2014 Rovers trips

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  1. Sun
    Dec 21
    • Day trip

    Urban Hike: Lake of the Isles

    Not getting out much with the in-between-season weather we're having? Let's meet for breakfast at 9:30 a.m. at The Kenwood Restaurant in Minneapolis then hike around Lake of the Isles just a few blocks away. It's 2.6 miles around the lake so the hike might be 3 miles total and may take about an hour. Long-range forecast says the sun will be out, so I hope they are right. I set the trip size limit to 8 for breakfast so as to not swamp the restaurant. If you want to join the hike only, feel free to meet at the restaurant around 10:45 a.m.

    Estimated cost: Variable (food). Deposit: 0. Max trip size: 8 (breakfast); No limit (hike).

    Ron H.

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  2. Sat
    Dec 13
    • Day trip

    Dancing at the Withrow Ballroom

    Join us for dancing (aka busta-move) to the Wax Tones 60's-Dance Music at the Withrow Ballroom at 8:00 pm. (Rumor has it a swing step is all you need to know) Tickets are $10.00 in advance and $12.00 at the door. We are discussing meeting for dinner before the dance. E-mail me for dinner time and location. The Withrow is at 12169 Keystone Ave N. Hugo MN 55038. See you on the dance floor!

    Estimated cost: $12. Deposit: None. Max trip size: NA.

    Dori H. & Frank T.

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  3. Fri - Sun
    Dec 12 - 14

    Beginner Winter Camping / Sandstone Ice Fest Festival

    Join us for the annual Sandstone Ice Fest Festival. There will be ice climbing clinics from beginner to advanced, winter camping clinics, family nature walks, guest speakers, gear swap, and more! Check out the event details.

    As part of the festival — winter camping is available, encouraged, and free! There is plenty to do even if you choose not to climb! Camping will be in Robinson Park in Sandstone MN. Please contact me if you are interested in attending. I will plan to have a pre-trip meeting to cover camping gear, clothing, and can coordinate with the cage to provide sleeping bags, tents, etc. Meals on your own or I can cook, depending on comfort levels of participants.

    Estimated cost: gas+food. Deposit: none.

    Kyra Anne & Thomas J.

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  4. Sat - Sun
    Dec 6 - 7

    Wilderness First Aid and CPR/AED

    The BRTA has 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. 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 8:30 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

    Minnesota Rovers offers members an education discount of $40 for Wilderness First Aid training. Because funds are limited, prior approval is required. Registration and additional information is available on the Active Source website.

    Estimated cost: $40 for CPR/AED, $70 for WFA ($110 combined).

    Sponsoring organization: Active Source, Inc and Red Cross

    Don S.

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  5. Sat
    Dec 6
    • Day trip

    Annual October/November/December Birthdays Celebration

    All are welcome, birthdays are just an excuse to get together. Meet at Karen's house anytime after 7:30 p.m. (after dinner). Bring a dessert or appetizer to share as well as your own beverage! Contact Karen to RSVP, get directions, and to let her know if you are a birthday boy or girl and your birth date, and what you are bringing.

    Estimated cost: $0.

    Karen G.

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  6. Sat - Sun
    Dec 6 - 7

    Beginner Winter Camping

    Beginner winter camping at Banning State Park, about 100 miles north of the cities. We will be camping in the regular car campground which will allow you to bring plenty of gear and extra clothes in the car so you can spend your first winter night out comfortably. The Rover cage has a couple of winter sleeping bags, tents and snowshoes.I can help you with advice on clothing and camp equipment choices. The idea for clothing is to dress in layers, no cotton garments allowed. Footgear should be snowmobile boots or better, borrow if you have to.

    Banning is a fine park with ski trails (If you choose to ski buy your ski pass in the cities ahead of time). The highlight of the trip is a walk down to the Kettle river to visit the historic rock quarry and the geologic features, kettles and cliffs which have many different types of icecicles and sheet ice on them. We will have a campfire, and a group supper with a Dutch oven cake, you'll supply your own lunches and breakfast. We can leave as a group or you can drive up later if you choose. We will split park entry and campsite fees, and the cost of some firewood.

    Estimated cost: $20. Max trip size: No Limit.

    Sponsoring organization: North Star Sierra Club

    Basil L.

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  7. Fri - Sun
    Nov 28 - 30

    Cold Weather Backpacking

    This is a short 2-mile backpack to a campsite, with a day trip the next day. This is a backpack trip not a ski trip, the idea is to walk, not ski. So I'll have to find an area that doesn't have a lot of snow, in the BWCA or outside of it.

    Estimated cost: ? Deposit: No Deposit. Max trip size: Open.

    Sponsoring organization: Joint outing with the Northstar Sierra Club

    Basil L.

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  8. Sun
    Nov 23
    • Day trip

    Adopt a Wood Lot Buckthorn Removal at Elm Creek Park

    KILL BUCKTHORN!!! Rovers has adopted a wood lot in Elm Creek Park. This year we will be concentrating on removing buckthorn. We will be working from 9am to about 3pm. You can join us for as much of that time as you like. We will be pulling small buckthorn and cutting up and piling larger trees that are already cut. You should bring gloves, eye protection, water, snacks, and a lunch if you will be there that long. If you have nippers or a bow saw we will need a few of them for the cut trees. We will be parking just north of the dog park (map to be posted soon). Please join us so we can get off to a good start.

    Estimated cost: $0. Deposit: $0. Max trip size: unlimited.

    Sponsoring organization: Three Rivers Parks

    Tom H. & Cheryl B.

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  9. Fri - Sun
    Nov 21 - 23

    Midwest Mountaineering Outdoor Adventure Expo

    With over 85 free presentations on outdoor activities and adventures, and over 70 exhibitors you are sure to find something to get you excited about your next outdoor adventure. The semiannual Outdoor Adventure Expo can help you find your true passion for the outdoors, new sports, places to go, and people to do them with. |directions|

    NON-MEMBERS — want to play outside? Visit the Minnesota Rovers booth in the Exhibitor's Hall to see photos of Rovers in action and meet Rovers who will introduce you to the many benefits of our club.

    Check the Special Events page for more information and directions.

    MEMBERS — We need you! Love Rovers and want to tell the world about our awesome club? Sign up for a 2-hour time slot to staff our booth and tell visitors about the new friends you've made, the fun trips you've participated in, and all the other benefits of our club.

    You're going to be there anyway, right?

    Please contact Kim L. to sign up.

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  10. Fri - Sun
    Nov 21 - 23

    Winterer's Gathering

    This trip is in development.... Travel to Grand Marais for North Folk School Winterer's Gathering. There is a variety of activities: classes, gear swap, arctic films and more. See link below for program. The house I am looking to rent when I have enough people confirmed is in town. Also, within walking distance of the School, downtown, and lake.

    Estimated cost: $80 house rental+gas. Deposit: . Max trip size: 4-6.

    | Program |

    Cathy H.

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  11. Sat - Sun
    Nov 8 - 9

    Wilderness First Aid and CPR/AED

    The BRTA has 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. 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 8:30 AM to 12:00 Noon on Saturday. WFA runs from 1:00 PM to 8:30 PM on Saturday and Sunday.

    Minnesota Rovers offers members an education discount of $40 for Wilderness First Aid training. Because funds are limited, prior approval is required. Registration and additional information is available on the Active Source website.

    Estimated cost: $40 for CPR/AED, $70 for WFA ($110 combined).

    Sponsoring organization: Active Source, Inc and Red Cross

    Don S.

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  12. Sat - Sun
    Nov 1 - 2

    Wilderness First Aid with WMI and REI

    I am taking the Wilderness First Aid class run by WMI/NOLS at REI in Bloomington. It runs from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. This class is a good way to be prepared to take care of yourself or a friend when there is an accident in the wilderness. It is fast moving and fun, with a lot of information, hands on activities, and realistic scenarios to practice the skills you have learned. It would be great to have some more Rovers join in! This class does not include CPR. Register on REI website.

    MN Rovers offers members an education discount of $40 for Wilderness First Aid training. Because funds are limited, prior approval is required. More info ...

    Estimated cost: $225 for REI members.

    Jane P.

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  13. Sun
    Oct 26
    • Day trip

    Compass and Map Reading in the Field

    Want to stay found on and off the trail in a park or in the wilderness? Want to get better at reading maps and a compass? Join us for a fun event at the close by Lake Elmo Park Reserve. Minnesota Orienteering Club designed field courses there to help us learn and practice how maps translate on the ground. We'll have topological maps and compasses to use, or bring your own compass that has been lying underused in the closet. Rover Don, who will show us how to use map and compass in various ways has got decades of outdoor and wilderness experience.

    For carpooling information e-mail us or meet at Lake Elmo Park Reserve Main Office at 2:00 p.m. Park requires vehicle permit. This is a day trip, you do not need to be a member to join us!

    Estimated cost: share of gas & permit.

    Rosie D. & Don L.

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  14. Sat
    Oct 25
    • Day trip

    Rock Climbing at Taylor’s Falls

    This is for experienced climbers. (i.e., Have your own gear) Climbing Angle Rock, Shlick & Shlack areas to start. Feel free to go up/set up any time. We'll be up there around noon. Maybe jump to Wisc. Yosemite crack area for afternoon sun. Suppose to be 67 & sunny. No need to respond. Would appreciate an email if you know what you will be setting.

    Estimated cost: $0. Deposit: $0.

    Lori C.

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  15. Fri - Sun
    Oct 24 - 26

    Fall “Phenology with Larry Weber” Weekend

    One Minnesota's favorite naturalists will be teaching a weekend full of fall phenology at the Audubon Center of the North Woods just outside of Sandstone. Drive up early after work on Friday, program concludes Sunday at 1pm. Plan to dress for all types of weather and enjoy the outdoors. All meals and lodging included. Accommodations for a double room is $235 or quad for $155.

    Estimated cost: $155–$235 + gas.

    Sponsoring organization: Audubon Center of the North Woods

    Kyra Anne

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  16. Wed
    Oct 22
    • Day trip

    Hiking on Lighted Trails

    Join us at 7:00p.m. at Elm Creek Park Reserve in Maple Grove to hike the lighted trails. Sometimes we wander off the lighted trails for more variety and fun! Bring trekking or ski poles to get an upper body workout as well.

    Meet in the parking lot in front of the visitor center. E-mail before 6:30p.m. if you plan on coming so we know to look for you!

    Estimated cost: $0.

    Jodi & Scott S.

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  17. Sat - Sun
    Oct 18 - 19

    Canoeing/Seakayaking Weekend

    Weekend canoeing/sea kayaking on the St Croix or Mississippi rivers. Leave Saturday 6:00a.m. and return Sunday afternoon. We will paddle about 20 miles in two days an camp along the river.

    Estimated cost: Divide transporation costs. Max trip size: open.

    Sponsoring organization: North Star Sierra Club

    Basil L.

