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Similar to the trip we did in 2016, we will lead a hiking trip to the scenic Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Hikes are planned for Monday, September 23, Tuesday the 24 and Wednesday morning, September 25. We have reserved a block of rooms for the nights of September 22, 23 and 24 at the North Star Hotel Pictured Rocks, E9681 East M-28 Wetmore, MI 49895, 906-387-2466, northstarhotelpr@gmall.com. This is the same base hotel as our previous visit. The hotel offers one king bed and double queen bed rooms, for $129.88 per night plus tax. When calling please mention that you are calling in reference to the Indianapolis Hiking Club block of rooms. Call early since this is not a large hotel and rooms are limited. If you need alternative arrangements or plan to camp, please call the leader. Look for more details, including planned hikes and driving directions, in the next schedule. In the meantime, if you have any questions or suggestions don't hesitate to contact the trip organizer Bill Halik by email at yooper1954@gmail.com or at 317-523-6058.

John Lyghtel, Jean Ballinger and John Schlechte are planning three additional days of hiking on the return from Bill Halik's UP trip. You're free to do one or more of these extra stops and decide where you will spend each night. If you need help with hotel accommodations along the way don't hesitate to contact the leaders of the three hikes. On Thursday, September 26 John Lyghtel will lead a hike at Tahquamenon Falls. On Friday, September 27 Jean will lead a hike at Mackinac Island. And on Saturday, September 28 John Schlechte will lead a hike at Petoskey/Bay View, Michigan. See below for more information about these additional day trips.

Thursday, September 26, Tahquamenon Falls:
Following Bill Halik's Wednesday morning hike, plan to stay another night in Munising or in Paradise, MI both of which are close to the hike location. On Thursday morning we will meet at 10:30 AM in the parking lot for the Upper Falls /Tahquamenon Falls Brewery (24019 Upper Falls Drive, Paradise, MI) for a 4 mile hike. Stay for lunch afterwards at the Tahquamenon Falls Brewery. (H,NS,2.5) Leader: John Lyghtel (317-578-9756, 317-626-9117 cell). In the afternoon plan to drive about 73 miles to St. Ignace where we recommend you stay on Thursday night if you plan to do Jean Ballinger's hike on Friday morning. There are many hotels in St. Ignace from which you can choose (Google hotels in St. Ignace). One suggestion is the Best Western Harbour Pointe Lakefront, 797 N. State St. Ignace, MI, phone number 906-643-6000. Senior rate is $90.89 + tax.

Friday, September 27, Mackinac Island:
Meet at Shepler's dock in St. Ignace, which is only 5 minutes from the suggested hotel. Allow enough time to purchase tickets and board the ferry for an 8:30 AM departure. Round trip cost is $24. Hike will be 6 miles guided with option of 2 additional self guided miles. Stay for lunch on the island and catch a return ferry at your leisure. Returns are every hour with last one at 7:00 PM. (M,NS/HS,3) Leader: Jean Ballinger (317-696-2120 cell). If you are planning to attend John Schlechte's hikes in Petosky, MI on Saturday you can either stay another night at your hotel in St. Ignace or reserve a hotel in Petosky which is about one hour away.

Saturday, September 28, Petosky/Bay View, MI:
Petoskey and Bay View are located next to each other on Little Traverse Bay, about 35 miles south of Mackinac Bridge on US 31. Petoskey is a charming resort town and Bay View is a historic summer community. Most of its beautifully maintained cottages were built between 1875 and 1900 and are still occupied during the summer months. The morning hike will start at 9:00 a.m. ending at lunchtime. The afternoon will start around 1:30 and end around 4:30 p.m. We will hike a 5-6 mile loop between the two villages in the morning, finishing with lunch. In the afternoon, there will be a shorter hike in nearby Petoskey State Park. (M,PS/NS,3.0) Leader: John Schlechte (317-294-2021 cell)

GENERAL ASSEMBLY - Thursday, September, 12
This year's annual meeting will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Indianapolis, where we met last year. All members are encouraged to attend. The address is: 615 West 43rd St, IN 46208. Come at 6 PM to enjoy free snacks, libations and conversation. At 6:30 PM we will have a short business meeting, during which you will be asked to vote on minor revisions to the Club Constitution. Finally we will elect Club officers for 2019. Then we will listen to an interesting speaker.

The fall color should be spectacular. We plan to offer several hike options followed by a hot dog roast courtesy of Marthene Kohlmeyer and Narcisso Povinelli. Similar to last year, they will be bringing all of the food, drink and desserts. Come join a fun day. Look for details in the October schedule.

WINTER BANQUET - Sunday, December 1
Always a fun and well attended event, reserve the date for this year's party on Sunday afternoon. The 2019 Achievement Awards winners and new 25 year members will be honored at the event. Same location in southeast Indy as the last few years.

We will be returning to Spring Mill State Park for our 2020 late winter weekend. To make your room reservations, call the DNR central reservations number at 877-563-4371. Our contract with Spring Mill Inn also says you can make your reservations on line at www.Indiananinns.com. Our group code for this event is 0313IH. Currently the rates with taxes are: Double-Double $101.91, King $123.19, and two queen beds $137.97. Our block of rooms will be released February 10, 2020. Hikes are planned for Saturday AM & PM and Sunday AM. Plans are to have two hike leaders for the Saturday hikes. Hike times will be listed in the March 2020 schedule. For questions or further information, please contact Mary Ann Layman at 317-346-1802 or email her at malayman@earthlink.net.

Mervyn Cohen will lead a hiking trip in mid-May 2020 to explore and enjoy the Highlands of Scotland. The duration will be 7 nights with 6 days of hiking. The trip will be focused on hiking, rather than sight-seeing. It will be of most interest to those interested in both morning and afternoon hiking. We plan to cover about 10 miles each day. I believe that the maximum cost for the trip should not exceed $1,000 per person, which will include seven nights hotel, breakfasts, hikes and coach transportation. Hikers are responsible for getting to the first hotel and home after the last night. We will need to limit the number of participants to 24 for whom we can provide hotels and space on the coach. Additional Club members are welcome to arrange for their own transport and accommodation and may join any of the hikes. If you think you might be interested in this trip please email Mervyn Cohen at mecohen@iu.edu. Emails should be sent starting at 6 PM on Tuesday May 28, 2019. In the event that more than 24 people express interest, places will be allocated in the order in which emails are received after 6 PM on the 28th (don't send emails sooner), others will be placed on a waiting list.