Maryland Outdoor Club
Sun, Oct 17 2004 - Difficult Day Hike in SNP (Whiteoak Canyon) (View Original Event Details)

Event Organizer(s): Chris Whalen
Participants:Chris Whalen, Ronit Fix, Kevin McCarthy, Cameron Burns, Tressa Ellis, Keira Wickliffe, John Hughes, Carla Heck, lisa catino, Josef Vlk, Terrick Khan, Caresse, Keith Ellis, H. Tran, julie tasillo

Write Up:
I would like to extend my gratitude to everybody who came out for the Whiteoak Canyon hike. It was a beautiful day, sunny with a bright blue cloudless sky. There were lots of folks out enjoying the weather and scenery. Some people were packing up their campsites along the trail while fellow hikers and backpackers were going by.

We climbed up Cedar Run, cut over on the Whiteoak Canyon fire road, and descended Whiteoak Canyon. We saw beautiful waterfalls and took pictures. There weren't very many odd critters around. There were a couple of caterpillars (one was all white), and I saw two walking sticks doing something to each other on the trail. I picked them up so they wouldn't become 'trail-kill'. Lisa was nice and distributed brownies in the parking lot. Unfortunately, I had to decline because I'm watching my figure.

The cool people decided to eat at Applebee's in Warrenton. As we were waiting in line, Keira (a.k.a. Gazelle) showed everybody a piece of paper that was under her windshield wiper blade. Up is heaven, down is hell, and it asked if you know which one you are going to. Since Keira tried to remove the piece of paper while driving and she was the only one in the group to get one, I think we know the answer. Also, we found out that Josef's nickname is Slim Jim. He brought a chunk of sausage with him to snack on during the hike. We had good food and a good time. Unfortunately, the drive back to the Vienna Metro Parking lot was tough because there was a hillbilly concert at Nissan Pavilion and Route 29 was backed up, Caresse was nice and left a message on my cell phone about it.

--Chris Whalen

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