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June 2019 Newsletter

 | Published on 6/1/2019

For a complete and downloadable version of the newsletter: June Skiddoo 2019

President’s Message

Hello friends!


And so, another Summer begins. Make sure you check out the Skiddoo, and/or the  website, for all the fun things the club has planned for the Summer. I know personally I’m looking forward to the Cedar Falls bike ride and the Car Rally in June. Note: you2019 06  don’t have to have a fancy car to join us on the Car Cruise. The destination sounds great and I’m sure the route will be scenic.


We are Super excited to announce the 2020 (can you believe it’ll be 2020?) Winter trips at the Spring Picnic.


Also, we had some reports of members having issues making payments on the website. After a little investigating we figured out the reason. The maximum that could be charged, up until now, was $500.00 per transaction. The Club Express credit card limit has been raised from $500 to $1000. For those of you that use this easy tool, it will make life even better.


Remember to keep smiling. It makes people wonder what you’re up to.

Teresa Smith, 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 at 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.  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.

A Blast from the Past!


Here is the featured front page of the June1986 Skiddoo: 

2019 06

MPO Bike Ride – Recap

Edie and I got to the Newbo parking lot about 9:00am for the 6th annual Cedar Rapids MPO bike ride.

We rode around the parking lot looking for any other EISC members to ride with, but none were to be found.  That's OK, there were about 150 bikers on the ride so lots of new friends to be found.


First we all rode over to Mt Trashmore, about half rode up the 948' elevation to the top; the other half walked. The view from the top was the best place to take pictures of downtown I have ever seen.

Then we rode up river to the McCloud Creek trail all the way to Collins road to catch the trail north of Blairsferry Rd. into Marion.  It was a very scenic trail. We stopped at the Uptown Sung in the Artway Project area for free beer or soda. A small group of us got there about a half hour before the rest because they got stopped by a slow train in downtown CR. 


Then we all rode out to the New Grant Wood trail under Hwy.13, almost to the Marion airport.  It was a really nice trail. After that, we rode to Squaw Creek Park for free BBQ lunch of pulled pork. Then over to Otis road along the river to see where they are going to put in the new Smoke Stack Bridge. Then back to the parking lot. Did I forget to mention that it was cold and RAINING ALL DAY except when we were under a roof eating our BBQ. Some of the bikers were going to Lion Bridge Brewing Company for a party but we went home for a hot shower.


Keven & Edie Lubben

2019 06


Rock the Block/Meet Me at the Market/Cedar Rapids Bike Rides

The East Iowa Ski Club has decided to piggy-back on a number of free events that are scheduled this summer at the NewBo Market area.


Every Friday night during the summer is Rock the Block with different musicians scheduled to play from 6 to 8 PM. Depending on weather and the popularity of the group, sometimes finding a place to sit can be difficult. Bring your lawn chair or blanket. Leave your coolers at home. Vendors at the Market have food and beverages for sale. Look for other ski members and perhaps there is room for you to squeeze in, socialize and listen to the music. The scheduled performers are listed on the club’s web page calendar.


On Thursday evenings is Meet Me at the Market (MMM). There are a variety of physical activities to participate in: walking, running, yoga, dancing or bike riding for the purpose of mixing, mingling and moving. The club is suggesting those that want to do some social riding to join this activity. Here is how it works. You must register ONCE. Use this link to provide your information and sign the waiver: 

You will be alerted each week with what the planned bike route will be, the starting time, meeting location, etc. Each time you do one of the activities you must check-in electronically. If you participate 5 times you get a free tee shirt. If you have some of the club swag and attire, please wear it and let other people know about the club. Helmets are required for riding. Parking is suggested at city lot 44 which is on the corner of 11th Ave and 2nd St.


The club is also planning two Cedar Rapids rides during the summer months for members, friends and families. The first ride will be Sunday, July 14 at 1 PM to Center Point and back on the trail. The other ride will be 10 AM on Saturday, August 3 from Cedar Rapids to Ely and beyond. Lunch of all you can eat broasted chicken at Odie’s or ice cream treats at Dan and Debbie’s are planned. More specifics coming later. But for now save the dates.


Annual Cedar Falls/Waterloo Bike Ride – June 8th

It finally stopped snowing; let’s celebrate with a bike ride!!  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 Park2019  is on the right.

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

When:  9:30 AM

 Black Hawk Park – first come, first serve,  George Wyth State Park – reservations accepted,  Big Woods Lake Campground – reservations accepted.  All 3 campgrounds are on the trail.


