Monday, February 8, 2010

W&OD Trail in Herndon

It's not often that you see virgin snow on the W&OD Trail. Soon after most snowfalls there are usually tracks in the snow along the trail. This is a photo of the trail in Herndon near the train station, looking west. It will be a while before the 24-30 inches of snow is gone not to mention the 5-10 inches expected tomorrow. Wouldn't it be nice if the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority, which controls the trail, used a plow like the one in the second photo. We came across this small plow today while walking the trail around Lake Thoreau in Reston. The Reston Association purchased the used plow from a Canadian company. It causes little if any damage to the trail surface and provides a way for the many people in Reston who want to get around on foot or bike for local trips. RA has plowed their 55 miles of trails (more than the length of the W&OD Trail) after every snowfall this winter. That work was slowed after the latest snowfall due to the many trees that had fallen on the trail. That's why this plow was stopped; the driver was busy cutting up a downed tree that blocked his path.

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