Thursday, April 11, 2013

Expand your back yard

Geocaching takes us to remote areas, but have you stopped to breathe in the nature during your hunt or recovery? What was that plant you just passed? Ever notice a certain tree and wonder about it? This month, many ephemerals will emerge for a very short period of time. To take advantage of this change in seasons, I'd like to let you know about a couple metro area events. Both note that terrain is moderate, which you probably know from earlier cache hunting.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 6:30pm - 8:30
Margo Frankel Woods State Park Hike

The Central Iowa Sierra Group will lead. Follow NE 2nd Avenue (Hwy 415) about 2 miles north of I-80/35. The park is located on the east side of the road, just south of NW 66th Avenue between Des Moines and Ankeny. We will meet in the parking lot. (That is, the west lot closest to the road.) Contact Peggy at for information. Difficulty: moderate, hilly terrain.

Sunday, April 28, 2013 begins Iowa Wildflower Week. One metro area event will be held at Thomas Mitchell Park in east Polk County. On Tuesday, April 30, a Wildflower Hike will be led by the Central Iowa Sierra Group from 6:30pm – 8:00pm. Meet at McDonald's parking lot in Pleasant Hill. Contact Jackie at 515-577-0375 for more information. Difficulty: moderate, hilly terrain.

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