|Sent on:||Tuesday, May 26, 2009 6:23 PM|
This Sunday, May 31, we'll traipse around the Rock Creek watershed to examine the impact of the Inter-County Connector (ICC) on stream valleys in Montgomery County. This hike of about 5 miles (very moderately paced and easy at about 1.5 blisters) will follow some of the planned route of the road. We will look at the massive current destruction/construction, and discuss the history of the ICC, impacts to local watersheds, as well as the natural beauty and ecological significance of the area.
Meet at 10 AM in the parking lot near the Meadowside Nature Center (5100 Meadowside Lane, Rockville, MD 20855; http://tinyurl.com/pu8l3y). Bring a bag lunch if you'd like to continue the discussion. Leaders are Kris Unger and me.
A week later, on Sunday, June 7, 2008, well have the annual One Day Hike Celebration Hike and Picnic at Carderock, MD, at 9:00 am (hike) and noon (picnic). The hike and picnic are free and open to all, and you may join us for either or both:
HIKE: Meet (*) at 9:00 am for an out-and-back hike of up to 10 miles along the C&O Canal towpath toward Great Falls. You set your own pace, and determine the distance by your turnaround point. The co-leaders are myself and Frank Wodarczyk.
PICNIC: At noon, gather at the picnic pavilion near the hike's starting point. We'll provide hotdogs, hamburgers, veggie burgers, trimmings, bread, chips, and nonalcoholic beverages, along with paper and plastic ware; you may bring appetizers, side dishes, or desserts.
The picnic will feature live, traditional Scottish/Irish music by the trio A Sheep at the Wheel, with Becky Ross (fiddle), Julie Gorka (piano/keyboard), and Karin Loya (cello), members of Fynesound (www.fynesound.com).
* Directions to hike start and picnic location: From I-495 (Beltway), take Clara Barton Parkway west (Carderock), Exit 41, just north of the American Legion Bridge. After 0.6mi, take first exit (ramp on right). At top of ramp, turn left (Naval Surface Warfare Center is on the right), crossing over the parkway, and follow short, curvy road (0.3mi) as it passes under the C&O Canal to its end. Turn left and park in the lot. (Location, http://tinyurl.com/cbagjd.)
The event is sponsored by the ODH Organizing Committee (www.onedayhike.org) of the Sierra Club Potomac Region Outings (www.sierrapotomac.org). If you have any questions or will need a ride, let me know.
Pictures of this year's ODH:
- By Sylvia Woods
- By Bob Quinn
- By Gary Kosciusko
Our beginners' backpack trip to False Cape State Park was terrific! See photos at http://picasaweb.google.com/Michael.Darzi/FalseCapeStPk#slideshow.
We (collectively) saw much fauna (and good old flora), including turtles (Watch out! It's walking tortoise), snakes (the deadly kind, which are only supposed to be for advanced backpacks), birds (I don't have many egrets in life), raccoon, rabbit, a boar (but no bores), squirrels, many bugs, a black widow, fish (in and out of the water), and friendly Ranger Chuck (less friendly for advanced backpacks). Of the 368,493 mosquitoes that attacked me, 2,349 are resting in pieces. We also successfully dodged all the rainstorms thanks to excellent planning and our sacrifices to the Odds.
Liz and I are planning to repeat the backpacking classes later in the summer and have another beginner trip near the end of September when the leaves are oh, so colorful. Stay tuned.