Greenbelt Park Hike
(Sun); Jackson(410) 422-9257
Distance: 7.9 miles
Elevation gain: < 1,000 ft
Winter weather warning: in the event of dismal or intolerable weather, this hike may be canceled.
Greenbelt Park is a forested enclave next to the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, possessing a nice set of trails amidst Nature yet seldom seeing huge crowds despite its proximity to DC. Its Perimeter Trail, which at times runs next to the busy Parkway but sometimes going through seemingly tranquil wilderness, clocks a neat 5.3 miles, and with the additional 2.6-mile return trip between the Metro station makes a 4- to 5-hour workout for the day.
This is a moderate hike through forest trails and over undulating terrain, with a few occasional hills to give you an aerobic boost to an otherwise casual walk in the woods. The Sweetgum Picnic Area midway through our hike provides the perfect spot for lunch. It will be cold due a weather phenomenon called winter, so please come prepared with adequate insulation.
Bring water, lunch, warm layers of clothing, sturdy footwear, and $2 for trip fees. We will meet near the turnstiles inside the College Park-University of Maryland Metro Station (Green & Yellow lines) at 10 a.m.
Drivers: you are encouraged to meet us at the Metro station. If you wish to meet us at the park directly, you will need to find parking yourself and meet us at the trailhead. We are entering the park at the southwest corner near the intersection of Kenilworth Ave and Good Luck Road. You can either meet us there or where this entrance trail intersects with the Perimeter Trail (see map: https://www.nps.gov/gree/planyourvisit/maps.htm). The closest parking lot about 10 min walk away is the Greenbelt Park South Parking Lot (38.972141, −76.902640). Please let me know if you choose not to meet us at the Metro station.
Spring Woods Planning Meeting
(Mon); Craig(202) 462-0535
We've already had our first heat wave of 2018, so it's time for Adventuring's Spring Woods Planning Meeting. It will be held this coming Monday evening February 26 from 7:30 to roughly 9 p.m. at the home of Woods Coordinator Craig Howell, a 10-minute walk from the Dupont Circle Metro. Anyone who is interested in leading a hiking, camping or backpacking trip in the next few months is cordially invited to attend. If you've never led such an outing before but would like to learn how it's done (and you're an experienced hiker in good aerobic shape), this is your big chance. You must have attended at least one Adventuring hike to be eligible to attend this session. Bring your own beverages; Craig will provide the munchies.
Bloomingdale Neighborhood Walking Tour
(Sat); Craig(202) 462-0535
The Bloomingdale neighborhood, located immediately west of North Capitol Street and north of Florida Avenue, is an area rich in both DC and civil rights history. For decades the neighborhood was dominated by restrictive housing covenants intended to exclude African American residents. Overturning these covenants was a long and challenging process that will be one of the themes we'll explore during this walking tour, co-sponsored with the Chrysalis Arts & Culture Group of Washington. The tour begins at 10 a.m. in front of the Howard Theater near 6th & T Street NW, a short distance from the Shaw-Howard University Metro Station. Your only cost will be the $2 Adventuring trip fee. Optional lunch in an area restaurant follows.
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 any one on our Program Coordinators (either Woods Coordinator or Other Coordinator) 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!
New Partnership with REI
Adventuring – LGBT Outdoors Club announced their decision to partner with recreational retailer REI for some joint special activities throughout 2016. Adventuring and REI kicked off their new partnership during the week after Capital Pride 2016 in Washington, DC with two great adventures right here in our Nation’s Capital. The DC BYOBike Tour was held on Wednesday, June 15th and the DC Monuments Sunset Kayak Tour was held on Friday, June 17th. More details and photos can be found on the Adventuring.org website or our Meetup and Facebook pages. Adventuring also held a Summer Happy Hour at the REI Community Space at Wunder Garden on Thursday, August 18th. We look forward to holding more of these co-promoted events in the future.
Adventuring continues it's partnership with the Capital Climbers (LGBT rock climbing group) http://www.capitalclimbers.com/ that began in 2015. One of the highlights of this partnership is the annual Big Meadows/Meteor Shower Weekend held in Shenandoah National Park in early August. The Capital Climbers reserve campground spaces while Adventuring reserves a block of rooms at Big Meadows Lodge which members from each group are welcome to stay at either location. Adventuring plans two days of hiking along the SNP trails while the Capital Climbers set out to scramble the face of Stony Man summit. In the evening they come together at the lodge for drinks at the Tap Room, dinner in the dining room and a late night hike to the meadows to view the annual Perseid meteor shower.
