Category Archives: Outings News

Midwest Outdoor Experience 2016 – Eastwood Lake – Five Rivers MetroParks – October 1st and 2nd 2016

Outdoor X, more often known as the Midwest Outdoor Experience is rolling into Dayton Ohio on October 1, 2016. This is the twelfth year for this huge outdoor event, hosted by Wagner Subaru and Five Rivers MetroParks of Dayton Ohio.

Attractions include camping, bonfires, mountain bike courses, kayaking, canoeing, zip line demonstrations and crowd participation, climbing, disk golf, live music, craft beers and gourmet food trucks. Many visitors enjoy discounted pricing on camping equipment and used G.I. gear including snowshoes, canteens, tents and backpacks.

The Sierra Club Miami Group will engage the public with up to date information on environmental actions locally and to share our love for paddlesports, and Outings events the Sierra Club is best known for such as hiking, bicycling, backpacking and travel opportunities across the USA. Stay late with a group of us who’ll camp both nights and talk bonfire news with those brave enough to stay all night with friends from all over the Midwest!

This is one of Ohio’s best outdoor gatherings and the live music, craft beer sponsors and food vendors alone bring out the best in all outdoor enthusiasts from Dayton Hikers.org to Red River Gorge and all over!  See more from the official link to the Wagner Subaru Midwest Outdoor Experience at http://outdoorx.metroparks.org/

Scott Bushbaum – Dayton Connections blogger

“Dayton Connections” September meeting at Brixx Ice Company on 9/26/16 @ 7:00 p.m.

Dayton Connections followers and Sierra Club members,

Look for us at the Brixx Ice Company on September 26, 2016 at 7 p.m. for a meeting of the “Dayton Connections”.

The Brixx Ice Company is located at 500 E. First St. Dayton Ohio 45402. This location is central to Dayton and is adjacent to Fifth Third Field where the Dayton Dragons play minor league baseball.

Just stop in and catch the latest in environmental news in Dayton. We talk about the Garden Station project, single use plastic bag bans locally and Gulf Oil / Lexus pipelines. of course as always this is forum for you to tell me what is most important in your neighborhood. I then work on your issues at the group and Ohio Chapter levels to get action and stop pollution. Don’t forget to get the first updates from me on where and when to backpack, camp, bike, and hike around Dayton and beyond. After all, we do more than talk and gawk! We hike and bike, camp and canoe, too!

Scott Bushbaum – Sierra Club Miami Group Executive Committee

Sierra Club Michigan Chapter Retreat update / August 26 – 28, 2016

Hello Sierra Club members and readers,

On Friday, August 26,  I had planned on camping a short distance from home to Fort Loramie Ohio for a quiet weekend in the woods. I packed a hiking backpack, a cooler, a grill and set off for the one hour drive. With a full tank of gas, I considered my calandar. My invitation to the Michigan Chapter retreat was posting to my “To Do List”. I quickly changed my plans and drove the additional four and one half hours to Stony Lake Michigan and stopped there at Camp Miniwanca.

Once at the retreat site, I registered and set up a quick overnight camp before bicycling to the Council Circle for a bonfire, marshmallows and fire side foods. I met Jordan Simpson and Dani Slagg who posed for a photo at the Council Circle. The night was filled with song and story telling. Story gave way to knowledge; I learned that Indian dream catchers originate from this area of the USA.

The next morning was met with raindrops and a peaceful morning of gentle rain over campside coffee. As I made my bike ride to breakfast, many Michiganders ate and told stories to me of travels to Camp Miniwanca. After breakfast, some walked as I rode along to an Activity Center and watched as Sierra Club members participated in rock climbing and rope ladder climbing simulations. Many scaled heights over 30 feet to walk tightropes and swing from high above the wood floor. As we left for camp, I rode my bicycle ahead of the hikers and photographed Stony Lake and Lake Michigan in the overcast and damp summer air.

Not long thereafter was a lunch break. The rain ended and we dried out from the drizzle. After a hot cup of coffee, I sat in on a political update from Mike Berkowitz, Legislative and Political Director for the Michigan Chapter. He detailed some work on anti plastic legislation and energy initiatives while answering questions. Much of Mike’s presentation focused on political races in the Michigan legislature and changes due to gerrymandering. His Q and A session was most intriguing and I felt well educated on reasons why the Sierra Club endorsed some of the candidates in the races Mike mentioned.

