Maryland Outdoor Club
Sun, May 21 2006 - Easy Hike in Calvert Cliffs SP (View Original Event Details)

Event Organizer(s): Amy Pickwick
Participants:Glenn Peddicord, Jen A, Amy Pickwick, Cara Aymold, Jay Aymold, Stephanie Aymold, Bill Maharay, Terrick Khan, Kathryn Bright, Katie Stofer, michael thomey, Maureen Wingfield

Write Up:
New Date, New Trail...

What was supposed to be the 4th Annual Motherís Day Hike at Calvert Cliffs State Park turned into the Weekend After Motherís Day at Calvert Cliffs State Park. Thunderstorms predicted for the Motherís Day weekend bumped the event back one week. And, thunderstorms predicted for that weekend nearly bumped the event back again. Good thing it wasnít, because we had the most gorgeous weather.

The Calvert Cliffs State Park main parking area is also undergoing extensive reconstruction and improvements and has been closed for the past few months. So, we had to use the hunters' parking lot and the Orange Trail instead of the Red Trail which weíve been using for the last three years. The Orange Trail, unlike the Red Trail, had two or three decent climbs...making this more like a moderate hike.

But all in all, everyone made it to the beach, even if we took our time. Along the way to the beach, we took in the beauty of the park, including the Mountain Laurel, the Marsh, the Tulip Trees, and the animals of the water: frogs, turtles, and snakes! Oh, my!

We hung out on the beach for about an hour, consuming our packed lunches, mingling, and doing some serious fossil hunting with our bare hands. Some found fossils, while the only sharkís tooth was found by someone that wasnít in our group.

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.

After we were done hanging out in the sun, we regrouped and headed back on the same Orange Trail.

All in all, another fun hike. Many of us even picked up a light tan while at the beach. Until next year...

--Amy Pickwick

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