Monday, September 5, 2011

White Pine 2011 Group Outings

Outing participants are expected to sign a liability waiver, a copy of which can be previewed at http://www.sierraclub.org/outings/chapter/forms/ . RSVP to Outings Chair Jim Fahrion, Editor Dick Worm, or the designated Outing contact person for details and participation plans. Outings often include options. Explore & Enjoy with us as YOU like!

September 11 (Sunday)
Sinapee Trail/Cemetery Overlook, Sunset/Moonrise Hike
This Mississippi River bluff trailhead and hike is a short way north of Dubuque on the Wisconsin side of the river. Meet at the Paddle Wheel Entrance of the Mississippi Center of the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium at 4:30 PM. A carpool and/or caravan to the trailhead will be organized with departure around 5 PM. Bring a dinner (sandwich) and beverage. Stay as long as you like to watch the sky change as the sun sets and a near full moon rises. Bring a light source if staying until dark. Dress accordingly for evening cooling. CONTACT: Charlie Winterwood or Dick Worm.

September 24 (Saturday)
"350" Bike Ride and Rally
A goal has been set to hold CO2 global warming emissions to 350 ppm. This event will showcase some of the pros and cons in Dubuque of such efforts. Bicyclers should meet at 10 AM at the free city parking lot on East 5th St. behind McGraw-Hill, a LEED-certified building in the port of Dubuque (501 Bell St.) The bike route will proceed under the railroad tracks by Star Brewery and the Shot Tower; on to The Historic Millwork District; to Kerper and past the City Garage Superfund site; past Alliant Power Plant; past Bee Branch discharge into the Mississippi; to MSC Solar; to the flood wall past Kerper industrial; to the rally at AY McDonald Park (The Council Circle) at what was the Hawthorne Street Boat Ramp. Non-bikers can meet there around 11 AM for the "350" Rally that may include a food vendor and music. Event may wind down by 1 PM. Details may change so CONTACT Charlie Winterwood or the Green Dubuque Facebook page. Creative displays of "350" in lawns and windows are encouraged in the days leading up to the event.

October 16 (Sunday)
Effigy Mounds Fall Color Hike
Meet in Dubuque at 11:30 AM at the south end of the Asbury Hy-Vee Parking lot (off Northwest arterial) across from Culver's. Meet at Effigy Mounds Visitor Center at 1 PM (or whenever the Dubuque folks arrive) just north of McGregor/Marquette on IA Rt 76. Plan on a 3-hour stay. Bring a snack and a beverage; dress accordingly. CONTACT: Jim Fahrion.

October 29 (Saturday)
Turkey Dinner Fundraiser
Daytime activity beginning at 10:30 AM at Dick and Jane Worm's Faraway Farm. The dinner social hour begins at 5:30 PM at 10th & Locust's 1st Congregational Church in Dubuque. This is our ONLY official group fundraiser, and we take no allotments from the Iowa Chapter or National dues. Please plan to attend or contribute. Thanks!

November 19 (Saturday)
White Pine Hollow Hike
Meet at 9 AM in Dubuque at the south end of Asbury Hy-Vee off Northwest Arterial across from Culver's. OR meet at the south entrance to White Pine Hollow at 10 AM via the second turn to the right west of Luxemburg on IA Rt 3. Hike will visit the Yew Ridge Cave (bring a light for even the shortest of entry) and the "waterfall" site. Wear sturdy shoes; bring lunch. Explore and Enjoy our group's namesake. CONTACT: Gary Thompson.

December 2-3 (Friday - Saturday)
Minnesota's Forestville/Mystery Cave and Lake Louise State Parks camping and hikes
Camping is in Loop B at Forestville/Mystery Cave Park on MN Rt 12 west-southwest of US Hwy 52 from Preston, MN or west of US 63 north from New Hampton and Chester, IA, then east from the south edge of Spring Valley, MN. Hikes Friday will begin from the campground about 1 PM. Campers can arrive anytime Friday. Vault toilets. Bring your own camping gear, food, and water. Saturday hikes and exploration of the confluence of the Little Iowa and Upper Iowa Rivers will begin at 10 AM at Lake Louise State Park, about 1.5 miles north of LeRoy, MN, via County Rd 14. (LeRoy is beyond the north end of Howard County Road V10 north from IA Rt 9 about 2 miles east of Riceville.) Meet at the Shelter on the north side of Lake Louise near the dam at the south east end of the lake. CONTACT: Dick Worm. (Check http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/ )

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