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Socials


Sun Mar 11 - Annual Activity Social and Gear Swap Get in from the cold and enjoy our annual Activity Social at the spacious Eagle Fire House in New Hope. Come and cheer your friends' (and your own) accomplishments. Laugh, eat and drink (BYOB) your way through a fun evening. We'll enjoy a delicious catered buffet and present 2017 activity and leadership awards. We will again host our popular Gear Swap & Sale just prior to the social. Last year's event was a tremendous success, and an opportunity for folks to swap and sell gently used outdoors gear and to find great bargains. Don't miss out! Happy hour begins at 4:30 and the Gear Swap & Sale starts at 3:30. The fire house is easily accessible just off Route 202 at 46 North Sugan Road, New Hope, PA 18938. Any questions regarding the social may be forwarded to Mary Jane Martin at social@amcdv.org. For questions regarding the Gear Swap & Sale, contact Denis McCartan at membership@amcdv.org. See you there! L Mary Jane Martin (social@amcdv.org) L Denis McCartan (membership@amcdv.org)




Family

Sun Mar 4 - Washington Crossing State Park Family Hike and Maple Sugaring (2C3) Late winter gentle loop hike through rolling forested hills in Washington Crossing State Park. We'll visit the winter bird-feeding station (or observe equivalently from inside the Nature Center), and search for tracks of park wildlife. After the hike, hikers may stay for a maple sugaring demonstration outside the Nature House -- this requires separate advance registration with the park, (609) 737-2515 . Wear appropriate layered clothing, footwear for frozen/muddy as needed. Bring water, snacks, lunch if staying. Assemble at Nature Center at 12 noon; we may need to move cars to Greene Grove parking before hiking. Rain cancels, call by 10 am if in doubt. RSVP L Annette Sheldon 609.731.9022 CL Stan de Riel 609.731.3882 L Annette Sheldon (609-731-9022)

Backpacking

Sun Mar 4 - BACKPACKING!!!! Let's Get Started Workshop Do you want to backpack, but don't know how to get started? Did you backpack years ago, but haven't since the kids came along? Come enjoy a day of information and discussion, either as an introduction or as a refresher. You are sure to glean information to get started or to reignite your passion. Topics include fitness, footwear, backpacks (types, materials, packing, care, repair), clothing for all types of weather, shelter (tents, bivouac bags, and pads), wilderness kitchen, comfort, safety, hygiene, terrain, hazards, and trip planning. We will have sample gear for you to handle and discuss. There is a minimal charge for this seminar, and registration is required. Seminar will start at 10 a.m. and end around 4:30 p.m. Location will be provided to registrants. Cost of coffee, snacks, and lunch will be provided by the AMC Delaware Valley Chapter. Those who attend this seminar will be given registration priority for the upcoming Beginner Backpack Trip to follow the seminar. L Cindy Crosser (Ccchiroacu@aol.com) L Carl Ganong (sails123man@yahoo.com)



Hiking

Thu Mar 1 - March Pinnacle Full-Mooner (3C9) Sunset 5:55 Moonrise 5:42 Enjoy the Full Moon ( Crow Moon ) as it rises over one of Pennsylvania's most spectacular views. This hike is definitely NOT for first time night hikers. It is fast paced, with one long, steep climb. But if the conditions are just right it is a magnificent experience. Proper hiking shoes, flashlight, and WINTER clothing required. You must contact leader for more information if you are interested in attending this hike. Numbers are limited. L Peter Jarrett More Info at: AMC Trip Listing

Thu Mar 1 - Central Jersey Early Afternoon Hike (2B4-5) Hike in beautiful Duke Farms, at 1112 Dukes Pkwy W, Hillsborough, NJ 08844. We'll walk an assortment of trails TBA each day. Some days, we'll stay on paved trails, other days we'll focus on many of their grassy and gravel paths, and on other days we'll explore the park using all types of surfaces. Trails ate mostly flat. There is one hill that is included once in awhile. Wear comfortable and waterproof shoes, bring water and snack. Wear weather appropriate clothes. We meet at the Visitor's Center at 1 PM. Most likely we'll meet inside the lobby, next to the front entrance. Come early to watch video about history of Duke Farms and to join me for tea and snack prior to walk. I'm usually in the cafe at 12:30PM. L Jennifer Percival (jenniferpercival@hotmail.com)