So, our plan for this year’s route is to wait and see what Mother Nature has planned for us! Only took us 5 years to figure this out :) We do know that we will eat at one of our past rides eating establishments - Single Speed (Waterloo), Peppers, Screaming Eagle, Mulligans, or Whiskey Road. We will start at Gateway Park in Cedar Falls and ride on one of the many scenic trails there are on the Cedar Valley Nature Trail to where we will have lunch, drinks and enjoy the ambience of our surroundings.  Then we will make our way back to the Single Speed in CF and celebrate the end of a great day of biking with EISC friends.  Of course, you can always stop for dessert at Scratch Cupcakery or even do some shopping at the great little shops in downtown CF :o)  No need to sign up, but if you let us know you're coming, we'll be sure to wait for you!


Any questions or suggestions, you can call or email Jane and Wendall Sents


Thanks!!  Jane and Wendall  :o)

“You’re only one bike ride away from a good mood”  ~ Anonymous




Kernels Baseball Game  -  June 14  Only $12



2019 How about we forget about our winter and think about enjoying a summer evening Kernels baseball game with a whole bunch of your ski club friends? This year, we are going back to the club seating area underneath the awning. You get your own assigned seat for the game and also choose your food or beverage of choice from any one of the many food and beverage stands. And don’t forget to bring your Kernel’s mug for refill discounts. You don’t need to be an EISC member to attend this event. Sign up now on line at   Or at the Spring Picnic.   


Mary Day


Summer Car Rally - Save the date!!Saturday June 22nd

Rain or shine we will leave Sam’s Club (Blairs Ferry Rd) at 10:30am.  Our destination will be Fireside Winery in Marengo2019  for refreshments and light lunch: they serve appetizers and of course wine.  If you have not been there, it’s a beautiful location and they have an indoor area if the weather does not cooperate.  We need reservations so please sign up at the Spring Picnic or register on line at


David & Joanie Meyer  


2019 EISC Golf Outing - Save the date!!Saturday, July 27th


golf The annual EISC Golf Tournament will be held at Wildcat Golf Course in Shellsburg on the morning of Saturday, July 27th.  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. This event is open to non-ski club members so feel free to invite friends and family!!   


Please register and pay through the club’s website.  (People not belonging to the ski club may also sign up and pay online, but they will be charged a $2 convenience fee.)  As an alternative, you may pay by sending a check to the EISC PO Box #843, Cedar Rapids, IA  52406. The deadline for registering and paying for the event is Friday, July 12th.  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 out, order off the grill menu and enjoy the tournament wrap up. So come on out and join in the fun exploring the mysteries of golf!!  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

Takes to the RIver - Saturday Aug 10th 


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.  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.takes  

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!  

On Saturday evening, about 5:30-6:00 we plan on grilling some of our home raised Angus burgers, along with french fries and Jim's famous homemade onion rings!  It will be a potluck event so bring a dish to share if you wish! After supper we'll get a bon fire going and maybe we can talk some of our musically inclined members or guests into entertaining us!

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!  Hope to see all of you on the 10th of Aug. you can show up anytime of the day, we're always here

~Kathy and Jim Takes


Corn Roast 2019 – Saturday, Aug 24th - 2:00PM

corn roast 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 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!



Katy Trail Fall Bike Ride – Herman, Missouri,September 5-7 Dwayne




Harbor Haus Hotel:                         $158 per person based on two people per room

Herman City Park Camping:          $99 per campsite

Cancellation Date:                           July 1st

You must be a current EISC member to go on this trip


Herman, Missouri is the destination for our fall, drive yourself, three night sight-seeing, touring, and bike ride trip.   Herman is a picture book village where 19th-century brick buildings hug the sidewalk as they do in Germany.   It was voted Missouri’s most beautiful small town as well as being the birthplace of Missouri’s wine country.  So whether you enjoy biking, shopping, touring the wineries, or just sitting back and relaxing along the banks of the Missouri River, come join us for a long weekend and stay in either Historic Harbor Haus B & B, or hook up with your friends for camping.    


The Katy Trail is just across the river from Herman so it’s easy to get to.  And at 250 miles long, it’s the longest “rails to trail” in the US extending from St Louis to Kansas City. You can bike one or two days or just tour all the wineries.  And of course there are many good dining establishments around the area to also enjoy. Hermann is an easy 4 Hour Drive directly south of Cedar Rapids mostly on four-lane highway.


