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Lots of News! and a Newsletter

It’s hard to keep track of everything that’s changing, isn’t it! Our crack reporter and newsletter editor Julie put together another great newsletter – and in the last couple of days, we’ve got more news and updates to pass along to you.

First, the newsletter: NWFT May-June 2020 newsletter

You can download it here: NWFT May – June 2020 newsletter

Now for the updates:

  • Our May 9th Traditional Walk, rescheduled from April, is CANCELED.
  • No decision has been made at this time about our June 1st Club Meeting.
  • 20 Iowa Parks in 2020 seasonal walking program has OPENED as of May 1st.  All facilities are not open at the parks until at least May 15th, although one or two toilets may be available.  Try to be flexible if you want to walk before the 15th and do follow all Iowa social distancing guidelines.
  • Speaking of the Iowa Parks program, Lake Anita State Park’s POC Jill reports that the Start Box is temporarily located inside the Park Office, until the campgrounds open on May 15th.
  • Still speaking of the Iowa Parks program, the June 6th Group Walks at Lewis and Clark and Stone State Parks have been CANCELED.  These are fantastic walks that you can do on your own, but not with a group at this time. Maybe in the fall?
  • Omaha Hanscom Park YRE has REOPENED.
  • Omaha Westroads Mall YRE is still CLOSED.
  • A New Seasonal Walk, with Little Free Library!,  has been ADDED in Southeastern Council Bluffs, courtesy of Sandy Spaulding.  Info at: AVA website listing

News for 2020

Happy New Year of Walking!  Get your calendar out – besides a great slate of regular walks this year, our club is involved in two very special events:

  1. The “20 Iowa Parks in 2020” walking program, which runs from May 1st – October 15th of this year; and
  2. “Blazin’ Trails and Tellin’ Tales”, the North Central Regional Roundup, to be hosted by our club from October 2 – 4, 2020.

We’ve got LOTS of information about these two events on our website, so be sure to click on the links to learn more.

Our news-packed newsletter for January and February 2020, in stunning color, is available here:  Jan/Feb 2020 Newsletter  But you won’t see the name of our 2019 “Walker of the Year” in it – you’ll have to attend our Annual Dinner and Meeting to find out!

Club News from November Meeting

First – did you get our most recent newsletter by email? Club members get the full newsletter emailed directly to them, hot off the press, errr, computer desktop!  See it here:  November – December 2019 Newsletter

Our annual Pie Walk is coming up this Saturday, November 9th, from 9 a.m. to noon (off the trail by 3 p.m.) at Countryside Community Church at 13130 Faith Plaza, Omaha, NE (132nd and Pacific).  $2 for Fun Walkers, $3 for book stampers.  Oh – and be sure to bring a pie to share! Extra pies donated go to New Visions, a homeless shelter in Council Bluffs.  (Hint: refrigerated pies don’t transport well after the walk, but we love to sample them after walking!). 

Later this month, club members will have the opportunity to vote for our 2019 “Walker of the Year”, for our 2020 slate of officers and for an amendment to our bylaws.  “WOTY” nominees are listed in the newsletter and Club President Lee sent out an email this morning about officers and the proposed amendment.  Voting will be by electronic ballot, mail (for those without email access) and by paper ballot at our December 2nd meeting for those who have not already voted.

Our club is still planning to make an outing of the Le Mars, Iowa Seasonal Walk – see the Le Mars, Iowa December 7th outing announcement for all of the details.  Thank you to club members Denene Turner and Sandy Spaulding for putting this together! Maybe they deserve an extra scoop of that great Blue Bunny Ice Cream while on the 5k/10k walk?  

Walking Season Returns!

Now that the weather is starting to turn, it’s time to give those walking shoes a check-up.   Are they ready for another great set of walks this fall?

Our latest newsletter is full of information about upcoming meetings and walks – check it out here:  NWFT Sept – Oct 2019 Newsletter.

Our next club meeting is Monday night, September 9th at 7 p.m. at Morning Star Lutheran Church at 331 S. 85th Avenue. Our speaker will have you on your feet!

Our next walk is Saturday morning, September 21st, at the American Legion at 330 W. Lincoln in Papillion, NE. The 10k route takes you to Walnut Creek Lake. Start times are from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Fees are $2 for Fun Walkers and $3 for AVA/IVV credit walkers.

And of course, we’ve got a number of Year Round Events  waiting for you anytime – year round!

See you on the trail!

July – August 2019 Newsletter & Activities

Our July – August 2019 newsletter (website edition) is available here:  NWFT Jul-Aug 2019 newsletter  Remember that club members receive the full newsletter directly, hot-off-the-presses!

