Hike GT To Fletchers Cove, Lunch & Dragon Boat Race - 6.2 Miles

Where to Meet:    We will meet at the Georgetown C & O Canal Visitors Center at 10 AM, hike to Fletcher's Cove and back to GT which is a 6.2 mile round trip circuit. Afterwards we will eat lunch at GT Water Front depending on available space. After hike a couple of hours will be spent meeting and greeting club members and observing the dragon boat races. Hikers are free to come and go at will or attend some or all of the event.

Trail Notes: This leg of trail is flat, compacted dirt and gravel. In days past the tow path was traveled by mules that worked about six hours per day pulling barges.

Dragon Boats: The Washington DC Dragon Boat Festival is an annual event sponsored each May by the Chinese Women’s League of Washington, DC. The two-day festival features competitive dragon boat races on the Potomac River, colorful cultural performances and hands-on activities. Approximately 60 teams from all over the east coast compete in these thrilling races.

The sport of dragon boat racing has its roots in Ancient China, where the first dragon boat races were held more than 2500 years ago, along the banks of the Yangtze River. Since then, the sport has often been heralded as the fastest growing water sport in the US and one of the fastest-growing corporate team-building activities in the country. The Washington DC Dragon Boat Festival not only fosters teamwork but also promotes cultural exchange and awareness, which has helped transform the festival into one of the most popular annual events in the region.

The festival kicks off with an Eye-Dotting Ceremony to awaken the sleeping dragons and resuscitate the dragon boats with good spirits to provide ultimate enjoyment for all the racers. (Saturday 8:30-9:30 a.m.)

Breast Cancer Survivor teams are recognized with a carnation ceremony to show support for their courage and spirit. A new feature of the ceremony will be the Snapdragon Poetry Competition for the best poem about breast cancer. The competition is open to all. The first prize is $150 and reading in the Carnation Ceremony.

250m Races on Saturday, 500m Races on Sunday.

Cultural activities include brushing painting, calligraphy, paper cutting, Chinese folks arts Xiang-bao (sachet) making, Kungfu (martial arts) and indigenous dances to present the beauty of the Chinese culture.

Race LocationThe festival takes place near Georgetown between the Thompson Boat Center and the Kennedy Center.

By Metro: There are no metro stops in Georgetown. Georgetown shuttle buses are available from Foggy Bottom, Rosslyn, and Du Pont Circle

Parking: If one is willing to walk 3 to 6 blocks in DC which is not far then parking is always available in the residential section of upper Georgetown. Parking restrictions on Sunday are very few and far between in DC. Paid parking lots and parking garages are scattered throughout GT.

For map view of trail go here. http://www.nps.gov/choh/planyourvisit/upload/CHOHdetailmap.pdf

What to Bring: Bottle of water, hiking, sneakers, dockers or flat shoes and other desired gear depending on personal needs. Take plenty of pictures.

Disclaimer: As usual this is a kid-free zone. All participants assume total risk for their personal and property safety. Robert's textable cell number is [masked].

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  • Rita

    It was a perfect day for a walk on the canal.

    May 18, 2014

  • Hilary

    Thanks Robert and everyone, a lovely morning hike. The company and the lunch were great too

    May 18, 2014

  • Martin B.

    Very enjoyable hike followed by excellent lunch at Cafe La Ruche -- with comfy outdoor seating. Also a great group of people.

    May 18, 2014

  • Robert Q.

    Great group of hikers today. Easy flat six miles with comfortable breeze and super views. Engaging conversations and sumptuous food as usual. Did I mention super great hikers! :)

    May 18, 2014

  • Colleen

    That was fun. Such a great mix of nice people and interesting and diverse conversation.

    May 18, 2014

  • kelly

    we are almost here, please Wait 5 minutes

    May 18, 2014

  • Wil J W.

    Sorry for dropping out at the last minute, but I got two clients coming tomorrow. See you next time. Enjoy!

    May 17, 2014

  • Robert Q.

    Thanks for all comments. They seem to have disappeared at least on my computer but, they were read and considered. The hike will proceed as usual. The dragon boats are secondary. Many trails and paths exist along the western side of DC. Our usual practice is to simply alter our path if required. See everybody in the morning at 10 AM.

    May 17, 2014

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