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Two parks and a museum

From: Mike
Sent on: Thursday, August 13, 2009 8:11 AM

Solemates,

 

This Sunday, August 16 (after the current heat wave), join us for a great way to spend a summer day – easy hikes in one or two favorite local parks, and a museum thrown in.

 

(NOTE!!! Unfortunately, the 94th Aero Squadron Restaurant is closed indefinitely due to water damage, so lunch there is not an option. To those who RSVP’d for lunch, I’m very sorry.)

 

1) In the morning, there’ll be a leisurely 3-mile hike (easy or 0.6 blisters) around beautiful Lake Artemesia. (Really, it’s very nice. See http://larussophoto.com/artemesia.html.) The walk goes by the College Park Airport, which is the world’s oldest continuously operating airport (est. 1909). This hike’s paved trails are friendly to little or big feet, paws, strollers, tricycles, and roller blades (no bikes, please). Meeting time: 10 am.

 

2) The afternoon hike will be a quicker (but not fast) hike around the woods of Greenbelt Park (http://www.nps.gov/gree), an inside-the-beltway wilderness, managed by the National Park Service. The route is about 5.5 miles of mostly wooded trails and small hills (still easy at 1.2 blisters). Leashed dogs and kids that can do the distance are OK in my book. Meeting time: 1:30.

 

3) You may join us for either or both hikes. In between, you may visit the College Park Aviation Museum (http://www.collegeparkaviationmuseum.com/home.htm), next door. It’s not quite the Air and Space Museum, but still worth a visit. The entry fee is $4 for adults, $2 for kids over 2, and free for younger ones. Bring a bag lunch to eat while watching planes take off and land.

 

Meeting place: Parking lot of the 94th Aero Squadron Restaurant (5240 Paint Branch Pkwy., College Park, MD). Park away from restaurant, toward road.

 

For a pick-up at the College Park Metro, let me know ([address removed] or 301/[masked]).

 

See future events, through October, at www.meetup.com/WanderingSoles/.

 

Cheers,

Mike

 

 

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