Maryland Outdoor Club
Sun, Mar 21 2004 - Moderate Day Hike at Sugarloaf Mountain (View Original Event Details)

Event Organizer(s): Chris Whalen
Participants:Chris Whalen, chanath ather, Linda Werner, Vanessa Vidunas, peggy clapp, Kristen Larson, Annette Schiavone, Katy McDonough, George, Dave Quiroz, Sarah Dannenfelser, Melina Roberts, Lizzy Harrison, Vladimir Konstantinov, C Shen, Michael Eppert, sage paarlberg, David Ni, Michael Pastore, Rebecca Hill

Write Up:
I would like to extend my thanks to everybody who showed up. What a great group of Homo sapiens. Unfortunately, some people weren't able to make it, but most were courteous enough to contact MOC or me. It was a wonderful day for a great hike in Dickerson, Maryland. It was windy (some people got windburn), mostly sunny, and about 50 degrees. We hiked the blue trail, a five-mile loop. The organizer made things difficult because we couldn't find the first blue blaze that marked the beginning of the trail. We saw a bunch of downed trees with blue markings but that wasn't what we were looking for. Three pioneers found the beginning of the trail. We were supposed to stop at Lambert Overlook and check out the view. After the intelligent people rejoined the group, they were talking about it. George made a brilliant observation, 'Most of the group overlooked the overlook.' It was sad to see all the downed trees resulting from Hurricane Isabel. Stronghold Inc., the managers of the private land that allows public access, did a great job keeping the trails open. We stopped at a pile of rocks, ate, and took some pictures of the group. We continued on to White Rocks with a great view of the valley. This time the trail markings confused us, but we figured out the proper way to go. That's what teamwork is all about.

The cool people went out to eat at Bassetts Restaurant in Poolesville, about 15 minutes away. It had a great atmosphere and our hosts had us in the enclosed patio. The food was delicious and I would like to thank Shelley Sanner for the recommendation. Future hikes at Sugarloaf would be wise to add this fine eating establishment to their itinerary. Nobody had the wherewithal to try calf's liver even though I tried to coerce everybody at the table.

--Chris Whalen

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