Monday, October 22, 2018

2018-Oct-17 – Fort Gibraltar Tour, Walk Whittier Park and/or Lagimodière-Gaboury Park
     
Fort Gibraltar, located in Whittier Park, is probably best known as headquarters of Festival du Voyageur, but many people visit it during the summer (May 14 to August 26) when it offers 2-hour guided tours. It also offers on-demand private group tours all year long, which is what we have arranged.
  
Our tour guide will be Colin Mackie, Heritage and Education Programs Manager for Festival du Voyageur. During our two phone conversations with Colin, we found him to be outgoing, enthusiastic, and informative.
  
The tour will start at 10:00 AM and be at least an hour long. Kevin & Anita will be arriving at 9:30. Please arrive well before 10:00.
    
After our tour, we'll have lunch (bring a bagged lunch), and then we'll go for a 1+ hour walk through Whittier Park and/or Lagimodière-Gaboury Park. Kevin & Anita attended a very good Jane’s Walk of Lagimodiere Gaboury Park & Sentier Gabrielle Roy in 2015. It was led by JP Brunet of Save Our Seine. We have contacted JP. He will be joining us for the Fort Gibraltar Tour, eating lunch with us, and leading our walk of Whittier Park and/or Lagimodière-Gaboury Park.
      
Cost / Registration
$6 per person.  Pay Anita when you arrive. Kevin will be in the parking lot to greet you and direct you to Fort Gibraltar's entrance.
We have to book the tour (and pay for it) on Wednesday October 10, so the registration deadline is Monday October 8, and commitment (payment) will be required by Wednesday October 10 at 8:00 AM.
As of Tuesday October 9 at 11:00 AM, 27 people have committed to attending this trip.
      
Contact Kevin & Anita Miller at k.a.miller@mts.net to register or if you have questions or comments. A confirmation email message will be sent as registrations are received.
 
2018-Oct-31 – Scavenger Hunt at The Forks
     
In mid-April 2016, Kevin & Anita participated in a Scavenger Hunt at The Forks that was organized by a meetup.com group. Kevin & Anita will use their instructions and notes from that activity as a starting point to create a Scavenger Hunt for Grey Hares.
    
This activity combines equal parts of thinking and walking, and it takes place both indoors and outdoors at The Forks.
   
We'll meet in The Forks Market at the Food Hall at 10:00 AM. 
    
At The Forks, Kevin & Anita will explain most of what is written here, along with any last-minute thoughts or changes, and answer any questions. They will then create teams of 2 or 3 people, ensuring that less-mobile participants are teamed with more-mobile participants. You will not be on a team with your spouse/partner or best friend. :-)
      
Each team will be given the same sheet of 20 questions/instructions. Some questions may tell you to walk somewhere to obtain the answer. Other questions might be answered from team members' knowledge, or you may have to think about where to walk to learn the answer. Some instructions may tell you to walk somewhere to get or do something. Other instructions may require you to think about where to walk to obtain a required item. The boundaries of this activity is The Forks' boundaries. You can attempt the questions in any order (to minimize walking to the same general location multiple times).
   
We'll won't set a time limit, but we will set a time for all of us to meet in The Forks Market at the Food Hall for lunch ... and discussing the questions / your answers, and sharing stories about your adventures.
    
Registration:

If you are interested (or might be interested) in attending this activity, please contact Kevin & Anita Miller at k.a.miller@mts.net ASAP to register ... or if you have questions or comments. Creating the Scavenger Hunt will take Kevin & Anita many hours, so they need to know that there is sufficient interest in this activity before investing the time. A confirmation email message will be sent as registrations are received.
    
The registration deadline is Wednesday October 24 at 8:00 AM. At that time, if we have a sufficient number of registrations, we'll create the Scavenger Hunt

As of Monday October 22 at 11:00 PM, 21 people have registered for this activity.

2018-Dec-12 – Cross Country Ski Refresher Course at the Windsor Park Nordic Centre
 

We offered this course in December 2014 and again in December 2016. It was very successful -- 20+ participants divided into three groups, each with a CANSI instructor.

Our suggested/tentative instruction groups will be the same as in December 2016:

1. Improve your diagonal stride (the basic cross country skiing technique) -- beginner to intermediate

The goal of this lesson is for all participants to improve their diagonal striding and therefore be a more efficient skier. I'm assuming that all of you generally know how to ski and have skied in the past, although it may (or may not) have been quite some time ago. Some hills skills will also be covered. The instructor will work with this group in the Practice Grid area.

