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Veterans Day Dunewood Trace hike & dinner at Bartlett's

  • Nov 11, 2013 · 11:00 AM
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note:  since so many have signed up for this hike, please make sure to cancel if you won't be coming.

i'm sorry to see today's dismal weather forecast, but i have a couple ideas for damage control that i'll communicate to those of you who decide to brave the elements anyway.


dear friends--

inviting all government workers, teachers, the retired, unemployed, those with flexible hours, or those playing hooky from work to a Monday hike on Veteran's Day.

please check before departure and have appropriate clothing and equipment.  ( http://www.weather.com/outlook/homeandgarden/garden/tenday/USIN0233?from=36hr_topnav_garden ).  bring along a snack which we will eat on the trail, plus enough water (one quart minimum).

I will pass a hat for a small contribution to cover the costs of using the meetup website.

the route is about 4-5 miles on the Dunewood Trace, right up to Bartlett's Gourmet Grill for dinner, then a return via the Great Marsh trail.

we will walk right out my front door to Beverly rd (closed to traffic), then up abandoned Carolina ave to the old Visitor Center (restrooms will probably be open), and pick up the Dunewood Trace there.  we will hike this trail to the National Lakeshore campground, then a short distance on a secret path to dinner at Bartlett’s Gourmet Grill http://www.eatatbartletts.com/. if you don't take the hike, you could also just join us there for a rather early dinner.

we will return to our cars via the Great Marsh trail, then go our merry ways.

we will be meeting at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, exactly 95 years since the end of what was then called "The Great War."  sadly, it was not the "war to end all wars," as was hoped at the time, but it is a day chosen to respect our military veterans in the United States and in some other countries. 

there are differing opinions about whether our country's military actions are always wise, moral, or just, but i do feel we have come to a national consensus to honor the men and women who serve nonetheless.  i have a short poem to read at our snack break on this subject.  if anyone else has something to add, i welcome you to share it.

a few suggestions to make things run more smoothly

1)  print out the announcement, or at least the directions ahead of time and bring it with you in your car if you are driving or navigating--I have frequently been delayed from arriving on time myself because I'm giving directions over the phone

2)  bring enough cash to cover your meal if you come to dinner:  restaurants usually don't like splitting up credit card charges, and it just delays and complicates the process of paying the bill

3)  if you are going to be late, be sure to call me at [masked].  If you will be a little late, we will usually wait for you.  If you're going to be more than about 15-20 minutes late, I will tell you how to meet us farther down the trail so everyone else doesn't have to wait.

directions and parking instructions will follow.

hope to see you,

Rick

directions & parking instructions:

by car from Chicago: (driving time from downtown is about 1 hour 15 minutes) follow I-90 (Kennedy-Dan Ryan) East; at exit 59A, be sure to follow signs to "Chicago Skyway/Indiana Toll road"--the Skyway will turn into the Indiana Toll rd at the state line:  tolls can be paid with I-pass or cash; at I-90 exit 21, get onto I-94, be sure to go East (marked Detroit); exit I-94 at exit 26 marked IN 49 north; continue to US 12 east, continue on US 12 about 4 miles to Broadway (traffic light opposite National Lakeshore campground, gas station & liquor store on corner) and turn left; continue about 1/2 mile past Beverly & Bellevue, and turn left at Marne, continue to 11 w Marne near the end of a cul-de-sac; our house is on the left, and is a gray, three story house set back rather far from the road; street parking is not allowed in Beverly Shores, but our gracious neighbors, Henry & Mary are allowing us to use their parking spaces across the street (don't block their driveway!); if these spaces are taken, go to the end of our driveway and park on the right side, if someone is in that spot, park on the left side, next person park in the middle, following persons, go as far forward as you can and park single file in the driveway:  if all the driveway spaces are taken, call me at [masked], or ring the doorbell and I'll give you instructions; please try to arrive by 11:00, we will wait till 11:30, then depart on foot.

by car via Lake Shore dr/Stony Island ave: (Driving time from downtown is about 1 hour 15 minutes)  follow Lake Shore dr south to 57 st; exit at 57 st, and get into the left lane--the road will curve to the left and become Cornell dr as it passes the Museum of Science and Industry, then will turn into Stony Island ave; continue south in the middle lanes, and get on the Chicago Skyway (around 79 st); (tolls $2.50, $0.50, & $0.50--cash or i-pass); the Skyway will turn into the Indiana Toll rd; at I-90 exit 21, get onto I-94, be sure to go East (marked Detroit); exit I-94 at exit 26 marked IN 49 north; continue to US 12 east, continue on US 12 about 4 miles to Broadway (traffic light opposite National Lakeshore campground, gas station & liquor store on corner) and turn left; continue about 1/2 mile past Beverly & Bellevue, and turn left at Marne, continue to 11 w Marne near the end of a cul-de-sac; our house is on the left, and is a gray, three story house set back rather far from the road; street parking is not allowed in Beverly Shores, but our gracious neighbors, Henry & Mary are allowing us to use their parking spaces across the street (don't block their driveway!); if these spaces are taken, go to the end of our driveway and park on the right side, if someone is in that spot, park on the left side, next person park in the middle, following persons, go as far forward as you can and park single file in the driveway:  if all the driveway spaces are taken, call me at [masked], or ring the doorbell and I'll give you instructions; please try to arrive by 11:00, we will wait till 11:30, then depart on foot.

