Fri, Mar 4 2005 - Hiking & Hottubs (View Original Event Details)|
Carrie Graff, Amy Pickwick
|Participants:||Carrie Graff, Amy Pickwick, Stefan Kunkoski, Rani Gran, Chris Gran, Rebecca Frankenberger, Colin Babb, Jason Craver, Kate Copanic, Carla Cole, Mark Lundin, Patrick Haas, Lora Polowczuk, Roy Cutler, bettina roberts, Dan DeVries, frederick king, Natalie Boone, Linda Ashauer, Alvin Liem, Joanne Milne, Thomas Edwards, Andrea Jensen, renee starkey, james may, Katry Harris|
What a weekend Hiking & Hottubs ’05 was...
Friday started out with a light snow shower, deer spotted on the driveway, and participants getting their cars stuck in the snow on the little traveled lake roads.
Our house was truly a gem on Deep Creek Lake. Featuring 8 bedrooms, 8.5 baths, three floors, a sauna, two outdoor hottubs, big screen TVs, duplicate appliances, and a dining room to accommodate two dozen people.
Getting the food for 30 people up to Deep Creek Lake, was quite a challenge for my Accord on the hills of Western Md., but I made it out there by about 3:30 PM. Stefan helped me unload the groceries, label the doors with the occupant names, and get the surround sound working in the living room. BCWW
And, then, we shoveled snow, packed the fridges and pantry, and waited for the first arrivals to show up so we could go out and grab a bite to eat. Three hours later, without anyone else there, we ventured to the Deep Creek Brewing Co. only to find out that it was closed for the season. So, we called the next car (according to the Excel spreadsheet of arrivals) and let them know we were going to Uno’s Pizzeria. Take out food from Uno’s it was! While Stefan and I waited for our food, the next car met us there and also ordered take out. After a quick stop at the Arrowhead quick mart, we were on our way back to the house.
Participants cranked up the stereo, and got the party underway with “fried liquor and malt chicken,” as we helped the arriving participants unload their cars and put their gear in their rooms. It wasn’t too long before people were donning their swim gear and hopping in the warm hottubs as the snow fell around them. The hottub group on Saturday night all jumped out of the hottub and made snow angels in the snow, wearing nothing more but their swimsuits! Burrrr!
The partying ensued into the middle of the night, before we were up bright and early the next morning for our day’s activities. Luckily the snow had stopped falling over night, so we all had a warm and delicious breakfast cooked by Carrie, before breaking up into groups and either staying at the house, going snowshoeing, downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, snowtubing, or hiking at the Paw Paw Tunnel about a half hour south of Cumberland.
After the day’s activities were over, many people gathered back at the house, showered up, and headed off to Pine Lodge Steakhouse for Happy Hour and some food. There were about 14 of us in total there. We had fun talking the host into combining our two tables, originally diagonally across from one another in the same room and contributing to us yelling back and forth over other tables at one another. We all made conversation over our yummy food and as far as I could tell, everyone had a great time. Several others decided to grill out back at the house for dinner that night.
The Grudge was played on the big screen TV when we got back, while a ever-changing crew of people kept the hottub going until 4 AM. According to a group of hottubbers, several people slipped on the icy deck in their bathing suits and at one point a participant appeared out the back door with a bag of ice salt to “help out.” Some MOCers ventured out onto the iced-over lake for a late-night walk.
Sunday morning, up bright and early again, a few people headed home, some stayed behind after breakfast, and a majority of the group went to the Swallow Falls State Park Loop hike, that included incredible views of roaring Muddy Creek Falls at its peak as the snow melted.
On arrival, we read signs that part of the trail would be closed. After we got back there, we learned from other hikers going the other way that it was possible to hike the entire trail. Thank goodness we were able to complete the loop hike, or we would have missed out on some rather good views.
When we got back to the h
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