Murphy’s Lake Limericks

Going through my archives I found these Limericks from our Murphy’ Lake Trip.

There was a hiker from Carlisle
Who hiked in 3.8 miles
Until he came to a bog
Through which he did slog
But he did it with excellent style.

Sparky skipped a date with his bride
In giving his fellow hikers a ride
But he quickly lost his big grin
When much to his chagrin
He found that his battery had died.

Pretty and polite was the hiker Danielle
She looked like a fashionable belle
But you should have heard the wars
That went on behind closed doors
When she gave Mark holy hell.

There was hiker from Cotton Hill
Who displayed considerable skill
He traveled fast and light
Because his load was so slight
But to stay warm he relied on Matt’s goodwill.

As I laid wide awake
I thought this trip a mistake
My ears were a roaring
From the sound of the snoring
That night on Murphy’s Lake.

That was a fun trip – the great food group cook off challenge – comfortably won by multi-course meal group. Read on for a description of the trip.

Group shot at Murphy’s Lake

Natalie, Danielle, Mark, Skip, Sparky, Chris, Jim and Matt

Anxious for snow and to show off our new camping gear we “warmed up” for the winter camping season by scheduling a pre-season overnight at the Murphy Lake lean-to. We made this journey as a thru-hike; coming in from Pumpkin Hollow Road (3.8 miles), staying at Murphy Lake and hiking out (3.6 miles) to the Creek Road trail head on Sunday morning.

Trail conditions varied from mud to boggy to full running water. The most treacherous portions of the trail were the slime covered corduroy logs and wet bridge boards used to protect the trail. Upon reaching the Murphy’s Lake we had to bushwhack to skirt a large flooded bog that added 45 minutes to our hike.

Upon reaching the leanto we donned warmer gear and had a rousing session of StopLight!

At night we did a cook off between two competing cook groups with the steak, onions and peppers fajitas coming in 2nd to the multi-course meal of appetizers (10 year old sharp cheese, smoked salmon on crackers with mustard sauce), salad with sun dried tomatoes/feta cheese and choice of 2 dressings, creamy potato soup, chocolate pudding followed by some Merlot.

Chris and Matt load up on fajitas while Mark stirs the soup.


Although the temperatures dropped quickly Saturday afternoon the overnight temperatures remained in the mid-30s with only an occasional snow flake and Sunday morning temperatures were in the low 40s.

Upon emerging at the trail head our return home was delayed by a dead battery in waiting van. After 30 minutes of automotive diagnostics Sparky and Chris lashed on sneakers and jogged back (via roads) to our vehicles at the Pumpkin Hollow trail head. Within an hour they returned from their 7 mile jog, we applied jumper cables to the van and were headed home. Having a couple of serious runners along was a real plus.
Additional photographs from this trip can be found here.

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