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FUTURE EVENTS FOR FEBRUARY 2019 AND BEYOND

WINTER WEEKEND - March 15-17
This winter's popular weekend will be at McCormick's Creek State Park. Once again, Mary Ann Layman will coordinate the trip. She plans to lead moderate 4-5 mile hikes on Saturday morning and afternoon and on Sunday morning. Ed Wright will lead a more challenging 6 mile option on Saturday morning and afternoon. It is not too soon to make your reservations at the Canyon Inn for Friday and Saturday nights, March 15 and 16. Book your rooms through the Indiana State Parks central reservation office at 877-563-4371. Advise them that the code for our block of rooms is 0315HC. The rate will be whatever the current rate is at the time you call. Our block of rooms will be released on February 14. If you have any questions contact Mary Ann at 317-346-1802 or malayman@earthlink.net.

NO FRILLS HALF MARATHON - April 6
The 3rd Annual No Frills Half Marathon (no frills, no tee shirts, no drinks, no police escort, but also no cost) to be held on Saturday, April 6, a bit earlier than the prior two years. See April schedule for details. Contact Tish Brafford if you want to know more at tish34@comcast.net or 317-531-6700 cell.

22nd ANNUAL SMOKY MOUNTAINS LONG WEEKEND - April 25-27
Mark your calendar for the annual Club trip to Smoky Mountains National Park. It's not too early to make your room reservations in Gatlinburg, TN. 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). Jim Shoufler will be coordinating the trip. Contact Jim at 317-697-0744 if you have any questions.

HOCKING HILLS STATE PARK, LOGAN, OHIO - May 16-17
Join us for two days of hiking in the beautiful Ohio state park, Hocking Hills. Hocking Hills is comprised of scenic rock formations, waterfalls and unique forests to make this park one of the gems in Ohio's state park system. This park is Ohio's most visited state park. We will be hiking old favorite trails as well as two new trails that opened since the club last visited. Moderate with some challenging sections of trails planned. Shorter options available. Hikes are planned on the 16th & 17th with travel days before and after. To learn more about the area check out www.explorehockinghills.com. Download the Hocking Hills App for more information on the area. However, cell phone reception is spotty at best in the park. The latest Visitor's Guide may be ordered online or by calling 1-800-462-5464. There are many cabins, B&BS and hotels/motels as lodging options listed in the Visitors' Guide. A new first class Hocking Hills 11,500 square foot Visitors' Center is under construction and nearing completion. The park is approximately 225 miles from Indianapolis. If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact Terry Roesch the trip leader/organizer at 317-910-2943 cell or troesch1@indy.rr.com.

MICHIGAN'S UPPER PENINSULA - September 22-25
Similar to the trip we did in 2016, plans are in the works for a visit to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Your travel plans should assume you check into hotel on September 22 for three nights, i.e., checkout September 25 AM. Hikes will be on September 23, 24 and morning of 25th. Look for more details, including planned hikes and hotel recommendation, in future schedules. In the meantime, if you have any questions or suggestions please contact the trip organizer, Bill Halik, by email at yooper1954@gmail.com or at 317-523-6058.

UPPER PENINSULA EXTENSION - September 26-27
John Lyghtel and Jean Ballinger are planning two additional days of hiking on the return from Bill Halik's UP trip. On September 26 John will lead a hike at Tahquamenon Falls and on September 27 Jean will lead a hike at Mackinac Island. Look for more information, including hotel recommendations, in future schedules.