Sun, Dec 9 2007 - Mod Hike Gunpowder Falls (View Original Event Details)|
maria grotz, Chris B.
|Participants:||Chris B., Robert Ratts, Maria Maranto Dickey, Jeff Huesman, Megan Collins, Can Kilic, Cary Tepper, Douglas Boorstein, Keri Parker|
With the weather forecast changing daily leading up to the event, I decided to let everyone know that the event would be held as long as the weather was not to severe. Sunday morning, the forecast was for light/misting rain through out the day. I hiked Gunpowder Falls State Park the week before and knew there was enough tree cover to keep us mostly dry, so the hike was on.
Eleven hearty MOCers and three dogs gambled on the weather and showed up for the event. While we gathered in the parking lot waiting for everyone to arrive, Mother Nature decided to play a trick on us and the rain came down. With luck on our side (and Mother Nature decided she could not scare us off), the rain stopped just before we started the hike and held off the rest of the day.
With the dogs, Max and Lennon leading the way and Sydney showing us how to have fun, the group was off to a good start paralleling Gunpowder Falls creek. With the snow melting and recent rain causing the water levels in the creeks to be higher than normal, all creek crossing were a little trickier than normal. Lennon and Max just charged through the crossings, while Sydney stood watch making sure everyone got safely across.
The group finished the first 5 mile circuit a little after 1pm. Four MOCers (Chris, Jeff, Douglas, & Sarven) and 2 dogs (Lennon & Max) opted to complete the optional 2nd four mile circuit and bid farewell to the others. This 2nd circuit has tricky water crossing when water levels are normal. With higher than normal creek water, one of the crossings was almost impossible to cross without putting at least one foot into the creek (thank goodness for waterproof hiking shoes). We were rewarded with much better views on this circuit though, so it was worth the effort. After completing the full 9 miles, the four of us decided to feast at nearby DeSantis Grill.
Thanks to everyone who defied the weather conditions and came on out for what turned into a wonderful Sunday hike.
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