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Event Rating: MODERATELY DIFFICULT!!!!!! Due to mud, cold temperature, pace, very hilly and rugged terrain, darkness, potentially slippery terrain due to mud/snow/ice covered trails along with possible standing water and flooded areas!!! SEE BELOW FOR MEETING LOCATION DETAILS! The pin in the map may not be correct! We'll hike about 7 - 8 miles at a moderately fast pace as we explore the many interesting geological, historical, and natural features that are part of Bloomer Park. All final decisions are my call! Total distance depends on weather, trail conditions, etc. Bring a headlamp or flashlight! The hike starts and completes after dark. There are no lights on the trail other than the moon and the stars. Proper footwear(such as waterproof boots) are highly recommended! 'Tis the season! Mud, snow, ice, wet/slippery conditions and standing water over the route are always possible this time of year. Hiking poles and/or traction devices(for your boots) such as Kahtoola Microspikes can be helpful if there is snow and/or ice on the trails. Check the forecast and dress for the weather! Layers recommended! Bring Water! . . The usual disclaimers: The trails are UNMARKED and are VERY CONFUSING - even more so in darkness. If you decide to leave the group after the hike starts and are not very familiar with the trails, it is easy to get lost!!!! The trails are very hilly and very rugged. We will be climbing very steep uphills and descending very steep downhills on uneven, loose, wet, muddy and slippery terrain - with rocks and tree roots. Leaves and branches will be covering the trails and may make footing difficult. Some climbing over and/or under downed trees may be required. Some sections of the route are overgrown. Some sections of the route are off-trail. Some people like to wear eye protection(safety glasses, sun glasses, etc.) in these areas. A few short sections of the trail are less than six inches wide and cling to the edge of the river bank(you slip or fall and you're in the river!). Snow, ice, wet and muddy conditions are likely. Standing water over some sections of the route is also possible. Proper Footwear is advised! ***** Meeting Location Information ***** We will meet in the Clinton River Trail parking lot off Letica Dr south of Parkdale Rd, before Letica Dr turns into E 2nd St. This is just east of Rochester Rd and Downtown Rochester. If you do not know where it is from the description, please check the provided maps carefully. Since we will be entering the park on foot from the Clinton River trail, the access is FREE. The GPS coordinates are:[masked], [masked] NOTE: Do NOT try to find the meeting location by entering "Bloomer Park" into a GPS unit. It will NOT guide you to the meeting location!!! View Google Map (https://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&t=h&ie=UTF8&ll=42.679894,-83.122765&spn=0.001796,0.004128&z=19&source=embed) Map to the meeting location: https://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&ll=42.679894,-83.122765&spn=0.001796,0.004128&t=h&z=19 This event may be canceled or modified due to weather and/or trail conditions at the time of the event. Check this website for updates before leaving!
We will meet for a social in Stratford Manor Condos Clubhouse. It is a potluck party so everyone needs to bring a dish or some other needed items like paper plates, cups, plastic wares, etc. Once you sign up, go to the list here to enter what you are bringing: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/11bfNRROSrVSz7OtL45GB9fxDJrMcNYO-qABdNgewulE/edit?usp=sharing You need to bring your own beverage and also alcohol drink, if you want one. (Alcohol drinks are allowed.) We also need few volunteers to help us set up tables before, and clean after the party. If you would want to volunteer, please post a comment below stating so, and also if you are able to help before or after, or both. If you would like to play cards, or some board games, you can bring those. There is a separate room, that we can setup as a game room. Parking at the clubhouse is limited. Therefore, either share a ride, or park across the street at the pediatric place. (The parking spots at the entrance at Walton are off limits, as are any spots in the Stratford complex that are "numbered".
Event Rating: Moderately Difficult!!!! Due to cold temperature, hills and potentially slippery trails due to snow and/or ice. NOTE: The pin in the map MAY NOT be correct. See below for meeting location details. We'll hike about 2-1/2 to 3 hours at a moderate/moderately fast pace on the mountain bike and hiking trails in the West Branch area of Stony Creek Metropark. Total distance could vary depending on stops, weather, trail conditions, etc., but will likely be about 7-8 miles. All final decisions are my call! It will be cold! Check the forecast and dress for the weather! Layers recommended. Proper footwear(such as waterproof boots) advised! 'Tis the season! Mud, snow, ice, wet/slippery conditions and standing water over the route are always possible this time of year. Hiking poles and/or traction devices(for your boots) such as Kahtoola Microspikes can be helpful if there is snow and/or ice on the trails. . . This event may be canceled or modified due to lack of interest, weather and/or trail conditions at the time of the event. Check this website for updates before leaving! Bring Water! . . *** Meeting Location, Time, Directions, etc. *** We'll meet in Parking Lot B of the West Branch area(Shelden trails) of Stony Creek Metropark. The GPS coordinates are:[masked], [masked] Stony Creek Metropark Map: http://www.metroparks.com/Multimedia/www.metroparks.com/Files/Maps/stony-creek_park.pdf Once in the park and past the toll booths, turn left to go clockwise around the lake. Eastwood Beach and the Boat Launch will be on the right. Continue around the lake past the golf course and the road to the golf course(both on the left). Make the next left into the West Branch/Shelden Trails area and then turn right to go to Parking Lot A and B - then turn left(at the rest rooms) into Parking Lot B A Metroparks Vehicle Entry Permit is required to enter the park. This event may be canceled or modified due to lack of interest, weather and/or trail conditions at the time of the event. Check this website for updates before leaving!
Cross country skiing, sledding, snow shoeing. We'll stay at a local B&B where I've reserved the house for us. IMPORTANT: B&B: Has 4 bdrms with 7 beds. You will pay the B&B for your room at checkout. Rooms will be assigned once the trip is full. The first 4 get a room, then they may choose to invite someone from the waitlist to share their room. Rooms with 2 ppl will get priority for the B&Bs larger bdrms. Rooms are $112 per night. (please do not contact B&B to make reservations). Do you prefer alternative lodging? No problem, join the waitlist and once you've secured your lodging let me know, I'll move you to attending. Friday: Feel free to arrive in the area mid-day Friday and join me for a hike (or snow shoe) through beautiful Hartwick Pines State Park. There are ski trails there too if you prefer to ski. Friday night, we'll meet up at a local eatery, enjoy great company and good food & drink while we make plans for the rest of the weekend. Saturday: You are free to choose the trails that suit you the most. I plan to head over to Hansen Hills with my skis, snow shoes, and snow pants to spend the day having fun in the snow. Why snow pants? They have an awesome tubing hill, something waterproof over your ski pants feels better than a wet bottom. Hansen Hills has a variety of trails at differing lengths and levels. I personally prefer the whimpy trail through the woods. Saturday night we'll head into town for dinner. Sunday: I have yet to have a Sunday where we aren't leaving quickly after a breakfast to try and get ahead of a snow storm. So, Sunday activities will be totally up to the weather. I'm thinking a stop in Roscommon at the XCountry Ski Headquarters on the way home, weather/time/desire permitting. Don't own skis? You can rent for the weekend from the XCountry Ski Headquarters. Please make your own equipment arrangements. What to bring: Snacks, beverages of choice, games, water, layers and equipment for desired activities. Lunch for Saturday out on the trails.