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July 2017 Newsletter

 | Published on 7/4/2017
For a dowloadable and complete version of this newsletter click here: July Skiddoo 2017

President’s Message

What is a nipplewort anyway?

That was the question of the day during the campout at Prairie Flower Campgrounds near Saylorville Lake. That was the name of the loop assigned to the East Iowa Ski Club for the weekend. A weekend filled with recreation, relaxation and good fellowship.

EISC’s summer activities, aside from being a good time, are a great way to keep the continuity during the “off-season”. I mentioned last year that not all ski clubs have non-ski season activities. We are fortunate to have a great group of members who volunteer their time and energy to make ours a club with no “off-season”.

We are not all able to make all of the activities (I, myself, missed the baseball game) but, through vacation time, Independence Day and community celebrations, we can rest assured that the East Iowa Ski Club continues to be the “Outdoor Fun People”.

By the way, nipplewort is a flowering plant. Stay active my friends, and celebrate!

~Mike Buckman, EISC President

Nothing Nights – Wed Eve – CJ’s Bar and Grill 7:00

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. By popular demand we have moved back to CJ’s Sports Bar and Grill, 62 17th Ave SW. CJ’s has a varied menu and good prices. Most of the time we are in the back room.

CJ’s is close to the trail, so join your friends for a bike ride starting at about 5:30 and riding south, weather permitting.

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.

Spring Picnic Sat - Report

The annual spring picnic held at Squaw Creek Park was well attended. It was a beautiful warm day with lots of good food, beer, and conversation. Some participated in the wacky t-shirt theme and gave us some entertainment. Thanks to everyone who helped organize, set up and clean up. A big thanks to the Langhoffs’ for loan of their grill, and Brian Keller for delivering it for us!


Cedar Rapids Kernels’ Baseball - Report

34 East Iowa Ski Club members, friends and family came out to the ballpark to cheer the Cedar Rapids Kernels from the Arctic Insulation Party Plaza on in a hard fought one point loss to the Clinton Lumber Kings. The Kernels’ led for the first 3 innings and then it was a tie game for the next 2. But it was not to be! The final score was 5-4 Clinton. The threatening weather stayed to the north and a fun time was had by all. I'm sure we will do this again!

Thank you Gordon Bowman for taking pictures. You always get such great shots!

Sue Goettel ~ Teri Barnhart

Neal Smith Trail - Bike Weekend - Report

Combine 21 cyclists, 16 campers, 7 tents, 6 tubs of firewood, 5 RV’s,
4 boxes of wine and 3 Organizers and what do you great? 1 great weekend!

With only a few bumps in the road we all had a great time.

On Friday night everyone rolled in and got set up. Brian Keller managed to leave the poles for both his tent and his screen room at home. Luckily for him, Larry and Teresa Smith travel with a spare tent in their camper. Unfortunately, shade was limited so most of the tents were snuggled together like a tiny village. Our final arrival was Keven and Edie Lubben. They rolled in with their super unique camper and instantly everyone was checking it out. This vehicle has tires that weigh 300 lbs each and can be used from the Sahara to the Arctic, or at least it looks like it could, and is totally self-sufficient. They didn’t plug in the whole weekend. It’s got solar panels on the roof. Really cool!

As the light began to fade it started to sprinkle, so we moved our chairs under the private pavilion and enjoyed the show. Lightning streaked across the sky and was most impressive.

Several of us made breakfast on Saturday in the pavilion and enjoyed the conversation. Wendall Sents and Larry Smith played the roll of sweepers for the ride on Saturday. Ready to jump into action to save the day! Low air in tires, brake issues and low seats are no challenge for them. We rode the rolling hills around Saylorville and Big Creek lakes covering approximately 18 miles total. Most of the trail is heavily wooded so we had lots of shade. Several times along the way you can see the lake and enjoy the inlets, along with several bridges before reaching the beach. Once at the beach we were treated… ok, a few of the guys were treated, to a mini car show. One of the local car clubs was having a “Cars and Coffee” day and were parked in the beaches’ parking lot.

On the way back to the campground we made a detour into Polk City for lunch. Ange had a slight run in, literally, with a youngster as she transitioned from the trail to the road but everyone came out ok. This was the only time we were on the road and even then the bike lane was really good. Most of us ate at the Polk City Pub, which was tasty. A few were looking for something a bit faster and went to Subway instead. After lunch we made our way on the city roads for 3 blocks before reaching the trail once more. From there it was a quick ride back to the campground. Several people continued on past the campground to extend their ride to nearly 30 miles.

Thanks to everyone for bringing lots of delicious food to share and making the potluck a huge success. After dinner Brenda and Wayne were conspicuously absent. Once this was noticed it became obvious what must be done. Six people, who shall remain nameless, (check out all the pictures on the clubs Facebook page) moved stealthily into place and gave their camper a good rocking. Needless to say Brenda knew instantly what was up and jumped into action to stop the mischief. (again, check out the pictures) After all settled down we circled around the fire pit to enjoy a roaring fire to cap our weekend.

