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Greening the summer blues

From: Mike
Sent on: Thursday, July 15, 2010 10:02 AM



It’s looking like another warm weekend and here’s one option to help you enjoy it outdoors...


This coming Saturday, July 17, you’re invited to spend a day at Seneca Creek State Park. We’ll do a moderately paced, 7-mile, mostly-circuit hike around beautiful Clopper Lake that is almost easy (2.2 blisters, or at the easy end of the moderate scale). We’ll take an extended lunch break to picnic and/or paddle, and maybe even nap on the grass. Bring a picnic lunch and (if desired) money for a boat rental ($7-8 for canoe, row boat, or paddle boat) and maybe ice cream. It’ll be a great, cool way to waste an otherwise warm summer day. Leave all guilt and watches at home. If you haven't hiked in a while, or are not sure about what you are able to do, this one's for you too.


Kids able to do and/or be carried at least 6 hilly miles are welcome. It turns out that doggies are OK too (new change in park rules), but they must be leashed and be nice with other people and other dogs. (That’s my rules for hikers too, although the leashing is usually not necessary.) Meet at 10 AM at the Visitor Center. (From I-270 going north, take Exit 10, turning right at light at end of ramp. Go 2.1 miles west on Rt 117 [W Diamond Ave, then Clopper Rd], and turn left into park, then right to Visitor Center lot.) If you’d like a ride or have questions, let me know. Location:






Hold on to your Tilley:


Sun, Aug 8, 6-9 pm. Planning a Backpacking Trip. (Class) Second in 3-part beginner-backpacking classroom series, plus optional 2-night Sep trip. Limited attendance; $20 payment (check or PayPal) reserves your spot. For more info, contact Liz ([address removed]).


Sat, Aug 21. Hawksbill Mountain, SNP–Setting Sun/Rising Moon Hike. (Moderate; 3.5 blisters) Annual afternoon/evening excursion to Hawksbill Mountain, the park’s highest peak, with candlelight potluck summit. By reservation only.


Sun, Aug 29, 4-6:30 pm. What to Eat on a Backpacking Trip. (Class) Third in 3-part beginner-backpacking classroom series, plus optional 2-night Sep trip. Directly following the class will be pre-trip meeting for the Sep backpack trip. Limited attendance; $20 payment (check or PayPal) reserves your spot. For more info, contact Liz ([address removed]).


Fri-Sun, Sep 3-6. Delaware Water Gap National Recreational Area. (Trip) 3-days of hiking and wandering around, includes 3 nights in bunk beds at AMC’s Mohican Outdoor Center. Limited participation, so ask me for more info now. (It may already be too late.)


Fri–Sun, Sep 17-19. Beginner Backpacking Trip, Shenandoah National Park. (Trip) Designed so beginner can practice carrying full pack and gain experience with backpacking skills: one night in Big Meadows Campground and one night in the backcountry. Limited attendance.


Fri-Sun, Oct 1-3. Sierra Club Virginia Chapter’s Annual Gathering. (Trip) At Prince William Forest (Cabin Camp 5), features great food, speakers, demonstrations and workshops, live music, outings leader training, and hikes and other outdoor activity. Keynote speaker, Michael Brune, Sierra Club Exec Dir. Registration info at


Fri-Sun, Oct 8-10. Pine Creek Area. (Trip) 3-days of hiking and wandering around during peak color season in PA’s “Grand Canyon” area, includes 3 nights in vacation cabins. Limited participation, so ask me for more info now (before it’s too late).


Sun, Nov 7. Gettysburg Battlefield Hike and Ghost Walk. (Moderate; 3 blisters) Afternoon historical hike of the battlefield, followed by ghost walk, and dinner. By reservation only.

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