Night Hike Terry Hershey Park (6 miles)

I still can't believe 75 people showed up to the Memorial Park Night Hike!!!

Jennifer's Cell:  [masked]

I have a corporate inventory coming up on Jan. 7, so I will be pretty much living at work every day until then. However, since so many people loved the night hike, and several asked why there wasn't a hike scheduled for this coming weekend, I decided to throw in a Terry Hershey Night Hike. I know we just did a monster day hike there, but this will be different...only about 6 miles for one thing. :-)

We will start out at the Dairy Ashford parking lot near the center of the trail. From there we will stay on the dirt trails headed west and then east...finishing up back at Dairy Ashford. For those of you who attended the Memorial Park Night Hike, this will be more challenging with some narrower paths and more downed trees and obstacles. This hike will be at a slower pace due to those obstacles. I will be relying on those of you familiar with this trail to help out those who are not with some of these obstacles. (downed trees to climb over, etc.)

I am going to prehike the route on Monday to ensure there will be no surprises for us during the night hike.

Supply List:
headlamp, warm layers, gloves & hat, snack, water, whistle, sense of adventure. I recommend hiking boots for this hike.
If you are afraid of the dark you are welcome to bring a rosary and a woobie. :-)

We'll plan to eat something afterward...maybe Cici's Pizza since it is close and fast.

Please leave home a little early to be at the trailhead on time.

**** A word about the upcoming Beginner Backpacking Trip ****

Many of you have expressed interest in this trip, but I think some are intimidated by it.  First, make sure to look at the posting for it.  If you do not think you have the right gear for this trip, please post it.  There are many people who have spare gear or can share theirs.  Two people can share a regular tent...one can carry the tent itself, and one can carry the poles.  If you don't have a sleeping bring a heavy blanket in a stuff sack.  For stoves, one person can carry the stove, one can carry the fuel, and various people can carry food, pots, etc.  This is meant to get you acquainted with carrying some extra weight without killing you.  This is a precursor to possible larger backpacking trips in the future over multiple nights...a longer section of the Lonestar Trail, a week on the Appalachian Trail, etc.  If you really want to go but are intimidated or feel this is beyond your ability, please contact me, Tom, or another veteran member so we can answer your questions and help you in any way we can.

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  • Jennifer B.

    I have just started my own meetup group which (for me) is really just a supplemental group to H.A.T.S. I spoke to Hugo about starting the group, and he thought it was a good idea, so I put it together yesterday. There are certain guidelines that H.A.T.S follows that must be observed. Since Hugo was on hiatus he was nice enough to allow me to post some events that really aren't within the rules that H.A.T.S tries to follow. He will be back in February, and we really need to be following his guidelines from here on out. In order to keep doing some of these "outside the box" events, I will be posting them under my new group, Houston/Austin Hiking & Outdoors.
    www.meetup.com/houstonaustinhiking
    Once again, this will just be a supplemental group in my view. I will still mainly be doing H.A.T.S activities, and I will still be an event organizer for H.A.T.S. I just wanted to let you all know. Thank you.

    January 8, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Wow I admire your energy and dedication!

      January 8, 2013

  • Jean

    I am so glad we will still have your "outside the box" activities to participate in, as they are sooooo much fun! Thanks for this new group, Jennifer!

    1 · January 8, 2013

    • Jennifer B.

      I want to be clear to everyone that I am not pushing my site. I just wanted to be up front about it since people will hear about it through the grapevine. This is not a competing site in any way. H.A.T.S for life, Baby!!! :-)

      January 8, 2013

  • Tiffany I.

    Hard but fun! That was my first hike!

    January 7, 2013

  • Fatima

    This hike was awesome! The members of the group are so friendly. I had a wonderful time. Thanks Jennifer. ( I went to the wrong CiCi too)

    January 6, 2013

  • Jennifer B.

    Thank you all for coming, my little Mud Monsters! :-) Seeing you guys on the weekends is the best part of my week!

    3 · January 5, 2013

    • Jennifer B.

