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  • 08 Jul 2021 7:30 PM | Kathleen (Administrator)

    Hi everyone,

    On March 25, 2020, I sent an email with the subject line, "WO Mid-Atlantic takes a time out." At the close of that email I wrote,"We'll be looking to trusted scientific and medical sources for guidance on when Women Outdoors Mid-Atlantic can safely resume our monthly activities. In the meantime, stay safe and take good care of yourselves and your neighbors."

    Now after more than 15 months, we turn to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for guidance and their website says:

    • If you are fully vaccinated, you can resume activities that you did prior to the pandemic.
    • Fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.
    • If you haven’t been vaccinated yet, find a vaccine.

    And so, thanks to effective vaccines and more and more people getting vaccinated, the daily rhythms of life are starting to reappear, friends and families are able to gather together again, and the Mid-Atlantic Region is heading back outdoors.

    But first I need to let you know about some policy changes. After the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the board of directors of Women Outdoors adopted new rules for all events. One of the changes was that all Women Outdoors events were for WO members only. But breaking news: the board of directors has just lifted that membership restriction and changed it back to our pre-pandemic practice, which is that guests are allowed to attend two events before we ask you to join Women Outdoors.

    Membership in Women Outdoors is a bargain (and a charitable contribution) - only $30/year for individuals and $15/year for seniors (65+), full-time students (18-25) and juniors (girls under 18). Click on Join/Renew to become a member of Women Outdoors today.

    Now for the fun stuff. We are back! Please click on the links below for more information and to register.

    Saturday, July 24, 9:30 a.m. - Welcome Back Hike and Potluck Picnic at Gambrill State Park in Frederick, MD. We'll stretch our legs on a short hike first and then gather for a potluck picnic at a shelter on High Knob at Gambrill State Park. Not up for a hike? Then join us just for the picnic. We want to see you!

    Wednesday, August 18, 10:00 a.m. - Dog Days of August Walk in the Park and Swim at the Beach in Annapolis, MD. Bring your four-legged furry friends for a walk at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis and then let them enjoy a romp at the Dog Beach. Bring a brown bag lunch for afterwards.

    Friday-Sunday, September 10-12 - Women Outdoors National Gathering at Camp Scully near Albany, NY. Join us for a weekend of laughter and fun with Women Outdoors members from all regions. WO members will lead all of the outdoor activities such as kayaking, hiking and biking as well as several workshops. Camp Scully is only a 6-hour drive from the DC area (much closer than when the Gathering was in NH!). Southwest Airlines also flies to Albany from DCA and BWI. The Gathering is always a wonderful weekend of women coming together to make new friends and cherish old ones. Come join us!

    That's it for now. Can't wait to reconnect with all of you!

    See you in the outdoors,


    Regional Contact

    Women Outdoors Mid-Atlantic

    Nurture your nature

  • 29 Sep 2019 8:55 PM | Kathleen (Administrator)

    Here's our latest schedule. Click on each link for more info and to register.

  • 21 Aug 2019 3:59 PM | Kathleen (Administrator)

    The Mid-Atlantic Region has lots of fun stuff coming up the next few months. Here's a sneak peek:

    See you in the outdoors!

    Kathleen, Mid-Atlantic Regional Contact

  • 17 Mar 2016 1:00 PM | Kathleen (Administrator)

    Join us for a 20-mile bike ride through Washington, DC and Bethesda, MD along two of our region's most popular bike paths - the Rock Creek and Capital Crescent trails - on Saturday, March 26, 2016. Click here to register.

    We'll start our ride at Fletcher's Boat House in DC, bike through Rock Creek Park, head across to Bethesda, and then back down the Capital Crescent to Fletcher's. Most of the ride is flat but there are some moderate hills in Rock Creek Park.

    We'll take water and snack breaks along the way and then after our ride have a picnic on the banks of the Potomac at Fletcher's Boat House.  No bike? No problem. Fletcher's Boathouse rents bicycles for $9/hour or $31/day and provides helmets. Everyone must wear a helmet and closed-toe shoes on this bike ride.

  • 04 Jan 2013 3:45 PM | Kathleen (Administrator)

    Welcome to 2013 and another great year of activities with the Mid-Atlantic chapter of Women Outdoors. 

    On Saturday, January 12, we’re heading to Calvert Cliffs in Charles County, MD, for hiking and fossil hunting.  The massive Miocene cliffs were formed over 10 million years ago and rise over 100 feet above Chesapeake Bay.  While we can’t access the cliffs themselves, we can walk the Cliffs Trail for the spectacular view.  We’ll hike about 5 miles.  There is a $5/per vehicle charge (MD residents), $7/per out of state vehicle.

    Click here to register for the Calvert Cliffs hike or go to www.womenoutdoors.org/mid-atlantic.  From there, click on Online calendar, scroll to January 12 and click on Calvert Cliffs Hike.  Registration closes on Thursday, January 10.

    On Sunday, January 13, join us for a potluck brunch as we plan our outdoor adventures for spring and summer 2013.  We’ll provide coffee, tea and juice and ask you to bring a dish to share.  Click here to register for the brunch or go to www.womenoutdoors.org/mid-atlantic.  From there, click on Online calendar, scroll to January 13 and click on Planning Meeting and Potluck Brunch.  Registration closes on Friday, January 11.

