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  • 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 | Anonymous
    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.


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  • 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.
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  • 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.
  • 28 Feb 2010 4:49 PM | Kathleen (Administrator)
    MIDA_20100227_2.jpgAfter two back-to-back snowfalls in early February that dumped about five feet of snow, we were ready to put down our shovels and pick up our hiking and ski poles and head out to Little Bennett Regional Park for our Cabin Fever Hike. 

    When scouting the hike just a week earlier, we were trudging through snow above our knees.  Fortunately, the snow had melted down to about eight inches when we set out for this hike.  With a bright sun and clear blue sky above, sparkly white snow below and silhouetted trees in between, we enjoyed a lovely walk in the woods.

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  • 18 Jan 2010 4:47 PM | Kathleen (Administrator)
    MIDA_20100118_2.jpgOn a brilliant sunny January day, we met at Prince William Forest Park in Triangle, Virginia, for our Can't See the Forest for the Trees Hike.  One of our members, a naturalist, led us on a fascinating walk through the woods and taught us how to identify trees in winter using clues such as patterns in the bark, trunk shape, branching structure, fallen nuts and many other natural signs. 

    MIDA_20100118_5.jpgStarting along a creek bed, we first identified trees that don't mind wet feet.  From there we moved upland and found oaks of many colors - white, red, scarlet.  Like all good students, we asked lots of questions and quizzed each other along the way. 

    The little waterfalls at the end of the hike provided the perfect spot to enjoy what we learned.

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  • 04 Dec 2009 5:55 PM | Kathleen (Administrator)
    Unfortunately, we had to cancel our Holiday Hike because of our first wintry mix of the season.  Catoctin Mountain Park in Thurmont, MD is a beautiful park adjoining Camp David.  We'll definitely put this one back on our dance card or should I say, hike card?
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