Christmas in Beautiful Hope, Alaska

Food spreadsheet:  https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AhV4HGn9YQ5idFc5cXFXQnM1czFKbmJvbkxsR19BclE&usp=drive_web#gid=0


I am collecting $25.00 ahead of time since last-minute cancellations cause everyone else who shows up to pay a larger share, and a check up front tells me you are serious about going. Note that you will not be moved to “going” until I receive your check. People moved to “going” will be moved in the order checks are received, not in the order you signed up, so get those checks in if you want to go!

The United Methodist Conference has a large retreat center in Hope (across from the library), but the maximum number of people is limited to 15 due to their septic system. Please see the link at http://alaskaumc.org/?page_id=1273 for more information and directions.

There are a lot of trails in the area, so plan on hiking, walks, or just relaxing, as you wish. Nothing specific is organized.

I have it for two nights, since we would have to be out by 11am on the 25th and couldn’t have Christmas dinner there unless I rented it for both nights. I plan to stay both nights. Assuming at least 10 people, cost is $25 for both nights (plan on paying $25.00 even if you decide to only stay Tuesday night, since I don’t want to do the accounting and collecting for each night separately, and it jacks up the price for the people who do come for both nights.) If you’re not one of the “lucky 15” I can either tear up your check, or hold it until the date of the event just in case someone else wants to cancel. Mail checks for $25 to Valerie DeLaune, 3705 Arctic Blvd #2182, Anchorage, AK 99503.

Dogs are allowed, but I would like to keep it to 5. Please note if you are bringing your dog, and count whether there are already five coming.

There is only one bathroom that also includes the sink and shower, so please shower ahead or wait until after the morning bathroom rush to shower. There is plenty of room to spread out for sleeping accommodations, but if anyone feels strongly about having at least one non-co-ed room, we can do what they usually do -- girls upstairs in the dormitory and boys in the main hall, which is also the dining room. There are army cots, so you may wish to bring a sleeping pad instead.

There is a pretty good-sized kitchen. My suggestion is to bring a potluck dish for each dinner you plan to attend, and then individual meals for breakfasts and lunches (unless someone wants to organize breakfasts). Other suggestions welcome. Bring everything you need for the weekend and a full tank of gas -- don’t depend on being able to get any groceries or gas there.

There is a fireplace in a small sitting room, but not in the main hall, so bring wood if you would like a fire.

Please plan on helping to clean up before you leave (if you leave on Wednesday after dinner, please do something before you leave).

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  • katherine

    Thanks all for a great weekend! I added a few photos when I got home...

    December 26

  • A former member
    A former member

    And last but not least - a dessert.. Chocolate covered available berries and covered pomegranate seeds too! Long live chocolate!! Btw - can you tell I made it down to Anchorage (from Fbks) in one piece today ?!

    December 23

  • A former member
    A former member

    AND I had a 'wink emoticon' after the scrawny bird comment... I guess I'll only get to sniff it after that eh ?!

    December 23

  • A former member
    A former member

    This ap is not so good on my smart phone :( also bringing the Steele cut oats extraordinaire fixings as well. Wine, games, puzzle, Bluetooth speakers ; lost most of what I had written in previous post - it didn't how up?!) cya

    December 23

  • A former member
    A former member

    hullo! Am bringing the fixings for the green bean casserole as well as a cooked chicken (still not fond of those scrawny little birds!

    December 23

  • Stephanie

    I can bring the eggs for French toast. I'll scratch the OJ since I'm bringing mandarin oranges.
    About how long does it take to get to Hope from anchorage? Don't want to miss out on the walk if I can help it.

    December 22

    • Stephanie

      I'm ok with dairy, however I just use soy milk and have some I could bring. I don't think anyone will notice the difference. If you feel like picking up a container, it will probably get used. Thanks. I'm thinking you're bringing the eggs? :)

      December 23

    • katherine

      I figured I would bring them regardless, I have 2 dozen in my fridge so I'm not losing anything if they don't get used-- can always scramble or fry them if that makes sense.

      December 23

  • Valerie D.

    I could not get a bundle of firewood at Fred Meyer. I have 3 logs that I had from earlier. If anyone has access to firewood, please bring it.

    December 23

    • Bruce

      I will bring 2 3-hour logs and 2 bundles of kindling.

      1 · December 23

  • katherine

    Updated the food spreadsheet after shopping today. Can still grab some last-minute items if needed, anyone who has a chance to look it over might suggest missing items?

    December 23

  • Valerie D.

    So since we didn't get 10 people (which is what the $25 was based on), for 6 it will be $28.33/person, so be prepared for an extra $3.33/person unless more sign up (7 is $27.14, 8 is $26.25, 9 is $25.56, and 10 is $25)

    December 22

  • Valerie D.

    OK, administrative decision. I will arrive by Noon. I will leave for the Palmer Road to snowshoe at 12:30. Anyone who is there and ready to go is welcome to join me. Anyone not ready to go at 12:30 can catch up or do whatever else they wish (in the past I kept waiting as people showed up, then never really got anywhere). We leave the door unlocked so people can come and go as they please, so don't leave valuables in the lodge. Probably not a problem, but better not to.

    Food -please update the list if you need to, and be sure to bring enough food for two dinners, and for your own lunches (2-3). Can someone bring 6 eggs and some milk for the French toast, who isn't already bringing a bunch of food?

