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July 14, 7:30 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 predict this 8 mile hike will take about 4 hours.

Arrive early as we plan to begin promptly at 7:30 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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  • Aaron

    Sorry, drank too much and stayed out too late.

    1 · July 14, 2013

    • Mary P

      Sure was...AND I got up early enough to get a piece of that great chocolate cheese cake.

      July 16, 2013

    • Mary P

      Hey Spring, that must have been the reason for you backing out of Friday's 3 Loop Hike I suppose.

      July 27, 2013

  • Adriana B.

    Great hike designed by Dennis, gorgeous river views.

    July 18, 2013

  • Mary P

    It was a hot, steamy southern morn. We walked around sweating with a large group of people. One was my daughter's teacher. One shared dessert. One found a butterfly. One's scarf matched her fanny pack. One was a triple threat. One became dehydrated. One got poison ivy. One is a friend of our 1,000th member. One sat in a chair that wasn’t a chair. One smoked Marlboros. Some formed a purple gang. Some beat up a punching bag. The Troll of the Pump House emerged to greet us. The Naked Man of the James River appeared to some. We helped each other climb down inclines. We helped each other climb up inclines. We helped each other cross streams. We secretly hoped someone would fall into a stream. We shared water and snacks so no one would die out there in the jungle or get eaten by a bear.

    Many new friends were made. Many acquaintances became friends. Some shared lunch after.

    187 pictures (186 which are lovely) are posted here to capture our time together.

    What a morning!

    5 · July 17, 2013

    • Tracy

      Oh my goodness Mary I love this comment.

      1 · July 17, 2013

  • Rick

    I got several spots of poison ivy from the hike. I may need a plan B.

    1 · July 16, 2013

    • Mary P

      How about long pants in lieu of knee socks!

      July 16, 2013

  • Scott R.

    Pics are up. Glad to see lots of other people putting up great pics. Fun, muddy, steamy hike.

    3 · July 15, 2013

  • Mary P

    Quoted of the day: "Being with us is better than not being with us."

    1 · July 15, 2013

  • Rick

    As of 0636. Twenty eight people vs 32 pieces of pie. I like those odds.

    2 · July 14, 2013

    • Mary P

      Rick, I heard you tell two others the same thing...

      1 · July 14, 2013

    • Rick

      I told everyone that it was for Mary.

      July 14, 2013

  • Rick

    It was a great hike with great people and conversation. Thanks Dennis.

    July 14, 2013

  • Karen

    Another great hike!! Enjoyed meeting all, hope to see you all again real soon! Thanks Dennis!! :-)

    1 · July 14, 2013

  • Mary P

    My favorite hike Dennis...thank you!

    July 14, 2013

  • Dennis B.

    The river that yesterday reached near flood level at 11.7 feet was down to 9 feet, still roaring, but not so deep that like yesterday caused us to change our route.
    It was warm but not hot, and the frequent cloud cover helped a bunch. We were glad we brought along that extra bottle of water.
    Our 9.7 mile journey was completed in 4 hours 35 minutes as we finished just after noon.
    It is so routine that it could go without saying, but nevertheless, it warrants repeating. Another great group of locals spent a lovely Sunday morning together working up a healthy sweat with exercise, learning new things about our past and bonding together as individual acquaintances leaning towards friendships and feeling like we are part of something collectively bigger than we could have ever achieved alone.
    Yesterday, James River Hikers - Hiking With History acquired its 1,000th member.

    4 · July 14, 2013

  • John L.

    Thanks Dennnis and the rest of the group for a great 10 mile hike around the James. There is no way we would have found these trails and learned about the area without this group.! Thanks again. Looking forward to the next event

    1 · July 14, 2013

  • Joanna M.

    This was the closest experience to childbirth I've had since the real deal - caught in agony of hard labor from which there is only one way out sometime in the unforeseeable future, sustained only by depths of strong emotion erupting in a fervent vow that "I will never do this again!", culminating in ecstasy fueled by endorphins and the awe of unimagined achievement resulting in "I can't wait to do this again!"

    1 · July 14, 2013

  • Todd K

    Probably the best hike I have been on so far with this group. Always great meeting new people and seeing others from previous hikes. Looking forward to the next one! Weather was ideal too.

    1 · July 14, 2013

  • Jeff

    Sorry for the last minute change, took a fall last night, that was worse than i thought.

    July 14, 2013

  • Debra M.

    I will not be able to attend this hike, as I hoped. I just returned home from a chartered cruise in Yorktown tonight and am fairly tired. I look forward to making the next ones! Have fun. Looks like you'll have wonderful weather for it!

    July 14, 2013

  • Rick

    Mary, I'm going to try and bring cheesecake to this hike.

    July 5, 2013

    • Rick

      Yep. First come first served. Try not to be late.

      July 9, 2013

    • Mary P

      I will NOT be late, since chocolate is the priority here. Oh, ya, and Dennis wouldn't like it either...!

      1 · July 12, 2013

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  • Dennis B.
    Founder, Organizer,
    Event Host
  • Scott R.
    Sir Scott, The Living Legend
  • Tammy
    Knightess Tammy III
  • Joe
    Chapel Island trail builder - Joe
  • Stephanie B
    Duchess I, Knightess I - Stephanie
  • Drew G.
    Knight Drew, Hiked at Dawn
  • Adriana B.
    Adriana Brown, CCM
  • Mary P +1
    Star II Mary P, Certified Cookie Monster
  • Rick
    Knight II Old Saint Rick
  • Tracy
    Triple Treat Tracy Knightess hiked at dawn
  • John L. +1
  • Joanna M.
    "I can't wait to do this again!" - Joanna
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