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June 2015 Newsletter

 | Published on 6/1/2015

For a downloadable and complete version of this newsletter, click here: June Skiddoo 2015


President’s Message


Memorial Day is come and gone and summer is here.  Hopefully, you have put away your winter sports equipment and gotten out the stuff you need for summer fun.  We took possession of the new camping trailer in April, went to Pleasant Creek for a trial overnight in early May, and spent the Memorial Day weekend at Tailwater East at Coralville.  Other ski club members were camped nearby but in West Overlook, which is on the lake itself.  We are looking forward to camping at other ski club events like the June bike ride in Cedar Falls, the High Trestle Bridge Trail bike ride in August, and at Kathy Takes’ “Kanoe, Kayak, and Kamp” in August, too.


Speaking of biking, I am hoping to be able to start bicycling as soon as I get the go-ahead from my orthopod and physical therapist.  I seem to have my Wednesdays free this year, so I can join the ski club members on the trail before heading to Nothing Nights.  This will be a good warm up for the longer rides in June and August.  Wendall and Jane are again hosting the Cedar Falls bike ride for the third time: I hope to make it this year.  Steve Cummings is leading the High Trestle Bridge Trail ride.  I have heard a lot of good things about this trail and look forward to biking and camping there.


Golfing has already started for most this year.  I was scheduled to play in three leagues this year but so far I am relegated to putting on the basement carpet.  Our annual ski club golf outing is coming up in July so you should be practicing our driving, chipping, and putting because you will need these skills for the Coralville Brown Deer golf course.  If you are interested in playing, you need to join a team or form up a team and then sign up for this event with Ann Robinson.  Ann is planning on having a potluck meal immediately following the “tournament” at her home, which is right on the golf course.


For those of you looking for an outdoor challenge, Dick Means is offering a week of canoeing and camping in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in September.  This trip is not like the one I took with two high school buddies in ’65 where we paddled 8 out of 9 days and covered 150 miles.  On Dick’s trip, you will paddle out to your campsite and stay in one place for 7 days.  You will take day trips to explore or to fish in the pristine north woods and return to your base camp every day.  Contact Dick for more information or to sign up.



Thank You

During a time like this we realize how much our friends and family really mean to us.  Your thoughts and prayers were comforting. ~Dave Mahlke

Family News

Rhonda Bohrer has hung up her apron and retired from the Lisbon Community School kitchen at the end of this school year after 45 years of service.  Congratulations Rhonda!


Nothing Nights - Wed Eve

A long time tradition is to socialize on Wednesday nights, since there is nothing going on!   We will meet for supper and drinks at 7:00pm and see what’s going on. Our venue will stay at CJ’s Bar and Grill, 62 17th Ave SW, in Czech Village.


We have been having great turnouts at CJ’s.  The food and prices are good.  Watch here each month for the location or check the East Iowa Ski Club website calendar.  


Wednesday night bike rides have begun.  Join your friends for a ride at 5:30pm when weather permits.  We usually ride south on the trail.  


Come on down!  You don’t want to miss out!


Cedar Rapids Kernels’ Baseball Friday June 12 Gates open at 5:30

It is almost time for beer, brats, burgers, and baseball.  Aren't we all anxious for that?!

We will have a table set up near the west gate at the stadium to pass out tickets. If you arrive late and we are gone, (about 6:15) pick your tickets up at the will call window under the name East Iowa Ski Club.


The game date is Friday, June 12 and the game time is 6:35 pm gates open at 5:30.  We have seats in sections 3 and 4 in the Arctic Insulation Party Plaza located down the right field lane, on the concourse above the Plaza bleacher seating.


The cost is $28.00.  The food is from 6:00 to 9:00.  The menu is hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, brats, popcorn, peanuts pop, bottled water and beer.   It is a fun time for all.  Everyone is invited.  You don't have to be a member to join this event.

~Linda Berry


3rd Annual EISC Cedar Falls Bike Ride – June 20th

The weather is getting perfect for bike riding!  Here is all the info:

Where to meet:  Gateway Park

Directions:  After getting into Waterloo, merge onto 218 N. toward Waterloo/Airport.  Go about 9.5 miles and then take IA-57 W. toward Cedar Falls/Uni-Dome.  Go about 1.5 miles and turn right onto Main St.  Go over the bridge; Gateway Park is on the right.

