Ahhh…all required writing for my grad class done, I can now get back to writing for fun!
Last weekend the Maryland Trail Dames represented at the annual Flip Flop Festival in Harper’s Ferry, WV. I have to give a huge thank – you to Queen V for organizing this event! She told me to show up with a table and my camp chair…done!
I rolled in at 7:30ish on Saturday morning to find that the Queen had already put up the canopy. I pulled over to drop off the table then quickly found a parking spot. Exiting my car, I was caught off guard by a gust of wind that whipped my car door back so hard I thought it would break. Okay, then, let me just grab an extra jacket if that is the way it is going to be!
That was indeed how it was going to be on Saturday! The wind would blow up the hill and literally force us to hold onto the canopy, the table, our chairs, and the handouts so they would not be tossed up into the air. We demonstrated quite a bit of agility, let me tell you! In between gusts we managed to stake out the canopy…gonna give myself props for some of the knots I tied…held like a charm!
Sadly, the PATC canopy next to ours did not fare so well. A particularly ferocious gust sent their canopy cartwheeling across the lawn! They decided to move over to the lawn of Storer College afterwards…kudos on their decision as the wind did not let up.
We persevered, but decided eventually to ditch our canopy. It was less stressful without the wind trying to shred it with every gust!
We ended the day in good spirits and vowed that the next day would be better!
Sunday began with no wind, but rains poured down. I was not scheduled to show up until the afternoon, but checked in with Queen V. Everything was okay, wet, but okay. Game on!
The crowd had diminished to near zero by 3:30 pm, so we called it a day and dismantled our glorious set-up. 🙂
Thanks to the several amazing volunteers from Trail Dames, we have many new women interested in hiking with us!
Side note 1: Guys, I am glad you stopped by our table…however, if all you had to say was “oh the Trail Dames, I’ve been looking for a Trail Dame”… then go find yourself one somewhere else…We don’t play like that! 😀
Sidenote 2: If you are that person, who signed up for information by leaving us a link to your porn site…we don’t do those kind of events! 😀 😀 😀
Sidenote 3: If you are the guy that came over to mansplain how we had anchored our canopy ALL WRONG and we needed to untie everything and re-do it, then I want you to know that it NEVER CARTWHEELED ACROSS THE LAWN, bwahahahaha!
I love you guys…Hike on! 😀