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.
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
Trailhead Elev: 120 feet
Top Elev: 420 feet
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!
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
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FIDO is Welcome on This Hike!
See you there...don't forget my number just in case...