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"All the wealth of earth and heaven" 8/30-9/2/13 (Labor Day weekend)

  • Aug 30, 2013 · 5:00 PM

Trip length: Friday evening to Monday afternoon

Distance: 200 miles from central Chicago, 3.5 hour drive (plus traffic delays)

Max Trail Distance: 10-12 miles (longest of the 2 hikes planned)

Trail Conditions: intermediate, some parts a little strenuous.

Limit: 20 campers

Cost: $45

Trip Leader: Jack D [masked] ............................................................................................................ "Come along, come along, explore the forest green with us. Come along, come along, and paddle down the stream with us..." Okay, I'll stop quoting lines from various camp songs now. But they're totally appropriate, as we'll be camping for 3 nights on Labor Day weekend at the Owasippe Scout Reservation in Michigan. Now in its 102nd year, Owasippe is owned by the Chicago Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America and is the oldest continuously operating scout camp in the country. About 230 miles from Chicago, Owasippe is about 20 minutes north of Muskegan and adjacent to the Manistee National Forest. The camp is 4,800 acres of oak and pine forest, lakes, streams, and trails in an area that is relatively undeveloped. With several "section camps" on the property, we will be staying at Camp Wolverine on Lake Wolverine. The scouts have all gone home for the summer by then, and the only other campers will be other groups of savvy campers who know how to use their scouting connections to avoid the crowds at state parks. Even if full, the camp will feel empty compared to almost anywhere else on Labor Day weekend. Facilities will be a little rustic, but may surprise you. The washroom (usually one per two campsites) is unisex, but has flush toilets and running water. We will probably have one with a heated shower, but if not there will still be a cold shower available.

THE PLAN: If you've been on this trip with us in the past, you'll notice one change I implemented last year.  I'm leaving the canoe excursion out this time in order to leave more time to hike, relax, fish, or maybe even go swimming at the local county park. HIKING - There are 30-40 miles of trails on the property. We won't hike them all, but we will hike on at least 2 days. Highlights include: PARADISE VALLEY: A cathedral-like valley almost as dark as night, whose steep sides are covered with hemlock, and whose bottom supports the bog climax forest of the region: magnificent sugar maples, beech, hemlock, white cedar, basswood, tulip, and a few white pines. Here you?ll see the primeval forest that once covered this entire region before it was logged around 1870. At the bottom of the valley are several springs which merge and flow together into Cleveland Creek, the source of Lake Wolverine. QUAKING BOG: Bogs are wetlands that have a distinctive vegetation growing on a bog mat. As you walk across this mat, the surrounding trees and shrubs shake and quake because the mat is composed of vegetation floating on water several feet down. These areas were also largely undisturbed during the logging of the area generations ago. But be careful, poison ivy and poison sumac are more likely to grow here. FISHING - If you want to fish on Lake Wolverine, feel free. Since the entire lake is private property, no Michigan fishing license is required. SWIMMING - The lake we are camping on is NOT suitable for swimming. There is a nearby county park on Big Blue Lake with swimming for an additional cost.

Here is a link to the photo album from last year:

COST: $45.00 includes camp fees, 3 breakfasts, 2 dinners, and firewood. You are on your own for lunches. IMPORTANT: I'll send out driving directions and a few more details closer to the date. But first.... >>>IN YOUR COMMENTS PLEASE INCLUDE<<< If you need a ride or can offer a ride, say so along with a general description of where you will be driving from and what time you will be leaving town. Let's do our best to carpool as much as we can!

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  • Tom

    Had a fantastic time. Already planning on attending next year!

    September 5, 2013

  • Kosta M.

    Thank you everybody for the wonderful experience and time we spent with you! Jack's organization was perfect. We had so much fun! We hope to see you again!

    2 · September 4, 2013

  • Norma

    Glad to see old friends and new. Weather and hiking were excellent. Thanks, Jack for another fine Labor Day weekend!!!!!

    1 · September 4, 2013

  • Tom

    Thanks Jack. We had a great time. Great group. Looking forward to more meet ups with everyone!

    September 3, 2013

  • Zak

    One of the events I look forward to all yeard

    1 · September 3, 2013

  • Monica C

    Great weekend with old friends and new! Jack, thanks for organizing another fantastic Labor Day weekend at Owasippe!

    1 · September 3, 2013

  • diana

    Thanks for all your hard work Jack. We really enjoyed the weekend and company.

    1 · September 2, 2013

  • david p.

    Great hike, great people. Sorry that I couldn't stay the entire time.

    1 · September 2, 2013

  • Sharon

    I know you took the kayaking part off, but since we cannot bring the dog we will be bringing kayaks. How far is it to get to kayak-able water?

    August 14, 2013

    • Jack D

      I am open to an adhoc canoe trip on the White River on Sunday (or Monday?) if it works out once we are there. It has been WAY too long since I paddled.

      August 27, 2013

    • Monica C

      Jack--I spoke w/the ranger at our camp who indicated there's no prob w/bringing and using our own kayaks on Lake Wolverine.

      August 29, 2013

  • susan d.

    I would love to go, but I don't have ride

    August 24, 2013

  • Naomi T.

    Jack, I'm signed up under my mom. We had sign up issues and that was the simplest fix. See you there.

    August 15, 2013

  • david p.

    Hi Kinjal - I can offer a ride if you can leave arouNd 1 pm on Friday.

    August 11, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you David for your offer... Sorry I will have to cancel my RSVP as something has come up... but you have fun!

      August 14, 2013

  • Paul C.

    I'd love to sign-on for this trip, it looks Awesome with lots of hiking and climactic niches to explore. But I'm doing a Tough Mudder race on 9/7, so I'll stay tuned for this group's future trail adventures! Thx

    August 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi there, I am really excited for this event.

    I and my husband are living in city(Streeterville) and would like to see if we can get a ride or we will rent a car and others can join us( we can pick up from around) if anyone is interested eitherways pls let us know.


    August 10, 2013

  • david p.

    Donna- I will be leaving Evanston around Noon on Friday if you still need a ride from Skokie.

    August 8, 2013

  • Sharon

    Zak - need a ride?

    August 7, 2013

  • Tom

    Coming from Burbank with wife & gear in Saturn Ion. Unfortunately won't have room to carpool.

    August 6, 2013

  • david p.

    Hi -- I'm interested in joining the expedition. What camping gear needed? When would I need to leave Evanston to meet up on Friday -morning or afternoon?

    July 29, 2013

  • Tracy

    Sounds like a GREAT time, but I have a concert to go to on the 30th. Yay for the concert, but BOO I can't go with you guys!

    July 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wish we could come this year! We have a dog now. Any suggestions for outings to camp with the dog are welcome :)

    July 27, 2013

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