Big Run Loop Hike in Shenandoah Nat. Park
(Sat); Craig(202) 462-0535
Long summer days present the perfect opportunity to venture down into the remote southern reaches of Shenandoah National Park, so this trip on virtually the longest day of the year will provide us plenty of daylight. Starting from historic Browns Gap, we'll first stroll westward down the Madison Run Fire Road and soon catch the Big Run Loop Trail. This will take us down into the Big Run watershed, largest in the entire Park, which should be quite lush after springtime deluges. We'll lunch by the side of Big Run itself before crossing it (hopefully not too interesting an experience) and then head back uphill to Skyline Drive, where we will enjoy a grand scenic overlook. We'll finish with a walk on the Appalachian Trail back to Browns Gap. Total length of this moderately strenuous circuit hike will be 7 miles, with about 1200 feet of elevation gain, mostly after lunch. Bring plenty of beverages (2 or 3 liters should be about right), lunch, sturdy boots, bug spray, sunscreen, and about $20 for fees, plus money for dinner on the way home. We'll meet at 9 a.m. in the Kiss & Ride lot of the East Falls Church Metro Station to form carpools, and will probably be back by dark.
Kayak Tour of DC Monuments with REI
(Sat); Jeff(301) 775-9660
Saturday, June 30 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Meet at the Columbia Island Marina
Limit: First 12 participants who sign up through the REI site (see below)
Cost: $95 (includes all equipment and lunch)
In celebration of Pride month, join REI and Adventuring for a tour of the DC Monuments on the Potomac. Escape the crowds and experience the beauty of our Nation's Capitol from the cockpit of a kayak! REI Outdoor School Instructors will be your guide on this incredible paddling tour. We'll depart from Columbia Island Marina on the Virginia side of the river. Your instructors will then guide the group up river with gorgeous views of the monuments across the Potomac. We'll return to the boats and paddle underneath the iconic Lincoln Memorial and the Arlington Memorial Bridge to gain up close views of the Kennedy Center. We'll finish the day paddling back down to Gravelly Point, providing another opportunity for views (and photos) of the monuments. Our Meetup point, the Columbia Island Marina is a 1.2-mile walk from the Pentagon Metro. If you are driving, note that cars can only access the marina parking lot from the southbound lanes of the GW Parkway. The cost of this tour will be $95, which will include all necessary gear and a catered box lunch. There is a limit of 12 attendees and you MUST sign up and pay through the following REI link to participate in this tour: https://www.rei.com/event/kayak-tour-of-the-dc-monuments-with-adventuring-lgbt/washington/210753
C&O Canal Hike: Oldtown-"The Narrows"
(Sat); Craig(202) 462-0535
This will be an excursion into another scenic stretch of the C&O Canal just below its western terminus at Cumberland, MD. Starting from Oldtown, an historic town where George Washington decided as a teenager that he would become a surveyor, we'll proceed upstream near the Potomac, passing Lock 71 near our start, Lock 72 near The Narrows at our finish and a couple of hiker-biker campgrounds along the way. Lock 72, BTW, was where Supreme Court Justice William Douglas began his famed 1954 hike that ultimately saved the Canal from being paved over for a highway. Total length of our moderate one-way level hike will be about 10 miles. Bring plenty of beverages (3 liters recommended), lunch, bug spray, sunscreen, about $20 for fees, plus money for dinner on the way home. We'll carpool at 9 a.m. from the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro Station and should return after dark.
Independence Day Hike @ Great Falls (MD)
(Wed); Jeff; Edward(301) 775-9660; (301) 606-3086
Join us for the 9th annual Independence Day Hike at Great Falls, MD. This tradition was inaugurated and sustained by Damon Miller, who passed away a few months ago; we continue this tradition in his memory. We will carpool to historic Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center for an easy 5-mile hike along some of the scenic trails in the area, including a portion of the C & O Canal towpath. We will also conduct our annual Adventuring wildlife tally, seeing how many deer, geese, turtles, snakes, great blue heron and other species we can spy. Bring water, bug spray, sunscreen, lunch (we’ll eat at picnic tables after our hike) and about $4 for transportation and trip fees (one dollar bills appreciated). Meet at 11 a.m. at Tenleytown Metro in front of Panera Bread on the east side of Wisconsin Avenue, or at 11:45 a.m. in front of the Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center at the end of MacArthur Boulevard (address is 11710 MacArthur Blvd., Potomac, MD 20854). We should return to Tenleytown mid-afternoon, in plenty of time for those who want to get downtown to see the fireworks. Beginners and newcomers are especially welcome; carpool drivers also needed in Tenleytown.
