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It was more of an "S" than an "H"!
But it was a strong contingent of five ladies and two (lucky) men who joined Jim Koury's Frederick County hike last Saturday, so there were few complaints about the interminably long eleven-hundred-plus-feet of the Bob's Hill ascent, or the thousand-plus-feet return trip up the Cat Rock climb.
On the way to the lunch stop we bumped into Don Lears, who was hiking independently. Lunch was at Big Hunting Creek, a babbling brook that coursed through huge boulders on its way to Hunting Creek Lake, and prompted two of the hikers to compare it with similar streams on trails in the Magaliesberg in Africa.
The colors of an early fall were just beginning to show, yet it was hotter and more humid than usual which challenged my three-liter Camelbak.
Three of the hikers were visitors, one of whom was Luisa, to whom we owe thanks for these photographs - since yours truly brought a big boat-anchor of a camera ... and no memory chips.
It was a fun hike with great company, and the only down-side was that Sharon Koury, our usual sweep, wasn't able to join us. And remember: the next time Jim Koury offers you a 13 mile hike - brace yourself for a bonus 1.4 miles of hiking bliss! (See the stats in the accompanying photo.)