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Post-Thanksgiving Turkey Trot along the Potomac Heritage Trail

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!! I'm really excited about this hike because it has personal significance. It was my first introduction to this fabulous group. It popped up as a suggested event after I RSVPed to something from another meetup. I had nothing to do over the weekend and who doesn't have some extra calories to burn after Turkey Day. I showed up, hiked, chatted with Albert and some other amazing folks, and the rest is history!

OK, so if you're in town, please join us for this enjoyable walk in woods (and a celebration of my one year anniversary). We will change things up a little and do an afternoon jaunt this time. The 830-mile Potomac Heritage Trail is a network of trails that traces countless natural, historical, and cultural features from the Allegheny Highlands of Western PA to the mouth of the Potomac River here in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Our little section of this extensive trail straddles a small strip of land between the river and the GW Parkway. This hike will last our usual 2 hours (5.5 miles of smiles). The trail is fairly level and is easy-to-moderate. There are several steep sections along the way--they're tough, but nothing we can't handle with relative ease!

Where to meet: Turkey Run Park (get it?) in parking lot C-1, which is located on the GW Parkway between Chain Bridge Road and I-495. It's accessible from both sides of the Parkway. You can easily follow the signs on the Parkway to our meeting point. What to bring: yourself, water, comfy hiking shoes, your furry friend, and cool sunglasses! Let's hope the weather is as wonderful as last year. If you're late or have any questions, my number is[masked]-2130.

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  • Helen Z.

    Hi Albert and Cassie,

    can you see my comments on the Turkey Trot Hiker, why can't I see it?. Also Wanted to let you know I just set up a group for Great Safaris in Africa, can you help express the message, hope you folks are also interested in. Here is the link:
    http://www.meetup.com/DC-MD-VA-Great-Safaris-in-Africa-Wild-Animal-Watch-Protec/

    Cheers:
    See you soon!

    November 28, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great hike, nice friendly people and I enjoyed the opportunity to talk with many wonderful people...Excellent day with nice weather.... This group rocks!! Thank you Cassie, Albert & John!

    November 26, 2012

  • Dave T

    It was fun and Cassie did a good job with such a large group

    November 25, 2012

  • Bill

    Another awesome event! Thanks, Cassie. It's good to be back in this group!

    November 25, 2012

  • John M

    Great company, nice hike! Thanks, Cassie!

    November 25, 2012

  • Helen Z.

    Although I felt a bit sorry for my dog (didn't take him with me this time), I had more time to talk with people and made new friends. It was great and I feel so freshened after the walk! Thank you Cassie!

    November 25, 2012

  • Bill

    Another awesome event! Thanks, Cassie!

    November 25, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Funtimes.

    November 25, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great day for a hike! Thanks, Cassie.

    November 25, 2012

  • SARAH P.

    Had a great time today with such a fun group.:-)

    November 25, 2012

  • Sue E.

    Really good 2 hr hike

    November 25, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Here. Black Toyota SUV.

    November 25, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm thankful for: having the great Cassie on the team, having the best super troopers on the planet, and I'm thankful most for my boyish good looks! Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and I'm sure you too had lots to be thankful for...

    November 25, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Peter,

    See you at the Ritz in a bit. Thanks!

    November 25, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Kay,Dee & Abel. I can pick you three up at 12 or so. Same place-CC ritz Carlton.

    November 25, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Kay,Dee & Abel. I can pick you three up at 12 or so. Same place-CC ritz Carlton.

    November 25, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Peter, do you still have room for one more rider?

    November 25, 2012

  • Abe S.

    if anyone wants to carpool from Rosslyn Metro Station, Arlington, I can have three persons in my truck. Cheers

    November 24, 2012

    • Abe S.

      Jason, I am meeting Doug at 12:30 ish in the front of the McDonald's.

      November 25, 2012

    • Jason

      Great - see you there!

      November 25, 2012

  • Rick K

    I can pick up a few people at West Falls Church metro if someone needs a ride. Please email if interested.

    November 24, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    any body carpooling from woodbridge or manassas?

    November 25, 2012

    • Subira

      I'm going from Woodbridge but catching a ride from John in Alexandria. If he has room for one more in his car, I can give you a ride from Woodbridge.

      November 25, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    If anyone wants to carpool from Crystal City, I can pick up three people in front of the Ritz Carlton directly outside of the pentagon city metro stop.

    November 24, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Peter! I could use the ride

      November 25, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Noon?

      November 25, 2012

  • Barbara

    Will parking lot c-1 accommodate this many cars?

    November 25, 2012

  • SARAH P.

    Sounds like a lotta fun-I would bring my furry friend but my cat freaks out if I try to take her out of the apartment, lol. Sounds like a really fun crowd. See ya'll there:-)

    November 24, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello Jhon, It is going be my first meet to the group. It would be perfect for me to catch a ride with u in King st metro station, at 12 as I read. I don't mind to give for the gas.

    November 24, 2012

  • John M

    I can pick up 3 people at the bus/taxi stop at the south entrance to King Street Station in Alexandria at noon. No dogs please.

    November 24, 2012

    • Subira

      Hi John, I'd like to catch a ride with you to save on parking space, thanks!

      1 · November 24, 2012

    • John M

      Great!

      November 24, 2012

  • Mimi Y

    John, I would like a car pool. What time should we meet at Kings Street metro?

    November 24, 2012

    • John M

      Sounds fine, 12:00 noon.

      November 24, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I assume we are going out-and-back since no mention of shuttling? If anyone's been on Parkway north on weekends lately it has been closed at Spout Run but if I read correctly it IS OPEN this weekend (in case anyone else is a wonder-er). http://www.nps.gov/gwmp/parknews/closures.htm

    November 24, 2012

  • Olga C

    Would be interested in carpooling and contributing towards gas from the Alexandria area.

    November 24, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Right now the weather forecast is partly cloudy with a high of 47. Dress in layers. Also, if parking area c-1is full (because there looks to be a lot of us), just past it is c-2 and a short trail connects them. Try to carpool as well.

    November 23, 2012

  • Alicia

    This would be my first time meeting up with the group. most of the time I end up being later and walking alone

    1 · November 13, 2012

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