See below for upcoming XC Ski Outing. Hope to see you all at this event.
Hanna Flats (Nordman) XC Ski Outing, Saturday March 02, 2024
Meet at 9 AM at the Hayden Super 1( 95 & Kathleen) at the east end of the parking lot.
The Hanna Flats Nordic trails are relatively gentle, in a meadow and forest setting on the west side of Priest Lake. Several different trail routes and distances are available. I am planning to ski the route shown below covering approximately 6 miles.
I also plan to stop for a late lunch before the trip home at the Moose Knuckle in nearby Colin, ID if anyone would like to join.
Hanna Flats XC Ski Trails are ~4 miles north of the town of Priest Lake on State Route 57. Drive time from Hayden is 1hr-45 minutes. GPS Coordinates (48.5743628, -116.9677147)
Please RSVP to Scott Gossard at firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to participate. I can also be reached at (208)-661-9523 if you have any questions.
To begin this month’s letter I want to acknowledge Dwight McCain. Sadley, he recently passed away. Dwight was always a committed participant in club activities and volunteered regularly to help keep the trails and facilities in good condition for all to use. To honor Dwight’s memory the board has agreed that the Skateaway trail, which he used regularly, will be renamed to “Dwight’s Skateaway”.
Please join me in providing condolences and support to Marty during this trying time! There is a “Celebration of Life” planned for Dwight at the Lake City Church on April 18th at 10 AM. Hopefully many of you can attend to honor a great guy.
Regarding club activities coming up. I want to remind everyone that this Saturday, February 3rd is “Rock Soup”. Cooking of the soup this year will begin at noon. Hopefully it will be ready to serve between 1 and 2 PM and serving will continue till its gone, or everyone has gotten what they want. Bowls and spoons will be available. But if you want to bring your own bowl and spoon, that’s okay.
I want to encourage everyone to come on up. I know there may not be much snow to ski or shoe on, but walking and/or biking might be an option to work up and appetite. The plan is to have a pot, or pots, heating up and ready to poor ingredients into for the soup. This year the only ingredient, along with a broth and water, that will be added will be vegetables (canned, frozen or fresh). So be sure to bring something to added.
For those who want a little meat in their soup, it can be added when you get your serving. So if you’re interested in a soup with more than just veggies, please bring it with you, pre-cooked if possible. But just in case it’s not, there will be a fry pan available for heating it up.
If you would like something more than just soup to eat, I would encourage everyone to bring along other items to munch on. Like snack food or fruit. Also, feel free to bring whatever you would like to drink. Water and hot chocolate will be available, but BYOB is always an option.
There are a couple of other events coming up soon. I hope weather cooperates a bit better to make it possible to still hold them.
The 1st activity in February will be the Round Lake snowshoe hike. I am the leader, and I still plan on doing it on Saturday, February 10th. So I will try to have a sign-up sheet available at next week’s club meeting (Tuesday, February 6th). I’ll see if I can find out if it’s worth bring snowshoes or just rubber boots. I’ll get the word out to anyone who signs up. If the snow doesn’t happen, I still plan to walk it.
The Methow Valley and Newman Lake events are still tentatively scheduled for February. So stay tune for sign-up sheets or messages from the trip leaders (i.e. Nancy Mertz and Geoff Harvey respectively).
See you next Tuesday at the club meeting. If you’re interested in electric bikes, Greg Lewis will be giving us a presentation.
ROCK SOUP SOCIAL EVENT THIS WEEKEND!!!
Who needs a walk/ ski/or snowshoe in the woods? It's time to enjoy the beauty of the 4th of July trails and forests. The annual Rock Soup event happens this weekend. Meet at the Club Hut on Havin' Fun Trail (1/4 mile up from the parking lot) at 12 noon on Saturday, Feb. 3. Bring something, canned or fresh, to add to our vegetable soup base (surprises welcome) and any drinks or treats that you might want to share. If you want meat in your soup, bring a pre-cooked item to add to your base. The chefs will mix up a delicious soup for us as we take an hour or two to enjoy the trails. All club members and guests, strangers, and friends are welcome!!