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  18. Sun
    Oct 12
    • Day trip

    Breakfast and Hike at Afton State Park

    How about loading up a Sunday morning with a hearty breakfast then burning off the calories with a 7-mile hike at Afton State Park to view fall colors? Meet at 9:00 a.m. at the Sail Away Cafe in Afton for breakfast. Carpool (or not) to Afton State Park at 10:15 a.m. Meet at the visitor center. Start hiking at 10:30 a.m. and end hiking at roughly 2-2:30 p.m. A shorter loop of about 3.5 miles is possible. Post-hike ice cream social at Selma's Ice Cream Parlour. This activity is open to non-members. Friendly dogs are allowed. Water, snack, lunch (if you burned off your breakfast calories or skipped breakfast), hiking boots recommended, $5 vehicle fee or annual pass if you're driving your vehicle into the park, breakfast/ice cream money (optional).

    Estimated cost: $0-$5 + breakfast/ice cream option. Deposit: $0. Max trip size: none.

    Ron H. & Jon B.

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  19. Sat
    Oct 4
    • Day trip

    Bike Ride — Plum City, WI

    Meet 10:00 a.m. in Plum City at the trout pond across from Mollie's on Main. We'll bike about 50 miles to Lake Pepin and back on the Fall Fresh Art Tour weekend. Shortcuts are possible, but hills are unavoidable in this Bluff and Coulee country (with spotty cell reception), just over an hour east of the Twin Cities. Pack a lunch to eat halfway, though we'll also pass bakeries and cafes along the way.

    Estimated cost: $0. Max trip size: 13.

    David B. & Julie R.

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  20. Fri - Sun
    Oct 3 - 5

    Hike and Bike in Mankato area

    Relish autumn in southern Minnesota! We will be at a group site at Minneopa State Park (just outside Mankato). What is there to do? Bike the Red Jacket Trail, Sakatah Trail, or other trails around Mankato (a bronze "Bicycle Friendly Community"). Paddle the Minnesota River. Hike at Minneopa or nearby Flandrau. This will be one of your last chances to hike the prairie at Minneopa before the DNR relocates some trails so bison can be reintroduced in 2015! Possible side trips to Mankato or New Ulm.

    Bring your own food, snacks, beverages, plates/utensils, lawn chair, and camping gear. Rovers members may borrow equipment from the Rovers, but you will need to make arrangements with the cage coordinator to reserve and pick up. Rovers membership is required for this overnight trip, and you must be a current member to sign up or be on the waiting list. (Joining is easy and is just $25 per year.)

    Beginners and families are welcome; 2 spaces will be reserved until September 24th for new members who have joined in the past year. We

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  21. Sat - Sun
    Sep 27 - Oct 5

    Rock Climbing, Colorado Front Range

    Bored of MN single pitch climbing? Had enough Pieces of Pie and Pieces of Cake? Come join us in Colorado's Front Range for some of the best rock and mountain climbing a quick hop from Lindbergh Terminal can get you.

    Ryan and Sarah are inviting you to come visit them at their home in Lyons, CO and spend the week climbing. There will be floor space to set up your mat and sleeping bag at the house. There is a campground in town that may be up and running by fall (it is currently closed for repairs); if so, we will reserve some campsites. Meals can be in town, at the house, or on the face of the Third Flatiron.

    There are thousands of routes within an hour's drive from Lyons--hundreds within a half hour. The climbing includes all types for all skill levels. There might even be time for an alpine climb in Rocky Mountain National Park.

    Nearby climbing areas (and nearby cities) include:

    Please note that this is not a beginner's trip. Participants should have their own equipment and basic knowledge related to rock climbing and rope safety. If you would like to join us but are new to rock climbing, there will likely be a few Beginner Climber Days over the summer that can get you prepared, such as the Friday night weekly climbing at Taylors Falls.

    The estimated cost (minus transportation) is $250 with a $25 deposit. The deposit will cover whatever campsites we reserve or other accommodations we might find.

    Trip size is limited to 20 people, so act fast! If you would like to sign-up, please email Ryan to coordinate the deposit. Once he has received your deposit you will be invited to another website with further information. If you are unsure about your skill level or have climbing or route questions, email Sarah.

    Estimated cost: $250. Deposit: $25. Max trip size: 20.

    Sarah K. & Ryan S.

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  22. Fri - Sun
    Sep 26 - 28

    Fall Extravaganza at Whitewater 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 Whitewater State Park this year. 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. Find the details on how to get there, what to bring, cost options etc. in the info sheet/agenda. There are discounts to cover the cost of the weekend for certain volunteer opportunities.

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

    Rosmarie D. & Kim L.

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  23. Thu - Sun
    Sep 25 - 28

    Backpacking on the Superior Hiking Trail

    Join me for a weekend of colorful, cool and bug free (hopefully) days of backpacking on the Superior Hiking Trail. We will be covering the distance from Silver Bay to Co road 6, which is about 18 miles. We will be backpacking for three days going in on Friday and coming out on Sunday, with the mileage for each day being 6.6/7.8 and 4.6.

    This is not a beginner trip. You will be responsible for your own food, and if necessary, BE WILLING TO TENT WITH ANOTHER PERSON. And no new boots please.You must me a current Rover member to go on this trip.

    Estimated cost: $40. Deposit: $30. Max trip size: 6.

    Jim M.

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  24. Mon
    Sep 22
    • Day trip

    West Side Bike Ride

    No more biking before the Tuesday meeting, so let's try Monday Nights at different locations. Meet 6pm Monday at the JCC in St Louis Park at the end of Cedar Lake Road (4330 Cedar Lake Rd S). We'll bike a 16+ mile loop around the Chain of Lakes, including Cedar, Isles, Calhoun and Harriet. Sunset is at 7:10, so bring lights for your bikes. Helmets are required! http://goo.gl/maps/fl96F Call or text if you're running late.

    Estimated cost: $0.

    Audrey S.

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  25. Fri - Sun
    Sep 12 - 14

    Backpacking on the Superior Hiking Trail

    Drive up Friday night after work, and hike 5-9 miles Saturday and Sunday on the SHT in the Temperance River/Lutsen area. If the group is interested we may plan a shorter hiking day Sunday and do some rock climbing on the way home. Beginners welcome.

    Estimated cost: $25 (gas and food). Deposit: . Max trip size: 6.

    Jane P.

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  26. Fri - Sun
    Sep 12 - 14

    Hiking, Biking and Paddling in Wisconsin

    Come join us for hiking, biking and paddling in Ontario, WI. We have reserved 2 campsites at Wildcat Mountain State Park, where we can fit two tents per site. Biking on the Sparta/Elroy bike trail. Canoe rentals and shuttle service in the Village of Ontario to paddle the Kickapoo River. Meals will be on your own except for a group dinner Saturday evening. Daily park sticker for out of state car is $10 (Annual $35).

    Estimated cost: $20+ vehicle permit + gas. Deposit: $20. Max trip size: 5-8.

    Jen O. & Barry S.

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  27. Thu - Sun
    Sep 11 - 14

    Trail Maintenance — Putting Final Touches on Moss Lake Trail near Grand Marais, MN

    Get down and get dirty on a trail maintenance trip. It's fun, it's great exercise, it makes you feel good, and the scenics and camaraderie are unbeatable. And hey, as proof, I even met my wife on a trail construction trip! We welcome you to join us at the edge of the BWCAW for the last bit of brushing, sign placing, new deadfall removal, etc. before we announce the official opening of the Moss Lake Trail and the Rose Cliffs Loop Route. We'll also do deadfall, etc. sweeps on the non-wilderness sections of the South Lake and Caribou Rock Trails. Please see the link to the Friends of the Border Route Trail to signup and for further info.

    Estimated cost: $35 + transportation. Deposit: $35. Max trip size: 12.

    Sponsoring organization: Border Route Trail Association

    Ed S.

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  28. Wed - Sun
    Sep 10 - 14

    Paddling the BWCAW

    Fall is a great time to experience the BWCAW! We will enter at entry point 50 on the east side via the Gunflint Trail. We will canoe / portage 4 lakes on the way to base camp at Long Island Lake. From there we will day trip to area lakes. The portages are easier as BWCAS portages go. You need to be in good physical condition, and able to carry 50-60 Lbs. The lakes are easily navigable, and smaller. You do not need to be an experienced canoeist to complete this trip. We can meet & work out details, as well as doing some paddle practice prior to the trip.

    Estimated cost: $150 - $200. Deposit: $0. Max trip size: 6 + 2 coordinators.

    Mike F.

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  29. Sun
    Sep 7
    • Day trip

    Mushrooming

    Westwood Hills Nature Center in St. Louis Park is hosting a Mushroom Hunt for Giant Puffballs, Hen of the Woods, and Sulfur Shelves. The afternoon will end with a small mushroom sampler plate. Plan to hike on and off trail; dress appropriately with good shoes. The program runs from 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., so lets meet at 2:45 p.m. outside the nature center building. $5 for SLP residents, $7 for all others. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.

    Estimated cost: $5-$7 . Deposit: $5-$7. Max trip size: 25.

    Sponsoring organization: Westwood Hills Nature Center

    Kyra Anne

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  30. Sat
    Sep 6
    • Day trip

    Social Event

    Gather at Karen's in New Hope to gab and munch. Arrive anytime after 7:00 p.m. Bring an appetizer or dessert to share, and your beverage of choice. RSVP to get directions.

    Karen G.

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  31. Fri - Sun
    Sep 5 - 7

    Bicycling / Paddling at Cuyuna Lakes

    You get to choose the activities for the weekend. We will be camping at Portsmouth Campground at Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area and enjoying all the great outdoor activities this area has to offer. Options include the best singletrack mountain biking in the state (for all ability levels), miles of paved road biking, SUP, kayaking or canoeing (bike, board, boat rentals available), swimming, hiking, or fishing.

    We plan on spending most of the time mountain biking and hope to do some paddling or trying a stand up paddleboard as well. Join us for a little adrenaline, a little water time, a little chilling by the fire and a lot of fun...and perhaps a few shenanigans!

    The campsites are first come, first serve. Last year at the same time, there were plenty of campsites to choose from, we're hoping for the same this year.

    Bring your own food, plan a pot luck, or head into town (Crosby) for a bite to eat.

    Estimated cost: $15 + rentals or anything else you choose to do. Deposit: $0. Max trip size: 20.

    Jodi & Scott S.

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  32. Fri - Sun
    Sep 5 - 7

    Biking/Hiking at Mille Lacs Kathio

    The Mille Lacs Kathio State Park area, located on the shores of Lake Mille Lacs offers hiking (Mille Lacs and Father Hennepin parks), biking (Soo Line Trail, around Lake Mille Lacs), and paddling (Rum River and Mille Lacs, Ogechie and Shakopee Lakes?) opportunities. We've reserved a group site; join us in exploring the area. Food is on your own (although we may have a potluck one night). If you want to coordinate the paddling, let me know. Must be a member to go on this overnight trip. Info about membership is available here. E-mail is preferred.

    Estimated cost: $15. Deposit: $10. Max trip size: 25ish.

    Stacey G.

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  33. Wed
    Aug 27
    • Day trip

    Hiking at Old Cedar Ave Bridge in Bloomington

    With the sun setting earlier in late August, we will start a bit earlier at 6:30 p.m. We will meet at the Old Cedar Avenue Bridge and walk over to Bass Ponds and back — a 3-mile hike. Bring water and bug repellent and a head lamp if you have one, in case darkness falls. Directions: Take Old Shakopee Road to Old Cedar Ave (east of Hwy 77) Turn south on Old Cedar Ave and drive to the parking lot at the end of the road. |map|

    Estimated cost: $0.