There are just 10 hotel rooms and 9 campsites reserved. One room (1Q) is still available at the Harbor Haus Hotel.  Plenty of camping is available. If you are interested, you need to get your reservation in to Dwayne soon. The hotel room option is based on two people per room.  So try to find a roommate before signing up, or we will do our best to match you up with someone else going as long as we get an even number. Or, you can reserve one of the 9 full hookup campsites. The park rules are one RV or two tents per campsite.  

 Dwayne Grote    



Sun Valley – Jan 25-Feb 1


The East Iowa Ski Club has decided to go on 2 major West trips, visiting 2 of the best resorts available from the Member2019  Survey list in 2020.  One is a long time club favorite and one is legendary, yet hasn’t been on a club destination in around 25 years.


On January 25th, 2020 a maximum of 32 fortunate East Iowa Ski Club members will have an opportunity to make the pilgrimage to the birthplace of American destination skiing, Sun Valley, Idaho.  This renowned ski resort offers world class skiing, a favorite ski town and a unique, historical aspect.  With more than 3,400 vertical feet and over 2,000 acres of varied terrain, Sun Valley offers skiers something special on two exceptional mountains. 


It started as a playground for European nobility and Hollywood stars in 1936, when it opened the world’s first chairlift.  Sun Valley's old world charm is more than evident in the recently renovated Sun Valley Lodge condos.  The EISC will be staying in the Sun Valley Lodge condos.  The Lodge Apartments were built to suit the ski lodge standard of Sun Valley's early years - woodsy, spacious, warm and timeless.   One of the original historical lodges houses room 206 - where Ernest Hemingway finished his “A Farewell to Arms” novel. 


Sun Valley Resort is known as the ultimate intermediate skier’s haven. Featuring some of the best groomers in North America this Idaho ski resort certainly lives up to its namesake and is a top choice for fair-weather skiers.   An excellent European-style shuttle service provides easy access to the slopes and to the arts and culture available in the town of Ketchum.


Sun Valley Pricing

$1717 Full package – air, lifts condo

$1267 w/o air, lifts, condo

$1402 air, w/o lifts, condo

$952 land only – condo only

Sun Valley is an EPIC Pass resort / Sorry – no senior discount on this trip. 

We still have an opening for Trip Leaders to help guide the club on this very special excursion.  Please see Steve Cumming or David Meyer for more detail.  Plan on signing up early for the chance to visit and ski the legendary Sun Valley Resort.


sun valley


Winter Park – Feb 23-Mar 1

This is the 2nd major west trip.  On Sunday, Feb. 23rd a maximum of 32 lucky EISC members will be checking into thewinter park  Zephyr Mountain Lodge for a week of skiing and fun at Winter Park, Colorado.  With a 75-year history, Winter Park Resort is Colorado's longest continually operated ski resort.  Winter Park is a casual, relaxing ski town, with well-varied terrain for every skiing level.


We have reserved 8 - 2 bedroom/2 bath condos in the Zephyr Mountain Lodge.  Winter Park’s only true ski in/ski out condominium lodge, the Zephyr Mountain Lodge is situated 110 feet from the Zephyr Express lift. We will enjoy easy access to the ski shop and various après-ski locations. 

The vast and varied terrain of Winter Park also makes it a great ski area for groups that have differing levels of skiing ability. Winter Park offers multiple chairlifts that access beginner through expert terrain, allowing everyone in your group the chance to meet up and enjoy the chairlift ride together.


Over the years Winter Park has been known to be "Extremely Colorado," "Authentic Colorado," and "Colorado's Favorite." Regardless of what you know it as, rest assured it is More Than You Imagine! We’ll have more detailed info on the resort and area as we prepare for this great trip in 2020…  

Winter Park Trip Pricing

$1282 full air, lifts, condo

$ 769 w/o air, lifts, condo

$ 982 air, w/o lifts, condo

$ 469 land only, condo

Winter Park is an IKON Pass resort.  Sorry – no senior discount available


You will want to sign up for this trip early at the EISC Corn Roast, Aug. 24th  to join me, your host, Larry Smith and another co-host to be named later, on what is sure to be another great EISC ski trip adventure.

Larry Smith

winter park





Kim’s Korner

Want to send a card to a fellow member?   Want to email a member about something?  Want to make a phone call to them?  You can look up all these things on the Ski Club website. 


Just go to our website, login and chose the menu "Members" and the "Membership Directory". Click on the "Search" button.   This gives a list of all members who opt in to show their information as well as a map of where our members live.  Use the Page forward & back icons to look at all 6 pages of members. 


Give it a try!    


Kim Betts