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Candles in the wind, among other things

From: Mike
Sent on: Wednesday, November 19, 2008 2:25 PM



For those whose attention span?this message contains info about:


1) Antietam hike, Illumination drive, and dinner, Dec 6.

2) Appalachian Trail (small-part-of-it) hike, Dec 13.

3) Environment & Fiction Book Club meeting, Nov 20.

4) Fundraiser for Inner City Outings Program, Nov 24.

5) Links to pictures from recent Wanderings.


Items 1 and 2 are Sierra Club Potomac Region Outings (SCPRO) events.


If I?ve lost you already, Happy Thanksgiving.



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1) On Saturday, December 6, we will go to Antietam National Battlefield for an annual event that includes an afternoon hike around one of the best preserved Civil War battlefields (, followed by an evening drive through the Memorial Illumination (


The hike is a moderately difficult 11 miles (2.5 blisters) over mixed surfaces (roads, farms, woods) and rolling hills. Shorter options are available. The Illumination commemorates the bloodiest single-day battle in American history, with 23,000 candles representing that day's casualties. During the hike, you'll see the many volunteers preparing the candles, making the Illumination all the more moving and impressive. This is a great way to learn about Civil War history. All are welcome, including kids and leashed dogs.


If you are interested, let me know and I will send detailed information about the meeting time and place, and the event by late next Monday. (If you've already expressed interest and don't get information by next Monday night, let me know.)


Dinner: After the Illumination, many of us will have dinner at the historic Old South Mountain Inn ( Reservations are almost full. To reserve, send me $5/person deposit via PayPal or as a check payable to me to POB 2308, Rockville, MD 20847. I will confirm receipt, and will consider you reserved after I receive the check.


The deposit goes towards your meal. If you need to cancel and I can find a replacement (very likely), I'll refund it to you. If the trip is rescheduled due to weather, the restaurant keeps it, although you are welcome to go there on your own.


If the Illumination is cancelled due to weather, it will be rescheduled for December 13, as will the hike. There is no guarantee of dinner reservations for December 13. FYI, in the last seven years, the Illumination was rescheduled once.



2) On Saturday, December 13, we?ll hike from Bears Den Trail Center to Crescent Rock (aka, Raven Rocks) and back again, mostly along a portion of the Appalachian Trail often described as a ?roller coaster.? (What goes up is usually not something you want to bring up.) The route looks very different coming back, unless you walk backwards. The total is about 6 miles and about many feet of elevation change (2.5 blister, or moderately difficult, like some people I know), and includes multiple great views from overlooks. (Overlooks are appropriately referred to as such whether you neglect to stop, or stop to look things over.)


Bring lunch and water; we?ll drink on the rocks. To carpool, meet at 7:30 am at the West Falls Church Metro entrance. (I.e., if you drive there, walk to the entrance from where you park.) We'll gather there and then disburse to cars. Leaders are Liz Guertin (202/[masked]; [address removed]) and yours truly.



3) The new Environment and Fiction Book Club will have an organizational tomorrow, Thursday, November 20, at 7:45 pm, in the large meeting room at the Palisades Neighborhood Library (4901 V Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20007). The meeting will include a discussion of The New Yorker article, ?The Island in the Wind: A Danish community?s victory over carbon emissions,? by Elizabeth Kolbert ( You have a whole evening to read it. What are you waiting for?


For information contact Keith Mintzer [masked]; [address removed]).



4) The Sierra Club?s DC Inner City Outings program (ICO) will hold a benefit featuring The City Veins, The Jet Age, and Anchorage at the Iota Club & Caf? (2832 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA; Clarendon Metro) at 8:30 pm on Monday, November 24. Entry is $10, with all proceeds benefiting the ICO, which provides outdoor adventures to urban youth with limited access to nature (



5) Finally! Here are some links to photos from recent wanderings, some of which are also posted on Wandering Soles (


September 28, Shenandoah River State Park:


October 4, Rock Creek Regional Park (Parts 1 & 2):


November 1, Big Schloss:

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