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Campers' Group Bulletin - Summer 2009

Campers' Group Bulletin - Summer 2009



"Summer is the time when one sheds one's tensions with one's clothes, and the right kind of day is jeweled balm for the battered spirit. A few of those days and you can become drunk with the belief that all's right with the world."
- Ada Louise Huxtable

Shed those tensions and join us this summer for many diverse activities, in several beautiful and varied locations. There will be something for everyone. Hike, swim, bicycle, paddle, horseback ride, eat, drink, relax, and of course camp with us, from the mountains to the seashore. We hope to see you!

July 3-5, Camping Trip, Worthington State Forest, Columbia NJ
We'll be camping at a group site, right on the Delaware River. Put on your swimsuit, and boat or fish from the boat launch near the campsite. Hikers can climb up the Appalachian Trail to Sunfish Pond, an unspoiled glacial lake, or visit the Mohican Outdoor Center for nearby swimming or boating. On Saturday or Sunday morning, Ken may lead an early morning hike. Chemical toilets by the site, flush toilets and showers in another part of the park. Quiet hours are 10 P.M. to 6 A.M. No calls before June 28.
Ken 201-388-3685
Athmane 917-378-4677
Saturday, July 18, Day Trip, Arrow Park, Monroe NY
Celebrate summer and Kirsten's birthday with us by hiking, boating and swimming in this rustic private park in Orange County. Bring a picnic lunch. If we get enough interest, some of us may camp nearby. No calls before July 11.
Kirsten 914-966-8077
Terry 914-886-3328
July 25-26, Kayaking/Camping Trip, Norwalk Islands, Norwalk CT
We will launch our watercrafts from Calf Pasture Beach Park ($15 entrance fee) in Norwalk to start our adventure to the islands just off the coast. These protected waters make paddling fairly easy in nice weather. It will only take about an hour to get to our destination, depending on our route and the prevailing winds. Please be on time to leave with the group Saturday morning so we have an easier time getting everyone to the island safe and sound. We will have a beautiful L.I. Sound view from our wilderness campsite, and will enjoy paddling to the neighboring islands and exploring. (Download a paddling guide and map here. Kayak rentals available here.) You must bring enough food and water to sustain you for the weekend, however, we plan on taking a very pleasant paddle to one of the shoreside restaurants for an early Saturday night dinner! Solar powered restrooms, no showers. No calls before July 19.
David 914-833-2557
Ken 201-388-3685
July 31-August 2, Camping Trip, Swartswood State Park, Newton NJ
Come and hike the trails, or walk to the beach to swim on Lake Swartswood. The park rents canoes, rowboats and paddleboats, and the lake is stocked with fish. The area is also great for road cycling, or biking with hybrid and mountain bikes on the nearby Paulinskill Valley Trail. Horseback riding is also available nearby on the Trail. We've reserved a shady group site that holds 20 people, where we can listen to the bullfrogs at night in the nearby duck pond. Outhouses at the site, flush toilets and showers at the lake. Quiet hours are 10 P.M. to 6 A.M. No calls before July 26.
Sue 973-896-3120
Bob 973-691-8380
August 14-16, Camping Trip, Promised Land State Park, Canadensis PA
We'll be camping at a few of the many wooded sites in this beautiful man-made park. Walk to the beach and swim, or rent a canoe/kayak/rowboat and tool around Promised Land Lake. The ambitious can bicycle around the lake or explore the Bruce Lake Natural Area. The rest of us will follow the self-guided nature trail around Conservation Island. Outhouses by the site, flush toilets and 50-cent hot showers in another part of the park. No calls before August 9.
Denise 646-457-2072
Jane 732-221-3483
Sunday, August 23, Bike Trip, North Fork of Long Island, Suffolk County NY
If you haven't been keeping up with your exercise routine lately, this bike trip is a good way to wake up those large leg muscles. We'll be taking an easy ride along scenic, flat roads along the western part of the North Fork of Long Island. Appropriate for all level riders. Bring lunch, snacks and plenty of water. Some of us may find Saturday night accommodations to be closer to the ride start Sunday morning. Bike helmets are required. No calls before August 16.
Janice 347-426-4601
David 914-833-2557
September 4-7, Camping Trip, Assateague Island National Seashore, Assateague MD
Camp behind the dunes or in a a pine forest on this barrier island off the coast of Maryland. Looking for a little adventure? On Saturday morning, we will meet at the canoe/kayak rental lot, and paddle on the calm bay side of the island. We can then choose to camp Saturday and Sunday night at one of the wooded backcountry campsites, or a few of us can return the the oceanside sites (limited availability). Wonderful wild ponies share the island with people. This trip is a longer drive than most. Join us for the long weekend! Cold showers and chemical toilets. $15 entrance fee per vehicle. Accepting calls BEFORE August 29 only!
Ken 201-388-3685
Theresa 917-836-7003
Sunday, September 13, Planning Meeting and Potluck, Janice's place, Queens NY
Come join us at Janice's swanky pad to help plan activities for the fall and winter. Bring a dish for our afternoon potluck meal. Suggest a new trip and win a prize if the group decides to add it to the schedule. No calls before September 6.
Janice 347-426-4601
September 18-20, Camping Trip, Burlingame State Park, Charlestown RI
This park contains a large campground, and is criss-crossed with wooded hiking trails. A very short drive takes us from the pine forest and fresh water lake, to the sand and salt water bay and public beach. It is likely that the ocean will still be warm enough to swim in. We’ll be looking for rabbits, muskrat, mink, red fox, river otters, raccoons and weasels that make their homes in the park, and several species of birds at the 1000-acre Watchaug Pond. Hot showers and flush toilets. No calls before September 13.
David 718-897-1448
Debby 917-340-2663



CONTACTS:
  Caretaker              David Levner          718-897-1448
  Outdoors Consultant    Ken Quartarone        kquest07@gmail.com

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