Maryland Outdoor Club
Sun, Jul 9 2006 - Hiking & Ice Cream Sundae Social (View Original Event Details)

Event Organizer(s): Kim Buhrman, Sarah Dannenfelser
Participants:Kim Buhrman, Sarah Dannenfelser, Fred Cascio, Glenn Peddicord, Ian Wright, Beverly Hoeftman, Herb Volker, Paul Shaklan, Sarah Harvey, Leo Seung, Amy Hatfield, John Fogle, Sarah Tinney, Aimee Morris, Tracey Wagner, Kenneth Fisher, John Meagher, Cynthia Hildenbrand, doug hanford, Kate Copanic, Rebecca Frankenberger, Kathryn Lam

Write Up:
There were 2 separate meeting places for this event. Most members met at the carpool located on I-70 and Route 32 and then met the other members at Bear Branch Nature Center in Westminster, Maryland. After introductions, including the important question of "What is your favorite ice cream flavor?," we began our hike. (BTW - Mint Chocolate Chip was the favorite of most). The hike began by following the Vista Trail with a quick stop at a small pond. Unfortunately, no turtles were in sight so we continued quickly to the Birds of Prey exhibit. The group admired the bald eagle, hawks and owls. These birds are unable to survive in the wild on their own, so they are used by the Hashawha Environmental Center for educational purposes.

The hike continued into Hashawha through an obstacle course area (though it was unavailable for use) and a brief stop at Martin Cabin. We then turned onto the Wilderness Trail and after a few more minutes in the woods, the hike took us through tall corn fields (flashbacks from the new Superman movie were discussed) and then back into the woods. Wilderness Trail is comprised of several loops and we began with Loop 3, a long section which follows Big Pipe Creek. A difficult uphill climb followed our stroll above the Creek and promises were made that there would be no more similar uphills for the rest of the hike. We continued to hike Loops 2 and 1 of the Wilderness Trail. Warnings of mud and a stream crossing were given prior to the hike and the group bravely trodded through both (there were some very impressive stream crossing jumps!). We then hiked on the Lower Trail of Hashawha and towards the end, members had the opportunity to cross a wire bridge. Our hike finished with strolling across a boardwalked path across Lake Hashawha and ending at the Nature Center. By this time, much talk of ice cream was heard among the group. Our stay at the Nature Center was brief and we quickly caravaned to the Ice Cream Social at Union Mills Homestead.

We arrived at Union Mills and most of us walked straight past the vendor selling "real food" we quickly headed to the building selling ice cream sundaes. Here we were able to get vanilla ice cream and load on as many toppings as we wished (hot fudge, caramel sauce, strawberry sauce, chopped peanuts, rainbow springs, crushed cherries & whipped cream). I think most of us drowned our ice cream w/ toppings, but everyone seemed pretty content with their bowls of icy goodness.

After our ice cream, some of us decided to get some more substantial food (sandwiches, etc.) and we sat on some picnic tables to relax and enjoy each other's company. There was live music and a civil war display. While I do not believe anyone took the tour of the Homestead, several of us decided to take a horse-drawn wagon ride around the property. Glenn Peddicord, an MOC member, has direct ancestors who owned property around the Homestead and told us many interesting stories of the history surrounding the area, including a stay there by Abraham Lincoln on his way to Gettysburg.

As one member mentioned "You couldn't ask for a more beautiful sky," we couldn't have asked for a prettier day or a better group of people. I know we really enjoyed the event and hope everyone else did as well. Thanks for coming out with us.

-Kim Buhrman & Sarah Dannenfelser

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