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April 2024 Newsletter

Hope April 1st doesn't fool us like last year.

Sunday hikes start at 2:30 pm, go approx. 5 miles, last 1 1⁄2 – 2 hrs.

Tuesday hikes start at 07:00 pm, go approx. 3 miles, last about 1 hour.

The SPHC walks at a moderate speed of 2.5 -3.5 mph. (17-24 min. mile)

Hikers are expected to maintain that pace. Hikes start on time. 

KNOCK, knock, Who’s there?

April. April who?

April Fools !!



04/02 Kieran Duncan, 04/06 Judy Smith, 04/15 Charlotte Svobodny, 04/19 Sherry Smith, 04/21 Barb Fitzpatrick

Long time SPHC member George Hunkins passed away peacefully in the hospice at Cerenity Humboldt Assisted Living facility. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 am on May 18th at St Clements Episcopal Church, 901 Portland Ave., St Paul. Post 8 will conduct a brief memorial before the service.


Jean Diekmann, Sherry Smith.

Here a bloom, there a bloom, everywhere an April bloom...

HIKERS in the lead – thru February 2024:

Sharon Heaton 54, Wendy Worner 54, Vic Fickling 52, Rose Nelson 52, Viv Fickling 49, Sandy Herlick 49, Brock Herlick 47, Judy Nelson 46, Vicky Beutel 44, Don Crawford 38, Sue Crawford 38, Bev Lee 38, Shirley Lee 36, Patty Peterson 33, Jane Boyer 32, Bob Tholkes 32, Carol Kelly 31, Bernie Wildes 30, Bry Garcia 27, Jean Boyd 26, Scott Lee 26.

Total SPHC mileage hiked through February 2024 = 1094 (Members – 1075, Guests – 19)

will be on Sunday, April 28 at Jimmy’s, 3565 LaBore Rd., Vadnais Heights. Social hour at 5:30 PM followed by dinner at 6:30. Entrees: Pistachio Crusted Walleye with lemon butter sauce, served with Wild Rice Blend ($36.95) OR Stuffed Pork Chop with Sage Stuffing, Roasted Baby Reds and mushroom bordelaise sauce ($31.95) Dinner choices include tossed salad, vegetable medley, coffee, rolls & butter. Reservation deadline is April 10th. Include entree choice in response. Guests welcome. Make checks payable to St Paul Hiking Club and mail to: Viv Fickling, 2254 Jennifer Ln., North St Paul, MN 55109. Contact: Sharon Heaton 651.207.5926

“And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my sole”. - John Muir

Stats from mileage director, Rick Nelson:

The average starting point of all hikes so far is a point on the East side near Hyacinth Ave and Forest St near Phalen Park.

Temperature of the non canceled hikes: 2 hikes in the 20’s F, 8 in the 30’s F and 5 in the 40’s F.

Highest elevation starting point of a hike was Judy Nelson’s hike from the Oakdale IHop on February 9th. 1049 feet above sea level.

Earth day, April 22, 2024 No Earth, No Life.

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