Maryland Outdoor Club
Sat, Feb 16 2008 - Hiking & Wine/Chocolate Tasting (View Original Event Details)

Event Organizer(s): Mara, Christine Larsen
Participants:Mara, Christine Larsen, Stacy Murphy, Tyler Link, maureen maier, Lisa Methratta, Michael Scarpignato, Teresa Wismer, Dee Ritterpusch

Write Up:
Thanks to the merry folks who joined us for our winter hike through the Gunpowder Falls State Park! We had a great time, and hope to do it again later this year.

We started by hitting the Panther Branch Trail off of York Road in Parkton, MD. Once we'd proven our worth on the first hill of that trail, we enjoyed a more leisurely (i.e. flat) walk through the woods. The path led through forest, river, and supposedly a cave where a panther once lived. (We never spotted the panther or his cave, but we spun some good stories around him.) After a short break at a grassy area where the Panther Branch met the Gunpowder River, our path turned south onto the Gunpowder South trail. On the way, we investigated an abandoned roof (of an abandoned house) and gangster-looking car (which still had its spark plugs!). The best story spun around that scene was that it was an old moonshine still. We snapped some fun photos, although our attempts to fit everyone in the car didn't work out, since the car floor was pretty non-existent. The afternoon light led us onward, to the trail's end - and to our second destination, nearby Woodhall Winery. At Woodhall, we tasted an assortment of wine and fine chocolates. My, oh my, what a nice way to end a hike! We had fun rating each wine individually, and then tallying everyone's votes to determine the overall favorite. The Seyval won, hands down. The winery-owner also gave us the fun of evaluating different wine-bottle labels, answering questions that ranged from "Which wine would your beer-drinking buddies buy?" to "Which wine would you take to your boss' home?" It was harder to reach a consensus on those options, but we sure had fun trying!

Many thanks to all our co-hikers, and we hope to see you at the next hike!

- Mara

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