"All the wealth of earth and heaven" 8/29-9/1/14 (Labor Day weekend)

  • August 29, 2014 · 5:00 PM

Trip length: Friday evening to Monday afternoon

Distance: 200 miles from central Chicago, 3.5 hour drive (plus traffic delays)

Max Trail Distance: 10-12 miles (longest of the 2 hikes planned)

Trail Conditions: intermediate, some parts a little strenuous.

Limit: 20 campers

Cost: $45

Trip Leader: Jack D [masked] ............................................................................................................ "Come along, come along, explore the forest green with us. Come along, come along, and paddle down the stream with us..." Okay, I'll stop quoting lines from various camp songs now. But they're totally appropriate, as we'll be camping for 3 nights on Labor Day weekend at the Owasippe Scout Reservation in Michigan. Now in its 103nd year, Owasippe is owned by the Chicago Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America and is the oldest continuously operating scout camp in the country. About 230 miles from Chicago, Owasippe is about 20 minutes north of Muskegan and adjacent to the Manistee National Forest. The camp is 4,800 acres of oak and pine forest, lakes, streams, and trails in an area that is relatively undeveloped. With several "section camps" on the property, we will be staying at Camp Wolverine on Lake Wolverine. The scouts have all gone home for the summer by then, and the only other campers will be other groups of savvy campers who know how to use their scouting connections to avoid the crowds at state parks. Even if full, the camp will feel empty compared to almost anywhere else on Labor Day weekend. Facilities will be a little rustic, but may surprise you. The washroom (usually one per two campsites) is unisex, but has flush toilets and running water. We will probably have one with a heated shower, but if not there will still be a cold shower available.

THE PLAN: HIKING - There are 30-40 miles of trails on the property. We won't hike them all, but we will hike on at least 2 days. Highlights include: PARADISE VALLEY: A cathedral-like valley almost as dark as night, whose steep sides are covered with hemlock, and whose bottom supports the bog climax forest of the region: magnificent sugar maples, beech, hemlock, white cedar, basswood, tulip, and a few white pines. Here you?ll see the primeval forest that once covered this entire region before it was logged around 1870. At the bottom of the valley are several springs which merge and flow together into Cleveland Creek, the source of Lake Wolverine. QUAKING BOG: Bogs are wetlands that have a distinctive vegetation growing on a bog mat. As you walk across this mat, the surrounding trees and shrubs shake and quake because the mat is composed of vegetation floating on water several feet down. These areas were also largely undisturbed during the logging of the area generations ago. But be careful, poison ivy and poison sumac are more likely to grow here. FISHING - If you want to fish on Lake Wolverine, feel free. Since the entire lake is private property, no Michigan fishing license is required. SWIMMING - The lake we are camping on is NOT suitable for swimming. There is a nearby county park on Big Blue Lake with swimming for an additional cost.

COST: $45.00 includes camp fees, 3 breakfasts, 2 dinners, and firewood. You are on your own for lunches. IMPORTANT: I'll send out driving directions and a few more details closer to the date. But first.... >>>IN YOUR COMMENTS PLEASE INCLUDE<<< If you need a ride or can offer a ride, say so along with a general description of where you will be driving from and what time you will be leaving town. Let's do our best to carpool as much as we can!

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  • TINA S.

    WOULD LIKE TO BE PART OF THIS EVENT IN THE FUTURE KINDLY KEEP ME POSTED.

    November 20

  • KEN K

    Since Chong was unable to attend, and he was missed, I posted a few photographs. Thanks Jack and Linda for setting everything up. Amiris and I had a wonderful time. Everything was perfect.

    1 · September 3

  • Jack D

    Thanks to all for attending and the kind words. And of course, I really appreciate all who pitched in with meals, clean-up, etc. I'm able to enjoy the trip myself with all the help!

    2 · September 2

  • Kostadin M.

    Wonderful experience! Thanks Jack for the perfect organization and the delicious food! We really enjoyed every minute of the event.

    September 2

  • Christine P

    An amazing place.

    September 2

  • Jamie

    We had a great time this weekend! It was great to meet you all! Thank you Jack!

    September 1

  • Dimitar S.

    Awesome trip! Thanks Jack

    September 1

  • Liz

    I had a great time - thanks!

    September 1

  • Tom

    Thanks for another fantastic trip, Jack. Greatly appreciated!

    September 1

  • Linda C

    Thanks Jack for a fabulous weekend!

    1 · September 1

  • Zak

    Thanks for yet another wonderful trip

    1 · September 1

  • Tom

    This is a great trip. Vickie and I went last year and had a wonderful time. Didn't receive directions. I know how to get there, but need to know if we will be camping at the same location as last year. Thanks!

    August 27

    • Linda C

      Hi Tom, I sent you a link with the directions via Meeup Messaging.

      1 · August 27

    • Tom

      Thanks, Linda. I don't see it on my phone. I'm not worried about finding everyone. I printed a map of Wolverine so we'll be fine!

      August 27

  • Jamie

    Hi everyone! Brian and I are so excited to join you for the weekend! We are leaving the loop about 1pm on Friday.

    1 · August 24

  • Julia

    Just saw this. I'd like to be on the wait list as well. I need a ride and if Lindsay still has space could go with her as I live in Edgewater. Is it possible to get a second campsite for those of who missed the cutoff for the first one?

    August 24

  • Lindsay

    hey all, I'm so happy I'll be able to join you. This trip looks wonderful! I'm hoping to leave from the north side (Andersonville) Friday around 3p.m. I'm happy to provide a ride if anyone is in need.

    August 21

  • Linda C

    Jack sent out the directions this morning. You will NEED these directions with the pictures. The campground is private property There are NO signs to direct you to our campsite and there is no one around to ask. There is no cell service at camp, so you won't be able to call anyone either.

    August 21

  • KEN K

    Amiris and I are leaving Streeterville in Chicago at about 5:30 PM on Friday. With the time change, traffic and stopping for dinner on the way, I expect to arrive sometime around or just after 11 PM. Keep the gate open. Of course we will try to leave earlier, but will not know until Friday, so expect it to be 5:30. Our car has the two of us and our gear. We will be playing salsa and tango music as we drive.

    August 6

  • Jamie

    Hello! I am interested in attending, but I have a couple of questions: (1) I work until 5 on Friday. Must I arrive at or about 5, or can I arrive closer to 8 on Friday? (2) will we be staying in cabins or tents? If tents, will tents be provided? Will sleeping bags/blankets be provided or do we bring our own?

    August 5

    • Linda C

      You can arrive whenever you want. We will be sleeping in tents. You must provide your own tent, sleeping bag, blankets, etc. You can rent from REI if you don't own.

      August 5

    • Linda C

      In addition, you will need to bring your own personal mess kit: plate, bowl, cup, fork, spoon, knife, etc.

      August 6

  • mitzi

    Sounds amazing! If I arrived on sat what time should I be there in order to make the hike? Also, will there be canoe or kayak rentals? Thanks :)

    August 5

    • Linda C

      The hike will probably leave around 9 or 10 am on Saturday. There will be canoes available for free.

      1 · August 5

    • mitzi

      Great, thank you! :))

      August 6

  • Zak

    Great trip

    August 5

  • Linda C

    This is an awesome trip! Since this is private property, we rarely see anyone on the trails. It's like having a whole state park to ourselves over a holiday weekend.

    1 · August 5

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