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July 2016 Newsletter

 | Published on 7/1/2016
For a downloadable and complete version of this newsletter, click here: July Skiddoo 2016

President’s Message


Another Cedar Falls bike ride event is in the books.  Yvonne warned us that there would be some water and that we might have to turn back at times.  However, none of us were prepared for some of the flooded spots.  That is to say, we hadn’t packed snorkel masks as part of our biking equipment.  We were able to go around Big Woods a couple of times and the weather was beautiful, so, there were smiles all around.  We had a very good lunch at “Whiskey Roads” and then set out to explore the UNI Campus on our bikes.  Some of us became separated from the main group, but, with the skilled leadership of intrepid navigator Steve Cummings, we were led to our desired goal:  “Single-speed Brewery”.  As we sat there enjoying our barley pops, we were surprised to see the rest of the club cruising past without stopping.


By the time you read this, we will have enjoyed the Kernel’s baseball game with a “Halfway to Christmas” theme.   I’m predicting that Santa will treat us to a good time for all with pleasant weather and a Kernel’s win.


This month, we have the Golf Outing on Saturday, July 16.  I’m hoping to improve my skills (and pick up my pace) over last year.  Immediately following will be a potluck at Ann Robinson’s home.  July 16 is also when you can sign up for the West trips, so, use the on-line credit card system on our web site, or plan on lunch with us after Golf.  Trip leaders will be on-hand to help with questions and sign-up details.  This will be the only all-member event of July.


In August, however, you can be busy every weekend from the 13th to the 27th and some will be leaving right away again at the beginning of September for the houseboat adventure.  So, make sure you’re taking advantage of the relatively quiet month of July to look ahead to ski club activities in August, Autumn and Winter.  Stay active my friends!


~Mike Buckman, EISC President


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.  

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


With the warmer days Wednesday night bike rides can begin.  Join your friends for a ride at 5:30pm when weather permits.


EISC Golf Outing – Saturday, July 16 – Pleasant Valley Golf Course


Deadline for signing up for this event is Wednesday July 13.  If you aren’t part of a foursome contact Ann.  We want everyone to be able to participate, and have a great time.


EISC golf outing is at Pleasant Valley Golf Course in Iowa City this year. $50 will get you a modified shotgun start, 18 holes with a cart, and a potluck at Ann Robinson’s after golfing.  Plan to arrive at Pleasant Valley no later than 7:45AM for the 8:30AM tee time.  You can check out their website at


Directions to Pleasant Valley Golf Course, 4390 SE Sand Road, Iowa City




From I-380/US218 take Highway 1 (exit 91). Turn left toward Iowa City.  Turn right (second intersection) on Mormon Trek Blvd and continue on McCollister Blvd.  Turn right onto South Gilbert and continue on Sand Rd for about 1 mile to Pleasant Valley Golf Course on your left.


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, bag chairs and yard games and hopefully we can enjoy the outdoors if the weather cooperates.


Attention Golfers - Dick Means will be at the golf course in the morning to pick up any pot luck items or coolers you would like taken to Ann’s house.


Please note that this is the first day to sign-up for our West trips to Vail and Banff/Lake Louise.  Our trip chairs will be present (at Ann’s house after the golf outing) to collect your checks.  An alternative is to sign up via credit card through the EISC web site or to mail the check to: EISC, PO Box 843,

Cedar Rapids, IA 52406-0843.


Kim's Note:  Links to maps to golf course & Ann's home are also on the Ski Club website in the Events Calendar: 


~Contact: Ann Robinson


Sparta - Elroy Bicycle Trip – Aug 12-14


Marty Stimson  & Steve Cummings, Trip Leaders

Cost:  $122 per person (double occupancy)                Cancellation date: July 18


The first EISC bike ride trip of the season is in the books.  We had a good time up on the somewhat wet trails of Cedar Falls & Waterloo.  Now is time to plan to go on the overnight trip to the scenic Sparta – Elroy Trail on the weekend of August 12 - 14.  The adventurous members of East Iowa Ski Club bike trip will be headed north to the Sparta Wisconsin area to ride the crushed limestone trail from a railroad line that is famous for the 3 long tunnels.  This is a hotel or camping option trip.  The club currently has 6 rooms left of the 15 we reserved at the Sparta Country Inn & Suites for Friday and Saturday nights.  After the Cedar Falls ride it looks like 2 more rooms will go this week.  The cost for the hotel room for 2 nights is $122 per person, including the Saturday evening wine and cheese party.  Sign-up went well at the EISC Spring Picnic.   There are a few camping options on or near the trail with different amenities and at various costs that should be set up by the campers.  The club has a recommended site picked out with several members already having sites reserved.


