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Get a great workout at Mason Neck State Park!!! Lorton VA

Hey Super Troopers!!!

For this walk, we'll be going back to one of our favorite trails...yes, yours and mine! And I truly love coming back to Mason Neck during the hottest, meanest days of summer! Oh yeah, because the park is nearly surrounded by water, it's a high humidity area too! So with the heat and humidity, this is going to be a great workout!!! We're going to need the greatest motivational song in the history of the world...

Risin' up straight to the top...had the guts, got the glory...went the distance...now I'm not gonna stop....just a man and his will to survive...it's the eye of the tiger...it's the thrill of the fight...risin' up to the challenge of our rival....and he's watching us all with the eye of tiger...the eye of the tiger...the eye of the tiger!!!

Mason Neck is beautifully alive, yet wonderfully silent. In Lorton, it's peacefully hidden away from the rest of the world. We know about it cuz we've been here many times before over the years. Others aren't aware of it probably cuz it's isolated on a peninsula surrounded by Pohick Bay, the Potomac, and Belmot Bay and only accessible by one lonely country road.

The park's mature hardwood forest, wetlands, and shoreline are home to friendly herons, swans, ducks, as well as osprey, hawks, bald eagles and other birds of prey. For us non-flying creatures, the park invites us to enjoy its diverse ecosystem via its extensive trail system.

To get the most of your $4 entrance free and to get a great workout, we're going to mix it up. We'll begin with a moderate hike through a hardwood forest, then we'll walk through some very lush wetlands, and lastly, we'll take an an easy, breezy, beautiful stroll along the shores of the Potomac River! --So what's not to love about this hike?!!!

This will be our usual two-hour walk (5.5 miles of smiles). The trails are a mix of pavement, earth, and boardwalk. I dunno, overall pretty easy in my opinion, if you can handle the heat and the humidity :)

How to get there: Take Exit 166A onto VA 7100 S/Fairfax County Parkway (1.3 miles), take VA-611/Telegraph Rd (~3 miles), take a left onto VA 242 E/Gunston Rd/VA-600 (3.7 miles), slight right onto High Point Rd (2.4 miles), continue to the meetup point...

Where to meetup: the Visitor's Center parking lot. Once you pass the entrance station, proceed right at the fork and follow the signs to the Visitor's Center.

What to bring: yourself, your furry friend, water, 4.00 USD, and cool sunglasses!!! As always, if you're going to be late, lost, or just want to say hello, my# is (301) 712-5880.

Hope you'll come to the dance!!

-albert

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  • A former member
    A former member

    thanks everyone for hiking with us! see you next time.

    August 2, 2012

  • Rick K

    Great hike and great hikers to walk/talk with.

    July 30, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great people!!

    July 29, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was my first meetup and it was great! Everyone was VERY friendly. Met some great people! Albert did a fantastic job!

    July 29, 2012

  • Pam Baker H.

    It was great! :). Thank you for organizing this!

    July 29, 2012

  • John M

    Great!

    July 29, 2012

  • Philippe H.

    My first walk with the group. Nice fellows. Looking forward for the next one.
    Philip

    July 29, 2012

  • Kathy

    great job coordinating this hike - couldn't have asked for a better day. thanks!

    July 29, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    This is a public service announcement.

    Tomorrow's hiking weather: Morning sunshine followed by isolated thunderstorms during the afternoon. High 89F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 30%.

    Bienvenidos to the new faces in the group! I was new once too...

    In the spirit of the Olympic Games and cuz it's such a cool video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPIA7mpm1wU Enjoy the peace the summer evening brings. See you in the morning!

    This has been a public service announcement.

    July 28, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    anyone leaving from the Burke/Fairfax area -- would love to carpool

    July 28, 2012

  • Bill

    Hi Lauren, Kathy,

    I will be meeting a friend this afternoon to plan our out-of-town trip in Aug. It would be best if I leave Sunday open for additional time with this friend for trip planning. I do appreciate your offer for a ride, but I ought to decline. If I do go hiking Sunday, I'll drive my car. I certainly hope to meet you at one of the future hikes. Cheers,
    Bill

    July 28, 2012

  • kathy

    Phil and Bill,
    I can give your both a ride. So I am not running around 'Timbuktu' if we could rendezvous someplace, this would work for me.

    July 28, 2012

  • kathy

    I live on the east side of Alexandria, kind of near the Huntington Metro/Wilson bridge. I can give someone a ride from there.

    July 28, 2012

  • Rick K

    I can give a few people a ride from West Falls Church Metro. Please email me if interested.

    July 27, 2012

  • Philippe H.

    Hello! Phil here,
    Looking to car pooling this sunday if someone is coming from Alexandria. I live on Valley Forge Drive, near Landmark Mall.
    Thanks for contacting me at [masked]

    July 25, 2012

  • Bill

    Lauren, if you have space available, I'd like to take upon your offer. I'd like to leave my car suitable for two adults behind and join the fun of getting to know other people during the ride. I definitely will help pay for gas and park entrance fee. I live in Kingstowne about two miles south of the metro station on South Van Dorn Street if that is more convenience for you. Cheers,
    Bill

    July 23, 2012

  • Lauren

    I can give someone a ride from Van Dorn Metro.

    July 22, 2012

  • Jamie

    Mandy, I can give you a ride no problem.

    July 16, 2012

  • Mandy W

    Sounds like fun, but I "can't get there from here" [g]. That is, I can't find a bus that goes to the park. Can anybody offer a ride from the West End of Alexandria. If you're driving down 395/95, I could meet you in front of the Landmark Center, just off the Duke Street exit.

    July 16, 2012

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