    Pat W.

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  34. Fri
    Aug 22
    • Day trip

    Night Ride — Mountain Biking at Elm Creek Park Singletrack

    Meet at 8:00 p.m. at the trailhead. Follow the Google map — don’t go to the visitor or nature center — it’s on the north end of the park. Helmets and lights are required. Gloves are a really good idea too. The trail has a lot of twists and turns—so ideally, you’ll have a light that attaches to your helmet, but one on your handle bars will work too. Helmet lights make it easier to see where you’re going next rather than where your bike is currently headed. If the trail is wet, we will not ride. RSVPing is not necessary, but appreciated.

    Estimated cost: $0.

    Jodi & Scott S.

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  35. Sun
    Aug 17
    • Day trip

    Breakfast and Hike at Afton State Park

    How about loading up Sunday morning with a big breakfast then burning off the calories with a 7-mile hike at Afton State Park? Meet at 9:00 a.m. at the Sail Away Cafe in Afton for breakfast. Carpool (or not) to Afton State Park at 10:15 a.m. Meet at the visitor center. Start hiking at 10:30 a.m. and end hiking at roughly 2-2:30 p.m. A shorter loop of about 3.5 miles is possible. Post-hike ice cream social at Selma's Ice Cream Parlour. This activity is open to non-members. Friendly dogs are allowed. Water, snack, lunch (if you burned off your breakfast calories), hiking boots, $5 vehicle fee or annual pass if you're driving your vehicle into the park, breakfast/ice cream money.

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

    Ron H.

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  36. Fri - Sun
    Aug 15 - 17

    Bicycling the Gitchi Gami Trail

    Stay at Gooseberry Falls group camp site, ride in the Gitchi Gami Trail Annual bike ride, and enjoy the other myriad opportunities to explore the North Shore on this weekend trip. Arrive Friday anytime after 4:00 pm (may be available earlier if not in use), set up and enjoy a hike, paddle along the lake shore, take a brisk swim in Lake Superior, or just relax in the Nestor Grade group camp. You provide your own meals on Friday night, and all breakfasts, lunches and snacks. We’ll have a pot-luck supper on Saturday night. Group gear provided will include stove, water kettle and washing buckets (for your dishes).

    To ride the Gitchi Gami trail ride on Saturday, sign up on their website. Options range from 28 miles out-and-back to 37- and 55-mile loops. This is a lightly supported ride with snacks and water available along the route. You should come prepared with a helmet (required) and your own repair kit or share with someone.

    Group is limited to 30 people, and 5 spots will be held until August 1st for new members (those who joined in 2014).

    Estimated cost is $10 for camping. Deposit (non-refundable) is $10. 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 Audrey 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: $10. Deposit: $10. Max trip size: 30.

    Audrey S.& Dori H.

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  37. Fri - Sun
    Aug 15 - 17

    Mountain Biking in NW Wisconsin

    Enjoy a weekend of mountain biking through the Chequamegon National Forest Region of NW Wisconsin (Cable/Hayward). The Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association (CAMBA) off-road bike trail system consists of over 300 miles of marked and mapped routes through a near-wilderness area of striking beauty and peaceful solitude.

    The CAMBA system is quickly becoming the Singletrack Mecca of the Midwest, with more singletrack trail being constructed every year. Singletrack not your thing? This well-mapped trail system also includes many routes that use gravel forest roads, two-track trails, and ski trails.

    The trails are well mapped and rated according to ability. |trail guide|

    Accommodations: Camping or a bunk in a rustic cabin. No running water; to clean up after a long day of biking, we either pay for a shower at a hotel, swim in a lake, or use a portable outdoor shower.

    Food: Bring your own breakfast, lunch, and snacks. We'll head to a local eatery for dinner on Saturday.

    Estimated cost: $20 + food/gas. Deposit: $20. Max trip size: 8–12 people willing to carpool.

    Scott & Jodi S.

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  38. Sat - Sun
    Aug 9 - 17

    Pannier Bike Tour

    Self-supported bike tour on the Mississippi River Trail from Lake Itasca to St Paul, generally along paved back roads. Cycling 400 miles in a week we'll average close to 60 miles a day on fully loaded bikes. Not for beginners. We'll spend the first night at the Headwaters Hostel and camp out the rest of the trip. Some of us may take Amtrak to Fargo on Thursday night (Aug 7) and bike 115 miles to Itasca State Park in one or two days.

    Estimated cost: $200. Deposit: $20. Max trip size: 6.

    David B. & Julie R.

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  39. Fri - Sun
    Aug 8 - 10

    Minnesota Rovers 60th Anniversary Celebration

    Celebrating 60 years of fun in the wilderness! Please join us for a fun-filled weekend of biking, hiking, canoeing, climbing, and camping at Wild River State Park.

    There will be good food and great times. Reminisce and renew old friendships. Imagine a flotilla of 60 canoes floating down the St. Croix or sitting around the campfire singing songs from the original Rover song book. This weekend has something for everyone and is guaranteed to be a good time.

    To spread the word and have people that may be "lost", contact Kim.

    REGISTRATION IS OPEN (through July 23 Visit the 60th Anniversary website for more information and to sign up.

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  40. Wed - Sat
    Aug 6 - 9

    Madeline Island Cabin R&R

    Come enjoy R&R on sweet Madeline Island in a modest welcoming cabin overlooking the one & only Lake Superior! Down time can be spent cycling, hiking, paddling or skipping stones. We'll coordinate evening meals together. Not a party cabin, (unless a game of scrabble makes you want to howl at the moon). You must be a member to go on this overnight trip.

    Estimated cost: $150 plus travel/ferry expenses. Deposit: $150. Max trip size: 4 (2 spots left).

    Colleen D.

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  41. Wed
    Aug 6
    • Day trip

    Hiking at Carver Park Reserve in Victoria

    Meet at the Lowry Nature Center parking lot and leave promptly at 7:30 p.m. We can hike for 1½ hours or so, then there are a couple of different places to go for ice cream after for those interested. This park has very well kept paved trails for the roller bladers in our group. Dress according to the weather, bring bug spray and water. Go to threeriversparks.org, click on Carver Park Reserve for directions and to preview this beautiful park.

    Estimated cost: $0.

    Ron T.

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  42. Sun
    Aug 3
    • Day trip

    Paddling on the Rum River

    Length of trip is about 13 miles. Must have river canoe/kayak skills for this trip and locate your own boat/paddling partner. Meet at Rum River North County Park canoe launch site at 9:30 a.m. The entrance to the park is located just west of St. Francis High School. We will pull out at Rum River Central Regional Park. Afterward, we can go out for dinner at a restaurant/bar in Anoka for those who are interested.

    Trip will be cancelled if severe weather is forecast. Any changes to plans will be announced via the e-group.

    Bring the normal stuff: 1. Clothing for cool weather if needed. 2. Rain Gear 3. Sun hat 4. Sun screen, lip balm, sun glasses 5. Old tennis shoes or sandals or aqua socks, etc. 6. Lunch, snacks, plenty of water or other beverages 7. Money for going out to eat afterwards 8. PFD, paddles, canoe or kayak 9.Clothes to change into after the paddle (you can leave them in their car).

    Estimated cost: $5 vehicle permit.

    Scott & Jodi S.

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  43. Sat
    Aug 2
    • Day trip

    5-10k Mudrun: MuckFest MS

    As far as fun obstacles go, this is the mud run to do! Register on the MS MuckFest website under the MN Rovers team. Wave time TBD. See you there!

    Estimated cost: $55 directly to MuckFest MS. Deposit: $55. Max trip size: unlimited.

    Sponsoring organization: MuckFest MS

    Cheryl B.

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  44. Sat
    Aug 2
    • Day trip

    16th Annual Summer in the Sticks

    Join us at Elm Creek Park Reserve for biking, hiking, inline skating, swimming, picnic, etc. If you’re willing to make the trek all the way to the NW ’burbs to this terrific park in Maple Grove, meet at the recreation area near the beach and we’ll start there. Meet at 9:00 a.m. for a 40–50 mile road bike ride (with a stop for lunch), or later for other activities (e.g., shorter bike rides, inline skating, hiking, volleyball, swimming, disc golf) (see agenda below).

    People willing to coordinate other activities would be appreciated*, otherwise just show up and decide amongst yourselves when you get there.

    If you can’t make it during the day, join us later (~5pm), for a pot-luck BBQ. Bring something to grill and something to share. We need people to bring grills and charcoal (gas grills welcome too).

    Elm Creek Park Reserve has 20 miles of paved trails that also connect to Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park via the Rush Creek Regional Trail (7 miles) or Fish Lake Regional Park on the Medicine Lake Regional Trail. These trails are all in excellent condition for biking and inline skating. There are also over 30 miles of turf hiking trails an AWESOME 12+ mile mountain bike trail system, plus the brand new Eastman Nature Center.

    Don’t forget swimwear! There’s a man-made, chlorinated, and filtered swimming pond ($2 fee) with sand beach in the park. For the kiddos, there's a new playground at the recreation area as well.

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  45. Thu - Sun
    Jul 31 - Aug 3

    Sail Apostles

    Board a 42' foot luxurious Catalina sloop in Pike's Bay, Thursday night, and sail F, S, Sun, returning to the dock about 3pm. Share food and gas costs, carpool.The deposit is for the boat. Roller furling main and jib. No experience necessary. Not a drinking boat, music provided by wind, water, and sails. 4 spots left. Email your experience (don't need any, but I need to know what you know anyway). We sail to islands, anchor, swim at anchor at lunchtime and evening. Hiking can be done at the end of the day before/after dinner at evening anchor. Link to boat below.

    Estimated cost: $400. Deposit: $347.50. Max trip size: 6.

    Geoff S.

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  46. Wed
    Jul 30
    • Day trip

    Hiking at Lake Nakomis

    A short hike where strollers and children of all ages are welcome. Meet and the playground on Lake Nokomis between 7:00 and 7:30. There is parking near the playground. We'll hike around the lake as far as the tyrants (I mean, small children) allow. We'll stop whenever we need to for snacks, diaper changes, or up-close examination of flora and fauna. I'll be the one whose kid has a red trike with a handle.

    Estimated cost: $0. Max trip size: N/A.

    Megan C.

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  47. Fri - Mon
    Jul 25 - 28

    Bayfield Peninsula Camping

    Bayfield Peninsula Camping. Join us at the Melberg family site in Frog Bay on Lake Superior, just north of Bayfield, WI. Pitch your tent right on the beach or find a seculded spot up in the woods. Activities can include biking, hiking, swimming, kayaking, and/or paddling along the shore or up the creek. Deposit covers group food, consisting of dinners on Saturday and Sunday, and breakfasts on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. It

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  48. Wed
    Jul 23
    • Day trip

    Walk Along Nine Mile Creek, in Bloomington

    We'll meet at Harrison Park, in Bloomington, for an easy walk along Nine Mile Creek. Begin walking at 7:00p.m., and walk for about 1.5 hours. Exit I-35W at 98th St, and head west. After only a short distance, bear left onto Old Shakopee Rd. Turn left at W 100th St. Harrison Park will be on your right (at 1701 W 100th St, 55431).

