day hike at Saugatuck Dunes state park
in Saugatuck, Michigan
Saturday, June 22
starting at 12 noon EDT
(note, this is 11 AM Chicago time!)
length of hike about 4-5 miles,
with options to shorten or lengthen
a few steep climbs
sun exposure, moderate in woods,
high on beach
dear hiking friends--
On Saturday, June 22, we will hike the trails and beaches of Saugatuck Dunes state park in Saugatuck, Michigan, and dine at Il Forno Italian restaurant, on the docks at Lake Kalamazoo, (weather permitting), in fabulous Saugatuck.
My plan is just for our standard format of a Saturday hike and dinner. But the drive to Saugatuck is about an hour and a half from the Chesterton-Valpo area, and three hours from downtown Chicago, and there is lots to do in town, so I for one will stay overnight both Friday and Saturday. We had some fun overnight trips to Saugatuck in 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2008.
I will be staying at the place we have usually gone for weekend Saugatuck stays, the Timberline motel, http://www.timberlinemotel.com/ , [masked], on the outskirts of town with a nice pool and hot tub. If others are staying over, we could get together for dinner Friday and/or Saturday, and return after dinner, go in the hot tub, play some games, hang out together, etc. you can cancel reservations at the Timberline if you do it at least a week in advance.
i will pass a hat for a small donation to cover the costs of using meetup. there may be an entrance fee for the state park.
for the hike, make sure to check the weather beforehand http://www.weather.com/weather/tenday/Saugatuck+MI+USMI0757:1:US , and have appropriate clothing and gear.
Be sure to bring something to eat along, plus enough water (one quart minimum, two is better). Also bring sunscreen and a hat with a brim. insects have not been bad so far this year, but use your judgement on insect repellant. i'm not sure whether Saugatuck Dunes is a dog-friendly park or not, so please do your own research on this matter, and remember you will need to make provision for your dog if you come to dinner also.
after the hike, we will dine at Il Forno restaurant in the Coral Gables complex
http://www.coralgablessaugatuck.com/v4/go.gnf?s=coralgables&n=default&d=products&product=44 , right on the dock, weather permitting.
if you would like to retire to the Timberline afterwards, where i will be staying, we could go in the hot tub, play some games, or hang out.
if you'd prefer to walk around town, go to Oval beach, or do more hiking, the sun doesn't set in Saugatuck on June 22 till 9:26, and civil twilight doesn't end till 10:01!
if you're still here Sunday morning, we could take a short walk into town and have breakfast together at the Elbow Room overlooking the river, before going our merry ways.
anyone who wanted to go to town Friday evening or Saturday morning or evening, or Sunday as long as they wished, and check out the shops, galleries, the harbor, or do some more hiking or swimming would have those opportunities too.
You can come early Saturday, or even Friday evening to extend the weekend.
i will be at the Timberline from Friday afternoon. i thought maybe one of the easiest ways to communicate on the weekend might be thru Twitter. you can follow me at Rick Malkowski @trailman49 .
I will be having dinner in town Friday eve with at least two others who are arriving early. if you would like to join us, contact me beforehand.
hope to see you there,
from SW Michigan, NW Indiana, Chicago, and points west: take I-94 across Indiana and into Michigan; around exit 34, exit onto I-196; take I-196 to exit 36; go in the direction of Saugatuck/Douglas on the Blue Star hwy, over the Kalamazoo river a few miles, and you will see the Timberline motel on the right, park in the lot, and come to my room, or to the pool; i will try to post my exact location on line--if you don't see it, check for "Rick Malkowski" at the desk, or call me at[masked], or tweet me at Rick Malkowski @trailman49; try to arrive by 12:00 EDT (11:00 CDT); we will wait till 12:30, then drive to Saugatuck Dunes state park to start the hike
directions to Saugatuck Dunes state park: you can follow me from the motel to the state park, but if we lose each other, or if you are coming late, here are the directions from the Blue Star hwy: take Blue Star hwy to 64 st (just before the interstate), turn left; continue to 138 ave, turn left, and continue into the Saugatuck Dunes state park lot. there may be a fee. look for a crowd in the lot, or call me at[masked]-0428.