Whitewater rafting trip in California

photo Dear friends,
I am forwarding the e-mail received from Saro regarding white water rafting in California. If you are interested, please either contact Saro or me. Hope some of our outing group will make it.
Dear Friends:
Looking forward to having a wonderful summer I am trying to organize a 3-day whitewater rafting trip in the June – July – August timeframe at Yosemite.  Those of you who have done this before, well, you know what a great unforgettable experience it is.  For those who have not, believe me you will relive the joy and excitement of this experience for years to come.  Don’t let your fears and doubts stand in the way of experiencing a great adventure.
Please explore the site: https://www.zrafting.com/ for everything you need to know about the river, weather, meals, lodging, what to bring, reservation/payment/cancellation policies, etc.   Demand is high and availability limited, so please let me know by March 5th your preferred dates and number in your party.
Below I have highlighted some of the information about the trip:
Group Rates for the 3-day trip are as follows:
       6+: $629
     12+: $595
Plus 5-10% gratuity for the crew.
Initial deposit per person:  $100
Additionally, we will need to pay separately for meals and lodging – Tent camping, cabin, B&B, or hotel – for the night before the start of the trip.  You can secure your lodging yourself, or we can do it as a group once we agree on the lodging type preferred by most.
2014 Tuolumne River Trip Starts
JUNE:  2,5,8,10,14,17,21,22,24,25,27,30
JULY: 3,5,9,11,15,16,19,23,25,28,29
AUGUST:  1,3,4,6,8,11,13,15,18,20,22,25,28,31
Looking forward to hearing from you,

Introduction to WordPress

Little Bennett Regional Park_Hessam_23Introduction to WordPress

Hello dear friends
I have currently started an online tutorial to help learning and working with WordPress the largest open source web editor worldwide.
This is not public yet. You and those in my G+ circles are free to join. First I post articles and as we move forward I may set up a video conferencing or webinar or just Google Hangout to have a live presentation in future. However you can start this project individually on your own time and schedule. I will forward all the information how to follow this group workshop, but for the time being you keep In touch with this email.
This course is good for anybody to start building a personal, commercial or non-profit website. Now a days to build, run or updating a website is becoming so popular but at the time problematic in the long run.
Please share your feedback and don’t hesitate to ask or critique


Introduction to WordPress

Web Design:
Consider what do we do for printing a leaflet, newsletter or a magazine etc. First we use a software like MS Word for typing the text and then add picture or graphics and design using Adobe PhotoShop or Adobe Illustrator and finally send the artwork to printshop for publishing.

We almost do the same for publishing a website on the internet. Here instead of printshop we upload the artwork to the web server and publish it on the internet.

Web design is in fact same as a print design ( using  MS Word , Photoshop, and other programs) but instead of printing we send it to hosting using other software such as Dreamweaver, FrontPage, WordPress or many other programs who convert our artwork using languages like HTML, PHP, JAVA and so on.

Web Content:
We currently have two types of contents on the web:

1- Static content which is a fixed and doesn’t change so much in time. About us or Contact us and more durable contents. Most of the personal or company websites who have fixed databases are in this category.

2- interactive content, which is in process of updating and growing in time and the audience also interact with your content. Weblog or blogging is a good example,

Why WordPress:

1- WordPress is a program which is capable of creating both Static and Interactive contents.This ability comes from a system called CMS ( Content Management System)
WordPress is the largest web editor in use in the market,( more than %60 of the websites are made with WordPress)

2- WordPress is a an open source program therefore its free

3- There are two kinds of WordPress;
A- WordPress.org :  if you have your own web domain its free to download and edit
in this course we are to learn WordPress.org.
B- WordPress.com : restricted to edit but free to use WordPress as secondary domain

You can go to this website and download a free copy of the software into your computer or directly install wordPress from your server if you have a domain of your own.

