What we're about

WHY SECOND HALF RALLY?

Second Half Rally is a group for experienced life veterans who like active recreation and sharing good times together. We enjoy activities such as biking, kayaking, group walks, festivals, concerts, exploring cool places, and sharing good eats & drinks. Our one simple goal is to have FUN!

We chose the name Second Half Rally because all of us share that life situation chronologically, even though we don’t feel like it. But you probably qualify if you have some gray hair, you OUGHT to have some gray hair, you’ve forgotten your real hair color, or the Men’s Hair Club has your number on speed dial.

Life is the ultimate participation sport, and we’re all in the game whether we like it or not. During the first half of life, it’s common to make rookie mistakes, sign a long-term contract with the wrong team, be stuck on the sideline training young recruits, or suffer game-changing injuries to body, mind, and spirit. To make up for missed opportunities and bone-headed plays, most of us need to step up our game as we take the field for the second half of our lives.

In short, we need to stage a strong Second Half Rally! That means coming up with a better game plan, getting off the bench, and playing harder with a winning attitude. If you’re basically a kid who wants to go outside and have fun playing with friends, you should fit with our group.

"Put me in coach! I’m ready to play... TODAY!”

OUR GAME PLAN FOR ACTIVE FUN

The Second Half Rally meetup group has a straightforward game plan that respects the intelligence, maturity, and independence of its members. Membership in Second Half Rally is FREE. If you don't like something, just remember that you get what you pay for...

1. Our primary goal at every event is to HAVE FUN. Then we do something active to make it happen. Other groups tend to focus primarily on doing a specific activity like biking, hiking, or kayaking led by serious aficionados. Too often, they never get around to having fun. Second Half Rally has its priorities straight.

2. We don’t tell our members how to have fun. Each event starts with an interesting idea, and then people figure out how to have the most fun. It always works out.

3. Our activities are aimed at regular people who enjoy an active lifestyle for recreation. We pedal, paddle, and hike at a reasonable pace that works for anyone in decent shape. You don’t need to be an athlete or a hardbody to participate, but you must be able to keep up with everyone else. This is not a group for couch potatoes.

4. Depending on the location, our events start at 10:00 am or later to give people enough time to get there, be relaxed, and enjoy themselves. Beginning at a civilized time is part of having fun on a weekend.

5. We always accompany our events with good food and drinks. Taking time for refreshments and socializing with other members is an important way to make friends with people who share our interests.

6. With this group, there’s no need to RSVP “No” unless you change your plans. Nobody expects you to show up at a specific event unless you RSVP “Yes”.

7. All members MUST post a clear personal photo showing their face so we can recognize each other at meetups to help build a comfortable sense of community.

8. Our group is friendly and welcoming, but we don’t tolerate whiners, jerks, dorks, or anyone else who spoils the fun for the rest of us. People who don't fit with the group are quickly removed from membership.

Upcoming events (5+)

Happy Hour at Neo Pizza in Annapolis Towne Centre

Annapolis has a lot of great places to meet for happy hour during the week. It's a good reason to get out of the house and an easy way to try a variety of different restaurants and pubs in town. An added attraction is that happy hour menus at many places make the drinks and food more affordable. Neo is a casual restaurant specializing in handcrafted fresh food, artisan pizzas, and a wide selection of craft beers, regional wines, and original cocktails. It's located next to the Haircuttery under the Target store at Annapolis Towne Centre. Free parking is available in the Towne Centre's garages. Full details and menus below: http://neopizza.com As a general rule, our SHR group prefers gathering in the bar area where we can freely mingle and get separate checks with no hassles about group ordering. We also receive much better service by ordering and paying directly at the bar. I hope to see you there!

