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Chicago, IL
Hometown: Chicago

Member since:

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.

Where is the coolest place you've ever camped? What is your favorite campgrounds?

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.

Do you perfer group campsites or getting individual campsites? Do you perfer food included or bring your own? What about having potluck?

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.

How far are you willing to travel to camp? How many days should the trip be?

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.

Do you own an RV? Do you tent camp? Do you perfer sites with electricity? Are showers at the campground a must?

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.

Please suggest a camping trip or a outdoor adventure for the group (include details like the location and a good month for the trip).

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.

What Heather is saying about this Meetup Group

This was my first camping trip with this group and I had a blast!

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  • Stacie

    Hi heather. Just joined the group, looking forward to meeting new people and enjoying the outdoors!!

    Mar 10, 2014 7:32 PM
  • Athena

    Chicago Hiking, Outdoors, & Social Group

    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!

    Jul 21, 2012 12:01 PM
  • Rochelle

    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!

    Jul 11, 2011 10:28 AM
  • ellie

    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!

    Apr 18, 2011 5:17 PM
  • Alex

    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.

    Apr 14, 2011 12:58 PM
  • Mr. Jeff

    Chicago Hiking, Outdoors, & Social Group

    Try the Kayak trip, easy to learn, you will have a great teacher and a good time !

    Mar 28, 2011 2:53 PM
  • ellie

    Hey Heather,
    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.


    Mar 18, 2011 6:38 PM

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