Candles in the wind

From: Mike
Sent on: Friday, November 26, 2010 7:47 PM



On Saturday, December 4, we will go to Antietam National Battlefield for an annual event that includes an afternoon hike around one of the best preserved Civil War battlefields (, followed by an evening drive through the Memorial Illumination (


The hike is a moderately difficult 11 miles (2.5 blisters) over mixed surfaces (roads, farms, woods) and rolling hills. Shorter options are available. The Illumination commemorates the bloodiest single-day battle in American history, with 23,000 candles representing that day's casualties. During the hike, you'll see the many volunteers preparing the candles, making the Illumination all the more moving and impressive. This is a great way to learn about Civil War history. All are welcome, including kids and leashed dogs.


If you are interested, let me know and I will send detailed information about the meeting time and place, and the event, by late next Tuesday. (If you've already expressed interest and don't get information by next Tuesday night, let me know.) We’ll meet at Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro around 10:15 am, and at the trailhead at 11:45 am.


Dinner: After the Illumination, many of us will have dinner at the historic Old South Mountain Inn ( Unfortunately, the dinner is full and reservations are required. If you would like to be added to a wait list, email me ASAP and send me $10/person deposit as a check payable to me (POB 2308, Rockville, MD 20847, or via PayPal to this address). I will confirm receipt, and will consider you reserved after I receive the check. The deposit will be refunded at dinner. If you need to cancel and I can find a replacement, I'll mail you the refund; if the trip is rescheduled due to weather, the restaurant keeps it, although you are welcome to go there on your own.


If the Illumination is cancelled due to weather, it will be rescheduled for December 11, as will the hike. (The weather right now looks pretty good.) There is no guarantee of dinner reservations for the alternate date.


Pix from previous two Antietam hikes:


In the meantime, I hope you continue having a great Turkey Day weekend!



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