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Tour of Tom's Garden - August 15, 2013

Tom Corbin, premier Fairlington gardener, conducted a comprehensive tour of his garden at 4624 S. 34th Street, at the request of a DC area hiking group. Thirteen members of the group enjoyed the tour on the morning of Thursday, August 15, 2013.

WHIG, Women's Hiking Group, is composed of women from around the Washington, DC area (Alexandria, Vienna, Bethesda, DC, McLean, and mostly North Arlington). They hike several times a month to be outdoors, to explore the region, and to enjoy each other's company.

(Click Here to learn more about the group - provided below on this page)
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Photos Above by Ron Patterson - August 15, 2013

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Photos Above by Gretchen Fallon - August 15, 2013


WHIG
A Narrative by Nancy Bennett
August 15, 2013

The group was formed in 2005; I have been a member since mid-2007. The group grew when the founding members invited friends, who invited other friends, etc.

Most of the women are retired but some still work part-time. We have 29 members, which we have decided is the maximum membership for now. Each woman plans and leads one hike/walk a year. It is her choice. We have a planning meeting in January (our only meeting of the year) to draw up a calendar for the year. We do this by drawing numbers out of a hat; number 1 has first choice on dates, number 2 second choice, and so on.

Members attend the hikes as their schedules allow; there is no mandatory attendance. Today's group, about 13, is about average for the turnout. One unexpected bonus of this group is that many of us are travelers (often accounting for a member's absence), and we have begun asking each other for advice when we are planning vacations.

For example, at lunch today (we brought bag lunches and ate at the picnic tables of the Community Center). I heard conversations about Istanbul, Prague, Berlin. Portland ME, and Japan.

We hike the first Wednesday and the third Thursday of each month, with extra hikes added so that each of the 29 members will lead a hike during the year.

The types of hikes vary widely. Some examples of past hikes are: Chancellorsville Battlefield, Woodstock Equestrian Park in Maryland, Arlington Cemetery, U Street in the District, walking across the Woodrow Wilson Bridge to National Harbor, Bull Run Regional park to see the bluebells, various segments of the Canal towpath, Little Devil Staircase in the Shenandoah National Park.

You can see they range from the easy to more difficult. And we do repeat hikes, e.g. seeing the bluebells more than once is just fine!

By Nancy Bennett
Member, WHIG

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