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The long and short of it

From: Mike
Sent on: Tuesday, April 8, 2008 7:06 AM



Our next hike is this Saturday! Boy, the weeks just walk by. There will be two concurrent hikes – short (difficult) and long (more difficult) options -- along the C&O Canal to Harpers Ferry, with a turn-around point at the Bolivar Community Center, the One Day Hike's end point. (We just had two short hikes last weekend. They went by pretty fast. Sorry if you missed them.)


The route affords some of the most beautiful views of the Potomac, and of birds, other wildlife, and flora (I almost forgot about pretty flora), all far for the madding crowd’s ignoble strife. You’ll also get to spend some time in beautiful historic Harpers Ferry, toughen your feet, lose weight, and maybe learn how to deal with adversity.


Short Option: Short hikers will start at Brunswick and hike to Harpers Ferry and back (14.2 mi.; 2.8 blisters), with the option of going to Point of Rocks (21.1 mi.; 4.2 blisters). To carpool, meet at Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro station's Park & Ride open-air lot (in back of garage) at 8:45 am, or in parking lot near the towpath under the MD 17 bridge in Brunswick by 10 am. Mike Darzi will lead.


Long Option: Long hikers will start at Point of Rocks and hike to Harpers Ferry and back (28 mi.; 5.8 blisters), with the option of going up to 3.2 mi. past the start before returning (for up to 34.4 mi.; 7 blisters). To carpool, meet at Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro station's Park & Ride open-air lot (in back of garage) at 7 am, or in parking lot along the towpath at Point of Rocks by 8:15 am. Gary Kosciusko will lead.


For directions to the Metro or to either trailheads, contact me ([address removed]). For problems on hike day, try my cell phone [masked]).


This hike (both options) is a Sierra Club Potomac Region Outings (which, until last Sunday, was know as MWROP because we couldn’t spell) event. Although it is part of a series of training hikes to prepare for the One Day Hike on April 26, everyone is welcome, regardless of plans for doing the One Day Hike.


If you are planning to do the One Day Hike, note that registration (and refunding) closes on April 14 (see, so this training hike is the last one to help you decide whether or not to got through with your plans.


Look for our next hike on May 17, I hope.




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