What we're about

Dear fellow Dog Trekkers:

1. THE TAKE-AWAY: Dogs are pack animals. Humans too! We love to hang with members of our own and nothing's better then a Sunday morning trek (I prefer "trek" to "walk") with both - dogs & humans. It's healthy, low impact, eco-friendly and your dog will truly love you for it. And hopefully s/he will sleep all night. Maybe you too! Our treks are approximately two hours. We Meetup EVERY 3rd Sunday of EVERY month (except August - too hot for wearing a fur coat!) unless the weather is really, really nasty. Join us.

It's always a hoot when we move-out with a dozen plus dogs of all sizes, shapes and breeds yelping their heads off. It's Iditarod w/o ice, snow, frozen rivers, blizzards or chapped lips! No bears or wolves either.

2. THE FLUFF: As mentioned, we Meetup once a month, except August, for a Green Bay Trail trek. If there is enough demand we can have more than one trek a month - with alternating pack-leaders. Same thing for the trail's: We can always explore other near north-shore trails and treks - the Skokie Lagoon's Forest Preserve has a great two hour-ish loop trek. It's fantastic year-round.

3. OUR CORE TREK IS THE GREEN BAY TRAIL: From the south going north the Green Bay Trail is a forested, sometimes heavily forested, asphalt/gravel/dirt sided RR frontage with some gorgeous residential streets in the beginning and lots of well-groomed "hidden" parks. We start in Wilmette, walk through Kenilworth and turnaround in Winnetka. Tiger lily's are everywhere in the summer, autumn colors can be fantastic, winter is dark and deep and spring is a... tease! I suggest you wear a blaze orange hat if you have (or can get) one. As your fearless leader, I always do. See Q5.

3b. Side Treks: Want to do something a little different then the Green Bay Trail? How about a stroll through the residential neighborhoods? To Gillson Park/Harbor? The Bahai Temple? The Historic CAGE District? The Nun Cemetery? No-mans Land? [Yes, you read that right - the sleepy north shore town of Wilmette has BOTH a Nun Cemetery AND a No-mans Land! Guess which of the two got the BIG re-development bucks! haha] Side treks are a lot of fun! When we Meetup at the Metra Lot, those who wish to branch-out simply let me know and I will tell you where to go (heehee). You will self-lead and be forever known as "Platoon B: The Lost Platoon". Those who wish to do the core trek, the Green Bay Trail Trek, will move out in "Platoon A". (I will stay with Platoon A for the sake of newby's, late comers, late bloomers, reprobates, ilk, etc.).

3c. Finding our Trailhead for the Green Bay Trail, is simple: We Meetup fifty-ish feet DIRECTLY across from the Wilmette Fire Station, 1304 Lake Avenue, Wilmette in the north-end of the Metra parking lot. To put it slightly differently, we Meetup at the s/e corner of Lake Avenue & Green Bay Road, Wilmette, Il. If our Meetup site had its own address, it would be 1303 Lake Ave. Parking is FREE on weekends. This is our trailhead. From there we will trek north on the Green Bay Trail - it is clearly marked. We out-trek for one hour and then back-trek for one hour to our trailhead (Now you see why I prefer the word "trek"... to say we will "out-walk" and "back-walk" sounds sooo stooopid. Plus "trek" is a cool word!)

Want a Green Bay Trail Map? https://www.traillink.com/trail-maps/green-bay-trail/ Don't let the total length of the trail shock you - we only go one hour "in-country" and then back one hour. We then have an optional noon-ish tailgate. Its BYOB (humans) and BYOMB - Bring your own Milk Bones (dogs).

Trail

Now for the basic housekeeping stuff:

4. CANINE GEAR (suggested minimum): Pooch poop bags, water & a pooch bowl - there is only one fountain on the trail. It usually works (?).

5. HUMAN GEAR (suggested minimum): Comfortable shoes, human water, weather gear, sunglasses and a hat - hopefully blaze orange (yes.. I'm a "nag"!). A blaze orange hat will make us stick-out to each other, kamikaze bikers and to the world!. Note: As a former "first-responder" keeping a blaze orange hat in you car 24/7 is a great safety tip. Along with duct tape: I once set a dogs broken leg with some tree branches and duct tape. Festivus Miracle's are everywhere. You just need to look.

