We will hike east from Riverview Cemetery to Belle Island, cross to the James River's south side, head west on the Buttermilk Trail, cross the river again at the Boulevard (Nickel) Bridge, make a loop by the water plant and return east to Riverview Cemetery along a riverside path I promise you will find stunningly beautiful.
Don't make the mistake of parking at the Riverview Cemetery entrance. Take one of the winding roads all the way to the south eastern most corner of cemetery where you will find ample parking on the grass. You will literally be able to see the river from where your car is parked.
I do this 7.7 mile hike solo in 3 hours and with a group predict it will take about 4 hours.
Arrive early as we plan to begin promptly at 8 am.
Questions? Call or text Dennis at[masked]-4943.
The following is an advertisement of sorts and a request from Dennis Bussey, leader of James River Hikers.
Some Meet-up groups charge a fee for participating in events. I have never done that and don't intend to. I would however like each of you members to make a contribution to the James River Park System. I emphasize this is completely voluntary and is not obligatory.
Your contribution would be in the form of a James River Park System license plate. Here's mine:
DMV informs that, "As a revenue-sharing plate, after the sale of the first 1,000 qlalifying plates, $15 of the $25 fee is transferred to Friends of the James River Park and used to support its programs. The first 1,000 have been achieved, and therefore your registration will in effect be a $15 donation which will be repeated annually upon renewal.
You'll find details on ordering the plates here:
My challenge to you to order a license plate is also in the form of a contest. Here's how it will work:
- I am setting up a "Meet-up" for Christmas Day December 25, 2013. We will not get together Christmas Day, but this will be a way to establish a contest end date as well as to record and monitor how many have ordered plates.
- Your YES RSVP to that Meet-up will indicate you have ordered a plate.
- For each 50 members who order a license plate by Christmas there will be one prize of a James River Hiker - Hiking with History shirt. For example, for 200 license plates there will be 4 shirts; for 600, 12 shirts etc. (Notice I'm thinking BIG.) Your prize shirt will be inscribed as you prefer either with your name (i.e. not Dennis Bussey) or no name at all.
- The winners will be selected via lottery drawing at the first meet-up hike following Christmas Day.
How about join Ralph White, former manager of the James River Park System and me and get yourself the coolest license plate in the state?