Hello everyone. Here is the info I have now, minor details to follow if any are needed.
The outing is scheduled for Oct. 8,9,10. We will be staying at the Crooked Creek Outpost on N1100E, east of Mongo, IN. Phone number for the campground is 260-336-0757. I found the directions from a couple of years ago off of Hwy 20 to be confusing so new and improved directions are as follows:
69 North to Exit 348 which is Hwy 20 West.
Proceed west 6.8 miles to blinking yellow light with a Marathon Station on the right side. That is Hwy 327. Turn right (north). Proceed 2.8 miles to left (west) on 300N. If you go past the cemetery you have gone too far.
Proceed 2.3 miles to sign on the left side of the road saying Crooked Creek Outpost. Turn left (south) there. There is another sign not associated with the Outpost with an arrow pointing to the right. Ignore that.
Proceed 1/2- mile and the Outpost is on the right.
We are sites 15 - 19. There is water every other site but no electric. All sites are flat and grassy with woods behind. Showers are pay with quarters. If you should prefer to stay in an electric site, bring a big camper, stay in a cabin, those are all options and you should call the Outpost to make your own arrangements. Small campers will fit on the primitive sites, can have 4 people to a site. I can get more primitive sites if there is enough interest. The owner does not want hammocks hung in the trees for some reason.
The Friday/Sunday trip will be 5 miles. The creek in this area is very intimate and curvey and a fantastic creek type paddle.. A kayaker I talked to last weekend said that the logs had been cleared and they did not have to get out at all. Wil and I intend to paddle this area mid-September to verify the status of the area. Saturdays trip will be 8 -12 miles with some nice creek paddling, some "mill pond" water and 1 or 2 dams to go around. The trails around the dams are well established with easy take out and put in. There may be some adjustments to the trips depending on when the DNR has closed portions of the river due to waterfowl hunting. I will be updated on this in the coming weeks.
Saturday dinner will be stone soup. I will provide the dutch oven, the stone, and a pound of ground beef. You can read about stone soup here:
Please no uncooked rice, carrots, dry beans or other foods that take extensive time to cook. If you want to add something like that please either cook it at home or do something like precooked canned beans. I will start a list of what people intend to add to the stone soup.
Appetizer will be cheese fondue and dessert will be chocolate carmel fondue. I have the 2 fondue pots and a bunch of forks. We can discuss further with the people attending the outing what to bring for the fondues.
This is an excellent area to go bike riding. The roads are either paved or dirt with some gravel on top and are lightly travelled. Various roads lead out to other country roads. Terrain is flat to slightly rolling. The entire area we are to paddle is part of a wildlife refuge with ponds and wild areas.
Feel free to contact me via email, email@example.com or text at 260-449-0465.