Thu Mar 1 - Thursday Evening Hike: Lower Perkiomen Valley Park (3C6) Please join us for a brisk paced six mile hike every Thursday at 6.30 pm starting at Lower Perkiomen Valley Park in Oaks. This is a mostly flat, usually out and back walk. We alternate between four different routes/hikes and generally repeat a route once every month. This hike is open to hikers of all levels including new members and beginners. If you are not up to doing the full six miles you can stop and back track at any time you choose. Since this hike is done in the Fall, Winter and Spring all or part of the hike is done in the dark. Please bring water and wear appropriate layers. Heavy rain, sleet, or snow cancels. Optional refreshment stop afterward. L Phil Mulligan More Info at: AMC Trip Listing

Fri Mar 2-Sun Mar 4 - Winter Catskills Finale (2-3D5-8) Don't miss this last AMC-DV opportunity to experience the challenges and beauty of winter peak bagging in the Catskill Mountains. Specific peaks will follow based on group interest but will be 3500 footers. Conditions may vary from deep snow, ice to bare trail & rocks. Expect steep elevation gains, fun and a sense of accomplishment. These hikes require a strong fitness level and proper winter hiking gear, including snowshoes. Pace will be moderate and we remain as a group. We will arrive Friday evening, with multiple hikes both Sat and Sun. Overnight accommodations will be in Tannersville, NY. Must contact leaders to register. Details provided to registered participants. Space is limited. L Jeff Fritzinger (917-837-4899 Before 9pm) L Barbara Beatrice

Sat Mar 3 - Oscar Short Films and Kutztown walking tour 2B4+ Jo‌in us for a walking tour of Historic Kutztown, our route to include the fairgrounds, Kutztown University, Uptown Expresso Bar (good coffee), the down-town district and park. We will then gather at the Kutztown Strand for an afternoon matinee viewing of "The annual 2018 Oscar Nominated Short Films" (live action). Many options for a post meal in town afterwards. Please register with Barb for start time. L Barbara Blythe L John Garner More Info at: AMC Trip Listing

Sat Mar 3 - AT: PA Section 8 Part-1 (2-3D10) AT:PA Section 8 Part 1 Route PA 325 to/from Route PA 225 10 mile hike Expect a full day of activity. The trail will be very rocky so proper footwear is a must. Also, please bring plenty of water, lunch, snacks, rain gear, and a head lamp just in case. Thunderstorms and other crazy weather will modify or cancel the trip. Any questions, concerns, etc. please don't hesitate to contact me. L Rand Salani More Info at: AMC Trip Listing

Sat Mar 3 - Migrating Waterfowl viewing and hike at Middle Creek 3C7 Middle Creek Reservoir is about 80 miles west of Philadelphia and is noted as a migration stop for various breeds of waterfowl. We hope to see large flocks of snow geese and tundra swans. (NOTE - There is no guarantee that waterfowl will be there.) Hike will be in the hills just south of the reservoir, followed by a viewing session at the reservoir. There will be plenty of ups and downs on the hike and plenty of muddy areas. Over the ankle footwear is recommended. Ugly weather cancels. Group size is limited in accordance with State Game Land regulations. Part of the hike is on the Horseshoe Trail. Registration in required. Bring lunch, water, and snacks. Camera and binoculars are optional. NOTE - Hiking pace will slow down at times for bird observation. If you desire a fitness hike, this one is not for you. Please watch the official count and comments on the Middle Creek website. Hike will not be canceled due to low waterfowl count. Only weather or lack of interest will cancel this event. This is a good hiking area that gets very little use by AMC. NOTE I had scheduled this hike the last two Saturdays but was forced to cancel due to weather. Unfortunately we are now past the peak in the waterfowl migration season, but I believe we still have something to see. L Mike Manes (215-855-1315, amcdvtrails@aol.com)

