Thursday, March 22, 2012

Group Program/Meetings

Our Group's 4th Tuesday Program/Meetings take place in the former parsonage of St. Peter Lutheran Church, 3200 Asbury Road, Dubuque. The large meeting room is at the back of that red brick home on the right as you enter the church parking lot from Asbury Road. The meeting room door is to the left of the big window of the meeting room. No steps, so easily accessible. Programs begin at 7 PM. A brief EXCOM session follows the program. The general public is always welcome. Mark your Sierra Calendar and catch a program.

Tuesday, March 27 (reminder)
John Muir Trail Scenic Access Routes over Bishop Pass (11,972 ft) and Piute Pass (11,423 ft.)
South Lake trailhead; Saddle Rock and Bishop Lakes; stonewalled switchbacks ascended by kayak-carrying fellows planning to kayak down the Middle Fork of King's River; Bishop Pass; Dusy Basin lake sunset camp; descend along waterfalls and smooth slopes of Dusy Branch of Middle Fork King's River; meet non-kayak carrying fellow coming back out after his kayak had gotten smashed right away; junction with John Muir Trail; Muir Hut; Sapphire and Evolution Lakes; South Fork of the San Joaquin River. Junction with and steep ascent along Piute Creek; no-water trail-ledge camp; "Iowa Hawkeye embryos"; Pilot Knob; Hutchison Meadow; Humphrey's Basin 11,000 ft. high camp sunset; frozen surface in bucket of water; Summit Lake; Piute Pass; Piute Lake; North Lake Trailhead.
August 2010, Dick Worm

Tuesday, April 24
2011 Little Turkey, Turkey, and Volga Rivers
9th Annual Project AWARE River Clean-Up (A Watershed Awareness River Expedition), July 9-16
See the mating damsel flies; piles of river trash and recyclables; historic towns and Opera House; project logistics; river scenery; certificate awarded to "Northeast Iowa Sierra Club--White Pine Group" for sponsorship contribution and ice cream; recognition on the Project t-shirt, 88 miles, 429 total participants; 32.36 tons of material collected (96% recycled including 611 tires!)
Dick Worm and Jim Fahrion

Tuesday, May 22
Dubuque Food Co-op
Targeted for opening by October 1, the Dubuque Food Co-op will be located on Dubuque's Historic Millwork District on the corner of 9th and Washington Streets. The goal is to have 20% of the inventory come from within a 90-mile radius from local producers, farmers, and growers of fruits and vegetables, eggs and milk, and cheeses and meats. Some featured products include "organically and humanely raised meats" and "natural household and personal care products."
Katie Giannakouros will present details.

No Program/Meetings in June and July

Saturday, August 18
Potluck Picnic and Autumn Calendar Planning Meeting at Echo Valley Pond at Dick and Jane Worm's Faraway Farm. Grills and a campfire for bring-your-own items will be fired up at noon. Bring a vegetable, salad, or dessert to share; and your own beverages, lawn chair, insect repellent, sunscreen, and other usual picnic paraphernalia. Come early and/or stay late for hikes to Mississippi River bluff and shoreline, woodland, and prairie areas on maintained trails; for pond swimming, fishing, and/or canoeing; and for other camaraderie. Camping Friday and/or Saturday night at various locales on this 150-acre Conservation Easement Private Preserve is also an option. New this year, as an alternative, but still primitive, in-door picnic and camping facility, is an all-weather, maintenance and educational-component building ("Benglari") with a warming room. Its landscaping and internal completion will be a work-in-progress for several years to come but the building, amazingly, went up during this mild winter. So, August 18 can serve as Benglari's unofficial Grand Opening, of sorts.

Directions: 6 miles south of Dubuque, on US 52, turn east onto St. Catherine Road at Lombardi's; go 2 miles to the Echo Hills sign; turn left onto Echo Hills Drive; proceed down the gravel lane in the center of the fork in the black-topped Drive; continue straight down over a cattle guard and through an open metal gate to "Benglari" and parking above the pond. Walk down to the pond.

Please RSVP for further directions and other logistical suggestions and details.
P.S. Bring activity ideas, too.

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