Itasca Cabin Trip 2013 Itasca State Park - Park Rapids MN Sunday September 8th 2013 After a 4 year break from this amazing trip, we're going to make the journey up to beautiful Itasca state park again for an amazing overnight stay. For those that did not make the first trip (back in 2008) - Itasca state park has a wonderful old turn of the century (I think) log cabin/clubhouse, this thing is huge, the whole center of the place is a wide open great room, two stories tall w/ a balcony all the way around the interior. Then it is lined with 10 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms around the perimeter. There are no cooking facilities in the cabin so coolers are a must for beverage cooling - there is campfire area where we can cook food if we wish, or there are a few delicious restaurants within a 30 minute drive if people so choose. Technically alcohol is not allowed in state parks - however last time I think a number of people had a SOLID buzz going within an hour or two of arrival, so, while not required, drinking is most certainly an option - just no kegs and we'll try and keep things semi-relaxed and under control lol Sleeping Arrangements Bedrooms have varying configurations of Double and Single Beds - a total of 7 doubles and 7 singles between the 10 rooms. SOME people may have to share a room depending on how many people go. Couples will have first dibs on Double beds, and bed/bedroom selection will be offered in the order you put a deposit down. Cost and Deposits The total cost for the cabin is $500 with Tax. This will be divided evenly between the total number of people that go. So if we get 10 people it'll be $50 or so per person, but this place can sleep up to 21! So the more people that sign up the cheaper this gets. Deposits will be required - I'm asking for a $20 per person non-refundable deposit to get on the list, this can be paid via cash in person, mailing me a check, or via a paypal 'friend/gift' transfer (no fee transfer). If you have to bow out and you find someone else to take your spot they can certainly pay you back your deposit, they will, however, be bumped to the bottom of the list as far as selecting bed/bedrooms. Paypal can be sent to mklukas(at)gmail(dot)com - just include a note of what it's for and the names of all those you are paying for. If you need to mail me something PM me for my address. Final payment will be due sometime the week of or once we get up there - once we know how many people we have going and what the total will be per person. I will be reserving the cabin after I have at least 8 deposits - if for some reason our date gets taken between now and then we can discuss a different date or deposits will be refunded. Attractions: Last time, from what I can remember we all went hiking around Lake Itasca for a while, then went up to the headwaters of the Mississippi and walked across it (it's tiny up there!) There's plenty of other things to see/do as people see fit - boat/kayak/canoe rentals, mountain bike rentals, hiking trails, etc. Last time we spent a good deal of the time just hanging around the campfire and lake (just a few hundred feet from the cabin) just hanging out, BSing, and relaxing. Camping The state park has a great variety of campsites available as well - some have expressed interest in going up Friday or Saturday and camping a night or two and then hanging out at the cabin Sunday night - this is of course a great option so feel free to hash plans to do so as a group in this thread - as we get closer Kelsey and I may explore doing this. Pets Since it was asked - pets are NOT allowed in the cabins - if you wanted to camp you could bring your dog/cat/whatever but you cannot stay at the cabin with them. Attendees: Double Beds 1) Matt & Kelsey (Paid - $40) 2) Josh & Shelly (Paid - $40) 3) AJ & Jana (Paid - $40) 4) Jay & Nanami (Paid - $40) 5) Corey & Tauni (Paid - $40) 6) 7) Single Beds: 1) 2) 3) 4) 5) 6) 7) This is growing very near! Time to start planning some of the specifics! A few of us are going up Saturday morning Sometime to camp one night first, then we will move over into the cabin on Sunday. Anyone who wishes to join in on the camping please let me know ASAP, I think we're going to rent sites w/ electric due to availability - there are also showers and toilets nearby. Changed / Updated - We are booking camping sites in the Pine Ridge Campground - Electric Drive In Sites - Maple Loop Picklz has 200e Tauni has 201e Jay has 202e 198e, 199e, 203e, and 204e are all available as of right now. The cost is $35 for the one night. http://files.dnr.state.mn.us/maps/state_parks/spk00181_camp.pdf Cost is around $35 per site for the night (higher price because of electric). I would like to propose waiting till Wednesday then start booking sites, each person can book their own for this I don't want to book them all. In for camping: Matt Tauni Jay AJ Josh Any others? For those coming up Sunday - keep in mind Guaranteed checkin for the cabin is not until 4pm, we likely will get in earlier but it's not a 100% thing. You can always come up early though and park somewhere in the park and hang out / go sight seeing, etc. If those coming up Sunday want to form up a caravan feel free to start organizing that here. For those going up Saturday morning I'm thinking of leaving around 9am or so at this point, probably all meet up on hwy 10 somewhere, will get that nailed down as we get closer.