Sat, May 22 2004 - Difficult Day Hike on the AT (Wash.
Moun.) (View Original Event Details)|
|Participants:||Jeff Schneider, Brian Loughery, Rob, Martha Stauss, Michelle Williams, Virginia Potter, Clare Kelley, Myra Parks, Cary Tepper, valerie ezrin, Amy or Doug|
On the ride home, we saw the temperature reading in
Myersville flash 90 degrees. However, we weren't that hot
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!
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