Sun, May 6 2007 - Jug Bay Surf & Turf (View Original Event Details)|
|Participants:||Beverly Hoeftman, doug hanford, Lisa F., Patrick Haas, Erin Green, Jen A, Joe John, Dee Ritterpusch, Lea Capps, Ruwan Alwis, Linda Werner|
Arriving at the park, I found that the gentle breeze outside my home was more of a windstorm near open water. As a result, the park cancelled the pontoon boat part of the event. To compensate, the walking portion was extended.
Along the way, we learned tricks for identifying the trees, plants, and bird calls that presented themselves. Interesting sightings by MOC members included the muddy vent of a crawdad's den, a box turtle skeleton, and a relatively rare local orchid. In keeping with Murphy's Law, the day's only snake sighting was made by an MOCer who'd just expressed a phobic fear of them.
This year's trip included social history, in addition to natural history. We stopped to have a look at one of the more recent acquisitions of the park's Patuxent Rural Museums - a 1923 Sears Kit House. The simply furnished three-room cottage was home to the Steed family of Clinton, Maryland during the Great Depression. (The outhouse was optional, and cost $41 extra.)
Several die-hards proceeded with the planned picnic lunch, despite the continued high winds. While it was not the most relaxing meal I've ever experienced, it was lively, and offered exciting reflex tests.
In the end, the trip turned out to be a rewarding experience, despite a lack of co-operation from the weather.
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