|On a gorgeous day this weekend I visited the Virginia side of the Great Falls Park which, despite having lived in the area for ages, I had never visited; I have been to the Maryland side many times and I absolutely love the park. As it turns out, it seems that half of the Washington area residents had the same idea but it was still a terrific visit.. There are beautiful and easy trails along the river and if one walks a little further away from the visitor’s center, it is a very peaceful place, especially towards the north side of the park.
There is an abundance of paw-paw trees close to the river’s edge and at this time of the year one can see their fruits in clusters high above the ground. I had seen this tree and fruit further south along the Potomac at a place called Piscataway, where I was curious enough to ask the park ranger if they were edible, and got permission to try one. They are very tasty, with the consistency of a banana but the taste is hard to describe.