Maryland Outdoor Club
Fri, Jun 15 2007 - Camping Weekend at Green Ridge (View Original Event Details)

Event Organizer(s): Colin Babb
Participants:Colin Babb, Lutz Rastaetter, Clement Hey, Chuck Hildenbrand, Cynthia Hildenbrand, Glenn Peddicord, Kevin Yue, Kimberly Engle, KC Yi, Joe John, Boramy Hengbuoy, Kimberly Hengbuoy, Deanna Shapiro, Stacy Murphy, Tom Reichelderfer, Christine Larsen, Jen A, Maureen Wingfield, Rich Burner

Write Up:
Some might say the best place to spend your time on a 90-degree day is inside an air conditioned place, but in a pinch being under tree cover will do nicely as well. That’s what happened (mostly) on this weekend, which was pretty sweltering during the day as we hiked two hikes, one quite long, and the other rather short. The long one was a bit longer than originally intended—closer to 13-14 miles than the 7 mile shuttle hike contemplated ahead of time. It was an interesting trek, however, and the first 7 miles of which were under trees the entire way in a creek valley (which was advertised by the park as being in a unique environment called a “shale barren” that supposedly has cacti and other unusual plants and animals—though it was hard to find these things from the trail). The way back was along the park road, which was faster but also a bit hotter. Then there was that final rocky hill on the way back to the campsite. Needless to say, everyone was pretty tired and hot by the time we got back and retrieved the cars from the trail head, necessitating an exodus by most of the group down to the cool waters of the Potomac below the campsite (at a place appropriately named “Outdoor Club Road.”

Although in the countryside one usually imagines it’s the rooster whose job it is to wake people up, in our case the first morning was punctuated by uncontrollable giggling, which aroused most of us out of our slumber. The second morning was punctuated not by sound but by a good old-fashioned grease fire, started from the extra large pool of bacon fat on one of the grills. Luckily, the cool heads of Tom and our resident firefighter Chuck helped us get through that little kerfuffle. Thankfully, careful planning of the menu for Saturday night meant that after the long hike little needed to be done since the piece de resistance, the chicken, was already cooked for the fajitas we made—and the fire warmed up the rest.

Sunday’s hike was a 4-mile loop, which was about as far as most of us could hike after the previous day’s trek. About half the group decided that the outlet mall at Hagerstown was far more exciting, so they headed out beforehand. The time out in the sun on part of the trail that was through some fields and one last big hill near the end meant that even after the short hike we were all ready for good eatin’ and drinkin’ afterward. So of course we headed to old faithful Brewer’s Alley for a final hurrah.

--Colin Babb

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