Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Catoctin Mountain Hike

Before DC's Summer begins and the humidity gets out of control, Nick and I decided to go for a hike. Last summer my lovely mother bought Nick and I the Washintonian magazine with Hikes and Bikes. We regurally flip through this magazing plotting out next getaway.

This weekends pick was a great hike out in Thurmont, MD- roughly an 1 hour 15 minutes from DC.

We headed to Catoctin Mountain National State Park and did a 5.5 mile loop. It was one of the best hikes we have been on yet :) It had just enough elevation, rock jumping, and flat trail walking that we needed.

We hit three outlooks on the trail, but of course I only remembered to take a photo of the trail and no outlooks :) Oops! So here are soem great photos of the trail!

This is Wolf Rock, our second outlook....

Thethird outlook, Chimney Rock, but I forgot to take a picture. Too many people were crowded around looking at a giant hawk, so we didn't take much time to relax at that outlook :)

After our hike, in typical Monica and Nick fashion, we hit up a local farm made brewery that Nick had read about, Milkhouse Brewery. it was a working farm and they were bailing hay as we sat out on the patio.

This ended up being a more frugal stop then anticipated because the keg kicked on the beer I ordered, so I ended up with a free beer :) Not too shabby for a Sunday afternoon.

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