May Field Trips - Two for the Price of One!
The last month of the club year is upon us, and so we're ending a great year with not one, but two great field trips.
On Saturday, May 3rd, we will trek out to the mountains of Virginia for a hike among the trillium. This hike, in the
G. Richard Thompson Wildlife Management Area near Paris, Va., will be less than 3 miles long, and not difficult. However, we will be hiking among literally thousands of blooming trillium, as well as yellow lady slippers, and even a well-established breeding population of Cerrulean warblers. This is the perfect outing for the nature photographer.
We'll need to get an early start for this event, so we'll meet at my home in Bowie, at 7:00 a.m. to carpool. Wear hiking boots if you have them, or if not, get out a good pair of sturdy, comfortable sneakers. Bring any and all camera equipment that you wish to carry along, and don't forget a bottle of water, and some snacks to munch on. We'll get lunch at a local eatery after the hike.
The following weekend, on Saturday May 10th, we'll reprise our outing of last May and travel to the Rough and Tumble Engineers Historical Association in Kinzers, Pa., for their annual spring steam-up. R&T is a living museum of steam history, featuring working steam traction engines that were used on farms of old. They also have two steam trains, a steam-powered saw mill, and lots more. If you went last year, you'll want to go again. And if you missed last year's event, then you're in for a treat. Gates open at 8:00 a.m. You can use your tripods at Rough & Tumble. I cannot help out with carpooling for this trip, as we will be going on to another location for the rest of that weekend. However, I'll be happy to coordinate other carpools so that everyone can get there easily. You can find more information at the R&T website: http://www.roughandtumble.org/rt_visit.asp
If you are interested in joining in on either of these trips, contact Vince Ferrari, by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at 301-249-2210. --Vince Ferrari