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 (2)

Nov 21: Our fifth Turkey Trek!

Metra Station Parking Lot (far north end)

Dear Fellow Doggist's:

Our Thanksgiving Trek is the perfect excuse to work off a few pounds so you can re-apply them on T-Day!

Note to New Members/First Timers:

1. The Basics: OUR CORE TREK IS THE GREEN BAY TRAIL NORTH FROM LAKE & GREEN BAY ROAD FOR ONE HOUR OUT AND THEN BACK FOR AN HOUR - FOR A TWO HOUR TREK: Everyone walks at their OWN pace. Usually big dogs are in the front followed by medium dogs and then small dogs. We almost always get pretty spread out. To repeat: We all walk out at our OWN pace and enjoy our dogs and ... everybody yap's at each other! Canine & human.

2. The Route: 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!

jim, cat herder, grade four.

Dec 19th: Love Your Inlaws Xmas Trek!!!

Metra Station Parking Lot (far north end)

Mr. Fluffy asked me to ask:

Q: What is the difference between in-laws and out-laws?
A: Out-laws are wanted!

Dear Doggist's:

In a few days you will be "Christmas-tested" as you have not been tested in years You will pass this test! You will NOT bite anyone. I repeat you will bite no-one. Not even an in-law. If you do bite, Mr. Fluffy (above) will not be pleased.

Do not dis-please Mr. Fluffy.

Note to New Members/First Timers:

1. The Basics: OUR CORE TREK IS THE GREEN BAY TRAIL NORTH FROM LAKE & GREEN BAY ROAD FOR ONE HOUR OUT AND THEN BACK FOR AN HOUR - FOR A TWO HOUR TREK: Everyone walks at their OWN pace. Usually big dogs are in the front followed by medium dogs and then small dogs. We almost always get pretty spread out. To repeat: We all walk out at our OWN pace and enjoy our dogs and ... everybody yap's at each other! Canine & human.

2. The Route: 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!

Applicable outdoor masking & social distancing rules may apply.

Jim, fearless leader and cat herder [fourth class]

PS: After the trek... we tail-gate! BYOB!

Jim the Human, Margo the Dog and Toby the Dog

Past events (69)

OCT 17th: Halloween Dog Trek!

Metra Station Parking Lot (far north end)

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