Great Falls Potomac -from the point of view of my Kodak cam

April 2, 2010 – Friday – 3pm

I went to see again the Great Falls  which is very near our place. The park is full of people today and  surprisingly, the entrance was free. I planned  to buy a season ticket for $20.00; which you can use anytime through out the year. Otherwise, you pay $5.00 for the car and $3.00 for each person.

Many people consider the Great Falls of the Potomac to be the most spectacular natural landmark in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. Here, the Potomac River builds up speed and force as it falls over a series of steep, jagged rocks and flows through the narrow Mather Gorge. This dramatic scene makes Great Falls Park, located just fifteen miles from the Nation’s Capital, a popular site with local residents and tourists from around the world who are visiting the Washington area.

The falls consist of cascading rapids and several 20 foot waterfalls, with a total 76 foot drop in elevation over a distance of less than a mile. The Potomac River narrows from nearly 1000 feet, just above the falls, to between 60 and 100 feet wide as it rushes through Mather Gorge, a short distance below the falls. The Great Falls of the Potomac display the steepest and most spectacular fall line rapids of any eastern river.

April 2, 2010 – 3:00 pm –

I am now standing on the overlook, Maryland side. If you noticed, there are other people on the other bank of the river. That is  Virginia. For rivers are natural boundaries. Yes, that is Virginia and we are their r view of this Great Falls, as they are ours.

I have not been to the Virginia side of the falls, but I got hold of one image from the web,  and here it is. Somebody told me that the view from Virginia is much more beautiful, and I think he is right.
The deck I am standing on is the first part of the rapids from the falls. This is very near the entrance. But the most spectacular view is still far. You have to use the board walk to get you there.

I am standing on the board walk to get to the falls. This is just the halfway. At one time, I asked someone  to get a picture of me and I leaned slightly on the railing. The railing moved and I screamed. haha.

After taking the CPA board examination in 1976, a group of friends  and I went to Pagsanjan Falls. It was a treat after six months of rigid study not to mention the anxiety that burns the stomach out of you.

Pagsanjan Falls was  beautiful. We went as far as getting a ride in their floating “barge” and get a doused of the water from the falls which was very very cold.

When I went to Cagayan de Oro years later, part of the tour was to see the Maria Cristina Falls. I was there to attend the PICPA Convention which was held yearly and in different places in the Philippines.

Maria Cristina Falls
is a waterfall of the Agus River on the island of Mindanao. It is sometimes called the “twin falls” as the flow is separated by a rock at the brink of the waterfall.[1] It is a landmark of Iligan City, nicknamed the City of Majestic Waterfalls, because of the presence of more than 20 waterfalls in the city.[2] It is located 9.3 kilometers away southwest of the city proper at the boundaries of Barangays Maria Cristina, Ditucalan, and Buru-un.[2] Well-known for its natural beauty and grandeur, the 320-feet98 meters/320 feet high waterfall[3] is also the primary source of electric power for the city’s industries, being harnessed by the Agus VI Hydroelectric Plant.[4]

On  the same tour, we went as far as  Camiguin Island. It was the month of  November and it was raining hard and so there were places we did not reach to see. Anyway Camiguin Island was also beautiful.

I particularly chose this image for in here I have seen for the first time tuna as big as a 300 lbs man being cut right on the floor of this pier. I can see from afar the red meat of the tuna. I will never forget that image in my mind.

The Island-province of Camiguin is a pear-shaped volcanic island in the northern tip of Mindanao. It is approximately 90 kilometers north of the City of Cagayan de Oro. It is bounded to the north by Bohol Sea, to the west by Macajalar Bay, to the southeast by Gingoog Bay and to the east by Butuan Bay.

Camiguin is the smallest province in Northern Mindanao, with its land area pegged at 29,187 hectares. It is composed of five towns, namely, Mambajao – the capital town, Mahinog, Guinsiliban, Sagay and Catarman. The island plays host to seven volcanoes, including the still-active Mount Hibok-Hibok. According to the National Statistics Office, Camiguin has a total population of 74,232 persons, making the province the second smallest in the Philippines in terms of population.



  1. Inday Elns

    Amazingly beautiful, day Lyn. I’ve never been to Great Falls Potomac neither to Pagsanjan Falls and Maria Cristina Falls…hahaha!!!
    Enjoy each tour like the journey of life…<3
    Regards from Mareng Myrns, we were together last night and this early morning mass in celebrating the "SALUBONG". Pareng Philip send me a note the other day…
    I pasted below the messages we had, for you to view. Take always care, day Lyn. Thanks to facebook…hahaha!!!

    *From: Felipe Ladeza
    To: Elna Reyes
    Sent: Thu, 1 April, 2010 9:12:21 AM
    Subject: Re: Lenten Reflection

    Dear Mareng Elna, Grace and peace be with you and your family. Happy Easter. I am sending through my brother Amon the amount of P4000 pesos for the flowers of the Resurrection. Kindly contact Amon on this phone 09178378209, his cell phone number. Regards and God bless you.

    *From: Elna Reyes
    To: Felipe Ladeza
    Sent: Thu, April 1, 2010 1:26:31 AM
    Subject: Re: Lenten Reflection

    Hi, it’s been so long we haven’t hear each other. Thanks for the message. Amon just called 10 minutes ago. He told me bout the money you sent. Thanks always, Pare. You never fails to send for the flowers. Actually, I still have the P2,000.00 na sobra last year kasi may nag-share sa flowers. Sina Pareng Noriel at Mareng Jo ang masipag mag-ayos. Kami naman ni Mareng Jo tagabili ng flowers. This Saturday, pupunta kami ng Dangwa.
    I’ll send you na lang the pix this easter. Lito is still here. Had his vacation Dec.25. He might be back to work last week of April or 1st week of May.
    I miss everyone in your family lalo na si Mareng Swanie. I hope everything with you is fine.
    Please send her my love and a big hug to your 3 gentlemen. God bless…

    elnz reyes
    ph mobile nos.

    *Re: Lenten Reflection

    Sat, 3 April, 2010 12:56:18 AM
    Felipe Ladeza [Chat now]

    View Contact
    To: Elna Reyes
    Mareng Elna, Happy Easter to everybody. Thank you so much for taking good care of the Risen Christ Image. Kindly give my thanks and regards to Pareng Noriel and Mareng Jo and Mareng Myrna and also the rests. Yes, my two sons, Borgy and Paolo are already registered nurses and have their respective jobs while the youngest, Angelo is now a second year Engineering student at California Polytechnic University (Cal-Poly) in San Luis Obispo, around three hrs. drive from our place. It seems that life is harder here in the USA because of the economic meltdown. However, we are still doing pretty well. I am also happy that my handsome Pareng Lito is still there to be with your family on Easter Sunday. How about Mareng Myrna and some news in San Lorenzo circles. Thank you again for sending to us soon some pictures of the Risen Christ. I hope you are all in the best of everything. Regards and God bless. Pareng Philip

  2. jocelyn53

    Though we parted in our religious faith, you are all still in my heart. I miss you all. I want to cry.

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