2. Review/refresh basic skills and learn/refresh more advanced techniques -- intermediate to advanced

The goal of this lesson is to become a more efficient (or faster) skier by dialing in your diagonal stride and then learning/refreshing other techniques such as turning, kick-double-poling (which is ~20% more efficient than diagonal stride on flat terrain and very slight downhills), and double-poling (which is another ~20% more efficient). There will also be a brief refresher on hills.

3. Hills -- intermediate to advanced

The goal of this lesson will be to ascend a moderately steep hill using diagonal stride technique and a short steep hill with herringbone technique, and to descend these two hills safely and confidently. Hopefully there will be time to work on both descending and ascending; descending is the priority. After a brief diagonal stride refresher, the rest of the instruction will be on hills. The instructor will ask each of you what you specifically want to achieve and try to accommodate you. 

   
Cost:
  

Participants will pay for their share of the instructors' fees (likely $5 of each instructor's $35 fee) and a Windsor Park Nordic Centre trail fee

   
Time:
   

Windsor Park opens at noon, so we'll schedule the course for 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM. We'll have from noon to 1:00 PM in the clubhouse to get organized (grip wax skis, finalize the groups, etc), and Kevin will be available to answer questions about equipment/clothing and/or evaluate your equipment. 

   
Weather:
    
Instruction involves some standing around, and the training grid at the Windsor Park Nordic Centre is somewhat unsheltered, so we'll cancel this activity at a less cold temp or lesser windchill than we'd cancel when skiing in a forest. Please dress warmer than you would usually dress for skiing.

   
Registration:

If you are interested (or might be interested) in attending this activity, please contact Kevin & Anita Miller at k.a.miller@mts.net ASAP to register ... or if you have questions or comments. Please indicate the level of instruction you'd like to receive, and even specific skills you'd like to acquire. The more info you provide when registering, the more likely we can create a group that will meet your expectations. A confirmation email message will be sent as registrations are received.
    
The registration deadline is Wednesday December 5 at 8:00 AM. At that time, registrants will be contacted and asked if they'd like to commit to the activity by agreeing to pay in-person at the Windsor Park Nordic Centre on Wednesday December 12. We will then determine if we have a sufficient number of registrations to form instruction groups and hire instructors.
    
This activity will be cancelled or postponed if snow conditions are poor or if the number of registrations in insufficient to form instruction groups.

    
2018-Dec-19 – Ski at a location with groomed snow
   
At this time of year, a few locations may still have good snow that is groomed, or there may be no locations, or (hopefully) almost every trail system has groomed snow.


The location decision will be made during the week leading up to this activity. At that time, detailed info will appear here. The weekly "activity reminder" email message sent to all Grey Hares will convey this.
   
Trip rating: Intermediate or perhaps Novice to Advanced, depending on the choice of trail system, the choice of trails within that system, and the condition of the trails.
  
Contact Kevin & Anita Miller at k.a.miller@mts.net to register or if you have questions or comments. A confirmation email message will be sent as registrations are received, and another message with final info will be sent to all registrants on the Tuesday.

2019-Feb-06 – Ski at a location to be announced
   
February is the prime cross country skiing month. A
lmost every trail system should have groomed snow, but some will be much better than others (as per trail conditions reports on CCSAM's website and the various club's/trail's websites). 

The location decision will be made during the week leading up to this activity. At that time, detailed info will appear here. The weekly "activity reminder" email message sent to all Grey Hares will convey this. Probable locations are Sandilands, Pinawa, Agassiz Provincial Forest, and Pine Falls.
  
Trip rating: Intermediate or perhaps Novice to Advanced, depending on the choice of trail system, the choice of trails within that system, and the condition of the trails.
   
Contact Kevin & Anita Miller at k.a.miller@mts.net to register or if you have questions or comments. A confirmation email message will be sent as registrations are received, and another message with final info will be sent to all registrants on the Tuesday.
   
2019-Feb-27 – Ski at a location to be announced
   
February is the prime cross country skiing month. A
lmost every trail system should have groomed snow, but some will be much better than others (as per trail conditions reports on CCSAM's website and the various club's/trail's websites).

The location decision will be made during the week leading up to this activity. At that time, detailed info will appear here. The weekly "activity reminder" email message sent to all Grey Hares will convey this. Probable locations are Sandilands, Pinawa, Agassiz Provincial Forest, and Pine Falls.
    