      You should have called! We went to the one at Westheimer and Kirkwood...just 2 miles. Me missed you! :-(

      January 6, 2013

    • Gary M.

      I echo the sentiments above. Thank you. It was fun for my first-ever Meetup. Everyone was friendly and welcoming. Looking forward to others.

      January 6, 2013

  • Jennifer B.

    I don't remember who all I was talking to about my gym last night, but Lifetime Fitness will give you a 2 week trial with a member referral. If you want me to do that just email me privately, and I'll get you hooked up.

    January 6, 2013

  • Stephanie

    Enjoyed it, Thanks Jennifer!

    January 6, 2013

  • Stephanie

    Enjoyed it! Thanks Jennifer

    January 6, 2013

  • Eric

    Loved it! Must do a night trek through Galveston next =)

    January 6, 2013

  • Suzana

    :)

    January 6, 2013

  • jonathan

    Can't wait for the next one! Everyone was awesome!

    January 6, 2013

  • Christy

    I had a great time playing in the mud! :)

    January 5, 2013

  • Jean

    Great fun & kudos to Jennifer for another terrific hike!

    1 · January 5, 2013

  • Jean

    Fantastic hike, as usual! Thanks, Jennifer!

    January 5, 2013

  • Richard B.

    I have some extra wooly sweaters, a scarf, rain jacket, and ski gloves if anyone needs them. On my way!

    January 5, 2013

  • G

    G
    For all the people who want to meet at 5 pm at post oak ( uptown park) cafe express inside:
    There is plenty of parking to leave the cars and carpool. So just be there, even if it rains, it may not rain by the time we start our hike!
    We can carpool or follow each other to the hike. Makes it easier to find

    January 5, 2013

    • Jennifer B.

      People always ask that. Trust me...you can't miss us. :-) But my cell is[masked]

      January 5, 2013

    • SP

      Hello, standing outside cafe exp. let me know if y'all plan to make it

      January 5, 2013

  • Jennifer B.

    Tracey...it might be hard for you to bring enough to share tonight. :-)

    January 5, 2013

  • Jennifer B.

    The plan is to hike the south side of the trail east to Wilcrest. Then we will head west to Eldridge. Then back to the parking lot and off to Cici's Pizza: 14520 Memorial Dr, Houston, TX 77079

    January 5, 2013

  • Jennifer B.

    Tonight's hike will be similar in mileage to the first day of the upcoming backpacking trip, so throw in a few extra pounds for practice...even if it's just throwing a few cans of soup in a backpack. I'll be heading out soon. In the immortal words of Mills Lane, "LET'S GET IT ON!!!" :-)

    January 5, 2013

  • Jean

    Just wondering...does this pizza place know we're coming? lol.

    January 5, 2013

    • Jennifer B.

      I'm going to call them in our last hour to warn them to start cranking out some pies. :-)

      January 5, 2013

  • Christy

    Hi everyone, even though it's rainy and cold I'm still in! I even managed to bribe one of my friends to come with. Looking forward to meeting everyone :)

    January 5, 2013

    • jonathan

      Bribery...works every time! Lol

      January 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Great that's just great (: now let's hope there's more people with ur additude. (: woot woot !!!!

      January 5, 2013

  • Jennifer B.

    Even though it is chilly, do not come out in a ski parka. Wear sensible layers that you can take off and tie around your waist as you warm up hiking. A hat, scarf, and gloves go a long way toward keeping you warm. Also, even though it is not hot, you still need to hydrate well. Bring plenty of water and a snack. See you in a few hours!

    January 5, 2013

  • Ingrid

    See you all there!

    January 5, 2013

  • Jennifer B.

    The rain will be gone this afternoon, and it's actually warmer than it was last week. So let's keep calm and get our hike on!!! :-) Attendance is still climbing! See you guys tonight! I'm getting there a little early to get a little dirty on the lower trails before we start our hike. Can't wait to stuff myself with pizza and salad afterward! :-)

    January 5, 2013

    • jonathan

      I was actually a little excited about a hike in the rain...but now you have me excited about pizza. Lol

      January 5, 2013

    • Jennifer B.