Catoctin Mountain Park

IMG_1567Dear hikers,

This Sunday’s hike will be at Catoctin Mountain Park.  The address is 14707 Park Central Rd, Thurmont, MD 21788.  Please bring water, snack, and lunch. For carpooling call Hessam Dahi 301-318-6243 or Masood Shoyooee : 240-401-8979.  The trail may be snow covered or muddy.  Please wear appropriate shoes and check the weather for proper attire. Direction from points south: Take, I-270 north 27 miles to Frederick, MD. Take Route 15N about 17 miles to Thurmont, MD. Take Route 77 West, the exit sign is marked Catoctin Mountain Park. Travel approximately 3 miles west on 77 and turn right onto Park Central Road. The Visitor Center is on the right. Direction from Baltimore: Take I-695 beltway to I-70 West to Frederick, MD. Take Route 15 North to Thurmont, MD. Take Route 77 West, the exit sign says Catoctin Mountain Park. Travel approximately 3 miles west on 77 and turn right onto Park Central Road. The Visitor Center is on the right. The hike will be about 5 to 6 mikes with medium difficulty level and may include some steep hills.  Please wear proper shoes as the trail may be muddy and slippery. On Fri, Feb 21, 2014 at 3:54 AM, Masood Shoyooee <show48@gmail.com> wrote:

Great Falls in Virginia

IMG_1567Dear hikers,

This Sunday’s hike will be at Great Falls in Virginia. We meet at 9 am
at the parking lot on the left side of the road Route 193. From exit
44 on Capital Beltway (495) to the parking lot will be about 3.5 miles
before turning into Great Falls park.  The hike is approximately 6
miles and will take about 3 hours.  Please bring water, snack, and
lunch. For carpooling call Hessam Dahi 301-318-6243 or Masood Shoyooee
240-401-8979.  The trail may be snow covered or muddy.  Please wear
appropriate shoes and check the weather for proper attire.

From 495 take exit 43-44 for VA-193/George Washington Memorial
Parkway/Georgetown Pike toward Great Falls Virginia/Langley/Washington

Then take exit 44 on the left to merge onto VA-193 W/Georgetown Pike
toward Great Falls, VA

Look for parking lot on the left before the park.

How to add a post or web page in wordpress


Little Bennett Regional Park_Hessam_23I started  workshop series in 2014 called OPEN STUDIOS to provide free consultation about Art , Music, and Design (web & graphic design)  to Persian community in the area.

Here is the notes as part of my first workshop held on Jan 19th, the step by step,  how to access your WordPress website and create a new post or web page in your website.  This is helpful for those who were in my workshop,  please follow the steps below:

1- You should be able to login to the WordPress website by going to:

2- While in your Dashboard page, on the left sidebar choose the Post and click on add new, start adding Title on top and type or paste your text in the main  area.

3- To add a thumbnail picture at the beginning of your paragraph, insert your cursor in place and click on the tab Add Media, from your media library pick the image you already have or upload one from your computer. below the sidebar  you can select  size of the picture, choose thumbnail. Then insert the picture.

4- On the right column under Categories choose the one you would like to post to, for example Newsletter

5-after you are done click on publish.

The same holds true for creating Pages.

Please let me know if you need help by adding comments, or directly email me at : dshabahang@gmail.com


Darab Shabahang




Sunday, 2 February 2014 Hike at Sugarloaf Mountain

IMG_1567Dear Hikers,
This Sunday’s hike will be at the Sugarloaf Mountain.  The address is
7901 Comus Road in Dickerson, MD 20842.Here are the directions from North and South:

From Frederick:
Follow Route I-270 South to the Hyattstown exit, follow Route 109 to
Comus, then right on Comus Road to the Sugarloaf Mountain entrance.

From Washington
Go North on Route I-270 to the Hyattstown exit, circle under I-270 and
continue on Route 109 to Comus, then right on Comus Road to the
Sugarloaf Mountain entrance.

Please bring water, snack, and lunch.  The hike starts at 9:00 AM so
plan to be a few minutes early.  We will meet at the entrance to the
park and drive up to the parking inside the park together.

The hike level of difficulty is moderate to challenging.  Please dress
in layers and wear shoes appropriate for hiking.  I have attached the
trail map for your information.

If you have any questions or need to coordinate carpooling please call
Hessam Dahi (301-318-6243) or Masood Shoyooee (240-401-8979.)

Gun Powder State Park ( Jan 19th 2014)

photoThis Sunday Jan 19th we will hike at Gun Powder State Park in Baltimore
County at 9 am. The hike will be about 3-31/2 hrs or 7-8 miles. Please bring water/ lunch and we all meet at :

Hereford High School
17301 York rd.
Parkton MD 21120

If you have any question or call pulling please call me at:
Hessam Dahi 301-318-6243.

