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Campers' Group Bulletin - Fall 2019   

Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall. - F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby.

September 26-30, Camping Trip, Assateague Island National Seashore, Assateague MD
Camp behind the dunes on this beautiful barrier island off the coast of Maryland. Wonderful wild ponies share the island with people! We have reserved 9 oceanside campsites for 4 nights. These are walk-in sites; vehicles can park near the site but campers will need to carry equipment on a boardwalk about 300 feet in to the dunes. Rent kayaks, canoes, and SUPs at the canoe/kayak rental lot, and paddle on the calm bay side of the island. This trip is a longer drive than most. Join us for the long weekend! Cold showers and chemical toilets in the national park, hot showers in the adjacent state park. $20 entrance fee per vehicle. To arrange carpooling, contact a trip leader ASAP.
To reserve a tent spot, send a check for $50.25 made out to Campers' Group, to: Campers' Group, 48 S. High Street Mt. Vernon, NY 10550. Once the organizer or a trip leader is notified of receipt o your check, you will be added to the RSVP list. For immediate inclusion, pay $51.98 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.

Michele 201-787-6786 / Rebecca 317-407-8634
October 4-7, Camping Trip, Atsion Family Campground, Shamong NJ
Join us for paddling and car camping at Atsion Lake in the Pine Barrens! We have reserved 6 sites at Atsion Family Campground. With our 3 night reservation, you are welcome to stay and break down camp late on Sunday, or even stay till Monday morning. Flush toilets and showers are available near our sites. Our Saturday paddling trip will be on the Batsto River near our camping location on Atsion Lake, in Wharton State Forest. The Batsto River is a narrow, winding Pine Barrens river with clean cool water and small areas to pull out for a break or picnic. We will end the day with a half mile paddle where the river opens into a lake formed by the dam at Batsto Village. You can bring a kayak or rent one from the outfitter that will transport us to the launch site on the river. Kayaks of 12 feet in length and under can more easily maneuver in this part of the Batsto. Trip length is approximately 4-5 hours, based on the average trip length of beginner to intermediate paddlers out for a relaxing paddle. *Changing river conditions such as weather, water levels, underwater obstacles and fallen trees can make this trip moderately challenging depending upon the paddler's level of experience and physical condition. Anyone without a PFD (personal flotation device) or not wearing it securely, zipped and buckled, at any times when on the river WILL NOT be permitted to paddle with us, NO exceptions.
To reserve a spot, send a check for $46 made out to Campers' Group, to: Campers' Group, 48 S. High Street Mt. Vernon, NY 10550. Once the event host or group organizer is notified of receipt of your check, you will be added to the wait list, when/if RSVPs are open, you will be added to the "going" list. For immediate inclusion, pay $47.63 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.

Michelle / Julie 732-890-7809
October 11-14, Camping Trip, Spruce Run, Clinton NJ
Spruce Run Recreation Area is a 1,290-acre (5.2 km2) New Jersey state recreation area located in Union Township and Clinton Township in Hunterdon County, New Jersey, United States. It encompasses the Spruce Run Reservoir that is used as a backup reservoir to protect the state from prolonged droughts. The reservoir is the third largest in the state, after Round Valley and Wanaque Reservoir. The reservoir is used for recreation purposes, including fishing, boating and swimming.
Anyone without a PFD (personal flotation device) or not wearing it securely, zipped and buckled, at any times when on the river WILL NOT be permitted to paddle with us, NO exceptions.
We have 9 campsites reserved for 3 nights, and firewood is included in the price! The campsites are on or near the reservoir; you can launch your kayak from some of our sites. A bathhouse with showers and flush toilets are nearby.
To reserve a spot, send a check for $57.50 made out to Campers' Group, to: Campers' Group, 48 S. High Street Mt. Vernon, NY 10550. Once the event host or group organizer is notified of receipt of your check, you will be added to the wait list, when/if RSVPs are open, you will be added to the "going" list. For immediate inclusion, pay $59.49 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.

Stan 201-954-2537
October 19-27, Camping Trip, Great Smoky Mountains National Park!, Cherokee NC
Ridge upon ridge of forest straddles the border between North Carolina and Tennessee in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. World renowned for its diversity of plant and animal life, the beauty of its ancient mountains, and the quality of its remnants of Southern Appalachian mountain culture, this is America's most visited national park. The Appalachian Trail passes through the center of the park on its route from Maine to Georgia.
Planned hikes may include a section of the Appalachian Trail, Clingmans Dome, Mount Cammerer, Alum Cave Trail, Cades Cove Loop, or other popular hikes.
10/19-20: Drive down and stop over at Stony Creek Campground, Greenville, VA
10/20-25: Drive to and stay at Smokemont Campground, Smoky Mountains, NC
10/25-27: Drive to and stay at Shenandoah National Park, VA, drive home
Smokemont Campground, Smoky Mountains: 2 group sites, flush toilets, drinking water and sinks available but no shower facilities.
Big Meadows Campground, Shenandoah National Park: Flush toilets and showers are available. 2 cars are allowed per "walk-in" site.
Entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park is free. There is a $30 fee per vehicle to enter Shenandoah National Park. The pass issued is valid for one week
Average temps in the Smokies will be 69 during the day and overnight lows of about 40 (Cherokee, NC).
To reserve a spot, send a check for $74 made out to Campers' Group, to: Campers' Group, 48 S. High Street Mt. Vernon, NY 10550. Once the event host or group organizer is notified of receipt of your check, you will be added to the wait list, when/if RSVPs are open, you will be added to the "going" list. For immediate inclusion, pay $76.50 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.

