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2015 got off to a great start as 52 Adventurers shattered our all-time record hike attendance of 41, set just last New Years Day on the MD side of Great Falls. Weather was sunny though brisk and breezy at first, but the winds calmed down as the day progressed, much to our relief. We reached the Falls in just 45 minutes and spent about the same amount of time lunching at the overlooks while admiring the skillful kayakers making their runs through the Falls. Our return leg was more adventurous than planned, as the closure of some old trails forced us to discover some new ones that were plenty interesting in their own right. One of these trails, for example, has been named the Madison Escape Trail in recognition of the ignominious flight of James & Dolley Madison through what is now Riverbend Park on their way to Conns Ferry. Here the Madisons re-crossed to the north side of the Potomac after they had fled to the Old Dominion when the Brits burned the White House during the War of 1812. Our whole expedition only took 3 hours, time exceptionally well spent.