During a run Saturday morning at the Manassas Battlefield Park, I had to maneuver around a block of ice on the trail near Bull Run. In all my years of running at the Battlefield, I’ve never seen chunks of ice on the trail. Then, I noticed a few chunks of ice in the woods near the trail. More blocks of ice appeared scattered along the river bank below and I even noticed ice resting on logs and suspended in the trees.
Apparently, the heavy rains last week broke up the ice cover on Bull Run and the stream’s ice was deposited in odd places when the flood water receded. I was amused by the placement of a few of the ice blocks.
The land-and-tree-stranded ice was a reminder of January’s chill. Much of Bull Run was frozen last month under our “Polar Vortex” events. This weekend, however, Bull Run flowed freely and the stream was running just a little bit high.
I snapped a few photos of the various ice block deposits around Bull Run and I have included my favorites below.