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Re: [TheMid-AtlanticHikingGroup] Meetup details changed: Special Rental Rage Arranged with Pohick! Paddle/Hike Combo! Paddle to the Largest Heron Rookery Plus Mason Neck Hike!

From: user 1.
Sent on: Wednesday, August 3, 2011 7:44 AM
I have sent two emails requesting a refund since I am now unable to attend this event.  Can you let me know who I should email or talk to?  Also, I rented a SOT and saw that someone else was interested in renting it now that it is available so would like a refund for the rental as well.  Please advise how to proceed.
Thank you

--- On Wed, 8/3/11, Kellie Carlisle <[address removed]> wrote:

From: Kellie Carlisle <[address removed]>
Subject: [TheMid-AtlanticHikingGroup] Meetup details changed: Special Rental Rage Arranged with Pohick! Paddle/Hike Combo! Paddle to the Largest Heron Rookery Plus Mason Neck Hike!
To: [address removed]
Date: Wednesday, August 3, 2011, 7:34 AM

I've updated this Meetup to reflect a deal one of your fellow members worked out with Pohick to make this a much more affordable outing, yay!. For more details, see the full listing:
Click here to sign up!
Paddle Hike Combo! Paddle to the Largest Heron Rookery on the Coast and Then Enjoy a Post Paddle Hike in Mason Neck! Appropriate for Both Novice and Experienced Paddlers and Hikers!
Pohick Bay Regional Park, is just 20 miles south of Washington, D.C.
The Mason Neck peninsula is a tranquil island of relative wilderness adrift in a sea of urban sprawl. Most of the land on the peninsula is either federal, state, or county park land, and a substantial portion of the surrounding area is largely undeveloped. The boot-shaped peninsula is home to Elizabeth Hartwell Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge and Mason Neck State Park, which were set aside to protect bald eagle habitat, as well as Pohick Bay Regional Park, another area popular with eagles. Eagles are not the only wildlife you will find here; in fact, Mason Neck is a veritable hot spot for number of species including tundra swans, great blue herons, seagulls, osprey, mergansers-the list goes on.
The Paddle
Although parts of this paddle can be done separately as round trips, to truly experience the wonder of Mason Neck, arrange a two-car shuttle (which we just happen to be doing), leaving cars at both Mason Neck State Park, and launch your boat from Pohick Bay Regional Park.
We will explore the more interesting parts of Pohick. Then soon after rounding Hallowing Point we will enjoy some of the most expensive properties in Fairfax County.. When the houses end, we will enter the Great Marsh. Beavers are very active here, and river otter too. Also, tundra swans often gather here. Right after the Great Marsh we will reach the huge rookery, which contains several hundred nests. Then it is off to the placid waters of Belmont bay. Lastly we will explore Kane’s Creek which is a beautiful tidal creek filled with spatter dock.
Anyone with energy left to burn is more than welcome to join us for some hiking in Mason Neck which is an area where we hike a few times a year to take in the sights for a perfect paddle/hike combo!
We Have 3 Sit On Tops (SOT) Kayaks to Rent on a first come first serve basis for a flat fee of 20.00 dollars which is much less than Pohick. The leader will be brining them with him so this will save you having to pick up your own rental, buy a rack, as well portage. That is if you do not own your own boat, yet... We will only bring them with us if they are rented so it you would like one call Mike (Guide for the trip) at[masked] if interested and he will put it on the rack, or claim it in your RSVP and it is fist come first serve based on your RSVP time.
Pohick Bay Boat Rental Fees
You do not have to own your own boat for this paddle as Pohick Bay rents boats. The following is the fees for kayak and canoe rentals. Also, please note above that we have two rentals available for a flat fee of 20.00 for the day on a first come first serve basis which will save you having to purchase a rack for portage back to Pohick from Mason Neck after our point to point paddle. For more information about rentals at Pohick, click here .
Paddle Trip Information
Activity Type: Kayaking, Canoing, and Hiking
Nearby City: Lorton, VA
Length: About 15 Miles Paddle and Hike
Approximate Paddling Time: About 8 h ours for proper time to enjoy it
Difficulty: Ranging from protected marsh to open, tidal water.
Required Gear for the Paddle
Kayak or canoe, paddle, personal flotation device (or arrange a rental through us or at Pohick. Plenty of water and sunscreen! Pack a lunch to enjoy on the paddle and we will be stopping somewhere on our return trip home for dinner for a whole day of fun!
What is the Event Fee For?
Click here to find out why there is a $15.00 event fee associated with guided paddle trips .
Park Fee
7.00 dollars
Boat Launch Fee
4.00 dollars. Click Here for more information about boat launch fees for seniors and people with dissabilites, or season passes.
The Hike
Join Us for a Post Paddle Easy and Flat Bald Eagle Spotting Hike of 5 Miles in Mason Neck State Park!
Mason Neck State Park is on a peninsula formed by Pohick Bay on the north, Belmont Bay on the south and the Potomac River on the east. The peninsula is an active heron rookery. The park also attracts several other migrating and non-migrating species of birds, including tundra swans and assorted species of duck. Bald eagles also inhabit the area. The park boasts several hundred acres of hardwood forests consisting of oaks, holly, hickory and other species of trees. In addition, several wetland areas are also found in Mason Neck.
Land was purchased over the years from the Nature Conservancy. The park connects with a National Wildlife Refuge, which is more than 2,000 acres. The park opened to the public in 1985.
Trail Information
Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Springfield
Length: 5 Miles
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Loop
Skill Level: Very easy
Duration: 3-3.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Maps: USGS Fort Belvoir, Indian Head
Topo Map: Mason Neck State Park Topographic
Map Guide Book: Best Hikes Near Washington, D.C.
Park Fee
$3.00 Weekdays and $4.00 Weekends (Take note we will already have cars parked at this location as this is a point to point paddle)
Carpool Information
There are 2 carpools for this paddle but be certain they have racks for the boats!
Baltimore Area Carpool
To carpool or caravan from the Baltimore metro area, meet at Savage Station.
Click here for directions to Savage Station. Use the comment section to discuss carpooling with other members. Be SURE that whomever you carpool with has room for your boat.
DC Area Carpool
To carpool or caravan from the metro DC area, meetup at the Centerville Park and Ride.
Click here for information and directions to the Centerville location. Use the comment section to discuss carpooling with other members. Be SURE that whomever you carpool with has room for your boat.
If you can drive or want to carpool from additional locations such as the DC area, please post your location in the comment section below. For those who need a ride, reach out to the drivers. Make friends, and support the environment - by just offering a ride!
Directions to Where We Meet for The Paddle
Click Here to where we meet for this paddle!
Paddle is at 10:00 a.m.
Carpool meetup time from Savage Station is 8:45 a.m.
Carpool meetup time at Centerville Park and Ride is 9:00 a.m.
Our Paddling Disclaimer Blurb
By attending this or any other paddling/hiking event with The Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group, you are agreeing that you are responsible for your own safety at all times. No member of the group except yourself can be held responsible for any damages, accidents, or liabilities incurred while paddling with us. Paddling is an inherently dangerous sport like any other outdoor activiy. Information is provided with the understanding that the providers are not engaged in rendering advice on technical matters, equipment performance, safety, or any other aspect of the sport in absolute terms or advocating any of the techniques or experiences described.
See you There!
Mike Harris:[masked]

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