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"All the wealth of earth and heaven" 8/31-9/3/12 (Labor Day weekend)

  • Aug 31, 2012 · 5:00 PM

Reservations are now full.  If you want to join the waiting list, please be sure to answer all questions completely so I can contact you quickly if a spot opens up.

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: 30 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 101st 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: If you've been on this trip with us in the past, you'll notice one change I implemented last year.  I'm leaving the canoe excursion out this time in order to leave more time to hike, relax, fish, or maybe even go swimming at the local county park. 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.

Here is a link to the photo album from last year:

http://www.meetup.com/hiking-169/photos/3217082/

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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  • A former member
    A former member

    Great weekend! Thanks again Jack for all your prep and in camp work!

    September 4, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great time.

    September 4, 2012

  • Norma

    Very nice - weather was great!!! Hiking was excellent. Thanks Jack for another great Labor Day weekend.

    September 4, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Had a terrific time once again! Great hikes, good laughs and the best chili ever! Great spending the weekend with you all - look forward to the next time!

    September 4, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great weekend! Many thanks to Jack for organizing and everyone who made it such a fun experience.

    September 4, 2012

  • diana

    Thanks for your organizing and hard work Jack. We really enjoyed the weekend and the solitude of the camp along with great conversations with some of our fellow campers.

    September 3, 2012

  • Melenie

    Yeah Linda !! Glad you found it.
    Great camping with friends and meeting new friends.
    Always a fun time. And the most amazing weather this year.
    Thank you Jack for organizing.

    September 3, 2012

  • Jack D

    Thanks to all for coming out, and to everyone who helped out through the weekend. (If I name names, I'll miss someone.)

    I had a blast, as usual. Great to see a lot of familiar faces blended with a few new ones. Next year I think the canoe trip portion will return!

    September 3, 2012

  • Linda C

    Thanks Jack for another fabulous Labor Day Weekend! Thank you to everyone who helped with out. To those of you who were on the long hike yesterday: I went back found my trekking pole where the fallen pine branches were on the trail. It must have fallen out when I bent down to pull the big branch off the trail.

    1 · September 3, 2012

  • Chris

    Beautiful weather, beatiful surroundings and great people to share it with. The food was also fabulous as usual.

    September 3, 2012

  • Tara

    Looking forward to seeing/meeting you all. Peter and I will be leaving from the Villa Park area Friday after work and arriving pretty late. We have got GPS, but still hoping for those directions. :)

    August 30, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I haven't received driving directions yet. Have they been sent out? I will either arrive late Friday night or wait and come up Saturday. Depends on work.

    August 30, 2012

  • Melenie

    Probably have to come late FRI NIGHT. Might want to kayak the White river one day. If anyone is interested, let me know. :)

    August 24, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have been rsvpd for this event and paid for awhile..Just found that I will have my daughter with me that weekend. Will I be able to bring her?? Or will that require putting her on the waitlist..Will I need to pay for her as well?

    August 9, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Also trying to join the wait list but don't see how to do it.

    July 30, 2012

  • rita r

    please add me to the waitlist.

    July 28, 2012

  • Justin S.

    Saw this one fill up fast over the weekend! If room opens up on RSVP for myself +1, would love to still join. Our hatchback probably won't have room for carpool tho :) Keep me posted, and if not, y'all have a blast!

    July 26, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for the info. I am looking forward to meeting you all!

    July 17, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I think fishing, canoeing, and short out and back hikes are options to staying in camp too.

    July 16, 2012

  • Linda C

    Bring your own camping gear (tent, sleeping bag, etc.) Bring your own lunches to eat on the trail. We are camping and hiking on private property owned by the boy scouts, NOT a state park. There are NO trail maps available, so you should plan on either hiking with the group or remain at camp for the day. Our campsite is on a lake but the lake is not suitable for swimming. There will be a couple of canoes available.

    July 15, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, I am new here - how exactly does this work? Does everyone bring their own tent, supplies, food? Are some things shared? Can you choose what hikes you want to do or not do? Any other info would be great thanks!

    July 15, 2012

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