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Paddling the Anacostia

From: Mike
Sent on: Thursday, October 13, 2011 3:44 PM



We are expecting another weekend of fantastic weather. Take advantage of it before winter comes around by going on a paddling trip down (& some up) the Anacostia River this Sunday, Oct 16.


Don’t know how to paddle a canoe or kayak? No problem! It’s an easy paddle and beginners are welcome.

Don’t have your own boat? No problem! You can rent ($15) a canoe or kayak at the start.

Don’t know what to do with your leftovers? No problem! Bring them with you and I’ll take them off your hands. (Here, I kid, but not if you’re a good cook.)


We’ll paddle several miles on the new Anacostia River Water Trail for a different perspective of our nation’s capital. Highlights will include historic Bladensburg waterfront, Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, Kenilworth Marsh, and National Arboretum. We’ll observe and discuss the state of the river and its various ecosystems. Bring bag lunch. Wear wetable shoes (water shoe, old sneakers, but no flip-flops). Participation is limited, so you must let me know if you are planning to come and if you would like to rent a boat.


We’ll meet 9:30 am at the Bladensburg Waterfront Park (south end of 46th St) south-end parking lot, near the south-end gazebo ( Leaders: me and Glenn Gillis.



Sat. Oct. 22. Maryland Heights Trail and Harpers Ferry. Explore some of the most interesting history and spectacular nature Maryland has to offer on this famous trail. This hike of 6 miles and 1,600’ elev. change (moderate, or 2 blisters), is a great one for the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. In addition to the amazing history the trail has to offer, the trail also offers some of the most spectacular fall-foliage scenery with the best views of the confluence of the Shenandoah and the Potomac Rivers. After the hike, we will spend a couple of hours exploring the historical district of Harper’s Ferry. Bring lunch or buy in town. Meet at 8am at the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro Station Kiss & Ride lot (look for brown Priuses or Prii) to carpool. Leaders: Chris Stoughton and me.



Wed.-Sun. Oct. 26-30. Hiking the Lower Hudson Valley. This area is hiking heaven, with thousands of possible hikes in Harriman & Bear Mountain State Parks, and spectacular views; there are many historic and natural sites, and several good restaurants. We'll have three full days of hiking, and one day of sightseeing, during peak fall color season. Hikes will range from moderate (2 blisters) to (a little) difficult (4 blisters), with moderate to fast pace; people can opt out of any hike. We'll be staying in two stone cottages ( in Bear Mountain State Park, NY, for four nights, leaving Sunday. Each cottage contains six private rooms; full cost per room is $742, single or double occupancy, breakfast included. Each room has queen-size bed, private bath, cable TV, and daily housekeeping; each cottage has large reception/dining area, large lounge & fireplace, large porch with great view, and kitchenette (microwave, refrigerator, sink).


There are still a couple of spots available and registration will close on Mon, so if you are interested, what are you waiting for? Contact me.


That’s it for now.





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