just want to re-assure you all that the hike is on, the weather forecast ia bit sketchy, but if you read the fine print, rain is scheduled to end by 11. Anne and i at least will be there come rain or shine. you might want to bring a change of clothing in your cars for dinner. --Rick
note: the instructions for this hike are a bit complex, so read them carefully. a couple points--1) if you're meeting us at Morton Grove, be there at 12:00: 2) if your meeting us at Edgebrook, be there at 12:45: 3) be sure to have my cell phone number with you [masked])
dear hiking friends--
We invite all government workers, bankers, students, the retired, the unemployed, people with flexible hours, or those just playing hooky from work to a hike on Veterans Day, November 11, starting at 12:00 noon.
This will be an collaboration of boots, trains, and automobiles. We will park at the northernmost parking lot of St Paul Woods (see detailed directions below), walk a few blocks to the Morton Grove Metra station where we will meet, then take Metra one stop south to Edgebrook.
We will start our hike at the beginning of the North Branch trail (http://www.fpdcc.com/...) at the corner of Devon & Caldwell, and continue north to Dempster. We will then walk a few blocks back to the train station.
Those continuing to dinner will drive to Chinatown restaurant, 6121 Dempster St, Morton Grove, IL 60053, http://www.chinatownmortongrove.com/ nearby, and the rest will go their merry ways.
if you just want to come to dinner, that is do-able too. call me around 2:00 to see when we expect to be there.
we will be meeting on the 11th day of the 11th month, exactly 96 years since the end of what was then called "The Great War." sadly, it was not the "war to end all wars," as was hoped at the time, but it is a day chosen to respect our military veterans in the United States and in some other countries.
we may have differing opinions about whether our country's military actions are always wise, moral, or just, but i do feel we have come to a national consensus to honor the men and women who serve .
a few suggestions to make things run more smoothly
1) print out the announcement, or at least the directions ahead of time and bring it with you in your car if you are driving or navigating--I have frequently been delayed from arriving on time myself because I'm giving directions over the phone
2) bring enough cash to cover your meal if you come to dinner: restaurants usually don't like splitting up credit card charges, and it just delays and complicates the process of paying the bill
3) On the morning of the hike, if we're expecting you and you aren't coming, call me on my cell phone so we don't wait for you. If you get lost or are running late; call me on my cell phone [masked]), even if you're totally late, don't despair, call me on my cell phone and I should be able to tell you how to join us somewhere farther down the trail.
Please let me know if you plan to come, and if you can give someone a ride, or need a ride (and what area you live in). Since I will be in Chicago that day for once I can offer a ride to anyone who can get to my house, or whom I can pick up at the Jefferson Park train station (or who lives between my house and the park). contact me at [masked] .
hope to see you there,
directions to Morton Grove Metra station:
by car from downtown: take the Edens (I-94) to the Touhy ave exit west, continue a couple miles and turn right onto Lehigh; take Lehigh past the Morton Grove train station, and turn left where Lehigh crosses Lincoln, continue into St Paul Woods forest preserve and park in the first available parking lot; try to arrive by 12:00, walk back to the Morton Grove Metra station and wait on the southbound (to Chicago) platform. We will meet there, wait for the 12:45 train, and take it one stop to Edgebrook, arriving at 12:50, where we will begin the hike
by CTA http://www.transitchi... from downtown: take the Blue line toward O'Hare (unless you're at O'Hare or Cumberland, then take it toward downtown), get off at the Jefferson Park stop, take bus 85A (Central) to Caldwell; walk to the Edgebrook train station and wait for the rest of us to arrive on the southbound 12:50 train from the northwest: take the Blue line toward downtown, get off at the Jefferson Park stop, take bus 56A (North Milwaukee) to Devon; go to the Caldwell Woods parking lot; try to arrive by 12:00, we will wait till 12:30, then depart on foot
by Metra http://metrarail.com/... from downtown: take the Milwaukee Road north line northbound train to Edgebrook, arriving at 1:00 PM; the rest of us will have arrived on the southbound train at 12:50 and will wait for you if you have called me first and let me know;
From the north: take the southbound train arriving in Edgebrook at at 12:50 yourself from any point north of Edgebrook