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Grand Island Weekend

  • Sep 26, 2014 · 6:30 PM
  • Grand Island National Recreation Area

Hello everybody!  Even though I have been a member of the backpacking group for several years, this will be my first time organizing a trip.  I am excited to finally get something on the calendar and I am really looking forward to going back to Grand Island.  The schedule for the weekend will look something like this.


Friday Sept 26th:  Meet at the Munising Tourist Park Campground located at 8518 W M-28 Munising, MI Friday evening.  Unfortunately, the schedule for the ferry to Grand Island is limited after Labor Day (off-season) so we have to arrive Friday evening and catch the ferry Saturday morning. This should give everyone enough time to get up there and get situated.


Saturday Sept 27th:  Catch the 9:00 a.m. ferry to Grand Island and Arrive at Williams Landing.  Spend the day hiking the 15 or so miles to Juniper flats which is the group site located on the West side of the island.  Again, because this trip is in the off season, the camping sites are on a walk-up basis.  If the group would rather camp at several of the remote sites on the North side of the island or find spots for random camping (allowed on the island but restricted use of fires) then I am fine with that too.  I want to keep things loose but still keep the group together. :)


Sunday Sept 28th:  Hike the remaining 4 miles to Williams Landing (or more depending on where we decide to camp the previous evening) and catch the noon or 3:30 ferry.  Note: the 3:30 Ferry is the last ferry for the day so we need to keep that in mind when deciding where to camp.

This is an intermediate hike due to daily mileage.  The cost is 20$ per person.  If you would like to know what the exact cost breakdown is I will be happy to message you.

Bugs/black flies shouldn't be a problem but you never know... plan accordingly.  Campfires are allowed at all the sites except for random camping. 

I have tried to contact the Munising Tourist Park Campground manager to book space for us to camp/car camp Friday night but have yet to hear back.  Once I have the spot(s) where we will be camping I will communicate that to the rest of the group.

We will be leaving Oshkosh around 3:00p.m. on Friday.  It is about a 4.5 hour drive so we will not be arriving until after dark.  I know it can be hard to find the group after dark but just keep an eye out for a flag with the meetup logo on it.  If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

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  • Shannon B.

    The scenery was great, and I really enjoyed the trip! Mileage ended up a little higher than I would have preferred. I think next time it might be better to start earlier on the first day and hike in to the sites near the north beach, then stay over there and closer to the south side of the island. Overall, good trip!

    2 · September 29, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Gang. I wanted to check in with everybody before tomorrow. We are all meeting at the Munising tourist park campground sometime on Friday evening. I have to assume at this point that people will be arriving before I do. Whoever gets to the campground first, please give me a call at[masked] to let me know which site you are at. The sites should all have a number and you can see the site map here (https://munisingtouristpark.com/reservations/) If anyone asks for payment for the site, please tell them that I will be paying when I arrive. If there are any questions, please feel free to contact me at the number above so that I can get back to you as fast as I can. Thanks again and I look forward to seeing each and every one of you!!

    September 25, 2014

    • Senthil

      Graham,Thank you for providing necessary details. I should be reaching anytime before 7

      September 26, 2014

  • Shannon B.

    If anyone wants to carpool with Jen and I tomorrow and split gas we're leaving at noon. I've got room for one more person.

    September 25, 2014

    • Larry

      I can be in Appleton by noon. Still have room for one more?

      September 25, 2014

    • Shannon B.

      Certainly! I'll message you my address and phone number.

      September 26, 2014

  • Mary

    Just an FYI, myself, Ross & Ting will be leaving Appleton at 3:00

    September 25, 2014

  • Mary

    Hi Ting, you can ride with Ross & myself. What time can you head out?

    September 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Everybody!! It's almost trip time and I am really excited. If anybody is able to give Ting Liu a ride up that would be a big help. She lives in Appleton and I would hate to have someone miss out due to lack of a carpool. I would offer a seat but my 2 door rabbit will have 4 people with gear so that is gonna be tight already. Looking forward to seeing everybody on Friday!

    September 25, 2014

  • Michael H.

    Graham, It appears I will not be able to make this trip after all. It looks like a great weekend weather-wise. Hope you all have a great time.

    September 24, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Oh no! I am sorry that you can't make the trip. If your schedule changes just give us a shout and we will try and work something out. Thanks for letting us know.

      September 25, 2014

  • Larry

    Anyone interested in carpooling? Please let me know and we can work something out.

    September 21, 2014

  • Larry

    Hey Guys,
    I will be coming up from Chicago and I can be in the Appleton area by early afternoon if anyone would like to car pool. I have room for 3 more. Please let me know if you are interested!
    Thanks
    Larry

    September 12, 2014

  • erik d.

    New here. Was wondering if carpooling is a possibility.

    September 10, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Erik. Carpooling is always encouraged. I would suggest throwing out what you think your schedule will be like for that day and seeing if someone has a fit.

      September 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just got a call back from the people at the Munising Tourist Campground and they said that we can pick any spot that is open. Once the date gets closer and we all have a better idea on our arrival times, we can coordinate the first arrivals can let everyone else know where they are.

    August 25, 2014

  • lynn k.

    Sounds wonderful, but I have a press trip. Cannot do both a remain sane... Have fun!

    August 24, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      No problem Lynn. Thanks for the heads up!

      1 · August 25, 2014

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