Sun Mar 4 - AT: PA Section 8 Part-2 (2-3D8) AT:PA Section 8 Part 2. Expect a full day of activity. The trail will be very rocky so proper footwear is a must. Also, please bring plenty of water, lunch, snacks, rain gear, and a head lamp just in case. Thunderstorms and other crazy weather will modify or cancel the trip. Any questions, concerns, etc. please don't hesitate to contact me. 2-3D8 L Rand Salani More Info at: AMC Trip Listing

Sun Mar 4 - Brisk Hike in French Creek - The Northern, Western Areas (3C8) Come out and join us for a brisk (faster than moderate) paced hike in French Creek. We start by going around Hopewell Lake and heading past the campground to the northern perimeter. After that, we will swing by the Western part as well. The planned hike route is about 8 miles long and there is around 1500 feet elevation gain. We will go on a long downhill stretch on Six Penny Trail and travel on typical dirt/rock PA trails. The starting location is at the Hopewell Lake boat ramp parking area. The GPS coordinates are 40.199860375, -75.7901654778. Note there is no street address close so the Me‌etup location pin is off. We will meet there at 8:30 AM and leave by 8:45. Dress with lots of layers since we are going up and down hills this hike. Bring snacks plus lunch, water and hiking poles if you use them. Well behaved dogs are welcome provided they stay on a leash per park rules. Please contact the hike leader if you are bringing a guest under 18. L Jay Gross (610-574-6941 between 9AM and 9 PM, jaygross144@yahoo.com)

Mon Mar 5 - Wissahickon Wondering 3C5 Jo‌in us for a hike of 5 miles on various trails throughout the beautiful Wissahickon Gorge. The distance of the hike will be dependent on conditions and speed of the group. The weather is beautiful and dusk in the Wissahickon brings a certain majesty. Me‌et at 6:30 p.m. by the Valley Green Inn. Bring water, snacks and a flashlight. Difficulty: 3C5 L David Stein More Info at: AMC Trip Listing

Mon Mar 5 - Phoenixville Canal and Schuylkill River Trails (3B6) Please join me for a moderate to brisk paced 6-7 mile hike starting at the "Longford Park and Reynolds Dog Park" in Phoenixville, PA. We will hike along the beautiful Schuylkill River and canal using established trails and wide gravel/paved paths. This hike will be at least partially in the dark so a light is required. This is a weekly hike. Hike Plan This is the dry conditions hike plan. We will substitute in more gravel and paved trails to avoid muddy conditions. Starting at the dog park, we will hike between the canal and Schuylkill River to the lock 60 area via the Schuylkill River Trail just next to the canal and Towpath Road. From there we will go along the unpaved Upper Schuylkill River Trail next to the river until we get to the first stream crossing. If anyone in the group is uncomfortable crossing the stream, we will turn around. We will not be going on the Neal Thorpe Trail (known locally as the ravines.) Location The meeting place is at GPS coordinates 40.129247, -75.483021. The street address is 987 Port Providence Road, Phoenixville, PA 19460. Some maps have "Port Province Trail Head - Schuylkill River Trail." There are two parking areas. Me‌et in the south parking lot, away from the fenced-in dog areas. There are modern facilities at the parking area. Me‌et at 6:30PM for a start shortly after. The hike will end at approximately 8:45PM. I will start the hike in any temperature, in snow, in light or medium rain (as long as there is no lightning.) Hazardous car road travel conditions will cancel the hike. I will post weather updates as Me‌etup comments 90 minutes before the hike as needed. This hike is rated 3B6 using the AMC-DV hike rating system for moderate pace, B for carriage trails (note that some hike routes have sections of well established flat dirt trails) and 6 mile length. Expect a brisk walk, but I will adjust some to match the group. There are no real hills and one stream crossing on rocks. The trail is dirt with a few roots/rocks, smooth gravel along the canal and pavement along Towpath road for about 1 mile. For wet or muddy conditions, we walk only on gravel paths or paved roads. No dogs please. Hiking boots or shoes are recommended. Dress appropriately for weather conditions. As always...please remember to bring water, snacks, first aid kit and other essential items you may need. An umbrella will also work for rainy conditions. You will need a light. L Jay Gross (610-574-6941 between 9AM and 9 PM, jaygross144@yahoo.com)

