February 14, 2012
I spent a lot of time camping growing up and in recent years have gotten back into it again and looking to meet and have a few adventures with people who share the interest.
I've mostly stuck with camping in the midwest (IA/IL/MN/MO/WI) - basically anywhere I can get to from the city for short weekend trip. Starved Rock is great for a really short weekend trip. Devils Lake, WI is another place I try to make it to at least once a camping season. Last fall I discovered a small state park called Yellowstone Lake about 50 miles west of Madison and had a blast. It's not a large park, but not many people know about it and the hiking isn't bad. What made it really unique is that the park has bat houses throughout and watching them come out at dusk was really cool and minimum mosquitos. The cons- lots of ticks and some rather fearless raccoons.
I've never really stayed at a group campsite (summer camp as a kid is about the extent of it). My camping parties have usually ranged from 3-8 people and we usually get sites next to eachother if the campground has a person/tent restriction per site. Usually there is some beforehand discussion about who is bringing what for food and a meal/cooking plan. Personally, I'm indifferent either way.
Usually I stick with locations that I can get to in a few hours driving for a weekend getaway. Although a 10 day Badlands/Black Hills trip is in the works.
I'm a tent camper. I have my two person which suits me and my Lab just fine, but I also have a 4 person in the event that larger accommodations are needed. No preference on electric sites. As for showers, if a trip is longer than 2-4 days, it's nice to have the option at least available.
Shawnee National Forest, Southern Illinois. Spring-Fall months. Isle Royale National Park, Michigan/Minnesota on Lake Superior Spring-Fall months. Apostle Islands. Northern Wisconsin Spring-Fall months. Devils Lake, Wisconsin, Spring-Fall months. Effigy Mounds, Iowa (near the Wisconsin border and off the Missippi River) Spring-Fall months.
This was my first camping trip with this group and I had a blast!
Hi heather. Just joined the group, looking forward to meeting new people and enjoying the outdoors!!
Hey Heather, we met once during a volleyball game. I'm trying to see if a few people want to get together and toss a frisbee around today, maybe even play some volleyball if we get enough. If you are interested or know some people who might be, can you have them RSVP to this event? http://www.meetup.com/last-minute-pla... Thanks!
Hey Heather! It was nice to meet you at the hike yesterday:). I wanted to get in touch about carpooling to go kayaking next Sat. Feel free to email me at [masked] to be in touch. Thanks!
I think we should grab Rob (he loves to spend time outdoors and did you know he likes to camp??) anyway - let's drag him with us on a hike sometime soon!
Hi Heather! Just joined and looking for members to run with. I have run on and off since H.S. but now I am much more motivated. Can you come out to play mornings?
Have a great day!
p.s. I take my dog running too, but she will not tell me to keep going one more mile. Yet.
I had no idea that you liked to hike. This is a great group. I just joined last week and hiked with them last Sunday. Let's plan a hike with the group soon.