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2016 Grand Illumination Hike - 3 miles

Rudolph is coming to town!! Weston and Gilly have confirmed that he will be downtown hanging out at the James Center. Let’s go find him! It's our annual tradition!

On Sunday, we will hike a little later in the day and take in the James Center lights and the Capitol Christmas Tree.  We will meet on 2nd Street, behind the Virginia War Memorial and Spring Street. Park along the street, there is plenty of parking. We will circle up in the grassy field. 

We will head over Brown’s Island and onto the Canal Walk. From there we will work our way up Shockoe Slip and to the James Center. Bring your cameras and hopefully we will see Rudolph!  We will spend some time there enjoying the lights and then head uphill to the Capitol to enjoy the official tree before heading back to 2nd street via the Berry Burke and Landmark Theatre buildings to our cars. 

This will be an on-leash hike and all dogs all welcome. Questions? Email me or post in the comments section. Check back to the hike page for weather updates! If it is raining, we will postpone. 

Weston, Gilly and I look forward to seeing you Sunday!!

We are thrilled that folks are enthusiastic about joining us on our hikes! Please understand that we can only accommodate a certain number of folks and pups on a given hike. Our group sizes are limited to ensure that we can effectively manage each group.  You are welcome to RSVP with a guest (or two), but if the hike is filled up, please respect our limitations.  There are more hikes on the way, you won't be left out!

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  • Jessica

    I sent you a message with some questions. Let me know whenever you can so I can try and make it tonight!

    Yesterday

    • Janice A.

      Hi Jessica! Feel free to come on out tonight! I have two spots open. Give it a try and see how it goes- a lot of dogs relax and get into the pack mentality about a mile in. I'll shoot you a text too!

      1 · Yesterday

    • Janice A.

      Great meeting you this evening, Jessica! Anna did awesome and was a sweet girl!

      Yesterday

  • Pia G.

    Can I use my free hike to "test" Cosmo (like I mentioned to you earlier)?

    6 days ago

    • Janice A.

      Absolutely! Looking forward to meeting Cosmo!

      6 days ago

    • Janice A.

      Great meeting Cosmo tonight, Pia! He is a super sweet boy!

      Yesterday

  • Janice A.

    Welcome Cosmo and Anna to the pack! Ozzy, Bolita, Sidney, Mason, Kona, Georgia, Weston and Gilly had a great time hiking the city with you tonight! We had downtown RVA all to ourselves! The lights were so pretty at the James Center and the Capital Christmas tree never disappoints. Thank you all for coming out tonight and have very happy holidays!

    Pictures posted on FB: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Canine-Adventures-Human-Adventure-155986301231386/photos/?tab=album&album_id=731506580346019

    Yesterday

  • Amy

    Pulled something in my back at the gym today .... We are not going to make it tonight

    Yesterday

  • Sam

    Hi Janice, Can I use my free hike?

    1 · 4 days ago

    • Janice A.

      Absolutely! See you and Harper Sunday!

      4 days ago

    • Sam

      I can't make it today. Sorry for last minute notice.

      Yesterday

  • Shannon O.

    Hi Janice, I am so bummed to miss it, but I have come down with a cold and so will have to cancel for tomorrow. But that leaves 2 spots for someone else :) --Shannon

    2 days ago

    • Janice A.

      Oh no! We will miss you guys! I have been fighting a cold all week too. Hope you feel better soon and have very happy holidays!

      2 days ago

  • Tricia

    Is there a waitlist? Thanks

    3 days ago

    • Janice A.

      Hi Tricia! Yes, you can add yourself to the MeetUp Waitlist and when someone cancels, it sends you an email and alerts you to go sign-up!

      2 days ago

  • Robin W.

    I am so disappointed that I have to cancel. I have another commitment that I neglected to put on my calendar! I don't need a refund though.

    6 days ago

    • Janice A.

      What a bummer!! I was so looking forward to seeing you! Hope all is going well and we see each other sooner than later!

      1 · 6 days ago

  • Kristin S.

    Hi Janice! Is it possible for Emmy and I to switch to the 11th? If not it's no big deal but that Sunday is a little better for us. Thanks!

    6 days ago

    • Janice A.

      Yes! I will manually switch you from the admin side. See you guys on the 11th!

      6 days ago

    • Kristin S.

      Thanks!!

      6 days ago

  • Kelly G.

    So bummed that I have to miss this!
    Will you do a few of these this year?

    3 · November 28

  • Bonnie S.

    I am also sad I missed this. If there are any more spots that open up please let me know. Daisy and I would love to come!!![masked]

    1 · 6 days ago

    • Janice A.

      Hi Bonnie! I just scheduled one for the following weekend. I will keep your number handy if we have a spot open up on Sunday!

      6 days ago

  • Paige

    I am so sad that we are going to miss this fun hike. I will be leaving on a business trip that day.

    1 · November 28

    • Janice A.

      You got it!

      6 days ago

    • Janice A.

      PS- I am super excited to meet your special guest!

      6 days ago

  • Kimberly Y.

    Please do another one!!! I am so sad to miss this!

    2 · November 28

  • Monica

    Please add me to the list of those hoping for another one of these! Group of 5 here...

    1 · 6 days ago

  • Amy

    If you end up with anyone cancelling me let me know, we'd love to go

    6 days ago

    • Janice A.

      Amy- thinking of doing one the following Sunday, Dec. 11. Would that work? I know your work schedule is tough with overnights so we will get you in too!

      6 days ago

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