Already an award-winning photographer, Cindi Hobgood also spent 25 years scouting locations for Hollywood studios and TV programs. Her locations were showcased on The Amazing Race, used by Disney, HBO, and Columbia Pictures, and shot by Spike Lee and Sam Shepard. As a location scout, Hobgood recorded her finds with a camera, carefully composing each shot in order to convey each scene’s mood, landscape, and lighting.
Today, she teaches others how to hone a similarly discerning eye during instructive photo expeditions. Magic Hour walking tour send participants snapping shots of the Korean War Veterans Memorial and the Potomac just as the sun comes up. Memorials by Moonlight takes walkers on a nocturnal jaunt past sites such as the Lincoln Memorial, and Intro to iPhoneography helps pupils get the most out of their iPhone cameras. There are even a few out-of-town trips for adventurous shutterbugs.
Through Things To Do, young professionals always have events to attend and someone to meet up with there?175,000 someones, in fact. A massive membership means the network is able to organize events like formal affairs, single-mingles, and outdoor adventures. Whether participants are taking in the sights of the Smithsonian, trying desserts from all over the world, or just trying to meet other people with the same number of ears as them, members have an easy way to explore new adventures with new people.
The Adventure Park at Sandy Spring's 13 courses are color-coded by difficulty level, from yellow for beginners to double black diamonds for experts. They aren't ski trails, though?they're climbing challenges. More than 150 platforms adorn 5 acres of trees, which participants trek among by way of cable, wood, and rope bridges, as well as ziplines. A short safety briefing precedes all excursions, covering how to use the included gear and harnesses.
The park's main courses aren't the only place to test climbing skills. Over in the Monkey Grove, visitors can scale 10 trees fastened with the footholds and grips of a classic rock wall. Younger climbers, meanwhile, can explore The Labyrinth, a small, contained structure featuring more than 40 junior-sized versions of the park's other challenges. The courses illuminate on select Glow-in-the-Park evenings, when food, live music, and hoot-owl choruses await climbers upon their return to terra firma.
A hardcore runner might laugh at the idea of a race that's only five miles long??until they realize the course has more than 25 obstacles designed to challenge the runners' physical and mental strength. That's the Siege Race, an event designed by elite law enforcement to help athletes feel more courageous and confident in their abilities. The obstacles include everything from scaling walls and inclined monkey bars to challenges such as climbing cargo nets and carrying weighted poles. Participants aren't required to conquer each obstacle, but those wanting to give it their best try can sign up for pre-race training events where trainers help runners practice on the actual obstacles.
Racers fleeing from zombies during the G.I. Dash UNDEAD 5K typically run with smiles on their faces instead of looks of horror. That's because the zombies aren't going to hurt them; they're encouraging them to complete the course for charity. Modeled after the G.I. Dash, the UNDEAD 5K puts a horror-movie spin on the classic 5K, forcing racers to worm their way under barbed wire and over walls. Once their mission is complete, racers receive a set of souvenir dog tags as a reminder of their accomplishment. Funds raised from the gruesome event go to benefit the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, a charity that provides financial aid and quality of life solutions to marines, sailors, and their families.