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Have your Cacapon and eat it too

From: Mike
Sent on: Tuesday, November 13, 2007 7:29 PM

Solemates,

 

On this upcoming Saturday, Nov. 17, we’ll head west to hike in West Virginia’s Cacapon Resort State Park--so pretty that people used to eat cake upon arriving and the name stuck. We’ll do a circuit hike of 11.5 miles and 3500 feet of elevation change, which makes it moderately difficult (2.8 blisters). The hike will take us to the top of Cacapon Mountain’s ridge line for some wonderful views of the still beautiful fall foliage. (At your feet will be the once beautiful fallen foliage.)

 

Bring lunch & water because you can, and dress warmly in layers. This is a (classy) joint event with Sierra Club MWROP & AMC DC Chapter.

 

Meet at 8 AM at one of two places, depending on your convenience: 1) Vienna Metro station (north Park & Ride lot), where co-leader, Mike Fischetti, will be; or 2) Grosvernor-Strathmore Metro station (Park & Ride lot behind garage), where co-leader, me, will be. (If you're getting there by Metro, let me know so we can make sure we have enough space!!)

 

If you want to make a weekend of it, stay overnight in the park’s beautiful lodge (http://www.cacaponresort.com/accommodations.htm), or in a nearby motel in Berkeley Springs, WV, or Hancock, MD. (You must make you own arrangements, but let me know what they are.) We’ll explore the picturesque Berkeley Springs, and dine out on Saturday evening. On Sunday, we’ll leave late in the morning, taking a scenic route to Paw Paw, where we’ll hike through and over the 1km Paw Paw Tunnel. The tunnel (http://www.berkeleysprings.com/tunnel.htm) is a true engineering feat (but it doesn’t stink). The hike is about 3.5 miles, with 800 feet of elevation change--fairly easy (1.5 blisters), but with a strenuous climb.

 

If this trip seems very complicated to you, think how I feel.

 

Our next hike will be Dec. 1 at Antietam National Battlefield (11 miles, but with shorter options), followed by the Illumination (http://www.nps.gov/anti/planyourvisit/luminary.htm), and dinner at the historic Old South Mountain Inn (http://www.oldsouthmountaininn.com/). I’ll have more about this hike next week because that’s enough for now. However, if you are interested in the dinner, let me know ASAP since seats are limited.

 

Cheers,

Mike

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