October 2023 Newsletter
Sunday hikes start at 2:30 pm, go approx. 5 miles, last 1 1⁄2 – 2 hrs. Tuesday hikes (except 10/31) start at 7:00 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.
We don't want to run into scary bats:
so Tuesday October 31st Halloween hike will begin at 11:30 am:
All Tuesday hikes for November until Spring will be at 11:30 AM.
Remember to bring flashlights for evening hikes.
Despite their association with the supernatural world, bats are pollinators, seed dispersers and insect controllers. Bats play a crucial role in maintaining the health and diversity of ecosystems around the world. They are truly remarkable animals.
Nancy Duffrin has decided to retire from her SPHC webmaster duties. Thank you Nancy for your many contributions and needed support!! Nancy will continue to assist where needed. Thank you to Brock Herlick who has volunteered to be our new interim webmaster effective immediately.
LIBRA 9/23 – 10/22
Libra’s are compassionate and empathetic people. They avoid conflict or confrontation. Strategic & spontaneous, focused & intuitive. Opinionated. Crave challenge, variety, adventure and people.
HAPPY October BIRTHDAYS TO... 10/10 Karen Schultz, 10/15 Jan Anderson, 10/16 Lois Brink, 10/20 Colleen Chermak, 10/20 Francis Luikart, 10/24 Rose Nelson
A heartfelt thank you to everyone that sent cards or shared in the celebration of my mom’s life. Your words of sympathy and show of support were very much appreciated. My mom (Marianne ‘Banda’ Mersch) was a SPHC member for many years and the reason I became a member. She led many hikes and often told me what a wonderful group of people made up th SPHC. See was right. Love, Bernie
10,000 STEPS per day...
A group of scientists, led by Maciej Banach, professor of preventive cardiology, followed more than 200,000 people over 7 years. The analysis showed benefits began at 2,300 steps per day with a significant reduced risk of dying from cardiovascular disease, 4,000 steps each day showed a reduced risk of dying from any cause. Every extra 1,000 steps added a 15% reduction. Insufficient physical activity is the fourth-leading risk of death accounting for 3.2 million deaths per year. The advice to walk 10,000 steps each day was born from a Japanese marketing ploy to sell pedometers. The main findings on steps are clear Banach says: “The more the better.”
-- Victoria Bisset, Washington Post
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS:
Julia Dady and Lois Brink
MILEAGE LEADERS THROUGH AUGUST
Sharon Heaton 218, Sandy Herlick 206, Judy Nelson 202, Wendy Worner 199, Don Crawford 198, Rose Nelson 197, Brock Herlick 191, Sue Crawford 190, Rick Nelson 189, Bernie Wildes 189, Vicky Beutel 170, Vic Fickling 166, Viv Fickling 166, Patty Peterson 165, Bob Tholkes 117, Jane Boyer 106, Bev Lee 95, Bonnie Wold 92, Karen Land 85, Wendy Chen 76.
Total miles hiked through Aug with SPHC = 4178 Club Members = 3949, Guests = 229
There have been 66 SPHC hikes through August. Starting points were in 27 different cities or townships, of those, 13 started in St Paul. The geographic center of all the starting points of the hikes would be in the Hillcrest neighborhood on the East Side of St Paul near Nevada Ave E and Germain St.
Don & Sue Crawford and Judy Nelson attended all eight August hikes.
The largest attendance at a hike between Memorial Day and Labor Day was Jean Boyd’s hike on August 29th with 23 hikers.
Despite their association with the supernatural world, bats are pollinators, seed disperses and insect controllers. Bats play a crucial role in maintaining the health and diversity of ecosystems around the world. They are truly remarkable animals.