Maryland Outdoor Club
Sun, Jan 13 2008 - Savage Park Hike n' Refuel (View Original Event Details)

Event Organizer(s): Ruwan Alwis
Participants:Ruwan Alwis, Cynthia Hildenbrand, Chris B., Jen A, Paul Shaklan, Parva Fattahi, John Fogle, James Petersen, Lisa Perkins, Stacy Murphy, Nate Payer, Christine Larsen, Chuck Hildenbrand, Mara, Jennifer Zanni

Write Up:
I'm glad we were all ok in putting the kibosh on the original hike plans and rescheduling for this date. The weather was pretty mild, there were no holiday crowds, and it seemed that everyone (including myself) was well-rested/less stressed. Conversations on this hike were in general friendly and crude. I say crude rather than rude, because I'm pretty sure no one was ever offended. :)

Fifteen of us met at the Patuxent Middle School parking lot (the park's spillover parking lot) and made brief introductions sharing harmless bits of personal info like favorite breakfast cereals, New Year's Resolutions, and favorite sandwich. The hike wasn't going to be too different than the last one, but I wanted to take the group down to the Little Patuxent rapids/falls via the less traveled River Trails. For the sake of conserving time and our pre-brunch energy reserves, we covered an abbreviated Hog's Neck Loop Trail and then looped into the Beech Grove and Carl's Rock Bottom Trails. We made stops at a couple of Middle Patuxent River overlooks and at the abandoned granite quarry that was probably part of the old Savage Mill operations.

I was actually hoping for a little snow cover on this hike as a tick deterrent and because the contrast of snow on the dark rocks and water at the rapids/falls looks cool. W/o the snow as part of the hike, did some last minute scouting to iron out the wrinkles of the latter trails and figured out a little bit of a wilder and interesting section of the River Trail that we could take on our way to Savage Mill. We made our way through mucky areas, up and down muddy trails, by a few spots that required some fancy footwork, and past some fallen tree obstacles. This was a good hike to work up an appetite and thankfully, Savage Mill Ramshead Tavern was able to seat our whole group together for brunch quickly. After our group collectively had our Eggs n' Kegs, we walked about a mile along paved roads and paths back to our cars. Thus concluded the hike thoughtfully nicknamed by a few of the attendees, "Ruwan's Ruins." You guys crack me up! Thanks to Ken Clark (HoCo Sierra Club) for introducing this hike idea!

Thanks to all who made it out! You made it fun!

- Ruwan--a.k.a., Anwar;a.k.a., Roman (minor Inside joke)

(Total milage: ~7 mi)

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