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Campers' Group Bulletin - Winter 2019-2020   

It is the life of the crystal, the architect of the flake, the fire of the frost, the soul of the sunbeam. This crisp winter air is full of it. - John Burroughs

December 30-January 2, House Rental, Pocono NYE House, Honesdale PA
Ring in the New Year with Campers' Group! We have rented a beautiful 5000 sq-ft, 5 bedroom, 4-1/2 bath log home for 3 days, and not far from hiking, skiing and other activities. Every room has a unique style, with natural woodwork and scents that help to make this home very warm and cozy. Nestled on 10 acres of PA forest, it is 5 min. to historical Honesdale, known for the Stourbridge Train rides, 5 mins to the Himalayan Institute, a leader in the field of yoga, meditation, spirituality, and holistic health, and 15 min to Lake Wallenpaupack. Ski areas are Montage mountain, Elk Mountain, Camel Back and Big Boulder. Hiking is in nearby Prompton State Park.
Our stay includes complimentary coffee and snacks. The beds are made with fresh sheets and blankets, pillows, fresh towels in every bathroom, toiletries, soap, shampoo and toothpaste are included. Wi-Fi is provided. The house also includes a fireplace, pool table, barbecue grill area, and a hot tub!
Photos and info from the listing: https://t.vrbo.io/9W8FHG7uv1
There are 5 separate bedrooms with refrigerators and coffee makers, two with an en-suite. One is a large bedroom with its own personal deck and en suite overlooking the pool. 2 other bedrooms have a coffee maker, refrigerator and bistro tables, which share a bath. There are 4-1/2 baths throughout the home. *** Beds and rooms will be assigned by a host according to what works best for the group. 4 bedrooms WILL NOT be private, sharing may be necessary! ***
10 acres of forest are below the house property. There are walking trails throughout these woods. Parking is limited. Carpooling is recommended. Sorry, no children on this trip, adults only.
We plan to have a potluck dinner, but will discuss in the comments and decide which day (most likely New Year's Eve). Please state what you would like to bring when you RSVP. We will also discuss as the trip gets closer.
RSVP price is per person. Please understand BEFORE RSVPing that a particular bed or bedroom will not be guaranteed unless assigned by a host. PLEASE answer the questions asked of you when RSVPing, including if you will be a couple, or a single willing to share a queen or king bed with another person of the same sex.
Check-in is 4pm Monday 12/30, check-out is 11am Thursday 1/2. Start and end times above reflect only the hours we are allowed to occupy the house. When you RSVP, you are paying for 3 nights; this cannot be changed! The payment of $215 is for one person, which will only cover the cost for lodging. During the weekend, we may also split the cost of food, liquor, firewood, etc. You may also send a check for $205, 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.
After we receive your RSVP, a host will contact you to provide the house address, and other information if needed.
To reserve a spot, send a check for $205 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 $215 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.



Jennifer 917-202-8025 / Chris 917-658-0190
Sunday, January 12, 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 nearby Sterling Forest. Park in the auxiliary parking lot around the corner from the Tavern. We will carpool to the trail head from there. You can also meet us at the Sterling Forest Visitor Center. 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
January 17-20, Vermont Skiing/Snowshoeing, Green Mountain House Hostel, Manchester Center VT
Join us in the beautiful Green Mountains of Vermont for this long holiday weekend! There will be downhill skiing at Bromley Mountain, cross-country skiing at Viking Nordic Center, snowshoeing, hiking, pot luck dinners, and much much more!
We'll be staying at the Green Mountain House Hostel in Manchester, Vermont, just 5 miles west of the Appalachian Trail and Long Trail. We will have the exclusive use of the hostel; it sleeps about 10 people, has comfortable twin beds and bunk beds w/ clean linens, blankets & pillows. Besides a total of eight beds, there is also one couch for sleeping, plus floor space upstairs if anyone wants to bring an air mattress. Towels, soap and shampoo are provided. We will also have the exclusive use of a fully equipped kitchen, with basic breakfast supplies provided for free. Wi-Fi access and a landline phone is available for free long-distance calls.
The parking is limited to about 6-7 cars on site. Carpooling is recommended. The hostel will work out additional parking when we arrive.
To reserve a spot, send a check for $86 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 $89 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.

Trudy 845-544-0446 / Michelle
Sunday, January 26, Day Hike, Ramapo Valley Reservation, Mahwah NJ
We will meet for a moderate 5-7 mile hike in this popular park. Snowshoes or Microspikes may be necessary. A steady pace will be maintained to keep warm! It's adjacent to Ringwood State Park, and popular with dog owners. Well-behaved dogs and their owners are welcome, but only after the dog owner contacts the host for permission. Dogs must be on a 6ft leash to start and end the hike.

Dress in synthetic or wool layers, wear hiking boots or an outdoor type shoe, and bring lunch or energy snacks with about 1-2 liters of water. If it is icy, a traction device for the bottom of your boots, such as Microspikes (http://kahtoola.com/product/microspikes/), are highly recommended, or may even be required for safety. They are available from Campmor, REI, Ramsey Outdoor, EMS, Amazon, etc.
More trail info here: http://xj.cdevco.net/ramapo/
Please RSVP on the Meetup trip page for this event.

