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Trip policy reminders: Membership is required to go on all overnight trips (except the Extravaganza or trail clearing trips); Waiver forms must be signed by non-members on day trips; Both trip coordinators and participants are responsible for sharing/discovering information related to each others’ experience, capabilities, and expectations.

FEBRUARY 2015

Wednesday – Sunday, February 25 – March 1    SORRY, THIS TRIP IS FULL  
Skiing in Utah. Please join us for the third annual Big Mountain Skiing ski trip! We will be renting a house just outside of Salt Lake City, UT. We will take the shuttle each day to the resorts. We have room for 4 more in the rental that holds 12. We will be skiing Snowbird for two of the days. The ski resorts in the area are: Alta/Snowbird (dual ticket available) Solitude/Brighton (dual ticket available) Additional places to ski within an hour: The Canyons, Deer Valley, Park City, Sundance. Please contact me for more information!

Cost includes airfare, lift tickets, housing and food.

Estimated cost: $1,000. Deposit: $200. Max trip size: 12.

Amy C.



Friday – Sunday, February 27 – March 1    SORRY, THIS TRIP IS FULL, WAIT LIST OPEN  
Cross-Country Skiing — WI Chippewa Moraine Area and Blue Hills. This is the best time of the year for cross-country, with longer days and usually plenty of snow, especially in the Blue Hills.

The $30 deposit covers the food that I provide for breakfasts, the main course for the meal on Saturday plus the septic tank emptying and expenses. Other costs are for on-your-own stuff like Friday dinner, gas, etc. Bring a sleeping bag.

Arriving on Friday at 6:00 pm at Fat Boy’s Pizza in downtown Bloomer, WI (dinner on your own) Hwy 53 exit for Bloomer WI, approximately 2 hours from Bloomington, MN. After dinner, leave for my cabin near New Auburn WI. For those that arrive later, detailed instructions can be given to find the lake house.

Saturday, cross-country skiing at the Blue Hills, a little known Shangri-La about 30 minutes from the cabin, close to Bruce WI. There is downhill skiing also at the Christie Mountain ski area which is nearby if someone wants to do that. Otherwise you can stay at the cabin to relax, or snowshoe at the Chippewa Ice Age Interpretive Center.

Saturday night dinner at the cabin will be a coordinated meal. Jim provides the main course of pasta. Others hopefully bring side dishes/dessert/drinks, etc. Breakfasts consist of oatmeal, milk, brown sugar and coffee unless others want to contribute more. Lunches are on your own.

Sunday cross-country ski at Hickory Ridge. It is in the heart of the Ice Age moraine area, with lots of little hills and lakes. You can also stay at the cabin to relax or snowshoe at the Chippewa Ice Age Interpretive Center which is about 5 miles from the cabin. There is the option to return to the cabin Sunday after activities to shower and eat or to leave directly for the Twin Cities.

Estimated cost: $30. Deposit: $30. Max trip size: 12.

Jim H. • 612-290-1857



Saturday, February 28     DAY TRIP
Hike, Dinner & Show at St. Croix Falls. We will try to car pool, leaving the cities at 2:00 pm to hike (or ski if conditions permit) the Ice Age Trail on the north end of St. Croix Falls, WI for about an hour and a half. Then we'll head back into St. Croix Falls for dinner (location TBD but probably a local bistro) and then make our way over to the Festival Theatre (715-483-3387) for Boss Grant and the Johnny Cash Revue. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. There are no group discounts for the show, tickets are $25 and you can purchase them online through their website. Come for part or all of this day trip!

Estimated cost: $25. Max trip size: 10.

Rochelle L. • 952-922-2611



MARCH 2015
 NEW 

Wednesday, March 4 • 7:00 p.m.     SOCIAL ACTIVITY
REI Whitewater Presentation & Meet & Greet. This presentation will have a little something for paddlers of all skill levels from the absolute newbie who has never been in a boat, to those with advanced rodeo or creek skills who would love to find new rivers to paddle, & meet more whitewater paddlers.

Enjoy a photo tour of places to find whitewater in & from the Twin Cities. Learn about the differences between river running, playboating, & creeking; & gear needed. Find out where you can learn how to whitewater kayak or canoe. Join us for a meet & greet with Rapids Riders whitewater club to follow the presentation.

Ever doubt the existence of good whitewater paddling options in the Midwest?; wonder where to find an incredibly supportive, safe group of people to learn how to whitewater paddle with; or just like to live vicariously through other adrenaline junkies? This is the presentation for you! Presented by Rovers member, Melissa H..

Estimated cost: Free!

Sponsoring organization: Rapids Riders

Melissa H. • 952-240-6130



Friday – Sunday, March 6–8    
Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing at Deep Portage ELC. Come to Deep Portage Environmental Learning Center in Hackensack (north of Brainerd) for a pleasant, carefree weekend of winter fun.

