Fri, May 6 2005 - Hike Across Maryland Cabin Rental (View Original Event Details)|
|Participants:||Jesse Allen, Karen Helfrich, Kim Buhrman, Emilio Ungerfeld, Pam Silberman, Wil Bruce, Paul Shaklan, Jeff Schneider|
Our cabin group was a somewhat scattered bunch. Of the
eight people staying in the cabin for the weekend, four
(myself (Jesse), Paul, Emilio, and Kim) intended to do the
Hike Across Maryland. Another, Will, was hiking
across the state, but in the opposite direction and over
several days, using the cabin as an overnight destination
on his three day hike. Karen and Pam were assistants on call
the help anyone on the Hike Across Maryland. And
Jeff joined us for the last several miles of the Hike Across
Maryland, but never actually stayed in the cabin
overnight with us! A strange weekend indeed...
Becqause of all these scattered plans, people arrived at
different times and there was no carpool arrangement.
Will hiked in from Caledonia State Park on Friday, joining
Kim, Paul, and Emilio in Cascade before going out to
a buffer dinner together. I arrived from Baltimore after
attending (all too briefly) Pam’s
showing at the Fell’s Point Art Walk
. I arrived
late Friday night to find an empty if quite pleasant and cozy
cabin. Karen arrived on her own an hour or so later,
and finally the rest of the crew came in from their buffet dinner
in Warrenton. We did our rounds of introductions
and then headed off for bed, with alarms set to wake us up at
4:30 AM the next morning to get breakfast, pack, and
drive down to Harper’s Ferry to hike the 40+ miles
back to Pen Mar.
At 4:30 AM, far too early in the morning, the alarms went off
and we got up and started breakfast. Emilio made tea
which the smoke detector took offense at, making a racket
which Karen and Will could not have possibly slept through.
But just in case, the smoke alarm went off a second time a few
minutes later. Good grief! But at least we were all
quite awake at that point. We packed our bags, filled water
bottles, and headed off south to Harper’s Ferry.
Getting to the parking lot at 6:30 AM meant we had no trouble
find a place to park! Will generously gave us a
parking stub with his annual pass for the National Parks on it,
so we did not have to pay the fee to park for the day
in the lot at the MARC station. And so off we headed, pausing
on the railroad bridge at 6:38 AM for a group picture as
we started the hike, just at the first pre-dawn light.
The first two and a half miles or so going northbound on the
Appalachian Trail were quite easy going: nice level flat
ground on the gravel tow path. At Weverton, then the path
winds up the hillside and along a several mile section with
a very gradual climb over several miles. Emilio stepped back
for a while to adjust some things on his pack and in
his absence, Paul started what would prove to be a long
tortorious process that lasted for the next 16 hours. He would
name an animal beginning with the latter A, and then each
hiker would take their turn coming up with another animal
until no one could think of another, then we would move on
the next letter of the alphabet. Know any good L animals?
40 miles later, we were only halfway through the alphabet!
Our hiking went quite well through the morning. Around 10:
45 AM or so, roughly four hours after starting, we reached
White Rocks and met the first way station being set up for the
southbound Mountain Club of Maryland Hike Across
Maryland folks. I will leave the epic tale of why we were
going northbound instead of southbound with MCM for a
newsletter article. But suffice it to say, it worked out much
better for us not to be hiking at their militant hiking
pace, among other issues. After White Rocks, roughly a third
of the way through our hike, Paul decided to pick up the
pace a little and kicked on ahead of the three of us (Emilio,
Kim, and myself). I think he was just trying to avoid
coming up with another “I” animal myself, but
it is just a theory.
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