Posts Tagged With: mishawaka

#OptOutside with the SBAC!

It’s been a while since I led an event. I’ve been doing my own thing as of late, hoping that others would take the opportunity to lead events but I just couldn’t let this opportunity go by, to get people to… #OptOutside on this extended holiday weekend!

Today it was a 3.5 mile hike at Ferrettie Baugo Creek County Park, tomorrow I will host a running event followed by a 2.5 mile walk. Both events will be around the Mishawaka River Walk.

We had seven people show up for this event, two who were attending a South Bend Adventure Club trip for the very first time! Unknown to me, Joe Dits, who writes about Outdoor Adventures for the South Bend Tribune, joined us for this adventure! It was a pretty decent late November day in Northern Indiana, it was an overcast day, temperatures in the 40’s, the sun peaked out from time to time to check in on us and to make sure we had some warmth on our faces.

We started in the parking area, hiked towards “Baugo Station”. Before arriving at Baugo Station,  we visited the Saint Joseph County Parks Department official Geocache. From Baugo Station, we headed south along the creek. We crossed the old bridge (pictured below) and continued south along the trail that closely followed the creek. We took some pit stops by some of the areas where the creek got it’s name “Baubaugo”… or “Devil Water”. Despite the fast moving water, the usual areas where the trails get flooded were in pretty good shape. Despite the recent rains, it wasn’t muddy at all. Since I last blogged about the park, it appears they have placed gravel under the Railroad bridge and Washington St and this has kept the area, on the most part, from having standing water or slick mud. (Thank you!).  In early 2016, I agreed to Adopt the trails in this park and to do maintenance where I could. At the end of the hike we got to talking to one of the park employees, it turned out, it was Shelly, who I report my time spent volunteering at the park. It was nice meeting you (Again) Shelly!

After the hike, most of us headed to Bravo Cafe (Lincoln Way, Osceola, Indiana) for some post hike nourishment. Excellent food! We took the time to get to know one another better and to discuss some of the adventures we went on. I’d call this group “Cohesive”, we got along and I think everyone had a great time.

In this day and age, technology is a big part of life and I just can’t help but use technology to track my steps and to give people a perspective of where we have hiked. The Featured image on the blog today was the tracks from my Garmin Forerunner watch exported to Google Earth.  In fact, I had both my old Garmin Forerunner (for GPS) AND also used my Fitbit Charge HR to get steps and heart rate. I’m a gadget geek! I can’t afford all the new technologies that are available but I love tracking everything I do!

I hope you enjoy the few pictures I took. Hopefully you will join us on our next adventure!


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Hiking and Beach Combing at Indiana Dunes State Park

In the week or so before this event, the forecast predicted warmer weather! Since nothing was planned, I hope to see if there was interest in a different type of adventure. As part of my job I work with Engineers, Surveyors and people with backgrounds in Geology. Listening to them talk about the features of our area is really interesting. One talked about finding fossils and different types of rocks and it really peaked my interest. I started researching for more information and felt this might be a change of pace for the club. For the sake of the length of the blog, I will post one resource I found on the web:  but there is plenty of other internet resources if you are interested in Rock, Fossils and the geology of Northern Indiana.

The weather ended up getting cold again and we ended up with 3 inches of local snow and Indiana Dunes State Park only received an inch of heavy snow. It didn’t dampen our spirits but it would prevent us from meeting one of our goals today to find some Beach Glass, Rocks and possibly fossils.

7 adventurers hiked from the Nature Center to Trail 7, over to Trail 8 but then when we found ourselves on Trail 4, the wrong trail! we headed back up the stairs back to Trail 8 before finally hitting the beach on Lake Michigan! It turns out, two of our newest members, Lisa and her husband Scott are also avid beach dwellers and also search for beach glass (and other rocks). It was nice to see that putting out an event to see if it would appeal to Adventure Club members, actually brought out two new members! Unfortunately, with the snow cover, there were few areas on the beach to “comb”, we should have brought snow shovels! All was not lost,  I ended up finding some Lightning Rocks and surprisingly two rocks that stuck to a magnet.

After the hike we headed to Third Coast Spice Cafe and met another new South Bend Adventure Club member, Tricia, It was great meeting new people and I hope this breaks the ice (but not the ice covering Lake Michigan while we walk on it) and they will join us for future events!


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