    Our other upcoming events include:

    All of our events are free for members and non-members of Women Outdoors.  Non-members are invited to join us on two events before we ask you to join Women Outdoors.  Annual membership is $30 [$15 for full-time students (18-25) and seniors (over 65)] and you can join online at www.womenoutdoors.org/joinus.

    See you in the outdoors.

  • 06 Mar 2012 6:05 PM | Kathleen (Administrator)

    St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner and Women Outdoors Mid-Atlantic will celebrate it with a 17 mile bike ride starting in Greenbelt, MD.   Expect rolling hills and some bumpy pavement as we ride through some quiet sections of the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center.  There are some busy roads as well, but they have wide shoulders.  Wear your green and bring Irish soda bread for a picnic afterwards. 

    Click on this link to sign up for the bike ride or go to www.womenoutdoors.org/mid-atlantic.  From there, click on the “Online Calendar” icon and then click on St. Patrick’s Day Bike Ride on March 17.  Registration closes on Thursday, March 15.  We’ll send an email on Friday, March 16 with details and directions to everyone who has registered. 
  • 03 Dec 2011 9:10 PM | Deleted user
    Wildcat MountainIt's been awhile since the last blog post of spring of 2010. We've actually been on lots of hikes, bike rides, and kayaking trips since then. I don't have time right now to catch us up on all of them, but I will start fresh with our latest hike which was the Wildcat Mountain Hike in Warrenton, VA on Dec. 3. It was a beautiful winter day, bright sunny skies -- a great day for hiking. Posted by Kathy C.

    Wildcat MountainWilcat Mountain
  • 10 May 2010 7:47 PM | Kathleen (Administrator)
    Our wildflower expert shows us all the Jacks in the pulpitWe originally planned on venturing out to Thompson Wildlife Management Area in Linden, VA, to see the magnificent display of millions of trillium.  But with our unusually warm spring, the trillium bloomed earlier than usual this year, so we decided to opt for something closer instead.

    Gambrill State Park in Frederick, MD, fit the bill.  The Black Locust Trail treated us to jacks in the pulpit, a few columbine and budding mountain laurel.  This trail comes with some lovely overlooks at the perfect time for lunch and the end of the hike.

    We're going to see the trillium yet.  It's already on the calendar for the first weekend of May 2011.  See you there.
    At the end of another great hikeAnother view at the end of a great hike

  • 12 Apr 2010 7:06 PM | Kathleen (Administrator)
    The rock seam on the Billy Goat TrailLike we said, it's not called the Billy Goat Trail for nothing.  Almost 20 intrepid hikers set out on a beautiful clear day in April to experience the legendary Billy Goat Trail along the banks of the Potomac River. 

    Along the way, we were treated with Virginia bluebells galore.  Although the trail is only a few miles long, the rock scrambling makes it a challenge for even the most experienced of hikers.

    We lunched on an outcropping of rocks overlooking the Potomac River about 150' below us.  Kayakers below and herons and helicopters above caught our eye.

    Having tackled the hard part first, we meandered along the C & O Towpath back to the ever stunning Great Falls.  Who would believe this gorgeous hike is just a few miles outside our Nation's Capital?
  • 21 Mar 2010 2:17 PM | Kathleen (Administrator)
    On September 17, 1862, the Union and the Confederacy armies engaged in the bloodiest one day battle in U.S. history, claiming the lives of more than 3,600 soldiers and leaving more than 19,000 soldiers wounded or missing after brutal dawn to dusk combat.  The Battle of Antietam provided enough of a victory for the Union that President Lincoln was able to issue the Emancipation Proclamation shortly afterward.

    The Poffenberger FarmWe mustered bicyclists from Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania for our bike ride through Antietam National Battlefield in Sharpsburg, MD. The first day of spring actually felt like summer - bright sunshine and temperatures in the high 70s. After meeting at the visitor's center, we began our loop of the major battle sites, starting with the cornfield at the edge of the Poffenberger farm, where fighting began at dawn's first light. 

    Up in the observation towerWe next rode to the Sunken Road, later named Bloody Lane for all the Confederate soldiers who died there.  We ventured up the observation tower, built in the late 19th century for training purposes, for a bird's eye view of the battlefield landscape.

    A thrilling ride down a steep hill led predictably to a moderately long uphill slog to the overlook above Burnside Bridge over Antietam Creek, where we watched a Boy Scout troop ceremony.  After the Scouts cleared out, we decided the bridge made the perfect lunch spot. 

    Lunch at Burnside BridgeAfter lunch, we biked to the Antietam National Cemetery and then headed back to the visitor's center.  As it turned out, even though we had been on the road for a few hours, with all of our stops along the way, we had biked only 10 miles.  One of our bikers decided she wanted to get in a few more miles, so she headed out for another loop of the battlefield while the rest of us packed up our bikes and headed home. 

    If you're at all interested in Civil War history, Antietam Battlefield is the place to go, and biking the battlefield is the way to see it.
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