ADVENTURING: A DC-based Gay and Lesbian Outdoor Group

40th Anniversary Hike Weekend

Date(s): May 18 -19 (Sat-Sun)
Leader: Bill


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Overnight stay at Big Meadows Lodge.

Adventuring's very first expedition was a hike in May 1979 to Hoover Camp, a rustic fishing retreat built by Herbert Hoover, who donated the land and its cabins to Shenandoah National Park after he left the White House. We have made it our custom to revisit this scenic and historic spot each May. This year's journey will be led by the original trip leader and co-founder of Adventuring, Pete Kostik, who is coming out of retirement for this special weekend. Total length of this moderate round-trip hike is about 8 miles, with an option to stop at 5 miles and be picked up later. The elevation gain is about 800’ for the shorter version, and a few hundred feet more for the longer version.

MAKE YOUR OWN RESERVATIONS NOW for Saturday, May 18th. You are responsible for making your own lodging arrangements. If you need to find a roommate to share in the expense, it is suggested that you use Meetup or the Adventuring Facebook page to reach out to other members as potential roommate. There are only 12 rooms remaining at Big Meadows. There are other rooms available at the Skyland Lodge 10 miles to the north.

Follow this link to check out availability at Big Meadows Lodge or Skyland and to book your reservation:

If you’d prefer to camp, the Big Meadows campground is adjacent to the Lodge and says it has showers. Camping reservations may be available at or 877-444-6777.

There are also cabins and campsites to rent nearby at Lewis Mountain - 7 miles away.

If both Big Meadows and Skyland are full you could try and find a Bed and Breakfast to stay in Luray.

Bring plenty of beverages, a bag lunch, bug spray and sunscreen. Transportation and trip fees should be under $20. Meet at 9 a.m. in the Kiss & Ride lot at the East Falls Church Metro Station. (Or meet us on Skyline Drive at the Milam Gap parking lot just south of Big Meadows in the 11:30-12:00 timeframe. Come prepared to pay the $2 trip fee to Bill Horten at that time.) We will be celebrating our big milestone up at the Big Meadows Lodge that evening.

The celebration will continue with a toast at the New Market Tap Room in the basement, dinner in the Dining Room and more! Perhaps a second hike on Sunday after breakfast. Stay tuned for more updates but make your lodge reservations now.

The first Adventuring hike to Hoover Camp took place on Sunday, May 7, 1979 and was co-led by trip coordinators Pete Kostik and Warren Potas. The meeting place for the carpooling was the Columbia Island Marina at LBJ Memorial Grove near the Pentagon. The first 10 hikers included Phil Mackall, Christian, John Zirpel, Mickey, Bill Lipset, Jack Engle, Steve Pond, Horst, Amous and Pete Kostik. Gas mileage was estimated at $1.25 per person ($5 per car with 4 persons in each car), $2.00 for mileage, and $0.50 park entrance fee (based on $2.00 per car)

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