IIf the New Year is odd, that means it's time to head for the Virginia side for Adventuring's traditional New Year's Day outing at the Great Falls of the Potomac. Starting from the Visitors Center, we'll head out the Old Carriage Road to picturesque Difficult Run, which we'll follow to its confluence with the Potomac, where we'll lunch. Then we'll traipse along the Ridge Trail, pausing to enjoy the dramatic view of Mather Gorge at Cow Hoof Rock, and then accept the challenge of the River Trail to wind up at the Falls overlook. Total length of this moderate loop hike will be about 5 miles; though our elevation change will be modest, sections of the trails will be rough, rocky, muddy and/or icy. Meet at 11 a.m. by the elevator for the Dupont Circle Metro Station, on Connecticut Avenue just below Q Street, or at 11:45 a.m. by the restrooms at the Great Falls Visitors Center. Bring beverages and a bag lunch. Transportation, admission, and trip fees should be around $7. For further information, contact Craig, (202)[masked], or: [masked].