P.O. Box 23655, Washington, D.C. 20026 www.adventuring.org

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*Events and Announcements listed below are subject to change and/or cancellation. Check the web site or contact the trip leader for a trip to determine if it has been cancelled or rescheduled.

Adventuring is a not-for-profit, all-volunteer organization serving the gay and lesbian community in the Washington area. Its purpose is to encourage and publicize group outdoor activities. If you are a trip leader, please update your trip descriptions and announcements in the Adventuring web database for the upcoming month no later than the 20th of the previous month.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Date(s) Trip Title Leader Phone
Dec 16 (Sat) Prince William Forest Park Hike Jackson (410) 422-9257
Dec 17 (Sun) Urban Hike: Old Town Alexandria-NEW DATE Elaine; Craig (215) 510-1621; (202) 462-0535
Dec 17 (Sun) Sugarloaf Winter Solstice Poetry Hike Jeff; Chris (301) 775-9660
Dec 26 (Tue) The Great Cookie Hike on Boxing Day Craig (202) 462-0535
 

Important Information: Liability: Adventuring is a not-for-profit organization operated entirely by volunteers. The activities sponsored by Adventuring are cooperative in nature; individuals participate at their own risk and with the understanding that trip leaders are not experts. The Adventuring organization and its individual volunteers take no responsibility and disclaim any liability for accident or injury associated with its activities. Trip Fees: In order to support the operation of its program, Adventuring assesses a trip fee of $2 per participant for day trips and $4 for trips longer than a day. Trip fees are payable to the trip leader on or by the date of the activity. Transportation Fees: Trip leaders may assess a transportation fee to reimburse drivers for the expense of group carpools. This fee is calculated at the rate of 30 cents per mile per vehicle and is divided among the carpooling participants.


TRIP DETAILS

Prince William Forest Park Hike
Dec 16 (Sat); Jackson(410) 422-9257
Distance: 11.1 miles
Elevation gain: 1300 feet
Difficulty: Strenuous

Despite its proximity to DC (about 30 miles south of the District near Quantico, VA), Prince William Forest Park is rarely a destination on Adventuring's hiking schedule. Though it offers no lofty views of the surrounding lands, its rolling terrain, clean streams and well-blazed trails make it a pleasant experience for hikers. This is a strenuous hike, much of it alongside Quantico Creek, crossing it on occasions but most if not all of it over bridges. We'll meet at 9 a.m. in the Kiss & Ride lot of the East Falls Church Metro Station. The regular Sheetz stop will provide the opportunity to purchase lunch or snacks if you should wish to. Depending on our finish time, dinner may be an option, probably near East Falls Church Metro Station. Bring sufficient water, lunch, warm layers of clothing, sturdy footwear, and about $10 for trip fees.

Urban Hike: Old Town Alexandria-NEW DATE
Dec 17 (Sun); Elaine; Craig(215) 510-1621; (202) 462-0535
(Postponed from Saturday December 9 because of snow.) Here's a great opportunity to get in a brisk winter walk while learning about Alexandria's fabled history and enjoying Old Town's holiday decorations in both its commercial and residential neighborhoods. We'll meet at the King Street Metro Station at 10 a.m. and then proceed down King Street on the free trolley to Washington Street. Then we'll zig-zag our way down to the Potomac, passing numerous historic homes, churches, taverns and other sites en route. We'll lunch somewhere in Old Town before heading back to Metro, either by riding the trolley or by walking up Duke Street with its many Black History landmarks. Total length of our Yuletide stroll should not exceed 5 miles. Bring beverages, a light snack, the $2 trip fee and lunch money. We'll meet at 10 a.m. inside the King Street Metro Station by the station attendant's kiosk, near the parking lot and trolley stop.

Sugarloaf Winter Solstice Poetry Hike
Dec 17 (Sun); Jeff; Chris(301) 775-9660
Celebrate the passing of the seasons and the return of the sun on Adventuring's 20th Annual Sugarloaf Solstice/Poetry Hike. This moderate circuit hike of about 6 miles and 1400 feet of elevation gain will take us to a series of peaks on top of Maryland's Sugarloaf Mountain near Frederick, MD, a few days before the actual winter solstice. Along the way, we will stop at the scenic White Rocks overlook to enjoy the view, have lunch, and share favorite poems in honor of the passing of another year. Meet at 10 a.m. at the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro Station. Contact Jeff if you're meeting at Grosvenor-Strathmore and/or if you can be a carpool driver. Those wishing to drive directly to Sugarloaf should contact Chris Craig for directions and time; you can email him directly at ccraig@laurellodge.com. Bring a bag lunch, water, sturdy shoes, a few dollars for transportation and trip fees, and a poem to share (your own or someone else's). We'll all rendezvous in the parking lot at the top of Sugarloaf, not at the base of the mountain.

The Great Cookie Hike on Boxing Day
Dec 26 (Tue); Craig(202) 462-0535
If you'll be in town the day after Christmas (Boxing Day), extend the long holiday weekend and join us for Adventuring's traditional year-end jaunt on the Capital Crescent Trail between Bethesda and Georgetown. To let us recuperate from all our seasonal stress, we won't gather until 11 a.m. at street level atop the escalators at the Bethesda Metro Station, at the intersection of Wisconsin Avenue and Old Georgetown Road. We'll then stroll along the Capital Crescent Trail to its terminus beneath Key Bridge. We'll warm up with refreshments at whatever Georgetown establishment might be open before splitting up; you can return to Bethesda on one of the Wisconsin Avenue buses, or walk to either the Foggy Bottom or the Dupont Circle Metro station. This easy one-way downhill hike of about 7 miles shouldn't take more than a few hours. Bring beverages, a bag lunch, boxes of cookies or any other holiday treats you want to share, and the $2 trip fee.


