Monday, November 23, 2009

Natural Happenings: Burn the Bird

hiking boots warming by the wood stoveMost of us will be overeating on Thanksgiving. Good thing our calendar includes lots of options for working off some of those extra calories. Many trips offer carpool options, so you can get out on the trail even if you don't have a car. No excuses!

Turkey Day: If you prefer to burn your calories before you consume them, there are two hikes scheduled for Thursday morning. The Center Hiking Club is heading to Sky Meadows to hike 7 miles, including a stretch of the Appalachian Trail. Some of them will be getting together for Thanksgiving dinner afterwards. The DC Metropolitan Hikers are going to Patapsco Valley State Park for an 8 mile hike.

Friday: The Nature Lovers Meetup is taking a 4 mile hike at Great Falls in the morning. The Capital Hiking Club will be there in the evening for a moonlight hike.

Saturday: You can head out with the Sierra Club for an 11 mile hike through Difficult Run, in Reston. Or join the Capital Hiking Club for 9 miles on the Potomac Heritage Trail and the C&O Canal. Register by Wednesday to hike 8 miles on Sugarloaf Mountain with Washington Women Outdoors.  Or, if you want to go even farther afield, the Center Hiking Club and the North Virginia Hiking Club are both headed to Shenandoah National Park.

Sunday:   The Center Hiking Club will hike 10 miles on the Ridge and Valley Trails in Rock Creek Park. The North Virginia Hiking Club will cover 5-6 miles in Occoquan Regional Park. The Wanderbirds head up toward Frederick for 8-11 miles at Catoctin Mountain Park and Cunningham Falls. The Sierra Club is going to Harper's Ferry for a 7 mile hike at Maryland Heights, and another delegation from the Center Hiking Club is headed to hike Old Rag.

Check our calendar for details on any of these hikes.  We'll see you out there!

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