    Half of the route is asphalt, half crushed-rock. Mosquitoes likely. Only dangerous weather would cause a cancellation. If you RSVP with your mobile number, I'll send a text in the unlikely event of a cancellation.

    We'll be doing a simple out-and-back route, staying on the maintained trail closest to the creek. Any late-comers are welcome to meet the group along the trail. This will be a one-size-fits-all hike. A set of stairs (100+ steps) adjacent to the trail will provide more exercise for those who want that. Large-wheel strollers are fine.

    Rover membership is not required for day hikes. No fee required to enter park.

    Estimated cost: $0. Max trip size: no limit.

    Mark L

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  49. Mon - Fri
    Jul 21 - 25

    Volunteer Camping Trip, Superior National Forest

    Help commemorate 50 years of the Wilderness Act by volunteering to assist with backcountry campsite maintenance in Superior National Forest within and near the Boundary Waters. Training, food, equipment and camping fees are provided by the National Forest. We'll be ided into small teams and assigned to areas throughout the Forest, working with Forest Service Rangers. Work includes trimming brush, removing trees, resetting fire grates, erosion prevention, packing out trash, etc. Minimum age 18. I work for the National Park Service, a partner on this volunteer event.

    Estimated cost: Only cost will be gas for carpooling. Max trip size: 15.

    Sponsoring organization: National Park Service

    Holly L.

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  50. Sat
    Jul 19
    • Day trip

    Obstacle Course 10-12 mile Run (Tough Mudder)

    So you've done the other obstacle course runs and you're looking for something more, something tougher, something to challenge yourself? Then this is the one for you. 10-12 mile course with 25 military style obstacles which challenge your stamina, psyche, and physical strength. Come join the fun! Register at the Tough Mudder website at and we'll carpool to the site at 871 County Road E, Hudson, WI 54016

    Estimated cost: $125. Deposit: $125 directly to Tough Mudder. Max trip size: unlimited.

    Cheryl B.

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  51. Sat
    Jul 19
    • Day trip

    Bike Ride — River Falls Rollercoaster

    48 miles of rollercoaster hills to bluffs on the Mississippi River and back along the Trimbelle River. If we still want more, there's an extra 16-mile loop to Kinnickinnic State Park. Bring a bag lunch. Meet at 10 am in Glen Park, River Falls, WI Drive on I-94 east to Hudson, WI, then exit on WI Hwy 35 south to River Falls. Take the Main Street exit into River Falls and go past downtown, then turn right (west) on Park Street for 2 blocks and right again on Glen Park Road. Park in the east lot.

    Estimated cost: $0. Max trip size: 13.

    David B. & Julie R.

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  52. Fri - Mon
    Jul 18 - 21

    Camping, Paddling, Hiking, etc. BWCAW / Sawbill Lake / Superior National Forest

    A low-key camping experience on the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness! We expect to drive up Friday morning and leave Monday. Activities include day trips to nearby lakes and trails in the BWCAW with opportunity to paddle, hike, learn wilderness skills and etiquette, fish, or just spend time with a favorite book. We will be car camping near Sawbill Lake which is the perfect time to try out new gear or new wilderness recipes before putting them to the test in the back country.

    If you

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  53. Sun - Sun
    Jul 13 - 20

    Canoeing and Camping in Quetico Provincial Park

    6 days in remote Quetico Provincial Park, Canada (similar to the BWCAW but with 1/7th of the number of permits allowed). We will drive to Grand Marais, go to the Grand Marais Art Fair on Sunday afternoon, and stay at the Best Western. Monday morning we'll drive to the end of the Gunflint Trail, get a tow across Saganaga Lake and enter Quetico for 6 days of canoeing and camping with limited portages. Remote Area Border Crossing (CANPASS) needed before the trip. Each person responsible for own food and gear. This trip is for experienced campers/canoeists.

    Estimated cost: $600 plus food costs. Deposit: $135. Max trip size: 4.

    Pat R. & Jane D.

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  54. Sat
    Jul 12
    • Day trip

    Obstacle Course 5k Run (Warrior Dash)

    Come join this fun obstacle course involving mud, water, and fire. You can, of course, skip any obstacles you are uncomfortable doing. This is a great course with lots of fun obstacles. Sign up for the 9:00 a.m. wave and meet an hour before the race at Afton Alps 6600 Pellet Av S in Hastings, MN. Register on the Warrior Dash website.

    Estimated cost: $60 before April 15 registration. Deposit: $60 to Warrior Dash. Max trip size: unlimited.

    Cheryl B.

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  55. Sun
    Jul 6
    • Day trip

    Bike Ride — Lake Minnetonka

    Meet 10:00 a.m. at Minnetonka Community Center to bike 40 miles around Lake Minnetonka, mostly on bike trails. Pack a lunch to eat at Carver Park. At a pace of 10 mph we should finish around 3 pm.

    Estimated cost: $0. Max trip size: 13.

    David B. & Julie R.

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  56. Fri
    Jul 4
    • Day trip

    Bicycling, Fireworks, and Fun

    We will start our bike ride at 4:00p.m. from the Minnetonka Community Center and jump on the LRT trail. It is a five-mile bike ride to Excelsior via trail system. In Excelsior, we will be finding a great spot to sit and lay our blankets out for fireworks. Enjoy the Excelsior Commons where there is music, food, and great people watching. An air show starts at 8:00 p.m. The bike home will be after fireworks and a headlamp is needed. Every year fireflies dazzle us and it is a wonderful adventure. My kids age 9 and 12 will be with me.

    Estimated cost: $0. Max trip size: 15.

    Regina R.

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  57. Wed
    Jul 2
    • Day trip

    Sail Pepin

    The prices on Pepin went up, and I'm setting this up for one day over 4th July weekend, to see what the response is to the price and interest. No experience needed. Board 35' sloop at 9 a.m., sail, back in at 4, clean boat, stop at Liberty Cafe in Redwing on way back. If interested, tell me what day you are available on 4th July weekend! I will be going twice more over the summer.

    Estimated cost: $68. Max trip size: 6.

    Geoff S.

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  58. Tue - Thu
    Jul 1 - 10

    Hiking and Camping Southern Norway

    I spent a week camping and exploring Norway two years ago. I have to go back. There are campgrounds all over. The plan is to camp every night. I bring my camp stove and most of my food. I have my plane ticket and a rental car. This is my third international Rover trip. |photos|

    Estimated cost: $2,000. Max trip size: 4.

    Jim B.

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  59. Sun
    Jun 29
    • Day trip

    Hiking at Bunker Hills Regional Park

    Come join us for an afternoon hike at Bunker Hills Regional Park in Coon Rapids/Andover at 2:00 p.m.

    Meet at the Activities Center at 550 Bunker Lake Blvd NW (Co Rd 116) Parking is free at the center, otherwise an Anoka County Park Permit is needed. (Day $5/ Annual $25)

    We'll hike at a moderate pace for 2-3 hours through the various regions of the park and explore some of the unique features it has to offer. Afterward, we'll head to the patio at The Tavern Grill in Blaine for food and a beverage of your choice.

    For those who would like to carpool from Mpls area: the Target at the Quarry is an option.

    Estimated cost: gas + food. Max trip size: unlimited.

    Shelly G. & Scott M.

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  60. Sat
    Jun 28
    • Day trip

    Bicycling and Folk Music in Burnett County, WI

    Join me for a day of bicycling — I will plan routes based on the interest of the group. Beginners are encouraged to join us. The music festival is at the historic Fort Folle Avoines in Danbury, WI. You can check out the line-up and purchase your ticket on their website. Discounted tickets are available until June 1st.Feel free to bring a tent and stay for the weekend and we can plan a ride for Sunday morning as well. I'll provide breakfast. Danbury is only an 1 hr 15 min from the I35 split so you could just come for the day as well.

    Estimated cost: $20 for the Festival. Max trip size: 6-8.

    Maggie P.

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  61. Sat
    Jun 28
    • Day trip

    Insane Inflatables 5k

    We all know Rovers like to play outside! Come play with us on this giant playground — a 5k race riddled with giant inflatable obstacles! Watch the videos of this race and you can't resist!!! Insane Inflatables 5k - Saturday, June 28 in Rochester, MN Join our team "MN Rovers" for the 10am start time. Sign up before this start time fills (it is 95% full as of May 31)

    Estimated cost: $60.

    Sponsoring organization: Insane Inflatables 5K

    Debra G.

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  62. Thu
    Jun 26
    • Day trip

    Summer Dance Series at Rice Park

    Ordway’s Summer Dance Series is a weekly social dance event offering free dancing and live music in St. Paul’s Rice Park on Thursday nights during the summer.

    At 6:00 p.m., basic lessons are taught by professional dance instructors. After the lesson, you are invited to put those moves to practice during open dancing the rest of the evening with a live, local band starting at 7:15 p.m.

    Meet at the water fountain at 5:45 p.m. if you are interested in the dance lesson or just meet us for the dance at 7:15 p.m.

    June 26th is Swing with lessons by Arthur Murray and live music by Capri Big Band.

    Estimated cost: $0.

    Kim L. & Scott M.

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  63. Fri - Sun
    Jun 20 - 22

    Mountain Biking and Hiking in NW Wisconsin

    Another chance for you to enjoy a weekend of mountain biking through the Chequamegon National Forest Region of NW Wisconsin (Cable/Hayward). The Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association (CAMBA) off-road bike trail system consists of over 300 miles of marked and mapped routes through a near-wilderness area of striking beauty and peaceful solitude.

    The CAMBA system is quickly becoming the Singletrack Mecca of the Midwest, with more singletrack trail being constructed every year. Singletrack not your thing? This well-mapped trail system also includes many routes that use gravel forest roads, two-track trails, and ski trails.

    Saturday:
    Ride at your own pace on your choice of trails. We'll be participating in the Chequamegon 100 ride (registration is closed), so you must be comfortable riding on your own or with a buddy. The trails are well mapped and rated according to ability. |trail guide|

    Sunday:
    You can keep on riding, but we’ll probably go for a hike in order to give our butts a rest, stretch, and use different muscles!

    Accommodations: Camping or a bunk in a rustic cabin. No running water; to clean up after a long day of biking, we either pay for a shower at a hotel, swim in a lake, or use a portable outdoor shower.

    Food: Bring your own breakfast, lunch, and snacks. We'll head to a local eatery for dinner on Saturday.

    Estimated cost: $20 + food/gas. Deposit: $20. Max trip size: 12 people willing to carpool.

    Scott & Jodi S.

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  64. Wed
    Jun 18
    • Day trip

    Bicycling/Socializing in Victoria, MN

    Summer is here! Let's celebrate with a 23-mile r/t bike ride with a stop at Enki Brewing for dinner, live music, and a the chance to taste 5 different craft beers.

    Brewery details
    Those who aren’t interested in biking can meet us at the brewery at 5 pm. Victoria is a quaint town overlooking Stieger Lake. There will be live music outside on the patio. Outside food is allowed into the brewery, and a variety of food is available in town for delivery/takeout.