Activities include skiing (11 miles of groomed trails for traditional cross-country), snowshoeing, ice fishing (you just need your license), climbing wall, stargazing, reading or socializing by the fireplace with a glass of wine, enjoying the outdoor campfire ring. Ski equipment or snowshoes available, free of charge, for the weekend. Other nearby ski trails include Hiram Ski Trail and Goose Lake Trail (in Chippewa National Forest).

Dorm-style rooms (with bunks) have their own bathroom with shower and sink area. (Four or so people in each room.)

The cost is $135 per person. This fee includes 2 nights lodging, activities and 5 delicious home-cooked meals (Breakfast on Saturday through lunch on Sunday). $100 for kids 5 and up; no charge for toddlers.

$60 deposit will be due in early February. Remainder due weekend of event. Carpooling to be arranged closer to the event. Contact by e-mail preferred. Registration for this trip closes Friday, February 20.

Estimated cost: $135. Deposit: $60. Max trip size: 35-40.

Sharon A. • 952-913-8595  |  David R. • 651-955-4292



Wednesday – Tuesday, March 11–17    
Hike Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru. Come join me on a 4-day hike on the classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru. 4-day Hike is supported (cooks, porters, tenting, includes guides and permits) through Valencia Travel $629 and set for March 13-March 16. Arrive in Cusco (overnight in hotel) prior to hike to acclimate and explore city; free walking tour optional. Ok to arrive earlier/stay later. Budget = $640 tour (includes tax), $45 1 night shared hotel/airport transfers, $30 meals/snacks, + flight + tips.

Estimated cost: $715 + flight + tips. Deposit: None. Max trip size: 6.

Sponsoring organization: Valencia Travel Cusco

Jennifer G. • 612-246-9879



Friday – Sunday, March 13–15    SORRY, THIS TRIP IS FULL, WAIT LIST OPEN  
Winter Cabin Camping at Lake Maria State Park. Winter camping for 4 (possibly 5) at Lake Maria State Park, just a short distance from the cities and a beautiful weekend getaway that is so convenient it will not require using any of your precious vacation days. YAY!

Partake in skiing, hiking and/or snow shoeing on the gently rolling hills of Maria State Park while enjoying the company of friends in one of the parks wood heated camper cabins. The cabin is nestled in the hills overlooking a wetland and the quintessence of picturesque. Our weekend accommodation are a short hike away from parking areas on plowed and packed trails.

Meal details will be determined when we have the list of participants and will be based on a consensus of the attendees. A Minnesota Ski Pass is required if you plan to ski, $6 daily and $20 annual, as well as a state-park sticker for cars. A $35.00 deposit reserves your spot on this unforgettable weekend a short distance away from the cities. And best of all……the laughter is free!

Estimated cost: $50. Deposit: $35. Max trip size: 4–5.

Dori H. • 763-227-7645



Saturday, March 14    DAY TRIP
XC Ski, Snowshoe (or Hike?) at Lake Maria State Park. Join the Lake Maria weekend winter campers for a snow-dependent ski, snowshoe, or hike. Meet at the visitor center at 11:00 a.m. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy by the fire after the days activities. A $25 yearly state park sticker or $5 day pass is required for entrance to the park. Bring on the snow!

Estimated cost: $0-$5. Deposit: $0. Max trip size: None.

Dori H. • 763-227-7645



 NEW 

Sunday, March 15, 2015    DAY TRIP
Winter Fun at Cleary Lake Regional Park. Join us for a day trip for some Classic or Skate skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, or even fat tire bike riding. Meet at 1:00 p.m. at Cleary Lake Regional Park. Rentals are available, including fat tire bikes @ $20 for 2 hrs (can split time/cost). Michael's Cycles will be present to provide additional bikes for short demo rides and answer any questions. Riding is on the multi-use trails, these are good trails for all skill levels.

The park also has lighted ski trails if you decide to stay later then 5:00 p.m. We will get a bonfire going to keep warm and socialize. The park staff has offered to provide free hot chocolate for MN Rovers. There is a warming area for sitting inside and food. The park is also fine with members bringing their own food. Nothing like cooking over the fire, you can warm food up inside.

Please join us this day for some winter fun. To help insure there are enough bikes please respond and let me know if you are interested in just demoing or renting. This trip is dependent on weather and trail conditions. If trails are not in good condition for rentals the park will close early. This is the last scheduled rental day for the season.

Estimated cost: $25 rental & trail pass. Deposit: $0.

