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Saturday's Lake Artemesia/Paint Branch hike

From: Mike
Sent on: Wednesday, January 16, 2008 10:47 PM

Happy New Year to all Wanderers!


We’re starting the year off on the right or left foot with a hike this Saturday of Lake Artemesia and Paint Branch Trail. It promises to be a breezy, cold winter’s day, so we’ll need to dress warmly, won’t we? (I'll bet your resolution did not make an exception for cold, so this is your chance to test it.)


We’ll start with a loop around the lake (about 3 miles) then head up and back alongside Paint Branch (the stream) to Cherry Hill Road Community Park. The entire route is paved, going by the University of Maryland's main campus, and the lands of the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center. The out-and-back part is at your own pace.


If you go the distance, the hike is about 10 miles (2 blisters), but by turning around sooner, you may do any distance from 3 to 10 miles. You can also do 0 miles by staying home, but what good is that?


If you haven’t seen Lake Artemesia, check out the photos at (Unlike me, it probably looks better in pictures.)


We’ll meet at 10 am in the parking lot of the restaurant (5240 Paint Branch Pkwy., College Park), which is 0.5 miles from the College Park Metro station. Bring snacks and/or eat after the hike (c. 1 pm) at the 94th Aero Squadron Restaurant (let me know to reserve) while warmly watching planes come and go at the nearby College Park Airport--the world's oldest continuously operating airport. BTW, the food is much better than airline food (


Afterwards, you may be tempted to visit the aviation museum next door, or do an additional 5-mile (1.1 blisters) loop in the woods of nearby Greenbelt Park. I won’t insist.


This is a joint event with Sierra Club/MWROP an AMC/DC and Russ Norfleet will co-lead. It is also one of the early training hikes leading up to the 100- or 50-km One Day Hike (ODH) from DC to Harpers Ferry, WV, along the C&O Canal on April 26. Don’t worry; you’ll hear more about it.


I’m still working out the hike schedule for the year. Let me know of favorite day hikes you’ve had that you’d like to do. We’ll probably redo our Labor Day trip to eastern West Virginia, and other overnights at more rustic cabins.




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