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Campers' Group Bulletin - Fall 2007

Campers' Group Bulletin - Fall 2007

We'll be camping through October at some of our favorite campgrounds, and then venturing out onto new and familiar terrain during the cooler months. Now is the time to check the treads on your hiking boots and keep your appetite strong. We will be trekking along picturesque trails, and enjoying some of the delicious food NYC has to offer. Join us for fall colors and great company!

To reserve a space on a weekend trip or a day event, call the leaders during the listed time period. If you need information earlier than the dates listed below, contact Denise at ddrossos@optonline.net or Ken at kquest@optonline.net and type "campers group" in the subject. You can mail us your dues or pay it at the trip or event. One year's membership costs $12 for an individual or $18 for a family ($8/individual or $12/family if you receive the newsletter by e-mail). Make your check payable to Campers' Group and mail it to David Levner, 63-36 98th Place #5J, Rego Park, NY 11374.

October 5-7, Camping Trip, Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, Cross River NY
Camp in the largest county park in Westchester (4,700 acres). You can bicycle on the park's roads, hike the trails or ride a horse. The Trailside Museum has specimen animals, Native American artifacts and an exhibit about the Leatherman. A nearby garden contains over 100 varieties of wildflowers. Some campsites have a lean-to with a fireplace. You can sleep in the lean-to, pitch your tent nearby or just visit for the day. If you're off on Columbus Day, you'll have the option to stay an additional night. The bathrooms have toilets but no showers. NO CALLS BEFORE SEPTEMBER 28.
David G. 914-833-2557
Frank 914-632-8997
Sunday, October 14, Bike Ride/Camping Trip, Covered Bridges Ride and Festival, Erwinna PA
The Central Bucks Cycling Club (CBCC) is holding the 27th annual Covered Bridges Ride on the morning of Sunday, October 14th. This is a beautiful ride for cyclists of all abilities. The route winds through bucolic central/northern Bucks County, Pennsylvania (and under several covered bridges) with some rolling hills on the shorter routes, steeper hills on the longer routes. Cyclists can choose a route of 20, 30, 33, 50, or 63 miles. If you like, you can join us for camping Saturday night in nearby Tohickon Valley Park to be ready for the 8:00-9:30 AM ride start time. The start and finish are in Tinicum Park, only 10-15 minutes away from Tohickon. Full ride support, rest stops, cue sheets (route directions), and lunch are provided for $25 if you register by 9/29, $30 after that or on the day of the event. Go to CBCC's website and sign up today! CALLS BEING TAKEN NOW.
Ken 201-388-3685
October 19-21, Camping Trip, North/South Lake State Park, Haines Falls NY
For our last camping trip of 2007, we're returning to this very popular NY State campground, in the Catskill Forest Preserve. In addition to the lakes for which the park is named, there are numerous hiking trails leading into the surrounding mountains. Some of the trails are rugged and require endurance, but you will be rewarded with spectacular views. One of these trails, the Escarpment Trail, goes to Kaaterskill Falls. Flush toilets and hot showers. NO CALLS BEFORE OCTOBER 12.
Denise 718-636-4900 x115
Joan 718-373-5782
Sunday, October 28, Day Hike, The Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn NY
Before there were Central and Prospect Parks, New Yorkers had their weekend picnics in the Green-Wood Cemetery. Today it's an arboretum, a wildlife sanctuary, a sculpture garden, and many famous people are buried there. Carol will lead us on a walk along a path adorned by the seasonal yellow, orange, green and red leaves - if nature so intends. NO CALLS BEFORE OCTOBER 21.
Carol 718-253-1078
November 2-4, Cabin Trip, New Paltz Youth Hostel, New Paltz NY
[Photo of the Mohonk Mountain Hours] Join us for a comfortable and convenient stay at the New Paltz Hostel. Within an easy drive from NYC you will find a city in the country, historical sites, and great hiking trails. New Paltz offers dining and shopping, cafes and pubs, and scenic walking tours down Huguenot Street (one of the oldest streets in America). A short drive can take us to the world-class Mohonk Mountain House (see photo) and Preserve. We can also enjoy great vistas on the many hiking and biking trails in Minnewaska State Park, and the Shawangunk Ridge. There'll be something for everyone! NO CALLS BEFORE OCTOBER 21.
Harry 212-675-3564
Ken 201-388-3685
Saturday, November 17, Chinese Banquet, Manhattan
Even if you're not a fan of Chinese food, you will like the Buddha Bodai vegetarian restaurant in Chinatown. Not only is the food good, but the experience of sharing food around the table is a lot of fun. Lots of conversations are flowing since most people are happiest when gorging their face with good food. The food was so good last year that we're returning again to the Buddha Bodai. After the meal, if you're up for it, we'll have dessert in Little Italy. Bring photos, fun stories, your appetite, and your ideas for winter and spring events. NO CALLS BEFORE NOVEMBER 3.
Mylene 718-274-1160
November 30-December 2, Cabin Trip, Nockamixon State Park, Quakertown PA
Enjoy the comforts of a warm, electric-heated, furnished cabin while you choose among the many activities available within this state park. You can fish or boat in the 1,450-acre lake, horseback ride, hike, bike ride or just relax with a book or play games you brought. The cabin accommodates 6 people and costs $45 per person for the weekend. You'll need to bring your own kitchenware, utensils and bedding. NO CALLS BEFORE NOVEMBER 23.
David L 718-897-1448
Chet 732-317-2933
Sunday, December 25, Christmas Dinner, Manhattan
Celebrate the holiday with friends. We'll meet for a Manhattan adventure and a meal in an ethnic restaurant to enjoy the spirit of the season. NO CALLS BEFORE DECEMBER 18 OR AFTER 9 PM ON DECEMBER 24.
Hiram 212-813-2378


CONTACTS:

  Caretaker              David Levner      718-897-1448
  Trip Organizer         Denise Drossos    ddrossos@optonline.net
  Outdoors Consultant    Ken Quartarone    kquest@optonline.net

  World-Wide Web home page: http://www.campersgroup.org