Incoming events

From: Mike
Sent on: Tuesday, October 13, 2009 12:17 PM
I have not heard one complaint about not receiving any messages from me recently, which can only mean one thing: You must be very upset. In the last few weeks, we have been very busy with a trip (luckily, I didn't hurt myself) to West Virginia, a picnic, and a backpack. For those of you who participated, I am sure you will cherry pick the memories forever. But why dwell in past houses? Looking forwards (or backwards) to the future, here are some more events you may not care a twig about...
1) This Sunday, October 18, we'll revisit the state of affairs regarding the I-495 HOT-lanes expansion work. This easy (0.8 blisters) 4-mile hike is one in a series of hikes Kris Unger and I are doing to discuss the impact of major road construction on local ecosystems and keep tabs on whether or not builders are adhering to pollution control regulations like I adhere to my seat. The hikes are generating a bit of publicity, which is an indication that we're in effect having an effect. Be prepared for possibly muddy trails with chilly and maybe rainy weather. Meet at 10 am, at Americana Park, Annandale, VA. (From Little River Tnpk just west of Beltway, turn left on Pineridge Dr, then left at Accotink Pkwy, and follow to park entrance: If you need a Metro pick-up, let me know. If you need a pick-me-up, that's different.
2) The weekend after that, Friday-Sunday, October 23?25, we'll prove that all is Wright with the world. We'll spend a day hiking in Pennsylvania's Ohiopyle State Park and along the Youghiogheny River, and another day visiting/touring Frank Lloyd Wright's famous swell dwellings, Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob. We'll spend the nights in yurts in the park's campground. I would've said we'll hike till it yurts, but the hiking will be moderate, maybe 3 blisters. All of this during the peak colors of autumn, when the Laurel Highlands of southwestern Pennsylvania are truly spectacular. The trip is pretty much full at this point, but there is a wait list and there has been some apple turnovers. Information about the trip involves a long email, so you must contact me if you are interested.
3) On Saturday, October 31, we'll celebrate Halloooween with an afternoon & full-moonlight evening hike around the Skyland area of Shenandoah National Park. This lunatic fringe hike is about 9 miles long and will include the Stony Man summit (at 4010 feet, the park?s second-highest peak), the spooktacular Millers Head observation platform, George Freeman Pollack?s Passamaquoddy Trail, the Appalachian Trail, and frightful Little Stony Man, not in that order. With 3500 feet of elevation change, this is moderate (3.5 blisters). A bewitching potluck candlelight (wind permitting) dinner--accompanied by a bootiful view, a setting sun, and a rising, almost-full beaver moon--will be sandwiched between the afternoon and moonlight parts of the hike. Bring food witch (get it?) reflects your family's heritage. Other gastronomic highlights include a pre-hike stop at a well-stocked Sperryville fruit and vegetable stand, appetizers at a scenic overlook, and an optional apr?s-hike visit to Skyland's lively late-evening cafe. No tricks, but lots of treats. Costumes are optional, but not the frightful getup of a cold-weather hiker. Limited attendance so reservations are a must--contact me directly (not the Meetup $#!+).
There are more things incoming, but I've taken up enough of my time for now.

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