Ken 201-388-3685
January 30-February 2, Winter Trip, High Peaks House, Lake Placid NY
We are returning to Lake Placid! This beautiful area has excellent cross-country skiing, also downhill skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, tobogganing, iceskating, snowmobiling, dog sledding and many other activities in the spectacular high peaks region of the Adirondacks. Lake Placid is an interesting town to explore, having hosted both the 1932 and the 1980 Winter Olympics. The Mt. Van Hoevenberg Cross Country & Biathlon Center is a world class facility for cross-country skiing, ice skating, snow tubing, and even bobsledding or a tree-top gondola ride! Whiteface Mountain for downhill skiing, and a visit to the Olympic Museum can also be great fun! We will be staying at the comfortable and convenient High Peaks House, right on Main Street in Lake Placid. This bunk-style house is less than a block from the skating oval, the toboggan slide, fun downtown shops and restaurants, and even a free shuttle to White Face Mountain. Through High Peaks Cyclery, and their Basecamp Group Lodging, we will have access to a yoga fitness area and an indoor rock gym. They also offer an outdoor guide service, gear rentals and assistance at the full service High Peaks Cyclery outdoor store, all on the same property. With two stories, four bedrooms, and six bunk beds, the High Peaks house sleeps up to twelve. Two of the bedrooms host one bunk bed with a full bottom bunk, while the third bedroom serves as the larger bunk room with three bunk beds. The house has 1.5 baths, a large gear room, laundry facilities, and a large, comfortable kitchen, bar and living area. A second shower will be available to us next door in the fitness center before and after hours. Amenities include: all bed linens (although they request that you bring a towel), free Wifi, cable TV and DVD player, as well as a microwave, dishwasher, oven/stove, and large refrigerator. The High Peaks House and Guide House share a large deck with a BBQ grill, both with great views of the High Peaks mountains! Friends from Thendara Mountain Club are again staying at the nearby Adirondack Loj this weekend. We may meet up for dinner, snowshoeing and/or cross-country skiing. Let us know if you can offer or need a ride by posting a message to those attending. Carpooling may be possible; please plan early and do not RSVP until your transportation is confirmed. Buses are also available, leaving from NYC and Newark NJ.
To reserve a spot, send a check for $151.75 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 $156.36 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.

Ken 201-388-3685
Sunday, February 9, Day Trip, Cross Country Ski Facility, Somewhere NY
Depending on the latest snowfall, we will plan a cross-country ski day trip to a local facility, like Fahnestock State Park or High Point State Park. It is advisable to get there by 9am if you want to rent ski equipment in the morning. Otherwise you'll have to wait until skiers come back to rent your size for an afternoon session. Please dress in synthetic or light wool layers, no cotton! NO CALLS BEFORE SATURDAY FEBRUARY 1.
Ken 201-388-3685
February 12-17, Hostel Trip, New Orleans, New Orleans LA
Join Campers' Group in New Orleans! We have chosen dates just before Mardi Gras when there are fewer crowds, but still parades. We will visit the French quarter, have group dinners, enjoy music, take tours, and more! Your RSVP will cover the hostel cost for 5 nights. Airfare and flight arrangements are your own responsibility. We plan to meet in Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport and carpool to the hostel. Before making flight arrangements, we'll see if we can take the same or similar flights to all arrive at about the same time, in the late morning or early afternoon on Wednesday.
We have reserved 10 beds and 2 private rooms at the HI New Orleans Hostel (1028 Canal Street, in Downtown New Orleans!) for Wednesday through Sunday nights. The 2 private rooms have a queen and 2 single bunks each, and we also have 2 beds reserved in 2 different women's dorms. A free continental breakfast is included.
Start and end times reflect the hours we are allowed to occupy the the hostel. Check-in starts at 3:00 pm on Wednesday, check-out is 11:00am Monday. You are welcome to arrive any time on Wednesday, but it is preferred we try to travel together. When you RSVP, you are paying for all 5 nights at the hostel, the only option. The payment of $329.00 is for one person. During the weekend, we may also split the cost of some activities, if possible.
To reserve a spot, send a check for $319 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 $329 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.

Ken 201-388-3685
February 29-March 1, Cabin Trip, Thendara Mountain Club, Harriman State Park NY
Our friends at Thendara Mountain Club have invited us to stay overnight at their rustic cabin in Harriman State Park. The cabin (built 1929) has heat, electricity, a full kitchen, indoor men's and women's washrooms with hot showers, and unheated bathrooms about 50 ft from the lodge. There are seven bedrooms with 2-4 cots each (rooms are shared). The cabin has a big main room with fireplace, comfortable seating, eating table and screened in porch. The weekend includes Saturday night dinner, Sunday breakfast and a bag lunch. Meet us at the cabin on Saturday morning at 9:30am to join us on a hike (TBD). Depending on snowfall, we may instead snowshoe or even cross-country ski. We may also carpool to the trail head. Later in the afternoon we will return to camp for a relaxing and well deserved happy hour in front of the fire! Dinner will be provided by the Thendara host for this weekend. Breakfast and lunch will be available on Sunday. Diet restrictions can usually be accommodated - just be sure to tell the host when you RSVP. You need to bring a sleeping bag or sheet and pillowcase. There are wool blankets and pillows available. On Sunday, after we have breakfast and prepare our bag lunch, we may go out again starting at about 11am from the cabin. The total cost will be approximately $50, depending on what food the host brings to prepare. You must pay the balance in cash to the host during the weekend. This payment will cover meals and lodging for Saturday night (meals are Saturday happy hour and dinner, Sunday breakfast and lunch). YOU MUST RSVP AND SIGN UP FOR MEALS BY WEDNESDAY January 30th. You can take the train or bus to Sloatsburg and can either hike in, ride a bike up scenic Seven Lakes Drive, or we can arrange to have someone from camp with a car meet you at the station. Feel free to bring a spouse, date, friend and well behaved kids, but sorry, no pets.
To reserve a spot, send a check for $30 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 $31.23 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip. NO CALLS BEFORE SATURDAY JANUARY 25.

Kathy 973-600-4328



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