Maryland Outdoor Club
Sat, Nov 1 2003 - Difficult Loop Day Hike in Potomac, MD (View Original Event Details)

Event Organizer(s): Brian Loughery, Joanne Milne
Participants:Brian Loughery, Joanne Milne, KC Yi, Allyson Green, Rob Copeland, C Shen, Lora Polowczuk, Laura Loughery, Ian Preuss, Bea Zheng, Sarah Davis, jennifer Price, Gwen Savage, Maria Maranto Dickey, Jim Powell, Matthew Sommer, Colin Babb, Stephanie Sacripanti

Write Up:
What a glorious day for a hike! The day began bright and cool with clear skies, as we met up at Old Angler's Inn in Potomac, Maryland, just a few miles south of Great Falls. Brian and Joanne checked everyone in, before they started off. Since the group was relatively small, they decided to do the hike as one large group with one organizer at each end of the group, to keep all the hikers together.

The group hiked almost continuously along the Billy Goat Trail, taking only three short breaks along the way for photos. One adventurous hiker in the group had a tendency to explore on ahead, and find short cuts. As a penalty for showing off, that hiker was asked to back-track and complete a small section of the trail as directed. As he complied like a good little hiker, and the group assembled and began to move on.

At the end of the Billy Goat Trail, we headed further north along the towpath toward Great Falls, where we had lunch. Early in the afternoon, after enjoying a nice hike along the river and watching the falls, we prepared for the hike back to the cars along the canal towpath. We all enjoyed a pleasant fall hike together among the changing leaves.

--Joanne Milne

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