May 5, 2007 - Pre-Trip Hike and Picnic
Patapsco Valley State Park - Cascade Falls
Time of Hike: 10:30 AM
Distance Hiked: 3.0 Miles
Temp During Hike: Low 62.1 °F High 68.0 °F
Elevation Change: 150 Ft
Our flight to the Grand Canyon leaves on Thursday so this week we were done with training. Our hike was only a 3 mile walk in the woods that took about 1 ½ hours. We visited Patapsco State Park again, ending where we started, and we spent more time enjoying each other’s company and taking photos than anything else. I’m even in one of the group photos this time.
We ended the hike with a picnic at Patti’s house where we celebrated our accomplishment, relaxed, and talked about our upcoming trip to the Grand Canyon. Several people brought family along and the group finally got to meet my daughter Emerson. She acted like she has known everyone for a long time and just smiled as we played pass the baby.
The park looks a lot different now, everything is green and park visitors were everywhere enjoying the nice weather. The thought occurred to me that watching the seasons change during our journey is like a metaphor for what we are trying to accomplish. At the beginning everything was cold and unknown and we were with a group of strangers. We didn’t know where we were going or how we would get there or even if we had the strength and endurance to make it. With every step we took our confidence grew and we found strength inside us to help us along. Our group of strangers became a group of friends that we could find support in. At times it seemed like the weather would never change, we would be in the cold forever, but we stuck with it and things did start to improve. We first started to see flowers bloom then new leaves appeared in the trees and finally the brown and silent forests we once hiked through became lush green places filled with birds singing and squirrels playing. Hopefully the money we have all raised will help many people diagnosed with cancer find their way from a cold, unknown place to a place filled with friends, hope, and happiness.
About Patapsco Valley State Park, MD
8020 Baltimore National Pike
Ellicott City, MD 21043
Patapsco Valley State Park extends along 32 miles of the Patapsco River, encompassing 14,000 acres and five developed recreational areas. Recreational opportunities include hiking, fishing, camping, canoeing, horseback and mountain bike trails, as well as picnicking for individuals or large groups in the park's many popular pavilions.
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