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New Meetup: Freethinking Camping

From: Crystal D.
Sent on: Monday, July 5, 2010 6:30 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Southern MN Atheists, Realists and Thinkers (SMART)!

What: Freethinking Camping

When: Saturday, July 31,[masked]:00 PM

Kressin Home
28500 Sunset Trail
Cannon Falls, MN 55009

Come on out to Freethinking Camping in beautiful Cannon Falls, MN, just a short drive about 30 miles South East of St. Paul! Camping will take place at a secluded private residence. There are private areas to set up camp, or set up closer to civilization if you'd like. The residence is only 100 yards away from the local Cannon Valley Bike Trail, and near the swimming and water-fun friendly Cannon River for the rustics, with a swimming pool available as well for those who are more urban.

IF you want to make a long weekend of it, feel free to come earlier, even as early as Friday night! The official overnight, though, will be as follows:

Set up to start on Saturday at 1pm, dinner around 5pm. We will provide meat and veggie hot dogs/brats and buns to roast for the main meal, and ingredients to make S'mores later in the evening! Please consider bringing a dish or munchies to share and anything else you'd like to drink. You are also welcome to bring your own food for dinner, and don't forget something for breakfast the next day!

Not a camper? Come out for just the afternoon/evening on Saturday or the morning/afternoon on Sunday!

Some activities that will be included in the weekend on Saturday afternoon/evening and Sunday morning: bike riding/walking/roller blading on the bike trail (some bikes available if needed); horses; swimming; geocaching; possibly a freethinking movie and/or dance music in a great barn; and an awesome campfire! Private campers can have their own campfires as well, but it will be fun to sit around the main fire as a group and chat through the night.

There are also businesses just up and down the river (about 6 miles away) that rent canoes, kayaks, tubes, and bikes. (They also provide shuttle service back to your car for these activities.) Please see their websites if this is something you'd like to do:

Canoes and Bikes:
Cannon Valley Trail Map:
Flicker Map:
Cannon Falls Chamber Site:

Detailed Driving Directions:
Exit Cty 19 East, from Hwy 52, Continue East on 19 through Cannon Falls and 4 more miles until mile marker 196, turn left (north) on Sunset Trl. Stay on Sunset Trl for 2.5 miles, crossing the bike trail near the river, and 1/2 mile further, turn onto long driveway with large gray mailbox with 28500 on it.

If you have any questions or want more details, just shoot us an email here on Meet Up! Hope to see you there!

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