Maryland Outdoor Club
Sun, May 8 2005 - Easy Hike on Mother's Day (Calvert Cliffs) (View Original Event Details)

Event Organizer(s): Amy Pickwick
Participants:Amy Pickwick, Jen A, Tressa Ellis, Marilyn Perry, Keith Ellis, Marion Ellis, Paula Parlow, Jame Parlow, Carrie Graff, Cheryl Graff, Jaili Fajardo, Malou Morales, Pamela Mizrahi, Stacy Mizrahi, stephen pheiffer, Wendy Denton

Write Up:
For the 3rd Annual Mother’s Day Hike at Calvert Cliffs, I noticed some small differences between the previous two years. Far fewer people opted to attend the carpool than in the past, an indication we had a lot more people coming in from closer to the event, parts of the trail were closed due to the mud (good call on the park’s part), the view was much, much more clear (we could see all the way across the Bay to the other side), and the beach was much more narrow than ever before. We managed with all these changes…heck, this is the MOC!

I was glad to see that the number of mom’s attending grew this year from the previous two years…and I do think the moms really enjoyed this event with their kids and the MOC pals. After meeting up near the front of the park, it was onto the trail we went. The weather was a bit chilly and pretty windy, but once we were walking it was little noticed.

Most of the trail was fairly soft, made up of a sand, clay, and dirt-type mixture, and was extremely muddy at times. We saw and listened to the trickle of several small waterfalls in the woods. And, after only 1.8 miles of gentle walking (plus this year’s detour up and over the access road) in the woods, the path opened up to reveal the Chesapeake Bay. And, around the corner, the view of the cliffs was absolutely breathtaking.

60-Second History Lesson:
The huge Miocene cliffs that dominate the waterfront rise 100 feet in the air and are slowly eroding at the rate of nearly 3 feet per year. They were created over 10 million years ago when the Chesapeake Bay was still a shallow sea. As the waters receded, the sea floor became exposed and what was to become fossils gathered at this point. The cliffs are the most extensive assemblage of Miocene fossils in the eastern U.S. The park consists of over 1,000 acres of designated wildlands.

The beach is littered with fossils that have fallen out of the cliffs and washed ashore. The park allows visitors to take what they find, so we spent most of the time here looking for fossils, enjoying our packed lunches, and talking to one another before heading the 1.8 miles back to the cars.

Stay tuned for next year's fourth annual Mother's Day hike!

--Amy Pickwick

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