Tue Mar 6 - Tuesday Nights in the Wissahickon (3C4-6) Tuesday Nights in the Wissahickon (3C 4-6) Jo‌in us for a casual social hike at a moderate pace through the hills of the Wissahickon Gorge of about 4-6 miles. Bring water, snacks and a flashlight or headlamp. Always an option for dinner following the hike. Me‌et at Bruno's, at the corner of Germantown and Northwestern Avenues at 6:30 p.m. Approximate GPS coordinates are: 40.085806, -75.230823. Nasty weather will cancel the hike. If doubtful check the status of the hike at http://www.amcdv.org/AMCCalendar.php or contact the leaders before 5:30 p.m. L Pat Naismith (610-639-3670 after 3:30 PM, hikerbabepat@gmail.com) L David Stein (dstein0857@yahoo.net)

Wed Mar 7 - Thompson-Neely House to Washington Crossing & back Hike (3B10) Jo‌in us for a 10-mile winter hike on the Delaware Canal towpath. We'll begin at 10:00am near the Thompson-Neely House at Bowman's Hill - in the parking area next to the canal path. We'll hike south on the old towpath to Washington Crossing Park (PA side), then stop for lunch at a local pizzeria. After our lunch stop, we'll backtrack on the towpath to the Thompson-Neely House. It is mostly level walking on good pathways, however traction devices are recommended if snow or ice is on the ground. Please don't forget to bring water, snacks, warm hat, gloves and/or mittens, and warm jacket. Heavy rain, winter storm, or impending planetary collision may cancel hike (light rain or snow = no problem). If in doubt, contact leader before 9:00am. L John Rogers (484-223-5312, jfrogers2@gmail.com)

Thu Mar 8 - Central Jersey Early Afternoon Hike (2B4-5) Hike in beautiful Duke Farms, at 1112 Dukes Pkwy W, Hillsborough, NJ 08844. We'll walk an assortment of trails TBA each day. Some days, we'll stay on paved trails, other days we'll focus on many of their grassy and gravel paths, and on other days we'll explore the park using all types of surfaces. Trails ate mostly flat. There is one hill that is included once in awhile. Wear comfortable and waterproof shoes, bring water and snack. Wear weather appropriate clothes. We meet at the Visitor's Center at 1 PM. Most likely we'll meet inside the lobby, next to the front entrance. Come early to watch video about history of Duke Farms and to join me for tea and snack prior to walk. I'm usually in the cafe at 12:30PM. L Jennifer Percival (jenniferpercival@hotmail.com)

Thu Mar 8 - Thursday Evening Hike: Lower Perkiomen Valley Park (3C6) Please join us for a brisk paced six mile hike every Thursday at 6.30 pm starting at Lower Perkiomen Valley Park in Oaks. This is a mostly flat, usually out and back walk. We alternate between four different routes/hikes and generally repeat a route once every month. This hike is open to hikers of all levels including new members and beginners. If you are not up to doing the full six miles you can stop and back track at any time you choose. Since this hike is done in the Fall, Winter and Spring all or part of the hike is done in the dark. Please bring water and wear appropriate layers. Heavy rain, sleet, or snow cancels. Optional refreshment stop afterward. L Phil Mulligan More Info at: AMC Trip Listing

Sat Mar 10 - Horse-Shoe Trail, Yellow Springs Rd. to Washington's Headquarters (2B-C 10+) Horse-Shoe Trail hike.2B-C10+. If you're curious where this trail goes, I'm doing a series with a number of sections of the trail. NOTE : Shuttle involved, some road, great majority of trail is in woods. I have done entire trail over a four year period. The trail meets up with the AT near Harrisburg. Yellow Springs Road to Washington 's Headquarters. Me‌et at Washington HQ parking lot off Route 23 at 9:00am. Bad weather cancels. L Tom Sherwood (610-787-0376, tgsher@verizon.net)

