What we're about

Second Half Rally is a group for experienced life veterans who like active recreation and sharing good times. We enjoy activities such as recreational hiking, kayaking, festivals, concerts, good eats & drinks, and exploring cool places. 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. If you’re basically a kid who wants to go outside and play with friends, you should fit with our group.

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

1. Our primary goal at every event is to HAVE FUN. Other groups tend to focus on biking, hiking, or kayaking led by serious aficionados. Too often, they never get around to having fun.

2. 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.

3. 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.

MEMBERSHIP IN SECOND HALF RALLY IS FREE! IF YOU DON'T LIKE SOMETHING, JUST REMEMBER YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR...

Upcoming events (4)

Hike the Lake Trail at Tuckahoe State Park

Tuckahoe State Park Lake Pavillion Lake Picnic Area

This is a nice recreational hike on forest paths that wander through the woods and streams surrounding Lake Tuckahoe.

MEET AT THE TUCKAHOE LAKE PAVILLION PARKING LOT

We'll meet at the parking lot for Lake Tuckahoe Pavillion which is located off Crouse Mill Rd. behind the large picnic and playground area by the lake. Ample free parking and restrooms are available there.

HIKING PLAN

This hike will follow the Lake Trail that tracks Tuckahoe Creek before heading into the camping and pavillion areas at Tuckahoe State Park. Trail conditions are generally good on flat natural forest paths, but they do require hikers to handle tree roots and occasional rough trail conditions for three hours. Please respect any physical limitations you have that might prevent you from keeping up with our group.

Trail map for Tuckahoe State Park:

https://dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/Documents/TSP_TrailMap.pdf

Our group will hike at a relaxed pace to sightsee along the way. Total distance will be about five miles on natural surface trails.

FINAL DETAILS

We'll need decent hiking weather for this event. A little rain won't stop us and can add to the adventure, but we won't hike in miserable conditions. I'll post a notice here 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 Smashing Grapes

Smashing Grapes

Smashing Grapes is a chic popular restaurant featuring a spacious bar area, a large selection of quality drinks, and a full menu. Daily specials run from 3-6 pm and parking is available in the adjacent lot. Our SHR group will gather at the bar where we can freely mingle and get separate checks with no hassles about group ordering.

Full details below:

https://www.smashinggrapes.com/annapolis/

I hope to see you there!

Hike South River Farms Park & Visit Pirates Cove

South River Farms Park

This is an easy hike on natural trails that wander through the woods and waterfront along the South River near Edgewater. Opened to the public in 2015, South River Farm Park has 170 acres of woods, meadows, and beaches with expansive views across the river facing Quiet Waters Park. After our hike, we'll visit Pirates Cove restaurant in Galesville.

MEETUP AND PARKING

We'll meet in the visitor parking lot at the end of the park's entrance road by the County maintenance buildings.

HIKING PLAN

The natural surface trails at South River Farms Park are generally flat and in good shape, but do have some tree roots and occasional rough conditions. If the tide is low, visitors can also walk along the beachfront that parallels part of the trail. Details below:

https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/maryland/south-river-farms-park-ridge-trail

Total hiking distance should be approximately three miles. Anyone who can walk on woodland trails for a couple of hours should do fine, but please respect any physical limitations you may have in order to keep up with the group.

AFTERWARD AT PIRATES COVE IN GALESVILLE

After our hike, we can drive eight miles to Pirates Cove restaurant in Galesville for food and refreshments. The restaurant has a nice waterside location with impressive views of the Rhode River and boats docked at the adjacent marina. It's a good place to relax and socialize with a full menu.

Our SHR group always 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. Details below:

https://www.piratescovemd.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!

Walking Tour of Historic Oxford

Robert Morris Inn

Oxford is one of the oldest and prettiest towns in America, dating back to the late 1600's when English settlers arrived to start plantations in the area. It pre-dates both Annapolis and Baltimore, and was a key part of American colonial history and creation of the United States. In more recent times, author James Michener outlined his famous novel "Chesapeake" in Oxford.

Today, Oxford is a peaceful town that's popular with both weekend visitors and retirees looking for a charming place to live. Our SHR group often kayaks around Oxford, and this event will let us explore its rich history on foot.

MEETUP AND PARKING

We'll first meet at the historic Robert Morris Inn, either inside or outdoors depending upon the weather. Ample parking is available nearby on the Strand and neighborhood streets. The Robert Morris Inn is over 300 years old and still operates as a hotel and restaurant, so you can get a drink or lunch there if you arrive early.

https://www.robertmorrisinn.com

WALKING TOUR

The Oxford Museum offers an excellent online self-guided tour and historical timeline that we'll use as we walk around town. Looking through the guide and timeline before our event is a great resource to both learn about Oxford's long history and get excited about our visit. They also provide a brief background description for each of the historic homes and sites we will see.

You can download or bookmark the online Walking Tour of Oxford here:

https://www.oxfordmuseummd.org/self-guided-walking-tour-oxford/

The Oxford Historical Timeline below includes a short series of slides with illustrations:

https://www.oxfordmuseummd.org/oxfords-historical-timeline/

Oxford is small enough that it's easy for walking and exploring. There is an old-fashioned general store, a beautiful town park, lots of yachts, and numerous views of the expansive Tred Avon River. Total walking distance should around two miles as we wander around town.

AFTERWARD AT DOC'S SUNSET GRILLE

Following our walking tour, we can move our cars one mile to the other end of Oxford to enjoy food and refreshments at Doc's Sunset Grille. Doc's is a relaxed casual restaurant with a large bar area where we can gather and get separate checks with no hassles about group ordering. It's located right on the Tred Avon River facing west, which makes it an ideal spot for watching the sunset.

http://www.docssunsetgrille.com

FINAL DETAILS

We'll need decent walking weather for this event. A little rain won't stop us and can add to the adventure, 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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Happy Hour at Glory Days in Edgewater

Glory Days Grill

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