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Feb. 13, 9 am Winter Wonderland Hike


We've all heard the news. Tonight it's going to be snow, heavy at times mixed with sleet or freezing rain.

The schools and pretty much everything will be closed.

So what better time to take a hike?


Who wants to join me tomorrow morning for a 13 miler on the James River trails? 

We'll begin at Stuart Circle, One Monument Avenue and hike 1  1/2 miles to to river.  Then we'll take the 9+ mile loop via Belle Isle, Buttermilk Trail, Boulevard Bridge, Pump House and finally the North Bank Trail back to Riverview Cemetery and then back to our starting point.


This is a rare opportunity to be on the trails in fresh snow, and you will find it is a Winter Wonderland of breathtaking beauty and wonder.

Hope you'll join me.

Dennis
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  • Dennis B.

    The problem this morning was it just wasn't cold enough. As there were no takers to join me on the hike, I was out at 6:35 am.

    Right away it was clear it was going to be a problem. It's one thing to go "Dashing through the snow", but altogether different to go "Sloshing through the slop."

    After the first mile there was no way to keep my boots and feet from becoming soaked in the frequent puddles of icy water.

    So sadly I gave it up and returned to Monument Avenue to check up on Generals Stuart and Lee before hunkering down for a day of viewing the many already recorded Olympic events and consuming lots of hot chocolate.

    Let's all keep our fingers crossed hoping for another blizzard before the winter melts into spring and that next time it remains below freezing for at least a couple of days so we can experience the James River trails at their best as a "Winter Wonderland."

    4 · February 13, 2014

    • Mary P

      Looking forward to another 'major blizzard' in order to experience this! May I make a selfish suggestion? 13 miles in snow along the James seems a bit long. Am thinking it would be safer to shorten this up a bit. Any thoughts?

      February 13, 2014

  • Deborah

    I don't think snowshoes would have helped, right? You should try what my mom did when I was a child and we didn't have snow boots. Bread bags with rubber bands. Effective but the source of much ridicule from the other kids. :-)

    1 · February 13, 2014

    • Deborah

      Mary P, we were wondering about when you were a child in Wisconsin - harnessing the dogs to the sled??

      February 13, 2014

    • Mary P

      She opened the door and tossed us outside to play!
      However, in WI, we would not even be TALKING about the weather on a day like today

      1 · February 13, 2014

  • Mary P

    Walking in this beautiful snow would be wonderful, but since my alarm is set for 10am, it doesn't seem I'll make it.

    1 · February 13, 2014

  • Marcus B.

    Make sure to do this with a group, Dennis... And be safe!!!!

    February 12, 2014

  • Rick

    Sounds like a great time but I have to work.

    February 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'd lub to join on this one Dennis, but I'm pretty sure I'll be socked in out here with the hills around me :>(.

    February 12, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      BTW, its been snowing heavy down in Martinsville and Danville for quite awhile where the roads were covered in less than an hour of it starting.

      February 12, 2014

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