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Short and sweet

From: Mike
Sent on: Monday, March 31, 2008 1:07 PM



Last time, I promised shorter hikes and shorter email messages. Well...


A) Saturday, April 5, Cherry Blossoms Hike:


Celebrate the coming of spring in Washington with an easy 5-plus-5-mile walking tour of the major memorials and monuments during a close-to-peak bloom of the beautiful cherry blossoms. The first leisurely 5 miles (1 blister) include all major monuments and the Tidal Basin in West Potomac Park; the optional and faster-paced second 5 miles (another blister) include Hains Point (where we unfortunately won't see the Awakened) in East Potomac Park, with sweeping views of the river.


Bring a bag lunch for a picnic on the Potomac. Meet at 9:30 am near the Ripley Center kiosk near 12th St at 1100 Jefferson Dr, S.W., between the Freer Gallery and the Smithsonian Castle building. The meeting place is also just across Jefferson Dr from the Smithsonian Metro station's Mall entrance. I strongly recommend taking the Metro, since almost all parking on Saturday is time limited. Leashed dogs are OK. This is a joint event of the Sierra Club MWROP and AMC DC Chapter.


B) Sunday, April 6, Historic Georgetown Hike:


You're invited to the Sierra Club Metropolitan Regional Outings Program's (MWROP's) Spring General Meeting, which will be followed by an easy hike through historic Georgetown, which will then be followed by a dinner in the historic district. You may attend any or all of these three activities. It's Sunday, so street parking is available (but not easy to get in the afternoon); the Foggy Bottom/GWU Metro is about 1 mile away.


Meeting: MWROP will hold its meeting at Patagonia (outdoor clothing & gear) adjacent to/south side of C&O Canal at 1048 Wisconsin Av in Georgetown. The meeting will feature the election of officers, a summary of 2007 activities, and plans for 2008. The meeting is open to the public as well as to current outings leaders, prospective leaders, and other Sierra Club members. The meeting will be held at the top floor, and will run from about 10:30 am to about 2:30 pm, including a potluck lunch. Let me know if you would like to attend, and I'll give you info about what to bring for the lunch. (NB: You do not need to attend the meeting to go on the hike, or vice versa.)


Hike: The Historic Georgetown hike (easy; 1 blister; 4.3 miles with some hills) will take us through Georgetown's past, present, and maybe future. Paul Elliott will co-lead. We'll visit all major historic buildings and sites, and recall events that shaped ye olde tony towne. We'll have extended stops at the Old Stone House and Tudor Place. Other highlights include Georgetown University, Francis Scott Key Park, and, of course, the "Exorcist" stairs. It's enough to turn anyone's head. We'll meet for the hike after the meeting, at approximately 3 pm across the C&O Canal from Patagonia on Wisconsin Av, near the entrance to The Shops at Georgetown Park. (NB: You may come on the hike without having attended the meeting.)


DinnerAfter the hike, around 6:30 pm, we'll have dinner (moderately difficult; 2.5 burps) at the reasonably priced Garrett's Restaurant and Railroad Tavern, housed in a historic 1794 building. (But the food is fresh.) Check out its menu at its If you would like to attend din-din, please let me know so that you are included in the reservation. However, if you are coming to the MWROP meeting, you don't need to RSVP; we will request a show of hands near the start of the meeting.


All right, so the message wasn't so short. Big deal.




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