Bastille Day Hike & Social
(Sat); Jeff; Edward(301) 775-9660; (301) 606-3086
Vive La France! Time for Adventuring’s first Bastille Day Hike and Social. We will begin by hiking and exploring Sky Meadows State Park with its glorious scenic and pastoral views along the slopes of the Blue Ridge south of Paris, VA. This will be a loop hike, providing some excellent views from on high. If you have not been there before, you will learn why this gorgeous and very popular place is called “Sky Meadows.” At about 7 miles, this is a moderately difficult hike with a few ascents that are steep and rocky. Cumulative elevation gain should be about 1300 feet. Afterwards we will gather at the nearby Naked Mountain Winery for wine tasting and social, and then we will end at Apple House for food and camaraderie. Bring lunch, snacks, water, sunscreen, bug spray, sturdy hiking boots, and about $10 for transportation and trip fees, plus $10 to $15 for the wine tasting and food.
Everyone is French on Bastille 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 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.
Summer Picnic - Sunday July 22
We'll be returning to our usual spot - Grove 1 in Rock Creek Park near Pierce Mill. This is just a save the date notice. We'll have more information as the date gets closer.
Petworth Neighborhood Walking Tour (Craig)
24 Adventurers showed up on an unseasonably cool and blustery day inside the Petworth neighborhood Metro station. The group had lots of questions about President Lincoln's Cottage and the Soldiers Home in which it resides. Few of us had known about Henry Gerber, America's first gay activist, buried in the Soldiers Home National Cemetery. We spent a good deal of time in Rock Creek Church Cemetery, DC's oldest public burial ground, with much levity about gadflies Alice Roosevelt Longworth and Evelyn Davis but with much solemnity about the transcendent sculpture "Grief" at the Clover & Henry Adams Memorial. We swapped stories about Gore Vidal, who lies between "Grief" and the love of his life, Jimmie Trimble, a major-league baseball prospect tragically lost at Iowa Jima. We then made our way down Upshur Street to GA Avenue to see the impact of gentrification. Our lunch plans were disrupted by the appearance of a rat outside our intended eatery, whereupon we abruptly adjourned and scattered.
Miller Memorial Hike: Arboretum Azaleas ( Craig; Martin)
(By Trip Co-Leader Martin). 16 Adventurers gathered at the Visitor’s Center on a silent and grey Sunday morning for the inaugural Damon Miller Memorial Hike, also known as the Arboretum Azaleas Ramble. The azaleas were in full bloom, painting the hillside in a stunning array of colors with a palette that included deep luscious pinks, double pinks, whites, purples, reds, and hot pinks.
Traipsing along the slopes of Mount Hamilton, we had an opportunity to view the nest of the mated Bald Eagles. The nest was way up above in a Tulip Poplar tree and observable with the scope set up in the viewing area. Afterwards, we then headed over to the Capitol Columns overlook and across the park to the Dogwood collection.
A hidden overlook was discovered nestled in the Dogwood collection. The overlook provided a splendid view albeit a narrow one of the flowing water of the renewed Anacostia River and the drifting clouds above. Following a winding path down to the river through China Valley we had a very peaceful lunch on the banks of the Anacostia.
Trudging up from the river after lunch we encountered two additional Adventurers (Robert and Larry), one with a historic car. Next we stopped by the Capitol Columns which were surrounded in by an orange plastic safety barrier. Lastly we ended were we began at the Visitor’s Center.
In summary it was a great hike in full remembrance with memories fondly recounted.
Blackberry Ice Cream Hike Part I (Jeff)
Mother Nature smiled on 16 Adventurers during the first of our 2018 Blackberry Ice Cream hikes. You couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day – sunny with temps in the 70’s. And because of the recent rains, the trails were especially verdant. We even had the pleasant surprise of coming upon some blooming mountain laurel (after having had to cancel our mountain laurel hike a few weeks ago). After ascending Shenandoah’s two highest peaks and hiking a stretch of the Appalachian Trail in between, the group was more than ready to descend upon the Skyland Lodge for the main attraction: blackberry ice cream. After achieving a mutual sugar high, we left for home. A few of us though got an extra surprise before leaving the park: Seeing a Mother black bear and two baby cubs from the safety of our cars.
DC Jazz History Hike (Elaine)
19 Adventurers gathered at The Howard Theatre on T Street NW for an enthusiastic and educational tour of the U Street Corridor, AKA Black Broadway. Our first stops included the historic Howard Theatre itself, the adjacent Duke Ellington Statue by artist Zachary Oxman, and the nearby and very striking Marvin Gaye mural by Aneikan Udofia. From there, we went to the site of the old Dunbar Theatre and the Murray Casino. Our resident Late Unpleasantness guru Craig Howell led the discussions when we got to the African American Civil War Museum and Memorial. We also heard about the Red Summer and the Washington Race Riots of 1919. The next stop was a nostalgic visit to the site of the Bohemian Caverns, followed by stops at The True Reformer Building, The Lincoln Theatre, and finally, the site of Club Bali at 14th & T. We wrapped up this portion of the day close to noon. Most people dispersed on their own, but a few of us ventured to The Wharf for the D.C. Jazz Festival.
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