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Special Events

Longwood Gardens in Chester County, PA Touring and Hiking

New River Gorge Furry Friendly White Water Rafting & Camping

Surfing at Assateague State Park

Beach & Peach Car Camping and Peach Festival

Star Gazing & Car Camping at Shenandoah National Park

Music at the Purple Fiddle Hiking and Camping


Longwood Gardens in Chester County, PA Touring and Hiking
Friday-Sunday, June 2-4, 2017
Brandywine Valley, PA
4:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
$25 members, $35 non-members
Level: 9.0 miles
All levels welcome.

Our weekend begins Friday evening when we set up camp at Susquehanna State Park in Havre De Grace, MD, where we will have picnic tables, fire rings and access to a comfort station with hot showers. After an early breakfast on Saturday, we will drive to Longwood Gardens through PA's beautiful Brandywine Valley. We will begin with the 86 acre Meadow Garden which showcases the best practices in ecological garden design with open, undulating fields, lush wetlands, and diverse habitats for flora and fauna. With a variety of indoor and outdoor gardens on its 1,077 acres, Longwood Gardens will provide a full day of hiking, learning and photo opps. For a description of the formal gardens, the 1919 conservatory with 20 indoor gardens and the recently restored main fountain garden, the most significant fountain collection in the US, see https://longwoodgardens.org/visit. Lunch and dinner may be purchased on site. Our day at Longwood Gardens ends with an outdoor hot jazz concert at 7:30 pm and lighted fountain display, after which we return to our campsites.

After breakfast in camp on Sunday morning, we will hike moderate trails offering magnificent views of the Susquehanna River Valley and take a self-guided tour of the park's historical sites - the Rock Run Grist Mill, the 1804 Carter-Archer Mansion, remnants of the Susquehanna and Tidewater Canal, and the restored Jersey Toll House where fees were collected for the historic Port Deposit Bridge.

WWO has a limited amount of equipment to lend as a member benefit. Campground rules restrict number of tents per site so tent sharing among participants could be necessary. Registration fee does not include meals nor the timed entry tickets in the range of $25 to Longwood Gardens.

This trip is Friday - Sunday, although an option to meet up on Saturday is possible. Carpooling, meal planning, gear sharing and all other trip details will be worked out by email the week before the trip.

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, May 24, 2017

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New River Gorge Furry Friendly White Water Rafting & Camping
Saturday-Tuesday, July 1-4, 2017
New River Gorge River Park
Glen Jean, WV
7:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
$145 members, $165 non-members
Level: Beginner and above.

Join us this 4th of July on an Adventure Weekend at New River Gorge National River Park, known not only for its famous bridge, but also for its abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities. From our base campsite, we will venture out each day to take advantage of some of what this special area has to offer - zip line, climbing, fishing, kayaking, SUP, horseback riding, New River Gorge Bridge Walk and hiking. On Sunday, we have a full-day whitewater rafting trip 9:30 - 2:30 with lunch included on the lower New River.

WWO fee includes 3 nights at the campground, guided whitewater rafting trip and hiking.

Gear sharing, meal planning, carpooling and all other details will be worked out by email the week before the trip. WWO has a limited amount of camping equipment to lend as a member benefit.

Your friendly dog is invited on this trip.

Registration Deadline: Friday, June 16, 2017 TRIP IS CLOSED

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Surfing at Assateague State ParkNovice Program
Saturday, July 22, 2017
Assateague State Park
Berlin, MD
9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
$85 members, $95 non-members
Level: Novices welcome, but participants MUST be strong swimmers and comfortable in the ocean waves.

Have you wanted to try surfing? Please join surfing instructor Michelle Sommers (http://www.sommerssurf.com/) for a morning of surfing lessons and fun on the beach. Michelle will teach us about the various breaks, types of waves, wind, tides, teach us about surfboard, and provide on-land instruction. We will paddle out past the waves, get comfortable on the surfboard. And then we will ride the waves!

Michelle will give personal attention to every surfer. Those women not in the water will enjoy time on the beach and cheer on the surfers. Afterwards, we will go out for a meal to celebrate our successes.

