Thursday, March 22, 2012

More Opportunity

March 25, Sunday, 1PM
"Geocaching 101"
E.B. Lyons Interpretive Center. Learn about this real-world outdoor treasure hunting game that uses GPS-enabled devices to locate hidden geocaches. An outdoor portion of the one hour program will demonstrate a hunt. Dress accordingly. Our White Pine Group has offered geocaching outings... so get ready! :) Natural "geocaches" are unique examples of Mother Nature's treasures for you to discover.

April 21, Saturday, 10 AM - Noon
"Port of Dubuque Clean-Up"
Register by phoning the national Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium. 563-557-9545. Come rain or shine; lunch provided.

May 4 - 8, Friday - Tuesday
Travel with Dick Worm to the Superior Hiking Trail Association Annual Meeting at the Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center, Finland, MN. A Silent Auction begins Friday evening at 6 PM, followed by a program at 7:30: "A Superior Dream: Kayaking Around the Largest Lake in the World." Dick camps economically at a walk-in site on the shore of Benson Lake in the nearby Crosby-Manitou State Park, but lodging is available at Wolf Ridge.

Saturday's options include guided hikes on the Superior Hiking Trail and presentations: "Hiking and Birding in Costa Rica"; "A Walking Tour of Croatia"; "Hiking Ontario's Casque Isle Trail: 30 Miles of Gorgeous Rugged Trail"; "Hiking the Stunning Kalalau Trail on Kauai In Hawaii"; "Hiking and Rafting in the Grand Canyon"; and the after dinner climax, "Full Circle--A Walk Around the Greatest of the Great Lakes".

On Sunday at 9 AM there is a Superior Hiking Trail maintenance project constructing 250 feet of boardwalk near Wolf Ridge; and another guided hike at 10 AM. Meals can be purchased as part of registration, but Dick only purchases the Saturday lunch $6, and dinner $12, on top of the $15 registration fee. Dick also does additional hiking in the region on Sunday afternoon, Monday, and Tuesday forenoon before heading home. The SHT is a worthy endeavor providing excellent hiking opportunities in the Upper Midwest.

If interested, contact Dick Worm for program and registration details.

July 20 - 30, Friday - Monday
Backpack from July 22-28 a loop in the Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness, Montana, not far off I-90 west of Butte and southwest of Anaconda. Trail elevations range from 6120 feet to 9600 feet crossing the continental divide two times, over and back.  One long day (Day 3) will be followed by a layover day at Warren Lake. Other lake camps will include the Lower and Upper Carpp Lakes and Rainbow Lake. Warren Peak, 10,046 ft., and West Goat Peak, 10,793 ft. (highest in the Wilderness) will provide nearby tantalizing scrambling efforts.

Contact Dick Worm for logistical details.

August 20 - September 6
Backpaking on the John Muir Trail, California's Sierra Mountains
Dates are the maximum window available for 6-7 days of travel and 7-9 days of backpacking depending on permit yet to be obtained. Colorado's 14,269 ft. Mt. Antero and Creede, CO theater may enter the mix.

Contact Dick Worm. March 27 program: a taste of John Muir Trail!

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