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Facile fossils

From: Mike
Sent on: Monday, September 19, 2011 7:51 PM

Hello, Solemates,


There are many things to cover due to my big…er, I mean, my being behind in sending you updates.


First, let me invite you to come for a nice, pretty easy (1.5 blisters) hike this Saturday, Sept 24, at Calvert Cliffs State Park. The hike will include some beach walking where you  can search for shark teeth (the tooth, the whole tooth, and nothing but) and other fossils in the shifting sands of time and the Chesapeake. We’ll walk 5 to 7 miles in this very unique park that’s less than an hour from the Beltway. For what it’s worth, the long range forecast is for excellence in our weather.


Bring a lunch and water bottle. We’ll meet at the Branch Av Metro Station Kiss & Ride lot at 9 am (look for a brown Prius) to carpool. Leaders are Chris Stoughton and me.



Second, our Wilderness First Aid course that was scheduled for Aug 27 & 28, has been rescheduled for Nov 12 & 13 because the park had closed in deference to Hurricane Irene.  This one will be AFTER the hurricane season. For the (broken) record, here’s the blurb in its gory details:


This intensive, 16-hour course teaches the assessment and treatment of an ill or injured person in a remote environment where definitive care or rapid transport is not readily available. Participants learn how to assess, treat, and when possible, prevent medical and traumatic emergencies within the scope of their training. The course will be taught by Clif Castleman and the Center for Wilderness Safety at the Turkey Run Education Center in Prince William Forest Park, and is sponsored by SCPRO. The course is open to all, but Sierra Club leaders are eligible for reimbursement. For more information or to register, visit (Note that CPR/AED certification is a prerequisite. If you do not have that, you may also register for a CPR/AED course given on Thu. Nov. 10, 6 pm-10:30 pm, at the Trinity Presbyterian Church, Herndon, VA; see Contacts: Clif Castleman, [address removed] or 703/[masked], and me, [address removed] or 301/580-9387.


Also, here are some pix from the last WFA course in July:



Third, the Sierra Club Virginia Chapter’s Annual Gathering is coming up in two weeks, Friday-Sunday, Sept. 30-Oct. 2, at Prince William Forest Park. It promises (, promises) to be a weekend packed with fun activities and great food throughout. Here’s the blurb (can you tell that I’m lazy?):


Activities include speakers and special guests, demonstrations and workshops, live music, outings leader training, and hikes and other outdoor activity. Full registration (adult $90, child $45) includes two nights’ housing in cabins, all food, and all events (except training); one-day registrations, with and without overnight accommodations, are also available. Training sessions: OLT101 ($10) and ARC First-Aid ($75). Check the Virginia Chapter’s website ( for details and registration form, or ask me.



Fourth (Go, forth!).


Here are some pix from our last weekend’s backpacking trip to the southern section of Shenandoah National Park:







Around the bend:


Sun. Oct. 16. Paddling the Anacostia River Water Trail. We’ll see Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, Kenilworth Marsh, and National Arboretum, among other highlights. Contact me about rental cost and other info.


Sat. Oct. 22. Maryland Heights & Harpers Ferry. Moderate (2.5 blisters) hike to popular hiking venue with great views of the area in its full fall glory.


Sun. Oct. 23. Fall General Meeting of Sierra Club Potomac Region Outings. Features discussions of issues and upcoming events, and special presentations. Leaders, prospective leaders, participants of SCPRO outings, you, and the public are invited; 3 – 5:30 pm. Contact me for more info and directions.


Wed.-Sun. Oct. 26-30. Hiking the Lower Hudson Valley. [masked] blisters, moderate-difficult) Hiking heaven with spectacular views during peak fall foliage. Three days of hiking, and one of sightseeing, staying in stone cottages in Bear Mountain State Park, NY. Space is limited and deposit is required, so ask me for more info now.


Sat.-Sun. Nov. 12-13, 8 am-6 pm. Wilderness First Aid (WFA). To register, visit


Sat. Dec. 3. Antietam Hike and Illumination. Moderate (2.5 blisters) afternoon hike of Civil War Battlefield, followed by Memorial Illumination drive, and optional dinner (with reservations) at historic inn.




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