If you have questions, please, please call or text me instead of posting or emailing. I am unable to answer posts at work because Meetup is blocked. I run 3 meetup groups, schedule at least 1 or 2 meetups a week which usually generate between 5-10 emails and posts. While I love hearing from folks, after spending 10-12 hours on the computer, the last thing I want to do when I get home is get on the computer and reply to the 10 questions that have come in that day. I would much rather have a pleasant conversation on the phone:)
I am currently about a week behind in replying to emails. My apologies. I worked 50+ hours at work last week.
Also, please read the description of the event carefully. The time and place of the meetup are always mentioned. We tailor hikes to the people that show up. If we have someone that can only hike for an hour because of time constraints or physical abilities, we try to accommodate them. We are then usually willing to hike more until the last member is ready to stop. Most of the hikes run between 2-4 hours and are between 5-7 miles long. Please speak up about what you need. I would much rather you hike with us for 1/2 hour to an hour, have a great time, and come again than overdo it and never come back again.
If I am hosting the hike and it is local, dogs are more than welcome. Please, only one dog per human. Dogs are usually not allowed on the out of town hikes with the exclusion of Shelby Forest.
If you RSVP yes and can't make it, please make every effort to change your RSVP on the site or by phone. There is nothing more discouraging than having 25-50% of the folks that RSVP pull a no show. It is possible to set up text reminders. They come 2 hours before the event. It has saved me from forgetting an event more than once.
Lastly, please remember that my organizers are not getting paid to do this. We do it because we love it. I actually have to pay money to run the group. Any donations are GREATLY appreciated.