Veterans Day weekend camping and hiking at Turkey Run

  • November 10, 2012 · 2:00 PM
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important note:  if you get to our cabin before i do, you will know you're in the right place if you see a brass dinner bell with a clapper on the wall to the left of the screen door.

note--our cabin is on Eastern Standard Time (EST), so it is an hour later than Chicago--we are meeting on Saturday at 2 PM EST, so that means 1 PM CST, Chicago time

note:  this event has already filled up and a waiting list has started.  because our facilities are limited, i don't want to increase the numbers for sleeping or eating--but i don't care how many people come on the two hikes we have planned.  if you want to find your own accommodations nearby, and just join us for the hikes, go right ahead.  here are a few accommodation suggestions--

be sure to let me know if you want to join us on the hikes, so we can know to expect you.

Turkey Run Inn

Turkey Run campground

Granny's Farm b & b

we invite you to a camping and hiking weekend at

my cabin near Turkey Run State Park Saturday, November 10 starting 2 PM EST, thru Monday, November 12

dear friends--

We invite you to join us for a weekend of camping and hiking in Parke co Indiana on Veterans  Day weekend.  We will sleep inside or in tents, cook over a roaring wood fire, play some games, and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature all around us.

We have a cabin in the woods overlooking the river with a kitchen with a stove (but no oven), microwave, refrigerator, and common cooler for drinks, also a bathroom, shower, and screened in porch.  We have heat and air conditioning.  We also have four bunks, but since we'll have more than 4 people, some of you will need to have a tent and sleeping bag unless we make special arrangements beforehand.  This time of year, it could be quite cold in the night, so be prepared.  We will provide most meals and divvy up the costs, unless there is something special you want to contribute.  I may round upward a bit for the gas and electric, which are not insignificant this time of year.  I will also pass a hat for a small contribution for the costs of using meetup.

I’m ok with preparing Saturday dinner, Sunday dinner, and Monday breakfast.  I would recommend eating on the way for Saturday lunch.  We will be leaving fairly early for the Sunday morning hike at Turkey Run.  I will have some light items for breakfast, like orange juice, tea, toast and bagels (we have a coffee maker, but I don’t know how to use it), but if you want anything heavier, you might want to bring something along.  Likewise, for Saturday lunch, I will have some bread, lunchmeat, cheese, etc, but you might want to bring something of your own to supplement it.  It may also be a good idea to bring a cooler.

We will have some pop and beer to share, but for anything harder or more esoteric, byob. If you are a vegetarian, you probably should bring your own food.  I will make an appropriate adjustment in food charges.  As a matter of fact, if you’d like much in the way of vegetables or salad, you might want to bring some of it with.  we may need to make a shopping run at some point, but the closest food store is about a half hour drive.

Tho we do have indoor space, this will be roughing it to some extent.  We have a well with safe tap water, but the mineral content is pretty high, and some people prefer to bring their own bottled water.  We have no land line phone at our cabin, and since it is in a deep valley, there is no cell phone service.  You can, however, walk or drive about a mile to higher ground, and usually get a signal.

Since this is a cabin in the woods, you could see mice or evidence of mice, but they usually lay low when we are actually there.  of course there are the usual hazards of snakes, spiders, poison ivy, etc in the surrounding woods, but on the other hand, since we are in a dense, mature forest with fast moving water, there are almost no mosquitoes. For hiking, you will need something to carry water in, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat with a brim.  Bring clothing appropriate to a range of weather conditions, including rain.

You could arrive at our cabin anytime Saturday after 2 PM EST:  please let us know about when you will be arriving.  I'll provide directions once you let me know that you plan to come. So far the weather forecast looks great, sunny in the 60's--you can check the weather here ( . If storms are predicted, please bring appropriate gear.  it’s usually 5-10 degrees warmer than Chicago that far south in any event, especially in spring and fall.

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).  I will try to include some car pooling information. It is about a 3 1/2 hour drive from downtown Chicago to our cabin.  I will include directions later.

