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The Kooh-o-Dasht activities for the next four weeks are as follow :

Dear friends,

 
The Kooh-o-Dasht activities for the next four weeks arIMG_1918e as follow :
 
Splash hike at Middle Patuxent river in Columbia
Date/time:                   Sunday July 10th  10 am
Duration:                    2 hrs.
Difficulty:                     Easy
Location:                     5775 Trotter RD. Clarksville MD. 21029 
                                    (please park at the parking lot)

Cool down with a leisurely 2 hour walk in the middle of the river, through the Middle Patuxent Environmental Area.  Wear appropriate footwear like old sneakers, and be prepared to get wet. Optional restaurant lunch afterwards, so bring a change of clothes. Meet at 10am, 0.8 mile south of Rt. 108 on Trotter Road, at the MPEA parking lot on the left (east). Please bring water and snacks.

Sunday July 17th:

Splash hike at Patuxent river in Savage Park Laurel.

Date/time:               Sunday July 17th  10 am

Duration:                 3 hrs.

Difficulty:                 easy

Address:                  9271 Vollmerhausen road Laurel MD

3 hour walk in the middle of the river. Wear appropriate footwear like old sneakers, and be prepared to get wet. Optional restaurant lunch afterwards. Please bring a change of clothes, water and snacks.

Sunday July 24th.

White Oak Canyon in Shenandoah VA,

Date/time:            July 24  *(7 am at carpool place)

Duration:              8-9 miles, 4 hours and 30 minutes

Difficulty:              Strenuous

* The designated carpool place is at  Capital Beltway 495 and route 193 West, towards Great Falls. On 495  take exit 44 toward 193 (Langley Great Falls), at the traffic light turn right and stay on the shoulder until all the participants arrive. Please bring, water, snacks and lunch.

Sunday July 31st:

A day trip to visit Barnes Museum in Philadelphia.

Date/time:          July 31st   8 am *(carpool)

address:             2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy Philadelphia PA. 19130

Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia has a very valuable collection of Impressionist and post Impressionist paintings of well known artists like Van Gogh, Lautrec, Cezan, Renoir, Matisse and many more.

 
I think it is a trip worth making to Philadelphia for our group. The hours are everyday from 10:00 to 5:00 except for Tuesday. Tickets are $25:00 (senior citizens 65+ 23).
  
There is also a garden adjacent to the museum for those who are interested.
 
Please let me know if you are interested.
 
* We will all meet at Panera bread for carpooling and breakfast. 
   Panera bread
   6435 Dobbin Road
   Columbia MD 21045
 
If you have any question Please contact, Hessam Dahi (301)318-6243.

Maryland Heights, in Harpers Ferry WV

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Our hike for this Sunday July 3rd, will be Maryland Heights, in Harpers Ferry WV.
Time/Date:            9 am  July 3rd
Address:               799 Washington St, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425           
Duration:               7-8 miles  4-41/2 hrs.
Leader:                  Hessam Dahi
 
Please bring water/snacks. The weather forecast calls for a cloudy day with the temperature in the high 82 degree.
 
For carpooling and questions, please contact, Hessam Dahi (301)318-6243.

Biking at Rock Creek Par

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Our activity for this Sunday May 29th will be biking at Rock Creek Park. We will start on Military Road off of Beech Drive to the Kennedy Center and return to Military Road again. The whole ride could be up to 30 miles. Please tune up your bicycles, bring a helmet, wear biking clothes and appropriate gear, water and snacks.

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Address:              5200 Glover Road NW, Washington, DC 20015, near the
                           intersection of Military Road and Glover Road.
                           We will meet at the Nature Center.
Time/date                              9:00 am June 29
Distance:                               30 miles
Duration:                                4 hours
Difficulty :                               Moderate
If you have any question please contact Hessam Dahi at: (301)318-6243.
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New York Tour – Sunday May 22nd 2016

Hiking group guided by such a devoted guides(Mr Dahi, Mr. Shoyooee, Mr. Mo, Nahid Khanoom  and all  other dear friends) have kept all the social gatherings really fun.

Dear friends,

The Koohdasht hiking group organizers are requesting your vote for three different activities for Sunday May 22nd. We would like to cast your vote by May 8th.
The options are as follows:
1- Day trip to New York City; where we can possibly visit the following places: Central Park, Metropolitan museum, Central Station, Chinatown, etc. Transportation would be via bus.
2- Hike at Old Rag Mountain, VA
3- Day trip to Lewes DE/Cape May NJ via ferry. Car pooling is required, ferry cost
    aprox. $20.00 round trip per person.
Your prompt response to our request will help us for planning purposes.
Hessam Dahi  (301)318-6243

Sunday June 5th hiking at Great Falls VA

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This Sunday June 5th, we will be hiking at Great Falls VA.
Time/date:                                    9 AM/June 5th
Address:                                       approximate 8801 Georgetown Pike Mclean VA
Duration:                                       6 miles/ three hrs.
Difficulty:                                       easy-moderate
Direction:

From 495 take exit 43-44 for VA-193/George Washington Memorial Parkway/Georgetown Pike toward Great FallsVirginia/Langley/Washington.  Then take exit 44 on the left to merge onto VA-193 W/Georgetown Pike toward Great Falls, VA.  From exit 44 to the parking lot will be about 3.5 miles.  Look for parking lot on the left before the park.