Sat Mar 10 - AT: PA Section 7 Part 1 3D10 Appalachian Trail PA Section 7 Part 1 will be roughly a 10 mile day. This hike will be a point to point. Expect a full day of activity. The trail will be very rocky so proper footwear is a must. Also, please bring plenty of water, lunch, snacks, rain gear, and a head lamp just in case. Thunderstorms and other crazy weather will modify or cancel the trip. Any questions, concerns, etc. please don't hesitate to contact me. L Rand Salani More Info at: AMC Trip Listing

Sat Mar 10 - Mar 10 Fast and Light At French Creek (4C15) Fast and Light at French Creek. Experience the pleasure of moving through nature using effort and with purpose. 15 miles in roughly 4 hours. 2 liters water minimum. Will do every significant hill that will fit into 15 miles. No significant views. Bring snacks needed to sustain energy levels and personal medical supplies as well as an insulating layer (fleece/puffy), hat, gloves and anything else you will need to remain comfortable. We will be finished before lunch. Pace and mileage may need to be adjusted in event of inclement weather. Registration is limited for this event. Me‌et at the Hopewell Lake boat launch parking area (GPS 40.19956,-75.78934) ready for an 8:30 AM start. Registration Required. No dogs. L Denis McCartan (dmac7154@gmail.com)

Sat Mar 10 - Conestoga Trail: Pequea to Holtwood-Brisk (3D8) Come out and join us for a brisk paced, strenuous hike on the beautiful Conestoga trail and Kelly's run Trails. You will experience the fantastic views of the Susquehanna River, walk thru the wonderful rhododendron in the canyons, and explore the Wind Cave along the way. After introductions, we will carpool to the Pequea Boat Launch parking lot and hike to the Wind Cave to see inside. We will continue on the Conestoga and Kelly's Run trails back to our cars at the Holtwood Rec. area. We will go up and down several long steep hills and cross many streams. There is around 2,500 feet elevation gain on this 8 mile hike. This specific hike is going to be run faster than the one on Sunday, 3/11, but we will not be doing trail running. If this is your first hike of the season, please do the other one. Fellow hikers may not appreciate waiting at the top of every hill especially considering there is another identical hike available. Folks on moderate hikes talk more, can enjoy the scenery and have more fun! Many parts of this trail are technical (challenging) and the drop offs next to the trail go down a ways or into icy cold streams. One of the stream crossings has only logs. The trail on rocks up Kelly's Run will be wet. Some of the descents are steep and rocky. There is usually wind because you are hiking near the edge of a cliff or on a steep hill facing a wide river. No dogs on this hike. You will want a headlamp for the cave. Also bring rain gear, lunch, snacks, and water. Extra water and food are needed because of the hills. Bring some method of protecting your face from the wind. Micro-spikes or equivalent are required for freezing condition. The starting location is at the Holtwood Recreation Area (also Kelly's Run Nature Preserve.) The GPS coordinates are 39.8404850,-76.3160958. The closest street address is 243 Old Holtwood Rd., Holtwood, PA 17532. The Me‌etup pin will be off too. We will meet there at 9:30AM and leave for Pequea by 9:45. The hike should be completed by 4PM, but the end time is highly variable due to hazardous trail sections, the long steep inclines and time spent exploring the cave. We will run this hike except for if there is freezing rain conditions expected for driving in the area. Please contact the hike leader if you are bringing someone under 18. L Jay Gross (610-574-6941 between 9AM and 9 PM, jaygross144@yahoo.com)

Sun Mar 11 - AT PA Section 7 Part 2 3D8 Appalachian Trail PA Section 7 Part 2 will be roughly a 8 mile day. This hike will be a point to point. Expect a full day of activity. The trail will be very rocky so proper footwear is a must. Also, please bring plenty of water, lunch, snacks, rain gear, and a head lamp just in case. Thunderstorms and other crazy weather will modify or cancel the trip. Any questions, concerns, etc. please don't hesitate to contact me. We will aim to finish this early for those trying to make it to the Activities Dinner of the DelVal Chapter Dinner. L Rand Salani (732-233-4838 Please don't call before 7:30 AM or after 9:30PM...thank you., RaymondSalani3@gmail.com)