After some research Pine View Campground, 8053 West J Street, Sparta (a few miles outside of town) was picked as the best option.  The campers are invited to attend the EISC Wine and Cheese party - this is optional, but please sign up for planning purposes - there is a $5 pp cost.  Tork reserved a campsite for August 12 & 13 at the Pine View campground.  Since the Pine View campground is in the Camp McCoy, which is a military installation, you need to first call 1-800-531-4703 to set up an account with the military.  Go to their website (, login, change your password and/or your user name, and then select a site.  Tork choose site #88 because it was “electric only” and there were other open sites around it.  To find that site you need to look in the “#2 Oak” section.  We hope that others join the EISC campers in the Pine View Campground.


Please be aware, it is about a 3½ hour drive to Sparta and everyone will be car-pooling or on their own for the Friday afternoon drive.  Google Maps plots Hwy IA 13 crossing into Wisconsin at Prairie Du Chien and up WI 27 all the way to Sparta as the quickest route.  We usually take US 151 and cross at Dubuque, then pick up US 61 north in Wisconsin almost to Sparta – you have to take WI 27 for the last few miles into Sparta.  Either way it should be a nice drive.        


This trail is one of the most popular trails in the country.  The three rock tunnels and five small towns along its 32.5 mile route makes the trail a favorite Wisconsin bicycling destination. Traveling between Sparta and Elroy, the trail stretches through the communities of Norwalk, Wilton and Kendall.  The Kendall and Wilton tunnels are 1/4 mile long and the Norwalk tunnel is just over 3/4 mile long.  The tunnels are dark and cool, even on the brightest days, and water from springs above the tunnels can trickle onto the trail.  Bikers should walk bikes through the tunnels.  Make sure you have a light as it will be pitch black dark in the tunnel.  The Trail is covered with limestone screenings and provides a smooth riding surface.  The bridges are covered with planks and are guarded with railings.   


And if you still have energy to burn after Saturday’s bike ride, or if you get to Sparta early on Friday, you might want to check out the 12th Annual Irish Festival La Crosse.  There are Irish bands and music both nights as well as food and beverage tents.   You can check the whole event out by going to   There are some good places around Sparta to eat and relax with a beverage or two also if you decide on a little slower pace for the evenings.  


Please hurry and sign up to join your fellow EISC bicycle riders on what is sure to be a great adventure.  There are only a few rooms left at the hotel.  This is a fun trail and should be a great trip.


Thanks, Marty and Steve.


EISC Corn Roast 2015 – Saturday - Aug 20th - 2:00PM


Mark your calendar for the party of the summer!!!  Trip chairs will be on hand to sign you up for ski trips or take your payments.

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.  


How to find it: 5305 Walford Rd, Fairfax, Iowa.  From I-380 turn west on Wright Brothers Blvd, turn south at the first road past the airport (Cherry Valley Rd), then turn right (Westbound) and proceed 1/4 mile, watch for the farm on the left with the EISC signs, see you there!  



Rainy Lake Minnesota/Canada Houseboat Fishing Trip Sept 3 – 9


Trip chairs: Dick Means                    Ann Robinson


The north woods are calling and our Board of Directors have come up with an answer: Rainy Lake Minnesota/Canada.


This is a six-day, five-night adventure with class and comfort.  No wilderness training for this one.  Enjoy the wilds of Canada from the deck of a houseboat.  Eight fun loving people needed with swimsuits, cameras, suntan oil, fishing poles, and the desire to sing rowdy songs around a campfire should send their applications in to Dick Means ASAP.  $150 will hold your spot.  The balance will be due when we board the boat. 


I am fine tuning the price but it still depends on what we spend on, carpool gas, and one night hotel fees will add up to about $600. Meals groceries, beverages, and miscellaneous extras, permits and fishing licenses will be additional expenses.  A ballpark maximum is $700 for the eight days that we will be gone.  A current passport will be required.  Each houseboat tows a fishing boat with motor.


We have 6 signed up and have room to take 2 more.  We want to leave early on the 3rd and spend the night in a hotel north of the Twin Cities.  We plan to arrive mid-morning on the 4th, shop for groceries, pay, board the boat and find a camping spot.  After 5 days on board, return on the 9th and head for home.


Go to: for more info.


Cancellation date June 4, 2016.


~Dick and Ann


Jingle Cross/Iowa City – Sat Sept 24


We have a wonderful opportunity to see and experience one of the fastest growing sports in the world right in our own backyard.  The UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) has chosen Iowa City for the Jingle Cross Cyclocross World Cup event September 22 – 25.  One writer explains that the sport is a combination of motor cross, mountain biking, the Tour de France and cross country running all combined.  The races are on a loop course located at the Johnson County Fairground. 


The course is a combination of riding on paved surfaces, rugged terrain, steep grades, tight turns, obstacle courses and mud pits.


