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  • 06 Dec 2023 10:48 AM | Kathleen (Administrator)

    On the spur of the moment we have added an event to our Women Outdoors Mid-Atlantic schedule. Read on for more info on this late breaking activity.

    Celebrate your favorite December holiday with a bit of a lark. Join us on Saturday, December 16 for our Creek Walk and Cocoa Crawl in Takoma Park, MD.

    First we'll go for a 3-mile walk through quaint Takoma Park neighborhoods and along the ever popular Sligo Creek Trail. After our walk, we'll go back to our members' home for a brown bag lunch.

    Following lunch, we'll head out (take your pick: drive or walk just over a mile) for the fabulous Takoma Cocoa Crawl. Local restaurants and cafes will offer their signature take on hot cocoa. Adult versions will be available, too. In addition, many Old Town Takoma businesses will be offering special holiday deals.

    We'd love it if you could join us for the whole caper, but feel free to come for just the creek walk or just the brown bag lunch or just the cocoa crawl. Mostly we just want to enjoy your company and celebrate the season. Ugly holiday sweaters are encouraged!

    This free activity is open to members and non-members of Women Outdoors. Non-members are welcome to attend two WO events as guests. On your third event, we'll ask you to join the Mid-Atlantic Region of Women Outdoors. You can also join right now by clicking on this Join Us link.

    Click on this link for more information and to register for the Creek Walk and Cocoa Crawl.

    Registration closes on Friday, December 15. Sorry, no doggies on this event.

  • 09 Oct 2023 2:38 PM | Kathleen (Administrator)

    There's more lore than ore along the Goldmine Loop Trail, but the real treasure lies in the beauty of the setting. Join us on Sunday, November 12 as we combine the 2.5-mile Goldmine Loop Trail with the 2.5-mile loop to the Maryland Overlook at Great Falls for a lovely fall hike.

    The views from the Overlook of the Potomac River Valley and the C&O Canal are spectacular! The moderate trails are through an airy forest in the C&O Canal National Historical Park.

    After the hike, we'll gather for a potluck brunch at a member's home nearby.

    Sorry, no doggies on this hike and brunch.

    This free activity is open to members and non-members of Women Outdoors. Non-members are welcome to attend two WO events as guests. On your third event, we'll ask you to join the Mid-Atlantic Region of Women Outdoors. You can also join right now by clicking on this Join Us link. 

    Registration closes on Friday, Nov. 10.

    Click here to register for the Gold Mine Loop Trail Hike and Brunch.

  • 07 Oct 2023 8:20 PM | Kathleen (Administrator)

    A hike and history at the same time

    Many of us have enjoyed kayaking at Jug Bay, but here's a chance to explore some of the other gems at Patuxent River Park. We'll start by going up the observation tower and take in the views over the wide marshes of Jug Bay. The tower is handicap-accessible if the spirit is willing but the knees are weak.

    Next we'll head out on a mostly flat hike of about 4 miles that will take us through a diverse landscape of upland forests, swamps and marshes filled with birds and wetland vegetation. (Did you know that a swamp is a wetland with trees, while a marsh has only shrubs and herbaceous vegetation? Tip of the hat to Bryan MacKay, author of Hike Maryland.) We may also enjoy some leaf peeping on this hike as well as more views of Jug Bay.

    After the hike, we'll sit down for a brown bag lunch at picnic tables overlooking Jug Bay. After lunch we have a special treat for history buffs or anyone who wants to step back in time - a walk through the Patuxent Rural Life Museums, a collection of museums and buildings dedicated to preserving the rural heritage of southern Prince Georges County.

    The Duckett Freedman Log Cabin is a rare surviving example of a chestnut log farm tenant house from the 1880s. The Duvall Tool Museum features exhibits about traditional trades and crafts, a general store, and even a dental office from the early 20th century. A 1923 Sears Simplex House ($443) certainly qualifies as an OG Tiny House - just three rooms and a front porch with the separately purchased outhouse ($40) out back. Other museums highlight blacksmithing, tobacco farming and working on the Patuxent River.

    Feel free to join us for just the observation tower and the Black Walnut Nature Study Area (short walking paths and boardwalks) at the very beginning of our hike. Then skip the 4-mile hike (and perhaps explore the Visitor's Center instead) and join us for the picnic lunch and Rural Life Museums afterwards.

    To improve our chances of seeing lots of birds and possibly even some waterfowl on this hike, no doggies.

    This free activity is open to members and non-members of Women Outdoors. Non-members are welcome to attend two WO events as guests. On your third event, we'll ask you to join the Mid-Atlantic Region of Women Outdoors. You can also join right now by clicking on this Join Us link. 

    Registration closes on Thursday, Oct. 26. Click here for more information and to register.

  • 14 Aug 2023 9:13 PM | Kathleen (Administrator)

    Everything starts with a plan. Women Outdoors runs completely on volunteer energy and we need yours! Join us for our potluck brunch and planning meeting on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2023.

    Come bring your ideas and energy for outdoor adventures with the Mid-Atlantic chapter of Women Outdoors. Bring your calendars, hiking and biking books, and any other idea generators and help us plan activities for the upcoming months.

