Monday, June 24, 6pm EDT
Walking the Camino de Santiago
New Buffalo Township Library
(Co-Sponsored with the Friends of the New Buffalo Library)
The Camino de Santiago is a network of pilgrimage routes leading to the shrine of St. James the Apostle in the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain. The traditional modern route begins in St. Jean de Port in France and continues across Spain to Santiago–a distance of 500 miles. In 2017, 301,036 people completed the pilgrimage. Join Mary Rooney, who has traveled the Camino five times, as she gives the history of the Camino and speaks about the practialities of walking the route, characteristics of a pilgrim, some surprising challenges, and the gifts of the Camino.
Directions: The New Buffalo Township Library is located at 33 N. Thompson St. in downtown New Buffalo.
Estimated Presentation Time: 1-1/2 hours
Physical Difficulty: None
Presenter: Mary Rooney
Saturday, June 29, 1pm EDT
Habitats of the Valparaiso Moraine
Pinhook Bog and Upland Trail
The Hikers will hike the Pinhook Trail System, which features two very different habitats. We will start our adventure by hiking the Bog Trail, which leads to a depression the Valparaiso Moraine created when a large piece of ice broke off the retreating glacier. As part of a National Park Service-sponsored open house, rangers will be stationed along the trail to help us understand this unique place filled with carnivorous plants. Next, we’ll hike the Upland Trail, which is highlighted by a rich beech and maple forest growing atop the moraine, which was formed more than 15,000 years ago. This particular moraine has had a huge impact on Illinois, Indiana and Michigan. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water and insect repellent.
Directions: Pinhook Bog is located at 946 Wozniak Rd., LaPorte, IN 46350. Trailhead GPS coordinates: 41.621214, -86.850227 (decimal degrees)
Estimated Presentation Time: 10 minutes
Estimated Total Time: Up to 3 hours for both habitats
Hiking Distance: 1.7 miles (Upland Trail) and 0.5 miles (Bob Trail)
Physical Difficulty: Easy to moderate with some elevation change
Hike Leaders: Pat Fisher, Harbor Country Hikers President, and National Park Service rangers
(Other hiking- and nature-related activities in the community)
New Buffalo Township Library
Tuesday, July 9, 6pm EDT
An Epic 2-1/2 Year RV Trip to All 59 National Parks
New Buffalo residents Laura and Fred Jolly spent 2-1/2 years living in a 30-ft. RV, traveling to all 50 states and visiting all 59 (at the time) National Parks, plus another 100-plus park units. Join the Jollys as they share stories and photos of their “Jolly Out There” adventures. They’ll leave plenty of time for questions following their formal program. If a trip like this is something you’ve dreamed about, come and be inspired to hit the road on your own. Sponsored by the Friends of the New Buffalo Library and underwritten in part by the Pokagon Fund.
Indiana Dunes National Park
For more information, call 219-395-1882
Fridays, 5-6:30pm CDT and Sundays, 10-11:30am CDT and 2:30-4pm CDT
Ranger-Led Summit Hikes of Mount Baldy
Indiana Dunes State Park
For more information, call 219-926-1390