Maryland

13 September 2015

Radio limbo lies in the region among Pennsylvania, Maryland, and West Virginia. The winding road through Maryland’s western countryside takes you in and out of Pennsylvania and West Virginia, the radio stations blipping on and off in unison. After capping Pennsylvania, Cody and I were heading to Maryland’s highpoint. It was late morning and the area was grey, both in sky and boundary. While ambiguity in these factors does not bode well for highpointing, we were able to find the peak.

 

Hoye Crest was part of Backbone Mountain, situated along the West Virginia border. To reach the peak, we had to drive through more of West Virginia than Maryland. En route, we stumbled across “the world’s smallest church,” Our Lady of the Pines. It was a well-maintained Roman Catholic Church nestled in the woods down the street from the highpoint. The church was accompanied by a small post office that was only open on 29 February. If 2014 had been a leap year, we would’ve been there for it’s service, seeing as it was 1 March when we visited. After marking our calendars for 2016, we hiked the short trail to highpoint and bagged our second summit of the day.

 

Backbone Mountain. 3360 ft / 1024 m. 1 March 2014.

 

Maryland