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Billy Goat Trail – Great Falls, Maryland

Posted Apr 29 2010 6:49pm

It’s been a little quiet around here for the past couple of weeks, due mostly to the fact that everything else around me has been positively buzzing. To start, a trip to Maryland took up a few days, but I saw some great things that I’m eager to share.

Some find it shocking that I lived in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area for 18 years and, until recently, never once hiked the beloved (and sometimes cursed) Billy Goat Trail . With my new love for outdoor activity, I decided that needed to change and enlisted the help of my good friend, Peter, who hikes the Billy Goat at least twice a week.

Peter is a very merry fellow; perhaps because he spends so much time among such natural beauty.

To provide some background information, the National Park Service describes the Billy Goat as “a very Physically demanding trail”; the Washington Post warns that it consists largely of “steep ravines and large boulders to traverse,” a fact of which I was not informed in advance. Nevertheless, we had a great afternoon with magnificent surroundings.

We started with a wooded path not far from the famed Old Anglers Inn .

I attempted to climb a tree, which didn’t end well, but at least Peter was amused as he captured this photo.

To find a hiking trail or a National Park near you, visit .

Friends , Get Out There , Wellness
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