Sun Mar 11 - Conestoga Trail: Pequea to Holtwood-Moderate (2.5D8) Come out and join us for a moderate paced, but strenuous, hike on the beautiful Conestoga trail and Kelly's run Trails. You will experience the fantastic views of the Susquehanna River, walk thru the wonderful rhododendron in the canyons, and explore the Wind Cave along the way. After introductions, we will carpool to the Pequea Boat Launch parking lot and hike to the Wind Cave to see inside. We will continue on the Conestoga and Kelly's Run trails back to our cars at the Holtwood Rec. area. We will go up and down several long steep hills and cross many streams. There is around 2,500 feet elevation gain on this 8 mile hike. The "B___" hill is literally 45 degrees for around 100 yards and then 30 degrees for another few hundred yards. This is the first day of daylight saving time… This specific hike is going to be run a bit slower than the one on Saturday, 4/10. I will go the pace of the hikers in the group while nicely encouraging folks at the back. We will do the exact route as the brisk paced group, but we can go up the hills slower for this hike. All the hikers who are worried about getting the best possible workout are on the brisk hike! :) Many parts of this trail are technical (challenging.) One of the stream crossings has only logs, so you need to balance beam walk across or scoot as you straddle the log with your legs. The trail on rocks up Kelly's Run will be wet. Some of the descents are steep and rocky. No dogs on this hike. You will want a headlamp for the cave and because we could be running close to dusk. Also bring rain gear, lunch, snacks, and water. Extra water and food are needed because of the hills. Bring some method of protecting your face from the wind. Micro-spikes or equivalent are required for freezing condition. We will do a quick gear check before leaving the parking lot. The starting location is at the Holtwood Recreation Area (also Kelly's Run Nature Preserve.) The GPS coordinates are 39.8404850,-76.3160958. The closest street address is 243 Old Holtwood Rd., Holtwood, PA 17532. The Me‌etup location pin will be off too. We will meet there at 9:30AM and leave for Pequea by 9:45. The hike should be completed by 5:30PM, but the end time is highly variable due to hazardous trail sections, the long steep inclines and time spent exploring the cave. We will run this hike except for if there is freezing rain conditions expected for driving in the area. L Jay Gross (610-574-6941 between 9AM and 9 PM, jaygross144@yahoo.com)

Mon Mar 12 - Wissahickon Wondering 3C5 Jo‌in us for a hike of 5 miles on various trails throughout the beautiful Wissahickon Gorge. The distance of the hike will be dependent on conditions and speed of the group. The weather is beautiful and dusk in the Wissahickon brings a certain majesty. Me‌et at 6:30 p.m. by the Valley Green Inn. Bring water, snacks and a flashlight. Difficulty: 3C5 L David Stein More Info at: AMC Trip Listing

Mon Mar 12 - Phoenixville Canal and Schuylkill River Trails (3B6) Please join me for a moderate to brisk paced 6-7 mile hike starting at the "Longford Park and Reynolds Dog Park" in Phoenixville, PA. We will hike along the beautiful Schuylkill River and canal using established trails and wide gravel/paved paths. This hike will be at least partially in the dark so a light is required. This is a weekly hike. Hike Plan This is the dry conditions hike plan. We will substitute in more gravel and paved trails to avoid muddy conditions. Starting at the dog park, we will hike between the canal and Schuylkill River to the lock 60 area via the Schuylkill River Trail just next to the canal and Towpath Road. From there we will go along the unpaved Upper Schuylkill River Trail next to the river until we get to the first stream crossing. If anyone in the group is uncomfortable crossing the stream, we will turn around. We will not be going on the Neal Thorpe Trail (known locally as the ravines.) Location The meeting place is at GPS coordinates 40.129247, -75.483021. The street address is 987 Port Providence Road, Phoenixville, PA 19460. Some maps have "Port Province Trail Head - Schuylkill River Trail." There are two parking areas. Me‌et in the south parking lot, away from the fenced-in dog areas. There are modern facilities at the parking area. Me‌et at 6:30PM for a start shortly after. The hike will end at approximately 8:45PM. I will start the hike in any temperature, in snow, in light or medium rain (as long as there is no lightning.) Hazardous car road travel conditions will cancel the hike. I will post weather updates as Me‌etup comments 90 minutes before the hike as needed. This hike is rated 3B6 using the AMC-DV hike rating system for moderate pace, B for carriage trails (note that some hike routes have sections of well established flat dirt trails) and 6 mile length. Expect a brisk walk, but I will adjust some to match the group. There are no real hills and one stream crossing on rocks. The trail is dirt with a few roots/rocks, smooth gravel along the canal and pavement along Towpath road for about 1 mile. For wet or muddy conditions, we walk only on gravel paths or paved roads. No dogs please. Hiking boots or shoes are recommended. Dress appropriately for weather conditions. As always...please remember to bring water, snacks, first aid kit and other essential items you may need. An umbrella will also work for rainy conditions. You will need a light. L Jay Gross (610-574-6941 between 9AM and 9 PM, jaygross144@yahoo.com)

