Maryland Outdoor Club
Sat, May 22 2004 - Difficult Day Hike on the AT (Wash. Moun.) (View Original Event Details)

Event Organizer(s): Jeff Schneider
Participants:Jeff Schneider, Brian Loughery, Rob, Martha Stauss, Michelle Williams, Virginia Potter, Clare Kelley, Myra Parks, Cary Tepper, valerie ezrin, Amy or Doug

Write Up:
On the ride home, we saw the temperature reading in Myersville flash 90 degrees. However, we weren't that hot and uncomfortable for a few reasons. First, hiking in the shade of the woods is a great way to escape the heat. Also, the hike was only six miles with little elevation change, so no one ran out of water and we felt fine.

At 10 am we hit the Appalachian Trail, heading south to Washington Monument State Park. We could hear the cicadas and then spotted a few. Overall, they don't seem to have much of an effect on the trail.

Washington Monument State Park made for a fun lunch stop. First, we browsed through a little museum with some interesting historical displays. Then we ate a relaxing lunch in a nice little shelter.

It was up to the Washington Monument (a replica of a monument erected by the citizens of Boonsboro in 1827) after lunch. After climbing up the monument and taking in the view, a few Civil War reenactors appeared. They were doing a demonstration of the Signal Corps--since they didn't have any cell phones back then, communicating on the battlefield through flag waving was necassary. The demonstration was done with another signaler seven miles away at Antietam.

A pleasant three mile hike back to the parking area finished our event. Thanks to everyone for coming out and I hope you had a good time!

--Jeff Schneider

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