      That's it, Jonathan...keep your eyes on the prize! :-)

      January 5, 2013

  • Jean

    I just hiked Terry Hershey in the rain! It' going to be a little sloppy tonight. Be sure to wear shoes that will keep your feet warm if they get wet. Can't wait for pizza!

    January 5, 2013

    • Jennifer B.

      If you have shoes of questionable waterproofing, a large ziplock bag around you socks is handy...and the $1 footwarming pads they sell are nifty. That was my secret to happy feet when I was a zookeeper up north spraying down enclosures in the snow.

      January 5, 2013

    • Jennifer B.

      Jean, did you do asphalt or dirt?

      January 5, 2013

  • G

    Anyone want to meet a 5 at Post Oak ( uptown Village) Cafe Express and see how many show and follow or carpool to the night hike?
    There is plenty of parking and we can be kind to our planet by carpooling. :)

    2 · January 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can't wait to meet you all

    January 4, 2013

  • Robby F.

    Is it kid friendly?

    1 · January 4, 2013

    • Jean

      Gee, remember all those adults saying, "are we there yet?". lol.

      January 4, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm the only kid

      January 4, 2013

  • Jennifer B.

    Ok, so here's how it's gonna go down tomorrow...You're going to wake up have some coffee and be gung ho about tomorrow night's hike. Then afternoon is going to roll around, and you're going to be comfy and warm at home. You're going to start telling yourself "Well, my knee has kind of been bothering me, and I really need to clean the kitchen. Maybe I should skip the hike." Then reality sets in. Let's be honest. You're not touching anyone's kitchen...least of all your own. And how many cookies and pieces of pie have you eaten in the last month? And aren't you sick of hearing about your coworker's latest 10k race?..and then there's the other coworker who's been bragging about how much weight they LOST over the holidays!!!and how they can do 100 pullups!!! And you remember how many pullups you can do... :-( And then you put on your hat, gloves, scarf, and coat, you remember what a great hiking group this is and what great company we are, and you drive your butt to Terry Hershey. :-)

    7 · January 4, 2013

    • Jennifer B.

      Just relaying the conversation I have with myself every Saturday. Still need to clean my kitchen. :-) Hey! I'm nothing if not peppy!

      2 · January 4, 2013

    • Fatima

      Whoo hoo. Let's Go

      January 4, 2013

  • Jennifer B.

    BTW, newcomers...This is a very diverse hiking group...all cultures, backgrounds, religions, countries of origin, employment fields. The youngest member is 19, and the most senior is in their 70's. Some of our members have done Base Camp Everest and some considered staggering 2 blocks to Starbuck's in the morning a hike before joining us. About half of the group on the Terry Hershey hike will be brand spanking new! That is very exciting! We are happy to have you! I look forward to meeting everyone tomorrow. I get asked fairly often to send people whatever photos I take of them so they can share with friends and family. As always, I will have my camera in tow, and I will try to take as many photos as possible. I do some running around back and forth within the group, but I will be toward the front most of the time. For those of you who want to be sure I get some pics of you, don't be shy. Let me know. FYI, usually the people who are hiking near me get the most camera time. :-)

    1 · January 4, 2013

  • Steven V.

    I am very stoked for my first outing with the group! Is the parking area next to the building on the map linked above?

    January 4, 2013

    • Jennifer B.

      The parking is right where the "A" is on the map. You really can't miss it. Just a reminder to the group. We are not meeting where we met last time, so be sure to check out the map.

      January 4, 2013

    • Steven V.

      Thanks

      January 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Leashed dogs allowed on this hike?

    January 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm a little intimidated to hike 6 miles. 3 is the most I've ever done.

    January 3, 2013

    • Fatima

      Rachael I too was unsure of hiking 6 miles. Think of it as a long walk with friends. You will have a blast. I have already requested dates off from work for future hikes. As a nurse, I am on my feet for twelve hour shifts. Our hikes are only a couple of hours. The hikers in the front walk at a little faster pace than the hikers in the back. At each break I take a new position in the crowd and make a new friend. Everyone is friendly and there to have a wonderful time. I will looking for you.