On Saturday, September 24th, the event will feature both Men Elite and Women Elite riders from around the world.  In addition there is a Belgium Beer Festival also happening.  Mark your calendars for this event.


Watch for more details later regarding times and cost of the event.  YouTube has a number of videos of previous events if you want to see what you will experience.  Spectators can position themselves around the course to cheer for their favorite rider.  Much like Word Cup skiing events, cowbells seem to be needed for cheering purposes.


Looks like this will be great fun.  In the past the Jingle Cross event was held in December with snow and cold temperatures.  Hopefully we will be able to see it during some nice fall weather.


Go to: for more information about this event.


~Ruth Van Tol


Vail (Jan 28-Feb 4)


Trip chairs: Dale and Rhonda Bohrer


$1649 full pkg ($413 July, $412 AUG, $412 SEPT, $412 OCT, Srs 65+ get $50 off on lifts)

$1179 w/o air ($295 July, $295 AUG, $295 SEPT, $294 OCT, Srs 65+ get $50 off on lifts)

$1232 w/o lifts ($308 July, $308 AUG, $308 SEPT, $308 OCT)

$761 Land only ($191 July, $190 AUG, $190 SEPT, $190 OCT)


EISC Trip Cancellation date- Oct 15, 2016.


Max trip size 30 (6 per condo).  The club hasn’t been to Vail in over 20 years. This is a fantastic ski

area that is legendary for its back bowls and 5200 plus acres of ski terrain.  We’ll be staying in 3

bedroom 3 bath condos in the heart of Vail village near shops, restaurants, pubs, and lifts.  Included

in the full package are bus, air, lodging, wine/cheese, taxes, and 5 out of 7 day lifts interchangeable

with Beaver Creek.


We will be at the pot luck after the golf outing.  You can sign up with us there with your first payment.


~Dale and Rhonda


Banff/Lake Louise (Feb 26–March 5)


Trip chair: Steve Cummings, and Sally Williams


Pricing is –

$1602 full pkg ($401 July, $401 AUG, $400 SEPT, $400 OCT, Srs 65+ get $20 off on lifts)

$1005 w/o air ($252 July, $251 AUG, $251 SEPT, $251 OCT, Srs 65+ get $20 off on lifts)

$1339 w/o lifts ($335 July, $335 AUG, $335 SEPT, $334 OCT)

$741 Land Only ($186 July, $185 AUG, $185 SEPT, $185 OCT)


EISC Trip Cancellation date- Nov 19, 2016


The EISC 2nd 2017 major trip has decided to go to Banff, Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada.  Sally Williams and Steve Cummings will be the Trip Leaders on this very exciting excursion to the North.  Starting July 16, the first 30 EISC members to sign up using the new process will have the opportunity to visit an area regarded as one of the most scenic spots in the world.  The club will be staying the first 3 days at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, a 5 star luxury hotel that is 10 minute shuttle ride from the 4,200 acre Lake Louise ski area.  The next 4 days we will be at the Banff Ptarmigan Inn, 2 minutes’ walk from downtown and on the shuttle route to the Sunshine Village, Mount Norquay and Lake Louise ski areas.  Most of our members are familiar with the legendary Banff Park & ski areas in the Canadian Rockies – this is your chance.   For those who don’t know that much about the area this is a rare opportunity and with the US to Canadian dollar exchange rate in the US favor this is the time to go!  The maximum trip size 30 (double occupancy per room) so you will want to sign up as soon as possible. 


It is a considerable distance from Cedar Rapids to Banff.  The trip is flying to Denver, changing planes and flying to Calgary.  From Calgary it is a 2 hour bus ride up the mountains to Lake Louise.  If anyone is interesting in driving from Cedar Rapids it is about a 24 hour 30 minute trip – if you drive straight through without weather delays.  A passport is required to travel to Canada.  Passports are easy to obtain if you submit a completed form and photo.  We can help get the process going, if you would like some help.

This is primarily a ski trip, as we are a ski club, however there are other activity options available at both Lake Louise and Banff.  The ski areas are:


Lake Louise – skiable area – 4,200 acres; summit elevation – 8,650 ft.; base elevation – 5,440 ft.;  Beginner 25%; Intermediate 45%; Advanced 30%

Sunshine Village – skiable area – 3,358 acres; summit elevation – 8,954 ft.; base elevation – 5,400 ft.;  Beginner 20%; Intermediate 55%; Advanced 25%

Mount Norquay – skiable area – 190 acres; summit elevation – 6,700 ft.; base elevation – 5,380 ft.;  Beginner 31%; Intermediate 25%; Advanced 44%


Some of the other suggested winter activities:

Snow shoeing – guided or on your own:  Strap on some snowshoes and venture into the wilderness of Banff National Park! Trained naturalists will accompany you to provide instruction on snowshoeing and to share their knowledge about the area.


