Moon walk

From: Mike
Sent on: Thursday, July 19, 2007 5:35 PM



Next Saturday, July 28, we’ll reprise our fourth (I think) annual hike for the lunatic fringe. (Yes, it's a fringe benefit.)


We’ll climb in the afternoon via a circuitous route to the top of Hawksbill Mountain, which at 4,051 feet is Shenandoah National Park's highest peak. The route includes several scenic overlooks, which we’ll use to savor our appetizers along with the views. We’ll then get to the very top just in time to watch the sun set and the moon rise as part of a spectacular celestial and earthly panoramawhile we enjoy a gourmet pot-luck picnic by candlelight. Some may bay and howl, while others will burp--all perfectly normal on this hike. The walk back down the mountain will occur in (not with) moonshine, stopping at the Skyland Resort's lodge for a night-recap. We’ll return home (hopefully) just before we turn into pumpkins around midnight.


This is a moderately difficult hike (3 blisters) of about 9 miles & 3000 feet of elevation change. If that (ahem) phases you, a somewhat shorter option is available. We’ll leave early in the afternoon, making a brief stop at a Sperryville fruit and vegetable stand. The co-leaders are Paul Elliott and me. If the weather is uncooperative, the hike will be rescheduled for another near-full-moon date.


To those interested (RSVP), we’ll email information about the carpool meeting time and location (somewhere just west of the Beltway in Virginia), as well as suggestions for what to bring, by the middle of next week. If you have questions, let me know.



On August 12, we’ll have another encore production of a hilly 9.5-mile hike (3.1 blisters) in Shenandoah River State Park with an option to paddle (very easy) the last 3.5 miles on Shenandoah's River's lovely South Fork in canoes or kayaks (making the hike shorter and easier at 2.5 blisters). Reservations are also required (RSVP by August 9), but more info will be emailed in early August, so if you think you'd like to go, you'll have the chance to change your mind. Co-leaders are Paul Elliott and me.



NOTE: The Labor Day weekend (August 30 to September 3) trip to explore the natural wonders of eastern West Virginia has been fully booked. Fifteen su...I mean, lucky hikers are going. If you would like to be added to the wait list, let me know. There will not be an email announcement for it, since what's the point? (Yeah!!) We will very likely repeat this trip next year. (Booo!!)



I have started a new Wandering Soles group on Meetup. If you are on my now way-too-long email list, I encourage you to sign up. Just click on can check out the main page without joining, and joining is very easy. You can also post and read messages on that site. (If you join, let me know so that I delete you from the email list and you don’t get two messages every time, unless of course you enjoy reading things twice reading things twice.)


If you’re one of the Yahoogroups Wandering Soles, you’re still OK, but if you switch to the Meetup one, you should delete yourself from the Yahoo group (or tell me and I'll delete you) for the same reason for the same reason.


Your other option is to just drop out completely, and stop wasting time reading my emails. (If you’re on my email list and want to do that, let me know nicely.)


If you’re confused, you could join the Wondering Soles instead, assuming they've figured out what to do.




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