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FUTURE EVENTS FOR APRIL 2017 AND BEYOND

WILDFLOWER HIKES - Tuesdays in April
As she does every year, Mary Ann Layman will lead 4-5 mile wildflower hikes each Tuesday in April. The hikes will start in the early afternoon to give the flowers a chance to open up. Each week will be at a different location selected for its diversity of wildflowers and you will see different species as the month progresses. These hikes, several of which will include lunch suggestions before the hike, are very popular and informative. Indiana's woods are uniquely beautiful when the spring wildflowers are in bloom, which regrettably lasts only a few weeks.

NO FRILLS HALF MARATHON - April 8
This is a free IHC sponsored alternative to the upcoming Carmel and Mini Marathons. Hike starts at 7:30 AM in Carmel; no frills, no medals, no shirts, no free water and no fee. Details will be in the April schedule. Contact Tish Brafford if you want to know more at tish34@comcast.net or 317-531-6700 cell.

20th ANNUAL SMOKY MOUNTAINS LONG WEEKEND - April 20-22
No Gatlinburg and Smoky Mountains National Park did not burn down, although there was quite a bit of damage. Gatlinburg, TN is very popular in the spring. If you have not already done so, make your room reservations right away. Some suggestions are Riverhouse at the Park (865-436-2070), Bearskin Lodge on the River (across the street from Riverhouse) (865-430-4330) and Carr's Cottages & Motel (865-436-4836). Jeff Edmondson will lead several longer all day hikes, including a new route up Mount LeConte. Jim Shoufler and Jean Ballinger will be leading moderate hikes. Contact Jean Ballinger at 317-696-2120 or jeanballinger77@gmail.com if you have any questions.

C&O CANAL ONE DAY HIKE - April 29
Although it requires a lot of conditioning, please consider joining Rita for the mid-Atlantic region's oldest long-distance day hike - 100K (62.14 miles with shorter options) from Washington DC to Harpers Ferry, WV. The hike is an annual event sponsored by the DC Sierra Club. Check www.onedayhike.org for details on registration, lodging, etc. Registration opens February 1, 2017 and fills very quickly (last year's race filled within 1 hour). Registration must be handled individually; there is no option for a "group registration". Rita Bymaster will be coordinating our participation again this year. Contact her at ritabymaster@aol.com or by phone at 317-509-1711.

500 FESTIVAL MINI-MARATHON - May 6
Join over 30,000 participants in one of the country's largest half marathons, usually well attended by Club members. Train for the mini on our hikes and get in shape for the summer. Register at www.500festival.com. Look for more details in the April/May schedule.

GETTYSBURG, PA - June 15-18
This is a repeat of a popular trip we led in 2005 and 2010. Most people see America's most famous Civil War battlefield from their car. We will retrace the battle on foot as it was actually fought between July 1-3,1863. Thursday, June 15 and Sunday, June 18 are considered travel days. Friday morning's hike will retrace the battle's first day concluding with lunch in the Gettysburg town square. That afternoon we will visit 2nd day battlefields including Culp's Hill, Indiana Memorial, Cemetery Hill and the national cemetery where Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg address. Saturday's hike will retrace major fighting on the battle's 2nd and 3rd days, including Seminary Ridge, Devil's Den, Little Round Top (we will have lunch here), the Wheatfield, the Peach Orchard, Cemetery Ridge and the Angle. We will finish by retracing Pickett's infamous charge to the High Water Mark of the Confederacy. Hiking speed will be 3-3.5 mph with time to read many of the 1,300 monuments erected by survivors of the battle. All hikes will include shorter options. Although we will hike only two days, there is so much to do in the area you may want to spend an extra day on the front or back end. A block of 20 rooms has been reserved at the Quality Inn Gettysburg Battlefield, 380 Steinwehr Ave, Gettysburg, PA (where we stayed last time), which is where the morning hikes will start. Make your own reservation (check-in Thu 6/15 and check-out on Sun 6/18) by calling the hotel directly at 717-334-1103. Ask for the Indianapolis Hiking Club group rate of $107 sgl, $112 dbl, $117 tpl and $122 quad, plus taxes. Indicate you are with the Indianapolis Hiking Club group rate and identify how many people will be staying in the room. Rate includes hot breakfast, pool and bar/lounge. Many restaurants are within a 3-block walk. Many more hotels and camping facilities are listed on www.destinationgettysburg.com; you can also request a free travel guide be mailed to you. Driving directions will be provided in future schedules. For additional information contact Ed Wright at 317-219-5536 or ewright@indyhike.org.

CLUB PICNIC - July 29
Our annual picnic will be at noon in Eagle Creek Park, preceded by several hike options at 10:00 AM.

STARVED ROCK STATE PARK, IL - September 2-4
Join us at this lovely state park in Illinois for three days of hiking over Labor Day weekend. We last visited this park in September 2008. The park is one of Illinois most visited attractions and includes more than 2,700 acres with 18 major canyons and 13 miles of hiking trails. The park is best known for its fascinating rock formations. The Starved Rock Lodge has a full service restaurant, cafe, swimming pool, whirlpool and sauna. Learn more about the park and lodge at www.starvedrocklodge.com. Be sure to view the video under the History section. We have reserved 10 hotel rooms, 10 lodge king rooms and 5 lodge double rooms so if you need a particular room type, make your reservations early. All rooms are non-smoking and require a two night stay - Saturday 9/3 and Sunday 9/4. Reservations can be made by calling 1-800-868-7625. Tell them you are making reservations in the IHC block of rooms. Make sure you request the senior discount if you are over 60, which is 10% off Saturday and 20% off Sunday's rates. Reservations must be guaranteed by a credit card for first night's lodging and there is a 72 hour cancellation policy. Following are the prices, not including taxes, which are actually lower than we paid in 2008. Hotel Wing (newer) w/2 Queen Beds is $135 for single/double occupancy; $145 for triple occupancy and $155 for 4 people on Saturday and $110, $120 and $130 respectively for Sunday night. Lodge Wing King Bed is $125 Saturday night and $100 for Sunday night. Lodge Wing w/ 2 full beds is $125 for single/double occupancy, $135 triple and $145 quad on Saturday and $100, $110, & $120 respectively for Sunday night. Our block of rooms will be released August 1. Hikes are planned for Saturday at 2:30 PM CDT (3:30 PM Indy time); Sunday 9:30 AM and Monday 9:00 AM. We could also do a Sunday afternoon hike at nearby Matthiessen SP if there is interest. Check out is 11:00 CDT so Monday's hike will be the shortest hike. Mary Ann Layman is coordinating this event. Contact her at malayman@earthlink.net or 317-346-1802 home or 317-412-5190 cell for further information.

GENERAL ASSEMBLY AND ELECTION OF OFFICERS - September 21

CHRISTMAS PARTY - December 3