Cape Henlopen Camping & Hiking Trip
(Fri-Sun); Brett F or Jay D.202-236-9968
Adventuring is pleased to have snuck in a camping trip on the Columbus Day weekend (sadly, not the whole weekend). We have two adjacent campsites at the wonderful Cape Henlopen State Park for Friday and Saturday nights, with a *big* day of dune and beach hiking planned for Saturday.
The Park: Cape Henlopen, a 5200-acre park on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean between the towns of Rehoboth Beach and Lewes, features some of the most impressive dune landscapes and beaches in the mid-Atlantic, not to mention some interesting World War II history, and is truly a hidden gem.
The campground: Our two sites are near the entrance of a 150-site camping area which allows both tents and car camping. Each site has running water but no electricity; cooking must be done on a campfire. Shower facilities are a short walk away.
Planning: Currently we are limiting this event to eight participants. Please email the trip leaders with any information that might help them make the appropriate plans for food, ride-sharing, etc. One option is to arrive at the campsite Friday after 5pm; another is to arrive on Saturday around noon. The camping area must be returned to its original condition by 12:00 noon on Sunday. Please post any questions you may have; we will answer them as quickly as possible!
**Tentative** Schedule of Events:
Friday October 10th
4:00 pm – Target check-in time
7:00 pm – Welcome Dinner hosted by John & Brett
Saturday October 11th
7:00 am – Breakfast hosted by John
8:00 am –South Loop Hike (mostly dune hiking)
1:00 pm – Lunch (may be at camp, or at a restaurant in Lewes)
2:00 pm – North Loop Hike (beach and dune hiking, WWII artifacts)
8:00 pm – Dinner hosted by John
Sunday October 12th
7:00 am – Breakfast
9:00 am – 10:00 am– Break camp
10:00-12:00 – Free time (linger at the campsite, nature hike, swim, etc)
12:00 pm – deadline for departing campsites
Approximate costs: Regardless of when you arrive, this will be considered a multi-day trip; thus the Adventuring fee will be $4.00. Other costs are shown below; payment in full must be received no later than Sunday, October 5th. PayPal is the preferred method; contact one of the co-leaders regarding other means of payment. Cost breakdown will be as follows (subject to minor adjustment):
$4.00 - Adventuring fee
$11.00/night: Campsite fee
$20.00/day: Food cost
Driving: Driving time from DC is 3 ½ -4 hours and requires crossing the Chesapeake Bay Bridge (check traffic reports). Most participants will probably be driving by themselves based on their own schedule; the availability of ride-sharing (and tent sharing) will depend on participants’ responses. Anyone who does get a ride is responsible for reimbursing their drivers; it is customary for passengers to offer to pay their share of the gas, which could run up to $15 per passenger on this trip.
Bring: Tent, toiletries, sleeping items, beach items, bug spray, food if you have special needs, etc. If you are not an experienced camper, you may wish to do an internet search on ‘camping checklist’ for ideas on things to bring; also make sure you know how to set up and take down your tent. The trip leaders plan to bring all food items and cooking supplies. Dogs are permitted.
If you are lucky enough to have Monday the 13th off, do consider lengthening your holiday by making your own arrangements for staying in the area Sunday night as well, either in the Park or in one of the many nearby inns.
Hiking Old Rag on a School Day
(Tue); Jeff(301) 775-9660
If you’re a regular hiker around Washington, it’s de rigueur that you summit Old Rag at least once. Although this circuit hike is not terribly long (9.2 miles) and the elevation gain (2500 feet) is not excessive by Shenandoah National Park standards, it is still rated as strenuous because of all the huffing and puffing you'll do while negotiating your way up, down and around the massive boulder field for a mile along the crest. However, when you go on a weekend, you’ll be negotiating those boulders with a few hundred of your best friends, which often results in aggravating waits. Old Rag on a weekday (in our case, the day after Columbus Day, which should be nearly ideal for fall colors) is a completely different experience, and it’s time that we Adventurers experience it. PLEASE DON’T SIGN UP FOR THIS HIKE UNLESS YOU’VE BEEN HIKING A LOT RECENTLY AND THOSE HIKES HAVE INCLUDED STEEP UPWARD CLIMBS. This is not a beginner's hike. Bring lunch, at least 3 liters of water, bug spray, sunscreen, and sturdy boots. However, do not bring your dog as they are prohibited by the Park Service on Old Rag. Transportation, admission and trip costs should be around $25. We'll carpool at 9 a.m. from the Vienna Metro North Kiss & Ride lot. Because it’s a weekday, those who park their cars at Vienna all day will have to pay, and those driving to and from Old Rag can look forward to I-66 at rush hour (though at least we’ll be going against traffic). Drivers should coordinate with Jeff to minimize if not eliminate the need to leave any cars at Vienna all day.
