Maryland Outdoor Club
Sat, Jun 23 2007 - Hiking & Butt Tubing (View Original Event Details)

Event Organizer(s): Boramy Hengbuoy, Kimberly Hengbuoy
Participants:Boramy Hengbuoy, Kimberly Hengbuoy, Joe John, Stacy Murphy, Jennifer Zanni, Melissa Sheedy, jimmy noble, Deanna Shapiro, Jennifer Hansen, Matt Goman

Write Up:
What a beautiful day we had for hiking and tubing!!

12 of us gathered at the Harpers Ferry Visitor center were we had group introductions, and then took the shuttle bus to the town. Everyone was talking up a storm and looking forward to the tubing event. But the organizers wanted everyone to get in a good workout so the group would fully enjoy the relaxation of the river, and that is exactly what we did.

The hike started off rather easy along the C&O canal where we ran into an adorably fat little mouse. Everyone in the group gathered around to admire the wild beast. Our little furry friend did not seem fazed by us and just kept going about his/her business, so we went about ours. Once we made it to the trailhead we started our uphill climb, the very same trail where civil war soldiers had dragged up 10 ton cannons, which was a something the grouped all admired but thankful not to have experienced. Our first stop was the Stone Fort, the apex of our hike, which is where we took a few pictures and then headed downhill rambling towards the Overlook Cliffs. Once at the Cliffs we took a short break to eat and take in the amazing views of Harpers Ferry and the confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac rivers. A few group members contemplated rappelling down the mountainside, but since we didn't have the equipment or a permit, we resigned to leave the same way we came in. We finished our hike around noon and then headed off to the tubing outfitters.

We regrouped at the outfitters were everyone prepared themselves for the tubing experience. We were in the water by 1:30 pm where the second phase of our day began. The water was surprisingly warm and oh so relaxing! Part of the way down the river we decided to try and stay together as group by holding on to each other's tubes and the magic cooler with all the beverages. However, the current and rapids kept fighting us on our plan. As our drift was winding down, our take out site getting near, part of the group stopped to relax on the rocks, bask in the sun, and have a few cold beverages prior to getting out of the water. The tubing adventure ended just after 4 pm.

Some group members headed home while others opted to extend the day by eating dinner in downtown Frederick.

Thanks to all who participated and the organizer's hope to make this an annual event.

-Boramy Hengbuoy

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