Updates on summer activities:

July 28th baseball outing is SOLD OUT!

August 3rd – just added!  8 a.m. group walk of the Shelby, Iowa YRE, with a late breakfast or early lunch scheduled for afterwards at the starting point, The Corn Crib, right off I-80 on the NW corner of the intersection. (Look for the red silo.)

August 10th – Melodrama at Mahoney Park.  Only 4 tickets left!  Meet at Cheri O’s in Ashland at 3 p.m. for ice cream and to car pool to the State Park for the 5 p.m. show.  Tickets are $7, plus the cost of sharing in the $6 per Nebraska resident daily park pass ($8 for out-of-staters). Email us at netrailblazers@gmail.com for more info.

MAY – JUNE 2019 NEWSLETTER

Our latest newsletter is attached here: May – June 2019 Newsletter

As always, club members get the full version of the newsletter delivered to their inboxes. Not a club member? Stop by any walk or meeting to find out more and to sign up, or check this out.

As mentioned in the newsletter, we’ve reserved tickets to the Omaha Storm Chasers for a 2:05 p.m. game on Sunday, July 28th at Werner Park in Omaha. We have a limited number of tickets – get yours today! $11 for a club member, $16 for non-club members. (Did we mention how to become a club member?) Time’s ticking: mail in your payment by May 3rd or bring it to the club meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 6th at Morning Star Lutheran Church at 331 S. 85th Avenue in Omaha.

Not mentioned in the newsletter: Our Workers’ Walk for the May 11th Walk starting at the Sarpy County Museum at 2402 Clay Street in Bellevue. When is it? Sunday, May 5th, with feet hitting the trail at 2 p.m., so be sure to be there 15 minutes early to fill out paperwork. Speaking of paperwork, restrooms will NOT be available at the Museum. If you didn’t see the email to sign up as a volunteer for this walk and want to volunteer, let us know at netrailblazers@gmail.com and we’ll pass on the message!

March – April 2019 Newsletter

Our March-April 2019 newsletter is now available in edited form. (Remember that Club Members get the full version, hot off the presses!) Our thanks to Sandy Spaulding for stepping into Footsteps‘ editor Julie Brown’s shoes for this issue!

Donated soup

Our annual Soup Walk was postponed a week – from March 2nd to March 9th, because of forecasted adverse weather. Well, it looks like the warm-up we were hoping for is going to be delayed. So, how do we cope? With the 3 W’s and plenty of hot soup!

What are the 3 W’s? It’s how to dress for exercise in cold weather!

  • Wicking – base layer should move body moisture away from the body. Think a lightweight wool, silk or a synthetic fabric – not cotton, which traps moisture.
  • Warmth – next layer should help to retain heat. Think sweaters, fleece, down, heavier wool.
  • Weather – the outside layer should repel moisture and stop wind. It should also be breathable, to allow body moisture to evaporate, rather than be trapped inside and chilling you.

A quick Google search “layering clothes for cold weather” gives lots of examples and tips. One good search result is from Mountain Warehouse, which provides text, pictures and a video.

November 2018

We just finished our Pie Walk on November 3rd and are getting ready for our Night of Lights Walk on December 2nd.  We’re busy at work planning our 2019 walks, starting in March with our annual Soup Walk at Children’s Square in Council Bluffs – more info coming in January about our 2019 season!

In the meantime, we have the November-December 2018 newsletter available.  Remember that club members receive the full newsletter directly as an email.

Our next walk is a Meet and Eat (group walk) on Friday, November 23rd at 10 a.m., starting from the Lansky’s at 1131 N Broadway, Council Bluffs, IA 51503. The plan is to #OptOutside and walk the 5k, then return to Lansky’s for lunch.  Lansky’s is the Start Point for our Council Bluffs Year Round Event and specializes in pizza, cheese steaks and pasta.

Our November club meeting featured a speaker from the Omaha Bee Club, a short business meeting and was followed by refreshments.  We do provide an orientation to visitors and new club members during the refreshments.  Here are scenes from that meeting. 

September – October 2018 Newsletter

Our latest newsletter is available here.  As fall approaches, the pace of our walking season picks up. Check out all of the walking opportunities at home and nearby in the “Mark Your Calendars” section of the newsletter.

Just a reminder, our “Discover Small Town Nebraska” walks take place October 5th – 7th in Brownville, Falls City, Pawnee City and Tecumseh.  We’re asking for pre-registrations to help with our planning, although we do welcome walkers who make last-minute plans to be with us.  Check out our “Discover Small Town Nebraska” section of this website and then be sure to send in your registrations by September 4th.