Be CONNECTED – Saturday, December 2, 2017

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Be Connected. Enjoy life’s simple pleasures: Friends. Family. Graciousness. Contentment. Laughter. Photo by Joanne Ellarson.

It’s the start of the busy holiday season. Take time to get grounded and centered and connected to what is truly important to you. No need to rush or compare. Let your holidays reflect you and your values.

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Be Cozy. The thick, white blanket of winter tucks in sleeping creatures and brings a certain hush to woods and fields. Photo by BC Shannon.

Winter hiking can keep you connected to the simple things in life: health and vigor; home and tribe. Bring your mothers and daughters and friends! Introduce them to the wonders of being outdoors during any season!

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Be Exuberant. A winter’s day hike encourages resilience; take care of your body with fresh-air time outdoors every day. Photo by T. Knaack.

Be Convivial. Take pleasure in freshly brewed coffee, a community of hikers, and a frosty, morning hike on the Ice Age Trail. Follow it with a cozy lunch spent with new and old friends at Sugar River Pizza.

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Be Hardy. It’s beautiful in the woods. White snow, blue shadows, and plenty of sunshine. Photo by Dave Caliebe.

Be CONNECTED Schedule:

8:00 a.m. Meet at Tuvalu Coffee House & Gallery, 300 S Main St, Verona, WI for coffee and to meet hike leaders and other hikers. (Coffee on your own.)

There is some public parking near Hometown Junction Park, 101 W. Railroad Street which is across the street from Tuvalu, and there is plenty of street parking.

8:30 a.m. Board the bus. Transportation to the start of the hike (A portion of Montrose Segment and Brooklyn Wildlife Segment – Dane County).

9:00 a.m. Start 3.6-mile hike (a manageable and leisurely  2-mile an hour pace will be set). This pace allows time to stop and look at interesting things along the way.

Your hike will be led Ice Age Trail enthusiasts of the Dane County Chapter of the Ice Age Trail Alliance.

11:00 a.m. End hike and board bus. Transportation to Sugar River Pizza for lunch.

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Buffet lunch at Sugar River Pizza (food allergies accommodated).

A short program by Dane County Chapter members will introduce you to the phenomenal conservation projects this chapter undertakes. Hike leaders will also introduce you to key hiking resources for keeping your enthusiasm stoked for future hikes.

12:30 p.m. Board bus back to downtown Verona and cars.

$10.00 for Guided hike, transportation, lunch. (non-refundable fee)

Limit 20 women ages 15 and above.

Wear Blaze orange or BRIGHT colors (we will have orange vests on hand for those who would like them).

Dress for the weather. Coats, hats, gloves, hiking boots, hiking poles, water bottle, etc. (Snowshoes might be appropriate if sufficient snow, of course!)

Resources:

Montrose Segment and Brooklyn Wildlife Segment description from 2017-2019 Guidebook [PDF]

Montrose Segment and Brooklyn Wildlife Segment map from 2017-2019 Atlas [PDF]

We APPRECIATE the support of our GENEROUS sponsor for this Be CONNECTED event – Thank You!

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Outdoor co-op REI today launched a comprehensive effort to advance gender equity in the outdoors, encouraging millions of its members to embrace the outdoors as “the world’s largest level playing field.