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What's cooking?

From: Mike
Sent on: Thursday, August 27, 2009 5:30 PM

This Sunday is the third – and by far the best tasting -- in a series of classes for beginner backpacking. It all leads up to a backpack trip that is ideal for beginners, but great for any skill level.


The class, What to Eat on a Backpacking Trip, will cover the basics of meal planning and how to cook in the wilderness, including the use of stoves and fuel. We'll take you through the basic meals for a multi-day trip and provide tips for making your meals delicious and fun. Come hungry, ‘cause we'll be eating! In fact, I’ll give a free demonstration.


The class is this Sunday, Aug. 30 from 4-6 pm at the Takoma Park-Piney Branch Local Park picnic shelter (2 Darwin Av, Takoma Park, MD). Parking is available and the place is walkably close to the Takoma Metro station. You must be 16 or older. The class size is limited and requires a $12 deposit (check or PayPal) to confirm your spot and cover expenses. To register, contact Liz Guertin (202/[masked] or [address removed]) quickly.


The backpack is a 2-night (Sep 25-27) trip to the mid section of Shenandoah National Park and includes visits to several of its best waterfalls. As I mentioned, the trip is designed with the beginner in mind, but should prove appetizing to any backpacker. You do not need to have attended any of the classes, but you do need to be 16 or older. There is a pre-trip planning meeting on Sunday, Sep 20 at 7 pm. This backpack trip is also limited, so to register, you also need to contact Liz quickly.




But before that trip, take a break from everyday life by attending first annual Sierra Club Potomac Region Outings’ picnic on Sunday Sep. 13 at 1 pm in a beautiful riverside setting at Algonkian Regional Park, and chat/commiserate with fellow foot travelers. All are invited – family, friends, kids, and dogs. You may bring appetizers, side dishes, or desserts to share, and we’ll provide hotdogs, hamburgers, veggie burgers, trimmings, bread, chips, and nonalcoholic beverages, along with paper and plastic ware; .


You may enjoy Frisbee, soccer, etc -- bring your game equipment if you have it. There is a great children’s playground, and the pool is open to dogs that dayThere is also a boat launch ramp, so bring you own canoe/kayak for a paddle in the Potomac River, or explore the park's hiking trailsFinally, there are miniature and championship golf courses nearby for earlier or later. What else could you possibly ask for?


From the Beltway, take Rt 7 west 13 mi. to Cascades Pkwy north and drive 2 mi. to park entrance; follow the park road, Fairway Rd, about 1 mi. to Shelter 3’s unpaved lot on left, just before the boat launch area. For more information about activities, food, or arranging a Metro pick-up, let me know.


In the meantime, next week, 22 of your solemates will be hiking around, exploring the natural wonders of the Mountain State, West Virginia.



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