We set out on our trip with very few plans. We knew of a couple places that we wanted to see and a general direction we were headed. No reservations, no check-in times.

We left early Saturday morning. Just like last year, when we left for our honeymoon, I told Matt I didn’t care how early we left. He was driving and car rides make me fall asleep very quickly. I honestly don’t even remember what time it was. We had packed the car the night before, and I didn’t even take the time to put my contacts in before we left.
Our first stop was the Great Falls near Washington, D.C.. It was highly recommended by a friend, and we visited the Maryland side which is a part of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park. After checking out the Visitor’s Center we took an easy walk on a boardwalk out to the Great Falls Overlook.
The views were beautiful.
Our second hike of the day was a little more difficult. We took the Billy Goat Trail, Section A, which is aptly named as it requires you to climb over and around large rocks in a nearly 4 mile loop.
We caught a few glimpses of these guys on stand up paddle boards and some rock climbers across the gorge.
We camped that night in the Greenbelt Park. It was self-serve check-in and had campsites with pavement pads for vehicles, picnic tables and grills. It also had showers which was something we looked for in every place we camped – after a day of sweaty hiking, there’s nothing like a nice shower, even if sometimes they’re cold.
All-in-all we had a great first day!