Saturday started as a warm balmy morning which was just great as I was meeting one of my groups in Maryland to hike Sugarloaf Mountain. This has been on my list of 'to do's' for a long time so I was excited to finally go. I drove up via country lanes, avoiding all traffic, and arrived happy and ready to start. The mountain could be seen as I approached and the setting was spectacular. It's owned by the Stronghold family and they have kept the area looking beautifully natural while adding rock steps and picnic areas to enhance the experience. It's open year round and I had really expected the trees to be bare, yet there were many brightly colored leaves holding defiantly onto their branches, reminding me of scraps of brightly colored patchwork fabric.
And then we set off, a fine drizzle in the air that failed to dampen any of our spirits. The first part was going to be a rock scramble.
At one of the overlooks that we stopped at stood old stone ruins, probably a remnant of the Civil War look out posts, and we all stood on top in the rain for a photo.
We all sat and feasted and I was actually very reluctant to go, we were having such fun, and this was a great group, but as tummies filled to maximum capacity we started to pack up and head for home. This had been a wonderful hike and I'll be back to sugarloaf Mountain again for sure
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