Pennsylvania and Maryland
And we’re off on our first trip as official peakbaggers. I flew into New Jersey on
November 4, 2020 and had a fun night at Al and Dana’s house drinking beers by the
firepit getting ready for a weekend of adventure. All 12 of us met at 5am and hit the
road in our 12 passenger van towards Pennsylvania’s high point, Mt. Davis at 3213’.
There was a sign on the side of the road that said Pennsylvania high point and for a
second we were worried that was the only site to see! Once we realized where the
trailhead was we started off on our hike. This was an easy one with a watchtower
along the way and a structure at the actual high point. We hustled back down and
hit the road towards Maryland to hike Hoye Crest. This hike was also rather
uneventful, an easy 2 miles roundtrip. The trail was being used as a logging road, so
it was muddy with massive tire marks. The high point was a much prettier view
where we snapped our photos and got our headlamps on for a dark trek back down.
We hit the road again this time towards West Virginia for a fun dinner together,
cake to celebrate my birthday, wine and laughs.
West Virginia- Spruce Knob
A few of the girls still say that West Virginia is their favorite peak so far. At 4863’
and 11 miles, it was just a stunning hike. We hit the road early on Nov 6 and started
the hike without a hitch. About .5 a mile into the hike Dana and I heard a low
vibrating growl, which really scared us. No big deal we told the girls, good reminder
to stay together. So, she and I led the pack up maybe another 100 ft and we heard
it again on the other side of the trail! Well, I screamed and ran, the 2 things you’re
not supposed to do in those situations!!! Thankfully, it didn’t end up being anything
more than that, but it definitely gave me some jitters for a couple miles. The whole
trail was beautiful and the weather was perfect – we understood why it was called
Spruce Knob. We passed by really cute campgrounds and fun manmade areas to sit
and have a fire. We had a late night back to New Jersey then I hopped on the train
to NYC the next morning to have a fun day with June, which happened to be the day
Biden was officially elected and the whole city was out celebrating on a gorgeous
New York City day.
Fun trip and perfect way to start our Peakbagging experience!!