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Macor Group Outting

  • IU Service Building 1800 N Range Rd Bloomington, IN, 47408 United States (map)

Our next outing is scheduled for June 6.  We will be first meeting at 9:30 on Range Road for wildflower photos, eat at Fazoli's about 11:30, then on to the IU Greenhouse in Jordan Hall on 3rd St about 12:30.  Parking for the greenhouse is in the garage located between Atwater and 3rd just south of Jordan Hall. You get to it from Atwater.

Here are some guidelines regarding parking and where to go. First, to get there you go east on 10th St from the Bypass and turn left at the first stoplight, onto Range Road. (The Frank McCloskey Post Office Building is visible on the right at that intersection.)

Go down Range Road past the entrances to IU buildings on the left and apartment buildings on the right. The road then divides and you want to take the right fork, towards the IU Service Building. If you go up to the Service Building there's plenty of parking right in front of it, and it should not be a problem to park there.

After parking, you'll want to walk back down the Service Building drive and turn right past the gate (it may or may not be closed) and down the gravel road. Shortly there will be a branch of that road going to the right, but don't take that; it just leads to the back of the Service Building.

The road borders the Cross Country course on your left. Soon you'll arrive at another gate, which is always closed. At this point you can turn left up the hill (i.e., not going past the gate in front of you), which will soon take you to a big field on the right (there's a closed gate there also), which should have a lot of wildflowers. Or, you can go on around the gate and along the gravel road which eventually goes down into Sycamore Valley. There should be wildflowers along the upper part of this road.

The road down to Sycamore Valley eventually becomes quite steep, so this is something to think about for people who are not really into steep roads. In the valley there should be more wildflowers. You can go a ways to the right or the left when you get to the bottom of the road. If you go to the right, you'll come to a place where you can easily access the fairly large stream that flows along the side of the valley.

There are no houses there. Deer, but usually not during the day; coyotes barking in the distance (but no need at all to worry about them!), birds, and ticks. So do wear insect repellant and try to avoid walking through tall grass. 

Nola Donley
Helene Jones

Earlier Event: June 2
June Meeting
Later Event: June 8