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June 30, 7:30 am Church Hill, Oakwood and Evergreen Cemeteries

The last time we took this 9.8 mile hike it took 5 hours and with lunch 6 1/2 hours.

The early 7:30 am start is intended to attempt to mitigate the summer heat.


We will begin at Great Shiplock Park,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and tour historical Chapel Island where James River Hikers recently completed construction of 3/4 miles of hiking trails.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and head uphill to the soldiers and Sailor's Monument.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then we'll go St. John's Church

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and explore the surrounding neighborhood with it's many historical homes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then we'll go to Chimborazo Park, site of the massive hospital complex during the War Between the States.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From there we'll go to Evergreen Cemetery where Maggie Walker in interned

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and to Oakwood Cemetery, the second largest Confederate Cemetery in America.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


We'll return back to Chimborazo Park, view the Statue of Liberty monument

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and head back downhill and have lunch at Poe's Pub.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally We'll return to our starting point.

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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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  • Dennis B.

    Our 107th JRH-HWH Meetup set a record for the longest distance of 10.51 miles. The hiking time, not including lunch at Poe's Pub, was 6 hr, 28 min.

    The rain turned out to be no problem at all. In fact the timing was immaculate as the only "get wet" rain happened as the leader was reciting the exploits of Union Spy Elizabeth Van Lew in front of her former house, thereby providing the photo-op of the day as Scott held his umbrella over the leader (to protect the notes, not to protect Dennis).

    Some of the rookie hikers, who still don't understand the detailed planning that goes into these things, had difficulty believing that this was not a coincidence.

    The Evergreen Cemetery portion expanded considerably from earlier hikes there and included a discussion and presentation about what we the people of Richmond could do to correct the sad condition of that remarkable place.

    Our feet may hurt a bit, but our minds were stirred and our hearts hearts were lifted today.

    4 · June 30, 2013

    • Mary P

      Dennis, you always plan this stuff to PERFECTION!

      3 · July 1, 2013

    • Nan S.

      I agree! Dennis, you did a splendid job planning the hike and educating the group.

      July 1, 2013

  • Scott R.

    It was great seeing everyone including lots of new faces!
    Pics uploaded.
    If you get a salad from Poe's pub, get the Spicy Asian dressing.
    Billie Jean is not my lover. She's just a girl that claims that I am the one. But the kid is not my son.

    1 · July 1, 2013

    • Drew G.

      Scott, thanks for the pics, must have taken you forever uploading these

      1 · July 1, 2013

    • Scott R.

      You got it Drew. It's not really the uploading part that takes the most time (probably takes 20-30 mins), it's all the photo correction, etc. That takes probably 3-4 hours or better, which is why I'm always the last to upload LOL

      July 1, 2013

  • Vinnie

    Hey folks! My Internet is down so I'm limited to my smart phone for the moment. It was great seeing some familiar faces and meeting some new ones as well. Awesome group of people. Sorry I had to cut out early, just wasn't feeling well. Several of you have sent me a "good to see you". Thanks! I will return the favor once my access improves. Take care everyone. :)

    June 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great hike and thank-you so much for making me feel so welcome!

    1 · June 30, 2013

  • Jenni T

    Enjoyed my 1st hike with this group. Really enjoyed meeting everyone and learning all that Dennis shared. I had to pass on the lunch at Poe's (this time)..... I rather wish the rain had returned near the end of our hike. :-) Thank you Dennis and everyone else for our last day of June adventure.

    2 · June 30, 2013

  • Ed

    Great hike with a really nice group of people! 1 star deduction for underestimating the duration of the hike by 1.5 hours (this is a fun jab at our fearless leader Dennis) :)

    3 · June 30, 2013

  • Rick

    It didn't seem like we were on the trail for 6 1/2 hours. It was another great hike with some really good conversations. Poe's makes a great Bloody Mary.

    2 · June 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    2nd time I hiked this route with the group and just as fun and educational as the 1st time. Met some more great people and lunch at Poe's was good!

    2 · June 30, 2013

  • Nan S.

    I had a great time touring the cemeteries and learning about all the fascinating history.

    3 · June 30, 2013

  • Jack F.

    Unfortunately i have to go into the office tomorrow.

    June 29, 2013

  • Tammy

    Was really looking forward to this hike, unfortunately my son has early baseball game so will try next time.

    June 29, 2013

    • Rick

      You are going to miss a good hike. Dennis is changing the cemetery part just a bit.

      June 29, 2013

  • Cary

    Have a great time!

    June 29, 2013

  • Drew G.

    Dennis, just noticed, Meetup will be down on June 30 from 6:00 am to 9:30 am

    June 28, 2013

  • Melissa

    Forgot my sister is coming up from Charlotte...won't miss the next hike from GS Park to ChurchHill. Have a great wet time!

    June 27, 2013

    • Rick

      This sounds like a good story to tell on your next hike.

      June 27, 2013

    • Terri

      Yes u agree Rick we need elaborations Mel....spill lol

      June 27, 2013

  • Jeff

    I forgot I have to work until 7am.

    June 27, 2013

  • Dennis B.

    We are three days away from our Sunday 30 June hike, and the weather can always change, but I expect you are aware a rainy weekend is predicted. At this moment weather.com predicts an 80% rain probability with as much as 1.5 inches for Sunday.

    If it becomes obvious to me that Sunday morning is going to be a gully-washer mess, I'll send a notice the hike will be rescheduled to a future Sunday morning.

    If however I believe there is a chance we could get the hike in, I'll plan to be at the starting point and at about 7:15 am will make a go/no-go decision.

    Given all of the above, please consider your own situation, and if you decide you are not going to hike Sunday morning, I would appreciate it if you would change your RSVP to no.

    June 27, 2013

    • Drew G.

      Dennis, Lord willing and the creek don't rise, I'll be there at 7:30, it's been so hot the rain will probably do us some good.

      June 27, 2013

    • Terri

      I'm with you Drew... A little rain never stopped us before...now the lightening might be a problem but hey I know how to do the slide so it might be a bit of added excitement to the adventure!!

      2 · June 27, 2013

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