A Path To the River’s Edge

I was going to post this set of shots earlier, but the orples were bugging me, and then they got hung up in some tree roots trying to cross the path, so I did a post on the orples to keep them satisfied.Β  If they can keep up, they can join us as I show you one way to reach the rocks bordering the James River. This is a popular hangout spot for old and young alike on our hot summer days in the city. When the rains are heavy, sometimes the rocks can no longer be seen as the river rises within the boundaries of its shores. To begin the trek to the river, we must first park the car, then climb some old steps onto the well worn path.

For those of you who are new to my blog and don’t know what orples are, you can go to the Orples Overview section of my blog to learn more about them, if you so desire. πŸ˜‰ In the meantime, it is off to the river we go…

Set off on the far corner of the parking lot, in the shade, our journey begins.

This is a better view of the steps leading up to the narrow path leading to the river. For those carrying coolers, with the intent of spending the day on the rocks, it is a challenging path, no doubt. Watch your step.

This is a better shot of the tree in the path the orples got hung up in on the last post I did ( Today 6.4.12). Wearing zorries is not recommended when trying to make your way over these roots. The bank to the left goes straight down the side of the hill.Β  Falling over the side of the bank would be a real bummer.

Once you get past the tree in the path, another set of stone steps beckons you further up the hill.

This structure stands at the top of the hill. I am not sure what it’s purpose is, really. It may have been a building that never was built, or maybe at one time there was a roof on those steel beams. This has been in for years, and I’ve never seen it in any form other than from that shown here. And I used to walk this path often, when my kids were teens and we’d come to the river. There is a porta potty tucked in the corner though, so it makes a great stop off spot, if you know what I mean.

A sign clues visitors in as to what this little path is all about and lists a few rules to follow. There is also a map of the trails, which can be accessed by bike or foot in most areas.

This is a better view of the map taken from the sign above.

It appears the orples have caught up with us. They seem to be mastering the steps. Good for them. In the background, there is a bridge crossing some railroad tracks. The gates accessing the foot bridge are locked at night to keep people off of the rocks after dark.Β  The bridge is caged to prevent people from throwing things over the side onto the train tracks below.

These are some of those trains I was telling you about, parked along the tracks.

And if you keep looking, you’ll see more trains.

Standing on the platform leading to a set of stairs going down, you can look out over the rocks. Not many people have camped out today. It is still early in the year, but as summer progresses, towels are spread out over the rocks, much like you see at the beach.

Looking down from our perch, you can make out the tops of people’s head that have taken the stairs down to ground level. I think we’ll bypass that trip today. Maybe later. For now, a birds-eye view will give you an idea of how far above the ground we are now standing.Β  If I remember correctly, there are five or six flights of steps down to the bottom.

Here’s one more look out over the outer shores of the river (hidden by the trees). Enjoy your view.

This is a better shot of those stairs Olivia and Oscar were descending in our earlier shot, heading toward the river.Β  Now you can really see the porta potty, I was telling you about earlier.

And here is a different perspective on those stairs we crossed awhile ago coming up the hill. I love the way the rock ties in with the elements of nature as though the steps are a natural part of their surroundings.

As we arrive back at the parking lot, it looks as though Olivia and Oscar managed to keep up, after all. They are going to be two tired little orples when they get home, no doubt. That was quite a trek to travel when you’re the size of an orange. My little orple buddies make me proud!


33 responses to “A Path To the River’s Edge

  1. >It appears the orples have caught up with us.
    – And they seem to be catching their breath, too!

    >Standing on the platform leading to a set of stairs going down, you can look out over the rocks. Not many people have camped out today.
    – This is a very pretty spot. I can see how it must be a popular area to relax in.

    >I love the way the rock ties in with the elements of nature as though the steps are a natural part of their surroundings.
    – If only everything else man-made could dwell as harmoniously!

    >That was quite a trek to travel when you’re the size of an orange.
    – Aww!



    • Well the orples managed to catch up, now if I can only do the same! We’re all a little out of breath, it seems, Kate … that’s cool.

      I am really glad you stopped in to check out these shots. I used to visit this spot on the river all of the time until about 18 years ago. I almost lost Brice (my youngest child) on the river one summer when the water was high, and the rapids were raging, and so I quit going. At that time, Brice was not a strong swimmer. However, when he was in the Navy, he became a rescue swimmer … go figure.