For GPS users:  Lincoln St. and Main St. in Cedar Falls

When:  9:30 AM


Campgrounds:  Black Hawk Park – first come, first serve,  George Wyth State Park – reservations accepted,  Big Woods Lake Campground – reservations accepted (several of us have reservations there).  All 3 campgrounds are on the trail.


There will be many possible loops to ride.  Five, ten, fifteen, twenty, or even thirty miles! The loop we are going to ride includes riding around Big Woods Lake, through Black Hawk Park and George Wyth State Park, and lunch at Peppers Bar and Grill.  Ride as much or as little of the loop as you want.  On the way back, we'll make our usual stop somewhere downtown CF for dessert, after lunch drinks, or even shopping :o)  No need to sign up, but if you let us know you're coming, we'll be sure to wait for you!


Any other questions, you can call:  Jane Young or Wendall Sents 

 Thanks!!  Jane and Wendall  :o)


“Every time I see an adult on a bicycle I no longer despair for the future of the human race.”  ~ H.G. Wells

Sports/Classic Car Rally - June 28th

Whether you have a sports car, a classic automobile, a motorcycle, or you just want to tag along for a scenic drive, this is the event for you.  This year we are starting in the parking lot of Jersey’s Pub and Grub on C Street SW at 8:00 AM.  We will take our time, approximately 60 minutes, driving the beautiful rolling hills of eastern Iowa finishing our tour with a stop for breakfast in Mt. Vernon.

Let’s add to the fun and bring out those fancy hats to show them off.  Guys, I’ve seen some of your hats and you can join in too.  Come join the fun.

The address for Jersey’s lot is 5761 C St SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404.

See you at 8:00 AM on Sunday the 28th.

Hosted by: Teresa Smith and Mark Hamer (Teresa’s brother)

Note: In the event of bad weather this event will be rescheduled.


EISC Golf Outing – Saturday, July 25th – Brown Deer Golf Club

EISC will have a golf outing at Brown Deer Golf Course in Coralville this year.  $50 will get you a modifiedshotgun start, 18 holes with a cart, and a potluck at Ann Robinson’s after golfing.  Plan to arrive at Brown Deer no later than 7:15AM for the 8:00AM tee time.


Please put this on your summer calendar and remember that this event is open to non-ski club members.

To Brown Deer Golf Course – From I-380 take I-80 east to the 1st Ave Coralville exit 240.  Go north at 1st Ave to the traffic circle and continue on 1st Ave (right) to Brown Deer Golf Course entrance on the left less than ½ mile from circle.


Golfers and non-golfers are encouraged to come to the potluck/party at Ann’s house starting around 12:30-1:00 p.m. Teri Barnhart will be there to greet people if Ann and golfers are not back from the course.  Bring food, drinks, chairs and yard games and hopefully we can enjoy the outdoors if the weather cooperates.


---RAGBRAI-ALERT--- RAGBRAI will be in Coralville the night before our Golf Outing.  Most of the riders will be heading out of town and well south of the Brown Deer area, but be alert. 


~Contact: Ann Robinson,


Takes’ Farm Kanoe, Kayak, and Kamp – Saturday Aug 15th

Have you heard of the Whitewater Canyon Wildlife Area, one of only three true canyons in Iowa?  This 563 acre site straddles 3 counties; Jones, Dubuque and Jackson.  You'll find a 200 ft canyon, hiking trails, scenic overlooks, mature forests, open prairies, hidden caves, a winding river and no development.  On Aug. 15th, we invite you to come explore the Whitewater Canyon, or if you would rather, bring your canoe or kayak up and we'll help shuttle your vehicles to the Whitewater creek so you can float through the Canyon, it is a beautiful area!  A second option would be to put your boat in at Cascade and float the North Fork of the Maquoketa River right to our farm, it's a 2-3 hour trip.  Or, you might choose to come to the farm, sit in an inner tube and float the river through our farm, about a 30  - 45 min float, and then be shuttled back to the beach to lounge in the river, play volleyball or tour the area.


