October 2010 Trail Dispatch

Ice Age Trail Alliance

Chippewa Moraine Chapter

Ice Age Trail Dispatch

October 2010

In This Edition:

Parade of Colors Fall Hike, Saturday Oct. 2

Trail Improvement Day, Saturday Oct. 16

Come For The Hike, Check Out The IAT Gear For Sale

Parade of Colors Fall Hike, Saturday, Oct. 2

Join the Parade of Colors! Your chance to enjoy the trail at it's most beautiful is here, and it won't last long. Why not come to the trail on Saturday morning for the annual Parade of Colors Fall Hike. It's your chance to enjoy the trail, get a free shuttle to the starting point of your choice, and be welcomed with refreshments on your return.

Saturday promises to be beautiful, ideal cool fall hiking weather with plenty of sun and blue sky to illuminate the colorful leaves along the trail and the 21 sparkling lakes.

The details of the hike remain the same as in other years: Gather the family or your hiking pals and come to the Chippewa Moraine Visitor Center and be ready to start anytime between 9 and 11 AM. You pick your preferred distance (6,4,2,1 miles) and we'll design a personalized hike for you and deliver you to your starting point. You get to walk back, enjoy the trail and the fall scenery, and end up at the Visitor Center where refreshments (and your car) will be waiting. 

If you'd like to help out, consider volunteering to greet, shuttle, or bring treats. All are needed, and very much appreciated by all the hikers. If you can do any of these, please send an email letting us know what you'd like to do. Just send it to chapter@iatchippewa.org. It's not too late to volunteer!!

Trail Improvement Opportunity, Saturday, Oct. 16

October is often a great time to get trail maintenance done for the season. When the weather cooperates, it can really be an enjoyable day in the woods. 

We'll meet at 9:30 AM at the Chippewa Moraine Visitor Center. Wear long pants, long sleeves, and work gloves and sturdy footwear. Bring a lunch and water if you plan to stay into the afternoon. 

If you plan to come, please let us know with an email to chapter@iatchippewa.org so we can plan our day accordingly. Please indicate how long you plan to stay. Also, please note that helpers under 18 must have a signed release form.

This workday is weather sensitive, so if the weather is bad (raining, snow-!!-) watch your email or twitter before heading out.

Don't Forget To Check Out The IAT Gear

Don't forget to check out the new shirts and sweatshirts at the Visitor Center when you come for your fall hike! Just in time for cool weather, our sweatshirts and hoodies are back in stock. We also have a new pistaschio T-shirt in a ladies style cut. If you were looking for a T-shirt and your size was missing, chances are it is back in stock. So plan to check out the new shirts (and other great merchandise--mugs, pins, patches, Atlas). All Ice Age Trail merchandise that we sell has a discounted price for members, and the proceeds enable us to build, maintain, and support the Ice Age Trail. Not a member yet? Join on the spot and get the discount!

Where To Find Information

Here's where to look for IAT and IATA information:

IATA Information: http://iceagetrail.org/home

Chippewa Moraine Chapter Information: www.iatchippewa.org AND http://chippewamoraine.iceagetrail.org/home AND www.twitter.com/iatachippewa (subscribe!)

Calendar of Chapter and Alliance Events: http://chippewamoraine.iceagetrail.org/chapter-events

Hiking the trail: www.iceagetrail.org (check the options under the "Hike the IAT" tab). For Chippewa County: http://chippewamoraine.iceagetrail.org/hike-the-chapter

National Park Service Information about the Ice Age Trail: www.nps.gov/iatr/index.htm

See you on the trail,

Richard Smith

Chippewa Moraine Chapter Chair


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