Team DC Promotes LGBT Sports in DC Area
Team DC is a charitable organization providing information on the many LGBT sports and recreation groups in the Washington DC area, educating the LGBT community on the benefits of individual and team sports participation, and working within the broader community to dispel discrimination against LGBT people participating in sports. You can subscribe to their Sportsgram or find out more about LGBT sports and recreation in the DC area by visiting the Team DC website: teamdc.org
Pick the Place—Set the Pace—Be the Face
Have you ever wanted to be the one who decides where Adventuring goes? Have you ever thought, “I would like to set the pace?” Have you thought, “More people like me should be on this trip.” Become a Trip Leader, and you can pick the place, set the pace AND be the new face of Adventuring!
Adventuring’s volunteer Trip Leaders hone leadership skills while having fun with friends. Trip Leaders share practical tips with each other while serving Adventuring’s unique mission—opening up the Great Outdoors to the LGBT community!
Becoming a Trip Leader is easy and free. Contact the Program Coordinator in your area of interest listed at http://www.adventuring.org/about.htm , or simply contact Keith Bennett at email@example.com. You can also contact any one on our Operations Committee listed at http://www.adventuring.org/about.htm.
Adventuring will pair you with a current Trip Leader with similar interests, and the two of you will plan and conduct your first Adventure together. Once you are comfortable with the process—then you get to pick the place, set the pace and be the new face of Adventuring!
Oct 9-New Appalachian Trail Film
Discover the unique history of the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) in theaters this fall! The Appalachian Trail Conservancy's annual Membership Drive - now in its fourth year - will feature the never-before-seen film The Appalachian Trail: An American Legacy in addition to exciting speakers, limited-edition prizes and more.
Guest speakers include: Guy Gardner "AstroGuy", Retired NASA Astronaut and 2014 A.T. Thru-hiker; Ron Tipton, ATC's Executive Director/CEO and 2,000-miler; Javier Folgar, ATC's Director of Marketing and Communications.
• Watch the film “The Appalachian Trail: An American Legacy” on the big screen
• Hear amazing stories of the men and women who volunteer on the Trail
• Interact with people who have hiked the whole 2,180-mile Trail
• Receive a 1-year membership or gift membership to the ATC (a $40 value!) that includes an ATC decal, patch, and a subscription to A.T. Journeys, the official magazine of the A.T.
• Win cool prizes such as an ATC ENO™ Hammock
• Make new friends in the outdoor and hiking community
• Protect an irreplaceable treasure: the A.T.!
Washington, D.C. - Avalon Theatre
5612 Connecticut Avenue NW,
October 09, 2014 from 8:00pm - 10:00pm
To purchase tickets visit www.appalachiantrail.org/relive.
Be sure to enter promo code "MEETUP14" for $5 off each ticket.
Oct 5 - Northern Virginia Pride Festival
Bill Horten and Jireh Aki will be leading the volunteers at the AdventuringDC area at the first Northern Virginia Pride Festival in one week. We could use your help in several ways. First, we could use some others to be at the table and chat with festival goers between 12 noon and 7pm. Also during that time we could use some hikers with backpacks or walking sticks to pass out our flyers in the main vendor area and encourage festival goers to visit our tent in outdoor/sports area on the other side of the main stage. Wanna help us? You can sign up for a two hour shift.
Also, we are in need of borrowing the following for the day of the festival- bicycles, canoe, kayak, camping and hiking equipment etc. for our display area. Jireh is creating a wonderful new flyer - if anyone has a color printer available that could donate the printing and paper to create the flyers - your donation is appreciated.
