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STATE FAIR HIKE - Thursday, August 1
On the day before the Indiana State Fair opens, the weekly The Other Thursday Hike will head in the opposite direction from its usual route and traverse the State Fair Grounds and watch them set up for the fair. Rather than the usual six miles, this hike will be closer to 8 miles. Shorter options will be available.

GENERAL ASSEMBLY - Thursday, September 5
As we did last year, our club's annual meeting will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Indianapolis. All members are encouraged to attend. The address is: 615 West 43rd St, IN 46208. Come at 6 p.m. to enjoy free snacks, libations (courtesy of the board) and conversation. At 6:30 p.m. we will have a short business meeting and we will elect Club officers for 2025. Then, Mileage Officer John McShea will share with us his adventures on the his 100+ mile trek across northern Spain.

Edeltraud Evans will be leading a memorial hike on Saturday, September 28 for our dear friend Narcisso Povenilli, who passed away on March 28. The hike will be around Yellowwood Lake; one of Narcisso's favorite hikes to lead.

Plan to join us during mid-October for the following back to back hiking trips to Ohio:
Hocking Hills State Park:
This is Ohio's most popular state park with 25 miles of hiking trails, rock formations, waterfalls, and recess caves. It is especially beautiful in the fall. There are seven main scenic attractions in Hocking Hills State Park, and we will try to hike in all except Cantwell Cliffs and add a hike at Boch Hollow NP. Morning and afternoon hikes are planned each day. Harold Crooks has offered to lead shorter hikes (1-4 miles). These hikes will be slower to moderate paced to appreciate the beauty of the park and take pictures. Several of the attractions will have little mileage. Regarding the hikes I will be leading, sections of trails include climbing over rocks, tight areas, roots so sturdy footwear and poles suggested. Bring snacks, a trail lunch and water to hikes. Park lodging suggestions are: Hocking Hills Lodge - a rustic new lodge with beautiful views of the park - filling up fast; and Hocking Hills Cabins - there are 40 modern two bedrooms (sleeps 4-5) - popular with club members in the past. Both lodge and cabins are booked at www.hockinghillsparklodge.com/lodging or 800-282-7275. Regarding accommodation outside the park, I would suggest Holiday Inn Express in Logan (740) 385-7700 - this hotel is 13 miles from the state park. For other options check www.airbnb.com or www.explorehockinghills.com. Driving directions from Indy will be provided in the October schedule. If you have any questions, please contact trip leader Terry Roesch at 317-910-2943 cell or troesch1@indy.rr.com.
Cuyahoga Valley National Park:
Following the Hocking Hills trip we will explore a new location (for many of us) by driving north approximately 3 hours to Cuyahoga Valley NP located between Akron and Cleveland, Ohio. Trails are like those at Eagle Creek, Mounds and McCormick's Creek SP. We will see waterfalls too. October 16 and 19 are considered travel days. On Thursday the 17th will have 5-mile morning and afternoon hikes from the Boston Mills Visitor Center (6947 Riverview Rd, Peninsula, OH 44264). Friday the 18th will have 5-mile morning and 3-mile afternoon hikes not far from the Boston Mills Visitor Center. Possible downtown Cleveland hike on Saturday the 19th in the morning. Lodging ideas: Richfield area (I77 exit 145 or I80 OH Turnpike exit 173): Quality Inn, Super 8, Holiday Inn Express (few restaurants nearby). Approximately 10 minutes travel time to Boston Mills Visitor Center. Macedonia area (I271 exit 18): LaQuinta, Country Inn & Suites, Knights Inn (several restaurants nearby). Allow about 15 minutes travel time to Boston Mills Visitor Center. Streetsboro area (I80 OH Turnpike exit 187 or I271 exit 12, then east on Ohio 303): Fairfield Inn, Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Quality, Motel 6 (several restaurants nearby). Approximately 25 minutes travel time to Boston Mills Visitor Center. Driving directions from Indy and Hockiing Hills will be in future schedules. If you have any questions about this trip, please contact the leader John Lyghtel at jrlyghtel@aol.com or 317-626-9117.

ANNUAL WINTER BANQUET - Saturday, January 11, 2025
Our traditional awards banquet will be held on Saturday, January 11, 2025 from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. at a new location: St Therese - Little Flower Parish, 4720 E 13th St, Indianapolis, IN 46201. We will be using the same caterer as last year. As in prior years we will announce the winners of the 2024 Achievement Awards and recognize our new 25-year members.

GULF SHORES AL - February 2-7, 2025
Back by popular demand. More details in future schedules. This year everyone will be booking their own accommodation (i.e., no block of rooms). This will allow members to have a more personalized trip. Questions contact Karen LeClerc at kmleclerc58@gmail.com or 920-883-9477?