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Plant identification hike

Notice the new meetup place. The change is due to this location has more plant life.

We are meeting behind the McCormick Tourist baseball off of Hunt Hill place by the swings.

I have located around 15+ wild edlibles and medicinal plants. Please bring boots because it is a bit muddy. Also gloves, notebook and your camera.

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  • Jenny

    Hey plant lovers, I was out today and found the beautiful bloodroot as well as a couple of others we did not see on our hike. Friend me and follow me on facebook where I am sharing plants I find along the natural path.
    Also, I am thinking of a hike this coming Tuesday or Wednesday to those of you interested. I am checking out the weather and will post it later on. I am thinking of hiking rattlesnake lodge.

    March 20, 2013

  • Jenny

    This hike which is more like a Walk shuold b done in.two.hours. if anyway on the list can not make.it plsase change your.RSVP so.others cam

    March 16, 2013

    • Pamela R.

      I suspect the directions had something to do with it. I almost didn't make it.

      March 19, 2013

    • Jenny

      I think probably you are right. Next time we will just meet at an Ingles. Everyone knows where that is.

      March 19, 2013

  • Marcie

    Allowing early RSVPs discourages new members from participating at all. They end up on the wait list time and again while the group quickly becomes exclusive. Without further consideration delaying RSVPs appears to be the only resolution. Otherwise frequent hikers might be asked to sign up less often or be on a stand by list themselves which might allow others to participate.

    March 18, 2013

    • Jenny

      That is my plan too.

      1 · March 18, 2013

    • Pamela R.

      I don't know how the system works, but possibly to offer 1/2 slots in advance, then all open in final rounds.

      1 · March 19, 2013

  • Lynn M.

    Jenny was a wealth of info! Looking forward to another when more of the plants and flowers come alive!

    March 17, 2013

    • Jenny

      Thanks lynn and craig. I had agreat time. There will b more. Over the next three days i will b poating on facebook zenjenskin the plants we met along the path

      March 17, 2013

  • Carole

    Jen was unique in her emphasis on using all 5 senses to ID plants. She was very knowledgeable about their medicinal uses and in the various processes to prepare them for medicinal use. Though there weren't many wildflowers blooming this early there was no lack of learning due to her ability to ID plants that will be blooming. Also, though skeptical about the place,being urban, it was still yet a new place to explore.

    1 · March 17, 2013

  • craig de c.

    Thanks Jenny for a very imformative and interesting morning.

    March 17, 2013

  • Pamela R.

    Lots of fun with wonderful view o of Asheville. My notes include 27 edible plants. Nice and friendly people attended. Thank you, Jenny.

    March 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry,just found out I was confirmed,not enough time to make it.Next time maybe? Sure looks like a nice day, have fun.

    March 17, 2013

    • Kat

      changing rsvp would've given someone else a chance to attend this outing with tremendous interest

      March 17, 2013

  • Betsy

    I have a bad cold, so I will take myself off the wait list. Enjoy!

    March 16, 2013

  • Peggy C.

    I had made other plans since I hadn't heard but would love to join you another time.

    March 16, 2013

  • Fred I.

    Don't think I've seen a posted hike with a longer waitlist or more comments. Jenny, you're doing something right ! Maybe I should do a plant hike and have some happy hiker from the waiting list carry "Radford" for me. As to some of the comments on posting hikes and rsvps: It is not possible to make everybody happy. Trust the calander above your email. It is very easy for a hike to fill-up within a few hours of being posted. Most of the ones I've posted have. Members who work in front of a computer or have smart phones do have the jump on memebers who do not. That may not be fair, but that's how it is. Knowing that I try to post or open the rsvp after 6 PM. The idea of not opening the rsvp untill a few days ahead of time is a good one as people will sign on weeks ahead of time and forget, or just not take the time to change thier rsvp.

    2 · March 12, 2013

    • Rebekah

      Ha...they may not be happy after carrying that brick all day. Hopefully, I'm not the only nerd that gets that reference...

      March 12, 2013

    • Fred I.

      I've held on to that "brick" many years. Glad somebody got the joke.

      March 13, 2013

  • Jenny

    Hey All,

    Notice the change of the meet up place. It is a downtown location

    March 13, 2013

  • Pamela R.

    I'm in! I'm in. Didn't expect that. Am I really in?

    March 12, 2013

  • Jenny

    I will be planning more for those that could not make it. I am thinking the week of March 23rd.

    March 12, 2013

    • Pat G.

      Great on maybe planning another tr.

      March 12, 2013

    • Pat G.

      Trip

      March 12, 2013

  • Jenny

    Maggie, in my opinion this is a great hike for well behaved dogs to be loose, We probably will not run across any other hikers and the paths are really wide.

    March 12, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Great. Thanks. That allows me to participate.

      March 12, 2013

  • Jenny

    I am posting wild edible plants later on today that I have seen so far this week and hope to see on this on this hike. You can look them up at facebook.com/zenjenskin. See you all Sunday

    March 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have a well-behaved 7 year old dog that has done lots of hiking with me. may I bring her along? May she be allowed to run free?

    March 11, 2013

  • Mary Beth H.

