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The fall color should be spectacular. We plan to offer several hike options followed by a hot dog roast. Come join a fun day. Look for details in the October schedule. Event will be coordinated by Marthene Kohlmeyer and Narcisso Povinelli.

LAS VEGAS, NV - October 22-26
About 25 people have already reserved rooms for this trip. Leader Sandy Turner plans two short Q and A sessions to answer any questions you may have about the Club's first ever trip to Las Vegas. The sessions will be held at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday August 9 and September 13 at the Earth Discovery Center in Eagle Creek Park, immediately before the weekly Easy at Eagle Creek hikes. Direct flights to Las Vegas are offered by Southwest Airlines and Allegiant Airlines. Make plans to arrive before 4:00 p.m. on Monday Oct. 22 since we plan to hike the strip that night; lots of lights and water displays. We have 20 rooms reserved at Harrah's Hotel and Casino on the strip. Cost, including taxes, is $122/night for a double or single room. Call 888-458-8471 and use code: VH31HC8 for reservations or use web address: https://www.totalrewards.com/reserve/?propCode=LAS&action=FindRooms&groupcode=VH3IHC8. Besides the first evening, hikes (different distance options) are planned on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday will include Red Rock Canyon, Mt. Charleston, and a Wetlands Park nearby. You will need to reserve or plan to share a rental car. Contact trip leader Sandy Turner for further information at 317-437-4770 or email me at rileycarguy@mac.com.

WINTER BANQUET - Sunday, December 2
Always a fun filled and well attended event. Once again our annual holiday season banquet will be held on Sunday afternoon at Weilhammer Hall at Nativity Parish in southeast Indianapolis. The event will be catered so advance reservations will be necessary. A reservation form will be mailed to you in late September along with your annual dues notice. At the party we will recognize winners of the 2018 Annual Achievement awards.

WINTER WEEKEND - March 15-17, 2019
Next year's always popular winter 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. We also expect to offer more challenging 6 mile hike options 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 is the current rate 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.

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.

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, drawing in more than 2 million visitors each year. We will be hiking old favorite trails as well as two new trails that opened since the club last visited. Moderate hikes are planned for 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 and bring it with you as a quick reference to help find your way around, find places to eat and for more information on the area. 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 scheduled to open in December 2018. The park is approximately 225 miles from Indianapolis. If you have any questions don't hesitate to contact Terry Roesch the trip leader/organizer at 317-910-2943 cell or troesch1@indy.rr.com.