    Be sure to bring earplugs, eyeshades, and headlamps. Bedding. There are army cots, so you may want to bring a pad for the floor. Towel. Full tank of gas. No groceries in town, so come with everything you will need for 48 hours.

    December 22

  • katherine

    I don't usually drink beer but can likely get some free growlers from work if anyone else would like some. Beer drinkers?

    2 · December 21

    • Bruce

      Amber!!!!! Yesssss!!!

      December 22

    • katherine

      I picked up two growlers of Amber, a Blonde & an IPA...

      December 22

  • Valerie D.

    I need to know everyone's schedule since I have the key. If someone is going to be there before me, they should get the key from me.

    December 20

    • Stephanie

      I too will be taking it slow and would also like to do some exploring, before dinner.

      December 21

    • Valerie D.

      I'll try to arrive by Noon, dump my stuff off, and head out to snowshoe, perhaps up the Palmer Creek Road. My cell is 435-7060. It doesn't work the whole way out once in the mountains, but it will work everywhere the road is next to Turnigan Arm.

      1 · December 21

  • Valerie D.

    If we want to plan a Christmas morning breakfast, Bruce could bring the Cinnamon chip bread from Great Harvest, which makes excellent French Toast. I could bring butter, if someone else can bring Maple Syrup (real, not fake preferably).

    December 21

    • katherine

      And I have some VT maple syrup that I can bring. :)

      December 21

    • Stephanie

      I can bring orange juice.

      December 21

  • Valerie D.

    Remember to check https://docs.google.com/a/trigge...­ for updates. You need to bring food for 2 dinners, and there are still items near the bottom of the list someone needs to volunteer to bring (line 23, though some of these may be taken care of). Be sure to bring lunch stuff/snacks for yourself. We also need to think about breakfast X-mas morning since Tito's probably won't be open. Someone could call to check though...

    December 21

  • A former member
    A former member

    Am flexible as to when I arrive. Will spend the night of the 23rd in Anchorage. Is dependent on if Cindy carpools with me or someone else on the 24th. :D

    December 20

  • katherine

    I'll try to grab some firewood also, and will bring a blanket for the couch (as my dog is allowed on ours). Anyone have specific hikes/ snowshoes in mind? I have visited Hope twice before but not in the winter.

    December 19

    • Valerie D.

      Could also go up the Palmer Creek Road, which is barricaded in winter.

      December 20

    • katherine

      Thanks, Valerie! I am looking forward to it! :)

      December 20

  • Stephanie

    So, if I bring 2 Cornish hens for each night, bake them in oven there, will that work?

    December 19

    • katherine

      I think that sounds good. I'll probably bring lots of veggies to roast for everyone and maybe a snack/appetizer if I can get some shopping done on Monday- plus some sausages and/or beef for myself and anyone who would like a taste.

      December 19

    • Valerie D.

      Yes.

      December 19

  • Valerie D.

    Let's move the food planning back to the website. Bruce, please post the google doc here and make sure everyone has access. My last post regarding the main dish was:

    What I had suggested to Bruce, which didn't quite translate into the email, was that each of us that wanted some kind of poulty/fish/meat, bring something for two nights ie a piece of fish, a Cornish game hen, etc. I was thinking ease of cooking and no one person have to provide the main dish for everyone, and then we can share those items. For example, I have fish in my freezer and I'm happy to bring some, as long as other people are also bringing something. I ended up buying my fish this year so put very little away, and don't have enough to serve several people. There is a full kitchen so we have an oven, stove, microwave, etc.

    December 19

    • Valerie D.

      From Katherine: That does make some sense, thanks! I will bring a main dish that I would normally make for myself, plus a little extra to share- & some sides for everyone!

      December 19

  • Stephanie

    Also bringing a bundle of convenience store firewood, fire-starters, and a string of multi-colored Christmas lights.

    December 10

  • Stephanie

    I'll bring sugar cookies. (Still like the soup idea, carefully transported.)

    December 10

  • Bruce

    Anyone wanting to carpool to Hope in my van, I'll be heading down there Tuesday a.m. and coming back Thursday after we check out. 4 people total would be $8.75 round trip each person for gas. CHEAP! Call, text me at[masked] or via this meetup site. (Hope you like listening to Hobo Jim's music!)

    December 9

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello Folks,
    This sounds like tons of fun. My friend Cindy Nielson mentioned it to me. I'm intending to bring my mellow dog Travis. Looking forward to skiing, snowshoeing, playing board games. Maybe singing? Will bring food for each night to share.
    Cheers,
    Christina
    plopping check into the mail today.

    November 27

  • Valerie D.

    Katherine Cooper (who will be signing up & bringing her dog) reminded me we need to organize the food. What would folks like to bring? Remember to bring something for each night you are there.

    November 24, 2013

    • katherine

      I'm not sure if I will be there both nights or just the 25th. My usual diet is lots & lots of veggies (tho not vegetarian) & I can bring salad &/or lots of roasting veggies if that is okay.

      November 24, 2013

  • Valerie D.

    Cindy will be bringing a dog too, so we have two so far. We are all dog people, I just said "5" to keep dog conflicts to a minimum. There is plenty of room in the lodge.

    November 24, 2013

  • Stephanie

    This sounds good! I'd like to bring my dog.

    October 3, 2013

    • Valerie D.

      Great! Got your check, thanks. Stephanie says her dog is shy, older, and a great hiker.

      October 7, 2013

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