- Rock Creek Trail Bike Ride
Meet at 9:15am—wheels down at 9:30 am. Bike ride led by Lori Schulman Meet at the parking lot that is next to the trail head. Parking lot to get on the Rock Creek Trail is 15700 Needwood Lake Circle, Rockville, MD We will take the Rock Creek Trail from Lake Needwood in Rockville to the DC Line and back. This trail is a very scenic, 14 mile paved path that twists and turns a bit, with a few short hills. There are many miles that are flat as well. It is beautiful and shady for most of the ride. We will pass many small parks that have porta-potties. A lunch stop is planned, details to come. This is 28 miles total but there are plenty of places to turn around if you don’t want to ride that many miles. (I do have to say, the most wonderful parts are closer to the DC line :) Directions from Frederick: Take US-15 S toward I-70/I-270. Take I-270 S toward Washington. Then 23 miles, Take EXIT 9 toward I-370/MD-200. Merge onto I-370 E via EXIT 9A on the left toward MD-200. Take EXIT 3B toward Metro Station. Merge onto Metro Access Rd. Metro Access Rd becomes Shady Grove Metro Lot. Turn left onto Redland Rd. Then 0.40 miles. Turn right onto Needwood Rd. If you reach Redland Park Pl you’ve gone about 0.1 miles too far. Then 1.6miles. Turn right onto Beach Dr. Beach Dr is 0.3 miles past Equestrian Ln. If you reach Muncaster Mill Rd you’ve gone about 0.5 miles too far. Then 0.93 miles. Turn right onto Needwood Lake Cir. Questions? Email Lori at [masked]. Please RSVP for a head count. We don’t want to leave anybody behind.
- Bike Fletcher's Boathouse to National Harbor
On Sunday, September 8, 2019 a bike ride from Fletcher's Boathouse to the National Harbor is planned. Meet at Fletcher's Boathouse at 8:30, the ride will start around 9:00 to beat the heat. It is 90% flat and a small roadway section through Alexandria. Once at the Harbor, we can decide on length of a break at National Harbor for exploring the sights and lunch, the restaurants and the farmers market. I'm not sure of the total distance, around 30 miles. There is long incline to the center of Woodrow Wilson Bridge over the Potomac from either direction. The views from the bump-outs on the bridge are awesome. A bit of a challenge for beginners, but can be done. A Hybrid or road bikes are ok for this ride. On the Md. Side returning there is a cork screw ramp to the rest area over 495. From the Bridge to the Harbor is a short paved path. Please bring a bike lock to secure the bike while you walk around town. Please RSVP to [masked] so we don't leave without all attending. Directions to Fletcher's Boathouse: From 495, take the Glen Echo exit onto the Clara Barton Parkway. Follow the Clara Barton Parkway until it becomes Canal Road which was reopened July 16 after storm damage. Continue on Canal Road until the entrance of Fletcher's at Canal and Reservoir. Fletcher's is located on the right side of the road and you will see the Abner Cloud House, an old stone building next to the canal. The entrance is a 180 degree turn and there is not enough room to maneuver. You can not access the entrance by turning up Reservoir Rd, Make u turn at first intersection and then crossing Canal Rd with the help of the Traffic light. Parking is available on both sides of the canal, but look for us in the upper lot. To reach the west side parking lot, go through the auto tunnel, which takes you under the canal.
- Hike - AT; Ashby Gap to Snickers Gap
A 22.7-kilometer (14.1 mile) south to north hike on the Appalachian Trail from Ashby Gap (US Route 50) to Snickers Gap (VA Route 7). This hike will be a point to point hike and require a shuttle to be set up prior to the hike. Meet 9: 30 am at Snickers Gap parking area on the south side of VA Route 7. From Snickers Gap we will shuttle the minimum number of vehicles required to bring hikers to the starting point at Ashby Gap. Hike will begin at approximately 10 am. https://www.cnyhiking.com/ATinNorthernVirginia.htm
- FSC is going to Thailand! Price reduced $400!
FSC is traveling to Thailand in November 2020! No, there won't be any skiing, just an exciting, small group adventure! The cities we will visit are Bangkok, Kanchanaburi, Nakhon Sawan, Sukhothai, Chiang Mai, and Chiang Rai. (*Optional Pre trip to Cambodia as well) Thailand—once called Siam—is where independence, hospitality, and the traditional philosophy that “life is pleasure” casts a spell over every visitor. In a small group, you’ll weave your way into daily life to get an authentic glimpse of a culture that has gone untouched by western influence. Let locals lead you through their cities, villages, markets, and temples on this adventure from Bangkok to Chiang Rai. Exploring Thailand from the cosmopolitan south to the remote northern hill tribes, you’ll witness Buddhist monks receiving alms at a dawn ceremony…walk along scenic stretches of the Mekong River…buy some fresh lemongrass in Bangkok’s floating market, visit an elephant care center. A local Trip Leader will help you gain an insider’s perspective into Thai culture as they connect you with locals—prepare a traditional meal alongside villagers, dine in a local home, and ride on a traditional wooden rice barge. Discover what captivates so many visitors in this tropical nation. Trip includes: • 16 days • All flights, round-trip from Washington to Bangkok and one in country flight. Airport transfers and taxes. • 14 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 10 dinners. • Guide provided • All Accommodations • ALL tips Date: November 5, 2020—16 Days Cost: $4,307 per person Double Occupancy Payment Plan: $300 deposit 14 months @ $276 per months plus one small payment Pacing: 6 locations in 15 days with one, 1-night stay Physical Requirements: You must be able to walk 2–3 miles unassisted and participate in 5–7 hours of physical activities each day; travel over bumpy, unpaved roads at times, on foot and by bus; 3 overland drives between 4 and 7 hours long, and 1 internal flight of 1.5 hours. Main flight is 20–28 hours with at least one connection. *There will be an optional Pre-trip: Phnom Penh & Angkor Wat, Cambodia | 6 nights $1,437 (16 payments of $90) (Double Occupancy) Limited to 16 participants! Need more info and detailed itinerary? Contact Trip Co-Leaders: Debbie Childers [masked] / [masked] Lori Schulman [masked] / [masked]