Tue Mar 13 - Bach at Noon (3/A-B/4-8+) Jo‌in us for the March Bach at Noon concert by the Bach Bethlehem Choir. This time it will be another variation of the usual hike. We will meet at 10:45 a.m. in front of the Sands Outlet stores right next to the Sands Hotel near the Sands Casino. We will walk over the Minsi Trail Bridge, then on the D & L canal to the Moravian Church in downtown Bethlehem to secure our balcony seats for the concert ( J.S. Bach's Concerto for Oboe d'amore in A major and Cantata #32). Choir Director Greg Funfgeld will introduce the music performed by members of The Bach Choir and Bach Festival Orchestra with an informal and enlightening talk. Free-will contributions gratefully received. After the concert, we will cross the river on the Fahey Bridge and stop for lunch on the southside. After lunch, we will continue the hike on the South Bethlehem Greenway back to the Sands (for anyone that wants to drop out early= 4 miles) then continue over the Minsi Trail Bridge again to head east on the D & L Canal path for two miles, then retracing our steps back to the Sands for a total of about 8.5 miles. Bring water and your smallest pack since there is not much room in the church for large backpacks. Sneakers ok, though trail can be muddy. Obviously, canines are excluded. Wear rain gear, if necesary. Hike will go on in light rain or snow, but ice, heavy rain, or snow will cancel. Check Activities Calendar the morning of the hike for cancellation. Registration not required. Contact leader with any questions (gbernet@ptd.net) L Greg Bernet (gbernet@ptd.net)

Wed Mar 14 - Bulls Island to Stockton Loop (3B8) Me‌et at 10 AM at the Bulls Island Park Office parking lot just off of route 29, 4 miles north of Stockton, NJ. We will cross the pedestrian bridge to the PA side and hike south on the towpath along the Delaware River, stopping in Stockton, NJ for lunch and returning to Bulls Island on the NJ side. Bring water. Heavy rain or snow cancels. If doubtful, check the status of the hike at www.amcdv.org/AMCCalendar.php or contact the Leader before 8:00 am. L Rich Einstein (732-668-3774, RichE1943@aol.com)

Wed Mar 14 - 10K Trail Running for Beginners: VALLEY FORGE (5C6.2) *** NOTE: This event will occur at Valley Forge*** This is a run in the woods over rocky irregular ground. Hills are gradual and roughly 150 to 200 feet. Total elevation is around 1,000 feet and is not a priority. This event is designed for hikers seeking to enhance overall physical fitness and chiefly for beginner trail runners in mind. My expectations are that everyone stop at the designated stops for the group to reform; you can run when others are walking; feel free to walk when others are running. I anticipate completing the 6.2 miles in 1.5 hours. The selected trails are rock and root strewn and the footing may be loose (not flat or compacted). Weather advisory - in the event of snow or freezing conditions this event will be a hike. We will be meeting at the Artillery Park parking lot located on East Inner Liner Drive (GPS 40.093825 , -75.448934). L Denis McCartan (dmac7154@gmail.com)