Maryland Outdoor Club
Sun, Feb 23 2014 - Hikiní and Wininí (View Original Event Details)

Event Organizer(s): Mara, Christine Larsen
Participants:Mara, Christine Larsen, Rachel, Taylor, Joyce, JenniferF19, Tom Reichelderfer, Jonathan Hawk, Meredith, Jamie S, Cary Tepper, Sam H, Jesi, Maura, co Wade, Roberta, Sarah Scott

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Write Up:

The MOC enjoyed another trip along the Panther Branch Trail of the Gunpowder Falls State Park in Maryland. The weather was fairly warm that day (40+ degrees), a balmy change from the weeks of cold we'd had before then. There were still 2-5 inches of snow on the ground from previous snowfalls, in contrast to Columbia's complete snow-melt. The Panther trail's largely shaded path kept the snow in pristine shape.

The group of 15 hikers and two dogs - a record number for this trip - merrily coursed through the path in about 3 hours. We detoured twice - once to avoid a muddy hill, and once to avoid a section of the path that had gotten too close to the river for comfort, given the snowy/muddy conditions. Congratulations to all for finishing the hike, and being such good sports about the snow! Thirteen of us then settled down to a sandwich lunch and a "futures" tasting of the wines that Woodhall is aging in barrels. We also sampled truffles from a local chocolatier, Mark Coulbourne of "A Dream of Chocolate." Mmmm! Nothing like chocolate, wine, and two dogs lying contentedly by a wood stove to make one relax after a beautiful day of hiking!

Thanks to all the participants for a lovely time! We look forward to seeing you all again next year.

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