Make sure to print the directions out, for your GPS may not have a signal in some areas, especially right before you arrive.

because there are people on the waiting list, it is more important than usual to cancel if you have signed up for this event and then decide not to go.  Here is an approximate schedule for the weekend.  remember, the times below are Eastern Standard Time (EST), an hour later than Chicago.

Saturday—arrive anytime after 2 PM.  set up your tent and settle in.  when most people have arrived, we will go on a hike at Shades state park, up beautiful Shawnee Canyon.  dinner of brats and Italian sausage grilled over wood fire, also some other stuff.

sunset          5:34 EST

play some games, including Schnauzer, a cabin tradition (bring 3 quarters).  hang out around the fire, not too late to bed.  listen to the sounds of the night.

sunrise         7:29 EST

Sunday—a light breakfast, hike beautiful trail 3 thru Rocky Hollow at Turkey Run SP.  return for a lunch of homemade chili and other things.  hang out for  a while.  In late afternoon, a short hike down Sugar Creek right out our door, or an optional hike on beautiful trail 2 to Maidenhair falls at Shades state park.    dinner of bbq ribs cooked over wood fire, also some other stuff.

sunset 5:34 EST play some games, hang out around the fire, etc, go to bed.  listen to the sounds of the night.

sunrise         7:30 EST

Monday—breakfast of omelets, clean up, break camp, go our merry ways.   I deliberately planned this schedule with plenty of slack.  If anyone wants to explore the area around our property, do extra hiking, drive around to see the covered bridges or some of the nearby towns, or stay in the area Monday after we depart, please feel free.

hope to see you,


directions to our cabin location:  Our property is located on the south bank of Sugar creek (also known as the Rock river), a medium-sized tributary of the Wabash; about halfway between Turkey Run and Shades state parks; and about halfway between the towns of Wallace and Waveland on High Bridge road. Travel directions follow below. Our address is 6309 e High Bridge rd, Marshall, IN 47859, but it is not posted. Our next door neighbor’s address is 6322 e High Bridge rd, Marshall, IN 47859, and it is posted. directions to our cabin:  take the Kennedy expressway (I-94), continue onto the Dan Ryan, thence to the Bishop Ford expressway, then the Borman expressway (just stay on I-94 all the way) to exit 2 in Indiana marked US-41 SOUTH (also Indianapolis blvd); remain on "41" about 80-90 miles; turn left on US 136, and continue to Hillsboro, then turn right on IN 341; continue south on "341"; "341" will end at IN 234  but you will continue going straight on the continuation of the road until you come to a "T,"  where a paved road will go off to the right, and a gravel road will go off to the left; turn left onto the gravel road, which may be marked High Bridge rd: after traveling through fields about 3 miles, the road will suddenly become paved, and you will descend into a deep valley and go over a  bridge; just past the bridge, you will see a private road off to the right, followed by a house and garage

We have told our next door neighbor, Jason, that we will be having some guests.

our cabin has no land line; my cell phone is [masked], but our cabin is in a valley that is a dead zone for cell phone use; if you leave a message, we should be able to get it if we go up the hill. Do print these directions out and bring them with.  you will pass thru many GPS dead zones, and will end up in one when you arrive.


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  • Rick M.

    unbelievable weather, a nice crowd--and 6 turned out to be just the right number--a very mellow weekend

    November 14, 2012

  • Judy

    Thank you Rick, for hosting such an AWESOME WEEKEND ! ! Could not have been any better : O

    November 12, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I plan to camp. So if only 5 go, there is room for 4 to sleep indoors.

    October 8, 2012

  • Amy R.

    Hi! I'm new to this group, am waiting to go out on Nov. 17th, and this sounds really fun, too! However, I'm not a camper (well, went once a million years ago...have no skills), so I don't know if an indoor overnight space is an option. If anyone (Rick?) has any thoughts, please let me know. Thanks, and looking forward to the group. :)

    October 8, 2012

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