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C & O Trail Our plan for the day: We will meet at mile marker 48.2: Point of Rocks, MD - located right on the north side of the Potomac River Bridge, at the intersection with Route 28. After turning off Route 15, make immediate right turn and follow short road to the canal. We will make the 48.2 mile journey to Georgetown in DC with the Canal ends. This is a all day event, we will take our time getting down there and make several stops. After our ride we can enjoy drinks and a meal (As long as things are still open) at one of the many places in Georgetown. Make sure that you bring plenty of water and snacks. MAKE SURE YOU AND YOUR BIKE ARE READY FOR THE RIDE! I can bring 3 other riders back if you don't have a ride. The ride: Mile 50 to 40: This section contains the beautiful Monocacy Aqueduct, a 500 foot, seven arch, stone bridge used to carry the canal over the Monocacy River. The aqueduct took 4 years to build and was completed in 1833. Next to the tunnel at Paw-Paw (mile 155), is this probably the second most impressive structure on the canal. In the 1970s, the Park service erected temporary exo-skeleton supports around the aqueduct due to damage caused by repeated flooding. In 2005, aqueduct repairs were finally completed, and so the exo-skeleton has been removed. The only other point of interest that you "might" see in this section is the Dickerson power plant (mile 41). In 1992, a training course was built in the power plant's warm water discharge spillway for the US Olympic Kayak Team. You might be able to see it through the chain-link gate at the south side of the complex. Mile 40 -25: Once you pass the Seneca Creek Aqueduct, the conditions change radically. If you are thinking about biking the entire canal, you may want to try a practice ride in this section to see what it will REALLY be like. First, the canal bed is no longer watered and thus has been completely reclaimed by forest growth. This makes the towpath quite shady, which is great during the summer months, but it does greatly limit the scenery. Also, the wide towpath you had enjoyed eventually changes into a dual track trail. The frequent access points are a thing of the past, so you pass very few folks here. If you find this section boring, then you should rethink trying to do the entire 184 miles. Connecting Rides: Here are some short rides that make use of the towpath along this section. Expect to see a bunch of wildlife, including towpath favorites such as deer, rabbits, and the occasional fox. The first hiker-biker campsites also begin in this section. Each site contains a water pump and jiffy john. Campsites are chosen on a first-come, first-serve basis. Mile 25-10:This is probably the most heavily used section of the canal. Generally, the towpath here is in excellent condition, and the canal basin still contains water. Once you pass Great Falls, the towpath quickly becomes less crowded. Swain's Lock is a nice place to stop for a break. At mile 22.8 are the remains of the Seneca Creek Aqueduct. This three arch aqueduct is the first of eleven such structures along the canal. The western most arch was destroyed by a local thunderstorm flood on Sept 11, 1971. Mile 10-0:The towpath begins in the Georgetown section of Washington DC, at the edge of the Rock Creek Parkway, between Pennsylvania Ave. and the Whitehurst Freeway. This roughly marks the inland most point of the navigable Potomac River. Directly south of the trail head, in the rock creek stream bed, lies the remains of the canal's "watergate" (from where the nearby infamous hotel complex gets its name). The watergate was used to transfer canal boats between the Potomac and the canal. This is where you will find the original Mile 0 marker By mile 5, the towpath traffic reduces significantly. Between miles 8 and 10 is the area known as seven locks (since there are seven lift-locks here). The canal passes under the Capital Beltway at mile 9.3 and you enter the area known as Carderock.
Yellowstone National Park Trip 2021 Available Dates: May 16th to May 21st Airport Pick up Time: 2:00pm (If you cannot make this time you will need to arrange for your own transportation to Gardiner MT) Itinerary Day 1 – Fly into Bozeman MT. Pick up time at the airport will be 2:00pm. We will take a 15-person van from the airport to Gardiner MT with a quick stop in Livingston MT to get our groceries for the week. Get settled in the cabin and maybe do a small hike that evening. Day 2 – Spend the day exploring the parks geothermal features, we will have a couple small hikes and of course a visit to Old Faithful. Several small 3-5 miles hiking. Day 3 – Today will be an 8-12 mile hike into one of several back-country areas of the park. Day 4 – We will spend the day exploring the Yellowstone Grand Canyon and Lake areas of the park. Several small 3-5 miles hiking. Day 5 – This will be our early morning day, leaving well before light to get out and spend the day looking for wolves. We will also make stops to one of the original pens sites from the 1995 wolf reintroduction and we will also visit an actual wolf den site. 3-5 miles of hiking. Day 6 - Check out of cabin and drive to Bozeman Airport. You will be dropped at the airport by 10:00AM (Please make sure you return flight is not prior to 11:00am). Price: $1,290.00 per person based on 7 attendees. Price includes Transportation once in Montana & Fuel, Lodging (Based on shared room), family style breakfast and sack lunch, guide service, Park Entry, Spotting Scope, and Bear Spray. Deposits: $400 Holds your spot 50% within 6 months of trip = $645.00 – minus deposit = $[masked] days from trip start date balance due = $[masked] – minus 50% deposit = $645 Confirmed listed: 1. David Smith 2. Valerie 3. Jordan 4. Ronda 5. 6. 7. If you do not see your name on this list you are not confirmed for this trip.