    We'll provide coffee and tea and ask you to bring a potluck dish to share.

    This free activity is open to members and non-members of Women Outdoors. Non-members are welcome to attend two WO events as guests. On your third event, we'll ask you to join the Mid-Atlantic Region of Women Outdoors. (This brunch is a freebie and doesn't count as one of those events.) You can also join right now by clicking on this Join Us link. 

    The automatic confirmation email will contain the exact meeting location for the brunch. 

    Registration closes on Saturday, Sept. 16. If you register but then are unable to attend, please cancel your registration with Women Outdoors.

    Click on this link to register for the potluck brunch and planning meeting.

  • 14 Aug 2023 9:01 PM | Kathleen (Administrator)

    Little Bennett Regional Park in upper Montgomery County offers a glimpse back in time to when it was a patchwork of old farms, mills and a one-room schoolhouse.

    Join us on Saturday morning, Sept. 2, 2023, for a 4-mile hike (+ or -) through old fields, oak-pine woodlands, rocky hillsides, wet meadows and along Little Bennett Creek. If we're lucky, we'll spy a variety of late summer wildflowers in the open fields and meadows. This is an easy to moderate hike with some ups and downs and a few rocky trails. We may be sharing part of the hike with horseback riders and mountain bikers.

    Doggies are welcome to come on this hike but must be kept on leash at all times.

    This free activity is open to members and non-members of Women Outdoors. Non-members are welcome to attend two WO events as guests. On your third event, we'll ask you to join the Mid-Atlantic Region of Women Outdoors. You can also join right now by clicking on this Join Us link. 

    Everyone must agree to the Women Outdoors Assumption of Risk statement during the registration process. Registration closes on Thursday, August 31.

    Bring:

    • Water
    • Snacks and/or brown bag lunch for the trail
    • Insect repellent
    • Hiking poles (optional)
    • Extra socks or sandals in case there's a stream crossing (optional)

    Please respect the trip leaders and other members and arrive on time - 9:30 a.m.

    Click on this link for more information and to register for the hike.

  • 21 Jul 2023 10:30 AM | Kathleen (Administrator)

    Join us for something a little different this August: a mid-week, early evening, laid-back outing at one of the beloved jewels of our area, the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park.

    We'll meet in the late afternoon on Wednesday, August 9 at one of the lockhouses along the canal and . . . wait for it . . . just relax. Bring a camp chair, your beverage of choice, some snacks or dessert to share, and dinner for later. We'll enjoy the scenery and each other's company and just hang out for the evening.

    We'll have access to the lockhouse, which has a bathroom and kitchen (stove, oven and refrigerator but no microwave), if you want to heat up your dinner or keep it chilled until we eat. Feel free to bring a camp stove if that works better for you.

    After dinner (and the heat of the day), anyone who wants to can go for a walk along the C&O Towpath. You can also bring your bike and take a short ride. Or not. Depending on the weather, we may have a campfire.

    Doggies are welcome to come on this low-key adventure (oxymoron?) but must be kept on leash at all times including while we're just sitting around outside.

    This free activity is open to members and non-members of Women Outdoors. Non-members are welcome to attend two WO events as guests. On your third event, we'll ask you to join the Mid-Atlantic Region of Women Outdoors. You can also join right now by clicking on this Join Us link. 

    Everyone must agree to the Women Outdoors Assumption of Risk statement during the registration process. Registration is limited to 20 participants and closes on Monday, August 7, whichever comes first.

    Click on this link to register for A Summer Evening on the C&O Canal.

    Bring:

    • Snacks/desserts to share
    • Camp chair
    • Water and/or beverage of choice
    • Dinner for yourself (and your own mess kit).
    • If biking, bring a helmet (required).
  • 15 May 2023 9:05 AM | Kathleen (Administrator)

    We're heading to Washington Monument State Park in Middletown, MD to celebrate the Mid-Atlantic Region's 14th anniversary with a hike and picnic on Sunday, June 4, 2023.

    "Located atop South Mountain, Washington Monument State Park is named for the first completed monument dedicated to the memory of George Washington. The Washington Monument is a rugged stone tower that was initially erected by the citizens of Boonsboro in 1827."  - From the Maryland Department of Natural Resources website.

    We'll hike first, starting with a short walk up to the Washington Monument to take in the beautiful 360 view. From there we'll take the Appalachian Trail for a fairly easy out-and-back hike of a few miles.

    After the hike, we'll fire up the grill for burgers and hot dogs. BYOburger, hot dog, not dog, veggie burger or grillable item of your choice as well as a side dish or dessert to share. We'll provide watermelon for everyone. Leave no trace: Bring your own mess kit, utensils and trash bag to carry out your trash and recyclables.

    If you're not up for the hike, feel free to join us for just the picnic afterwards.

    Gear Giveaway/Swap/Sale - Most of us probably have some well-loved but seldom used outdoor gear at home. Bring that used gear and any outdoor themed books you have around the house to the picnic so they can find a new home with another Women Outdoors member. Be sure and label your gear with your name and price (if it's not a giveaway item). Everyone must take home whatever they bring if it doesn't find a new home.

