below is the view from the Great Falls overlook, the Potomac River.
 

 
8. From the Maryland overlook you can across the river and see the Virginia Overlook.
 
 

 
 
9. These are some of the birds I saw during our visit to Great Falls NP.
Below top row are the Black Vulture, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Great Blue Heron. Middle Row are the Northern Parula, Black-throated Green Warbler, Yellow-billed Cuckoo. Bottom row are the Canada Geese, Double-crested Cormorants, Mallard Ducks. 


 

 10.  A Yellow-billed Cuckoo seen right off the trail. I do not usually see these birds on the ground, they are usually found in the tree tops. This Cuckoo was seen flying and landing on the ground.




 

 

 

11. Pretty blue sky and the Potomac River.  The Great Falls National Park is split between the states of Maryland and Virginia by the Potomac River. 

 


 

 

I am thankful for correct weather predictions.

I am thankful for planned outings.

I am always thankful to survive driving on the DC 495 Beltway and on the I-95, there are some crazy drivers out there.  

I am thankful for long walks with nature.

Take care and stay safe! 


Live simple and be happy!  😊 Keep smiling!



Thank you Michelle for hosting Thankful Thursday
Thank you to Yogi the host of   Skywatch Friday


Thank you for visiting and for your nice comments on my previous post. Have a happy day!!  😊

81 comments:

  1. Hi Eileen :) Those are some great photos, and wonderful reasons to be thankful. I'm always thankful that I get home in one piece after driving on the highway. I love that canal boat!

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      Take care, enjoy your day and weekend!

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  2. Always good to get away, even if only for a day, and it looks like you had a nice spot to do it.

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      Take care, enjoy your day and weekend!

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  3. Hello Eileen,
    What a very nice area. Great with water and stones. Amazing to see that fantastic house on your second picture, so nice!!
    And a funny shot of that boat on the dry.

    Warm regards,
    Marco

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      Take care, enjoy your day and weekend!

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  4. hari OM
    OH yes, there is much to be thankful for here - love that canal boat! YAM xx

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  5. Muito lindo de ver,adorei todas as fotos! Ótimo dia! beijos, chica

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  6. Love all the blue skies in your photos. Fall is such a pretty time. Lovely place to walk. The canal boat looks cool - are they fixing it up to use in the future?

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    1. Hello Vera,
      The canal boat has already been done, they are working on the canal or drainage.
      Thanks for the comment, enjoy your weekend!

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  7. Hi Eileen!!! Potomac river is a wonderful place... Beautiful pictures... Enjoy your weekend ahead... Be safe...

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  8. ...a rough and wonderful river!

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  9. que maravilla de lugar, esa casa es digna de ver, y ese lago para navegar es precioso.

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  10. Hello,
    nice views of the area and cute boat.
    Love the Yellow-billed Cuckoo! He does not live in Finland, unfortunately.
    Have a great continuation of week you too! Keep safe.

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    1. The Cuckoo is a great bird, I was happy to find it at the park.
      Thank you for the comment and visit!
      Take care, enjoy your day and weekend!

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  12. Hi Eileen,
    Wonderful series of photos and collages of your walks.
    Here it is really autumn, it has been raining all week and it is cold.
    No weather for me to go out, I'm still coughing so have to be careful.
    Greetings Irma

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    1. Hello Irma,
      We have been having some nice weather, not much rain.
      Thank you for the visit and comment.
      Take care, enjoy your day!

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  13. That remains as one of my favorite places EVER! The sound of the falls is amazing!

    If we ever get to travel again, maybe we can meet up there one day.

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    1. Hello Dee,
      We do enjoy walking at this park, the scenery and river are beautiful.
      Thanks for the comment, enjoy your weekend!

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  14. what Im first?? Another fine post with lots of interesting finds along the way. I enjoyed seeing all the birds and that is the first canal boat I've see so that was a cool bit of history to enjoy. Hope you get more of that gorgeous weather.

