Maryland Outdoor Club
Sun, Apr 4 2004 - Difficult Day Hike in SNP (Whiteoak Canyon) (View Original Event Details)

Event Organizer(s): Brad Frey, Chris Whalen
Participants:Chris Whalen, Brad Frey, Erik Venteris, Brian Loughery, Laura Loughery

Write Up:
We would like to extend our thanks to the people who showed up and to the people who had the courtesy to contact us when they weren't able to make it. Unfortunately many people decided not to enjoy this wonderful hike with the chance of rain showers in the forecast, but it turned out to be a great spring day with clouds and sun fighting for the control of the skies, lots of wind, and temperatures in the upper 40s.

It was interesting seeing the different phases of the ecology on the mountain. Near the top of the hike, the wind was howling and there was SNOW! At the bottom, it was warm and the wildflowers were in bloom. Wow, what a difference. It was fun taking off and putting back layers all day long. Because of the rain earlier in the week, the waterfalls were even more exciting and impressive.

After the invigorating hike, we had a great meal at Rae's deli in Sperryville, Virginia, at the 'Famous Rest Stop.” Nothing beats fresh food made locally. After eating, we went next door and looked around their general store. Chris is a great son because he bought a jar of organic apple butter for his mom's birthday. On the drive back, we survived a van that was about to lose its bumper.

Stay tuned for the second installment of the Whiteoak Canyon hike later this summer; once the weather warms up it will be a great place to check out some of the great local swimming holes situated along the trail.

--Chris Whalen and Brad Frey

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