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9th Annual Winter Adventure Weekend - January 25-28, 2018

Carter Caves State Resort Park, Kentucky

Thursday Events

Thursday Schedule of Events

11:30am - 3:00pmLunch served in Tierney's Cavern Restaurant. ($)
12:30pm - 4:30pmRegistration Open. In Lobby of Lewis Caveland Lodge.
1:30pm – 4:00pm Book Cover - Captain Blue on the Blue Blazes by Andy Niekamp Buckeye Trail Adventure Book Signing. Author and adventurer Andy Niekamp will be in the lobby of the lodge signing copies of his new book titled "Captain Blue on the Blue Blazes - The First Solo Thru-Hike of Ohio's 1,444 Mile Buckeye Trail." Imagine walking 1,444 miles with a backpack carrying the bare necessities of life, 26 maps, and a whole lot of grit. When three-time Appalachian Trail Hiker, Andy "Captain Blue" Niekamp decided to hike Ohio’s Buckeye Trail, he took on the challenge of his life. On this 88-day adventure, Captain Blue found things he didn’t know he had: a Buckeye Trail family who assisted and encouraged him; a home state rich with scenic beauty and history; the physical, mental, and emotional stamina to travel Ohio alone and on foot. Books available for $15/each. More info at:
1:30pm - 8:30pmField Trips
4:00pm - 8:00pmDinner served in Tierney's Cavern Restaurant. All you can eat buffet or order from menu. ($)
7:00pm – 7:50pm Andy Niekamp hiking in water Presentation: Thru-Hiking the Buckeye Trail: Things That Will Change The Way You See Ohio. Drop in. On an 88-day thru-hike of Ohio’s Buckeye Trail, Andy "Captain Blue" Niekamp made the most amazing long-distance journey of his life. As he walked his home state through wilderness, farmland, small towns, big cities, rural and urban areas, he discovered Ohio in a way that can be only experienced on foot. Captain Blue‘s stories about the people and places, past and present will change the way you see Ohio. His beautiful photos and experiences will surely inspire you to hike the Buckeye Trail.

Presenter: Andy Niekamp, Chief Adventure Officer of Outdoor Adventure Connection. Andy is a professional backpacking instructor and an expert in backpacking. He has backpacked over 14,000 miles including the entire Appalachian Trail four times, Ohio's Buckeye Trail, Kentucky's Sheltowee Trace, Vermont's Long Trail, the Colorado Trail, Arkansas' Ozark Highlands Trail, Minnesota's Superior Hiking Trail and the Ohio To Erie Trail. His motto is Live, Learn and Love Adventure!
8:00pm – ??? Jam Session. Drop-in. After the evening's opening program, join some of our local musicians for an impromptu jam session in the Fields Facility. Any and all pickers and/or singers are welcome! It will be a round robin style jam, if you've got a song, great, if not, we'll get you on the next go around. Not a musician? Drop in and listen for a little bit. Meets in Grayson Room of lodge.