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2018 Chapter Outings

2018 Outing Review:
May 18 to 20: This was a 'fishing only' outing and we stayed at the wonderful old Rayburn Lodge! The Challenge Chapter has been staying at the lodge for years because it's a great place to relax and enjoy a weekend.
Rayburn is the 'perfect' lodge. A place where all who stay there can easily unwind from our busy lives at home. This lodge is also big enough for families to bring the kids. There's a huge fireplace where everyone can relax in the evening after a busy day on or around the river.
If you get the chance, stay there for a weekend - you won't be sorry!
August 10 to 12: This weekend was at the Wa Wa Sum lodge, another old lodge that is owned by Michigan State University. This lodge holds close to thirty people. it has a separate building for the kitchen and dining room.
The lodge sports one of the best screened porches in the world! At least a dozen folks can relax and have a coffee or adult beverage while watching the river drift by. There are also four single bunks along the back wall for afternoon naps! The Great Room inside has a huge fireplace to warm you on chilly evenings.
There was some fishing and a review of what we believed would be a small project at the Spite Road access site for our upcoming September outing. We found several railings missing due to trees falling. Two railing posts were also broken at the ground level and possibly four to six steps that need to be replaced.
If you are ever in that area, try to Wa Wa Sum Lodge. You will love it!
September 7 to 9: The chapter stayed at Pine Bend Cabin - a new lodge for us. It is part of Royal Stag Properties and was very nice with lots of outdoor touches inside.
Our project was to repair the damage on the Spite Road steps. The Challenge chapter was involved in the original building of those steps in 1986. It was a joint effort between our chapter and the Mason-Griffith chapter. There are 33 steps down to the river so it turned into several weeks of hard work. The outcome of this effort was another wonderful access site to the mainstream of the Au Sable River!
During this outing, we were unavoidably short several chapter members so we decided to just replace the two rotten posts and the four missing hand rails. However, chapter members Rich Bruder, Jon Griffin, Gordon Baughman, John Marsh, and Conrad Surdu were able to complete many of the needed repairs despite the reduced numbers. It was also decided that our chapter would return in May of 2019 and replace the four steps. if you would like to be part of this project, please contact me - info listed below.
By the way, this is a very good place to fish - lots of places for big fish to hide!!

Gordon Baughman
Challenge Chapter TU
Conservation Director
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