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Rapid Water Meditation: Billy Goat Trails

  • Jun 13, 2009 · 9:00 AM

EVENT DETAILS
Come explore the Billy Goat Trails with me. We will start on the C trail, then I will show you how the C & B Connect. As we work our way up to the A trail, we will explore all the unmarked trails on the way. This hike will start off easy, but will be fairly STRENUOUS as we progress. Not to be exclusive, you can always opt out and stay on the Tow Path. For those that survive all they way to the A trail, I will show a special spot next to some very loud rapids for an amazing meditation experience. Members will have to be self sufficient for this event. Come ready with your own meditation practice or ask others for direction. Some members won't be able to make it to the Rapids spot. I will direct you to some other mesmerizing spots, but you will have to go on your own. What is ZenHiking? For this event I ask you to help me develop this new practice. Is it more than just combining hiking with meditation? Our there things we can incorporate from walking meditation, mindfulness, and other disciplines? We will try some different things to build trust and rapport, so that as we get more into the hike it is easier to quiet the mind and appreciate nature. Please come with suggestions.



DIRECTIONS: Click Here
(note: this will take you to a google map. Click "Get Directions," type in your address, and it will give you personalize directions to the location.)
NOTE: Eggert Dr. is not marked. The exit will say Naval Surface Warfare Center and Carderock. Use your odometer and pay attention to the distance.
MORE DIRECTIONS
To reach the lower end of Section B or either end of Section C: From I-495, take Exit 41, just north of the Virginia line, heading west on the Clara Barton Parkway. In about a mile, take the exit for Carderock. Go left over an overpass and turn right at the stop sign to reach the lower end of Section B or the upper end of Section C. Drive to the first parking lot.

We are meeting in the first parking lot, if its full, you may have to park in the second to last parking lot. WHERE TO MEET:
Meet by the Grey Mazda Hatchback. My cell if you get lost…[masked]-2280. At the stop sign, turn right. There will be three parking lots on your left. We will meet in the first one.



RSVP Policy
Maybe rsvps are turned off. It's best to keep group size down. It's more zen and is conscious of other hiker's on the trail. One way to secure a spot is to volunteer to help lead at the event.

Wait list: If you sign up for the wait list, chances are you will get to go. By the time we got to the day of the last event, no one was on the wait list. I will keep everyone updated as we get closer to the event.

CARPOOL
Don’t forget if you want a ride or are willing to offer a ride – be a friend to the environment, save money, and make friends by just posting a message!!

- Have a ride: Please post where you are coming from, what time, and how many spots you have.

- Need a ride: Post that you need a ride and contact any offers via e-mail for those that are offering rides.


PHOTOS
I encourage you to bring cameras and upload the photos on the event page. Check out the pics from our last two events here: http://www.meetup.com...


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  • A former member
    A former member

    I had a lot a fun hiking billy goat section C. Tony is a great organizer.

    June 14, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Tony is a cool guy and so were the other hiker/meditators. I had a great time.

    June 13, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Tony did a terrific job planning and leading the hike on six miles of trails through the woods and along the towpath. At the meditation spot by the Potomac you could hear the staccato thunder of the rapids and feel the river's power. The Falls, itself, was scenic with a flock of blue herons stalking the shallows for fish or gliding through the air with elegance and grace.

    June 13, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Too much hiking and not enough meditation. The hike was too long for most members. There was little to no information given beforehand on how long (in distance and in time) the hike would be . This is very important because we need to know how much water to bring and whether or not we need to bring food.
    I don't know where the meditation was supposed to be, but it might have been better to hike path A only and then find a place to meditate.

    June 13, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    I usually try to keep it to 3 hours. Should you need to leave early, just go out to the tow path and head back.

    June 8, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for organizing this! Do you know what time the hike should finish up or will there be opportunities for those to who need to leave by say 2PM to do so? Thanks again!

    June 6, 2009

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