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Join the Dakota Prairie Chapter for their 3rd Annual Fargo Hiking Expo on Earth Day at the Wanzek Center for Scouting in Fargo. Below is the schedule: 6:30 - Welcome & directions 6:30 - 7:30 - Peruse the info stations which include: * Shelter & sleeping bags * Women on the Trail * Gadgets (water filters, lights, stoves, etc) * Scheels with hiking footwear, backpacks, and hot new clothing * Maps and where to hike * Trail running with Merrell 7:30 - Introduction to the NCT, NCTA, and the Dakota Prairie Chapter 7:40 - "Trails, Trash and Treasure: hiking and giving back" by Kaitlin "Gaia the Womble" Thompson (see below) 8:20 - Sharing of "why people hike" responses and awarding of door prizes 8:30 - wrap-up More about Kaitlin Thompson: 18 pairs of underwear, 3 sleeping bags, 4 pillows, pots, pans, picture frames, and countless wrappers. These are just a few of the things packed off the Appalachian Trail in 2016 by Gaia the Womble. All in all she packed out over 315 pounds of trash from the trail. Now off the trail, and known once again as Kaitlin Thompson, she’s done anything but go back to “normal” life. Learn about Gaia’s motivations and journey packing trash off the Appalachian Trail as well as what Kaitlin is up to now. What’s the treasure? Join us to find out!
PHOTOGRAPHY HIKE The Dakota Prairie Chapter of the North Country National Scenic Trail is sponsoring a photo hike on Saturday, April 27th beginning at 10:00 A.M. This will be a 5 mile, easy-moderate, 2.5 hour hike. We will meet at the east trailhead of the Sheyenne River Overlook section of the NCT, stopping several times to take photos of the varied landscapes. This will be an out and back hike, and may include a bit of easy bushwhacking to avoid the low section near the Sheyenne River if the water is still over the bank. I will go out before the hike and peruse the situation. Dan Koeck, a member of the North Country Trail, and a professional photographer, will be our interpreter. He will give us tips on how to photograph a variety of landscapes; such as: what to look for when photographing, the correct settings to use on your camera, and how to capture images of people in landscape photos. Be sure to bring a camera, or your phone. Following the hike we will have a social at “Brewzers” in Walcott. We will have some drawings for door prizes. As always, car-pooling or caravanning is available at the 52nd Ave. S. Walmart on the NW corner of the lot. Be there no later than 9:30 A.M., and let me (Rennae) know you’re coming so I have the appropriate number of vehicles available. To find our starting point: Drive south on I-29 to the Kindred exit, turn west, drive through Kindred and proceed another 5 miles until you reach 160 Ave., turn South and drive 5 more miles. Trailhead is on the west side. I hope you will join us on this entertaining and educational hike. After using a few of Dan’s tips, your family will exclaim, “Wow, what beautiful photos you’re taking!”
Meet at the Rosebud Visitor Center* at 9am to carpool to Clausen Springs for a 6.5 mile hike north from the park. Bring a lunch to enjoy at the park after the hike. Map: http://nct.maps.arcgis.com/apps/Viewer/index.html?appid=23a2c0d674cb443ea9835af2e8c5f13a&extent=-98.2317,46.6550,-97.7922,46.7913
Fort Ransom State Park Visitors Center
Meet at the Rosebud Visitor Center* at 9am to carpool to Fort Ransom State Park. A Ranger-led hike will begin at 10am. Pack a lunch for the noon meal. At 1:30pm we will canoe the Sheyenne River. There will be park entrance and canoe rental fees. Dinner to be provided by the chapter at 5pm followed by an evening campfire and fun!