Maryland Outdoor Club
Sun, May 9 2004 - Easy Hike on Mother's Day (Calvert Cliffs) (View Original Event Details)

Event Organizer(s): Amy Pickwick
Participants:Amy Pickwick, Ricardo Bulala, Joanne Milne, Mommy Milne, Ted Hellen, David Ni, Ruwan Alwis, Jeff Schneider, Elaine Schneider, Joel Schneider, Spring Carty, Holly Rawson, Mary Rawson, Thomas Bair, robert odessey, Adam Miller

Write Up:
After meeting up at the trailhead parking lot at 11 AM, we introduced ourselves to one another (including a few parents that made the journey out to this second annual MOC event)! Next, it was onto the trail…

Most of the trail was pretty soft, made up of a sand, clay, and dirt-type mixture, and was extremely muddy at times. We saw and listened to the trickle of several small waterfalls in the woods, enjoyed a small excursion out on a boardwalk over the marsh. And, after only 1.8 miles of gentle walking in the woods, the path opened up to reveal the Chesapeake Bay. And, around the corner, the view of the Cliffs, was absolutely breathtaking.

60-Second History Lesson:
The huge Miocene cliffs that dominate the waterfront rise 100 feet in the air and are slowly eroding at the rate of nearly 3 feet per year. They were created over 10 million years ago when the Chesapeake Bay was still a shallow sea. As the waters receded, the sea floor became exposed and what was to become fossils gathered at this point. The cliffs are the most extensive assemblage of Miocene fossils in the eastern U.S. The park consists of over 1,000 acres of designated wildlands.

The beach is littered with fossils that have fallen out of the cliffs and washed ashore. The park allows visitors to take what they find, so we spent most of the time here looking for fossils, enjoying our packed lunches, and talking to one another before heading the 1.8 miles back to the cars.

Stay tuned for next year's third annual Mother's Day hike!

--Amy Pickwick

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