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It’s been soooo long since I’ve been to Great Falls Park. If you have been following me for a while then you’ll know that I used to go to Great Falls Park a lot. Like more than I ever went to the National Mall. Which is a little crazy because everyone always assumes that I have a little bed right under Lincoln’s chair in the Lincoln Memorial. When in fact, I don’t! I sleep in my bed, in my bedroom, in my house in Fairfax, VA. LOL

But I love Great Falls Park. I have so many great memories there. Its the place I used to go to all the time to practice my photography skills that I learned in school. It’s also the place where my cousin got so sick she had to throw up in one of the bathrooms but later found out that she wasn’t sick at all. She was pregnant! It’s also the place where Andrew and I had one of our first dates together and the place where we’d take Frankie and our nephews to play soccer. So many great memories from this place.

I think what changed it all for me was that they started closing the gate at night. Before I felt like I could come in and out as I pleased. But there have been so many times where I tried to go at sunrise and the gates were closed. I was even there one time at sunset and was there for so long that they closed the gates on me. I had to call for someone to pick me up because there was no way to get my car out that day. So to say that this place is special to me would be an understatement. I love coming here and seeing beautiful views like this one.

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As I was taking these pictures, I was thinking to myself how fortunate I am to live in Virginia. Here’s what I mean, I can drive 20 minutes east and be in the most powerful city in the world. I can drive 1 hour west and be in one of the most amazing national parks in the country and see beautiful leaves like these.

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This image definitely came out way better than I thought it would. The sunrise was almost behind me when I took this image so I tried to get as much of the color from the sky as I could. I’m so happy that I could capture some of it.

These rocks were right by our condo/hotel. In the afternoons you could see locals coming here playing, snorkeling, and fishing. It seemed kinda dangerous cuz a lot of them were barefoot. When I took this image, I definitely wore my scuba booties.

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Before we left to Cayman Islands, I spent a few hours at Great Falls Park. Whether it was for high school photo assignments, family visiting, or just spending time hanging out with nature, Great Falls park has always been that “go-to” place for me.

This time was a little different. I found a great spot where I could get almost eye level with the water. After a bit of climbing, check out some of the pics I ended up with.