We have chatted about doing day rides for years at OOFD. There is so much to explore around and they just feel like a great intro to our types of overnight adventures. We ran one last year for Labor Day down to Pullman. This year,
a group of amazing OOFD volunteers rallied together and decided we were going to make these more official! And they made 2 awesome day rides happen, one up to the Skokie Lagoons with some great spiels about the ecology and history of the area; followed by some BBQ and beers at Une Annee brewery.
They also led one out to the Morton Arboretum (with a train option available) and got an awesome tour of the space thanks to some great folks we met at the Wild Things conference in the winter. Major props to Ashley Lyons for leading the charge on making these rides happen and bringing her trademark adventurous, curious, and welcoming spirit to them. These were a huge hit, with all of them filling up within days of us posting them with each ride including about 15 folks each. So these day rides will be back next year to be sure, so keep an eye out.
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