Trail Walk at Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

This is an easy hike by the Rhode River on flat natural surface trails that wind through the woods and waterfront at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC). We'll meet at the SERC Visitors Center which has nice restrooms and interesting exhibits about wildlife and history on the Rhode River. HIKING THE TRAILS AT SERC The SERC is open to the public for nature hiking on its private trail network. Free parking is available in the lot by the Visitor's Center. Be prepared to show a photo ID at the security gate when you enter the SERC grounds. The SERC grounds are a scenic mix of forest, open fields, and modern buildings dedicated to environmental research and education. It's a nice place for a relaxing hike in a natural environment by the water. This event is suitable for anyone who can walk on natural surface trails for a couple of hours. The total distance will be approximately four miles. Full details and directions are available on the SERC website: https://serc.si.edu AFTERWARD AT PIRATES COVE IN GALESVILLE After our hike, we'll drive five miles to Pirates Cove restaurant in Galesville to enjoy good food and drinks. The restaurant has a beautiful waterside location with impressive views of the Rhode River and boats docked at the adjacent marina. As a general rule, our SHR group gathers in the bar area where we can freely mingle and get separate checks with no hassles about group ordering. We also receive much better service by ordering and paying directly at the bar. Full details, directions, and reviews for Pirates Cove restaurant below: http://www.yelp.com/biz/pirates-cove-galesville FINAL DETAILS We'll need good walking weather for this event. A little rain won't stop us, but we won't go in miserable conditions. I'll post an update and send out an email by 10:00 am if we need to change plans or cancel. I hope to see you there!

Happy Hour at El Toro Bravo in Annapolis

El Toro Bravo

El Toro Bravo is casual Mexican restaurant on West St. in Annapolis near Church Circle. In addition to a full Mexican menu, it features a variety of margaritas and a wide selection of tequilas. There is a large comfy bar adjoining the dining area that's a perfect place for our group to gather at happy hour. Special happy hour menus and prices are usually available in the bar, so that's where we'll meet. As a general rule, our SHR group prefers gathering in the bar area where we can freely mingle and get separate checks with no hassles about group ordering. We also receive much better service by ordering and paying directly at the bar. Parking is generally available on nearby streets or at Gotts public garage. I hope to see you there!

Trail Walk at Quiet Waters Park & Happy Hour at The Smokehouse

Quiet Waters Park is a convenient place for walking in a peaceful natural environment. The park has excellent facilities and is well-laid out with paved trails, picnic pavilions, open fields, water views, and a modern visitors center. Afterward, the Annapolis Smokehouse is a nice place to enjoy happy hour food and refreshments. MEETUP SPOT AND PARKING Our group will meet at the large gazebo behind the Quiet Waters Park entrance sign. From there we can walk into the park for FREE to enjoy its amenities. Ample parking is available just across Hillsmere Drive in the Bay Ridge Shopping Plaza. After our walk, we'll head over to the Annapolis Smokehouse located in the shopping plaza, so you'll be close to your car when we're done. WALKING AROUND QUIET WATERS PARK This walk is approximately five miles on paved trails through the woods that go around the edge of the park. Along the way, we'll pass the seasonal ice skating pond, a dog park, and some scenic waterfront facing the South River. There's a nice visitors center mid-route where food and real restrooms are available. The pace will be easygoing to enjoy the park's natural surroundings while getting a bit of exercise. If you're late, look for us going counter-clockwise (right) around the park. The entire route is basically a big loop with side trails that bring us back to the park entrance. People can go as fast or slow as they want since we'll all end up at the same place afterward. Total time to circle the park should be about three hours or so. AFTERWARD AT ANNAPOLIS SMOKEHOUSE Following the walk, we'll stroll over to the Annapolis Smokehouse for food and refreshments. It's a popular tavern restaurant located across from Quiet Waters Park in the Bay Ridge Shopping Plaza. The Smokehouse has a full menu with happy hour specials from 3:00 to 7:00 pm. As a general rule, our SHR group prefers gathering in the bar area where we can freely mingle and get separate checks with no hassles about group ordering. We also receive much better service by ordering and paying directly at the bar. http://www.annapolissmokehouse.com FINAL DETAILS We'll need good walking weather for this event. A little rain won't stop us, but we won't go in miserable conditions. I'll post an update and send out an email by 10:00 am if we need to change plans or cancel. I hope to see you there!

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