Sun, Apr 1 2007 - Sweet Air Hike and Boordy Bluegrass (View Original Event Details)|
Kim Buhrman, Lucas Fisher
|Participants:||Kim Buhrman, Lucas Fisher, Cynthia Hildenbrand, Chuck Hildenbrand, doug hanford, Paul Shaklan, Jamie Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, Michelle Brundage, Sarah Dannenfelser, Kimberly Hengbuoy, Tom Reichelderfer, Laura Paszkiewicz, Dominic Perry, Glenn Peddicord, Kate Copanic, Rob|
April's Fools day started with a unintentional joke from the hike leader, "The
trail is over there. Or is it over here? Maybe it is that-a-way? Maybe it
starts at that post with all the brightly colored blazes and trail names?"
Once the trail head was identified we started hiking through Gunpowder Falls
State Park Sweet Air area. We took in views of harvested corn fields, giant
McMansions, hardwood forest, tall pine forest, and grassland. A cornucopia
of environments. We stopped, rested by the river, and admired the trail on
the other side. Despite the "Hiker's Crossing" sign, no one seemed very
enthusiastic about wading through 3 feet deep water on a brisk Spring day.
Everyone agreed Paul should go in the river. However, he did not agree and
was not very cooperative.
We returned to the parking lot a bit too early to head out for the second part
of the event. The hike leader suggested more hiking (Of course!), but the
troops rebelled by loitering. Most of the group satisfied themselves by
watching some very hilarious Frisbee tossing by a brave group of Frisbee
With that time wasted, we piled into the cars to head to the Boordy Winery.
Some of the group made it there, some went home, and some people going to the
winery accidentally followed those heading home. At the winery we pulled our
lawn chairs and blanket out of the cars only to find they had moved the event
inside because of the weather. I guess wine drinkin' folk don't like cloudy
skies and raindrops. We grabbed a table, some food, and some wine. We
considered trying to compete with another table that had one bottle per
person, but decided we didn't want to sleep among the vines. The bluegrass
band served up the music and even encouraged some MOC dancers. Who knew you
could do bluegrass covers of pop music? We took the 2pm winery tour. We
learned that Maryland had great grape growing weather, when the farmers
complain of drought the grapes are very happy, and that the Boordy name came
from the founder's young daughter who said Bordeaux as Boordy. As the music
wound down we departed off into the countryside.
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