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Campers' Group Bulletin - Fall 2008

Campers' Group Bulletin - Fall 2008



Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. ~ Albert Camus
We are looking forward to enjoying many outdoor (and indoor) activities in the colorful and crisp fall weather. This season, you can join us at a campsite, cabin or hostel. We have trips planned where we can hike, bicycle, paddle, fish, play board games, tour nature museums and country festivals, or just enjoy the company of fellow outdoor enthusiasts. Hope to see you soon!

September 26-28, 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. Birdwatching is also a popular activity. 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. The bathrooms have toilets but no showers. NO CALLS BEFORE SEPTEMBER 19.
David 914-833-2557
Theresa 917-836-7003
October 10-13, Camping Trip, Hickory Run State Park, White Haven PA
Join us for the holiday weekend at this heavily wooded site. Tranquil Mud Run is less than a mile away, and Hawk Falls is just a little further. For a longer hike, you can go to Boulder Field, a National Natural Landmark that was created by frost heave during the last ice age. The aquatic set may still be able to swim in Sandstone Lake or float their boats in the nearby Lehigh River. And we are sure to have at least one all-you-can-eat pancake meal at the Hickory House just outside the park. Outhouses at the site, flush toilets and showers by the lake. NO CALLS BEFORE OCTOBER 3.
Denise 917-338-0101
Chet 732-317-2933
October 18-19, Bike Ride/Camping Trip, Covered Bridges Ride and Festival, Erwinna PA
The Central Bucks Cycling Club (CBCC) is holding the 28th annual Covered Bridges Ride on the morning of Sunday, October 19th. 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 Sunday 8:00-9:30 AM ride start time, and to enjoy the Saturday festival. The Bucks County Covered Bridges Festival celebrates the historic covered bridges of Bucks County. The Saturday festival and Sunday ride start and finish are in Tinicum Park, only about 10 minutes away from Tohickon. Full ride support, rest stops, cue sheets (route directions), and lunch are provided. Adults 18 and over: $25 if you mail in the registration form by 10/1, $30 if you register online by 10/3 or on the day of the event. CALLS BEING TAKEN NOW.
Ken 201-388-3685
Sunday, October 26, Meeting, Brooklyn NY
Come check out the new paint job in Denise's apartment. While you're there you can help plan Campers' Group's winter schedule, present new ideas for trips and express any desires or concerns you may have. Finger food, water and juice will be provided. Bring any special drinks (ex: soda) you may desire. NO CALLS BEFORE OCTOBER 19.
Denise 917-338-0101
October 31-November 2, Camping/Cabin Trip, Camp Glen Gray, Mahwah NJ
Nestled among thousands of acres of county and state park lands, and 750 wooded acres of the Ramapo Mountains, there is never a lack of things to do and see in and around this historic former scout camp. Although it is very close to NYC, we'll have the opportunity to enjoy several hiking trails that pass through the camp, as well as fishing, boating or just taking in the beautiful lake and cabin views. Although nearby cabins are mainly suited to be just bathroom and shower facilities, we'll have the option of sleeping indoors or out. A large fire ring and unmarked campsites are just yards away from the rustic cabins. Yes, hot showers and electricity are available. NO CALLS BEFORE OCTOBER 24.
Joan 718-373-5782
Athmane 917-378-4677
Sunday, November 9, Day Hike, Abram S. Hewitt State Forest, West Milford NJ
Hike the beautiful Bearfort Ridge with us in northern New Jersey near the NY/NJ state line. We'll reach the secluded and picturesque Surprise Lake about half way through for lunch. This is a moderately strenuous, 4 1/2 hour hike for those who are fairly fit (elevation change is over 700 ft.). We will be climbing and scrambling over rock, so bring sturdy hiking boots, enough food and water, and a warm layer or two. Before we start this late morning hike, you can meet us at the Skyline Diner at 9 am in Ringwood for breakfast (about 4 mi north from exit 55 on Rt. 287, on right). We will then continue on for 15 minutes to park near the trailhead, or if you prefer, you can meet us there instead. NO CALLS BEFORE NOVEMBER 2.
Ken 201-388-3685
November 14-16, Cabin Weekend, Tyler Hostel, Newtown PA
Join us for a weekend at a comfortable hostel in Tyler State Park. You can hike, bicycle, or ride horses. Close to New Hope and Peddler's Village. The hostel is a converted farmhouse that was built before the American revolution; it contains an old-fashioned fireplace, a large kitchen that is in need of frying pan donations, a modern heating system, and bathrooms with showers and flush toilets. Just outside the hostel is a sycamore tree that is older than the building. NO CALLS BEFORE NOVEMBER 7.
David 718-897-1448
Debby 917-340-2663
Saturday, November 22, Night Out, Austrian/German Restaurant, Brooklyn NY
Good food and good for the budget. Before "Turkey Day" we're going to stimulate our taste buds with Non-American cuisine. The quality and taste of the food at this restaurant is impressive and surprisingly cheap, especially for Park Slope. Fish is first rate, al dente vegetables and flavorful sauces (can't speak for the meat) Bring your Autumn stories and a good appetite. After the meal, if you're up for it, we'll have dessert in a nearby cafe. Bring photos, fun stories, and your ideas for winter and spring events. Visit www.cafesteinhof.com for menu and restaurant information. NO CALLS BEFORE NOVEMBER 15.
Denise 917-338-0101
December 12-14, 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 DECEMBER 5.
Sue 973-896-3120
Bob 973-691-8380
Thursday, December 25, Night Out, Christmas Dinner, Manhattan NY
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.
Hiram 212-813-2378



CONTACTS:

  Caretaker              David Levner      718-897-1448
  Trip Organizer         Denise Drossos    ddrossos@optonline.net
  Outdoors Consultant    Ken Quartarone    kquest07@gmail.com

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