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Real backpacking at False Cape State Park

From: Mike
Sent on: Wednesday, May 6, 2009 7:10 AM
Howdy, neighbors,
It seems like I've been away for several weeks, but it's really only been several weeks. The One Day Hike has come and, considering its length, it's not surprising it took a while to go away for this year. I know that many of you volunteered, participated, or supported hikers. Thank you all for making it again a most successful event. Here are pictures ( these by Bob Quinn ( &


In the meantime, we're gearing up, so to speak, for our backpacking trip of May 15-17 (Fri-Sun) to False Cape State Park in southeasternmost Virginia, south of Virginia Beach ( It's an excellent trip for any level of backpacker, even beginners, especially those that have just completed our par for the course, three-course course course of course. You'll need the basic gear: backpack, tent, sleeping bag/pad, and mess kit. The park is a beautiful mile-wide barrier spit between Back Bay and the Atlantic Ocean with sand dunes, oak/pine forests, and beaches. There is no motorized access, which means it's quite quiet. We hike in Friday, have a short hike on Saturday, and hike out Sunday. This is a moderate trip of about 2.5 blisters all in all, that will include about 25 miles of hiking on fairly flat land.
The trip will be jam packed...sorry, that's my sandwich. The trip will include a goodly amount of time for relaxing and swimming -- it is on the beach, after all -- and enjoying the scenery and nature, in addition to the hiking. We'll cook our own food, filter our own water, hunt buffalo, plant crops, and spear fish. (I'm kidding about the fish.) There is a mandatory pre-trip planning meeting this Sunday, May 10 at 6:30 pm.
Co-leaders are Liz Guertin ([address removed] or 202/[masked]) and me ([address removed] or 301/[masked]). For more information contact Liz or me. The trip is limited in number of participants, but in imagination. There are a few spots left and you need a $15 deposit to secure reservation.
I can give you a lot more details about the trip, but I don't like talking down to people. By the way, this message has been brought to you by the letters O, D, and H, and the numbers 100 and 50.
There are several other events coming up in the next few months. Let's wait a couple of weeks until things cool off.

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