|Sent on:||Thursday, August 16, 2012 4:09 PM|
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.
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.
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.