What we're about

Are you a fun and friendly person ? Like to Hike, Kayak and have adventures outdoors ? This midwest base group is based on past "MR JEFF" adventures on other meetup groups to continue the fun ! Future meetup adventures will include Hiking, kayaking, rock climb, skiing, camping, biking, exploring , museums, wine tasting, and much more ! ( like>>> Parachute, Go cart race, Yoga, Zipline, etc)

I am based out of Western Suburbs, but I have events staged all over Greater Chicago area, including City of Chicago, surrounding cities, Midwest greater area includes Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan and Indiana.

I am open to suggestions for more meetups ( can work with just about any idea to formulate a whole meetup event.

Our group annual cash donation fee of $ 5.00 helps offset costs incurred and allows for group donations made quarterly to 501C Charitable agencies such as SEVA Foundation. I often will give talks at our meetup events and hold special events to continue to support such great organizations. In addition, Our group in the past has mended trails, cut invasive brush, and have several cleanups on Chicago Rivers.

I request you pay the $5.00 donation fee when you first join online via Chase/Zelle bank quick pay or Paypal ( friends/family) to Hiline59@aol.com ), or you can give me cash $5.00 on the very first meetup .

If you choose to pay online via Meetup, the annual cost is $6.00 ( as they take the first $1.00)

Again, this annual donation not only gives us the ability to make a difference to others around the Globe, while you get to enjoy adventures with a exclusive group of great people !

Please note if you are not paid by 14 days, you will miss out on Event mailings and notifications.

See you very soon !

MR JEFF

Upcoming events (4+)

Take a Hike ! (Fall Colors in WI )

Devils Lake

Take a hike ! Devils Lake should be in full color swing.

Enjoy this incredible views overlooking a small lake, surrounded by red granite mountains.

We will take the counterclockwise trail , heading out of the main sandy beach area towards Tumbled rock lower trail. Skirting around the lake to take in the mountain view, then head around to the CCC trail and take the East Bluff upper trail across the rocky granite with so many scenic overlooks.

Recommend hiking shoes with good support.

We can all enjoy gathering later at Tumbled Rocks Brewery for some good food and brews !

Encourage carpooling.

Thanksgiving morning hike at Morton

Morton Arboretum

Happy Thanksgiving-FREE Admission

Thursday, November 25, 2021
Grounds open, 7:00 a.m. - sunset

All buildings and the Children's Garden will be closed. Restrooms will be available in the west pavilion of the Visitor Center and the West Side shelter at Parking Lot 21.

Enjoy FREE admission. !!! However due to covid, you must use the link below to order tickets for 9 am . Choose non member, adult and the date , it will be free !

Internationally renowned artist Daniel Popper created five 15- to 26-foot-tall sculptures exclusively for the Arboretum featured in various locations across its 1,700 acres, leading guests to areas they may not have explored before. It is his largest exhibition to date anywhere in the world.
On the East Side, a short walk from the Visitor Center, guests are able to step within a huge female figure, as if into the heart of nature. Continuing along a less than mile-long walk, they encounter a majestic maternal figure as tall as a tree, and a sculpture of diverse human facial traits interwoven with root structures. On the West Side, two hands joined by intertwining roots extend near a grove of old oaks, and a towering face evokes the interconnectedness of humans and trees. Made of concrete, fiberglass, and steel, each sculpture weighs several metric tons. The largest ground footprint is 28 feet wide and 37 feet long.

Trees have the power to refresh and restore people, to connect them to the natural world. People rely on trees for clean air to breathe, shade to cool, and beauty that can bring joy and relaxation, among many other benefits. In turn, trees need people to care for them if they are to thrive and share their benefits, especially in a changing climate. Guests are invited to reimagine their relationships with trees as they explore these expressive large-scale artworks while also enjoying the outdoors and the trees of The Morton Arboretum.

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Take a hike and burn off some calories prior to your Thanksgiving meal!

* Mileage up to you ( usual average is 4-7)
Bring hot thermos, gloves and your smile
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** sorry no pets
Kids ok !!

Head to end of parking lot nearest the Yellow car with rock on it. We will leave about 9:15 am so try to arrive prior.

Everyone needs to wear a mask and stay 6 feet apart from others.
After initial meeting in parking lot and raffle for prizes, we will split off into smaller groups of ten or less and start our journey.

Hike Morton Arboretum on Xmas day

Morton Arboretum

Xmas day-FREE Admission

Dec 25th

All buildings and the Children's Garden will be closed. Restrooms will be available in the west pavilion of the Visitor Center and the West Side shelter at Parking Lot 21.

Enjoy FREE admission.

Internationally renowned artist Daniel Popper created five 15- to 26-foot-tall sculptures exclusively for the Arboretum featured in various locations across its 1,700 acres, leading guests to areas they may not have explored before. It is his largest exhibition to date anywhere in the world.
On the East Side, a short walk from the Visitor Center, guests are able to step within a huge female figure, as if into the heart of nature. Continuing along a less than mile-long walk, they encounter a majestic maternal figure as tall as a tree, and a sculpture of diverse human facial traits interwoven with root structures. On the West Side, two hands joined by intertwining roots extend near a grove of old oaks, and a towering face evokes the interconnectedness of humans and trees. Made of concrete, fiberglass, and steel, each sculpture weighs several metric tons. The largest ground footprint is 28 feet wide and 37 feet long.

Trees have the power to refresh and restore people, to connect them to the natural world. People rely on trees for clean air to breathe, shade to cool, and beauty that can bring joy and relaxation, among many other benefits. In turn, trees need people to care for them if they are to thrive and share their benefits, especially in a changing climate. Guests are invited to reimagine their relationships with trees as they explore these expressive large-scale artworks while also enjoying the outdoors and the trees of The Morton Arboretum.
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Take a hike and burn off some calories , then we can hop over to local place for lunch.
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!!!!!!! Wear your Santa Hat !!!!!

* join us on a Giant Troll Hunt as we hike around. Mileage up to you, About 4-9.2 miles
Bring hot thermos, gloves, MASK and your smile.
Dress for 20 degree weather
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Cross Country ski at Arrowhead

Arrowhead Golf Club

******* LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW !!!! ***
!!! !! AT LAST, SKIING IS OPEN !!
Gear up put on your layers, and meet us at the GOLF COURSE!

Here is your chance to learn how to ski if you have never done this before and have fun with our group. If you don't have your own equipment you MUST make a reservation by calling (630)[masked]. Need reservation top get skis( only 4 people each 20 minutes= aka 10:20/10:40/11)

If you have your own equipment, no trail free. Head to the Right side of building corner! Ski Package: Includes skis, boots, pole rental for 2 hrs. Enjoy the serene setting at Arrowhead Golf Club! Cross-country skiing is an economical winter sport for all ages which provides hours of fun and exercise.
This low impact sport offers the health benefits of aerobic exercise and assists in burning calories and building muscles. Arrowhead Golf Club offers groomed trails, rental equipment, and instruction. Skiing is allowed on the golf course except in roped off areas.
Skiers also have the opportunity to use the Herrick Lake Forest Preserve trails. Hours: Monday-Friday: 9 am to dusk Saturday and Sunday: 8 am to dusk Ski Rentals* (two hours) *A security deposit is required to rent skis – credit card, driver’s license, student ID or car keys.

Past events (538)

Backpack Hike/Camp Sand Ridge State Forest

Sand Ridge State Forest

$5.00

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