Join Us For a Cookout! Centennial Park Evening Walk & Talk Plus Cookout! (04-21)

  • April 21, 2014 · 6:30 PM
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Group Walk and Cookout at Centennial Park: Come Enjoy the Sunset and Camaraderie!

Come out and join us for a post hike spring cookout at Centennial park. We will have salad, burgers and hot dogs (chicken or beef) with all the fixin's! Vegetarians, we will have Boca Burgers too. For veggies, we will be grilling zucchini, yellow summer squash, onions, vegetarian baked beans, and if nature is kind to us, red bell peppers. So come on out and enjoy a walk and socialize with the group for some great camaraderie! So come on out and enjoy a walk and socialize with the group for some great camaraderie!

Look for great blue herons, white cattle egrets and little green herons stalking minnows among the reeds. Swallows, turkey vultures and hawks soar overhead, and kingfishers dive into the lake for fish. In summer, turtles sun themselves on logs and rocks. Cottontail rabbits nibble on grass at dawn and dusk. Red fox have been known to visit. A beaver family is building a lodge in the Wildlife Area that is blocked by a buoy line to provide safe spawning for fish and nesting sites for birds. In warm months, look for colorful monarch and swallowtail butterflies and dragonflies among the wildflowers.

Trail Information

Nearby City: Columbia, MD
Length: 2.4 total miles per loop - go as far as you want!
Elev. Gain: 300 feet
Trail Type: Loop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 45 Minutes = about one lap for the average walker
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elev: 120 feet
Top Elev: 420 feet

Weather Information
We walk rain or shine but if it rains we will move the cookout to a pavilion!
Click here for up to the minute weather information for this walk.

We walk counterclockwise (this is to the right if you are facing the lake), so if you are late you can start walking the other direction and hook up with us, or call me and we will let you know where we are.

Step Off Time is 6:30 p.m. The Food will Be Prepared While we Walk so the Cookout Immediately Follows the Trek!

Note: There is still plenty of time for our "walk and talk" becuase Civil Twilight is at 8:18 p.m. It is plenty light outisde until well after Civit Twilight. Since this walk takes less than an hour and starts at 6:30 p.m., we will easily be done with our loop by dark-grin. So, come on out and join us for the first Monday lake walk and talk AND COOKOUT of the year!

Sunset Information
Click here for an explanation of the three different twilights if you are interested. Most people need a headlamp sometime between Civil and Nautical Twilight. But you can still see very well up until Civil Twilight!
Sunset: 7:50 p.m.
Civil Twilight: 8:18 p.m.
Nautical Twilight: 8:52 p.m.

Directions to the Trailhead

Click Here for Directions to We Meet for This Event

FIDO is Welcome on This Hike!

See you there...don't forget my number just in case...

Mike Harris:[masked]

Kellie Carlisle:[masked]

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  • Debbie325

    Great time with a great bunch of people! Looking forward to more hikes with the group!

    1 · April 23, 2014

  • Patty E.

    We couldn't have asked for better weather! And the burgers were awesome. Thanks Kellie and Michael. Great job!!

    1 · April 22, 2014

  • Kellie C.

    What a great time with a great bunch of folks and excellent food. A shout out to Keith for making the hamburger paddies by hand and to Mike the " Burgermeister Meisterburger" for an excellent job on the grill. The grilled peaches for dessert were especially delicious! Thanks everyone for coming out and joining us for our first cookout of the season and I enjoyed meeting so many new people as well as catching with a few I have not seen yet this spring.

    1 · April 21, 2014

    • Alison A.

      Nothing better than a burger on the grill!

      1 · April 22, 2014

  • Rainbow

    Great outing, walk around the lake. Then the cookout. It was nice to have someone cooking for us while we walked. The burgers were great but it did take a long time for the burgers to cook. Very friendly people. I would go again.

    2 · April 22, 2014

  • Martin B.

    Very enjoyable walk around the lake and BBQ dinner. For next time I recommend a larger BBQ grill though (the one provided by the park is a bit small for large groups).

    1 · April 22, 2014

  • Lindsay O.

    Sorry, for the late response but it's a tad far for me to come from Northern Virginia, hit traffic, get home, and then have a 6 a.m. start the next day. Great idea though Kellie!

    April 21, 2014

  • Dave M.

    Hi. This sounds like fun, do you need any help with the food handling and preparation? I am willing to help. (c;

    April 3, 2014

    • Kellie C.

      Yes and yes. Please update your RSVP if you are bring a guest. We are headed to the store to buy final ingredients around 3 pm so I can prep good at home. As posted in the event description there is indeed veggie burger options plus grilled veggies. Hoping I will be able to find red bell peppers but don't hold me to it because I will only purchase organic, or rather, pesticide free food and preferably local and don't think they have arrived yet but hoping I can locate them somewhere.

      April 21, 2014

    • Alison A.

      I went online to pay for him... Thanks I asked before I read the information. Sorry about making you answer a dumb question.

      April 21, 2014

  • Alison A.

    Med rare please

    1 · April 16, 2014

  • april

    Hi, is this metro accessible? Or anyone coming from DC (esp who wouldn't mind bringing a dog)?

    April 16, 2014

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We just grab a coffee and speak French. Some people have been coming every week for months... it creates a kind of warmth to the group.

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