• Conway Robinson Forest and Brawner Farm

    Conway Robinson State Forest

    Let's go for a hike in Conway Robinson State Forest, followed by a ranger-led tour of Brawner Farm! • What we'll do: This is a two-part event; a 3.1-mile loop at Conway Robinson State Forest followed by a 1.3-mile ranger-led guided tour at Brawner Farm. - Conway Robinson State Forest. We'll start at 9:00 am from the parking lot and hike clockwise along the Blue Trail. It's 3.1 miles through a mixture of pine and old growth hardwood forest. The surface is dirt, relatively flat, and the hike should take about an hour. - After completing the Conway Forest hike, hikers will reembark and drive to the Brawner Farm parking area. To get there, exit the parking lot and turn left on US-29 N/Lee Hwy. At the next traffic light, turn left on Pageland Lane. Drive north on Pageland Lane and take the first right turn to enter Brawner Farm parking area. See https://goo.gl/maps/ehz3pAGSTnn - Brawner Farm. At Brawner Farm, we'll meet the park ranger at 11:15 am for a ranger-led walking tour describing the fighting on August 28-29, 1862. The duration is about an hour, subject to questions, and will take us out on the Brawner Loop Trail; 1.3 miles total. The surface is paved from the parking area to the Brawner Farmhouse, and the loop trail is mown. - Google map: http://tinyurl.com/jajbk4x • How to get there: - From the I-495 Capital Beltway (either direction), take Exit 49A to I-66 W, following signs for Front Royal. Drive 21.5 miles along I-66 W and take Exit 43B for US-29 N/Lee Hwy. Turn right onto US-29 N/Lee Hwy. At the first traffic light (University Blvd), turn left to enter the Conway Robinson State Forest parking lot and park. See https://goo.gl/maps/5rrJqArtGvt - Sorry, this is not a Metro-accessible hike. • What to bring: Water, comfy shoes, and your furry friend (leashes please). Sunscreen and insect repellent are recommended. Bring the obligatory mask to wear indoors or outdoors in case Karen invades your space. • Weather: The forecast is overcast and a high of 77F, with a 13% chance of showers during our hike. Thunderstorms predicted for the afternoon. Light WSW winds. Updates here: https://tinyurl.com/y4hqy4kx • Advisory: As a reminder, this is an adult group, and you are ultimately responsible for your own safety and well-being during events. No one under 18 years of age is allowed at this event, either as members or as guests, to include babies in carriers and/or strollers. • Administrative stuff: Restrooms are located at Brawner Farm parking area, 6660 Pageland Ln, Gainesville, VA. Hikers should stop by for pit stops as needed before, during, and after the hike. • Notes: - Conway Robinson Forest, Lee Hwy/US-29 and University Blvd, Gainesville, VA: http://tinyurl.com/p2bv7oo - Manassas National Battlefield Park, Brawner Farm Parking Area, 6660 Pageland Ln, Gainesville, VA. http://tinyurl.com/2apm9jf - Brawner Farm Guided Tour: http://tinyurl.com/hfd57qw - Second Manassas at Civil War Trust: http://tinyurl.com/o7fp3xw - Battle of Brawner Farm: http://tinyurl.com/ojbsfzn

  • Halloween and a Full Moon in Old Town

    Capital Bikeshare Station

    Let's meet at the bike rack across the street from the King Street Metro Station and enjoy a moonlit Halloween walk in Old Town! NB: There is a Capital Bikeshare on Cameron St, across the street from the King St Metro, but that's NOT where we are meeting! Come to the Capital Bikeshare on Diagonal St, GPS[masked], [masked] • What we'll do: - From the bike rack we'll walk south and east through the Alexandria Cemetery to Wilkes St, which we'll follow east, with a detour south and east to check out the Halloween decorations along Lee St. At Duke St we'll turn east and head for the waterfront to catch the moonrise, and then walk north along the waterfront through Founders Park to Oronoco St, where we'll turn around and walk back along Union St to Queen St. Once we reach the intersection of Queen and Union St we'll turn right and walk west along Queen and King St back to our starting point. - The walk is about 4 miles and should take no more than an hour and a half. The surface is mostly paved throughout and fairly level. - Google map: https://tinyurl.com/y4eu8xe2 • How to get there: - Metro: King Street Station is on the Blue and Yellow Lines. - Driving: From I-395, take VA-7 / King Street east about 2.8 miles. Take the first right after passing under the railroad (Daingerfield Street), and an immediate right onto Diagonal Road. From US-1 / Richmond Highway, follow King Street west 0.5 miles, take a sharp left onto Daingerfield, and the first right onto Diagonal Road. There is free parallel parking in the area but leave yourself a little extra time to find it! • Weather: It's too early to see the forecast! More to follow when the time comes. Sunset is at 6:08 pm, and civil twilight ends about 30 minutes later. Moonrise is at 6:28 pm. Weather updates here: https://tinyurl.com/y9uwk5hf • What to bring: Water, comfy shoes, and your furry friend if desired (leashes, please). Bring a mask if you want to go indoors or in places where you can't keep your distance, or especially if you want to do the Halloween thing! • Advisories: - As a reminder, this is an adult group, and you are ultimately responsible for your own safety and well-being during events. No one under 18 years of age is allowed at this event, either as members or as guests, to include babies in carriers and/or strollers. - After sunset, motorists have difficulty seeing you! Watch out for vehicles, and wear light or reflective clothing. • Administrative stuff: There are restrooms at several commercial establishments along our route. • Notes: - Forward Virginia Phase Three FAQ: https://tinyurl.com/ybhnfn34