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Intensive Japanese Boot Camp in the Woods (Camping)

A former member
Post #: 110
Possible locations:

- Starved Rock State Park
Oglesby, Illinois 61348 (815) 667-4726?
http://maps.google.co...­

- Rock Cut State Park
http://dnr.state.il.u...­

- Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
1100 North Mineral Springs Road
Porter, IN 46304

Selected based on word of mouth and proximity. Please keep an eye on future updates.
Jamie T.
user 10875769
Arlington Heights, IL
Post #: 11

I've hiked at Starved Rock many times, but never camped there. Would be a fun experience, and the canyons there are awesome. The only negative would be when we'd go. On a sunny weekend Starved Rock is wall to wall people around the closer, more popular canyons like French Canyon and around Starved Rock itself, though the canyons further out certainly see fewer people.
A former member
Post #: 112
Of all that are interested in this idea, who could bring tents? I could bring a tent for two people. I hope most of us can bring tents of their own. Does anyone have any suggestions?
Jamie T.
user 10875769
Arlington Heights, IL
Post #: 12

I should be able to borrow a couple small tents from family members. If I can get my hands on both of them, they'd fit at least three other people aside from me.

I was thinking we should probably avoid Labor Day weekend? I'm sure everyone and their uncle wants to go camping then.
A former member
Post #: 114
I would say that I would like to go to the first or second one. I would have to say that the third one will be off of the list because a coworker told me that there may be a lot of party crowds. It is a tough call to choose the first or second one. According to the websites of these two places, Starved Rock State Park seems to be more convenient than the other place. I have limited amount of information on Rock Cut State Park. This is the website of this place.

http://dnr.state.il.u...­

If you find any pros and cons about this place, please let us know.

Oh, by the way, I would think that it would be more feasible to stay at the camping site for Saturday night only--leaving early Saturday, hiking on trials, and making fire etc. We could leave on Friday night, but it would be too late to get camping permits before the office is closed. If this event turns out successful, we could have another one for next year extending stay for two nights. What would you guys think?



Possible locations:

- Starved Rock State Park
Oglesby, Illinois 61348 (815) 667-4726?
http://maps.google.co...­

- Rock Cut State Park
http://dnr.state.il.u...­

- Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
1100 North Mineral Springs Road
Porter, IN 46304

Selected based on word of mouth and proximity. Please keep an eye on future updates.

A former member
Post #: 116
An expert says, "Well, if a tent is made for three people, substract one from that number, because you are gonna put your staff in your tent and others..." This sounds about right. Let me test out a two-people tent that I borrowed for this weekend.
A former member
Post #: 122
Ok, the next question is how and what to make? Do we want to make a big meal for everyone? What would that be? Beta desu ga, curry nante doudesyou?

Tools available: Gas BBQ grill, gas burner
Yukari
user 11391097
Chicago, IL
Post #: 1
Curry sounds good! Pretty easy to make.

Oh hey, check out this deal:
http://www.walmart.co...­

We can all pitch in to get something like this. And then whoever wants to keep some of the items can pitch in more. I wouldn't mind putting in $10-$15 if I get to keep the chair!

Also, the campsites only allow four people to a site. So if we get any more people, we might have to get two sites and another tent...
Jamie T.
user 10875769
Arlington Heights, IL
Post #: 13
I'm not a huge fan of curry BUT, I'm well aware that this is a Japanese culture meetup group and curry is like hot dogs at a cookout in the US, so I'm perfectly happy to eat it (as long as it's not too spicy ;P). How do we make rice camping, though? I've never done it :) Aside from S'mores, we might also do Banana Boats, which are AWESOME and delicious.

By the way, I'm definitely bringing at least one, two person tent (my sister's bringing it to me tomorrow) and should still be able to borrow the other one, though I won't have that one yet this weekend. I should mention that it's very likely my sister is coming, though, so I'm of course very hopeful that I can get that other one, too!
A former member
Post #: 123
Here is a list of potential camping dinner items I can think of:

1. Granola bars;
2. Spam and bread;
3. Ramen noodles;
4. Hot dogs, burgers, sweet corns; or
5. Curry and rice
6.

Please let me know which you like or post other new items. Jason, what do you usually eat when you go for backpacking? Curry and rice include some pros and cons… anyway, for now, could each of you just give us some ideas for dinner? Thank you!
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