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Solar Outdoors is a Southeast Michigan based club with more than 400 members. Founded in 1975, Solar Outdoors remains dedicated to helping its members enjoy nature and outdoor activities.
Membership in the club is required for full access to our Meetup site.  Annual dues are $4 for individuals.  Please read further if you are interested in becoming a club member.  Questions about membership can be directed to solarmembership@solaroutdoors.org.
Solar Outdoors members themselves organize workshops and events in which other members can participate. Whether you are a beginner or experienced wilderness enthusiast, you will find workshops, activities, and trips for all skill levels and many different interests including--but certainly not limited to!--backpacking, day hiking, bicycling, cross-country skiing, paddling, orienteering, wildflower and tree identification, whitewater rafting, and geocaching. Solar Outdoors members can also borrow gear from our store of packs, sleeping bags and pads, stoves, and other outdoor equipment for an annual member fee of $35.
To learn more about Solar Outdoors and its activities we encourage you to visit our website, www.solaroutdoors.org. There you will find a calendar of upcoming workshops and events. These sources give more information about who we are, what we do, and how we do it. We also welcome anyone interested in the club to attend our monthly meetings, held at St. Paul's Presbyterian Church, 27475 Five Mile Road, just west of Inkster Road, in Livonia on the last Tuesday of every month (except December) at 7 pm. SOLAR is not affiliated with St. Paul's or any other religious institution.  Directions are available here: http://solaroutdoors.com/solarmeetings.html.  The business meeting is followed by a program on a topic of general interest to our members.
Solar Outdoors uses Meetup as a tool of convenience for our members to quickly get information about upcoming classes and activities and to sign up and pay for these events online. That's why our Meetup group is restricted to paid members of the club and non-members have very limited access.
Once you have checked us out online and, we hope, in person by attending one of our monthly meetings, you can decide if becoming a member is right for you. If so, you can join the club by downloading the membership form (http://solaroutdoors.com/downloads/S.O.L.A....), filling it out, and either submitting it with a check for the dues payment at one of the meetings or mailing both to the address listed on the bottom of the membership form. Once you are a club member you will have access to this Meetup group.
Thank you for your interest in Solar Outdoors. We hope to meet you soon.

Upcoming events (4+)

Isle Royale talk by Erin Parker (former park ranger/current Moose Watch leader))

Come hear Erin Parker, former backcountry national park ranger and current Moose Watch trip leader speak about her adventures on and the ecology of Isle Royale on Tuesday, May 31st at 7:00p.m. at St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church located at 27475 Five Mile Rd. in Livonia.

During her presentation she will talk about the challenges and joys of planning a trip to the “least visited and most re-visited” of our National Parks, touch on trip logistics and planning, the current status of the wolves and moose, and more!

Erin is currently a Metropark Supervisor who has backpacked, kayaked, and canoed the island, as well as participated in wildlife surveys and cross-country treks.

Erin's presentation will follow the business portion of Solar Outdoors' General Membership meeting.

You many also attend via Zoom:
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A book reading by Jane Taylor of her new book "Spirit Traffic"

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Hello Solar!

Jane Taylor is a long-time friend, kayaker, adventurer, and story teller. I’m hosting her for a book reading of her new book, “Spirit Traffic”. We’ll be at the North Star Sail Club in Harrison Twp. Parking is next door- look for my blue motorcycle with a sign that says “Jane Parking”. Most modes of transportation are welcome- Foot, bike, motorcycle and 4 wheel things are easy. Contact me in advance if you are arriving by boat. Aircraft are inconvenient at this time.

Jane will be going to salon gatherings around North America, reading from her book and having spirited Q&A, then she will sign guests’ copies of Spirit Traffic.

From Jane: "I am a writer, a biker, a mom, a wife, a warrior, and sometimes a bit of a chicken, but when I got the invitation from AARP to join their organization, I ripped the letter up and bought a motorcycle.
I was a high school dropout at 16, a college grad at 20, a single mom at 30. I’ve been a cook for a baroque orchestra, a sculptor’s assistant, an SEO ‘expert,’ and a yoga teacher. I started (and stopped three years later) my own welding shop. I have repaired farm equipment under the blazing sun on the Fourth of July and decorated cakes baked to resemble the Palace of Versailles on Bastille Day.
Writing has been the foundation of each of these roles. I have often played Sancho Panza to someone else’s Don Quixote. But now that my Rocinante has two wheels, I take on the windmills myself.
I live, write, and ride in Hinesburg, Vermont with my husband John who is a yoga teacher and our dog Dewey, who is also a yoga teacher."

Guest stories will follow! Guests are invited to share a Moth-Style personal story (5 minutes without notes) on the theme “Adventure As I See It.” The mission of the tour is to inspire adventure. Sharing her story and arriving by motorcycle will create an atmosphere of adventure, but having friends and neighbors share their adventure stories could be the spark that ignites someone’s next great experience.

Come join us & swap some stories!
Chuck Smith

Make N Take - Come and make some items to get outside easier and lighter!

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Hosts: Laura Miller, Bob Tacy, Dave Warneke, Mike Hobig
Cost: $10
At: Bluebird Shelter at Island Lake State Recreation area
State recreation pass is required to enter park
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Paracord Bracelet
Insulated Food Bag
Fire Starters
Cat Can Stove
Small Spice Kit
Mini First Aid Kit

Come and make some items to get outside easier and lighter!

Annual Solar Outdoors Picnic

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Join Solar Outdoors for our annual summer picnic at Island Lake Recreation Area/Blue Bird Shelter.

There are hiking trails if you'd like to join in on or lead a hike. Have outdoor games? Bring them along.

Since we are still dealing with Covid we will not be having a potluck again this year. Please bring anything you will want for your picnic lunch. The park has charcoal grills for your use if you want but you will need to bring charcoal.

In an effort to reduce storage costs and trim down the size of unit needed to store our equipment the Steering Committee is sorting and getting rid of equipment that has not been used in a long time or is a bit older that we have replaced with newer/lighter weight items. These items will be available at the picnic for members to purchase.

PLEASE NOTE: From 10AM-12:00 Noon, Laura Miller and others will be leading a Make -N-Take Activity. The cost for this is $10 per person (please rsvp on that event's Meetup post).

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