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    1. Hello Sondra,
      Sorry I was away from the computer for a few days and was not blogging.
      Thanks for the visit and comment,
      Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  15. Fantástico lugar para pasar un buen día.Me encantan las fotos. Dejaste tu sombra en el agua :))
    Buen jueves Eileen. Cuidaros.
    Un abrazo.

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  16. I am with you on being thankful to survive the Beltway and I-95 and here is I-75. I love love that canal boat sitting there with no water around it. I would love to see it when the water is flowing through. Such a cute boat and when I saw it sitting there I thought up the creek without a paddle haha

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    1. Thank you Sandra!
      I have driven in the I-75 it is a terror, so is the I-4 in Florida.
      Take care, enjoy your day and weekend!

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  17. I would say this was a great day, judging by the photos.

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    1. Thank you Rose!
      It was a great day!
      Take care, enjoy your day and weekend!

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  18. Beautiful photos. Loved the waterfalls.
    Stay well.

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  19. What beautiful scenery! I've been searching for another glimpse of a Northern Parula every week since spotting mine. No luck. Glad you were able to see one and share it here. Love all the water. Hope you are having a great week.

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  20. Hallo Ellen,
    The waterfalls are so pretty. The weather have been terrible here too with a lot of rain. Take care, and enjoy your day!

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      Take care, enjoy your day and weekend!

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  21. You make a good effort to see things in the outdoors and then you share with us. Thank you.

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  22. I agree with you about that being perfect weather! Thanks for taking us along on this hike, Eileen!

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  23. Oh, I'd love to visit that park, if ever I'm in that area! The falls of the Potomac are amazing! And I want to learn more about the canal and the boats which traveled on it...my kind of place to learn! I'm not as much of a birder as you are...and I'm always amazed at the birds you see on your walks.

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  24. I've never seen a cuckoo, and didn't even know they were in this area! Great Falls is on my bucket list. It's not too far from me, either. A nice day trip. And it looks like a great place to take pictures and to get out in nature.

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    1. I think you would like this park, it is beautiful!
      Thank you for the comment and visit!
      Take care, enjoy your day and weekend!

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  25. Beautiful river view , and the canal boat, will be better when it has some water to float in. Not too far to drive, and a lovely day to be there.

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  27. Thank you for sharing these wonderful photos. There are so many places I'd love to visit but there is just not enough time. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  28. Sounds and looks like a great walk. Lots of beautiful pictures!!

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  29. You certainly go on some great walks.
    Lovely photographs on your post, pleased you had a great day.

    All the best Jan

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  30. What a beautiful area to wander around and see such natural beauty. It’s not that far away either. You picked a beautiful day to go.

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  31. You sure saw beautiful sights and some pretty birds too! It's so nice to get away even if it's just for the day! Makes those ordinary days better too! Hugs, Diane

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  32. I did not know about this National Park!! How could that happen!? (We tried to visit them all when we were RVing all over the country!). Beautiful place for a nature hike ...great birds and s energy! And water. Loved it all. You and your shadow were brave to take those rapids without even a life jacket though, haha. ... thanks for this ...I’m off to Google Great Falls NP ... to find out more about what we missed ((.

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    1. Thank You Sallie!
      Great Falls NP is a great, we always enjoy our park visits.
      Take care, enjoy your day!

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  33. You have lovely places for your walks. And much to be thankful for in these troubling times. Take care and enjoy the rest of your week.

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  34. Yes its good you can find things to be thankful for. The sky is beautiful blue.

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  35. I am thankful for all the things you are thankful too, oh how lovely to get out in the National Parks and see the birds :) Your blue sky photographs are as lovely as always Eileen. Have a lovely weekend
    Wren x

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  37. A bright and beautiful day out there and the waterfalls and river make a pleasant view along with the pretty blue sky! Lovely photos and I liked the architecture of the visitor center.

    Take care

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  38. Sounds like a wonderful excursion for you and your shadow, and perfect weather to match (my type of walking weather as well). Thankyou for sharing, have a great day and stay safe :) xx

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  39. What a lovely visitors center. How nice to get a nice day to enjoy the scenery. Hope your week has gone well.

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  40. Very beautiful to see
    many beautiful scenes

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  41. You find the best spots! I love the rocks best!

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