Wanna help us? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP!!!
For directions: http://www.novapride.org/festival/faqRSVP here or please send an email to email@example.com
Blackberry Ice Cream Hike w/ Waterfalls (Jeff)
Temperature in the 70’s. No humidity. Can this really be August in Virginia? A lucky 13 Adventurers got to enjoy this rare summer phenomenon as we savored the sight of two waterfalls and one spectacular vista on August 16. Early in our hike, we beheld the 81-foot Lewis Falls, the fourth highest in Shenandoah. While most of our group were content to enjoy the falls from an observation deck above, four of us tiptoed down a rocky and steep path to see the falls up close and personal. Once these four climbed back up to rejoin the rest of our group, we all undertook a rocky climb to the Blackrock vista, where we had lunch with a grand view of the Luray Valley below. Most of the group then proceeded to Waterfall No. 2, Dark Hollow Falls. Here we first made our way downhill to the base of the falls and (after looking in vain for the Up escalator) begrudgingly trudged our way back up. But at least this final wave of exertion guaranteed one group of hungry and thirsty Adventurers as we proceeded to Big Meadows Lodge for food, drinks, and most especially blackberry ice cream desserts. A fitting end to a lovely day.
Big Meadows Weekend (Craig)
The Weather Gods were up to their old tricks again, as on so many other similar Big Meadows weekends in earlier years. Saturday's weather was incredibly foggy and gloomy, but the few rain showers we endured gave way to halfway decent conditions as the afternoon wore on. The loop hike on Turk Branch and Moormans River was never too steep or rocky, and a few stream crossings were interesting enough to hold our attention; hiking poles proved themselves invaluable once again here. Saturday night's dinner at Big Meadows Lodge was lavish, and we all had a tres-fabulous time afterwards downstairs in the New Market Taproom with Debbie and her homies. A very generous breakfast buffet Sunday morning fortified all of us for the day's hike, only half as long and strenuous as what we had done the day before. The weather started as badly as Saturday's but improved steadily as we marched down to South River Falls, a sensational Shenandoah Shangri-La bathed in glorious sunlight by the time we arrived. We even had a rare daytime sighting of an owl perched on a tree branch as we neared the falls. 11 Adventurers participated to one extent or another in this year's Big Meadows Weekend expedition, including old friends Arthur & Joe, who drove all the way from MI just to be with us. It is worth noting that, unlike most previous such weekends, everybody who was booked into the Lodge enjoyed the festivities in the Taproom Saturday night (i.e., nobody crashed in exhaustion right after dinner), and everybody joined in Sunday's hike (i.e., nobody had to rush home early for some pressing engagement); much appreciated, my friends.
Overall Run Hike & Splash (Craig)
Even by Adventuring's lofty standards, this outing was a bear: 12 miles and 2600 feet of elevation gain spread over 7 hours on the trails. Yet somehow our select corps of eight managed to survive this Homeric odyssey more or less physically intact and perhaps even spiritually enhanced. Our one disappointment was our lunchtime view of Overall Run Falls, where the word "trickle" would be far too dignified a term to describe the few dewy drops that occasionally condescended to slouch down a very indifferent precipice. But at least the paucity of moisture made our various crossings of Overall Run blessedly less than interesting. Somehow there was still enough water in Paradise Pools to gratify those in our party who jumped in. We were all surprised by the number of others who joined us in enjoying the charms of Paradise Pools; if access from the bottom of the Blue Ridge is now technically illegal, it is a ban more honored in the breach than in the observance. We wisely decided not to retrace our steps back up the very steep trail next to Overall Run but instead chose to take the longer but more gradual circuit route via Beecher Ridge. Along the way back we spotted two bear, both adolescents, paying us no heed. Our final leg was conducted in the midst of a very kind mist that made the top of the Blue Ridge both cool and mysterious.