Whiteoak Canyon-Hawksbill-Cedar Run Hike (Jeff )
The idea was to end 2017 with a bang by doing a difficult hike in a particularly beautiful setting: Whiteoak Canyon, the land of waterfalls, cascades, and breathtaking vistas in the heart of Shenandoah National Park. Mother Nature decided to provide an even more spectacular finish to the year by closing with days of freezing cold weather that resulted in a Whiteoak that was stunningly white with snow and ice. So instead of simply experiencing waterfalls, we experienced falling water breaking through the ice. Instead of simple rock formations, we saw them covered with massive icicles. Of course, the ice didn’t confine itself to the waterfalls and rocks. Most of the trails were also covered with ice, so the already steep ascent and descent became an even more strenuous undertaking; however, five veteran Adventurers were more than up for the challenge. Despite a few slips and falls, we ended the hike tired but also energized by all the magnificent natural wonders we had experienced. In the earlier days of Adventuring, this particular undertaking was called the “Ice Hike.” We were happy to add our fin-de-2017 endeavor to this slightly insane tradition.
Mini-Ice Hike: Great Falls (MD) (Jeff)
The Great Falls of the Potomac is one of the most outstanding natural wonders of the DC area. So are the views of the Potomac River from the Billy Goat A trail on the Maryland side. That is why Adventuring goes back to visit these scenes again and again. Whether it’s summer, winter, spring, or fall, the unique splendor of the setting can always fill the visitor with awe. So to start 2018, seven Adventurers made the pilgrimage and were not disappointed. The wonderment this time centered on the icy majesty of the river, the rocks, and the falls after two weeks of freezing temperatures. We bundled up. We stepped carefully. And we climbed up and down the many icy rocks of the Billy Goat trail. Though our trek was only 4 miles long, we felt we got an excellent workout. More importantly, we got to enjoy a spectacular slice of nature in all its frozen glory.
Greenbelt Park Revisited Hike (Jackson)
Beneath a clear blue sky, over a crunchy ground, and amidst an Arctic breeze, four Adventurers braved the depths of winter for a Sunday morning workout in Greenbelt Park. Within the woods, the winds were pleasantly subdued and the bare branches did not inhibit the sun. The trail was surprising dry despite the rain and freezing temperatures in the prior days. The hike was an enjoyable affair, with encounters of many streams with varying degrees of freezing and even a frozen waterfall (of some sort. With a respectable pace, the 8-mile trek was completed in less than 3 hours, for a wonderful dose of winter morning exercise.
Great Falls (MD) Hike--NEW DATE (Craig)
"Adventurers Run Amok!" might have been an apt summation of a delicious day at Great Falls Park for 16 Adventurers in the midst of the federal government's latest shutdown, as the Park was left both fully open and unstaffed. Chaos reigned supreme as the Park was left both fully open and unstaffed, allowing us to do whatever we wanted, rules or no rules. Women illegally liberated the Men's Room (oddly left open while the Ladies Room was shut tight)! Trip fees were illegally collected in front of the Park Visitors Center! Lunches were illegally consumed at the Falls Overlook, accompanied by illegal dogs! Children were observed illegally trampling off-trail! With all this exciting anarchy about, we still managed to complete the Gold Mine Loop Trail, even though the trail system now steers hikers away from the most impressive ruins of the long-abandoned gold mine itself. All these unique experiences almost made the postponement of what was supposed to be our traditional New Years Day hike worth the wait.
Seminary Ridge-Pickett's Charge Hike (Craig)
Just as predicted, the weather in Gettysburg was a lot drier and clearer than it was in the DC area this late January afternoon, rewarding our eight Adventurous participants. We began, incongruously enough, at a Mickey D's for an early indoors lunch. Then we shuttled ourselves to the western edge of the battlefield to begin our history lesson/stroll. The soggy ground we encountered near the Railroad Cut was but a hint of quagmires yet to come. We walked around the newly-restored landscape surrounding Lee's HQS (a.k.a. The Widder Thompson's--by law, every CW battlefield has to have an Unfinished Railroad, a Widder Somebody's home, a Wheatfield, etc.). Then we spent a productive 45 minutes inside the Seminary Ridge Museum, focusing on (among other topics) the overwhelming impact the battle and its legions of wounded soldiers had on the local population. We finished by recreating Pickett's Charge as it might have been if the battlefield been a sloppy swamp that July day in 1863.
Hazel Mountain Loop Hike (Jeff)
Mother Nature giveth – and then asks for penance. For our Hazel Mountain Loop hike, Mother Nature gave us an unusually balmy day for February – but then required us to hike in the rain and the fog. She provided the magnificence of the swollen cascades of the Hazel River – but then required us to cross these rushing waters five times. The eight Adventurers and one canine companion were more than up to the challenge (though the Trip Leader decided to give up trying to stay dry on the slippery rocks for Crossings 2-5 and had us just wade through the currents). The hiking directions warned us of some steep climbs (and they weren’t kidding), but we were rewarded at the summit with views of a beautiful waterfall (and a so-so cave). After an exhausting 11+-mile hike, the group happily retreated to Northside 29, an Adventuring favorite, where three of our number (who had ordered the day’s Special) got to exercise the virtue of patience as they watched everyone else chow down and finish their meal before ours was served.
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