Ken 201-388-3685 / Lisa 954-295-1935
Saturday, November 2, Night Out, The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze!, Croton-On-Hudson NY
Join us for the tri-state area's biggest, most electrifying fall event! Meander through an 18th-century landscape and discover a breathtaking display of more than 7,000 illuminated jack o'lanterns all designed and hand-carved on site by a team of artisans! Tour the brand-new Museum of Pumpkin Art, where classic paintings get the gourd treatment, see who let the (pumpkin) dogs out, listen for the Headless Horseman and watch out for swooping jack o'lantern bats! See the Pumpkin Carousel twirl and the Pumpkin Windmill whirl and step inside the Pumpkin Planetarium for a star show like you've never seen. You'll certainly hold a torch for the 25-foot-tall jack o'lantern Statue of Liberty and get personal with Instagrammable signs of the zodiac. Complete with synchronized lighting and an original soundtrack, this one-of-a-kind event is not to be missed!
We have chosen the Saturday 9:00pm time slot. Meet in the parking lot at 8:30. The event lasts 1 hour. This is a rain or shine event. We will have dinner at a local restaurant before our time slot.
Purchase tickets ASAP ($29) for the 9:00pm Saturday evening November 2nd showing.
Please also RSVP on meetup.com for this event.

Ken 201-388-3685 / Elisa 732-718-8773
Sunday, November 3, Meeting, Rhodes North Tavern, Sloatsburg NY
This very popular bar/restaurant has a large and varied menu, a friendly staff, and a 3rd floor dining room just for us. Meet us at 11 am for a moderate hike, and then we'll enjoy a meal together at about 5pm to discuss and decide on future trips. The hike will be in Harriman State Park. This event is accessible by public transportation. The Tavern is about a 6 minute walk from the train station.
*** Help us by volunteering to be an event host! ***
If you have joined us on one or more of our outings in the past, we would greatly appreciate you helping us on a weekend or day event. If it is your first time, don't worry, we will partner you with a more experienced member, which will make it easy. We are a volunteer-run club that needs members to participate as event hosts.

Ken 201-388-3685
Saturday, November 9, Night Out, Silvana, New York NY
A Campers' Group member, Michael, with his band The Famous Geniuses, will be playing mostly original music (Swing Blues, Rock, Rockabilly) at Silvana, a popular world music venue, in Harlem. The Famous Geniuses have very talented and seasoned musicians who will get your body moving or dancing. We will arrive early before the 9 pm cover charge and order delicious Mediterranean Food while listening to great live music. Some may arrive a little early, before 8pm to get settled and order food. The Famous Geniuses show time is 9:00 - 10:00 pm. Feel free to stay until midnight to enjoy the next band! See link to Silvana's food menu at https://silvana-nyc.com/menu.php. Take the A or C train uptown to 116th St. NO CHARGE BEFORE 9PM. $10 COVER AFTER.
Denise 646-457-2072
Sunday, November 17, Day Trip, Indoor Rock Climbing and Craft Brews!, Chatham NJ
Let's do some indoor rock climbing and then walk across the street for some craft beer! You can even bring your own food. Meet us 10:30 AM for a staff-led session.
The Gravity Vault - Intro to Rock Climbing - 1.5 hrs (groups of 5 or more) - $27 per person. We have a reservation from 11am to 12:30 PM. 3 instructors will be assigned to our group.(If you want to climb more afterward, you can buy a $21 day pass.) Ken has paid a deposit for 6 people, so the first 5 please pay him directly.(Please bring cash!) Sneakers or a closed toe shoe is acceptable. You can bring your own climbing shoes, or rent a pair for an additional fee. A waiver will need to be filled out when you arrive, or online here.
Craft Beer at Twin Elephant Brewing Company: You can bring your own food (no big platters please), or we can even order pizzas! Please RSVP on meetup.com.

Ken 201-388-3685
Saturday, December 7, Holiday Party!, Washington Irving Boat Club, Tarrytown NY
Let's celebrate the holidays with food, drinks, stories of camping from the past and skiing/snowshoeing trips to come... Join us for a catered party overlooking the Hudson River at the Washington Irving Boat Club at 7:00pm. We'll be in the Riverfront Bar at the Boat Club. Neighboring restaurant Sunset Cove is providing Italian food. It will be buffet style, and most likely chicken, shrimp, pasta, a vegetarian dish, salad and something non-gluten. Bar is cash only. Bring a grab bag gift of about $10-$15, either something festive, camping-related, or a gag, your choice! Your RSVP pays for the dinner. There is frequent train service between NYC and Tarrytown. A 6:14pm train from Grand Central will get you to the party on time. View the schedule here. It's only a 10 minute walk from the train station to the Boat Club.
To RSVP, send a check for $21 made out to Campers' Group, to: Campers' Group, 48 S. High Street Mt. Vernon, NY 10550. Once the organizer or a trip leader is notified of receipt of your check, you will be added to the RSVP list. For immediate inclusion, pay $21.95 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.

Bernadette 239-289-3744



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