Wilson Bridge & Capital Wheel Hike (Craig)
With temperatures well into the 90s, this was probably the most summery weather we've had during these annual excursions across the Potomac. Perhaps not coincidentally, our turnout of 18 was somewhat below our usual Labor Day numbers. But our journey was unusual in several respects, starting with our visit to the very impressive and moving memorial at the Freedmen's Cemetery, where the dramatic fluidity of the central sculpture evoked Rodin. After a leisurely lunch at Jones Point Park and our stroll across the Wilson Bridge, we reached National Harbor and promptly adjourned to cool off inside Potbelly's. Most of our party begged off riding the 16-story-high Capital Wheel, citing the heat; yet the line was short, the cabs were comfortable and air-conditioned, and the views were fine (if sometimes disorienting) during the half-dozen revolutions we made over a 15-minute stretch. Try it next year, folks!
Antietam Battlefield Walking Tour (Craig)
A delightful company of 11 endured a brutally hot day of hiking mostly out in the open on what might have been the last truly summery day of the season. The strangest sight we witnessed as we hiked around the Cornfield was a man with an ungodly contraption towering above his back that looked like something from a sci-fi film. He told us he's filming Antietam's trails for Google Streetview, which is encouraging news on several fronts. After lunch in whatever shade we could conjure up behind Dunker Church, we drove to the Bloody Lane for a short stroll. Then we rode down to the picturesque Burnside Bridge, where an ill-timed shower discouraged any further serious hiking. We attempted to help one man who had locked himself out of his car and hoped we succeeded, little thanks to the Park Service, though. We ended with a long wait for ice cream at Nutters in Sharpsburg, but the yummy quality, generous scoops and incredibly low prices ($2.12 for two big scoops!) made it all worthwhile.
Cedar Run-Whiteoak Canyon Loop Hike (Jeff; Jay)
Nine bold Adventurers showed up for this strenuous hike, and we all finished strong in spite of the miles and 2200 feet of elevation gain. We set a good pace on our descent, and stopped about an hour or so in for lunch at one of the many small, enchanting waterfalls along Cedar Run. We then continued over to the big waterfalls near the base of Whiteoak Canyon. There, we switched into our swimming suits and jumped in for an hour-long soak in the pools, while we watched others rappel down the falls. The climb back out was steep and steady, and we made it back to the trailhead at approximately 6 p.m., tired but still going strong. Four Adventurers stopped off for a meal and blackberry ice cream at Big Meadows, while the others started the journey home. Thanks everyone for a great trip! Hope to see you all again soon on another hike.
Bull Run Mountain Hike (Jeff)
Mother Nature was up to her old tricks. When six Adventurers embarked on their hike to the White Rocks Overlook on Bull Run Mountain, the forecast was for intermittent showers. Those showers became much more than merely intermittent as we trudged our way up, but the steady rain didn’t dampen our enthusiasm for the 18th-century gravestones, the 19th-century ruins of a once-prosperous mill, and the spectacular rock outcroppings we encountered on the way. When we reached the summit, the clouds obscured the spectacular vistas, instead transporting us to the misty realms of Middle Earth (glorious in itself, but also providing an incentive to return to the mountain when weather conditions are more favorable). When we ended the hike and got back to our cars, that's when Mother Nature decided to reveal the sun, and it remained sunny the rest of the afternoon. As those of a certain age will remember from an old TV commercial: “It's Not Nice to Fool Mother Nature.”
Catoctin Mountain Hike (Jeff)
A glorious fall day. Two parks with spectacular views. And a delightfully fun group of 10 Adventurers. The Presidential retreat, Camp David, is located in the Catoctin Mountain Park and when we learned on Friday that President Obama was planning one of his infrequent weekend retreats at Camp David, we knew that part of the park would be off-limits. However, Catoctin and the neighboring Cunningham Falls State Park are so full wonders that we had more than enough to keep us happily exploring. Our first stop was the Cunningham Falls, which was a bit of a disappointment because there hasn’t been enough rain to replenish the falls. But from then on, it was one glorious high point after another: Thurmont Vista, Wolf Rock and the always-spectacular Chimney Rock. After Chimney Rock, half of the group decided it was time to go home, but the other half returned to the Cunningham Falls State Park to go up, up, up to the top of Cat Rock. After a day of scaling the heights, all 10 of us returned home somewhat exhausted and probably enjoyed a restful night of sleep.
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