    Bike details
    Let's meet at 4pm at the historic Burwell House in Hopkins and park our cars and ride the Lake Minnetonka LRT Regional Trail 13 miles to Enki Brewing in Victoria. Plan for a 13 MPH pace, but we will not drop stragglers. We will leave Enki at 8:00 p.m. for a lovely sunset ride back; bicycle lights are highly recommended. For those who are only able to bike to the brewery, a relief car able to hold up to 3 bikes will shuttle you back from the brewery to the meeting spot in Hopkins. Reservations required for the shuttle back. The trail is in excellent condition, but we will be making a short detour around a closure.

    Estimated cost: $0 + food/beer.

    Tom J. & Kyra S.

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  65. Wed
    Jun 18
    • Day trip

    Hiking Nicollet and Boom Islands

    Meet at the stage in Father Hennepin Bluffs Park in Minneapolis (at the NE end of the Stone Arch Bridge, near NE Main and NE 6th Ave. — there should be free street parking up in the nearby neighborhood). We'll start hiking promptly at 7 p.m, walking along the Mississippi, onto Nicollet and Boom Islands, crossing the river at the Plymouth Ave. Bridge, and heading down the other side of the river back to the Stone Arch Bridge. We'll hike about an hour at a moderate pace. Optional: Bring money for an Izzy's Ice Cream stop!

    Estimated cost: $0.

    Stephanie S.

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  66. Sat
    Jun 14
    • Day trip

    National Get Outdoors Day at Powderhorn Park

    Let's join REI and play outside! There will be lots of activities including: canoeing, stand up paddleboarding, geocaching, fishing, birding, mountain biking, and more! I am seeking volunteers to oversee the marshmallow roasting station. The event is from noon to 4:00 p.m. Volunteer for the whole afternoon or however much time you have to spare. Let's share Rovers love for the outdoors with some city families! |Powderhorn Park|

    Estimated cost: $0.

    Sponsoring organization: REI

    Kim L.

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  67. Sun
    Jun 8
    • Day trip

    Paddle Rice Creek Chain of Lakes

    Come paddle the scenic and undeveloped upper section of the Rice Creek Chain of Lakes Regional Park Reserve, now the largest park in the Twin Cities metro area. Meet at 10:00 at the landing by the Lake Peltier dam. We'll paddle through several lakes and channels and should see lots of waterfowl and other birds. We'll turn around when we feel like it and paddle back to our cars. Easy lake paddling with wide channels between lakes; no current to worry about.

    Estimated cost: $0. Max trip size: N/A.

    Ron H.

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  68. Fri - Sat
    Jun 6 - 7

    Bicycling the Tour of Lakes

    Supported bicycling tour of the Tour of Lakes near Brainerd, MN. Drive up Friday after work and camp/motel near Baxter, MN. Meet at the Forestville Middle School at 12149 Knollwood Drive in Baxter, MN 56425 at 6:00 a.m. to start the ride. This is a beautiful hilly route in Northern MN. Register for the ride at Paul Bunyan Cyclists website. On Sunday we may camp/sleep at a cabin near by.

    Estimated cost: $30 plus motel/camping. Deposit: $30 to Paul Bunyan cyclists. Max trip size: 10.

    Cheryl B.

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  69. Fri - Sun
    Jun 6 - 8

    Sparta-Elroy Bike Trip and Camping

    We'll spend the weekend biking the beautiful Sparta-Elroy Trail. This is an old railway bed with a 3-degree grade, no hills. Long tunnels provide a 55-degree cooling off. We'll camp at the Village of Wilton, Wisconsin campground, which has great facilities, including a swimming pool. $7.00 per adult and $4.00 per child under 18 for tent camping. Electricity $3.00 extra. This campground is perfectly located between Sparta and Elroy. Lots of room in the campground; no reservations required. Since this is an overnight trip, Rover membership required.

    Estimated trip cost of $50 does not include gas and food. Everyone will be responsible for their own food. We'll try to coordinate car-pooling.

    Estimated cost: $50. Deposit: None. Max trip size: No Max.

    Dennis W.

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  70. Fri - Sun
    Jun 6 - 8

    Backpacking on the Superior Hiking Trail (SHT)

    Short Backpacking trip on the SHT. Please join my son and I for a quick Spring (yep, that term is being used loosely) trip to the SHT. We will be leaving the Twin Cities just after noon on Friday and returning by 6pm on Sunday. It may be short but we will have a fun! The route is TBD. Meals are on your own unless someone wants to that job which will keep costs down to just gas.

    Estimated cost: $20. Max trip size: 6.

    Kim K.

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  71. Wed
    Jun 4
    • Day trip

    Hiking at French Regional Park in Plymouth

    Meet at the Visitor's Center at Three Rivers District — French Park in Plymouth at 12605 Rockford Road at 7:00 pm. We'll hike for 1½ hours at a moderate pace. Bring water and rain gear,if needed. We'll go to Freeziac at 4105 Vinewood Lane N. Plymouth for frozen yogurt after the hike. We hope you can join us!

    Estimated cost: $0. Max trip size: 15.

    Lori L. & Don L.

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  72. Sun
    Jun 1
    • Day trip

    Breakfast and Hike at Afton State Park

    Meet at 9:00 a.m. for breakfast at the Sail Away Cafe in Afton. Arrive at Afton State Park at 10:15 a.m. to meet up with those who skipped breakfast at the visitor center. Start hiking at 10:30 — we'll go about 7 miles, but a shorter loop of about 3.5 miles is possible. Optional post-hike ice cream/socializing at Selma's Ice Cream Parlour in Afton. This activity is open to non-members. Friendly dogs are allowed. Supplies: Water, snack/lunch, hiking boots, $5 vehicle fee or annual pass if you're driving into the park, breakfast/ice cream money.

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

    Ron H.

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  73. Sat
    May 31
    • Day trip

    Garlic Mustard Pull

    Join Rovers from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for a Garlic Mustard Pull & Harvest event at Silverwood Park in St. Anthony, MN. Really, the harvesting part is optional but I've heard it makes a great pesto! Below is some information about the pull provided by Three Rivers:

    • Volunteers work in wooded areas with uneven terrain and will be hand pulling garlic mustard to remove all above and below ground plant parts.
    • Removal sites are off trail and/or may be in remote areas of the park. Therefore, volunteers must arrive on time or early at the designated meeting location. The group is then led to removal sites.
    • Volunteers must come prepared for the weather and bring something to drink (and snacks, if desired). Water and restroom facilities will necessitate a hike or drive.
    • Training, equipment, and spare gloves are provided at the start of each session, but it is recommended to bring your own preferred work gloves.
    • Dress to get dirty and wear comfortable, sturdy closed-toe shoes (no sandals) with long pants and a long-sleeved shirt.
    • Be aware that poison ivy, ticks, mosquitoes, hornets, etc. may be found in some areas of our parks. Use bug spray, learn to identify and avoid poison ivy and check after walking through vegetation.
    • The minimum age for participation is 8. Youth must be accompanied by an adult (1 adult/8 youth 8-14 years). A permission form is needed for participation by minors.

    After the pull, let's replenish those calories by socializing at one of the restaurants nearby like Culver's! I'm open to any of the other locations, but Cement mixers...just saying ;-)

    Please contact Brian to RSVP and let him know if you would be interested in carpooling.

    Estimated cost: $0. Deposit: $0. Max trip size: N/A.

    Sponsoring organization: Three Rivers Park District

    Brian B.

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  74. Sat - Mon
    May 31 - Jun 2

    Mountain Biking CAMBA Trails in NW Wisconsin

    Weekend of mountain biking for all levels through the Chequamegon National Forest Region of NW Wisconsin (Cable/Hayward). The Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association (CAMBA) off-road bike trail system consists of over 300 miles of marked and mapped routes through a near-wilderness area of striking beauty and peaceful solitude.

    The CAMBA system is quickly becoming the Singletrack Mecca of the Midwest, with more singletrack trail being constructed every year. Singletrack not your thing? This well-mapped trail system also includes many routes that use gravel forest roads, two-track trails, and ski trails.

    Saturday:
    Ride at your own pace on your choice of trails — or take part in the Mt. Borah Epic race. We'll be patrolling the race, so you must be comfortable riding on your own or with a buddy. The trails are well mapped and rated according to ability. |trail guide|

    Race: The Mt. Borah Epic is nothing short of its true definition, epic. 30 miles, point-to-point, and 100% of race profits donated to CAMBA, have led Mt. Borah to stage a race that pays tribute to the trails and offers a one-of-a-kind race experience found no where else but Northern Wisconsin.

    NEW: Women's Ride: The easy-paced 1.5 hour ride will include gravel roads, two-track, and single track trails, beginning and ending in downtown Cable. The guided ride is free and open to all ages and abilities. Riders are welcome to join in the post Epic gathering at the Rivers Eatery.

    Sunday:
    More riding, or possibly hiking if we feel we need to use different muscles.

    Accommodations: Camping or a bunk in a rustic cabin. No running water; to clean up after a long day of biking, we either pay for a shower at a hotel, swim in a lake, or use a portable outdoor shower.

    Food: Bring your own breakfast, lunch, and snacks. We'll head to a local eatery for dinner on Saturday.

    Estimated cost: $75–$125 + food/gas. Deposit: event entry. Max trip size: 12 people willing to carpool.

    Scott & Jodi S.

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  75. Sat
    May 31
    • Day trip

    Hangar Dance in Blaine

    As part of the Discover Aviation Days at the Anoka County Airport there will be a 1940's style hangar dance from 8:00 p.m. to midnight. Admission is $12. It features a 14-piece big band, a large dance floor and lots of seating. 1940's dress is encouraged but not required. I plan to be there early and mark a table (usually near the dance floor and the bar) with some balloons. See the link for directions and a map.

    Estimated cost: $12. Max trip size: Unlimited.

    Scott M.

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  76. Sat
    May 31
    • Day trip

    Diva Dash 5k Obstacle Course Run

    Do an obstacle course WITHOUT the mud! Females only. Register on the Diva Dash website under the MN Rovers team 10 am wave. This should be a fun run...some may even be wearing tutus! |DISCOUNT|

    Estimated cost: $55 paid to Diva Dash. Deposit: $55. Max trip size: unlimited.

    Sponsoring organization: Diva Dash

    Cheryl B. & Deb G.

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  77. Thu
    May 29
    • Day trip

    Hiking in St. Paul

    Hike historic Swede Hollow Park and Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary in St. Paul. Meet at 6:45 at the park entrance: 658 Greenbrier Street, just east of Metro State University. We'll hike south through the hollow, under the freeway and into Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary. Learn a bit of early St. Paul history, see spring-fed wetlands, early prairie flowers (hopefully) and the Wakan Tipi, a spirit cave once sacred to the Dakota people who lived here.

    Estimated cost: $0

    David R.

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  78. Thu - Sun
    May 29 - Jun 1

    Border Route Trail BWCA Wilderness Trail Clearing

    The wilderness sections of the Border Route Trail run above and along several lakes along the US/Canada border and provide spectacular overlooks to those lakes. Trail clearing consists of removing brush and downed trees and in the wilderness is done with hand tools: crosscut saws, loppers, and scythes.

