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Campers' Group Bulletin - Summer 2012   

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Sipping green tea by the fire
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July 6-8, Camping Trip, Swartswood State Park, Newton NJ
Come and hike the trails, or walk to the beach to swim in 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 FRIDAY JUNE 29.
Denise 646-457-2072 / Anne 212-873-5454
Thursday, July 19, Dinner at The Park Restaurant, Manhattan NY
This spacious, hip restaurant has nice selections, friendly staff, and a big atrium. Meet us at 7 pm, 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, or Hudson River Park. NO CALLS BEFORE THURSDAY JULY 12.
Jody 917-224-6395
July 20-22, Camping Trip, Buttonwood Hill Campsite in Wharton State Forest, Batsto NJ
We have this campsite all to ourselves in the middle of Wharton State Forest, the largest park in New Jersey. Wharton is in a pine barren where the soil is sandy and pine trees predominate. There's excellent canoeing and kayaking nearby on the Batsto and Mullica Rivers. You can also walk to Crowley's Landing and swim in the Batsto River, or hike and pick blueberries on the trails leading directly from our campsite. The restored village of Batsto is a few miles down the road. Outhouses at the site, flush toilets at Crowley's Landing. NO CALLS BEFORE FRIDAY JULY 13.
Frank 914-740-1053 / Sarah 212-675-5012
Sunday, July 29, Day Hike, Norvin Green State Forest/Highlands Natural Pool, Ringwood NJ
Join us for an athletic day hike in this nearby undisturbed forest, and then for a relaxing swim in a natural pool! You are also welcome to just swim and picnic on the grounds. The hidden gem of the Wyanokie Highlands, the Highlands Natural Pool is an Olympic size, stream-fed freshwater pool. It is located adjacent to Norvin Green State Forest, and to N.J. Audubon's Weis Ecology Center (or click here for directions). The Pool grounds include a picnic and barbecue area. There is direct access to a recreation field (including a baseball backstop), volleyball court, ping-pong tables, and over 21 miles of pristine hiking trails in the forest. The pool will be open from 10am to 8pm. Ken will be leading a 3-4 hr hike at about 10 am. Bring prepared food or barbecue on their grills. Park in the Weis Ecology Center's outer parking lot. $10 per adult, $3 per child, for the day.
Ken 201-388-3685
Sunday, August 5, Day Paddle or Hike in Wawayanda State Park, Hewitt NJ
Join us for a paddle on Wawayanda Lake, or enjoy hiking on the trails in this scenic park. You can bring your own kayak or canoe, or rent from the boat house at the lake. It is first come, first serve, and $13/hr. They have 7 kayaks, and many canoes, paddle boats and row boats. Bring food and picnic at one of the tables between the boat launch and beach. Park in the boat launch parking lot. $10 entrance fee for NJ vehicles, $20 out of state. YOU MUST ARRIVE BY ABOUT 9AM, OTHERWISE THE GATES MAY BE CLOSED! THE PARK FILLS UP EARLY ON WEEKENDS, AND THEY WILL NOT LET ANY OTHER VEHICLES IN AFTER THEY REACH THEIR LIMIT.
Ken 201-388-3685
August 17-19, Camping Trip, Woodland Valley State Park, Phoenicia NY
In the heart of the Catskills, Woodland Valley is a narrow rugged valley surrounded by some of the region's highest peaks: Panther, Slide, Cornell and Wittenburg. A trail from the campground leads to Slide Mountain. Hiking, mountain climbing, and bicycling. Near Woodstock. Quiet hours are 10 P.M. to 7 A.M. Flush toilets and hot showers. NO CALLS BEFORE FRIDAY AUGUST 10.
Denise 646-457-2072 / Theresa 917-836-7003
August 31-September 3, Camping Trip, High Point State Park, Sussex NJ
Swim, boat, fish, hike the Appalachian Trail, ride your mountain bike or just relax at this private group site situated far away from other campers. Hiking to the Monument at the highest point in NJ will award you with the most expansive 360 degree view of PA, NY and NJ in the area. A visit from our friendly black bears will make this trip one to remember. Pit toilets on the site, hot showers and flush toilets at the lake. Limited to 25 people. NO CALLS BEFORE FRIDAY AUGUST 24.
Janice 973-930-3563 / Suzanne 802-349-2227
September 14-16, Camping Trip, North/South Lake State Park, Haines Falls NY
For our last summer camping trip of 2012, 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 FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 7.
Debby 917-340-2663 / David 718-897-1448
September 28-October 1, Camping Trip, Assateague Island National Seashore, Assateague MD
Camp behind the dunes on this beautiful barrier island off the coast of Maryland. Wonderful wild ponies share the island with people! We have reserved an oceanside group site for the weekend. Vehicles can drive up near the site, unload, and park close by. There is a boardwalk to access the site. We can also meet at the canoe/kayak rental lot, and paddle on the calm bay side of the island. This trip is a longer drive than most. Join us for the long weekend! Cold showers and chemical toilets in the national park, hot showers in the adjacent state park. $15 entrance fee per vehicle. To arrange carpooling, contact a trip leader ASAP. Accepting calls BEFORE September 14 only!
Ken 201-388-3685



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