Details Let’s spend a couple days exploring the Yosemite & Sequoia National Park. This is a wonderful time to spend in the park, the summer crowds have not arrived yet! The evenings are crisp and the days are warm. Perfect hiking weather! Day 1 - 2:00 PM we will leave the Fresno (FAT) airport Pending any traffic, we should arrive to our first hotel for the trip around 4:30 pm with a quick stop at a grocery store to allow everyone to get some food and any personal items they may need for the week. We are staying just outside of Sequoia National Park. Day 2 – We will spend the day hitting a couple of the must-see places inside Sequoia and try to get an additional hike as well. Day 3 – All Day hike in Sequoia Day 4 – After Checking out of our Sequoia hotel we will make the 3 hour drive up to up to Yosemite National Park. We will spend the afternoon hitting some of the must-see places in the valley before heading to our hotel to check in and settle in for the evening. Day 5 – Spend the day Hiking in Yosemite Day 6 – Spend the day hiking in Yosemite Day 7 – We will check out of our home no later than 7:30 AM and make the 2.5-hour drive Back to the Fresno Airport where you will be dropped of around 10:00 AM. Please make sure you do not book a flight prior to 12:00 PM. Note on Itinerary: Although we do our very best to adhere to the schedule listed above, this itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control including weather and trail conditions. What's included: Accommodations with shared bathrooms based on shared-occupancy; group transfer from Yosemite National Park and return; vehicle support; guide leadership; park entrance fees. Not Included: Airfare to/from Fresno Airport; airport transfers; insurance of any kind; excess baggage charges; guide gratuities; alcoholic beverages or soft drinks; food; items of a personal nature. Consider as you sign up: Airline tickets - Please check with us before purchasing your airline tickets to ensure your trip is confirmed with the minimum number of participants required to operate. Travel insurance - To protect your travel investment, we highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance. Please contact us or see details. The Cost of this trip is $[masked] per person and is limited to 7 people! $695.00 deposit holds your spot, Balance at 90 days out. Confirmed List: 1. David Smith 2. Chad 3. Astrid 4. Ronda 5. Phyllis 6. 7. If you don't see your name on the list above you are not confirmed yet.
Overview Explore one of our nation’s greatest natural treasures on a 6-day trip through spectacular red and white-walled canyons and towering sandstone peaks. Stunning views and exhilarating hikes comprise our adventure in Zion, we make a thrilling ascent of Angels Landing for panoramic views of magnificent Zion Canyon. Hike the winding switchbacks and hidden canyons leading from the Virgin River to Observation Point. Spend the day wondering through one of the best slot canyons in America as we navigate the famous “Narrows” (Weather permitting) Itinerary Day 1: Travel to our Hotel accommodations on the west side of Zion National Park. Day 2: Hike from the Virgin River up to Observation Point with stunning views. Our hike climbs 2,148 from the Virgin River to Observation Point. The route was pioneered by Native Americans hundreds of years ago, then improved and extended by the Park Service to reach the very rim of the canyon. This amazing trail negotiates dozens of switchbacks carved into the multi-hued sandstone walls of the canyon. Hiking: 8 miles. Terrain: on trail with 2,200' elevation gain and loss. Day 3: Hike The Narrows. The Zion Narrows is the narrowest section of Zion Canyon, and one of the most popular slot canyons in Zion National Park. This section of the Virgin River has become world famous due to it's sculpted sandstone walls and breathtaking beauty. Sections of the 2000 foot high cliffs narrow down to just 20 - 30 feet wide. Hiking this slot canyon is unique because although it does not require any technical knowledge, the river IS the trail. It requires you to hike upstream, crossing back and forth across the Virgin River, through ankle to waist deep water. Many ambitious visitors wish to reach "Wall Street," a 1 mile section of canyon where the walls narrow to 22 feet and the water spans from wall to wall. Hiking: Up to 10 miles: Terrain: River wading in ankle- to waist-deep running water (conditions permitting – Wet suit recommended and available for rent prior to hike). Day 4: Canyoneering Course Today we will get to take an exciting course in canyoneering. This course will have us exploring some of the remote canyons in the area. We will get a nice mix of hiking, bouldering, and rappelling. This is a great group adventure where we will work together to navigate through so beautiful canyons while testing our adventurous spirit as well. Hiking: 3-5 miles. Terrain: a mix of on- and off-trail, some boulder-hopping, Rappelling, and moderately steep slick rock. Day 5: Hike to Angel's Landing; the trail soaring 1,500' above the canyon floor. The trail is cut into impressive sandstone walls and follows a series of switchbacks up to a grand viewpoint overlooking the Virgin River. The final hike to the top of Angel’s Landing is along a steep, narrow trail set on the spine of a sandstone fin rising almost 1,500’ above the canyon floor. Hiking: 5.4 miles. Terrain: moderately steep trail, 1,488’ elevation gain. Day 6: Return to Las Vegas. We drive to Las Vegas. We expect to arrive in Las Vegas by 12pm. Please do not schedule a flight out of Las Vegas prior to 2pm. Note on Itinerary: Although we do our very best to adhere to the schedule listed above, this itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control including weather and trail conditions. What's included Accommodations with shared bathrooms based on double-occupancy; group transfer from Las Vegas and return; vehicle support; guide leadership; Canyoneering course, and park entrance fees. Not Included Airfare to/from Las Vegas; airport transfers; insurance of any kind; excess baggage charges; guide gratuities; alcoholic beverages or soft drinks; food; items of a personal nature. Price: $[masked] based on 7 attendees. Deposits: $400 Holds your spot 50% within 6 months of trip = $747.50– minus deposit = $[masked] days from trip start date balance due = $[masked] – minus 50% deposit = $747.50 Confirmed List: 1. Dave 2. Warren 3. Erica 4. 5. 6. 7.