6. RESCUE & SHELTER GROUPS are strongly encouraged to bring their charges: The more the merrier. Sorry, no cats or edible mammals.

7. GOT DOG-FRIENDS? Got dog-less friends who love dogs & who like to walk? Bring 'em.

8. WEATHER POLICY: Naturally if the weather is exceptionally nasty we will cancel. Be sure to check your email the night (or morning) before a trek - especially if Tom Skilling is in a bad mood. I will not cancel for a minor "chance of showers/snow" forecast. Thunder, extreme heat/cold and Armageddon type stuff... yes.

9. A (human) Treat: Senator George Graham Vest's short, three paragraph, summation speech (c. 1855) "Tribute to the Dog". It will bring a tear to your eye in a GOOD way. http://www.historyplace.com/speeches/vest.htm

Q & A's:

Q1: "Don't different dogs and different owners all trek at different pace's?" Yes... and it doesn't matter! Simply out-trek at you & your dogs pace for an hour and then back at your pace for an hour. We will all get back to the same place (our starting Trailhead) at the same time. It's a Festivus Miracle!

Q2: "What if I'm late and miss the pack on the out-trek?" No problem. Simply check your watch and out-trek half-way "time-wise" and return. Example: You arrive at the trailhead at 10:40 am and we are gone. It's one hour and twenty minute's until noon (80 minutes total). Following the Green Bay Trail signs, out-trek north for 40 minutes... turn-around and return. You should then catch us on our back-trek and now with us, be back at the trailhead at noon. Another Festivus Miracle! I will be wearing a blaze orange hat & jeans.

Q3: "My dog is up in his/her years (health) and can't do a two hour trek. Can we still come?" ABSOLUTELY... You can meet us at the start (10 am), trek-out with us for as long as you wish and return. Or purposely come late (11 am?), out-trek 30 minutes and back-trek 30 minutes for our tailgate "party'. See Q4.

Q4: "What happens at noon?" At noon-ish, we re-convene at the Metra Lot/Trailhead and... tail-gate (hee hee) and BYOB or______? There's a Walgreen's on the s/w corner of our trailhead in case you need something, a BP Gas Station on the n/w corner if nature calls (or the Metra Station). And as mentioned, the fire department is on the n/e corner if you have a stroke! The tail-gate also serves as a good cooling down for man & beast.

Q5: One final question: "Why do you recommend blaze orange hats? Its not hunting season." Google "Half crazed, self-absorbed, moronic bicyclists/joggers with itty-bitty, extra small, pea-sized brain cell's." Consider yourself advised. I will bring some spare hats & sell them for my cost - ten bucks.

Barks & Yelps,

Jim McCarthy, Fearless Leader (I have a "Fearless Leader" patch that proves it. So there!)

Ps: I am regularly asked about the other groups I organize - I do three... they are:

1. (ART) Chicago Art Gallery, Museum & Fair Openings +
https://www.meetup.com/Chicago-Gallery-Openings-Plus/
2. (WINE) North Shore Wine Group https://www.meetup.com/Highland-Park-Wine-Group/
3. (DOG’S) Dog Trekker's - Wilmette/North Shore Pack
https://www.meetup.com/Dog-Trekkers-Wilmette-North-Shore-Pack/

Upcoming events (5)

MAR 17 - Trek XX: Our 20th Trek, St. Pats Day Trek & Alumni Home Coming!!!

Metra Station Parking Lot (far north end)

