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MORGAN-MONROE STATE FOREST Midweek-Evening Adventure/Pizza/Trai­ning/Etc Hike

Boy! The days are getting shorter, aren't they? Every time you look around, the sun is going down earlier and earlier. Phew! Where'd the time go??

Well, how 'bout we take a little time back? Midweek!!

"It's a Midweek Adventure!"

"It's a training hike!"

"It's an excuse to sit quietly afterwards, and sip something tasty with your pizza..."

(Shhhhhh! Whisper now: It could be quiiiiiet stroll through the lengthening shadows to just listen to the woods get ready for bed!)

We meet up on the southwest side of Indy -- IN37, to be exact, right after peak rush hour. DEPARTING from McDonalds at 5:45pm, we pick up the Martinsvillians at 6:15, hence heading down to MMSF, pick a trail, and go burn it up. Light-n-fast "work-out" hike in a nearby, but still very neat, forest. (Or, go slow&easy, as the day or the participants wish. Is it raining? Test your raingear! Cook/eat a trail dinner! Whatever!) We rotate the trails (in choice and direction) so if your favorite has gone by, don't worry -- we'll change direction and do it again! We'll bushwhack! And as the daylight truly does challenge us earlier and earlier, we'll have two factors working in our favor (for you night-hike fans) -- 1) autumn's "fall-back" time change (1st November Sunday) and 2) loss of leaves....

MMSF has 4 primary hiking trails. Here's a pretty awful map:

http://www.in.gov/dnr/forestry/files/fo-MM_Hiking.pdf Low Gap and Three Lakes Loop are both roughly 10 miles, Mason Ridge and Rock House are roughly 3 miles each. If we started a 10 mile trail at 6:30pm and march (or run for those so inclined) at 2.5mph or better, we're done at 10:30pm. 3 or 6 mile trails might just be an hour or two. Darkness right now is roughly 9pm-9:30 -- this means that we'll be cruising through the forest in conditions of low-angled light ("Beauteous!") and when night birds are warming their tweety little pipes up, and day animals are seeking shelter, and the early night critters are just waking up. (Yes, it's one of my favorite times of day to be in the woods.)

Along with HYDRATION and a FLASHLIGHT and even a spare bit of INSULATION (a warm hat, a long-sleeved shirt -- something to warm you should we wish to stop), you might even want to bring something I abhor: BUG SPRAY. But! This might be the perfect sort of task for it: short term use, in low lands, with minimal breeze. Ugh.

And you know what else? A CHAIR! ("A chair?!?" Yesssss, a chair. Sitting quietly post-hike, for even 5-10 minutes while all the nightlife is gearing up? Prettyyyyy fun!)

So! Whatta ya say? A little deep, dark forest action in the middle of your week?

Sure beats NetFlix. Oh, and, bring the kids. Get 'em outside.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    It was my first time in the group and this kind of hike:
    I was bitten by just one Yellow Jacket and had severe allergic reaction which I never had before. If there would be warning on the intro of the group that MMF is densely populated with Yellow Jackets and during the previous hikes members were already attacked by YJ, I would come prepared and would not end up in ER.
    Severe allergic reactions to insect stings are responsible for at least 50 deaths each year in the U.S.
    Additionally I was quite surprised there were no email follow up from Tom to find out what happened to his group member(me) who had all symptoms of serious allergic reaction and left at night, in the dark - not finishing the hike. It is highly irresponsible for the group leader.Especially for the group leader of the night hike in the forest where the members exposed to all kinds of things which may go wrong.

    October 5, 2013

  • Kymberlee

    Hi all. It was nice seeing everyone tonight. Have a good night.

    October 2, 2013

  • nestor

    5 minutes late

    October 2, 2013

  • nestor

    5 minutes late

    October 2, 2013

  • Barry D

    I'm out went flying

    October 2, 2013

  • Rhonda S.

    Something came up. Happy Hiking ! Hope to see you next week...

    October 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wow, Tom! You've developed quite a following. Thanks again for organizing these outings.... :-)

    October 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Are we planning on doing the complete loop? I'm likely wearing a pack to prep for an upcoming trip and wondering about weight...

    October 1, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Tom, You mean the Low Gap trailhead lot off of Forest Rd? Not the one in backcountry area by the bridge, right? Should Gary and I meet you guys there or still Bryant Creek area?

      October 2, 2013

    • Jeannie K

      I will be at the mason ridge/low gap lot by 6:30. If plans change someone will need to fetch me!

      1 · October 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Would shutdown affect us today?
    Wikipedia article about shutdowns tells that all State parks are closed during the government shutdowns.

    October 2, 2013

    • Barry D

      No. No gates at the forestery

      October 2, 2013

  • Rhonda S.

    Will see you at Indy's about 6:00

    October 2, 2013

  • Kymberlee

    I'm signed up for the 7 mile trail. Give me a month of this and maybe I'll be ready for the 10 miles. Trying lol

    1 · October 2, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      You press on like a trooper. Good for you for putting in the effort. I think you'd be close to pulling it off with different shoes under you....and more daylight..... :-)

      2 · October 2, 2013

  • Kymberlee

    I can carpool from McDonald's if some wants.

    October 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Carla and I will be down south earlier in the afternoon. We'll plan on meeting the group at the turn-off for Bryant Creek shelter by 6:30 so we can fall-in and follow the group wherever we need to be.

    October 1, 2013

  • Kymberlee

    Hi all, what time is the walk starting? Are we meeting up at 6 or starting the walk at 6 pm? I am going to drive and don't want to miss out.
    Thanks,

    September 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello, I am a new member :)
    I would meet the convoy at the Indy's Family Restaurant, Martinsville at 6pm.
    See all of you on Wednesday!

    September 28, 2013

  • Kaylee D.

    Bringing the energizer puppy again!

    September 27, 2013

  • Kymberlee

    If all goes well today, 9/18/13, I will attend this hike too. I will be out of town next week - darn it.

    September 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Don't get off work for a few hours :(

    August 18, 2013

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