    Most trips travel up after work on Thursday and return on Sunday. The day after arrival the crew will hike or paddle 2 or 4 miles to a campsite, set up a base camp and start clearing the trail. Trail clearing will continue the next day and the crew will paddle out and return home on the last day. The tax deductible trip fee of $60 includes carpool transportation and food, with the exception of meals on the drive up and back.

    All paddling equipment and tools will be provided. A suggested personal gear list will be provided and carpool arrangements developed once registrations start coming in. Registration consists of selecting your trip, answering some basic experience questions, and reading and signing the liability waiver. Fee payment can be made by using a credit card to the BRTA account on PayPal or by sending a check. Please go to the sign up on the Border Route Trail web site. Contact Tom Suter if you have questions.

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  79. Fri - Mon
    May 23 - 26

    Bicycling & Paddling in Trempealeau County, WI

    Camp, Bike, and Paddle in the Driftless Area of southwest Wisconsin (near Winona), where 382 miles of paved rolling backroads yearn to be ridden. Camp at Pietrek County Park on the Trempealeau River. Arcadia Boiler Dairy Days is a small town festival, 5 miles from our campground, which will provide optional entertainment opportunities throughout the weekend. Food will be on your own and pot luck for Sunday dinner.

    Saturday: Memorial Bike Tour. Four route options range from 10 to 60+ miles, with the long tour being a metric century with a mile high of cumulative climbing. Registration includes Gold ’n Plump Chicken!

    (Details/registration has not been posted yet for the ride)

    Sunday: Paddle the intimate, wild, woodland environment of the Trempealeau River or drive farther south and explore the Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge

    Monday: Bike another backroad loop on our own.

    |Last year's trip report|

    Estimated cost: $50. Deposit: $10. Max trip size: 12.

    Scott & Jodi S.

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  80. Wed
    May 21
    • Day trip

    Hiking at Wirth Park

    Dog-friendly hike. Come to beautiful Wirth Park, just west of downtown Minneapolis, where there's an extensive trail system. We'll hike trails around Wirth Lake and through the nearby woods in the southern half of the park. Meet at 7:00 p.m. in the Wirth Beach parking lot (located on Glenwood Av, just east of the intersection of Theodore Wirth Parkway and Glenwood). Bring water (and rain gear if needed). Dogs aren't required, but friendly dogs on leashes are welcome!

    Estimated cost: $0.

    Deb M.

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  81. Fri - Sun
    May 16 - 18

    Spring Extravaganza Forestville/Mystery Caves 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 Forestville/Mystery Caves State Park this year. 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. Find the details on how to get there, what to bring, cost options etc. in the info sheet/agenda. There are stipends to cover the cost of the weekend for certain volunteer opportunities.

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

    DEADLINE TO REQUEST REFUND: Tuesday, May 13 • 12:00 p.m.
    DEADLINE TO SIGN UP:
    Tuesday, May 13 • 8:00 p.m.

    Rosmarie D.& Kim L.

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  82. Fri - Sun
    May 16 - 18

    Mountain Bike Ride/Race in NW Wisconsin

    The Cable Area Off Road Classic consists of two courses, an 20-mile and a 25 mile point-to-point mountain bike ride/race in and around the Chequamegon National Forest, Sawyer and Bayfield County Forests including some of the famous nationally recognized CAMBA trails, the Best in the Midwest & the Cable Area of Northern Wisconsin.

    Leave Friday, late afternoon getting to Cable in time for bib pickup and carb loading at the spaghetti feed. Race starts at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, have a beer at the end, then relax the rest of the day. On Sunday we'll ride some of the other CAMBA trails before heading home.

    Accommodations: TBD; possibly Lakewoods Resort Friday night, camping or cabin on Saturday night.

    Food: Bring your own breakfast, lunch, and snacks. We'll head to a local eatery for dinner on Saturday.

    |Last year's trip report|

    Estimated cost: $35 + food/gas. Deposit: event entry. Max trip size: 12 people who are willing to carpool.

    Scott & Jodi S.

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  83. Wed
    May 14
    • Day trip

    Hiking at Wood Lake Nature Center in Richfield

    The hike starts at 7:00 p.m., so plan to be there by 6:50 or so. We will meet outside the Interpretive center and we will hike for about 70-90 minutes. After the hike we can socialize at a nearby DQ. All are welcome as you do not need to be a member for day activities. Bring water, bug protection, and rain gear. We hike rain or shine. Directions to the Interpretive Center available from the park website. Address is 6710 Lakeshore Drive, Richfield, Mn 55423

    Reminder – dogs are not allowed in the nature center.

    Estimated cost: $0.

    Jim M.

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  84. Sat
    May 10
    • Day trip

    Hiking at Fort Snelling St Park

    Steep yourself in the history of the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers, look for birds along the way, and enjoy a spring outing on this hike in Ft. Snelling State Park. Meet at the Visitor Center at 10:00 am for a hike around Pike Island and many other walking options. Bring a lunch to finish off our walk in the woods. Dogs on leashes are welcome. Rovers membership is not required for this trip, so bring a friend! Local flooding will cancel. Check the park website for current conditions.

    Estimated cost: $5 entry fee or annual permit.

    Audrey S.

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  85. Sat
    May 10
    • Day trip

    Gravel Grinder Bike Ride

    Meet at Twin Lakes Park in Nowthen (just east of Elk River) at 8:30 a.m. (ride starts at 9:00 a.m.). The ride is 32 miles, 22 of which are gravel. They will have cold beer and grilled brats at the finish line. There's no fee for the ride, but you'll have to pay for the beer/brats.

    Sponsoring organization: Trailhead Cycling

    Estimated cost: $10? Max trip size: N/A

    Scott & Jodi S.

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  86. Fri - Sun
    May 9 - 11

    Bicycling and Camping at Nugget Lake

    Nugget Lake County Park is a gem on the rim of Wisconsin's driftless area, just over an hour's drive away. We'll camp here and bike loops of up to 60 miles on quiet back roads through bluff and coulee country to historic waysides, UFO sites, Lake Pepin, and challenging hills! Wide tires needed to take the (optional) shortcut on a Rustic Road with 4 water crossings. We have reserved campsite #18 and camper cabin #16 close to the shower building. We'll provide meals. $5/day vehicle permit. | 2012 trip report |

    Estimated cost: $40. Deposit: $10. Max trip size: 13.

    David B. & Julie R.

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  87. Wed
    May 7
    • Day trip

    Hiking at Hyland Lake Park Reserve in Bloomington

    Meet at the Visitors Center at Hyland Lake Park Reserve. The hike starts at 7:00p.m., so plan to be there by 6:50 or so. We will hike for approximately 90 minutes/4 miles. Additional socializing and general merriment afterward at the Dairy Queen at 7700 Normandale Boulevard. All are welcome as you do not need to be a member for day activities. Bring water, snack, bug spray, and rain gear. We hike regardless of the weather. Directions to the Visitor Center available from the park web site.

    Estimated cost: $0. Max trip size: 15 or so.

    Stacey G.

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  88. Tue - Sun
    May 6 - 11

    Reconnaissance Hike & Deadfall Sweep — BRT Pigeon River Section

    We invite you to join us on the Pigeon River Section of the BRT for the start of the spring mechanized trail clearing season. We're looking to put together a two to six person crew to drive up on Tuesday afternoon, camp at the McFarland Lake campground and do a recon hike & deadfall sweep from the east BWCAW boundary at Little John Lake through to the BRT eastern trailhead at the Otter Lake Rd. Swamp River bridge. Due to the rugged nature of the BRT and the distances between access points you need to be in good to excellent physical condition.

    The trip cost will be based on the number of meals that we provide plus car-pool expenses. Meal costs normally average $10 to $12 per day including all meals except for dinner on the drive up and dinner on the drive home.

    A larger weekend crew, which will be arriving late Thursday night and and returning on Sunday evening, will concentrate on clearing the brushy areas identified by the recon crew.

    More details will be provided in mid-March after the Heston's X/C ski trip. If you're interested, RSVP via the Friends of the Border Route Trail Meetup Group site now and you can firm up in late March. Please feel free to get in touch with me via e-mail if you have any questions before then.

    Estimated cost: $65. Deposit: $50. Max trip size: 6.

    Sponsoring organization: Border Route Trail Association | Meetup

    Ed S.

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  89. Tue
    May 6
    • Day trip

    Bike to REI Intro Show

    Meet at Midtown Bike Center (on Greenway) at 5:15 p.m., or pre-arranged points along the route. Ride on trails and low-traffic streets to Bloomington REI for the Rover Intro Show at 7:00 p.m. Potential time for food break and/or shopping before the show. Approx. 14 mi. one way. Return to bike center by 9:30 p.m., or split off to your home. Helmets, head, and tail lights required. Rover membership not required — just sign the waiver at the start.

    Estimated cost: $0. Max trip size: 6.

    Kaia K.

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  90. Thu
    May 1
    • Day trip

    East Coast Swing Dance Lesson

    The Social Dance Studio has East Coast Swing basics lessons on the first Thursday of every month. Great for beginners or those of us who need a little practice. No partner needed, you keep switching partners. They teach East Coast Swing from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. and Lindy Hop from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. You can just stay for the swing portion only (as I normally do as Lindy Hop is way beyond me). This would be good practice for the upcoming Blaine Hangar Dance on May 31. Save the date. More on this later.

    Estimated cost: $9.

    Sponsoring organization: TC Swing

    Scott M.

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  91. Fri - Sun
    Apr 25 - 27

    Midwest Mountaineering Outdoor Adventure Expo

    With over 120 free presentations on outdoor activities and adventures, and over 100 exhibitors you are sure to find something to get you excited about your next outdoor adventure. The semiannual Outdoor Adventure Expo can help you find your true passion for the outdoors, new sports, places to go, and people to do them with. |directions|

    NON-MEMBERS — want to play outside? Visit the Minnesota Rovers booth in the Exhibitor's Hall to see photos of Rovers in action and meet Rovers who will introduce you to the many benefits of our club.

    Check the Special Events page for more information and directions.

    MEMBERS — We need you! Love Rovers and want to tell the world about our awesome club? Sign up for a 2-hour time slot to staff our booth and tell visitors about the new friends you've made, the fun trips you've participated in, and all the other benefits of our club.

    We also need volunteers to help with the canoe/kayak auction (details TBA).

    You're going to be there anyway, right?

    Please contact Kim L. to sign up.Last year's trip report

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  92. Sat
    Apr 19
    • Day trip

    Trail Clearing 101: How to Cut Brush Better than W

    Whether you really care if you can outdo W at cutting brush or not, we strongly urge you to attend our brushcutter training course so you'll be ready to hit the Border Route in May ready to get down and get dirty. We want to train as many people as possible ahead of time in order to be more efficient when we

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  93. Sat
    Apr 12
    • Day trip

    Henry Park Cleanup

    Please join me in yet another conservation opportunity! This one has become a yearly event! Meet at 8:30 a.m and park on Skyway Drive, which you get to from Highwood Ave. There are two gated drives into the park, they have told me to use the first one. They also recommended that people all park on the same side of the road as it is a narrow dirt road. Perhaps we can arrange some carpools.

