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Campers' Group Bulletin - Fall 2015   

I trust in nature for the stable laws of beauty and utility. Spring shall plant and autumn garner to the end of time. - Robert Browning

October 2-5, POSTPONED - Bicycling Weekend, Robert B. Johnson Memorial Hostel, Nantucket MA
DUE TO WEATHER CONDITIONS THIS TRIP HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL NEXT YEAR.
Take a day or two off from work and extend your weekend with us at this unique hostel (also known as Star of the Sea), and enjoy all that this beautiful island has to offer! Originally a 19th century lifesaving station, the hostel’s main building has a large kitchen, dining room, and a den. Separate buildings house men’s, women’s and co-ed dorms. Leave your car in one of the ferry lots on the mainland (remember to pack light), bring or rent a bicycle (or even an electric scooter), and tour the island on miles of bike paths, or take in the flora and fauna by hiking or kayaking. Surfside Beach is just across the street from the hostel. There is even a shuttle bus to take you from the center of the island to the historic whaling village. Enjoy the many shops and seafood restaurants! Please RSVP now on meetup.com to be included in our group hostel discount of $35 per person, per night. Your name will then be added to our list. You can then call the hostel starting on September 2nd (508-228-0433) to make your own non-refundable payment for a bed being held for Campers‘ Group. The hostel will not take a group discount payment before this date. Please then contact Ken the event host to confirm you will be attending, and how many nights. If you do not contact the hostel and pay for your bed, your name may be taken off our list to allow another to join.

Ken 201-388-3685
Saturday, October 10, 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. If you want to visit for the day, you just have to pay the entrance fee to the park ($10/vehicle). The bathrooms have toilets but no showers.

To reserve a spot, send a check for $16.00 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 $16.74 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.

David 914-356-7164
Sunday, October 18, Brunch & Planning Meeting, The Park Restaurant, Manhattan NY
This spacious, hip restaurant has nice selections, friendly staff, and a big atrium. Meet us at 11:45 am, and we will enjoy a meal together before we discuss and decide on future trips. Afterward, perhaps we will stroll over to the nearby High Line Park.

If you have joined us on one or more of our outings in the past, we would greatly appreciate you volunteering to help lead a weekend or day event. If it is your first time, don’t worry, we will partner you with a more experienced member. We are a volunteer-run club that needs more of their members to participate.

Kirsten 914-548-5576
Saturday, October 24, Camping Trip, Stokes St Forest, Branchville NJ
Join Mark and our friends from Awesome Adventurers Travel Network (on Meetup) for fall BBQing and camping at Stokes SF as we say a very final farewell to (hopefully) late summer weather! A beautiful and private group site has been reserved in a quiet section of the state forest. An advanced hike (more info to follow) has also been planned at nearby Tillman Ravine and Buttermilk Falls on Saturday morning at 9am before things will be set up for an evening of food and fun. There is a $10 per person fee to cover the cost of the group site for camping Sat night. Please plan to bring something to share with the group, and post a comment on what that may be. More details will be posted about the BBQ as we get closer to the date.

To reserve a spot, send a check for $10.00 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 $10.59 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.

Ken 201-388-3685
Saturday, November 14, Moderate day hike, Stairway to Heaven / Pinwheel Vista Hike, Glenwood NJ
Hike boardwalks, a suspension bridge, hardwood forest, fields of wildflowers, train tracks, a cow pasture, a boulder field... before steeply climbing the “Stairway to Heaven” to one of the best viewpoints in NJ: Pinwheel Vista! This 7 1/2 mile hike is a NJ favorite. It will take approximately 5 hours and has an ascent of 1180 ft. A steady (but not rushed) pace will be maintained with planned breaks. Synthetic or light wool layers are recommended over cotton. Please wear hiking boots or a hiking shoe - NO sneakers! Bring lunch or energy snacks with at least 2 liters of water. Follow this link for a trail map.
Ken 201-388-3685
Saturday, November 28, Easy to Moderate day hike, Anthony’s Nose, Cortlandt Manor NY
The vista at the top of this mini-mountain (supposedly named for a pre-Revolutionary War captain with a Cyrano sniffer) “is like a helicopter view of the Bear Mountain Bridge” and the Hudson River. We’ll meet at the small trail head parking lot (please arrive on time, space is limited). The first half mile is a steep climb that levels off to a forest walk, and then opens up to spectacular views of the Hudson Valley! The total hike is 2.6 miles, up-and-back, approximate round trip time 2.5 hours, and total ascent is 792 ft.
Ken 201-388-3685
Saturday, December 12, Easy day hike, Ramapo Lake / Van Slyke Castle, Oakland NJ
Located in Ramapo Mountain State Forest, Ramapo Lake is a popular hiking destination for locals and travelers alike. We will hike approximately 5 miles for 3+ hours on easy to moderate trails. There will be moderate rock scrambling near the start and maybe a small stream to cross. Otherwise the trail around the lake is relatively flat and easy. We will also climb Fox Mountain to the old mansion and explore the Van Slyke Castle ruins. On a clear day the NYC skyline is visible from the lookout.

Meet in the lower parking lot on Skyline Drive just off I-287. (I-287 to Exit 57, north on Skyline Drive briefly - the “lower” parking lot is on the left, there is a large wooden sign but it comes up kind of suddenly. The entrance is pretty rutted, so take it easy if you have a low-clearance vehicle. This popular trail head lot fills up quickly.) Dress in synthetic or wool layers, wear hiking boots or a hiking shoe - NO sneakers! Bring lunch or energy snacks with about 1-2 liters of water. If it is icy, wearing Microspikes or another type of traction device on your boot for ice and packed snow is highly recommended.

Ken 201-388-3685



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