from Northwest, West, or South suburbs:  follow  the TriState tollway (I-294) east until it merges with I-94 east; exit I-94 at exit 26 marked IN 49 north; go north to US 12 east (exit on left), continue on US 12 about 4 miles to Broadway (traffic light opposite National Lakeshore campground, gas station & liquor store on corner) and turn left; continue about 1/2 mile past Beverly & Bellevue, and turn left at Marne, continue to 11 w Marne near the end of a cul-de-sac; our house is on the left, and is a gray, three story house set back rather far from the road; street parking is not allowed in Beverly Shores, but our gracious neighbors, Henry & Mary are allowing us to use their parking spaces across the street (don't block their driveway!); if these spaces are taken, go to the end of our driveway and park on the right side, if someone is in that spot, park on the left side, next person park in the middle, following persons, go as far forward as you can and park single file in the driveway:  if all the driveway spaces are taken, call me at [masked], or ring the doorbell and I'll give you instructions; please try to arrive by 11:00, we will wait till 11:30, then depart on foot.

by the South Shore line: get the South Shore at the Metra Electric stations at 8:45 AM at Randolph, or at Van Buren, Roosevelt rd, Hyde Park, etc; take the train to the Beverly Shores station (you will have to tell the conductor you're getting off because it is a flag stop); train arrives at 10:09; walk toward the lake (away from US 12) on Broadway thru the wetland, past Beverly & Bellevue, and turn left at Marne, continue to 11 w Marne near the end of a cul-de-sac; our house is on the left, and is a gray, three story house set back rather far from the road, ring the doorbell (walk is about 15 minutes)—or call me at [masked], and maybe someone can pick you up; check the website below for trains returning to Chicago; you also may be able to get a ride back to the city from someone else

here is the South Shore website: http://www.nictd.com/....  

The Dunes are to the Midwest what the Grand Canyon is to Arizona and the Yosemite is to California. They constitute a signature of time and eternity. --Carl Sandburg


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  • Rick M.

    a pretty steady rain didn't prevent a full day full of exercise, camaraderie, outdoors, good food. . .and even poetry. plus hugs for our veterans.

    1 · November 11, 2013

  • Kathie A.

    Good people, good food and the beauty of nature on a rainy Monday!
    Another fine time with this hiking group!

    November 11, 2013

  • Judy

    Awesome, as always.

    1 · November 11, 2013

  • Susan

    I had to cancel. I had oral surgery last week, and I still feel like crap. I look forward to seeing everyone on the 23rd.

    November 11, 2013

  • Sandra

    I've been a member of the group but have not done any hikes yet.
    So we will be looking forward to this.

    October 28, 2013

    • Rick M.

      eager to meet, Sandra

      November 10, 2013

  • Bob D.

    Thanks Judy and Susan. I'll take Applebee's up on the free dinner.

    November 6, 2013

    • Rick M.

      we'll miss you, Bob, and thank you for your service--read your poem in January at the salon--your second anniversary with the group

      November 10, 2013

  • Mei

    Some work obligation came up, so disappointed that I have to cancel! See you in two weeks for next hike!

    November 7, 2013

    • Rick M.

      see you later in the month

      November 10, 2013

  • Doris C.

    I changed my RSVP the other day but I see it didn't get to you. There has been a death in my family and I cannot make the hike tomorrow.

    November 10, 2013

    • Rick M.

      there is a green RSVP box in the upper right of the trip announcement, press "change" to cancel--but i know now anyway--sorry we'll miss you

      November 10, 2013

  • Patrice

    Looks like Arctic Snap is arriving Monday. Does anyone know what time we'd be back? Thanks!

    November 9, 2013

    • Rick M.

      i think we'll be at Bartlett's by maybe 3:30, and maybe back to my house by 5-5:30

      November 10, 2013

  • kim c.

    I'm in!

    November 8, 2013

  • Bob D.

    Alas plans have changed and I will not be able to attend the hike. I have been asked to be part of a veteran's group speaking at a local Jr. High history class. Whether it's a good idea or not, the lunch is free! I know that all who attend the hike will have a great fellowship time and a super meal...you can't beat an outing with Rick. See everyone next time. Please remember to thank the men and women serving in today's military...it is they who place their lives on the line for our freedoms.

    November 6, 2013

    • Susan

      Maybe you can have free breakfast and dinner too? Here is a list of restaurants that offer freebies for our vets! http://militarybenefi...­

      November 6, 2013

  • Judy

    Thank YOU Bob, for your service !!! I honor and thank every single person who has sacrificed and served...for us...U.S... xoxoxo

    November 6, 2013

  • Doris C.

    Unfortunately, I will not be able to make it now due to a death in my family. Have fun everyone!

    November 6, 2013

  • Bob D.

    Rick, I may be coming alone as Diane is planning a trip into the city for family reasons. If you don't mind, I too would like to read a short poem regarding Veteran's Day.

    November 1, 2013

  • Mei

    Really look forward to the hike! Have been a while. Does anyone come from Chicago that I can take a ride with back to the city?

    1 · October 28, 2013

  • Jessica S.

    Sounds lovely. I appreciate your sentiment concerning Veterans' Day--we must never forget, and always be grateful. Looking forward to seeing everyone.

    1 · October 28, 2013

  • Judy

    My favorite peeps to spend a day with : D

    October 28, 2013

  • Carolyn

    Sorry I won't be off that day. I was hoping you'd have a hike this fall, but I didn't think it would be on Monday. Hope you all enjoy.

    October 28, 2013

  • Bob D.

    We can make this one...thanks Rick. Diane and I are really looking forward to being back in action with the group.

    October 28, 2013

  • Kathie A.

    This sounds like a great way to start the week!

    October 28, 2013

  • Doris C.

    We are to bring lunch and then eat at a restaurant too? What if we want to forgo the restaurant? Aprox what time do you think we'll be back to our cars?

    October 28, 2013

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