Sun, Jun 6 2004 - Difficult Day Hike to Big Schloss (GWNF) (View Original Event Details)|
Christine Di Lapi, Chris Whalen
|Participants:||Christine Di Lapi, Chris Whalen, Jared Dant, Katherine McColl, Don MacKenzie, Laura berney, Clare Kelley, Nora Maresh, Melissa Thornhill, Toby Schaeffer|
I would like to thank all the participants who came out. I knew
this would be an interesting hike. At the carpool, my co-
organizer, Christine, asked for my name as she was looking
at the attendance list. I said, 'It's Chris, your co-organizer.'
She was very excited to be leading her first hike. During the
introductions in the parking lot at the trailhead, JR asked if
anybody had done this before. Everybody thought he meant
hiking, but he was talking about this hike.
What a great day to be out on the trail. It was foggy and cool,
which helped to keep the din from the cicadas down. Along
the ridgeline, we saw a dead Eastern Timber Rattlesnake.
Nobody had enough gumption to take the rattle, probably
because of the pungent aroma. The group learned that Clare
accidentally joined the Coasta Rican National Aerobics team
because of a lack of understanding Spanish. Later on, as the
sun came out, the cicadas started to wake up and make
noise. I had two cicadas crash into my head. Jared protected
the group when he saw a huge black snake with yellow
stripes. He stopped and waited until the snake slithered away
in fear, then we proceeded to Big Schloss. We saw two more
small lime-green snakes. The view from Big Schloss was
awesome. Birds of prey were circling and two of them
crashed into each other, but they only squawked at each
other. Melissa borrowed the copy of the topography map so
that she could study it while chilling on top of Big Schloss. I
gave her a hard time because she folded it and I told her that
wasn't the condition I had given it to her in.
Christine, Katherine, Laura, and Max decided to miss Big
Schloss and head back to the parking lot earlier than the rest
of us. They saw an interesting woman who was smoking pot
and dressed business casual in the wilderness.
The dinner in Woodstock was great. Nice Italian place with
good food. Nora got a little excited with her lime and Corona.
She ended up spraying some of it while attempting to get the
lime to the bottom. We learned that Don has a movie
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