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Taiwanese Ambassador's Residence Pvt Tour, Rock Creek, Zoo & Lunch - 8 Miles

Dress Code - Casual smart / preppy or something similar like sporty shorts, polo shirt, sneakers, dockers, flats or similar. Decent head wear, sunglasses etc are fine. Although hike is 8 miles please do not come in gym training clothes or other lazy home attire. Nice jeans or khakis are fine but, jeans must be newish.  Remember that we are visiting a private embassy spring event.

Group Size - Limited to first 30 hikers to sign up.

Security Procedures - Hikers may sign up on website using whatever name they prefer. However, real name must be emailed to Robert Quigley. Once list is completed names will be submitted to embassy for approval. Your name must match your official USA IDs which must be presented upon entry to embassy grounds.

Trail Notes - We'll meet at zoo entrance on Connecticut Ave NW, hike to Taiwanese Embassy Ambassador's Residence, tour the embassy estate and grounds known as the Twin Oaks Estate, chat with embassy dignitaries, hike over to Rock Creek Western Ridge Trail, Military Rd then back to zoo. Hike will tour the zoo and then eat lunch at a nearby restaurant. Hike will stick close to Rock Creek while in park. More embassy notes found here. http://www.roc-taiwan.org/US/ct.asp?xItem=377928&ctNode=5917&mp=12

Parking - Available in zoo parking lot. Metro is close by. Parking is available on street in residential areas but, two hour parking restrictions apply on Saturday.




What to Bring - Bottles of water, sneakers or flats or dockers or hiking shoes, trail snacks, and other desired hiking gear depending on personal needs. Take plenty of pictures. Pay attention to weather. NO WEAPONS OF ANY TYPE.

Disclaimer - All participants assume total risk for their personal and property safety. Robert's textable cell number is [masked]-8390.

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  • May L.

    Hey guys, I hope you all enjoyed your stay at the Twin Oaks Estate. It's our great honor to have you today.

    3 · May 24, 2014

    • Nancy

      Feichang ganxie! Really enjoyed our tour and your wonderful hospitality. Will look forward to seeing you on another hike.

      May 25, 2014

    • Uma

      May you looked so adorable in your traditional dress and I learnt a lot from all your historical stories. Really enjoyed the visit. Thank you and all your colleagues for the hospitality.... The lunch box was a great idea!!

      May 25, 2014

  • Uma

    Great hosts at the Taiwanese residence beautiful gardens and fun factoids.... I could have sat all day listening to stories and sipping hot tea! Thank you for all the thoughtful trinkets and treats!

    May 25, 2014

  • Rozanne

    Nancy, I got the shots of the baby panda cub on two separate occasions very early morning through another meet up, and Robert asked me to upload them to this site also. The first was in winter when she was getting weighed at five months old. The others outside in the tree is the first week she was outside.

    May 24, 2014

  • Rozanne

    Robert asked me to upload a few of my panda cub Bao Bao photos from a behind the scenes early morn meetup.

    May 24, 2014

  • Nancy

    Wonderful day, gorgeous scenery, delightful company, tired old bones (now).....(I did 14 miles by the time I got home)..... Thanks, Robert.

    May 24, 2014

  • Lucia D.

    Another wonderful hike, thank you Robert!

    May 24, 2014

  • Robert Q.

    Amazing tour with outstanding superb hospitality at Twin Oaks! Perfect gifts and soothing day to walk Rock Creek Park and tour zoo. Hikers were fun and lunch was sumptuous! Great day!

    May 24, 2014

    • Robert Q.

      Overall hike was a 12 mile circuit.

      May 24, 2014

  • Rozanne

    Very interesting Robert! Thx for organizing!

    May 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi friends, I hope that you will have a great visit to the Twin Oaks tomorrow. I wish I could be there with you, but I am flying out of IAD at noon. However, my colleagues, May, Shufen and Jerry will be there to make sure that you have a productive and enjoyable visit. Have fun and take tons of photos!

    1 · May 23, 2014

    • Uma

      We will miss you Lishan. Bon Voyage!!

      May 24, 2014

    • Robert Q.

      Safe travels!

      May 24, 2014

  • Robert Q.

    Event has closed. Feel free to join us for Rock Creek portion of hike, zoo and lunch. See map of event and text me for progress. We expect to be out of residence by 12 noon. :)

    May 23, 2014

  • cate

    I would like to attend. Please add me for tomorrow.

    May 23, 2014

  • Kimmee A

    Please add me to wait list, Thank you.

    May 19, 2014

  • Kismet

    Hi Robert I would like to add my name to the wait list. Thanks! Kismet

    May 18, 2014

  • Robert Q.

    If interested in the Taiwanese hike wait list then please send me an email with your full names ASAP and I will submit for approval. Thanks!

    May 18, 2014

    • Robert Q.

      Ok they are on wait list. Can't guarantee a space but, odds are that somebody will cancel the last minute. Just show up and keep your fingers crossed. We might also get luck at the gate. :)

      May 18, 2014

    • Robert Q.

      lucky

      May 18, 2014

  • Nancy

    Just one, um, question: how can there be a Taiwanese ambassador when we don't have diplomatic relations with Taiwan anymore (since we broke with them in favor of the PRC back after Nixon first visited China)? Not to nitpick or anything....just wondering!

    May 5, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Nancy. I just saw your message. I work for the "Taiwan Embassy." Thanks for the great question. It's perfectly fine to raise this question. The short answer is that you're right. We call ourselves "Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the U.S." which is confusing to a lot of people. The fact is that we function like an embassy here in the US and we enjoy diplomatic immunity. I am more than happy to tell you more about it.

      May 9, 2014

    • Nancy

      Yes, Lishan, I'd like to hear more about it. Will look forward to seeing you on the 24th. Feichang ganxie!

      May 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Pictures appreciated -- I have to skip this hike also.

    May 3, 2014

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