Our farm sits about 2.5 miles east of Cascade, and the North Fork  runs through it.  The Whitewater Canyon is only about 1.5 miles to our NE as a crow flies.  We would love to have you come spend the day, evening, or night with us.  You can explore the area, or just relax along the river.  We have a volleyball net set up on one of the sand bars, and this river is only a few feet deep in most areas, so it’s a good place to float or play.  You are welcome to pitch a tent anywhere on the farm, (preferably not in a cow lot!)  Kids and grandkids are welcome!  We will have a pot luck Saturday evening for anyone wishing to join us followed by a bon fire.  It will be a good time, so if you don't have anything on your calendar that weekend, come on up and explore our neck of the woods!


~Kathy and Jim Takes


Corn Roast 2015 – Saturday - Aug 22nd - 2:00PM

Mark your calendar for the party of the summer!!!  This will be your first chance to sign up for ski trips

- so don’t forget your checkbook!  The annual Corn Roast will again be hosted by Sally Williams at her farm near the Eastern Iowa Airport.

Get ready to have an afternoon/evening of festivities and feasting.  Activities will start at 2:00 pm with bean bag toss, bocce ball, etc.  The grill will be fired up around 5 pm.  For those who like to camp you’re welcome to bring a camper or a tent.  So bring a dish to pass, a meat to grill, your favorite lawn chair, any yard games you want to play, and a friend or two. We will provide plates, utensils, corn, pop, beer, wine, bottled water, and grill.  Cost is $4.00 which covers the beverages, corn, and kybo. 


This event is open to members and non-members.  Hope to see you there! Be sure to get there on time to sign up before the trips sell out!


High Trestle Bridge Trail Weekend Aug 28-30

Hosted by Steve Cummings

The East Iowa Ski Club is planning an overnight, late summer bicycle ride on the High Trestle Bridge Trail on August 29.  The trail runs from Woodward to Ankeny, with the bridge between Woodward and Madrid.  There are several options on how we want to ride the trail, however there are fewer options for overnight accommodations.  We are looking at getting 10 rooms at a motel on the north end of Ankeny.  There are camping options at both Swede Point Park 2 miles outside of Madrid and the famous Ledges Park about 11 miles off the trail.   


The trail is 25 miles, paved (concrete and asphalt) surface from Woodward to Ankeny Connecting Trails Heart of Iowa Nature Trail Hours all hours Fees no fees Counties Polk, Boone Cities Woodward, Madrid, Slater, Sheldahl, Ankeny.  The trail includes a 1/2- mile, 13-story high bridge across the Des Moines River valley, one of the largest trail bridges in the world.



Background on the High Trestle Trail and bridge:

We were thinking the 50 mile round trip may be a challenge for some of our members and are considering driving over in the morning – a little over 2 hours from Cedar Rapids – parking some cars in Ankeny at the motel – then driving to Woodard and riding the 25 miles down to the motel.  We would have to run back up to get the cars before the wine and cheese party.  Some folks would like to spend Friday night near the trail and get the early start for the 50 mile ride.  Others may want to start at Woodward or one of the other towns and ride until they are tired and return to their vehicle.  The costs will vary on what lodging option is chosen – 1 night or 2; motel or camping.


We will have an interest sign-up sheet and more information at the Spring Picnic.  We have been talking about this ride for several years now.  It will be the last weekend before Labor Day or when the Hawks start playing again.




Boundary Waters Sept 8-16

   Hi everyone.  I had a really good response for the boundary water expedition, which creates a minor problem.  Only 9 people can stay at each campsite over night with each permit.  If you’re OK with splitting into two groups once were there, No Problem!  I have two permits, one for a base camp and one for those wanting to travel on north, camping at different sites as they explore other lakes.  What I need now is a solid yes so I know who is serious about going.  The start date is Sept 8th. The finish date is still adjustable up to 9 days. Send me a check for $100 bucks if you’re up for this adventurer to hold your spot.  This would be fully refundable up to the day we leave, (no cancellation date)  It’s just earnest money.    


    My plan is to leave by noon Sept 8th, spend the night just north of Minneapolis, then arrive early afternoon on the 9th at the outfitters on Moose Lake.  That will give us plenty of time for orientation, final plans, packing and relaxing before dinner and our night in the bunkhouse.  After breakfast we will load on to a power boat (taxi) for a ride to the end of Moose Lake to begin our voyage.


