Maryland Outdoor Club
Fri, Oct 14 2005 - Moonlight C&O Canal Hike (View Original Event Details)

Event Organizer(s): Katie Stofer
Participants:Katie Stofer, jamie farner, Cynthia Hildenbrand, doug hanford, Gwen Savage, Jesse Allen, stephen pheiffer, Chuck Hildenbrand, Florence Joseph, Liz Mountz, Paula Moran, KC Yi, Ryan Michela, Wei Ma, Jeffrey Staggs, Cindy Haynes, Tracey Wagner

Write Up:
Though the weather was pretty frightful leading up to the event, we actually had a pretty clear night by the time we made it to the falls. There was a crowd of probably 50 people total as this was run by the Capital Hiking Club, so we hiked with a host of other people - the groups I met included some friends from Boston who had recently graduated and moved to the area, and we ran into a group of Mormon teenagers hiking to the falls as we hiked back - I guess we weren't the only ones with a permit to hike at night. The CHC was very welcoming, and Julie and her sweep (our hosts) were very competent. Hiking in the dark took a little getting used to, and there were puddles to dodge in some places, but on the way back people managed without flashlights in a lot of cases - I even found myself much more able to enjoy the scenery as I realized looking at and worrying about my feet did me no good without any light, but I walked along just fine thanks to the moon. Thanks to the huge number of people, I'm not sure the entire MOC group got together - those of us who carpooled found a small clutch waiting at the trailhead, but there may have been some newbies who couldn't locate us in the dark. For those that didn't make it this time, the CHC usually runs this once a month from April-November, so I'd encourage you to go some month. I hope everyone had fun, as I certainly did!

--Katie Stofer

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