Being optimistic in regards to the vaccine, we are planning to resume outdoor social events this year. Social distancing 6 feet apart and wearing a mask in the outdoor areas will most likely continue to be mandatory.
April 8 Let’s take a walk, McCrillis Gardens 1:00PM
Our walk will be a colorful, beautiful walk through McCrillis Gardens, a hidden gem, located in Bethesda, MD. The naturalistic, 5-acre shady woodland walk on winding, unpaved paths will welcome us with spring splashes of color, in a neighborhood of cherry trees. Meet in the front circle at 1:00 pm. 6910 Greentree Road, Bethesda MD
April 10 Brookside Gardens Hike 11 AM
The SSS Ski Club is adding a new program for 2021, Hiking! This is planned to be easy to moderate walking. Our first event is at Brookside Gardens a 50-acre gardens situated within Wheaton Regional Park. It is a 2+ mile loop walk through and around different gardens and ponds on natural surfaces and paved trails. We will meet at the Visitors Center at 1800 Glen Allan Ave in Wheaton at 11:00 AM and begin our walk by 11:15. Unfortunately with COVID restrictions, we will be unable to picnic but feel free to bring a snack and water.
15 April, 5 PM - Meet and Greet: Union Jacks in Columbia
Come join your fellow SSS Club members at the first Meet and Greet for 2021! Covid has eaten away our meetings with friends and social life. It’s been so long we might need name tags and picture ID’s for this event!
Local Biking Events
March 27 Kinder Farm and B&A Trail Bike Ride 12 PM
Let’s start our SSS Club biking season off gently, with a familiar venue, the B&A Trail. We will meet in the lot across from the Earleigh Heights Ranger Station on Saturday, 27 March at 12:00 and be pedaling by 12:15. We will do a short tour through Kinder Farm Park, before riding north up the B&A Trail, to our turn-around point at Aquahart Rd. Total biking will be under 14 mi., with options to turn back early at several points and a post-ride outdoor beverage and snack at the Taphouse. Bring a face mask, bike in good repair, a water bottle and helmet. Your leader will be Dennis.
April 17 Indian Head Rail Trail Bike Ride 10:30 AM
The SSS Club’s second ride of the 2021 season will be on the Indian Head Rail Trail from White Plains, MD, toward Indian Head and back. The trail is a nearly flat, smoothly paved path through a valley with wildlife and across wooden bridges over creeks and marshes, with few intersecting roads, a restroom at the start and two porta-potties along the route. A large pond at midpoint of our ride has a viewing deck to admire the plants and wildlife. Our ride is just under 21 total miles. But those feeling energetic can pedal out to the backwaters of Mattawoman Creek or even to the trail end in Indian Head for a full 26 miles and overtake us on the way back. We will meet at 10:30 AM Saturday morning, 17 April, in the Theodore Green Blvd. parking lot at the east trail head, just west of Rt. 301.