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12/01/13

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The Bus
The Hike
Clothing, Shoes, and Water
On the Trail
The Meal
Activities
Christmas Dinner
Membership
Officers


The Bus

There are two ways in which to get to the hiking areas: by personal vehicle or by bus. Everyone is encouraged to take the bus. The convenience of leaving the driving to someone else and allowing time to talk and make friends while riding on the bus make it well worth while. NOTE:  The bus drives directly from the hike to the restaurant so if you do not want to eat you need to drive yourself. The fare is usually $6.00 unless the trip to the hiking area is extraordinarily long.  Then it might be $7.00 or $8.00. (This can also go up higher if the place we hike requires an entrance fee.  For instance Otter Creek charges a $3.00 entrance fee per person. )  We usually leave at 2:00 pm but on longer trips we leave at 1:00 pm.  Last year we also started hiking in the mornings during the summer when it gets hot.

The bus provides access to areas with minimal parking, ensures that you will arrive at the right place and time for the hike and provide a service for those who are unable to drive or dislike doing so.

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The Hike

There are two different hikes: long and short hikes. Long hikes can vary from 3 to 6 miles; however, they usually are about 4 miles in length. Find out who the hike leader is and ask him/her how rugged the terrain and the length is if you are unsure of yourself.  Short hikers stay with the bus and make short hikes within the immediate area of the bus.

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Clothing, Shoes, and Water

In the wintertime, wear layers of clothing to keep warm. Also, wear some type of head covering. Protect hands with gloves and wear warm socks. If the ground is covered with. snow or it is wet, then apply some type of water resistant spray to your shoes or wear some type of rubber overshoes. In the summertime dress lightly. However, we recommend wearing long pants or slacks due to poison ivy and/or insects. Also we recommend using insect spray before the hike on exposed areas of the skin. It's extremely important to bring along plenty of water to replace water loss due to perspiration and evaporation. The group will stop frequently in hot weather to cool down.  Please try to wear appropriate shoes.  This is not a walk.  This is hiking in the woods, with rocks, leaves, mud, streams, etc.  Sometimes we hike in areas where there is no trail.  Sometimes we have to climb over felled trees, boulders, etc so it is important that you wear appropriate clothing. And to stress again, bring water.

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On the Trail

The hike leader is the most important person to the group on a hike. He/she has previously scouted the trail out beforehand. It is extremely important that you stay behind the hike leader and do not wander off from the rest of the group. The reason for this is simple. You could become lost and disoriented. Some of the areas that we hike in are quite dense and forested and it could be very easy to become lost. The Louisville Hiking Club cannot assume responsibility if you wander away from the rest of the group and become lost.

The leader will have the group stop occasionally to allow the hindmost participants to catch up, and try to prevent them from taking the wrong fork in the trail. He/she will also indicate, when possible, a shortcut back to the bus for anyone uncomfortable with continuing. Should you decide to backtrack to the bus, please try to inform someone in the group who can pass the word on to the leader.

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The Meal

After every hike the Louisville Hiking Club meets at a restaurant for dinner. Again the bus goes directly to the restaurant after the hike.  We do not drive back to St. James Court and then drive to the restaurant, so if you do not want to eat with us you need to drive.  A different restaurant is selected each week. Club meetings are usually held at this time and new members are voted into the club. Also, visitors are introduced and birthdays are announced. These dinners are wonderful times in which to talk over the hikes and meet new people. Reservations are to be made with Doris Schagene, 368-9624 by 9:00 PM the Thursday before the hike.  This reservation is important as we are making reservations for anywhere from 20 to 30 people.

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Activities

Weekend Hikes
Three times a year the Louisville Hiking Club makes weekend trips to state Parks and forests within a 250-mile radius of Louisville. These trips are coordinated through the Secretary of the Hiking Club. Information about these trips is given on the monthly hiking schedules. Reservations and deposits must be made beforehand with the Secretary.

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Christmas Dinner

Every December the Louisville Hiking Club has its yearly Christmas dinner. Catered meals and live entertainment are provided for at these get-togethers, and members look forward to the event. Reservations must be made beforehand with the Secretary.

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Membership

Membership fees which are collected yearly, are $20.00 per person and $30.00 per family. In order to become a member you must make two hikes and be voted in.

If you have successfully completed two hikes and desire to become a member then contact the Secretary or the President. Membership entitles you to the monthly schedule of upcoming hikes which will be mailed to you. Also it will enable you to receive priority over non-members when making reservations for motel or lodge accommodations on weekend outings.

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Officers

Officers are nominated and elected into office at the end of each year and take office the first of each year. 

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