Organization: Oxbow Inc.
Annual Moonlit Evening Winter Walk—Friday, February 18, 2022, 7:00 P.M. (Evening)
Meet: At the Shawnee Lookout Golf Course Parking Lot
Leader: John Klein, (513) 304-2310, email@example.com
*Note that this annual evening trip is usually scheduled in January. There will be no January Field Trip scheduled this year.
One of Oxbow Inc’s beloved founders, Morris Mercer, loved the night winter woods, especially when there was snow on the ground. He and his good friend John Klein started doing this night walk in the Shawnee Lookout woodlands that overlook the Oxbow many years ago. Morris is no longer with us, but John loves the tradition and has kept Morris’s spirit alive by continuing this annual field trip. We now refer to this annual event as the Morris Mercer Memorial field trip.
If you are seeking a unique experience, join John for about a two hour night walk around Shawnee Lookout Park to see what the night woods have to offer. John, an Oxbow, Inc. board member and retired Land Manager for the Hamilton County Park District, is the perfect guide. There will be close to a full moon on this date and there is a fair chance that owls, deer and flying squirrels will be seen or heard. John will share the history of the Oxbow and the Shawnee Lookout area and also talk a bit about stargazing. As always at some point, John will pass out M & M’s to celebrate Morris’s memory.
Meet John in the parking lot of the closed Shawnee Lookout Golf Course Clubhouse at 7:00 pm. The park is normally closed at this time of night but the rangers will have the entrance gates open for us. Remember that its nighttime in early February so be sure to dress warmly. John, like Morris, would like a little snow on the ground. However severe weather will cancel this trip. If you have any doubts as to whether the trip is cancelled, call John at (513) 304-2310. This trip offers a unique outdoor experience and is highly recommended.
Directions to Shawnee Lookout Park: Shawnee Lookout is located at 2008 Lawrenceburg Road, North Bend Ohio 45052. To get there from I-275, take the Kilby Road Exit # 21. Turn right onto Kilby Rd and go to the light at US 50 and turn right. Go about 1.7 miles to Lawrenceburg Road and turn left at the light. Follow Lawrenceburg Road across the bridge (Lost Bridge) over the Great Miami River. Turn right at the stop sign and go about 1.5 miles to the entrance to Shawnee Lookout Park on the left. Follow the Park Rd to the Old Golf Course.A Motor Vehicle Permit (MVP) is required for all Hamilton County Parks at a cost of $10 for a Hamilton County resident and $16 for a non-resident (annual pass) or $5 each for Hamilton County residents and $8 for non-residents (daily pass). If you don’t have a MVP don’t let that keep you home. You can always buy one from a ranger if necessary. Visit the Shawnee Lookout website for Park Maps and other info—http://www.greatparks.org/parks/shawnee-lookout