*******ATTENTION: DETAILS CHANGED DUE TO WEATHER*********
NOTE: DATE CHANGE TO TUESDAY, MAY 20, 2014
As the weather (finally!) breaks, a new backpacking season is upon us. It's time to put away the long johns, puffy jackets and hand warmers, and break out the bandanas! As we kick off the 2014 HW season, let's get together and plan some trips. Some ideas that have been kicked around include trips "out West", one that is family-friendly/kid-friendly, one for the doggies, and even one that concentrates on bare-bones survival. Honestly, I can't see why we shouldn't do all of these! Bring your work schedules, vacation dates and availability to this meetup and we'll get some trips on the books (or iCalendar's for us pretentious Mac users ;)!
Since we've been cooped-up all (!) winter long, I'm doing this meetup picnic-style. I'll secure the pavilion ahead of time and provide some liquid refreshments (no alcohol per Metroparks rules). I will be grilling up some hot dogs/burgers and some portabellas for you non-carnivores (I'm looking at you, Ultralight/Nick!) I'd ask each person/couple/family to bring a small backpacking-inspired side dish to complement the festivities. This is a great chance to practice some of your trail-inspired meal options or get some opinions on your backcountry kitchen skills. The pavilion does not have electricity, so no crockpots; but we will have grills and a fire going. Depending on the RSVP list, I'd ask that you bring enough for 10-20 people...keeping in mind that 10-20 people will be bringing food (think tapas-style, small plates!) As you RSVP, please either post a message to the group with your dish idea or send me a private message. I will provide paper plates, cups, and plastic wear. If you have a camp chair or 2, it might be a good idea to bring those along. I'd also advise on headlamps and lanterns if possible. There is a small walk from the parking lot to the pavilion, which is next to the river. There are restrooms at this location. Please follow this link for information/map to the area: http://www.clevelandmetroparks.com/Main/Maple-Grove-Picnic-Area.aspx
This meetup is open to all members and potential members! Bring friends, family and trail buddies.
Also, for the 2014 season, we will be fundraising to support the group's administrative costs. Some ideas have been thrown out there, but I'm always open to suggestions. For this meeting, the Official 2014 Hopeless Wanderers bandana will be on display, and possibly available for purchase...more details to follow.
As usual, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email me directly - [masked]