Hike in Carson and Ag Parks this Saturday

From: Mike
Sent on: Thursday, August 16, 2012 4:09 PM

Solemates,

 

The weather is looking good for this Saturday: cooler (Yeah!!) and dry. Take advantage and join us for an easy two-part hike (1.9 blisters) to explore two relatively unknown gems in Montgomery County’s park system: Rachel Carson Conservation Park and the Agricultural History Farm Park. The first part will be about 4 miles in Carson; we’ll then drive a few miles to the Ag Park for another 3-mile hike.

 

The 650-acre conservation park is dedicated to environmental preservation (i.e., green stuff) and is part of the county’s trail corridor known as the Rachel Carson Greenway. Rachel was a local gal. Our route will pass by a now very rare (*sigh*) grown American chestnut tree, impressive quartzite outcrops, an Underground Railroad stop (they say), and beautiful stream valleys.

http://montgomeryparks.org/wildmontgomery/best_natural_areas/bna_rachel.carson.cp.shtm

 

The Ag Park is a 455-acre complex that takes visitors back to a typical early 20th century farm (I was just a baby), including a beautiful bank barn, with trails that loop around the crop (with an “o”) fields.

http://www.montgomeryparks.org/facilities/ag_farm.shtm

 

All trails for the hike are on natural surfaces (naturally), with gentle hills, and will be done at a leisurely pace since we’ll be looking for/at stuff. At least we won’t have to complain about the heat. Bring bag lunch and water. Meet at Shady Grove Metro’s east side Kiss & Ride (the side with the parking garages; http://tinyurl.com/7qwfjbg). (Someone always goes to the wrong side; will it be you?) Leaders are Brian Shermeyer and me.

 

Since I’ve now lost your attention, please note that our annual Hawksbill Mountain, Setting Sun/Rising Moon, International Potluck Hike is coming up on Saturday Sep 1. The hike is by reservation only (email me directly). It is a 9-mile, afternoon/evening excursion (moderate or 3.5 blisters) to the park’s highest peak (pique?) where we’ll have a worldly candlelight potluck dinner atop the 4051 ft. summit. Bring food that reflects your family’s heritage. We’ll come down (calm down?) after dark, so headlamps/flashlights you should have. We’ll leave DC area noonish and return midnightish. Leaders, Paul Elliott and me be.

 

Pix from our last hike: https://picasaweb.google.com/113258319599232463581/SkylandArea2012#slideshow

 

As always, if you have any questions, please let me know the answers.

 

Cheers,

Mike

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