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Emancipation Day, the ICC, and Antietam

From: Mike
Sent on: Wednesday, November 4, 2009 5:08 PM
There are three upcoming events I'd like to tell you about. I'll spare you everything else.
1) Maryland celebrates its Emancipation Day this Saturday, so join us by hiking the Underground Railroad Experience Trail to the historic Sandy Spring spring, the Friends Meetinghouse and cemetery, and the Sandy Spring Slave Museum (6 mi round trip, or an easy 1.2 blisters), with a subsequent visit--and an additional 3 mi (also easy at 0.6 blisters)--to the Oakley Cabin, a restored slave cabin, for a special program of cabin tours, music, poetry, and refreshments. You will learn something about our history without even trying.
Meet at 8:45 am at the announcement board near the stone barn at Woodlawn Manor in Sandy Spring, at the northeast corner of the intersection of Norwood, Layhill, and Ednor Roads. Bring lunch or buy a rib meal (really) from Ribs on the Run at the museum. For an 8 am pick-up from Metro station, ask me. This is an SCPRO and an AMC-DC hike. Leaders are Jane Hudson, Paul Elliott, and me.
2) Sunday, November 15: ICC & Paint Branch Watershed. This hike of about 5 mi. (very moderately paced) will visit part of the Inter-County Connector (ICC) route to examine the new highway's impact on stream valleys and watersheds in Montgomery County. 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. Paint Branch is unique in this area for supporting the last remaining native brown trout population, and beautiful to boot.
Meet at 10 am in the parking lot of Valley Mill Park (1600 East Randolph Rd., Silver Spring; 0.8 mi. west of US29, Columbia Pike - turn right into the parking lot. From New Hampshire, go east for 2 mi. on Randolph, and turn left into the parking lot). Contact me for Metro pick-up. Bring bag lunch to continue conversation. Leaders: Kris Unger and me.
This is part of a series of hikes examining local environmental impacts of major road constructions. At the last one, Kris made news with an interview on WAMU:
"Environmentalists Say Beltway Project Threatens Northern Virginia Creek" (,
3) Saturday, December 5: Antietam Hike & Illumination. This annual event features an afternoon hike of 11 mi. (moderate or 2.5 blisters) on the Civil War battlefield, followed by a drive through the Memorial Illumination: 23,000 candles commemorating casualties of the bloodiest single-day battle in U.S. history. I'll have more details about this event in a subsequent email. For now, however, note that there is an optional post-hike dinner at historic Old South Mountain Inn with limited reservations that are filling up fast. If you are interested, email me ASAP.
It's been a great summer and fall of hiking. (I once saw the fall and rise of the Roman umpire at a soccer game.) Here are pix from recent events
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