Hot Springs - With an average temperature of 37 degrees Celsius, the Banff Upper Hot Springs offers particularly special conditions to go for a warm, soothing soak in wintertime. As snow gently falls on the surrounding peaks, you can take a deep breath and relax amidst steaming waters.


Snow Days - Keep your eyes on the schedule for Snow Days, a fun-filled season of heart pumping, mid-week activities and weekend festivals jam-packed with adventures of all kinds. Snow Days kicks off in January with something to do each and every day, including ice climbing, outdoor skating, hockey, ice carving, curling, snow sculptures, and more!


Sight Seeing and Tours - Sightseeing is one of the most popular activities in Banff National Park, and for good reason! Cruise the scenic roads to the shores of wintry alpine lakes on your own or join in on a guided tour through one of the local tour operators. Among many options, guided snowshoeing, ice walks at Johnston Canyon and GPS-guided driving tours are also available!


Dogsledding - Dogsledding is an exciting way to enjoy the landscapes of Banff National Park in winter. Sit under a blanket on a traditional dogsled and let a team of huskies lead you on a picturesque journey through mountain valleys. For added excitement, try mushing the sled yourself and guiding a team of dogs down the trail!


Snowmobiling - Banff National Park is the gateway to many other mountain adventures, including snowmobiling. This adventure awaits you outside of the park itself but nearby, amidst beautiful, snow-clad peaks. With half-day and full-day guided tour options available, each guest is equipped with a helmet, warm clothes and their very own snowmobile to explore the vast mountain terrain.


Indoor Activities - While Banff National Park is famous for its wide open wilderness, wildlife and natural beauty, you can also escape the cold temperatures and partake in some indoor activities. Among many options, you can explore Banff’s museums and art galleries, take the family to an indoor water slide, climbing gym or movie theatre, enjoy some glow-in-the-dark bowling or relax at a local spa.

And much more, but I am sure we have already exceeded the space limit.


Please sign up to join the lucky 30 EISC members who will be making this exciting and historic (for the club) journey to Banff / Lake Louise.  There are several websites with more details is the best for the ski resorts.  Much more information on this trip will be coming in the near future.


Thanks, Sally and Steve


Spring Picnic



The spring picnic at the Meadowlark Pavilion in Squaw Creek Park had a great turnout.



There was a shower but it didn’t seem to bother anyone.  Thanks to Rhonda and Dale Bohrer for bringing the grill and thank you Denise and Brad Langhoff for loaning it to us even though they were unable to make it themselves.  Thank you everyone who contributed to the potluck, beer taste, and/or tacky tee shirt contest.  This is always a fun day!



Waterloo/Cedar Falls Bike Ride - Sat June 18

It was a beautiful day for biking, but a challenge avoiding the flooded trails.  Still 18 participants were able to bike around Big Woods, UNI, and Prairie Lakes, getting in up to 22 miles.  Our lunch stop was at Whiskey Road in downtown Cedar Falls, with a toast to Jane and Wendall on their big day.











Optional activities included the traditional stop at Singlespeed Brewery, the College Hill Arts Festival, and sidewalk sale days.  Thanks very much to Gloria and Terry Jackson for driving our support vehicle.






Kernels Baseball “Halfway to Christmas”  Friday June 24


Merry Christmas Kernels!   40 EISCers experienced good weather, good friends, good food, lots of beer & the Kernels came from behind and WON!!!  


Thanks to Teri Barnhart & Janet Stimson for their help in making this a success. - - - I actually had candy canes to distribute but the boy scouts ate them all! That's OK, good PR on our part.


~Linda Ferguson


Kim’s Korner

The 2 west ski trips will go live to sign up at 1 minute after midnight on the morning of July 16th.   Stay up late or get up early to register yourself for these trips!  Just log into the ski club website, click on the date for your trip on the home page, and click on “Register Now”.    You will have 6 choices for trip options based upon whether you are a 65+ (senior), lift tickets or none, and air fare or none. 


The board highly recommends you register online to hold you place.  You can still pay by check, just print off the invoice at the end of the registration process and send it to the P.O. box with your check.  Registering online assures your position in the queue.


You will have the opportunity to register other members online as well and you don’t have to be signing up for yourself, so this is nice if you want to help out a fellow member.   Just chose “Sign up Member” on the first page.

You will encounter the cancellation policy page.  Please read through it and check the box at the bottom that you acknowledge the rules.


On the final payment page, to avoid paying the full amount, click on the pencil icon, and type in the minimum amount needed for the July payment.  That will be the amount you are charged on your credit card, or the amount of your check to be sent in. Then chose the method of payment be it credit card or sending in a check. (See articles above for your payment amount)


I hope you enjoy the convenience that this method of signing up allows, especially for those of you who are long distance members.