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Solving For X

X = the ideal Rhode Island forest hike

L x (D squared) + T over W + Y = X

Given this formula where L = location and the two Ds are Distance of the hike and Difficulty respectively, and the T = time to completion, divided by the variable W which is weather plus the Y (that would be you), we should be able to find X, the ideal hike in the category, Rhode Island forest.

For this problem we'll use Parker Woodland at 1670 Maple Valley Rd. Coventry RI for the L. Given the relative central location it provides, it is one of the more optimal areas in terms of accessibility to the most members. It also includes all the elements that make a woodland hike enjoyable, such as interesting sights, streams, boulders, rocky outcroppings and all around natural beauty.

For the first D, distance, we'll do a 5.25 mile loop designed to see all the attractions in the woodland without the added non interesting extra mileage. Some would consider 5.25 miles to be too short but for some it may be too long, so it kind of puts us into an ideal range.

For the second D, difficulty, we'll make it moderately strenuous which will appeal to those that want to push themselves beyond a pleasant walk in the woods but not to over exert to the point of non enjoyability. The many assents add to the physicality of the hike to compensate for the relatively shorter distance.

The T in this example will be 2.5 hours, enough to make it worth while and fulfilling but to leave time for socializing and whatnot afterwards. If hanging out after a hike is not your thing, there's always the chores that need to get done at home to consider.

This will be divided by the one truly uncontrollable variable W which is weather and the one truly controllable one Y which is You and we should have all the variables in place for a great group hike. As for Y bring plenty of extra water and wear good hiking boots and understand the liability waiver for the group applies to this and all events with the group.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Great hike this morning and great group of people! Enjoyed lunch afterwards with some new friends. Will definitely be heading out on some more hikes throughout the season.

    May 18, 2013

  • Kim S

    Thanks for a great morning hike!! It was my first meetup and everyone was so welcoming. I'll definitely be joining another hike with this group.

    May 18, 2013

  • Nick

    It was awesome! Thank you Michael for another great time. Made new friends and the get together at Ken's restaurant was a perfect place to get together again afterwards. Looking forward to more hikes :)

    May 18, 2013

  • gina T.

    Sorry, work is messing me up again. I will make it one of these days. Enjoy the hike, it's one of my favorites

    May 18, 2013

  • gmedley

    Sorry for the last minute change in plans but I need to go to the ER.

    May 18, 2013

  • Tim

    Sorry, gotta bail on this one. Been waking up early and running around like mad this week, and on top of that due to said running around need to work late tonight. Dragging myself out of the house in the morning yet again seems ... unlikely :P

    May 17, 2013

  • Lori M

    My knee is acting up, I guess I pushed it too much lately. :-(. Have fun!

    May 17, 2013

  • Jerilyn S S.

    sorry to bow out but I have to talk to Tony about the party. I will see you next time, have fun!!

    May 16, 2013

  • Don S.

    sorry, I won't be able to make this one.

    May 15, 2013

  • Billy B.

    Working unfortunately. I will get to a meet soon enough!

    May 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just joined this group, excited to get out with all of you guys!

    May 13, 2013

  • Robey C.

    First time with the group. I'm looking forward to it.

    May 13, 2013

  • Tony C.

    Hiking and math . What else could you ask for . Nicely done .

    May 11, 2013

    • Kenny P.

      beef jerky, but then again, Jason is not on this walk yet.

      May 12, 2013

  • Chelse

    Do I have to bring my calculator? No seriously tho do I have to do math? Or can I just walk? :/

    May 11, 2013

  • michael

    I'm sure, some math teacher will expose me as the C- in algebra student that I really am!

    May 11, 2013

  • Kenny P.

    Is the answer 2? Probably not since I am not rational.

    May 11, 2013

    • michael

      close on both counts!

      1 · May 11, 2013

  • Dominique V

    Original presentation! Sounds like a hike for rational people.

    May 11, 2013

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