Trip rating: Intermediate or perhaps Novice to Advanced, depending on the choice of trail system, the choice of trails within that system, and the condition of the trails.
     
Contact Kevin & Anita Miller at k.a.miller@mts.net to register or if you have questions or comments. A confirmation email message will be sent as registrations are received, and another message with final info will be sent to all registrants on the Tuesday.
  
2019-Apr-24 – Kismet Creek Farm, Self-Guided Heritage Walking Tour of Steinbach
   
Kismet Creek Farm, located 10 minutes south of Steinbach, describes itself as "A forever place for animals in need."
  
Info:
      
Time: 10:00 AM to noon at Kismet Creek Farm ... plus lunch, plus a 2nd activity in the afternoon (see below), plus travel time.
     
Carpooling: 
We'll meet at the Tim Hortons at the Southdale Shopping Centre on Fermor (NE corner of the parking lot) at 8:45 AM to form carpools. Map. If you'd like to share a ride to Southdale Mall, we can help facilitate.
The drive to Kismet Creek Farm is 50 minutes / 65K.

     
Cost: $5.00 for age >=60, $7.50 for age <60, with a minimum group fee of $100.
    
We’ll have a bagged lunch afterwards, either onsite as part of our 2-hour slot or at a different location in the Steinbach area.
     
We’ll have a 2nd (no-cost) activity after lunch.
Possibilities (depending on weather and other factors):

Much (but not all) of our time will be outdoors.
Historical/normal low & high temps for April 24th are +1° & +14°.
 
Trip rating: Novice.
   
Contact Kevin & Anita Miller at k.a.miller@mts.net to register or if you have questions or comments. A confirmation email message will be sent as registrations are received, and another message with final info will be sent to all registrants on the Tuesday.
   
Please register by Sunday April 21 so we know if we have enough people to justify the minimum group fee of $100.
  

There may be a maximum number of participants for this activity.
         
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Page updates:

  • Monday 2018-Oct-15 -- Add 5 Fall-Winter-Spring Schedule activities 2018-Dec 12, 2018-Dec-19, 2019-Feb-06, 2019-Feb-27, 2019-Apr-24.
  • Monday 2018-Oct-15 -- Update the Registration section for 2018-Oct-31 – Scavenger Hunt at The Forks.
  • Saturday 2018-Sep 29 -- Update 2018-Oct 17 – Fort Gibraltar Tour, Walk Whittier Park and/or Lagimodière-Gaboury Park with an updated registration date -- see the bold text.
  • Sunday 2018-Sep-09 – Add 2018-Sep-26 Paddle the La Salle River from the Red River to La Barriere Park (and return)
  • Sunday 2018-Sep-09 -- Add a link to photos of the Tulabi Falls yurts.
  • Tuesday 2018-Aug-25 -- Update Tulabi Falls Camp/Paddle/Hike: We now have 5 yurts and 21 Grey Hares have expressed interest in this trip.
  • Wednesday 2018-Apr-25 -- Update 2018-Oct 17 – Fort Gibraltar Tour, Walk Whittier Park and/or Lagimodière-Gaboury Park with JP Brunet joining us.
  • Tuesday 2018-Apr-24 -- Update Tulabi Falls Camp/Paddle/Hike: Yurt #6 became available, so I reserved it!
  • Saturday 2018-Apr-14 -- Add Fort Gibralter Tour, Walk Whittier Park and/or Lagimodiere-Gaboury Park. Also add Scavenger Hunt at The Forks.
  • Saturday 2018-Apr-14 -- Remove both Bicycle Tune-up clinics.
  • Tuesday 2018-Apr-10 -- Add "Handlbar & Stem" to the list of topics for the  Bicycle Tune-up Skills Clinic.
  • Monday 2018-Apr-09 -- Minor updates to Bicycle Tune-up Skills Clinic. 
  • Monday 2018-Apr-09 -- Add Bicycle Tune-up Skills Clinic.
  • Saturday 2018-Mar-24 -- Update Tulabi Falls Camp/Paddle/Hike with the "Manitoba Park's rules ..." paragraph in the "... only 12?" section.
  • Wednesday 2018-Mar-21 -- Update 2018-Apr-4 – Bike Tune-up Workshop with the location of the workshop and clarification of the registration deadline.
  • Tuesday 2018-Mar-20 -- Remove all 2017-2018 Fall/Winter/Spring activities. Add 2018-Sep-18 to Sep-20 – Tulabi Falls Camp/Paddle/Hike.
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