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Campers' Group Bulletin - Summer 2013   

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."

- Mark Twain -

Join us this season for a summer adventure!

Friday, June 28, Dinner and Meeting, El Quijote, New York NY
Join us for the meal and to socialize, and if you want, you can attend our meeting after the meal. We plan to plan our events for the fall and winter.
Joan 718-373-5782
July 4-7, 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. Earplugs are highly recommended for a good night's sleep. Outhouses at the site, flush toilets and showers at the lake. Quiet hours are 10 P.M. to 6 A.M.
David 914-356-7164 / Joan 718-373-5782
July 19-21, Camping Trip, Hearthstone Point, Lake George NY
Join us for swimming, boating and hiking, but the main attraction for some this weekend may be the nearby Six Flags Amusement Park! You can buy tickets online here. There is also great local Lake George hiking in the area to the north and east of our campground. Mark will also be bringing watercraft to take us on a sunset cruise after dinner Saturday night! The campground is only a 5 minute drive from the town of Lake George. We have 4 campsites reserved. Bathrooms and hot showers are within walking distance. To reserve a spot, please pay $28.50 with a check made out to Campers' Group (contact Ken for the mailing address, or pay $30.00 via Paypal on meetup.com).

Ken 201-388-3685
Sunday, July 28, 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 the former site of N.J. Audubon's Weis Ecology Center (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 approximately a 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
August 2-4, Camping & Paddling Trip, Mills Norrie State Park, Staatsburg NY
What better park to enjoy the beautiful Hudson Valley than Mills Norrie? Located on the east bank of the Hudson River, this and the adjoining riverside parks offer ample opportunities for walking, hiking, and cycling on the numerous trails, but the main attraction here may be paddling. River access is available for campers with boats at the Norrie Marina and at the Norrie Environmental Center. Norrie Point Paddlesport Center rents kayaks and canoes daily to experienced paddlers. Atlantic Kayak Tours runs tours and instructional programs for all levels Saturday and Sunday. A variety of nature programs are offered on Saturdays during the summer months. Other attractions in the area include the Mills and Vanderbilt mansions, the F.D.R. Home, Library and Museum, and Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site in nearby Hyde Park. Paved park paths and local roads make this area ideal for bicycle touring. A serene wooded area with glimpses of the river provides an ideal location for camping. We have three sites reserved. Restroom facilities and showers are located within walking distance. There are also picnic areas on the bluffs overlooking the Hudson.
David 914-356-7164 / Charles 914-384-1649 (after 5 PM)
August 9-11, Camping Trip, Promised Land State Park, Canadensis PA
We'll be camping at a few of the many wooded sites in the reconstructed Pickerel Point camping area. 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. The campground has brand new facilities - hot showers and flush toilets.
Kirsten 914-548-5576 / Terry 718-933-9807
August 16-18, YakJam (with the Stamford Kayaking Meetup Group), Norwalk Islands, Norwalk CT
Campers' Group IS NOT organizing this event. The Stamford Kayaking Group (SKG) is hosting, so please sign up and pay here. YAK Jam is an annual event held on Shea Island of the Norwalk Island chain in Long Island sound. The Kayaker Jamboree is not so much an event as it is a place and time. Kayakers will come together this year and hang out on Shea Island the weekend of August 16th to 18th, either one or two nights. Some kayakers will camp on the island while others will paddle over for the day on Friday, Saturday, and or Sunday. The goal of YAK Jam is to create unity and harmony among kayakers and kayak groups. What happens that weekend is up to the people that come. Kayakers from all over Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and beyond are invited to come for a weekend long celebration of sea-kayaking in Long Island Sound.

Kayakers will launch from Calf Pasture Beach Park ($15 entrance fee) in Norwalk to start a 1-2 hour adventure to the islands just off the coast. These protected waters make paddling fairly easy in nice weather. If you plan to kayak camp, you must have camping gear, clothing, etc., that will fit into your kayak, and bring enough food and water to sustain you for at least one night. Download a paddling guide and map. Kayak rentals are available at The Small Boat Shop.

Ken 201-388-3685
August 30-September 2, 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.
Denise 646-457-2072
September 13-15, Camping Trip, Mohawk Trail State Forest, Charlemont MA
Join us in the beautiful northern Berkshires for camping, hiking and whitewater rafting. Mark will be our guide; he has a raft and all the gear we'll need to make this an exciting weekend! We have a group site reserved. Hot showers and flush toilets are in the park.
Mark 860-841-8001
Saturday, September 21, Day Trip, The Cloisters, Manhattan NY
Located in beautiful Fort Tryon Park in upper Manhattan, The Cloisters is a world famous museum that replicates a medieval castle and monastery. Fort Tryon Park overlooks the Hudson River with amazing views, woods, formal gardens, and wildlife. Let's meet at around 1 PM, tour the museum, have an informal picnic or get some coffee, explore the area, check out the panoramic views, walk the wooded paths, and maybe get some dinner later in one of the fabulous Dominican restaurants in the area. Accessible by taking the A train to 190th St. or by car with parking in Fort Tryon Park.
Joan 718-373-5782



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  Treasurer     Debby S.       
  Outdoors Consultant     Ken Q.       
  
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