I've spent most of my adult life in areas west of the Rockies. As a result I'm a little bit of a snob when it comes to appreciating rugged scenic vistas. I got my comeupance last month, however, when Kitty and I visited her sister in McClean, Virginia. A very short drive from her home in suburban McClean lies the Great Falls of the Potomac. What a beautifully rugged place! It must have been absolutely breathtaking when George Washington strode its banks over 250 years ago. It is also a very dangerous place - an average of 7 souls lose their lives along this stretch of the river. Not a few of them are outdoor folk such as the kayakers shown in this small collection of photos.
Postscript - Just a few days after I took these photos a highly skilled kayaker lost her life in one of the drops along this treacherous reach. Details.