Middle Maryland and the Rollercoaster, Virginia, April 17 – 18, 2018 — If ridgerunners are the first sign of spring, then the start of Road Scholar hikes is the confirmation. This week we hosted our first group of Scholars on their ‘Hike the AT in Four States’ offering.
Link to program web page: Road Scholar Description
This was a fun group. Several claimed they wanted t shirts to display things like: “I got detention at Road Scholars” or “I flunked out of Road Scholars.” In a couple of cases, I actually believe such shirts might be prophetic.
These folks, being the confirmation of spring, could have fooled all of us. They were miscast. Their first hike in Pennsylvania featured trails turned to torrents six inches deep. Maryland featured spitting snow and ouchy wind chills. Virginia opened cold (note the title photo) but ended as a bright sunny spring day. West Virginia today featured winds gusting to 40 mph.
Somebody ought to tell the prop department to knock it off. Winter’s over, dammit!
Lunch at Sam Moore Shelter
The intrepid Road Scholar hikers handled the five challenging rollercoaster mountains like pros. Mary Thurman contributed photos to this blog.