Steven O. • 952-465-6716  |  Evonne R. • 612-868-2159



 NEW 

Saturday, March 21    DAY TRIP
Downhill Ski, Telemark or Snowboard. Annual Grill and Chill at Afton Alps. Downhill Ski, Snowboard, Telemark. Enjoy one of the last days of winter on the slopes at Afton Alps. Tailgate BBQ for lunch. Bring a lawn chair, something to grill, something to drink, and something to share. I will provide the grill and charcoal. Meet at the parking lot in front of the Meadows Chalet (far end, lower lot) at 9:00 a.m. Eat lunch at around noon. Ski some more after lunch and stay as long as you feel.

Estimated cost: $45. Deposit: none. Max trip size: unlimited.

Tom M. • 763-416-3951



APRIL 2015

Saturday – Sunday, April 18–19    
Wilderness First Aid (WFA) with Optional CPR/AED. MN Rovers and the BRTA have teamed up with Active Source training to offer Red Cross CPR/AED and Basic Wilderness First Aid Certification good for two years. Note that CPR/AED is optional, however, current certification is required for WFA attendance. CPR/AED is not offered separately, it is only offered in conjunction with WFA.

Active Source is a local training provider for the Northern Star Council of the Boy Scouts. They have been providing training for scouts and scoutmasters over the last 8 years. The training includes classroom instruction as well as hands-on scenarios to reinforce and practice your skills.

CPR / AED runs from 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon on Saturday.
WFA runs from 1:00 PM to 8:30 PM on Saturday and Sunday.

Location:
Immanuel Lutheran Church
16515 Luther Way, Eden Prairie, MN 55346

Important: Prior online registration is required on Active Source's website.

MN Rovers offers current members an education discount of $40 for Wilderness First Aid after receiving your certification. | more info |

Estimated cost: $70 for WFA only, $110 WFA and CPR combined.

Sponsoring organization: Active Source, Inc.

Don S. • 763-300-7521



MAY 2015

Saturday – Sunday, May 9–10    
Wilderness First Aid (WFA) with Optional CPR/AED. MN Rovers and the BRTA have teamed up with Active Source training to offer Red Cross CPR/AED and Basic Wilderness First Aid Certification good for two years. Note that CPR/AED is optional, however, current certification is required for WFA attendance. CPR/AED is not offered separately, it is only offered in conjunction with WFA.

Active Source is a local training provider for the Northern Star Council of the Boy Scouts. They have been providing training for scouts and scoutmasters over the last 8 years. The training includes classroom instruction as well as hands-on scenarios to reinforce and practice your skills.

CPR / AED runs from 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon on Saturday.
WFA runs from 1:00 PM to 8:30 PM on Saturday and Sunday.

Location:
Immanuel Lutheran Church
16515 Luther Way, Eden Prairie, MN 55346

Important: Prior online registration is required on Active Source's website.

MN Rovers offers current members an education discount of $40 for Wilderness First Aid after receiving your certification. | more info |

Estimated cost: $70 for WFA only, $110 WFA and CPR combined.

Sponsoring organization: Active Source, Inc.

Don S. • 763-300-7521



JUNE 2015

Friday – Saturday, June 5–7    SAVE THE DATE!
Spring Extravaganza at Banning State Park. This is Rovers' spring "welcome & check us out trip" for everybody who likes the outdoors and wants to know what Rovers is all about even before becoming a member. It will take place at beautiful Banning State Park.

You'll be able to experience that we accommodate all skill levels from beginners to advanced to extreme and any activity that involves appreciating the outdoors, physical workouts, nature, travel and the best camaraderie you can find anywhere!

Our program typically includes hiking, biking, paddling, climbing etc. Don't worry if you don't have all the gear for camping or activities yet we'll bring it along from the Rovers "Cage" for you to use for free. There are discounts to cover the cost of the weekend for certain volunteer opportunities. More details to follow closer to the date.

Estimated cost: $20 or less depending on stay. Deposit: $20 or less depending on stay.

Rosmarie D.



Saturday – Sunday, June 6–7    
Wilderness First Aid (WFA) with Optional CPR/AED. MN Rovers and the BRTA have teamed up with Active Source training to offer Red Cross CPR/AED and Basic Wilderness First Aid Certification good for two years. Note that CPR/AED is optional, however, current certification is required for WFA attendance. CPR/AED is not offered separately, it is only offered in conjunction with WFA.

Active Source is a local training provider for the Northern Star Council of the Boy Scouts. They have been providing training for scouts and scoutmasters over the last 8 years. The training includes classroom instruction as well as hands-on scenarios to reinforce and practice your skills.

CPR / AED runs from 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon on Saturday.
WFA runs from 1:00 PM to 8:30 PM on Saturday and Sunday.

Location:
Immanuel Lutheran Church
16515 Luther Way, Eden Prairie, MN 55346

Important: Prior online registration is required on Active Source's website.

MN Rovers offers current members an education discount of $40 for Wilderness First Aid after receiving your certification. | more info |

Estimated cost: $70 for WFA only, $110 WFA and CPR combined.

