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Special Events

Beach & Peach Car Camping and Peach Festival

Surfing at Assateague State Park

Star Gazing & Car Camping at Shenandoah National Park

Music at the Purple Fiddle Hiking and Camping

Patuxent Water Trail Furry Friendly Canoe and Overnight Camp

Recreational Tree Climbing


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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Surfing at Assateague State ParkNovice Program
Saturday, August 5, 2017 (rescheduled)
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 Sunday, August 6th. 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: Thursday, July 27, 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 TRIP IS CLOSED

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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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Patuxent Water Trail Furry Friendly Canoe and Overnight Camp This event is Metro accessible
Saturday-Sunday, September 16-17, 2017
Patuxent Water Trail
Upper Marlboro, MD
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
$55 members, $75 non-members
Level: 7, 10 miles, Beginner and above.

Join WWO on this unique trip as we explore the Patuxent River, discover its beauty and camp along its banks! Scenery around the Patuxent River ranges from rich marshlands to lush fields, rural landscapes, suburban growth and locations of archaeological and historical significance. The Patuxent River is the longest river that flows entirely within the State of MD and the Patuxent Water Trail is a cooperative project by state and county governments, conservation groups, businesses and volunteers.

We expect to paddle approximately 10 miles and spend the night at a primitive backcountry campsite accessible only by water.

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. Fee includes canoe rental and camping but no meals.

Your canoe-experienced furry friend is invited on this trip. This trip is Saturday to Sunday.

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, August 30, 2017 TRIP IS FULL

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Recreational Tree ClimbingNovice Program
Saturday, September 23, 2017
Baltimore, MD
8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
$85 members, $95 non-members
Level: All. No previous experience necessary.

Have you ever climbed a tree? (We hope so!) Or, if you haven't, did you ever want to? (We think so!) Now is your chance! Recreational Tree Climbing is an opportunity to move from the ground up into the canopy using a combination of traditional climbing gear and a few cool knots and tools that are mostly used by arborists and tree trimming technicians. Put it all together, and you have an incredibly fun and satisfying recreational activity.

All gear will be provided. Due to the need for a tight leader to participant ratio, this event size is limited.

Registration Deadline: Monday, September 11, 2017

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