      January 3, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Rachel - I feel the same! Thanks for speaking up.

      January 4, 2013

  • Heidi M.

    I love to camp and I am also willing to help with the sharing of equipment. I have never done a hiking camping trip before. I am prepared to try it! This is what life is all about. Looking forward to meeting new people and exploring the great outdoors that God has given us.

    January 1, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Wonderful love the spirit, though this one is just a 6mile night hike. Not camping this time. Just bring something warm, head lamp, water, and your wonderful additude. (: welcome aboard.

      January 3, 2013

    • Heidi M.

      I am very excited! I look forward to the longer hikes also. The longest hike I have done was 20 miles. That was an awesome day trip and an evening of camping and cooking by the fire with a bunch of friends. So excited!

      January 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    If the weather is bad I'll probably chicken out. I don't do cold and wet.

    January 3, 2013

  • Kathy

    Don't have a lantern. Can I bing my kids' laser finger thingies? :)

    January 3, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      That be bad ass :D

      January 3, 2013

    • Jennifer B.

      Watch the language. :-) I know you're excited. Yes, Kathy...but a $15 headlamp comes in handy.

      January 3, 2013

  • Tom P.

    I have plans for the afternoon, but will have all my hiking accouterments on hand in case I can get away early enough to join you.

    December 31, 2012

    • Jennifer B.

      Yay! We need someone to protect us from the bears! :-)

      December 31, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Wow and I can't thanks Jennifer :p.

      January 3, 2013

  • Jean

    Yea, another T.H. hike! Since I'm hiking T.H. in the morning, as well, maybe I'll just stay all day and not go home. LOL.

    1 · January 2, 2013

    • Jean

      Oops, never mind, I'm going kayaking instead of the a.m. hike. Guess I'll get a total body workout Saturday. LOL.

      January 2, 2013

  • Shilp

    Hi Jennifer,
    I am looking forward to Terry Hershey Park Night Hike. I am also interested in the Beginner Backpacking Trip you mentioned above. Is there a separate thread on that topic? can you provide the activity date and location for that one too?
    Thanks,
    Shilp

    January 2, 2013

    • Jennifer B.

      It is posted under Beginner Backpacking at the end of January.

      January 2, 2013

  • Jennifer B.

    Dogs are welcome on this hike as long as they are not aggressive and on a leash. We have a few regulars on our hikes. :-)

    January 1, 2013

    • Have fun H.

      great, thanks. She is calm and friendly, but I think she can stay home the first go round.

      January 1, 2013

  • Jennifer B.

    Richard, I'm curious about your affiliation with MS. I have MS.

    January 1, 2013

  • Jennifer B.

    I know we are all looking outside wondering about our Ssaturday Night hike. Terry Hershey has asphalt and dirt trails. If the dirt trails are too wet for safety, we will just do the asphalt ones.

    January 1, 2013

  • Dee B.

    I'm looking forward to meeting new people who like outdoor activities and are young at heart.

    January 1, 2013

  • Jennifer B.

    Lots of new people signed up! Very exciting! More than half of the last hike were new, so we're looking forward to meeting you all. You can pick up an inexpensive headlamp at Academy starting at about $15, but you can get by with a flashlight or just mooch off of someone else's light if you really need to.

    2 · December 31, 2012

    • Amir Mohammad N.

      I am new and I am looking forward to meet everyone :)

      December 31, 2012

  • Sheree s.

    Is it 3 miles each way or 6?

    December 30, 2012

  • Jennifer B.

    Alright! Let's see if we can beat 75! I'm uploading more photos to my Flickr site tonight. If you would like to see lots of pics from some of our other hikes and trips, you can check out my Flickr site at http://www.flickr.com/photos/cooljennpics
    It isn't completely up to date, but it gives you some ideas.

    December 30, 2012

  • G

    If some still want to redo the hike in memorial , im game :)

    1 · December 30, 2012

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