Memorial Day Camping Trip 97' Highlights
Rocks, WV for a fun packed extended weekend
16 adults, 2 children, 1 dog!
Eric Ruth (MD) Suzy
Paul Page (MD/VA) Lisa Page (MD/VA)
John Kristofits (PA) Marylin Kristofits (PA)
Luke Kristofits (PA) Jenny Kristofits(PA)
Greg Grieff (MD) Valerie Schutz (VA)
Craig Nickel (MD) Gina Terry (MD)
Mike Yeager (PA) Crystal Egan (PA)
Mike Greene (PA) Brenda Coe (PA)
Joe Bagis (NJ) Jennifer Egan (PA)
Weather: Sunny Sky...Highs around
7:00PM Eric & Suzy arrive at Seneca rock WV. Locate "Yokums" campground.
7:15PM Examine "Yokums" campground,
and find no trees, No available picnic
tables, and Lots of sand. Not a very desirable campsite.
7:20PM Depart "Yokums" Campground in search of a better place to stay.
7:30PM Attempt to secure Campsite's
at Seneca shadows Campgrounds,
only to discover they are booked solid.
7:45PM Solumnly Return to "Yokums" To pick out a site.
8:00PM Find unclaimed site with
a Picnic table. Quickly stake claim
on picnic table. (Still no trees, but things are looking up)
8:15PM Eric goes to campground office to "Check in"
8:30PM Manager still doing math
to determine how much the campsites
will cost for the weekend
8:45PM Eric Returns to Campsite bewildered by the Final Cost
9:00PM Lisa And Paul Arrive at Campsite
9:05PM Paul looks puzzled by the lack of trees.
9:15PM Group determines that
we have less than an hour of daylight left
so we better start pitching tents
9:30PM Tent pitching complete. Begin gathering rocks for fire ring
9:35PM Eric steals the neighbors fire ring while he is gone
10:15PM John, Marylin and the Kids arrive at campsite
10:30PM Begin assembling John's 12' X 16' Tent.
11:00PM Neighbor returns, and spends
five minutes looking for his 'missing'
11:05PM Neighbor gives up on fire ring, and retires for the evening.
11:30PM Greg, Craig, and Gina arrive at campground. (with all of the alcohol)
11:40AM Joe and Valerie Arrive.
12:00AM Mike, Crystal, and Jen Arrive (With all of the food)
12:30AM Tents Setup, Beers Drank, Pepperoni Bread Eaten
1:00AM Group retires for evening.
sunny, highs in the mid 70's
8:00AM Group wakes, and prepares
breakfast (Eggs, bacon and Sausage for
9:00AM Group divides for the
day. Half decide to hike to top of Seneca
rock. Other half goes Biking at Spruce Knob.
10:00AM Eric, Suzy, Greg, Craig, Mike,
Crystal Arive at Spruce Knob ready
for biking adventure
10:30AM Bikers experience lots of
"Steep Technical Decents" as the
biking book described it.
10:45AM Crystal names her bike "Fido" because she's walking it so much.
12:30PM Trail meets the road, and bikers prepare for long ascent back to cars
2:30PM Bikers return to campsite. Very wet and muddy from the ride.
4:00PM Greg Prepares Chili for the Group
4:30PM Joe decides to rearrange
all 7 vehicles at the campsite, so we have a
shaded area to set the coolers.
5:00PM Several campers decide to take showers.
5:15PM Campers return complaining of "No hot water"
5:20PM Greg observes that "The
hot water heater for the entire campground
is the same hot water heater in his townhouse"
7:30PM Group prepares to Chicken, Baked Potato, and CornOTC for dinner.
8:00PM Eric Discovers that the grill must be assembled before cooking.
8:05PM Eric assembles Grill
8:30PM Chicken cooking.
9:00PM Eric requests of Valerie "Please 'toss' me a beer"
9:02PM Valerie overhand throws the beer at Eric
9:15PM Eric requests of Craig "Please 'toss' me a beer"
9:17PM Craig delivers the beer to Eric "fastpitch softball style"
9:30PM Crystal watches the grill while Eric gets his own beer!
10:00PM Chicken, Potatos, and Corn Served...Everyone eats!
11:00PM Break out the Smores
11:30PM Jen Introduces other campers
to "Campfire Banana Splits" (Banana
split open, filled with chocolate, marshmallow, and peanut butter,
and heated in the fire) All enjoy.
12:00AM Group retires, for a good
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with rain (Heavy at times), highs in the low 70's
8:00AM Group wakes to Threatening skys...Bad weather Imminent.
9:00AM Light rain begins,
Group plans activities that won't be disrupted
by bad weather.
9:30AM Group has decided on
activities for the day.
Joe, Jennifer, John and Jenny go rafting on nearby River
Greg, Craig, Eric, Crystal, Mike, Mike, and Brenda go Mountain Biking
Suzy, Valerie and Gina Go horseback riding.
11:00AM Suzy Takes many-a-blurry-picture while horseback riding.
11:30AM Bikers Walk through Many-a-river-crossing
11:35AM John, and Joe sink Many-a-Raft
12:00PM Rain Becomes Heavy.
12:15PM Greg Goes over the Handlebars
(Superman style), and performs
beautiful 10 point landing, face first, in shallow creek.
12:30PM Bikers begin to understand
why the selected trail was described as
"difficult" in the "mountain bikers guide"
12:40PM Greg goes over handlebars again.
12:45PM Bikers ponder the phrase "Leave No Trace"
1:00PM Still raining heavily,
but by this time, everyone is completely
soaked, and muddy, so noone seems to care.
1:30PM Top of mountain reached...begin Descent.
1:45PM Greg goes over handlebars again.
2:00PM Bikers Discover the "mountain
bikers guide"'s definition of "Railroad
2:15PM Rain Stops
2:45PM Bikers still walking/riding on "Railroad Bed"
3:00PM Group realizes that it
has stopped raining, and things are beginning
to dry off.
3:15PM Brenda Collects railroad stakes.
3:30PM Mike discovers that Mountain
biking is much more challenging when
weighed down by Sweatshirts, Railroad stakes, food, drinks, etc...
3:45PM Group discovers that
50' of trail has been washed away by flood
3:47PM Bikers find a way around the washed out trail.
4:00PM Greg goes over handlebars again.
5:00PM Bikers finally arrive
back at cars. Load bikes onto cars, and return
to campsite for much needed showers, and food.
5:30PM Bikers return to camp,
to discover that John, and Joe had both
sunken their rafts, nearly drowning all on board.
6:00PM Rain begins again. Group assembles "rain shelter"
6:15PM The men attempt to suppliment
the "Rain shelter" with john's
"big blue tarp"
7:00PM Men still fighting with "big blue tarp"
7:30PM Men give up on "big blue tarp"
8:00PM Rain has extinguished
campfire...All hopes of finishing marshmallows
9:00PM Early Night, Group retires
for the evening, to avoid Rain.
Weather: Mostly cloudy, Drizzle
8:00AM Group wakes, to find that it's still raining.
9:00AM Campsites moved to nearby pavilion, to allow everything to dry.
10:00AM Breakfast prepared.
(Campers have 50lbs of pancake flour which
needs to be consumed by summer's end) Not to mention the
10:30AM Eric Searches for sunglasses.
10:45AM Eric finds his sunglasses,
packed away in the cooler, with the
11:00AM Dishes washed, tents folded,
cars packed, pictures taken,
11:30AM Group departs campsite and
heads for home...