      I happened to remember this spot on my way home from my little photo shoot in Richmond last Saturday, and decided to stop off and see if anything new was going on, on the old path. Evidently not. It looks like there is room for lots of repairs. I suspect park maintenance is not a priority though, with the economy being what it is these days.

      Thanks again for coming along for a stroll with ‘us’. πŸ˜‰ TTYL, Marcy


    • I don’t know, Francine. Some of those rocks get really hot during the day, but as long as they are shaded I guess they are fine. Sometimes, when the river is low, water will get trapped in the rocks and cannot be refreshed by the main flow of the river, so that too tends to get warm when the sun hits it. This is a fun place to take older kids and hang out. Usually with the wee ones, there’s too much chance for an accident. Those rocks can get mighty slippery sometimes, too. πŸ™‚ Thanks for coming along to see the sights. I’m sure you’d love it here. πŸ™‚


    • Sorry about the late reply. I’m running a bit behind (we’ll blame it on the orples πŸ˜‰ ). I’m so glad you enjoyed your little rendezvous through my blog this morning. Please come again, anytime.


    • The thanks goes to you for visiting, Madhu. And the orples will be thrilled that you like them so much. They’ll be window shopping in my next post. πŸ˜‰ They’d love for you to come along with them.


  2. thanks for the walk marcy, glad it was you climbing all those steps with the little orples, i think the rocks by the river would be the perfect place for a picnic!


    • Back in the day, We spent a many an afternoon on the rocks with picnic baskets in tow. I really need to gather up a few friends and go back there this year. I’ve let too many ‘use to’s’ become a thing of the past. My little visit to the rocks the other day served as reminded of just how long it has been … too long! Thanks for visiting with us today. Come back soon!


    • You are so welcome. I appreciate the company, walking the paths. This old path is obviously well worn, although I was surprised when I got to the river, there were not more people there last weekend. Usually the place is packed. No matter, I’m sure I’ll be going again, maybe next time, I’ll nab more photos. In the meantime, thanks for checking these out.


  3. I know those tree roots as well, I got caught up in them. Those steps a little steep but I got there. Wonderful stroll and the weather was good. What more can I ask for. lovely thanks. πŸ˜‰


    • I am so happy you enjoyed your walk to river, Gerry. I wish I’d had a better shot of the main river. The river is beautiful crossing the bridges, but you know how that goes. Cars going 55 mph don’t appreciate somebody stopping to snap a photograph in traffic, if you know what I mean. I’ll get some good photos though, give me a little time. In the meantime, I’m glad you enjoyed today’s little trip.


    • Richmond has quite a few bike paths, Nia. You’d love it here. There is a separate bike path above the path we walked as illustrated by my photos here. I think you can cross the river, and come around by Maymont Park on the other side of the river and work your way around to a different bridge from there to make a loop. I’ve never ridden the bike path, so am going by what the map was telling me. I see lots of people on bikes throughout the city, though. Thanks for stopping by to check us out. πŸ™‚


    • This is a fun spot on a hot summer day. It can be a real dangerous place though when the water is high. The James River has claimed a lot of lives over the years. But for the most part, this part of the river is rather tame. Thanks for dropping by. πŸ™‚


  4. A beautiful trek after which I feel a need to dangle my feet in the water. Just for a minute or two — or maybe an hour. I’m betting the Orples fell asleep in the car on the way home!


    • I think my poor little orples were exhausted. But they are spunky. They’ll be window shopping in my next post. Now that they aren’t forced to hang on a tree anymore, there’s no stopping them! πŸ™‚

      As far as a nice place to kick back and dip your toes, this is the spot to do it in! πŸ™‚ Thanks for visiting. Please come again, anytime.


    • That they do, Hook. I guess when you start out merely hanging on a tree, things can only get better from there. These little guys are full of adventures. Stick with me, you’ll see. We’ll be window shopping next. πŸ˜‰


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  6. That looks like a very interesting place to visit. You got some very good shots. It looks to be a quite large area. Glad the Orples were able to keep up. Hugs


    • The James River stretches from the ocean, pretty much across the state of Virginia. There are several bridges crossing it in Richmond alone, as it divides the city. This is one access point of several and it is a trek to get there from the parking lot, but a beautiful (but tricky) path, worth traveling. Those little orples are determined little creatures, so they do hang in there. πŸ˜‰ Thanks for taking the stroll to the River with us. It’s always a delight to have you join the fun, Mumsy.


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