    This free activity is open to members and non-members of Women Outdoors. Non-members are welcome to attend two WO events as guests. On your third event, we'll ask you to join the Mid-Atlantic Region of Women Outdoors. You can also join right now by clicking on this Join Us link. 

    Everyone must agree to the Women Outdoors Assumption of Risk statement during the registration process.

    Click on this link to register.

  • 15 Mar 2023 8:37 PM | Kathleen (Administrator)

    We haven't biked for a very long time, so we're starting out gently with an easy beginners ride on the Indian Head Rail Trail in Charles County, MD.

    The paved trail runs 13 miles for an out-and-back total of 26 miles, but we'll probably bike a much shorter distance, say 10-15 miles. Because it's a rail trail, our ride will be mostly flat with just a gentle rise on the way out, which means a nice glide on the way back.

    Here's a bit of what Rail-Trails Mid-Atlantic says about the Indian Head Rail Trail: "Cyclists and hikers can experience the surroundings of mature forests, natural wetlands, and occasional farmland as they pass through the Mattawoman Creek stream valley and some of southern Maryland's most scenic and undeveloped natural areas. . . . No matter your pace, the Indian Head Rail Trail is bound to delight."

    We'll stop along the way for water and snack breaks and then eat our lunch at the end of the ride at a park near Mattawoman Creek.

    Register now by clicking on this link.

    Registration closes on Friday, March 31. This activity will be cancelled In the event of rain and all registrants will be notified.

    This free activity is open to members and non-members of Women Outdoors. Non-members are welcome to attend two WO events as guests. On your third event, we'll ask you to join the Mid-Atlantic Region of Women Outdoors. You can also join right now by clicking on this Join Us link.

  • 15 Feb 2023 9:50 AM | Kathleen (Administrator)

    We're heading to Codorus State Park in Hanover, PA on May 19-21, 2023, for a weekend of outdoor adventure including hiking and boating.

    We have lots of options for outdoor fun! There are several hiking trails in the park as well as Lake Marburg, a popular fishing and boating destination with 26 miles of shoreline.

    You can bring your own boat or rent from AOS Marina on the lakeshore. In addition to kayaks and canoes, small fishing boats or even large pontoon boats are available to rent. Codorus State Park also has a designated mountain bike trail area and a disc-golf course.

    Doggies are welcome to come on this camping trip. You must reserve one of the designated pet friendly campsites (currently only available in loop C).

    The camping cost is $24/night (non-electric), $31/night (electric), $26/night (pet site, non-electric), $33 (pet site, electric) plus a $6.50 reservation fee, plus $5 more per night for non-Pennsylvania residents.

    Register with Women Outdoors first by clicking here.

    As soon as you complete your Women Outdoors registration, you will receive an automatic email with the exact location where the trip leaders will be camping so you can select a nearby campsite through Reserve America or Pennsylvania State Parks. (See the campground map.)

    IMPORTANT: Once you have a campsite reserved, please send an email to MidAtlantic@womenoutdoors.org and Becky@womenoutdoors.org to let us know which site you have.

    This event is for Women Outdoors members only. If you would like to come on the camping trip and are not yet a member, please click on this Join Us link to become a member of Women Outdoors.

    Everyone must agree to the Women Outdoors Assumption of Risk statement during the registration process.

  • 09 Feb 2023 7:32 PM | Kathleen (Administrator)

    Bring your 4-legged furry friend for this 4-mile woods and water walk at Downs Park in Anne Arundel County on Sunday, March 5, 2023.

    We'll start our walk at the South Overlook and enjoy views of the Chesapeake Bay and possibly spy some blue birds at the aviary right next to the gazebo. Then we'll head out on the Perimeter Trail through a forest of oak, poplar, beech, birch, holly, sweet gum and sassafras. Toward the end of the walk, we'll stop at the dog beach so the pooches can romp in the water.

    After the dog beach, we'll wander out to the end of the fishing pier and take in spectacular views of the Chesapeake Bay and across to the Eastern Shore of Maryland. (Sorry, dogs are not allowed on the pier.) Bring your binoculars because there's a good chance we'll be able to see several different kinds of ducks in the bay.

    The whole trail is flat and paved so this will be a gentle walk in the woods. If you don't want to do the entire 4 miles, there's an easy cutoff back to the Visitors Center to shorten the walk.

    We'll eat our lunch toward the end of the walk at a spot overlooking the Chesapeake Bay.

    There is a $6 parking fee at Downs Park.

    According to park rules, dogs must be on a leash at all times, except at the dog beach. Owners are responsible for picking up after their pets.

    Registration closes on Friday, March 3. This activity will be cancelled In the event of rain or extreme cold; all registrants will be notified.

    This free activity is open to members and non-members of Women Outdoors. Non-members are welcome to attend two WO events as guests. On your third event, we'll ask you to join the Mid-Atlantic Region of Women Outdoors. You can also join right now by clicking on this Join Us link.

    Click on this link to register for the doggie walk at Downs Park.

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