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June 15, 8 am eight mile hike on James River trails

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.

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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:

http://www.dmv.virgin....

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?



Dennis


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  • Jeff R.

    Great photos Scott! A whole new perspective!

    2 · June 16, 2013

  • Terri

    Wow guys what a terrific trip. Wanted to attend but had FAM and business commitments. Scott thanks for capturing it and allowing us not engaged to live vicariously. Great shots!

    1 · June 16, 2013

    • Terri

      Definitely Scott...was going to but my folks were in..looks like a wonderful hike!!

      June 16, 2013

    • Scott R.

      Ahhhh, just reread the family part you had put in the first comment. That's understandable. Hopefully the next time Terri.

      June 16, 2013

  • Gay

    This was a good workout. Thanks to all of the gentlemen who gave a helping hand traversing rocks and jumping creeks.

    1 · June 16, 2013

  • Scott R.

    Great hike, beautiful day and cool people. Glad to see the "regulars" as well as some new faces. Thanks again Dennis!

    Pics uploaded now.

    June 16, 2013

    • Scott R.

      And Happy Father's Day to the dads out there.

      1 · June 16, 2013

  • Melissa

    My bones are sore. I'm tired, thirsty, hungary and hot....but . I'll be back next week for my addictive hit of the river and my newest, bestest friends! Great tour of the pumphouse Dennis.

    2 · June 15, 2013

  • Jack F.

    What a great way to kick off the weekend. This is agreat group of people and Dennis does an excellent job of leading us.

    1 · June 15, 2013

  • Beth

    So sorry I missed this...gorgeous day for a hike and it sounds like you had a great time ! Hope to see y'all at the next one.

    June 15, 2013

  • Angela

    Love it!

    June 15, 2013

  • Marie S.

    What a great hike. I'm so glad I went on this one!

    1 · June 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I had awesome time for my first hike with this group. Excellent trail! A lot of fun, friendly & lively trail-blazing people! Learned a great deal of history. Thank you, Dennis for being our fearless leader!

    1 · June 15, 2013

  • Rick

    I should just cut and paste this: another great hike with a great group of people. It was good seeing and talking to everyone.

    2 · June 15, 2013

  • Dennis B.

    We completed our 8.6 mile journey in 5 hr. 6 min.
    A bonus was a tour of the 1882 Pump House as we had the good fortune of encountering a volunteer there who gave us a 45 min. tour of the building including the 2nd floor dance hall where this evening some of us will return for the annual Friends of the James River party.
    The weather was great, and the companionship was better.
    It was a splendid way for us to spend a a June Saturday morning.

    5 · June 15, 2013

  • Marcus B.

    A good challenge...:-)

    June 15, 2013

  • winnie

    Recovering from surgery and really missing these hikes! Weather is perfect; the birds are singing about it.

    June 15, 2013

  • Sheryl J

    Sorry - hurt my ankle today - I will catch the next hike

    June 14, 2013

  • Joanna M.

    Sorry to bail at the last minute but invitation to slend day with grandkids trumps anything else. See you again soon I trust.

    June 14, 2013

  • Karen

    I am so sorry to miss this, but I've been feeling under the weather and need to take it easy a bit longer.

    June 13, 2013

  • Rick

    What's the most people that have been on a hike?

    June 13, 2013

    • Marcus B.

      I never remember seeing everyone who signed up show up...

      June 13, 2013

    • Dennis B.

      The most who actually showed up for a hike was 44.

      1 · June 13, 2013

  • Beth

    Had hoped to come but I guess it's gonna have to wait another few weeks. Changed my RSVP to "no" to make room for someone else :)

    June 12, 2013

  • Dennis B.

    It's 8 am.
    Thanks Gay for pointing out the discrepancy.

    June 10, 2013

  • Gay

    DO we leave at 8am as in the title or 9am as in the directions?

    June 9, 2013

  • Gay

    lemme know if a spot opens up. Thx

    May 23, 2013

    • Marcus B.

      One has opened up..

      1 · May 29, 2013

    • Rick A

      I had to cancel also.

      June 7, 2013

  • Terri

    I am tentative on this one Den. If the weather is good I'm headed to the beach to film the sunrise and hike Back Bay. Let you know soon as I see the weather forecast :)

    May 26, 2013

  • Herb B.

    I've done parts of this walk and it is lots of fun.

    May 21, 2013

  • clara H.

    Will have to work that Saturday but will make the first Sunday hike!

    May 19, 2013

  • Rick

    Apollo and I did almost this exact hike on Sunday with Canine Adveturers. We started and ended at Barker Field. We did take the eastern part of the Buttetmilk trail but followed the lower (and flatter) trail to the 7/Nickle Bridge. Depending on which pedometer app you trusted, it was a 7.5 to 8.5 mile hike and it took us (4 humans and 4 dogs) 3.5 hours to complete. I learned two things: 1) it pays to have a good pair of walking shoes and 2) Apollo didn't show any signs of being tired so I have to get in better shape.

    1 · April 29, 2013

  • Mary P

    Is this a new hike, Dennis?

    April 8, 2013

    • Dennis B.

      Mary, this is the hike I did by myself for 12+ months before I got involved with meet-up.

      1 · April 23, 2013

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