Monday, January 16, 2012

Winter 2012 White Pine Outings

Please mark your calendars

Outing participants are to sign a liability waiver, a copy of which can be previewed at http://www.sierraclub.org/outings/chapter/forms . RSVP to the designated Outing CONTACT no later than the night before the outing begins for updates and participation plans. Occasionally, an outing may be revised or canceled depending on the nature and number of RSVPs. Many Outings include options. Explore & Enjoy as YOU like! :)

January 27-29
Backbone State Park Cabin Outing
RSVP: Dick Worm

Reservations are required for this outing by no later than Tuesday January 24, at or after our Group Program/Meeting.

Two 2-story heated cabins (#9 and #10), each with shower and restrooms, are reserved from Friday 4 PM through Sunday 11 AM. One double-bed bedroom, one two-person futon, and four "floor spaces" are still available for at least 10 more participants for both nights and a single bed for Friday night. (Suggested total capacity is 22.)

Lodging cost is $20/person for one night; $30/person for both nights. Five RSVP meals are provided in Cabin #9 at $4/meal beginning with dinner Friday and ending with Sunday breakfast. X-country ski, snowshoe, hiking, and crevice slide treks are planned. Indoor table games and general camaraderie fill the other times amazingly well. Day-Use is available at $5/person and $4/meal.

To receive a complete listing of logistics and activity options by e-mail, mail, or phone, contact Dick Worm. Join the fun--an Iowa WINTER has now arrived!

February 11 (Saturday)
Yellow River State Forest Outing
RSVP: Jim Fahrion

X-country ski, snowshoe, and hiking options will be organized at this premier location in our Northeast Iowa Sierra Club Group area.

To carpool from Dubuque, meet at the south end of the Asbury Hy-Vee at 9 AM. Otherwise, meet at the State Forest headquarters parking lot on County Road B-25 between IA Route 76 and Harper's Ferry at 10:30 AM. Bring a day-pack, lunch, and beverage, and the outing will last as long as participants wish to stay.

See natural gait trails, cabin day-use, and overnight stay options:


February 10, 11, 12
Natural Gait Cabin Overnight Bargain offer for Yellow River State Forest Outing!!
Contact: Dick Worm

Dick has wanted to stay in one of the Natural Gait cabin facilities next to a unit of the Yellow River State Forest. So when a "Buy One Night, Get One Free" Cyber Monday offer was in a Natural Gait e-mail, he took it for the already scheduled Yellow River State Forest Outing weekend. So, here's the deal:

The Upper Gait cabin available that Feb. 10-12 weekend happened to be the Lofty Haven, which best fits "privacy" needs with two bedrooms on the main level and a ladder access loft with one more double bed (and four twin beds.) Sleeping accommodations limit is 10. The Lofty Haven is located next to the lodge/horse riding arena and loftily above the Shower House/Laundry and Mercantile Gift Shop, not up the hill with the other cabins and campground. Check-in is after 2 PM Friday with check-out by 11 AM Sunday. Directions to Lofty Haven: http://www.thenaturalgait.com/loftyhaven.htm

The Lofty Haven is fully stocked with a complete kitchen (range/oven, refrigerator, microwave, utensils, coffee pot, cookware), vaulted living room with a couch and recliner, wood burning stove, full bath (whirlpool tub, sink, toilet), towels and linens (pillows). Just bring your own food.

Three couples (or six individuals) can stay for both Friday and Saturday nights at a cost of $35/person. A single night stay will be $25. Additional overnight participants could stay if lofty folks were willing to share (ear plugs?) the loft's five bed space. If participation could be arranged for more than 6 occupants, the cost of overnight stays would be reduced accordingly. If fewer than 6 people stay overnight, the above rates will stay the same and Dick will cover the rest. (He says it's worth giving this cabin stay a shot even if he might be the ONLY overnight participant! That would not be a first. :-/ )

A $10.00/person Lofty Haven & Trail Access fee for those not staying overnight would cover SF and Natural Gait trail access & warming, restroom, and meal location comfort. Food and beverage would be "bring-your-own", but some snacks and card tables and chairs for games and meals, if needed, will be provided like at the Backbone Cabin Outing. If figuring gets too complicated, and "profit" will go to the White Pine Group treasury.


March 17 (Saturday)
Swiss Valley Nature Center/Park Service Project and Bluebird Program
RSVP: Dick Worm for project details closer to the date of this outing.

Either come to Dubuque County's Swiss Valley Park at 8 AM for a 2-hour service project and then attend the Bluebird Program including making your own bluebird house; or attend the 10 AM Bluebird Program, bring your own lunch, and stay for a 1-3 PM Service Project--or do it all from 8 AM-3 PM.

Registration is required for the Bluebird Program and house building: (563) 556-6745. The Service Projects may involve trail work and/or sign placement... or snowshoeing?

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