Sun, Jul 9 2006 - Hiking & Ice Cream Sundae Social (View Original Event Details)|
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|
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
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
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
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
-Kim Buhrman & Sarah Dannenfelser
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