    The choices for gear and food range from complete service provided by the outfitter to providing everything yourself. In the past each person has provided their own except for a canoe. If you’re short something the outfitter will rent it to you. There are things we can share and we will have a meeting to work out details. (Canoe mates, sharing of tents & stoves, things of that nature.)


    Please go to   It has all kinds of info on what to take and the service they provide.  Plus I and others are full of suggestions.


      Partial estimate or expenses.

Gas $45

Motel $35

Permit $16

Fishing license $40

Bunkhouse & meals $50

Canoe $140

Taxi $66 

Food & incidentals ?

Subtotal estimate $392


   Hope to hear from you soon.  

~Dick Means 


Kim’s Korner

Do you have an event or information you want to let the rest of the members know about?  In the past you needed to let a member of the board know, and wait for them to send that information though the newsletter or via and email blast by the secretary.  This is received by everyone in the club, whether it is of interest to them or not.


With our new website comes a paradigm shift, the board is no long the gatekeeper of information, you have the capability to let folks know what is going on, and those receiving the information have the power to filter what they receive. 


In what ways can you let the members know about what is happening?   There are 2 ways at present.  One is to add an event to the ski club calendar-you have that option on the calendar page.  The second is to post it in the Forums page.  Just pick the topic area of interest, and be assured that members who are interested in that topic will receive your post. Mike Buckman added his gigs with his band to the calendar.  I posted in the bicycling forum information about the bike trail closures.  Some of the RAGBRAI happenings have been put into the calendar.    


So far 44 ski club members have logged into the website for the first time and explored the member services.  Another 80 has not logged as yet.  What are you missing out on?

~Kim Betts


Major EISC Ski Trips for 2016 by Jim Wittnebel

We have identified and the board has approved a couple of exciting EISC trip destinations for 2016 which are based upon value and club survey results.  These trips are to be announced to the membership at the spring picnic along with this Skiddoo article.  The trips go on sale in August at the corn roast picnic. 


January 22-30 (Max trip size 10):  Interlaken Switzerland:   Stay at Oberland hotel for 7 nights.   Breakfasts and dinners are included.  Lift tickets are extra.  This is a beautiful and huge ski area.   Bus and train transportation are within walking distance from the hotel for day trips outside of Interlaken.  There are many things to see and do at Interlaken.  Price is $2009 for total package of air, lodging, and bus transfers.  Payment schedule is $1000 Aug/Sept, $1009 Oct.  Cancellation date is October 17th.


January 22-February 4 (Max trip size 22) Interlaken Switzerland and Prague:   The above Interlaken trip plus 5 night extension to Prague staying at the hotel Ameytst.  Breakfasts are included.  Price is $2335 for total package of air, lodging, and bus transfers.   Payment schedule is $1200 Aug/Sept, $1135 Oct.  Cancellation date is October 17th.  The trip chairs are TBD as of this article date.


February 20-27 (Max trip size 30) Salt Lake Canyons/Park City/Deer Valley:  Stay at the Canyons resort Silverado Lodge 2 bed 2/3 bath condos (working to get a mix to include 3 bed condos) 150 yards to the gondola.  Package includes 5 lifts of which 4 are interchangeable between the Canyons and Park City.  One lift is for Deer Valley.  Seniors get a $30 discount on lifts.  The package also includes a $15 lunch voucher for 4 days.  For 2016 the Canyons will be connected to Park City by a gondola making it the largest ski resort area in the United States.  Pricing is as follows:  $1450 full Pkg, $1420 Full Pkg for seniors, 65+, W/O Air $994, W/O air $964 for Seniors 65+, $1165 W/O Lifts, $709 Land Only. Payment Schedule Is- Full Pkg: $500 Aug/Sept, $500 Oct, $450 Nov, Seniors: $500 Aug/Sept, $500 Oct, $420 Nov, w/o Air: $350 Aug/Sept, $350 Oct, $294 Nov, Seniors: $350 Aug/Sept, $350 Oct, $264 Nov, W/O Lifts: $400 Aug/Sept, $400 Oct, $365 Nov, Land Only: $300 Aug/Sept, $300 Oct, $109 Nov.   The trip cancellation date is Nov. 21.  The trip chairs are Kathy Takes and Steve Cummings.


Please note that changes in fuel surcharges and exchange rates may result in the end price to change slightly for better or worse.