After the politic and environmental presentation, I left Camp Miniwanca. I packed up my truck on Saturday afternoon and headed south for Ohio. My camping and connection with nature wasn’t over. I stayed the night at St. Mary’s State Park in Auglaize County. The night sky was very clear and constellations covered the darkness. Quiet time added to a nice weekend of good company, environmental information from the Wolverines up north and rainy bicycle trails that gave way to a sunny Sunday morning at St. Mary’s State Park. I was offered a free kayak on the algea covered lake and after a half hour paddling on the lake, I pulled myself out, packed up the truck and made for home. The weekend was complete. My picture gallery is filled with fond memories and the people I met were most kind. I think that NCAA football at the Michigan campsite still has my footprint on it though….

Scott Bushbaum – Sierra Club Miami Group ExCom

 

Thursday Morning Hikes!

THM1The Miami Group sponsors Thursday Morning Hikes (TMHs) at local parks every 1-2 weeks. If you are interested in participating or leading, check our website (miamigroup.org happenings newsletter) for more information.

The photos are from a recent walk/hike at Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum.  Attending were Carolyn and Alvin Denenberg, Carol Cohn, Elizabeth Durrell, Jean Swartley, and Judy Ibarra. Lots of colorful trees, beautiful wildflowers, and a hiding frog were noticed.

THM2

Adventure Summit – Wright State University – February 12-13, 2016

The Adventure Summit returns to Wright State University on February 12, 2016 and will run through February 13, 2016.

The Adventure Summit at Wright State University is located at 3640 Colonel Glenn Highway, Fairborn OH 45435.

Among some competitive on-site games, this year’s Adventure Summit features “Dancing with the Stars” Finalist and paraolympian, Amy Purdy who is scheduled to speak.  Luke “Strider” Jordan, long distance backpacker and North Country Trail thru-hiker will also address attendees at the two day event.

The Sierra Club will table the event with current information for visitors. Look for us to offer information about the Paddlesports program and outdoor events such as hiking and biking events in SW Ohio.

Hotel and lodging are close by. The Holiday Inn – Fairborn Ohio is located at 2800 Presidential Dr. Fairborn OH 45324.  The phone number is 1-800-HOLIDAY.  The Red Roof Inn – Fairborn is also very close. The address is  2580 Col. Glenn Hwy. Fairborn OH 45324. The phone number is 937-426-6116.

The hyperlink below is the official link to the Adventure Summit webpage.

http://theadventuresummit.com/

 

See you there!

Scott Bushbaum – Sierra Club – Executive Committee / Miami Group

 

Riverside Bikepath Cleanup Day – October 25, 2015 at 10 A.M.

Hello Nature enthusiasts,

Autumn brings cooler temperatures. Sometimes there just isn’t much to do outside unless we carve pumpkins or rake leaves.

Join Christopher Hess, Miami Group volunteer, me and other nature lovers who will walk the Riverside Bikepath on October 25th to roll up our sleeves and glove – save the area between Linden Avenue and Airway Road in Dayton Ohio from trash! We begin at 10:00 A.M.

We’ll begin at Eastown Shopping Center on Linden Avenue, Dayton Ohio 45432, (CVS parking lot) and wind our way on both sides of the trail. Bring gloves, boots, messed up jeans or pants, and weather related gear. We’ll supply trash bags….

Two hours; give or take a few minutes. That’s about it. Give back to the nature surrounding this busy bike path. Let’s brave cool weather or warm, This Sierra Club outing should bring  some laughs and some fresh air, making for a Sunday morning of service to Mother Nature! Afterwards, we might end up at Elsa’s on Linden Avenue for football and an informal lunch, for the heck of it.

Thanks to Chris H.  getting us “off our rockers” for this! See ya’ll there!

Scott B. – Sierra Club Miami Group Executive Committee

Saturday’s Paddlefest Paddle is postponed until August 2nd!

Per Brewster Rhoads at 6:31 p.m.tonight:

Just minutes ago we made the tough decision to CANCEL Saturday’s paddle on the Ohio.

We did this in close consultation with the Coast Guard, the national weather service and our local TV weather forecasters.  During the day today the forecast projected that the fallout from Hurricane Bill will drop lots of heavy rain starting as soon as 9 am on Saturday, about 3 hours earlier than last night’s forecast.

I recognize that weather forecast projections can be wrong and there is a possibility that the storm could drift to our south and miss us.  But Channel 5 said it looks like Bill is aimed for a direct hit on downtown in the middle of our paddle.

Teresa and I will be working as quickly as we can to notify registered paddlers, Finish Line Festival vendors, bus companies, etc. We will post a message on our Facebook page and our website and notify the local press as well.

We will note that the “high water” make up date is Sunday, August 2 – from Coney to the Public Landing.  More details on that as they develop.

This was a difficult decision.  But none of us want to put lots of paddlers, many of whom paddle once a year, in harms way.

. . . <remainder of message direcrted to his team>

Brewster Rhoads 513-324-1678

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