The weather forecast calls for rain and temperature will be around 80 degree. Please bring water and snacks. If you have any question, please contact Hessam Dahi at, (301)318-6243.

Maryland Heights, in Hapers Ferry WV

Our hike for this Sunday April 24th, will be Maryland Heights, in Hapers Ferry WV.
Time/Date:            9 am  April 24
Address:               799 Washington St, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425           
Duration:               7-8 miles  4-41/2 hrs.
Leader:                  Hessam Dahi
 
Please bring water/snacks. The weather forecast calls for a sunny day with the temperature in the high 75 degree.
 
For carpooling and questions, please contact, Masood Shooyee (240)401-8979
and Hessam Dahi (301)318-6243.

Hiking Apr. 17th at Bull Run Regional Park

Hello Hikers,
the hike on this Sunday Apr. 17th will be at Bull Run Regional Park. Hikers are invited to my home after the hike for food and refreshments; please RSVP.
My home address is
13314 Point Rider Lane Herndon, VA. 20171
Directions to the Park From MD. Take 495 South towards VA, take exit 49 for I-66 West toward Front Royal, take exit 52 for Rt. 29 S. toward Centreville, turn left on Bull Run Post Office Rd., continue on Bull Run Dr.
We will meet at the Pavilion, the (first) parking lot on the left; don’t park at the camp store; see attached map, parking lot is circled.
Time:      9:00 AM
Location: Pavilion Parking lot
Distance: 7-8 miles
Difficulty: Easy to moderate
Weather: Sunny, highs around 70
Contact:  Mohamad Jalali      703.899.8937
                Heasm Dahi           301.318.6243
                Masood Shoyooee 240.401.8979
Please bring water and snacks.
bull run park map

Billy Goat Trail Section A at the C&O Canal National Park

This Sunday April 10th, our hike will be at Billy Goat Trail Section A at the C&O Canal National Park.
The Billy Goat Trail offers spectacular view of the Potomac River.
Be prepared for Billy Goat Trail Section A because it’s rocky and requires physical exercises; however enjoyable.  
There is a $5 park entrance fee per vehicle.

Address: 10801 MacArthur Blvd, Potomac, MD 20854
Meeting Location: Parking Lot across from Old Angler’s Inn
Meeting Time: 9:00 AM
Distance: 3.7 miles via Towpath
Duration: about 3 hours
Weather Forecast: it is expected to be a sunny day with 39-50 degrees. 

Please bring water and snack. 

Questions: 
 
Nahid Moradi:  240-401-8427
 
Masood Shoyooee:   240-401-8979

Blockhouse Point Park in Potomac, Maryland

This week’s hike will be at the Blockhouse Point Park in Potomac, Maryland.  We will meet in one of the parking areas along Pennyfield Lock Road.  The address is: 12100 Pennyfield Lock Rd, Potomac, Maryland 20854.  There is no structure associated with this address so the GPS should bring you to the proximity of our meeting point.  Drive to the end of the Pennyfield Lock Road and turn left until you see the group.  We need to cross the Canal at Pennyfield Lock (Lock 22) to start our hike.
Direction:  Follow River Road West from I-495 toward Potomac, Maryland. Pass the town of Potomac and Falls Road and continue west to Pennyfield Lock Rd. Turn left (south) on Pennyfield Lock Rd. and follow until it dead ends into the C&O Canal. Turn left and park in an area with the rest of the group.

The hike is about 8 miles and will last around 4 hours with much of it along the tow path but with some uphills.  Weather forecast calls for a sunny day with highs around 65 degrees.

Please bring water and snack and meet us at 9:00 AM at the starting point.  For questions and carpooling information please call Masood Shoyooee at 240-401-8979.

Hiking at Sugarloaf Mountain

Event:         Hiking at Sugarloaf Mountain (Moderate)
Date/time:   March 13, 2016 at 9:00 am
Duration:     3 hrs.    5 – 6 miles

Location:    7901Comus Road, Dickerson , MD  20842

Weather:     35% to 60% chance of precipitation and high temperature around 65 degrees

Direction:    From Washington –  North I-270,  take exit 22 and turn right onto MD-109 S.  Drive on MD-109 S for about 3 miles then take a right onto Comus Road, After about 2.5 miles on Comus Road you will reach the Sugarloaf Mountain. We will meet at the entrance parking area.
Contacts/ car pool info: Masood Shoyooee 240-401-8979,
                                   Hessam Dahi          301-318-6243
Please bring water and snack. Additionally, plan for a potluck picnic if the forecast for rain changes to sunny or cloudy day.

Sugarloaf Mountain Pictures

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