ANNOUNCEMENTS

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.

Capital Climbers
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.


PREVIOUS TRIP REPORTS

Buck Hollow/Mary's Rock Loop (Jeff)
Eight Adventurers (plus one canine) set out on a cool autumn morning to ascend the steep and rocky Buck Hollow trail in Shenandoah National Park. After considerable huffing and puffing, we made our way to Skyline Drive. After a short rest, we climbed further to behold the spectacular panoramic view of the Page Valley and much of the Park from Marys Rock. The autumn leaves were out in their full glory but also, alas, were the rain clouds. After a short stay on top of the mountain, the rains started and we began our hastier-than-normal retreat downhill. Fortunately, the rains pretty much stopped by the time we reached Skyline Drive, so our steep descent downhill on the Buck Ridge trail was largely uneventful. However, because of the threat of further showers, we finished the 9+-mile hike in record time.

Cunningham Falls-Catoctin Mountain Hike (Jackson)
It would seem foolish to be out in the mountains on what was the first freezing day of the season, but no mere chill can stand against the tenacity of two Adventurers. A 15-mile hike through Cunningham Falls State Park and Catoctin Mountain Park melted away the cold in our bodies, while the visual smörgåsbord of the Maryland countryside vistas under a soulful blend of the retreat of fall and onset of winter nourished our spirits. If it is indeed foolish to be out on a day like this, then we are not alone: the Catoctin Visitor Center was full of revelers of Nature seeking a slice of the beautiful day and the remnants of fall colors. The hike was one fitting for the closing of this season, for we completed the hike just as dusk invaded the skies, and we hastened to the warm comforts of dinner with a hearty course of mouthwatering dumplings.

C&O Canal Hike: Oldtown-Town Creek (Craig)
Five well-bundled Adventurers defied the sudden onset of wintry cold by strolling several hours along a six-mile stretch of the C&O Canal about halfway between the Paw Paw Tunnel and Cumberland. Since there was little if any wind to aggravate the effect of temperatures in the 30s, we were comfortable enough most of the time. After a lecture on the rich history of the Oldtown area (e.g., George Washington slept here many times and decided to become a surveyor here at 16), we started downstream along the towpath. Much of the Canal prism alongside us has been kept watered for many years to serve as fishing holes for the locals. Probably the most interesting sight along our way was the confluence of the North and South Branches of the Potomac, a union heavily dominated by the former. We finished our journey at the Town Creek Aqueduct early enough to drive back to Hancock in daylight. Dinner at Buddy Lou's was marked by yummy food, fast service, generous portions and fair prices--a winning combination.

Urban Hike: Eastern Market-Barracks Row (Elaine; Craig)
(Report by co-leader Elaine.) Nine enthusiastic Adventurers met at Eastern Market Metro, most of us arriving behind schedule because of Metrobus and Metrorial delays even worse than their usual deplorable weekend standards. We enjoyed a brisk walk on a sunny albeit chilly day with beautiful fall foliage on the Hill. Co-leader Craig Howell was both entertaining and impressively knowledgeable about sites along the way: The Hill Center, various historic homes and locations, Congressional Cemetery and of course, the Marine Barracks. All of these areas have a rich LGBT history, and I learned more than a few things I did not know before. We finished with a lunch/brunch at Banana Café on Barracks Row, and everyone got on to finish the rest of their day's errands and naps by 1:30 pm.

Harpers Ferry Hike: 3 Peaks-3 States (Jeff)
Nine Adventurers braved the elements of a cold, windy, and rainy day and cheerfully hiked from the Lower Town in Harpers Ferry across the Shenandoah River to the overlook at Loudoun Heights. After falling back to the Ferry, we next crossed the Potomac and climbed to the overlook and summit of Maryland Heights. All in all, it was a strenuous but invigorating 13 miles. The hike was followed by an equally invigorating dinner at a Thai restaurant in the trendy section of Frederick. Looking around, we now have a list of other Frederick restaurants we want to try out. Let the Maryland hikes (and the excuses for eating heartily) continue.

Greenbelt Park Hike (Jackson)
Fourteen Adventurers descended onto a small National Park tucked away in the northeast corner of the greater DC area. As we tramped through the Perimeter Trail in Greenbelt Park, what had been a wet and cold morning quickly melted into one lovely spring-like day. While we were basking in the sun at the park's picnic area, lunch was an affair unexpectedly enjoyable for a winter day outdoors. With a completion time of a respectable four hours, Greenbelt Park is an excellent great candidate for short hikes: a healthy distance of 7.9 miles, and an elevation gain of negligible.


ADVENTURING COMMITTEE CONTACTS
President Jeff Hughes (301) 775-9660
Secretary Jackson Tan (410) 422-9257
Treasurer Peter Redding (202) 352-4796
Membership Jireh Aki (562) 810-4411
Publicity Bill Horten (443) 244-5495
 
ADVENTURING PROGRAM COORDINATORS
These are the people who are chosen by the Trip Leaders to make Adventuring's activities tick. Please call them if you have any ideas, questions about our events, hikes, rides and splashes, or if you want to volunteer your skills.
     
Woods Coordinator: Other Coordinator:
Craig Howell (202) 462-0535 Jerry Cowden (703) 920-6871