What we're about
We do pretty much what many other hike/walk meetups do, from easy urban jaunts to strenuous mountain hikes, never in a huge hurry, but not too lazy-schmazy either. To optimize our merry footstering, we like to limit group size to about 10-20 in the city and 6-12 in the big parks and natural areas. We're mostly 40+, but all adults, hitched or otherwise, are welcome--sometimes kids too. We walk/hike a lot in and around DC, MD, VA, WV and beyond, be it rambling around urban parks, trails, quaint streets and historic areas, or scooting up steeper hills from Catoctin to Old Rag Mountain and beyond. We love great views, unique settings, crashing water, wildflowers, big trees, lots of rocks, history and culture, good coffee and good company.
Beyond the Mid-Atlantic, we might also plan bigger trips to most anywhere... like the Rockies, Sierras, Southern Utah, possibly even some international destinations (Alps anyone?), and even northwest Washington State (your fearless organizer, Ken Wilcox, authored three hiking guides there, which means occasional trips west to keep the books updated). Ken recently published a new walking guide to greater D.C. ("A National Jaunt"), so one could safely presume he enjoys sharing a good stroll around the National Mall and "National Nearby."
Visitors and newbies are always welcome. Most local outings begin near a Metro station, but sometimes we carpool to get out of Dodge (riders arrange details with drivers). Fees, if any, are meant to offset costs. In the age of smartphones, we don't fret too much over photos being posted, like scenery or group shots, but please be courteous.
Just for the record, we're each responsible for our own safety, comfort, logistics, expenses, fashion statements, decision-making and the like. Don't sign up for a harder hike if you aren't sure of your condition or ability or what gear to bring along. You can leave the hike at any time, of course, though we do ask that you let someone know what's up, so we don't go looking for you. If you'd like to lead or organize an outing with the Merry Footsters, please come along on a scheduled trip or two so we can at least say howdy first. Note that if a trip gets only one or two signups or the weather forecast is really, really horrid, the organizer may sometimes cancel (or confirm) the evening before the trip.
If Merry Footstering sounds like more fun than walking on nails, then do come join us as we embark on a new meetup opportunity for itchy feet!