Upper Midwest GGG LETS DO IT !!!
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Mark Ries
(mtmnmark) - M

Locale: IOWAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!
Upper Midwest GGG LETS DO IT !!! on 03/20/2012 22:53:07 MDT Print View

Wondering if anyone would be interested in a midwest GGG. I have contacted Travis Leanna,he is up for meeting at Yellow River State Forest which is by Marquette Iowa in the north east part of the state the weekends that work for us are april 14-15 or 21-22 or may 12-13 If interested post on this thread with the weekends that will work for you. The weekend that will get attended the best wins. Please list all weekends that will work for you not just the best one. I know this is kinda last minute but this does not have to perfect, just a start. We can always plan another one in the future, lets see if we can get this one going. This area is a good meeting place for Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois and Iowa BPLer's. But anyone from any area is welcome. I can bring plenty of seasoned firewood from in state so it is legal, the park often supplies wood to the hike in sites. These sites are 1/4 to 1/2 mile to hike into and we will pick the site to best match our group size. I have called the rangers to warn them this may happen. There is no charge for the hike in sites. Hope we can keep this simple and make this happen. Ok lets run with it!

Edited by mtmnmark on 03/20/2012 23:34:18 MDT.

Travis Leanna
(T.L.) - MLife

Locale: Wisconsin
Re: Upper Midwest GGG LETS DO IT !!! on 03/20/2012 23:01:47 MDT Print View

As Mark has said, we've been in contact, and I'd like to see something happen! I've yet to meet another BPLer, and we can't let the West coast have all the fun.

So c'mon Midwest, meet us out for a night in IOWAHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!


Edit: Spelled "IOWAHHHHHHHHHH" wrong the first time.

Edited by T.L. on 03/20/2012 23:02:56 MDT.

Mark Ries
(mtmnmark) - M

Locale: IOWAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!
Re: Upper Midwest GGG LETS DO IT !!! on 03/20/2012 23:24:06 MDT Print View

I might have spelled that wrong If you BP and are from Iowa you understand the WAH part. And by the way this area is some of the best iowa has to offer, its a corner of the state the glaciers missed, rocky, bluffs and coldwater trout streams

Edited by mtmnmark on 03/20/2012 23:30:45 MDT.

Travis Leanna
(T.L.) - MLife

Locale: Wisconsin
Carpooling on 03/20/2012 23:35:09 MDT Print View

If anyone is near the freeway from Milwaukee to Madison, then over to Iowa, I'll be able to take 2 more people and gear. I know there's a BPLer in Madison...

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Upper Midwest GGG LETS DO IT !!! on 03/21/2012 06:24:17 MDT Print View

There is no turning back after the first one. Get together, have fun, repeat. Hope you guys get good weather.

Tim Zen
(asdzxc57) - F

Locale: MI
Re: Carpooling on 03/21/2012 06:55:21 MDT Print View

Travis. Not much farther than going to the UP for me. I need to check with the boss.

Mark Ries
(mtmnmark) - M

Locale: IOWAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!
OOPS on 03/21/2012 08:00:22 MDT Print View

The May weekend is mothers day. I for one could still make this work but dont want to invite Mom, she would bring her RV and embarass me

doug thomas
(sparky52804) - MLife

Locale: Eastern Iowa
Re: OOPS on 03/22/2012 14:31:18 MDT Print View

i'm in

j lan
(justaddfuel) - F

Locale: MN
Re: Upper Midwest GGG LETS DO IT !!! on 03/22/2012 14:36:21 MDT Print View

I can drive a couple people from minneapolis if anyone needs a ride.

Whoot!

Mark Ries
(mtmnmark) - M

Locale: IOWAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!
Midwest GGG what dates on 03/22/2012 15:55:31 MDT Print View

Hey great to see some takers. Now does April 14&15, 21&22 or May 12&13 work? Please let me know which dates work listed in order of preference. Oh and there is trout fishing in the state forest and all over that area. Fly fishing and tying journal spring 2012 has a article on this area.

Edited by mtmnmark on 03/22/2012 16:15:21 MDT.

Jim Colten
(jcolten) - M

Locale: MN
Re: Midwest GGG what dates on 03/22/2012 16:52:04 MDT Print View

Put me in the strong maybe category if it's the April 14-15 weekend. The May weekend is a non-starter for me (Mother's day). Apr 21-22 has problems that may or may not happen so it's hard to know at this time.

Carpooling from the mpls/st.paul would be good.

And watch for an announcement about a winter outing next winter (Afton State Park in MN)

Tim Zen
(asdzxc57) - F

Locale: MI
Re: Re: Midwest GGG what dates on 03/22/2012 19:54:17 MDT Print View

Okay, so put me in for a pretty strong yolo for 14-15 april. I need to get out of dodge.

I have not been thru madison in a while. I may Megabus it to Chicago then on to Madison, or just drive it. Anyone in MI want to get trapped in the car for 8 hours listening to old BPL podcasts can come along.

So, what is the plan at the site? Family or non-family? Official beverage?

Mark Ries
(mtmnmark) - M

Locale: IOWAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!
Plan ? what plan? on 03/23/2012 08:56:46 MDT Print View

As far as families go anyone is welcome this is a public area and we might end up with boy scouts or a church group in the same hike in area. This is a pretty lightly used area compaired to the drive in pay camp groud and I feel confident we can get plenty of space and I dont plan to apply for a group permit to get it all reserved for us, at least not this time as Im guessing this wont be huge the first time. As far as offical beverage I will check into the park rules and regulations on alcohal. I dont drink anymore but have got nothing against anyone bringing in their own. This is a sport that can be enjoyed by families as well as solo and I hope this gathering is also. I may just bring my 10 yr old grand daughter if others are bringing kids.

Edited by mtmnmark on 03/23/2012 13:15:51 MDT.

Tim Zen
(asdzxc57) - F

Locale: MI
Re: Plan ? what plan? on 03/23/2012 09:17:14 MDT Print View

Thanks. 14 April is at the end of kids spring vacation. I just wanted to get some idea if kid could come or not.

Mark Mendell
(mmendell) - M

Locale: Midwest
Midwest GGG on 03/24/2012 08:05:36 MDT Print View

Oh man, would love to do this. April dates don't work, May is a possibility, but that's iffy. I'll keep an eye on the thread. I'd love to represent the West Coast (of Iowa).

Travis Leanna
(T.L.) - MLife

Locale: Wisconsin
Re: Midwest GGG on 03/24/2012 20:09:40 MDT Print View

Good to see some people are joining in!

IMO, the "official beverage" is whatever you want, just so everything stays under the umbrella of responsibility. I plan on bringing beer as long as the park allows it.

Tim Zen
(asdzxc57) - F

Locale: MI
Re: Re: Midwest GGG on 03/24/2012 22:16:28 MDT Print View

Travis,

What is the official cheese?

Tim

Tim Zen
(asdzxc57) - F

Locale: MI
Re: Upper Midwest GGG LETS DO IT !!! on 03/24/2012 22:18:00 MDT Print View

I like what the Iowa DNR has to say about the hiking trails. If you ware training to go out west to go on a "real" hiking trip, this place is for you.

Travis Leanna
(T.L.) - MLife

Locale: Wisconsin
Re: Re: Upper Midwest GGG LETS DO IT !!! on 03/24/2012 22:20:37 MDT Print View

Tim,

Lol! Cheese curds.

Jim Colten
(jcolten) - M

Locale: MN
Re: Upper Midwest GGG LETS DO IT !!! on 03/25/2012 04:38:06 MDT Print View

Cheese curds

I'm already salivating! (pls don't tell my doc)