What we're about

Are you an active, adventurous 'TOP-of-the-World' happy, upbeat person who wants to live life to the fullest?

Do you want to get out of the house and have fun with other socially active people doing a variety of things? Do you want to go on day trips, weekend, and week-long get-a-ways to the beach, mountains, festivals, gardens, Castles, Caverns, towns and cities of interest? Parks, picnics, kayak/canoe, sail, ski, wine and beer tastings, festivals, hikes/walks and bike trips. Meet new people, make new friends, and maybe even find your soul mate?

If you said 'Yes' to any of the above, you belong with us. Welcome aboard, TOP-of-the-World Mate. You know how to live it up!

Upcoming events (5)

Lunch @Black Market Bistro (must be on the Porch)

Black Market Bistro

Brunch at Black Market Bistro: 11 am -1 pm We must sit on the porch and to do so everyone has to be there on time because we can't reserve a table and they insist that we all have to be seated together. Only 4 people can go so we can maintain some social distancing (breathing away from each other) and we must eat outdoors to be safe. We will be seated on time whoever is present as we cannot wait for you or we will miss the table and there are only 4 outside that are in high demand. They open at noon on Saturdays so we will be there at non and get a table outside. They have a limited menu but most of our favorites are available. There's a park across the street/train tracks where we can take a walk to burn off some calories after lunch. Bring your dog as they can lie near us outside the porch area (this was an old tradition there and is still allowed). All Aboard, Mates!

Classy Brunch@Monocacy Crossing &After Historic Walk in Park (about 1 miles)

We must eat out on their patio! If it rains the event will be canceled so be prepared as we are not eating inside due to COVID risk. We need some distance and fresh air as it is spread via aresols. They have great food (Zagat 28/30) at lunch/brunch for great prices (under $20 with tax and tip!) We'll go on a historic walk after lunch in a park nearby for about an hour (~1/2 mile drive and we can opt for either the 1/2 mile or the 2 mie hike along the river). The walking tours are easy; they are on flat ground and are less than two miles RT along scenic land with the Monocacy river and/or creek (and there are signs to read!) Bring your well-behaved dogs on 6' lease. Here's their menu with suggested wines: (Under $20!) Lunch Menu: http://www.monocacycrossing.com/lunchent.html Their desserts are GREAT! Walk around nearby historical Monocacy park for about 1/2 mile on boardwalk and along the creek. It is level and easy so we can burn off that dessert we should not have had! If you like, you/we can go to the larger historic park about a half mile across the bridge and up the road for a longer walk if we feel like it. All Aboard, MATES!

Brunch/Lunch$$$@Old Angler's Inn &/or Nature Walk: C&O to Olmstead Island Falls

We will eat brunch/lunch outside on the patio (bring masks to wear while talking and not eating) and then go for a walk along the C&O canal , which is magnificent and has beautiful views of the falls. You can RSVP YES for only the brunch/lunch and not go for a walk, or you can just go on the walk and not have brunch/lunch, or you can do both. Note that it is expensive. Itinerary: 11:30 am- 1:30 pm - Marvelous brunch at Old Angler's Inn 1:30 pm-3:30 pm - RT Nature walk hike along the canal to 'the Island' with a marvelous view of the falls 2 miles one way. Nature walk with photo opportunities of beautiful waterfalls when we get to the island! Nature walk along the C&O Canal from the Inn to Olmstead Island (if it rains, we will cancel). It's about 2 miles one way or a leisurely 2 hour stroll RT. Meeting Place for Hike: 1:00 pm in the Parking lot across from Old Anglers Inn, 10801 MacArthur Blvd., Potomac, MD. There is a brick building with a bathroom outside before the walk. Directions: From the Beltway (I-495), take exit # 41, which is immediately north of the American Legion Bridge. When taking exit # 41, take it west towards Carderock / Great Falls, Maryland. This puts you on the Clara Barton Parkway, heading west. Stay on the Clara Barton Parkway for 1.7 miles until you come to a flashing stoplight. Make a left turn at the flashing stoplight onto MacArthur Blvd. Go for 1 mile until you see the Old Anglers Inn on your right side. Park in the parking lots across the street from the Old Anglers Inn. What to bring: a. A small bottle of something hydrating to drink like water or tea b. Comfortable walking shoes (tennis shoes are fine or hiking shoes) c. Children, grandchildren and/or dogs (dogs have to wait in the car during brunch unless they are service dogs) d. camera/cell phone for photos of bald eagles and other wild life and scenery. Difficulty = EASY! Flat path. Terrain: This hike is mostly over flat terrain along the C&O Canal towpath RT. This hike is considered to be an easy hike. We will take our time and you can stop anywhere along the path to observe nature and birds, frogs, turtles, fish, bald eagles or whatever else we see. Ages: This hike is open to all ages, so long as they can comfortably walk 4 miles. Parents need to be mindful of small children during the hike for their safety. Dogs: Dogs are welcome, so long as they are kept on a 6' leash at all times, are friendly around people and other dogs, and are not taken into the Inn or out on the walkway to Olmstead Island. Dogs are not allowed to go to the island but you canwalk up with us and then walk around the boat and meet in about 15 mins. All Aboard, Mates!

Dinner @Black Market Bistro & Garden of Lights in Brookside Gardens

Dinner Black Market Bistro: 6:30-8 pm (you can come just for dinner) Leave for lights in carpool 8:15 pm and arrive 8:30 pm Walk lights: 8:30-10 pm Back to Bistro: 10:15 pm You're home by 10:30 pm or so. After dinner we will Stroll through the Garden of Lights in Brookside Gardens (Wheaton, MD) . Visualize close to one million twinkling colorful lights shaped in imaginative displays throughout the gardens. Enjoy illuminated giant flowers, snowflakes, a rainbow and showers, and more. Walk along the easily accessible paths and you’ll see what sets this light show apart from others; it’s the hundreds of wrapped trees and shrubs, beautifully lighted gazebos, cascading fountains, and the individually formed displays in the shapes of blooming flowers and wild animals. Look for moving displays such as a flock of geese, or an 11 foot giraffe covered with 9,000 lights. This festive, secular light show, now in its 16th season, is a popular family tradition in the Washington, DC area drawing close to 40,000 visitors each winter. Gazebo Inside of the Conservatory, a winter display of holiday poinsettias, flowering plants and evergreens are combined in bright and bold combinations, providing a colorful landscape through which the garden railway trains travel. Brookside Gardens Address (if you want to go in your own car for $30; meet us for the walk in front of the visitor's center or inside it if it is cold (we'll look for you) at about 8:30 pm (text me). 1800 Glenallan Avenue Wheaton, MD[masked] Black Market Bistro Entree Menu: http://www.blackmarketrestaurant.com/dinner-menu/entrees/ Holiday wines! All Aboard, Mates!

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