Dear Members: This is our 20th Anniversary Trek! If you haven't been to a Trek in a while, think of this as your Home-Coming. You are an alumni. Once an alumni - always an alumni! Like it or not! Professor Fluffy insists. jim mccarthy , fearless leader The boiler plate stuff: This is our popular Green Bay Trail Trek. Be sure to see "About" for optional side-treks. Tired of reading the Sunday morning papers? Does your dog need to be socialized? Do you need to be socialized? Join us for a two hour flat-trail dog trek (I prefer the word "trek" over "walk"). We will be doing the Green Bay Trail. It is basically a RR frontage trail, heavily forested which, in the beginning, works it way though some gorgeous neighborhoods. No real equipment needed. Just a love of dogs. And of course a dog. Any size will do. So... get your pooch, put on a pair of comfortable shoes, a hat (blaze orange preferably), sunglass's, poncho/rain/weather gear, poop-baggies & water and you've got the basics. Don't have a dog? Show up anyway... we always have spares! Be sure to read the "About" section - it covers important stuff, Q & A's and info on our post-trek tail-gate mixer! Not to be missed. If you run late: No problem: Go to the "About" section on "What if you're late..." and how to connect up. It's ingenious (coff, coff). Nobody should get lost. We are essentially going in a straight line. As my old Army sergeant would say: "Just follow your #$%! nose - and don't lose it!" Rescue & shelter groups are STRONGLY encouraged to bring their charges. The more the merrier. Sorry, no cats or edible mammals. Want a Trail Map? https://www.traillink.com/trail-maps/green-bay-trail/ Don't let the total length of the trail shock you. We are only going one hour "in-country" and then back one hour. Think of it as a "two hour tour". Gilligan should be so lucky. Lastly: Always feel free to bring a friend with or without a pooch. jim mccarthy, fearless leader

APR 21: HAPPY EASTER! We will take a pass this month. Go to church! Call mom!

Metra Station Parking Lot (far north end)

Dear Members: NO MEETUP/TREK THIS MONTH. Being Easter Sunday we will take a pass. See you on May 19th... jim

MAY 19 - Trek XXI: Spring Vacation Fling Trek! Yeah!

Metra Station Parking Lot (far north end)

Dear Members: Because we are passing on the April Trek due to it being on Easter Sunday, I thought I would post our SPRING VACATION FLING trek. To attend our Spring Vacation Fling trek you MUST wear something "springy". NO EXCUSE'S. Violators will be assigned to poop patrol! Be creative! And loud! (I know this is a little early "calendar-wise" but time flies in ... dog years! And I love the photo - I wanted to use it in the dead of winter.) jim mccarthy , fearless leader The boiler plate stuff: This is our popular Green Bay Trail Trek. Be sure to see "About" for optional side-treks. Tired of reading the Sunday morning papers? Does your dog need to be socialized? Do you need to be socialized? Join us for a two hour flat-trail dog trek (I prefer the word "trek" over "walk"). We will be doing the Green Bay Trail. It is basically a RR frontage trail, heavily forested which, in the beginning, works it way though some gorgeous neighborhoods. No real equipment needed. Just a love of dogs. And of course a dog. Any size will do. So... get your pooch, put on a pair of comfortable shoes, a hat (blaze orange preferably), sunglass's, poncho/rain/weather gear, poop-baggies & water and you've got the basics. Don't have a dog? Show up anyway... we always have spares! Be sure to read the "About" section - it covers important stuff, Q & A's and info on our post-trek tail-gate mixer! Not to be missed. If you run late: No problem: Go to the "About" section on "What if you're late..." and how to connect up. It's ingenious (coff, coff). Nobody should get lost. We are essentially going in a straight line. As my old Army sergeant would say: "Just follow your #$%! nose - and don't lose it!" Rescue & shelter groups are STRONGLY encouraged to bring their charges. The more the merrier. Sorry, no cats or edible mammals. Want a Trail Map? https://www.traillink.com/trail-maps/green-bay-trail/ Don't let the total length of the trail shock you. We are only going one hour "in-country" and then back one hour. Think of it as a "two hour tour". Gilligan should be so lucky. Lastly: Always feel free to bring a friend with or without a pooch. jim mccarthy, fearless leader

AUG 18: As in 2018, there will be NO August trek. It's a mean month for dogs.

Dear Trekkers: [I know this is a little far-out time wise. But it is -23 degrees below zero as I log this - my other "to-do" option is to re-start my car... again! Whee. If you think about it: This is a Meetup notice for a Meetup that is not Meeting up!] As in 2018 we will take a pass on a August Trek. August in Chicagoland is usually one of the meanest months for our best friends. I did it once and won't make the same mistake twice. If you would like to do something a little different AND have a total blast (in more than one way) check out our Chicago Jazz Fest 2019 Meetup. I am hosting a Meetup for ALL three of my Meetup Groups*. It is August 24th at Milly Park. I have posted all the info your need on our site under August 24. Jim * The Art Gallery peeps, Dog Trekking peeps and Wine Tasting peeps.

Past events (27)

Feb 17: Dog Trek XIX - CANCELLED!

Metra Station Parking Lot (far north end)

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