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Watch for a future hike on Saturday, May 25th that is actually the opportunity to walk in the 500 Festival parade downtown and get Hiking Club mileage for participating. Quite a few Club members did this last year and had a great time. Your choice of roles can be anything from balloon handlers and flag carriers to specialty unit, band or equine escorts. Sign up now to get your favorite slot at https://500festival.volunteerlocal.com/volunteer/?id=75653. Event organizer is Debbie Bucholz, contact her at debbiebucholz@hotmail.com.

Join your fellow Club members and invited guests at an Indians baseball game in Victory field in downtown Indy. More details will be available in future schedules.

ANNUAL CLUB PICNIC - Saturday, July 27
Once again our annual picnic will be at Shelter A in Eagle Creek Park for all Club members and their invited guests. As in the past there will be free entry to the park that day and there will be multiple hike options before the picnic.

Plan to join us during mid-October 2024 for the following back to back hiking trips to Ohio:
Hocking Hills, 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 work in all except Cantwell Cliffs and add a hike at Boch Hollow NP. Several of the attractions will have little mileage, 1-4 miles. These hikes will be slower to moderate paced to appreciate the beauty of the park and take pictures. Morning and afternoon hikes planned each day with an additional leader for a smaller group size. 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 online at www.hockinghillsparklodge.com/lodging or 800-282-7275. Additional lodging suggestions in nearby Logan and near the state park will be provided in future schedules as will driving directions from Indy. 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, Ohio
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. Driving directions from Indy and Hockiing Hills will be in future schedules as will hotel recommendations. 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 - tentatively Saturday, January 11, 2025
Our traditional awards dinner on a new date and at new location this year. Look for details in future schedules.

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?