    Please note that this effort will be focused on Buckthorn removal, so please make sure you are prepared with:

    • Leather or heavy duty gloves
    • Safety glasses (if you don't already wear glasses)
    • Long sleeves and pants (that you don't mind getting dirty)

    They will have some gloves and glasses on hand, but using your own stuff is always more pleasant!

    The people arranging this effort will have water and snacks like apples, granola bars and cookies. Also, the St. Paul Parks typically provide coffee and doughnuts, so there will be plenty of sugar to keep the energy flowing! Please let me know if you plan on attending and if you are interested in carpooling.

    Estimated cost: $0. Deposit: $0. Max trip size: N/A.

    Sponsoring organization: St. Paul Parks

    Brian B.

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  94. Tue
    Apr 8
    • Day trip

    Second Tuesday Social

    The goal of this event is to encourage ALL Rovers, young and seasoned, new and not so new, to join each other for the program and socializing at the bar.

    Although we meet and socialize EVERY TUESDAY — this is an evening where you can count on more people going to the meeting and/or bar to share and plan their adventures and mingle with other Rovers.

    This ongoing event takes place the second Tuesday of every month during the regular meeting and bar time. Check themeetings pagefor location and directions. Feel free to attend just the meeting, the bar, or both.

    Melissa H.

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  95. Sat
    Apr 5
    • Day trip

    Urban Hike at Cedar Lake

    Experience urban prairies, skyline views, lakeshores, and forests on this paved trail around Cedar Lake in west Minneapolis. The hike is just under 5 miles. Park at the JCC at 4330 Cedar Lake Rd S in St. Louis Park and meet at the pedestrian bridge over the Cedar Lake bike path. We

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  96. Sat
    Apr 5
    • Day trip

    Caving in SE Minnesota

    Potential opportunity for six adventurous Rovers to join me and several others on a trip to a wild cave. Potential because of the possibility of Spring melt making getting to the cave too difficult. However the cave is not prone to flooding. May not get the "green light" until a day or two before the trip or may need to re-schedule on short notice. That's just part of the "nature" of the game!

    Considered "wild" because unlike a "commercial cave" there are none of the typical improvements (i.e. lighting, trails, handrails, elevators, lounges or gift shops). There is one atypical improvement — entry to the cave is via an 68 foot ladder bolted to a vertical, steel culvert 30 inches in diameter. This cave has miles of explored passage but because of the slow pace of traveling over muddy, slippery, breakdown slabs we will likely only see the more easily accessible parts.

    No experience required and not an extremely difficult trip; however, this will be more challenging than a hike in the park. Participants should be comfortable traveling in the dark (yes we carry lights but even so visibility will be limited), and be able to stoop-walk and/or crawl for short distances. This cave does not require wetsuits or vertical gear, will not include bat encounters, and has few speleothems (i.e. stalactites, stalagmites, flowstone, etc.). However, it is an opportunity to see one of the grandest caves in the state which has no commercial access.

    Participants need sturdy footwear, a helmet with chin strap and headlight (the Minnesota Speleological Survey [MSS] has a limited supply of helmets with lights available for a nominal rental fee - $5.00 - but you will need to let me know in advance to bring them and you need to supply your own batteries), at least two additional sources of light, a small side-pack or back-pack to carry water, snacks, the additional lights and batteries; coveralls or clothing that is expendable, work gloves, and a change of clothes for drive home.

    Estimated cost: $10 - $20. Deposit: none. Max trip size: 6.

    Steve P.

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  97. Thu
    Apr 3
    • Day trip

    East Coast Swing Dance

    The Social Dance Studio has East Coast Swing basics lessons on the first Thursday of every month. Good for beginners or those of us who need a little practice. No partner needed, you keep switching partners. They teach East Coast Swing from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Lindy Hop from 8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. You can just stay for the swing portion only (as I normally do). This would be good practice for the upcoming Blaine Hangar Dance on May 31. Save the date.

    Estimated cost: $9.

    Sponsoring organization: TC Swing

    Scott M.

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  98. Sun
    Mar 30
    • Day trip

    Maple Tapping, Harriet Alexander Nature Center

    Learn to Make Maple Syrup; 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 2520 North Dale St. Roseville. Get a hands-on experience tapping trees the traditional way, hear Native American stories, and taste maple treats. No charge, family-friendly outing. The Nature Center provides protection for birds, animal and plant life. Enjoy walking along trails meandering through 52 acres of marsh, prairie and forest habitats.

    Estimated cost: $0. Max trip size: Unlimited.

    Sponsoring organization: Harriet Alexander Nature Center

    Lori C.

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  99. Tue
    Mar 11
    • Day trip

    Second Tuesday Social

    The goal of this event is to encourage ALL Rovers, young and seasoned, new and not so new, to join each other for the program and socializing at the bar.

    Although we meet and socialize EVERY TUESDAY — this is an evening where you can count on more people going to the meeting and/or bar to share and plan their adventures and mingle with other Rovers.

    This ongoing event takes place the second Tuesday of every month during the regular meeting and bar time. Check themeetings pagefor location and directions. Feel free to attend just the meeting, the bar, or both.

    Melissa H.

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  100. Sun
    Mar 9
    • Day trip

    Snowshoe / Identify Oriental Bittersweet at Elm Creek Park

    We have been given an opportunity to join Three Rivers Park District volunteers as they try to get a last-minute group of people to snowshoe out into the Elm Creek park and help identify the Oriental Bittersweet.

    I will be there and hopefully other Rovers will make it as well. Here are the details as I know them today:

    • The group will be meeting at Eastman Nature Center in Elm Creek Park on Sunday at 12:00 p.m. and will look at wrapping up around 3:30 p.m.
    • We will need to bring our own snowshoes and/or binoculars (there is a limited number of snowshoes available at the center). I have spoken with Rob about getting some snowshoes from the cage if need be, I would just need to know how many of what kind to get from him.

    Please let me know ASAP if you are able to show up and if so what size of snowshoe needed, if at all. And I will plan on having Beer Koozies with the Rovers logo on them and a soft drink to put in the Koozie.

    Estimated cost: $0. Max trip size: N/A.

    Sponsoring organization: Three Rivers Park District

    Brian B.

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  101. Sat
    Mar 8
    • Day trip

    Cross-Country Ski Lighted Trails at Lake Elmo Park

    Before Sunday's heat wave, let's ski on Saturday night on the lighted trails at Lake Elmo Park Reserve. Meet at 6 p.m. at the warming house, a.k.a. the Nordic Center.

    Cost: $5/day vehicle pass, or $25/year annual vehicle pass. A MN Ski Pass is also required and can be purchased at the park entrance gate ($6 daily or $20 season).

    Optional post-ski social at The Beirstube in Oakdale.

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

    Ron H.

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  102. Sat
    Mar 8
    • Day trip

    Downhill Ski, Snow Board, Telemark

    Annual Grill and Thrill at Afton Alps. Downhill Ski, Snowboard or 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 as well as a 2 burner Coleman stove. Meet at the parking lot in front of the Meadows Chalet (far end, lower lot) at 9:00 a.m. sharp. 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 (just show up).

    Tom M.

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  103. Fri - Sun
    Feb 28 - Mar 2

    Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing at Deep Portage Environmental Learning Center

    Join us at Deep Portage Environmental Learning Center in Hackensack (north of Brainerd) for a pleasant, carefree weekend of winter fun! Activities include skiing (11 miles of traditional cross-country ski trails), 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, and games in the evening. Ski equipment or snowshoes available for $10 for the weekend. Other nearby ski trails include Hiram Ski Trail and Goose Lake Trail (in Chippewa National Forest).

    Spacious dorm-style rooms (with bunks) have their own bathroom with shower and sink area. (Four or so people in each room.) $120 for weekend includes Friday and Saturday night

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  104. Thu - Sun
    Feb 27 - Mar 2

    BRT Cross-Country Skiing & Backcountry Snowshoeing at Heston's Lodge on Gunflint Lake

    We welcome you to join us on the annual Border Route Trail Association early March trip to Heston's Lodge on Gunflint Lake for three days of excellent X/C Skiing and Backcountry Snowshoeing.

    You'll enjoy excellent trails, some of the most spectacular scenery in the Midwest, great food, camaraderie that can't be beat, plus the best sauna on the lake. We have Diamond Willow, and Spruce cabins reserved. They will accommodate one couple, five single women, and five single men.

    Transportation will be via car-pool. Leave Thursday after work or earlier if desired, return Sunday evening.

    You need to be in reasonably good physical condition to join this trip. Please note that Heston's does not allow pets. X/C Skis and snowshoes are available for rent at Gunflint Lodge just down the road from Heston's.

    More information and registration: at
    Friends of the Border Route Trail Meetup Group.

    Estimated cost: $185. Deposit: $100. Max trip size: 12.

    Sponsoring organization: Border Route Trail Association

    Ed S.

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  105. Sun
    Feb 23
    • Day trip

    Cross-Country Ski at Fort Snelling

    Cross-country ski on the flat, groomed trail on Pike Island at Fort Snelling. Meet at 1 p.m. at the trailhead at the end of the parking lot. The Pike Island trail is just over 5K in length, is very flat, is good for novices — it's a good place to work on your striding. Daily park vehicle fee is $5 unless you have an annual park sticker. A MN State Ski Pass is also required — a $6 day pass is available at the park office. This trip is open to non-members.

    Estimated cost: $0-$11. Deposit: $0. Max trip size: None.

    Ron H.

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  106. Thu - Mon
    Feb 20 - 24

    Skiing and snowshoeing in the Porkies

    Ski and snowshoe at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, five hours from the Twin Cities. We'll stay at the 1945 stone-and-log park lodge on Lake Superior and ski on 87 miles of trails. On Saturday, we'll go on a naturalist-guided snowshoe trek that starts with a chair lift ride up the ski hill (42 downhill runs) and ski on a one-mile lantern-lit loop in the evening. Dinners and breakfasts are provided; bring your own lunches. Bedding is provided. A Michigan state-park vehicle pass is required, $8.40 daily and $30.50 annual. |more|

    Estimated cost: $120, not including gas. Deposit: $60. Max trip size: 12.

    Beth G.

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  107. Tue - Sun
    Feb 18 - 23

    Ski/Snowboard in Park City, Utah

    Fly into Salt Lake City. Two days of travel and skiing four days. Lodging will be close to Park City, Utah (see property info). Ski resort options within the area are: The Canyons, Park City, Snowbasin, Alta and Deer Valley. Cost of trip will be around $1,000. If anything it will be less than this depending on how people chose to travel out there and if they have their own gear.

    Estimated cost: $1,000. Deposit: $200. Max trip size: 8.

    Amy C.

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  108. Fri - Mon
    Feb 14 - 17

    Ski and Snowshoe Itasca State Park

    There are two winter trips I won't miss and this is one of them! Ski in/ski out and snowshoe on groomed trails both classic and skate ski from the historic and cozy Itasca State Park Hostel.

    Hike to the headwaters of the Mississippi nearby, take a night walk on beautiful Lake Itasca, enjoy a good book in a comfy chair by the fireplace in the evening or join in games in the large dining room. One of the best value Rover winter trips — 3 nights lodging and 7 meals (Saturday – Monday breakfast)!

    This popular trip is full every year, so sign up quickly. Last year we were blessed with 14" of new snow prior to our arrival! You won't want to miss this one!

