Weston information for Sunday morning

From: River T.
Sent on: Saturday, October 15, 2011 12:56 AM

Hello, everyone!

I'm sending this email to everyone just in case people decide to sign up for Sunday's meetup event after I send all this out....

We're going to have amazing weather on Sunday for our morning hike and afternoon of Irish Festival music, food & drinks!  :-)  Who's excited?!  

Be sure to wear appropriate clothes & shoes as this is an unpaved trail, but it's very well maintained so tennis shoes are fine if you don't have hiking shoes/boots.  Bring water and a little food if you need some breakfast on the trail ~ I live on Clif Mojo bars myself....MmmMMm!  ;-)

I want to make sure you all know exactly where we're going to meet at Weston Bend State Park in the morning for the hike.  We will meet in the parking lot near the trailhead at 10:00am and will wait about 15 minutes before starting the hike, so please plan your travel time to get there ~ this park is 28 miles north of KC and located off of Highway 45.

Here are 2 sets of easy directions, depending on where you're coming from:

1)  Drive north on I-29 to Exit 20, and take Hwy 273 west until it intersects with Hwy 45.  Turn left on 45 for 0.5 mile to the park entrance on your right.

2)  From Kansas:  Drive north on I-435 to the Hwy 45 Exit.  From there, proceed north to the park entrance.

(or do your own google map from where you're coming from....)

***Now here's the trickier part***VERY IMPORTANT***

Once you have entered the state park off of Hwy 45 there will be a parking lot on the left 0.3 mile from the entrance for the Bicycle Trailhead (the paved trail).  You will be tempted to turn left here thinking this is where we are meeting for the hike, but THIS IS NOT THE RIGHT PLACE.

We're meeting near the overlook and will be hiking on the unpaved West Ridge and Harpst Valley Trails.  They are located at the END of the main park road near the overlook.  So stay on the main park road & drive past the Campground road on the right.  The road will then curve to the left and you'll go past the Office road also on the right.  The road will then curve back to the right and you'll then turn left at the next road to get to the overlook parking lot.  If I remember correctly from my first time to Weston Bend, there's almost like an "intersection" you come to and it's not clear where you need to go (left, straight or right), so if you see something like this, turn left.  :-)

Please call me if you cannot find the parking lot/trailhead and the group.  If you do not see me there you are not in the right spot.  I will be there by 9:45am to greet early arrivers and I have a medium grey Mazda 3 wagon.  My cell is[masked]-0842.

Once we're done hiking, we can caravan into Weston and check out the Irish Festival around noon-1pm and stay until whenever!  Should be lots o' fun.  Huzzah!  

****If you're not coming to the hike and are just coming up for the Irish Festival part of the day, we'll probably be getting there sometime between noon & 1:00pm (should be by 1pm for sure).  If you're already there at that time or arrive later in the afternoon just call me (or anyone else you know in the group who's there) and we can let you know where we are right then. 

Look forward to seeing you Sunday!  Enjoy your Saturday!

River :-)

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