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SOLAR (School for Outdoor Leadership, Adventure, and Recreation) is a Southeast Michigan based club with more than 400 members. Founded in 1975, SOLAR 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 $40 for individuals and $55 for families. Please read further if you are interested in becoming a club member. Questions about membership can be directed to solarmembership@solaroutdoors.org .


SOLAR members themselves organize classes and events in which other members can participate. Whether you are a beginner or experienced wilderness enthusiast, you will find classes, 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, winter camping, orienteering, wilderness first aid, adventure racing, wildflower and tree identification, dogsledding, whitewater rafting, and geocaching. SOLAR members can also borrow gear from our store of packs, sleeping bags and pads, stoves, and other outdoor equipment.

To learn more about SOLAR and its activities we encourage you to visit our website, www.solaroutdoors.org (http://www.solaroutdoors.org/). There you will find a calendar of upcoming classes and events, and newsletter (SOLAR Ray) archives. 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). SOLAR is not affiliated with St. Paul's or any other religious institution. Directions are available here: http://solaroutdoors.com/solarmeetings.html (http://solaroutdoors.org/About/Meetings.aspx). The business meeting is followed by a program on a topic of general interest to our members.

SOLAR 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.R_Membership_Application.pdf), 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 we can grant you access into this Meetup group.

Thank you for your interest in SOLAR. We hope to meet you soon.

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Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes - Memorial Day Weekend

Sleeping Bear Resort


Trip full. Please contact me to be added to the wait list. SLEEPING BEAR SAND DUNES CABIN, HIKING, BIKING, CANOEING, KAYAKING KID FRIENDLY, NOT DOG FRIENDLY 3 nights lodging, with real beds and hot showers 1 or 2 bedroom cabins, with 1 bath, sleeps 3 in 3 beds Cost $170 per person, paying on meetup $180. **YOU MUST PAY THROUGH MEETUP WHEN SIGNING UP IN ORDER TO HOLD YOUR SPOT.** Plan: Drive up Friday night (appox. 4 hours) and spend 3 nights in cabins There is a lot to do in the area including: - Hiking at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore - Beaches to explore - Sand Dunes to Climb - Rivers to Canoe/Kayak - Trails to bike - Wineries to visit - ATV tours to take - Ice cream to eat (of course) - Plus we are on a lake, so you can borrow their canoes/kayaks/paddleboards - Bonfires - Relaxing on the deck If you go to the Sleeping Bear Resort website they have links to the activities to assist in planning. www.sleepingbearresort.com There will be the traditional SOLAR (too much food) potluck on Saturday night at the main lodge, The Bears Den. The rest of the meals you will be on your own. There is a full kitchen in each cabin, with pots/pans/utensils included. Restaurants are located nearby in town. Address is 7670 Reynolds Road Lake Ann, MI 49650 Please plan to carpool as there is only one parking space per cabin. Contact Leslie Cordova for more information: (248)[masked] [masked]

Lake Michigan Guided Paddle

Lions Park

This is a guided kayak tour on Lake Michigan to the Pierce Stocking Overlook Dune near Empire on the late afternoon/evening of May 24. The meeting place is about a 25 minute drive from Sleeping Bear Resort. Meeting time is 5:15 pm. If we have six people, the company will do a tour just for SOLAR. https://www.allaboutwaterusa.com/original-tour-pierce-stocking-scenic-overlook-dune/ I have prepaid for six people. With tax the cost is $80 per person. Please pay me by cash or check. Also bring some cash for a tip. Your discretion. If you are responding for more than just yourself, please add the number of guests.

Paddle the Crystal River

Crystal River Outfitters Recreational District

Perfect lazy trip through the Sleeping Bear Dunes, especially if you've spent the earlier part of the day hiking or bicycling: "You’ll be amazed by the clear water and sandy bottom of the Crystal River located within Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Throughout our 2-3 hour trip, you’ll see Northern Michigan’s true residents: White Tail Deer, Blue Heron, Bald Eagles, otters, turtles, frogs and endless amounts of fish. "Your trip is not complete until you take part in everyone’s favorite memory – Shooting the Tube!" We'll paddle from Glen Arbor to Lake Michigan, using Crystal River Outfitters, starting at 4:00 pm. They have given SOLAR a deal of $28 for single kayak rental. Here are their other rates: Rental Rates | Includes paddle, life jacket & delivery Sit-on-top Single Kayak, $30 Single Kayak, $36 Double Kayak, $58 Canoe, $62 Personal Boat Shuttle, $10 You MUST sign up in advance and then pay Crystal River Outfitters* directly on the day of the event. Tell them you are with SOLAR, for the 4:00 pm trip on Sunday, May 26. But please RSVP here,too, so I know how many people to expect. https://crystalriveroutfitters.com/kayak-canoe-trips/[masked] email: [masked] *FYI, they also rent bicycles. There is no set end date for contacting Crystal River Outfitters but they might run out of boats or the type you want, so don't delay too long. Those interested can head into Glen Arbor for dinner afterwards.

Monthly Meeting & Program: Really Stupid Goals by cyclist's Al Newman

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SOLAR's general membership meetings are open to everyone. This is a great place to hear about upcoming activities and classes, meet members, catch up with friends, and get more involved in our club. You're welcome to RSVP but it's not required. The program following the meeting will a presentation entitled, " Really Stupid Goals" by cyclist's Al Newman. Al was in the news recently when he reached his goal to ride his bicycle on every continent. On January 3, 2019, Al rode his bike on his last continent, Antarctica. Come hear Al speak about his journeys as a cross -country cyclist. He will speak about cycling on all 7 continents with an with emphasis on Asia, South America, Africa and Antarctica. He will also tell us about cycling in all 50 states . To top off the evening, Al will mention some "other really stupid goals".

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