Note that this event is weather dependent. If the weather isn't cooperative, our backup date is August 5th. We will either catch one of the high tides, so the event start time may be 9:00 am at Assateague. Final start time will be determined the week of the event.

Registration Deadline: Monday, July 10, 2017

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Beach & Peach Car Camping and Peach FestivalNovice Program
Saturday-Sunday, August 5-6, 2017
Assateague Island National Seashore
Berlin, MD
4:00 p.m. - 12:00 noon
$20 members, $30 non-members
Level: 5.0 miles
Beginner and above.

Voted America's Coolest Small Town in 2014, Berlin is home to the Berlin Peach Festival and Heritage Fair. This is an annual community festival featuring pie-baking and pie-making contests, music, craft demonstrations, games and vendors of handcrafted items, all kinds of peachy foods and many different varieties of delicious peaches!

We will meet up at the Berlin Peach Festival to enjoy all the activities and afterwards, travel a short distance to Assateague National Seashore for car camping at oceanside walk-in sites. After enjoying beach activities on Sunday, we will return home.

WWO has a limited amount of camping equipment to lend as a member benefit. Since the campsites are sandy, it is recommended that participants bring longer-than-normal tent stakes. Campground rules restrict number of tents per site so tent sharing among participants could be necessary.

This trip is Saturday through Sunday. WWO registration fee does not include any meals nor entry to Assateague Island National Seashore. Gear sharing, carpooling, meal planning and all other trip details will be worked out by email the week before the trip.

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, July 26, 2017

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Star Gazing & Car Camping at Shenandoah National ParkNovice Program This event is Metro accessible
Saturday-Sunday, August 12-13, 2017
Shenandoah National Park, VA
12:00 noon - 3:00 p.m.
$20 members, $30 non-members
Level: Beginner and above.

The 2017 Perseid meteor shower will peak on the night of Aug 12 and early morning hours of Aug 13, and Big Meadows in Shenandoah National Park is the place to be for this spectacular star gazing event. The Park has several special activities planned at Byrd Visitor Center and the Big Meadows Area where we have reserved campsites at Big Meadows Campground.

We will meet up on Saturday to set up our campsite, take in the special activities, and enjoy a late evening meal before the show begins. After a leisurely breakfast on Sunday, we will break camp, enjoy a short hike before heading home.

WWO has a limited amount of camping equipment to lend as a member benefit. Campground rules restrict number of tents per site so tent sharing among participants could be necessary.

This trip is Saturday through Sunday. WWO registration fee does not include any meals nor entry to Shenandoah National Park. Gear sharing, carpooling, meal planning, and all other trip details will be worked out by email the week before the trip.

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, August 2, 2017

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Music at the Purple Fiddle Hiking and Camping This event is Metro accessible
Saturday-Sunday, August 19-20, 2017
Monongahela National Forest
Thomas, WV
8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
$30 members, $35 non-members
Level: 10.0 miles
Beginner and above.

Where do you go in West Virginia to find an eclectic group of hippies and some genuine mountain music?! That is how The Purple Fiddle in Thomas, WV has been described. Or this... "If I had to make a list of my top 10 favorite places in the world (and I've been quite a few places), The Purple Fiddle would make that list!"

We will meet up Saturday morning and carpool to Thomas, WV where we will hike some of the Blackwater Canyon Trail in the Monongahela National Forest. The trail curves along the Blackwater River and its north branch, meandering through Blackwater Falls State Park and is a terrifically scenic pathway with mountains lining both sides of the canyon and wonderful sounds of the roaring river. It is possible we will happen upon one of several endangered species along the trail, including the WVA flying squirrel, Indiana bat or the Cheat Mount salamander.

In the late afternoon and evening, we will enjoy a one-of a kind performance and dinner at the Purple Fiddle Cafe, Brews and Stage before heading to our campsite at a nearby campground. On Sunday, we will return to the Blackwater Canyon Trail to finish our miles and to take in more sites before heading home.

Gear sharing, meal planning, carpooling and all other details will be worked out by email the week before the trip. WWO has a limited amount of equipment to lend as a member benefit. This trip is Saturday through Sunday.

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, August 9, 2017

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