    54 people waiting???? What the heck???

    1 · March 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    How about posting the hike a week or more before it's scheduled, but not allowing RSVPing until one or two days before the actual hike? This way, everyone will know the weather, whether they truly are available to come, etc., and the actual turn-out rate will far higher than if people can RSVP weeks or months in advance.

    1 · March 8, 2013

  • Carole

    Everyone complaining please read the organizers thorough replies to Jim below.

    March 8, 2013

    • Jim H.

      PART 2 of 2

      ==> So, the lesson learned is to check the 'calendar' regularly and not depend upon a email
      notification. The events are on a first-come, first-served basis -- and apparently you can RSVP weeks, or months, before an email is sent announcing a particular event (in this case, a hike).

      Posting to the 'calendar' well in advance of an actual event allows inputs regarding 'locations', 'dates', and other details that may not be finalized at the time the event is conceived or initially planned. So, it does serve a useful purpose.

      I learned my lesson -- and in no way do I fault the organizers nor the sponsors. To the contrary, I admire, respect, and appreciation all that they have contributed.

      March 8, 2013

    • Carole

      Noted, Jim and it is constructive but then when it seemed people were still jumping on the bandwagon after Bill's reply to you, I felt protective of the organizers who work freely on their own time and are sometimes taken for granted. Thank you Bill for keeping it open and sorry for my neg. connotation.

      1 · March 8, 2013

  • Carol

    Plant identification is a great idea for a hike as demonstrated by the size of this waitlist. But please keep in mind that Bill and Jen are volunteering their time for this. It is not an obligation or a job and suggesting that the hike needs to be repeated assumes that they have the time to do that. This hike has been on the site for a couple of months and did not suddenly appear today with a full group of attendees. In fact some of the original attendees have canceled and have been replaced with folks on the waitlist. The waitlist process does work. Will it accommodate all 52 that are currently on it? No. But the organizers in this group do their best and it takes a lot of work to pull off a good hike. It's not a hat I care to wear; I prefer to support the efforts of those that do.

    3 · March 7, 2013

    • Kris

      I agree wholeheartedly with everything you said , Carol . The comments of some members are both unfair and unrealistic . This hike has been on the site for a couple of months , but when new information such as the final meetup site is posted this information goes out to everyone as a new post by the meetup system automatically. We should all be grateful for the time, planning and organizing that goes into these hikes . It is up to each member to check the website for events , if we get in that's wonderful , if not then we try again next time . Thanks to all the organizers .

      1 · March 7, 2013

  • Karin H.

    hmm....I've apparently been missing some and getting some also! Not sure how that works.

    March 7, 2013

  • Kat

    I'm constantly getting emails of upcoming meetups. And yes this came out of the blue for me too as I've been checking and it suddenly appeared full AND with an already huge wait list. Maybe the email notifications are sending too late. I'm sure this group does great hikes but only for the those super glued to their computers or cells and frankly I don't happen to carry either one on the trail.

    March 7, 2013

  • Jim H.

    Strange! I have been checking my email every hour this morning. This email came in 52 minutes ago. Yet, there are already 12 attending and 49 on the waiting list. Perhaps Yahoo is holding my email messages before sending them on to me.

    Please try to repeat this hike until everyone interested has had an opportunity to join the hike. I would think that mid-April would be a prime time for plant identification.

    1 · March 7, 2013

    • Marcie

      Ditto, Jim. It has become very difficult to do anything but end up on the waiting list and now there are 52 waiting. It seems the norm is that there are more hikers interested than there are available spots. 12 spots? Shope Creek area trails can handle many more, but I suppose the nature of the hike requires fewer hikers. It also seems the early postings create this sort of problem. So many hit the button and then when it comes down to the day of the hike, 3/4ths don't show. Mid-April is generally a better time for plant identification, but it has warmed up early this year.

      March 7, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm one on the wait list who would like to come if there's anyway. I see that other hikes don't allow RSVP until 2 days or so before the actual hike--which seems like a good approach.

      March 7, 2013

  • Jenny

    This was posted maybe two months ago. It was just updated as per location today. I understand and love that everyone wants to learn about plants. My aim is to do many more during the spring and early summer. We might open this hike up for more participants b/c the trail is wide and the parking is plentiful. Those of you that are signed up, update your RSVP is you have changed your status. Thanks
    Jen

    1 · March 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm sorry I can't make this as I have to work.

    March 4, 2013

  • Chad T.

    Changed my mind. Enjoy.

    March 3, 2013

  • Jenny

    Also, I will be posting plants I see and possible recipes on Facebook. So be sure to become friends with me at Facebook.com/Zenjenskin to get updates. We can talk about all the spring edible plants there!

    1 · February 23, 2013

  • Jenny

    I am thinking of John Rock or rattlesnake lodge. Any comments. My idea is to hike and talk about plants that I see along the way. I might plan on 3/9/13 and during the week of 3/23. So it will be replicated:)

    1 · February 23, 2013

  • Dennis K.

    Sounds like a good one to replicate

    February 4, 2013

  • donna h.

    Donna holley

    January 25, 2013

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