One Day Trip to Longwood Garden in Philadelphia

SONY DSCDear all,
We will meet  at 8 AM at parking lot by Shoppers Food on Nicholson lane and depart from there at 8:15 .
Given about 45 minutes drive to Panera Bread on our way in 95,  an hour for breakfast, then depart to Philadelphia around 10:00 AM.
I will bring kotlet  for 15 people so you decided what you like add for our lunch for making some sandwiches like bread,  pickles, tomatoes, drinks, and any kind of snacks.
Looking forward to see you all for a wonderful day trip. The weather forecast indicates to be great.

Camping at Cape Henlopen State Park – Delaware

photoDear all,

Our outing activity for April 25-27 would be camping at Cape Henlopen State Park
in Delaware. This park is located in Lewes DE at Atlantic Ocean and can be reached to Cape May NJ by ferry.
Today, I made a reservation for two sites/nights and for sixteen people. If you are interested for this trip, please respond before Monday April 14th.
Activities are, bike riding, walking at the beach, fishing, sight seeing at Lewes town, antique shops.
Further information and details about this camping trip will be announced later.

Sizdah Bedar celebration and picnic at Gun Powder Falls Park

Little Bennett Regional Park_Hessam_9Salam Doostan,

Please join us for Sizdah Bedar celebration and picnic on Sunday 6 April 2014 at Gun Powder Falls Park

Location/ Address/ Time:      Meet at Hereford High School parking lot at 10:00 AM
                                                  17301 York Rd
                                                  Parkton, MD 21120
Organizer:                                Hessam Dahi

Carpool Contacts: 
                 Masood Shoyooee (240) 401-8979
                                                  Farideh (240) 644-9546
                                                  Hessam Dahi (301) 318-6243
Food:                                       Please bring a dish to share

Please reply to Hessam Dahi and me to let us know if you will attend and what you plan to bring.  It will be helpful if you brought picnic chair, plates, utensils, and drinking cups for yourself.

If you are not able to arrive by 10:00 AM, call to get directions from the high school parking lot to the picnic area.


Masood Shoyooee

Savage park hiking in Laurel MD

photoDear Hikers

The hike for this Sunday March 30th will be at Savage park in Laurel MD.
Date/time:               March 30th.     9 am
Event:                       Hike at Savage Park Laurel  MD.  
Duration:                 6 miles–3-31/2 hrs.
                          Patuxent Valley Middle School

                          9151 Vollmerhausen Rd.
Jessup, MD  20794 


      From 95, take exit 38A and merge onto MD-32 E then take exit 12A onto 
      US-1/Washington Blvd toward Elkridge.  Turn slight left onto Guilford
      Road then left onto Volmerhausen Road.
Car pool contacts:
                                 Massood Shoyoee    240-401-8979
                                 Hessam Dahi             301-318-6243
                                Please bring water/lunch/snacks.


One day trip to Longwood garden – PA

SONY DSCDear all,
Now here is the more detailed information about the one day trip to Longwood garden in PA on April 13th ( the date was the best choice for all )
We gather  at 7:30 AM and move from Ikea parking lot then have breakfast around 9;30  am on our way at a restaurant, if you wish you may bring your own breakfast. The Longwood garden will open at  9:00 am and we will get there before 11:00 am. The Tour will start at 11:30 am and end at 2:00 pm
We will get special rate and attention if the group is larger than15 people. That would be great to let me know as soon as possible how many people will participate before I can buy the tickets.(for group 15 or larger ,I need to buy the ticket one week ahead)
The Garden will close at 6:00 pm so we can return earlier back home.
Looking forward to see you all for this wonderful trip
Mahvash. Vatankhahi

Happy Persian new year

Dear all,

photo Happy Nourooz to everyone (Iranian New Year, begins the first day of Spring), finally Spring has arrived after the stubborn and tough Winter. Our resilient hiking group did not miss any hike in that tough winter, even in rainy or icy/snowy conditions. So hopefully the weather will be cooperating in this season, and I hope to see more adventurous people joining  us for variety of activities. However, This Sunday March 23rd, as you all know there would be no outing activities, but I’ll be working in my garden, planting some potatoes, onions, kales, lettuces, and radishes. Those of you who are interested in getting your hands involved with farm activities, please let me know. I will provide chello kabob (Iranian traditional grill, ground beef on skewer over wood fire) for those who help me in gardening.
Have a great Spring.
Hessam Dahi

C&O Canal and the Potomac River

Little Bennett Regional Park_Hessam_19Dear Friends;

The hiking for this Sunday, March 16th will be at C&O Canal National Park, at Great Falls, MD side. The trail follows a path between the C&O Canal and the Potomac River

The Billy Goat is a beautiful trail which is mostly covered by spectacular view of Potomac river that makes our Sunday special. We will hike on section B (moderate, 1.4 miles) & C (Easy, 2.6 miles). Duration of the hike is up to 3 hours.
The weather temperature will be from 27-52 F and partly sunny.
Please bring water and lunch.

We will all meet at 9:am at the small parking lot in front of OLD ANGLER’S INN which is located at the following address:
10801 MacArthur Blvd
Potomac, MD  20854
For carpooling you can contact:
Nahid Moradi: (240) 401-8427
Hessam Dahi: (301) 318-6243
Masood Shoyooee: (240) 401-8979

Sunday hike at Rock Creek Park

photoDear hikers,

This Sunday March 9th the hike will be at Rock Creek Park along with Beech Drive in NW Washington. This hike is about 6-7 miles or 3-4 hrs with a quick stop at Washington zoo. Please bring water lunch/snack.
We all meet at 9 am at Rock Creek Nature Park Center,
5200 Glover rd. NW DC 20015. For car pooling please contact, Masoud Shoyoee
240-401-8979, or Hessam Dahi 301-318-6243
Please keep in mind that this Sunday is the daylight saving time, which means the clocks should be set one hour ahead.
For comments and to see pictures please visit our web site at :
Hope to see you all on Sunday.

Hike: Oregon Ridge + Pancakes

photoDear all,

This Sunday hike will be at Oregon Ridge Park in Baltimore county. This hike will be in conjunction with Sierra club Howard County chapter, so they lead the hike and start the hike sharp on time. I hope I’ll see you all on Sunday at 9 am at Oregon Ridge parking lot. Her is the detail info.
Hessam Dahi

Hike: Oregon Ridge + Pancakes

Date: Sunday, March 2, 2014
Time: 8:30 AM
Presented by: Howard County Group
Leader: Ken Clark – 443-280-4050
Level: Easy
Location: 13401 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, MD 21030, USA

Sun. Mar. 2: Oregon Ridge Pancake Hike. Easy 5 mile hike, with some hills and stream crossings, optionally followed by pancakes. The park demonstrates the boiling down of maple syrup, and has a fundraising pancake breakfast for $7.00. The trail may be muddy, so wear waterproof boots, or at least leave a change of footwear in the car. Depart at 8:30 from Long Gate Parkway Park & Ride, off Rt. 100, just east of Rt. 29. Or meet us in the parking lot by the Oregon Ridge Lodge at 9:10. Leader: Ken Clark, 443-280-4050,