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On thin ice

From: Mike
Sent on: Tuesday, June 23, 2009 4:52 PM



It’s going to be a hot weekend, so cool off and wind down Sunday eve (6:30-8 pm) by viewing some fantastic pictures of polar bears. We know that the ice is melting and they are having a harder time (bearely?) surviving, so where do they go from here?



Sierra Club National Leader, Marjorie Richman, will present pictures of her trip to Churchill, Manitoba, to see the annual gathering of polar bears on the shores of Hudson Bay as they await the return of sea ice to access seal hunting grounds. We’ll discuss the current state of these majestic animals and what the future may hold for them. It’s an issue that bears watching!


It's free, so feel free to bring light fare and drink to share. Location: Club Room, White Flint Station Condos, 11800 Old Georgetown Rd. (corner entrance), North Bethesda, MD (, one block north of White Flint Metro station. Free parking is available on the street and at the Metro garage, one block away.


For directions or other information, and to RSVP, contact me at [address removed] or 301/[masked].


Speaking of the future, there are many events (& info about them) coming up, including:


- A repeat of the Beginners’ Backpaking Classes: (1) Basic BP Gear and How To Use It, 6-9 pm, Sun., July 12; (2) Planning a BP Trip, 6-9 pm, Sun., Aug. 2; and (3) What To Eat on a BP Trip, 4-6 pm, Sun., Aug. 30 – all leading to an optional BP trip in late Sep. Attend any or all. Cost is $12 per class. Space is limited (according to the latest cosmological theories), so contact Liz at [address removed] or 202/[masked] to reserve.


- Loudoun Heights & Harpers Ferry: A moderate hike (3.2 blisters), Sat., July 25.


- The ICC & Paint Branch Watershed, continuing our examination of the impact of major local road construction projects and an easy hike (1 blister) to boot, Sun., Aug. 2.


- Setting Sun/Rising Moon Hike (slightly difficult at 3.6 blisters) with pot-luck dinner at the very top of Shenandoah National Park, Sat., Aug. 8, by reservation only.


- Easy hikes (either or both) around Lake Artemesia (a whopping 0.6 blisters!) and Greenbelt Park (1.2 blisters), separated by a restaurant lunch (3 burps?) watching planes take off or land, all on Sun., Aug. 16.


- Natural Wonders of Eastern West Virginia, Sep.4-7…Sorry, but that trip has been sold out.



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