    Estimated cost: $100. Deposit: $70 ($35 non-refundable). Max trip size: 31.

    Holly B. &Terri V.

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  109. Wed - Mon
    Feb 12 - 17

    Winter Camping by Dogsled

    National Geographic calls this a trip of a lifetime! Travel the Boundary Waters Canoe Area by dogsled, camp by firelight, and enjoy one of the most popular areas in Minnesota free of crowds, bugs, and bears. This trip is arranged through Wintergreen Dogsled Lodge in Ely, MN.

    We’ll spend Wednesday night at the Wintergreen Lodge on White Iron Lake, then set off for a guided adventure in the BWCAW with Wintergreen guides, freighter sleds and dogs. We’ll spend three nights on trail, then return either to the Wintergreen Lodge or another Ely area lodge on Sunday afternoon. An optional outing to the International Wolf Center can also be arranged after breakfast on Monday.

    All personal and group gear is included: skis, snowshoes, polar sleeping bags and bivy sacs, tents, meals, even water bottles, bowls and silverware! All you need to bring is your winter clothing and boots. Even boots and winter outerwear can be rented in Ely.

    All meals and snacks are included. Wintergreen Lodge boasts 5-star French chef Bernard Hermann for lodge meals, and trail meals are prepared by wonderful Wintergreen guides. With advance notice, special diets are easily accommodated.

    Cost is $1,175 per person. Tips for guides and gas costs to travel to Ely additional. Non-refundable deposit is $100, due October 1st (made out to Wintergreen Dogsledding Lodge). Balance is due by December 12th. Please include registration form with deposit. I will collect payments and registration materials and forward to Wintergreen. Rovers membership is required to register for this trip. Please e-mail Audrey for more information or to register.

    Estimated cost: $1,175. Deposit: $100. Max trip size: 8 (minimum 4).

    Other comments:

    Sponsoring organization: Wintergreen Dogsledding Lodge

    Audrey S.

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  110. Tue
    Feb 11
    • Day trip

    Second Tuesday Social

    The goal of this event is to encourage ALL Rovers, young and seasoned, new and not so new, to join each other for the program and socializing at the bar.

    Although we meet and socialize EVERY TUESDAY — this is an evening where you can count on more people going to the meeting and/or bar to share and plan their adventures and mingle with other Rovers.

    This ongoing event takes place the second Tuesday of every month during the regular meeting and bar time. Check themeetings pagefor location and directions. Feel free to attend just the meeting, the bar, or both.

    Melissa H.

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  111. Tue
    Feb 11
    • Day trip

    2014 Annual Meeting

    Please join us for the Minnesota Rovers annual meeting. We need a 10% quorum to vote in the new board.

    It will be followed by a riveting presentation by Martin Kubik on the Pukaskwa Coastal Trail in Ontario. PLUS it's the second Tuesday of the month … even more friends to socialize with after the meeting.

    Sue W.

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  112. Fri - Sun
    Feb 7 - 9

    Winter Getaway at Itasca State Park!

    Experience Itasca State Park in the winter! There are 28 miles of cross-country ski trails (ranging from easy to difficult), and snowshoeing is allowed anywhere in the park. We will stay at a housekeeping cabin that the Itasca Biological Station (Univ. of MN) uses in warmer months. Cabin 13 (which holds 8) is modern with a full kitchen and bathroom, dishes, cookware, microwave, refrigerator and coffeemaker. We need to bring linens and pillowcases. I have never stayed here, so this is sort of an exploratory trip.

    Breakfasts and lunches (and, possibly, Friday dinner) will most likely be

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  113. Thu - Sun
    Feb 6 - 9

    Cross-Country Skiing, Downhill Skiing, and Snowshoeing at Giant's Ridge

    60k of scenic, well-groomed cross-country ski trails weave through the Superior National Forest at Giants Ridge. There is also great downhill skiing and snowshoeing. We will be staying 3 nights at the ski in / ski out Lodge, where we will book 2–3 rooms, each with 2 bedrooms and a kitchenette. The lodge also has a restaurant, bar, pool, and hot tub!

    This is our fourth year doing this trip — the trails and camaraderie are just awesome!

    A few highlights:

    • 60k of some of the BEST cross-country ski and snowshoe trails in the state, woven through a national forest — suitable for every level of skier
    • 32 downhill ski runs, 7 lifts, 202 acres, 500 ft. vertical
    • One of the XC trails is aptly named the “Toilet Bowl” – you’ll know it when you ski it!
    • Photos from 2012: http://on.fb.me/I212qP (warning: contains graphic content, including powder, snow, flakes, and fun)

    Estimated cost: $210 + possible dinner out, ski passes, and transportation. Deposit: $170. Max trip size: 12–18.

    Jodi & Scott S. Trip report

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  114. Sat
    Feb 1
    • Day trip

    Identifying the Invasive Oriental Bittersweet (a Conservation Trip)

    Join Three River Park District's battle against the invasive vine Oriental bittersweet by participating in an "Invasive Blitz" at Elm Creek Park Reserve! Meet at the Eastman Nature Center at 9:15/9:20 a.m. We will be hiking off-trail on uneven terrain in areas usually off-limits to the public. We'll be looking for the brightly-colored red berries of the vine (so it can be removed later in the year) from 9:30 a.m.

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  115. Fri - Sun
    Jan 31 - Feb 2

    Cross Country Skiing/Snowshoeing in Bayfield, WI

    Join us for 2 or 3 days of cross country skiing and/or snowshoeing, watch the start of a dog sled race, and if Lake Superior is frozen we will go to the ice caves and drive out to Madeline Island. We are in an old bed and breakfast (which has a 4-person sauna) that Seagull Bay Motel bought. It overlooks Lake Superior and you can snowshoe from the motel. There are also five motel rooms that we will be occupying. We have the option of staying an extra night (Sunday, Feb. 2 for the Super Bowl). It's a fun trip that fills up fast!

    Costs include lodging + 3 meals (lunch and supper on Friday and a meal on the way home). Carpooling is encouraged — each car takes ides the cost. Deposit is not refundable after January 14, 2014

    Estimated cost: $65 / $90 (if you stay through Monday). Deposit: $50. Max trip size: 24

    Frank T.

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  116. Wed
    Jan 29
    • Day trip

    Skiing on Lighted Trails

    Join us each Wednesday at 7:45p.m. at French Regional Park in Plymouth to ski the lighted trails. They have both skate and classic trails — we usually skate ski, but may classic every now and then for something different.

    E-mail before 5:45 p.m. if you plan on coming so we know to look for you! We'rethere for ski training through Gear West so you'll find us among a large group of people wrapping things up after class ends at 7:30 p.m.

    Estimated cost: $4 daily or $50 annual ski pass

    Jodi & Scott S.

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  117. Fri - Mon
    Jan 17 - 20

    XC Skiing, Snowshoeing in Northern MN — AKA: NFL on MLK

    Spend Martin Luther King weekend — 3 nights, 3+days at the National Forest Lodge within the Superior National Forest, approximately 4 hours from the Twin Cities.

    Includes all meals & clean-up-Friday supper thru Monday lunch. 30k groomed Classic XC ski trails, snowshoeing on & off trail, sledding, possibly kite-boarding, sauna, hot tub, and for those dare — the polar plunge.

    Accommodations: Modern Home($315.50 per person) sleeps 10 (has plumbing), Rustic Cabins (238.55pp) sleep 2-8 (BYO bed sheets) depending on the unit, and new this year the HIDEAWAY ($356.54pp) sleeps 6-8, has indoor plumbing, and requires skiing across the lake to access. We hold 10 spots for FIRST YEAR ROVERS. Otherwise it's 1st to pay is 1st to choose housing. Click the link to help you decide.

    Rovers have been frequenting the NFL for decades and this NFL on MLK has filled rather quickly the last two years.

    Estimated cost: $250 - $350. Deposit: $100. Max trip size: 73.

    Rob C. & Lori C.

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  118. Tue
    Jan 14
    • Day trip

    Winter Trails Day

    Help others experience the joy of winter by volunteering at the 17th Annual Winter Trails Day at Fort Snelling! Minnesota Rovers will once again assist REI and Fort Snelling staff with free activities that showcase how much fun winter can be! We will be helping visitors with snowshoes. REI said they couldn't do this without our help. Other activities will include geocaching, naturalist-led hikes, cold weather camping information, and skijoring & dogsledding information.

    There is a building there with a fire pit and hot drinks if you need to warm up. The event will run from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., but you may volunteer for just part of that time. REI requested that we have people available from 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. If you can help, please contact Jim for more details.

    Estimated cost: $0. Max trip size: Unlimited but 5-10 people is what REI requested..

    Sponsoring organization: REI

    Jim M.Trip report

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  119. Sat
    Jan 11
    • Day trip

    Iceman Obstacle Course Run

    Register on the icemanrun.com website and join us for a 5k winter 5k obstacle course that should be a ton of fun! Run is located at the Daytona Golf Club in Dayton, MN. Sign up for the MN Rovers team running at 10am!

    Estimated cost: $50 before 10/31. Max trip size: unlimited.

    Sponsoring organization: The Iceman

    Cheryl B.

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  120. Fri - Mon
    Jan 10 - 13

    Winter Camping — Tuscarora Loop

    We will meet very early in the morning at Gander Mountain in Forest Lake on Friday to gather our gear together in one car. We will then drive to the trailhead at the Missing Link Lake entry point #51. We will then pull our gear into Round Lake and camp on Missing Link Lake on the first night. The next day we proceed to Tuscarora Lake and camp on Crooked Lake. The third day, we proceed to Brant Lake past Gillis, Bat, Green Lake, and Flying Lake. Lastly we go past Edith Lake to West Round Lake and then back to Round Lake for a nice loop. You should have previous winter camping experience before attempting this trip. I will be pulling my gear on a sled, but you could backpack it if you want a challenge.

    Estimated cost: $60. Max trip size: 4.

    Pat E.

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  121. Fri
    Jan 10
    • Day trip

    Cross-Country Skiing by Moonlight

    We'll be skiing the outside loop at Elm Creek that is not lighted. The moon should be bright enough to ski by but having a headlight would be wise. Meet at the chalet and plan to start skiing at 7:00 p.m. Just show up no need to let me know you are coming (but I really will start at 7).

    Estimated cost: $5/day pass (unless you already have the annual ski pass for Three Rivers Park District)

    Tom H.

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  122. Sat
    Jan 4
    • Day trip

    Cross-Country Skiing at Hyland

    Join us on the first Saturday of 2014 to cross-country ski at Hyland Lake Park Reserve in Bloomington (near 494 and Highway 100)! We'll meet at Hyland Park's Visitor's Center at 12:30 so that we can be ready to be skiing at 1:00. We'll plan to ski till about 4:00 (although you can stop earlier or later, if you want). The park's website has a winter map which shows trails ranging from "least difficult" to "extremely difficult." You can also access directions from that page. Possibility of hot chocolate at the Visitor's Center. (If you prefer to snowshoe, there are 3.5 miles of trails for that.) Non-members are welcome on this day trip!

    Estimated cost: Ski pass ($5 for day or $50 for season). Max trip size: 15ish.

    Stacey G. & Jim M.

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