Michiana Committee Sponsors Wetlands Forum and Other Events
Michiana Committee of the Hoosier Chapter in northwest Indiana (St. Joe, Elkhart, Marshall, and Kosciusko Counties) is in the process of growing a dormant Sierra Club group in the area.
Outing at Potato Creek State Park
The committee enjoyed an outing at Potato Creek State Park. In follow up to the wetlands program, group leaders offered various hikes to appreciate the parkís wetlands and prairie ecology before holding a brief business meeting. Afterward, late arrivals either joined the camaraderie in the cabin or stretched their legs for an additional 4+ mile hike taken just before dusk.
There was an abundance of wildlife to enjoy, from deer, herons, and cormorants to busily working beavers. It was a beautiful time to be outdoors. Instead of ghost stories, hikers swapped bear stories as they made it back to the cabin for lasagna and Bob Friendís fascinating account of a recent bike trip through Viet Nam.
The Sierra Club was well-represented at the South Bend Earth Day festival with a large display showing the many benefits of membership and with volunteers on hand to answer questions about the local chapter. One of the terrific volunteers was Geza Csapo, a long-time member of the Michiana Sierra Club and an experienced backpacker. Itís an inspiration to hear his exploits of leading backcountry trips while in his 70s! John Muir would be proud.
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