Sponsoring organization: Active Source, Inc.

Don S. • 763-300-7521



Thursday June 11 – Sunday June 14    
Astronomy Weekend 2015. Join us for Astronomy Weekend 2015!! We will take over 2 group campsites atop Wildcat Mountain State Park for three nights. During the day go hiking in the park, biking along the historic Sparta/Elroy bike trail, horseback riding, birding from the viewpoint and paddling along the nearby Kickapoo River.

At night, join members of the Minnesota Astronomical Society to observe the stars and planets with large telescopes from two group campsites atop Wildcat Mountain. Venus, Jupiter and Saturn will be up after dark, as will the Virgo/Coma galaxy clusters...

Due to the use of telescopes right after sunset we will be limiting campfires at our sites.

The shower building is located near the park entrance. Don’t expect to get much sleep on this trip!

Food allergy restrictions will be in place on this trip.

Note that the trip deposit covers only the camping fees. There is a $10/day per car park fee ($35 WI annual pass is available). Trip cost estimate includes $40 for gas, the camp deposit and the park passes. Group food is TBD, and there may be additional optional costs for paddling outfitters or horse trail use ($4 day).

Estimated cost: $90. Deposit: $10. Max trip size: 30.

Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Astronomical Society

Suresh S. • 612-910-0444  |  Melissa H. • 952-240-6130



Friday – Sunday, June 19–21    
Solstice Celebration Cascade River State Park. Summer solstice has the longest days of the year, so what better way to spend 16 hours of daylight than on the North Shore of Lake Superior? A little over 4 hours from the Twin Cities, the Cascade River State Park group camp offers a basecamp for your own hiking, biking and kayaking adventures and exploring the North Shore. Meals are on your own with a pot-luck dinner on Saturday night. Come up on Friday because Saturday traffic between Duluth and Two Harbors will be heavy due to Grandma’s Marathon. You’ll have plenty of time because the sun doesn’t set until after 9:00 p.m.! 5 spots will be held for new Rovers (joined in 2015) until June 13. You must be a current member to sign up for this trip. Deposit (non-refundable): $10.

Estimated cost: $10-$30. Deposit: $10. Max trip size: 20.

Venke D. • 612-655-5702  |  Audrey S. • 612-874-7321



JULY 2015

Thursday – Sunday, July 2 – July 5   
Pebble Creek Group Camp Site, Gooseberry Falls State Park. Stay at Pebble Creek group camp site (the only group site along the shore of Lake Superior!) at Gooseberry Falls State Park for the Fourth of July Weekend. Set up anytime after 4 on Thursday and begin your holiday weekend enjoying hiking, biking, brisk swimming, kayaking, relaxing and picnicing. You provide your own meals and snacks. We will have a pot-luck 4th of July picnic on Saturday night.

Group is limited to 30 people, and 5 spots will be held until June 15 for new members who have joined in 2015. You must be a current member to sign up for this trip and your membership must be current at the time of the trip.

Email Venke for more information, to sign up, and to get access to Google docs for more information (carpooling, tent sharing, pot-luck sign up, etc).

Estimated cost: $15. Deposit: $15 (non-refundable). Max trip size: 30 + depending on tent space.

Venke D. • 612-655-5702  |  Chris D. • 612-751-8671



Mid- to late-July – early August    
Wilderness River Canoe Trip. Canoe the Bloodvein River from Artery Lake to Lake Winnepeg. It is a one-day drive to northeast of Winnipeg from where we fly in to Artery Lake. Pool drop river through lots of canyons and pictographs. Whitewater experience necessary.

Estimated cost: $1,500 to $1,700. Deposit: $450. Max trip size: 8.

Tom E. • 651-699-7872  |  Gary C. • 651-644-1874



OCTOBER 2015

Friday – Saturday, October 2–4    SAVE THE DATE!
Fall Extravaganza at Forestville/Mystery Caves State Park. This is Rovers' fall "welcome & check us out trip" for everybody who likes the outdoors and wants to know what Rovers is all about even before becoming a member. It will take place at fascinating Forestville / Mystery Caves State Park.

You'll be able to experience that we accommodate all skill levels from beginners to advanced to extreme and any activity that involves appreciating the outdoors, physical workouts, nature, travel and the best camaraderie you can find anywhere!

Our program typically includes hiking, biking, paddling, climbing etc. and this time will probably include caving as well. Don't worry if you don't have all the gear for camping or activities yet we'll bring it along from the Rovers "Cage" for you to use for free. There are discounts to cover the cost of the weekend for certain volunteer opportunities. Find the details on how to get there, what to bring, cost options etc. in the info sheet/agenda.

Estimated cost: $20 or less depending on stay. Deposit: $20 or less depending on stay.

Rosmarie D.



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