Little Bennett Regional Park trail

IMG_1567Dear Hikers:

Our hike this Sunday will be at the Little Bennett Regional Park.  We will meet at the Lewisdale Horse Trailer Parking Lot off Lewisdale Road (vehicle and horse trailer parking in meadow).  Direction from 270N is as follows:


Take exit 22 toward Hyattstown
Turn left onto MD-109 N/ Old Hundred Rd – 0.4 mi
Turn left onto MD-355 N/ N Frederick Rd – 0.6 mi
Turn right onto Green Valley Rd – 0.5 mi
Take the first right onto Lewisdale Rd – 2.3 mi
The parking lot is on your right.  Please note that if you reach Prices Distillery Road you have gone too far.

We will start on Lewisdale trail, continue on Browning Run, Western Piedmont, Loggers, back on Browning Run, and finally loop back on the Lewisdale trail to the Parking lot. It appears to be around 5 miles and taking about 3 hours.  According to the Park personnel the trails are fairly flat and easy to hike.
Please arrive by 8:55 to start the hike at 9:00.  Weather forecast calls for cloudy morning and sunny afternoon with highs around 50 degrees.  Please dress in layers and bring snack, water, and lunch.
If you have any questions or want to carpool please contact Masood Shoyooee at 240-401-8979.

Sunday (Jan 06, 2014) hike at Seneca Creek Greenway

Happy New Year Dear Hikers,

IMG_1567This Sunday’s hike will be at Seneca Creek Greenway.  The direction from 270N is as follows:Take exit 15A for Germantown Rd/MD-118 N toward MD-355Keep right at the fork, follow signs for Maryland 118 N and merge onto MD-118 N/Germantown Rd.  Continue to follow Germantown Rd for about 2 miles. At the traffic circle, continue straight, the road name changes to Watkins Mill Rd.  Continue about half a mile.

We will start from the Watkins Mill entrance.  There is a parking lot on the right side of Watkins Mill just before the bridge.  Please review the attached map for further information.  The hike will start at 9:00 AM so please arrive a few minutes early.

The weather forecast calls for partly sunny and in the 40’s for this Sunday.  The trail is moderate but maybe muddy or covered with snow and ice.

Please bring water, snack, and lunch.  Call Masood Shoyooee  240-401-8979 or Hessam Dahi 301-318-6243 for any questions or carpooling information.

 Seneca Creek Trail Map

A short Report from Hessam Dahi

Dear Friends,

photoHappy New Year! Wishing you prosperity and health in the New Year!

We had a successful and productive year in 2013 with many hiking, camping, and short trip activities. We also launched a website with great effort from Darab aziz for our hiking group, ‘Kooh O Dasht Hiking.’ Your participation in these events energizes us and we thank you for your support.

Our activities will continue in 2014.  To help you better plan, a monthly schedule for hiking, camping, and short trips will be prepared and shared.  With the advanced schedules you can select the programs according to your personal preference and other commitments.  We welcome your suggestions and input for new hiking trails, camping sites, and trip ideas and encourage you to take the lead in some of these activities.

The following are our current lists for various programs:


  • Seneca Creek (Jan 5, 2014)
  • Little Bennett (Jan 12, 2014
  • Gun Powder State Park (Jan 19, 2014) 
  • Sugar Loaf (Jan 23, 2014)
  • Great Falls – VA
  • Harpers Ferry ( Maryland Heights )
  • Cunningham Falls
  • Catoctin 
  • Great Falls – MD, Billy Goats A, B, C
  • Savage Park – MD
  • Rock Creek Park
  • Old Rag – VA 
  • Oregon Ridge
  • Morgan Run


  • Cape Henlopen Park (DE)
  • Rocky Gap State Park
  • Skyline Drive (Shenandoah VA)
  • Assateague Island (Chincoteague VA) 

Short trips:

  • Thousand Island (Canada Ontario)
  • Finger Lakes (New York)
  • Bar Harbor (Main)
  • Grand Canyon (Arizona)
  • Nantucket (Massachusetts)