Fri, Apr 22 2005 - Western Md. Waterfalls Weekend (View Original Event Details)|
Steve Ehrman, Joanne Milne
|Participants:||Steve Ehrman, Joanne Milne, Allison Ehrman, Ian Wright, Leo Seung, Jonathan Maravetz, Alvin Liem, Katie Stofer, Sean Riggs, Charlotte Youngblood|
The 2005 Western Maryland Waterfalls Weekend began
amid threats of bad weather, but luckily each of the
twelve participants thought the three hour trek
through fog and rain was well worth it. Our main
objectives—hiking, discovering "organic architecture,"
seeing waterfalls, getting some hot tub time, and
having a little bit of fun in between—were met.
As people arrived at the house Friday evening they
found snacks, games, and two cheery organizers awaiting
them. We gave one of the participants a poker lesson
(which consisted, mostly, of singing the lyrics to
"The Gambler"), played a few board games, and watched
"Twisted." Before long the hot tub’s capacity was
fully tested, as it would be again the next night.
There we learned that grapes in a bowl do float--we
have evidence (see the photos.) It was also from the
hot tub that several of us made (over the course of
both nights) five "Deep Creek Dashes," which consisted
of sprinting from the hot tub (set at a brisk 104
degrees) through the backyard before jumping into the
lake. Somebody forgot to warm up the lake, as it was
only about 45 degrees.
The next day everyone (except Alvin) was up early for
a breakfast of cheesy eggs, bacon, bagels, cereal, and
fruit. Special thanks to Leo for his coffee machine
know-how, and to Allison for all her one-handed egg
cracking. After we all packed a lunch, we piled into
a few cars and drove north to Ohiopyle, PA, where Frank
Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater awaited.
When we arrived it looked like the rain was clearing
for a while, so we decided to postpone our tour of the
house until after our hike. However, as we were
getting ready to start our hike it began raining, so
we went back to Fallingwater to take the tour. We had
a very nice and knowledgeable guide. He answered our
questions and taught us about cantilever design,
indirect lighting, open corners, the
scientifically proven optimal height for a toilet, and
told us of his desire to sunbathe in the nude.
After the tour we headed to Ohiopyle State Park, ate
our lunches, and followed a pedestrian bridge across
the Youghiogheny [yaw-ki-gay-nee] River to start our
hike. We followed the river for a while, coming on
the beautiful Ohiopyle Falls quite by accident. We
continued to hike on the trails until we came back to
the pedestrian bridge, where this organizer kissed the
ground and thanked heaven that he was not the first
person to lose an entire group of participants in the
We returned to the house, played Trivial Pursuit, and
grilled up burgers and dogs. It started to snow
around then, but that didn't keep us out of the hot
tub. MOCers rotated in and out of the hot tub for the
rest of the night, made more "Deep Creek Dashes," and
watched "Shaun of the Dead" and "Along Came Polly."
The next morning, twelve zombies came to the kitchen
to eat more cheesy eggs and bacon. Then we cleaned
the house, packed up, and packed another sandwich
lunch. Everyone was very helpful in getting the house
cleaned up; it made things go very smoothly.
Charlotte, who was at her first MOC event, even took
out the trash.
So by 11:30 we were out the door and on our way to the
Swallow Falls hike. It was here that we first saw
Captain Bringdown (identity to remain anonymous),
wearing her bright blue cloak of negativity, ready to
crush any good times with a well-placed dose of down.
She accompanied the rest of us starry-eyed hikers
through the beautiful, lightly snow-covered trails
that led to Muddy Creek Falls, which everyone tells me
are the tallest in Maryland. At the top of the falls
we stopped for a group photo (thanks to Jonathan, who
stayed below to take our picture) before heading back.
We took a short detour on a side trail, and on the
way back we had an impromptu snowball fight on the
Bridge of Death That Leads to Nowhere.
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