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Join Us for Our First "Monuments in the Moonlight" Hike of 2015!
A Very Easy, Flat 4 Mile Social Sneaker Hike! (Metro Accessible)
We ONLY Offer This Special Event When the Full Moon Falls On a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, and When the Moon Will Be Up During Our Event!
This is our very popular Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight sneaker hike, as featured in the Washington Post, focusing on memorials near the Tidal Basin and the National Mall! We will walk for approximately 4 miles, around some of the most scenic and majestic parts of the national capitol Mall.
Join us as we visit each of the city’s famous memorials along with some monuments and more. Including but not limited to: the Washington Monument, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial, the Abraham Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial, and the World War II Memorial. We will enjoy time to enjoy each memorial as well as take some photos.
Come enjoy the spectacular majesty of our monuments in the light of the full moon!
No Matter Which Pace You Choose, All Groups Spend the Same Amount of Time Enjoying the Monuments Under the Full Moon. It is the Pace BETWEEN the Stops Where Pace is a Factor.
Your pace options are detailed below. After reviewing them, please put your pace preference in your RSVP (or in the comment field) so that we can better prepare for this special hike and save all us time at the hikes start! Having some of this information prior to the event, allows me to better forecast how many leaders to ask to help out with each of the different paces, or if a certain pace is needed at all! So, a big thank you for helping us, help you and as a result we all win, yay!
Pace 1: Social walking pace of about 2.0mph. We usually have one to two groups led at this pleasant social walking pace.
Pace 2: A moderate pace of about[masked]mph which is the pace of an average hikers when we are hiking and used in most hike books as a rule of thumb for determining how long a hike will take. This is typically our most requested pace and we usually have at least 2 groups just for this pace and have had up to several.
Pace 3: If at least 4 people request this pace we are more than happy to offer this very brisk/workout pace of 3.5-4.0+mph. If you sign up for this pace, be sure to remember what you asked for-grin...so no complaints as it is not for the faint of hear and is a very fast hike pace.
Photography Pace: We Have a 4 RSVPs Minimum to Offer This Special Pace. This special photography pace WILL STOP to expose lenses and is a "true" photographer pace and tripods are welcome. If you enjoy social paced hiking but do not take pictures with equipment, then you will more than likely get frustrated with this pace and is why we have a separate social pace rather than combining the two together. We have learned over the years that it doesn't work out well for either of these two particular paces to be combined so we now offer both, yay!
Please put your pace preference in your RSVP (or in the comment field) to help us better prepare for this hike and save time at the start!
We walk rain or shine unless there is a 45% or more chance of lightning forecast, not only for the area where we will be hiking, but also, for the time we will be out on this trek. In this case, I will send an e-mail no later than noon the day of the event. Click Here for up (http://www.wunderground.com/q/zmw:20001.1.99999) to the minute weather information for where we will be hiking.
Carpool Suggestions and Information
There are 2 recommended carpools for this hike!
Baltimore Area Carpool
To carpool or caravan from the Baltimore metro area, meet at Savage Station. Click Here for Directions to Savage Station! (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/pages/Carpool_Directions_for_Savage_Station/) Use the comment section to discuss carpooling with other members.
Annapolis Area Carpool
To carpool or caravan from the Annapolis area, meetup at the Harbor Center Mall Starbucks. Click Here for Annapolis Carpool (http://www.meetup.com/Maryland-Hiking/pages/Carpool%3A_Starbucks_at_Harbour_Center_in_Annapolis/) directions for getting to the carpool location. Use the comment section to discuss carpooling with other members.
If you can drive or want to carpool from additional locations, please post your location in the comment section below. Click Here for Additional Suggestions for Carpool Locations (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/pages/Suggested_Carpool_Locations/) from various areas along with directions and other carpooling information. For those who need a ride, reach out to the drivers. Make friends, and support the environment - by just offering a ride!
Directions to the Trailhead
Click Here for Directions (http://www.meetup.com/Maryland-Hiking/pages/Directions_to_Monuments_in_the_Moonlight/) to Where We Meet for This Special Event.
Hike Meetup Time is at 5:00 p.m.
Savage Station carpool time is 3:45 p.m.
Annapolis carpool meetup time is 3:30 p.m.
Note: Please do not plan on attending this special event unless you can be out until at least 8:00 p.m. and depending on your chosen pace, possibly later, in order to have time to enjoy the monuments, take pictures, and enjoy each others company without feeling rushed.
Sunset and Full Moon Information
Click Here (http://www.sunrisesunset.com/definitions.html) for an explanation of the three different twilights:
Sunset: 4:59 p.m.
Twilight (Civil): 4:59 p.m.
Twilight (Nautical): 6:02 p.m.
Twilight (Astronomical): 6:34 p.m.
Moonrise is 4:58 p.m.
Full Moon: 11:54 p.m.
Fido is Welcome on This Hike!
Please remember we are a social hiking group that values fellowship and camaraderie and practice good hike etiquette (http://www.meetup.com/Maryland-Hiking/pages/Hiking_and_Trail_Etiquette/). We take breaks as necessary and have at least one hike leader and a"sweeper" in the back to help make sure that no hiker is left behind. If you get upset because someone has to rest at the top of a hill etc. then find another group! We are very supportive, encouraging, and focus on safety while getting or staying fit on the trail and practicing Leave No Trace (http://www.meetup.com/Maryland-Hiking/pages/Leave_No_Trace_Hiking/) outdoor ethics.
Let's have great times and see you there! Be sure to take the hike leader(s) numbers listed below with you just in case you have any trouble locating us at the meetup location.