There are three
upcoming events I'd like to tell you about. I'll spare you everything
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
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.
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
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
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