There is nothing quite like a weekend of camping, biking, good food and friends. Sorry if you missed out this year but we hope you will join us next year. We are already beginning to make plans.

Jane Sents –Wendall Sents – Teresa Smith

EISC Golf Outing - Sat, July 29th - 9:00AM Tee Time

The annual EISC Golf Tournament will be held at Wildcat Golf Course in Shellsburg on the morning of Saturday, July 29th. This is a four person best shot with non-cash prizes. We’ll have a shot gun start at 9:00am and the cost will be $47 for 18 holes of golf, cart and a meal following. Please plan to arrive no later than 8:30am so everyone can get checked in and carts loaded. This is one of those ski club events that’s open to non ski club members so feel free to invite friends and family!!

Please register and pay through the club’s website. The deadline for registering and paying for the event is Friday, July 14th. As an alternative, you may pay by sending a check to the EISC PO Box #843, Cedar Rapids, IA 52406. You can organize your own teams, or sign up as an individual and we’ll pair you up with others. We’ll have sign up sheets at upcoming events for you to indicate who is on your team.

Non-golfers are welcome to come to Wildcat, order off the grill menu and enjoy the tournament wrap up. So come on out and join in the fun. And remember, golf balls are like eggs. They're white. They're sold by the dozen and you need to buy fresh ones each week!

If there are any questions, feel free to contact us! Hope to see you at Wildcat!!

Kathy Healy Nancy Thorkildson Sarah Wittnebel

EISC Corn Roast 2017 – Sat - Aug 19th - 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!

Look for signs leading you there! >>

Steamboat Springs Jan 13 to 20, 2018

Get your calendars and checkbooks/credit cards ready with this important information.

The Steamboat Springs trip scheduled for January 13 -20, 2018 GOES ON SALE AT 9 AM SATURDAY, JULY 15. Checks mailed to the club’s PO Box may be postmarked July 14. The club was able to secure 2 more spots so 42 members will be able to make this trip.

Here are the pricing and payment schedules:
FULL PKG $1498: $375 due July and August, $374 due September and October
W/O AIR $936: $234 due July, August, September and October
W/O LIFTS $1219: $305 due July, Aug and September; $304 October
LAND ONLY $656: $164 July-October


Please note that the club’s web site currently can only accept a maximum payment of $500 per transaction.


We’ll be at Steamboat during the week of the entertaining Cowboy Downhill.
Resort information: Nearly 3000 acres in size encompassing 5 mountains, 350 inches of snowfall annually, known for its champagne powder to its deep western heritage, and winter Olympic history and one of the most memorable ski towns in North America. Non skier activities include tubing, dog sledding, snowmobiling, sleigh rides, horseback riding, helicopter tours, dining (over 100 restaurants including one on top of mountain via gondola), ice skating, hot springs, shopping, snow shoeing/cross country skiing/tours, and hot air ballooning. The trip includes:

• Round trip air from Cedar Rapids to Hayden with transfers
• Full pkg or w/o air pkg includes 5 lifts. Lifts are a bargain at $275 in the pkg for 5 days including $10/day lunch vouchers.
• 7 nights lodging at LaCasa condos on the mountain. These are a combination of 3 bed 4 bath and 4 bed 5 bath condos that are very spacious, have all of the expected amenities including free covered parking, and are 150 yards from the lifts.
• Wine and Cheese party

This should be a great trip!

Ruth Van Tol Mike Monroe

2017-2018 Season EISC Midwest Ski Trips

by Jim Wittnebel

Just a reminder that we have two Midwest Ski Trips scheduled as follows:

Sundown Mountain December 27, 2017 – Need Trip Chair

This is always a great learn to ski, get your ski legs going again, and a family ski day where you don’t need to need to be an EISC club member to join in the fun. The full group package includes lift ticket, equipment rental, and a ski lesson for $52. Group lift ticket is $34.

Lutsen Resort Feb 9-12 – Need Trip Chair - Pricing to be announced later
Lutsen Mountains is a picturesque resort that has 4 interconnected peaks overlooking Lake Superior. It’s Mid America’s largest ski resort with 825 foot vertical and 95 runs. Recent upgrades include an 8-passenger gondola, 6 passenger high-speed chair, $9 mil snowmaking upgrade. Lutsen receives 10 feet of average annual snowfall. The area is rich in snowshoe and groomed cross-country trails.

The trip includes: round trip bus transportation, 3 nights lodging in Grand Marais, and optional group ski lift ticket.

Both trips are in need of a trip chair. Please let either Mike or myself know if you are interested. The Midwest trips go on sale in September. Thanks.