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Campers' Group Bulletin - Summer 2015   

Aaah, summer - that long anticipated stretch of lazy, lingering days, free of responsibility and rife with possibility. It’s a time to hunt for insects, master handstands, practice swimming strokes, conquer trees, explore nooks and crannies, and make new friends. - Darell Hammond

Sunday, June 28, Intermediate day hike, Buttermilk Falls, Walpack Township NJ
At 200 feet tall, Buttermilk Falls are the highest in New Jersey. We’ll start this challenging hike by climbing stairs, which run to the top of the falls. We’ll then continue up the steep Buttermilk Falls Trail for another 1,000 ft of elevation to reach the Appalachian Trail, Crater Lake and Hemlock Pond. We will return via the Woods Road Trail and again down to the falls on the Buttermilk Falls Trail. 7.5 miles will take approximately 5 hours to finish. Since we will be using the steep, two mile, Buttermilk Falls Trail as our starting and return route for this hike, it is not recommended for beginners. Waterproof hiking boots or hiking shoes are required (No sneakers). Bring at least 2 liters of water, snacks and lunch. The pace will be relaxed with plenty of breaks as required. We will meet directly in front of the falls at 10:30AM. Please arrive early as the parking lot fills up quickly. There are no restrooms at Buttermilk Falls, please plan accordingly. Heavy rain will cancel/postpone the hike. For immediate inclusion RSVP on meetup.com.

Getting There:
Buttermilk Falls, Mountain Rd, Layton NJ 07851
GPS Coordinates: 41.137085,-74.889207
Buttermilk Falls - Google Maps

Emmanuel 973-255-8326
July 3-5, Camping Trip, Camping and Fireworks!, Quakertown PA
Let’s camp at this nicely run private campground, and then drive over to Tinicum Park on the Delaware for Fireworks! We have rustic tent sites reserved on the river in this large RV/tent private campground. At Tohickon Family Campground there is a large pool, general store/gift shop, modern bath house, playground, game room and other activities for children. We can also drive to the expansive Lake Nockamixon for paddling, and local easy hiking. Rentals for an assortment of boats are available at the Nockamixon Boat Rental. If you are bringing your kids, please limit tents to one for adults and one for kids, at the very most. Also, let us know how many kids and their ages. The park allows only 4 adults, or 2 adults and their children, on each site, and only two (2) cars per site.

To reserve a spot for each adult, send a check for $50 made out to Campers‘ Group, to: Campers’ Group, 48 S. High Street Mt. Vernon, NY 10550. There is no charge for children. 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 $51.69 via PayPal for each adult on the meetup.com page for this trip.

When you buy your own ticket for July 3rd’s Riverside Symphonia’s Concert Under the Stars, you can picnic with us on the expansive grounds, listen to the orchestra play, and sit back and relax in your lawn chair for an evening fireworks display. On Friday July 3rd, the park’s gates will open at 6 p.m. At 8 p.m., the orchestra will take the stage with a pops program that includes some light classical music, show tunes from Broadway, and, of course, patriotic Fourth of July favorites. Concert Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children 7-18, (plus a credit card processing fee). Order your concert tickets here.

Ken 201-388-3685
July 10-12, Camping Trip, Fahnestock State Park, Carmel NY
Camp and hike in the beautiful Hudson Highlands, near the Appalachian Trail! Fahnestock State Park offers beautiful scenery, and lots to do. You can also swim, rent a kayak, canoe or rowboat in the park’s Canopus Lake. The quaint town of Cold Spring is also a short drive away. Flush toilets and hot showers are available within the park.
Stan 201-954-2537
Sunday, July 19, Day Hike, Norvin Green State Forest/Highlands Natural Pool, Ringwood NJ
Join us for an intermediate 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 3-4 hr hike at 10am. 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, paid when you arrive. We can occupy the grounds between 10am and 8pm.
Ken 201-388-3685
July 24-25, Camping Trip, Burlingame State Park, Charlestown RI
We’ll be camping in a popular wooded campground, with easy access to Watchaug Pond and Ninigret Pond for fresh water or salt water swimming and boating! The park is near the ocean and crisscrossed with hiking trails. We’ll be looking for rabbits, muskrat, mink, red fox, river otters, raccoons and weasels that make their homes in the park, and watch the birds at the 1000-acre Watchaug Pond. East Beach is about 3 miles away and offers fun on the calm bay side or ocean side. Hot showers and flush toilets are available in the campground.

To reserve a spot, send a check for $27.00 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 $28.00 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.

David 914-356-7164 / Deb 203-246-4350
Friday, July 31, Evening Meeting and Full Moon Walk/Hike, REI East Hanover, East Hanover NJ
REI is allowing us to use their 2nd floor community room for our meeting. We’ll start at approximately 7:30pm to plan fall and early winter events. Offer suggestions or just hear about our future events and ideas. Ken will review event host (trip leader) responsibilities and explain how easy it is to host one of our trips. After the meeting, follow us over to nearby Loantaka Brook Reservation for a short full moon walk/hike! Carrying a headlamp/flashlight is a good idea if the skies cooperate, or even if they do not. Please wear the appropriate footwear, bring an energy snack, and 1-2 liters of water. If anyone is interested, we could get a bite to eat after in Madison or Morristown. There is no fee to attend, and you’re welcome to shop in the store before the meeting. ***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, and give you enough information to make it very easy. We are a volunteer-run club that needs our members to participate.***
Ken 201-388-3685
Sunday, August 2, Day Hike, Pyngyp Mountain, Harriman State Park NY
This is not a beginner hike. The Suffern-Bear Mountain Trail is considered to be one of the most challenging trails in Harriman State Park. We will cover 7.5 miles with a total of five climbs including a 250ft near vertical rock scramble. We will visit a glacial erratic known as the Irish Potato, pass attractive cascades along Tiorati Brook and summit Pyngyp mountain. Please note: We will be crossing the Palisades Parkway on foot with cars traveling at high speed. Because of the high risk associated with the parkway crossing and rock scrambles, children, dogs and novice hikers will not be allowed to attend this hike. Hiking boots are required. Absolutely no sneakers (you will not be permitted to hike with the group)! Pace will be moderate with breaks as required. Bring at least 2 liters of water & a snack/lunch. Wet conditions on the day of our hike will lead to postponement. GPS Coordinates: 41.297598,-74.027274
Driving Directions:
Take the Palisades Interstate Parkway to Exit 17 (Anthony Wayne Recreation Area) and park in the large parking area just beyond the entrance kiosk. We will meet next to the kiosk. We’ll need 1 or 2 volunteers to drive the group to the start of our hike. We’ll leave the volunteer’s cars at the trail head parking lot and hike back to Anthony Wayne Recreation Area. We’ll return the volunteers to their cars after the hike.

Emmanuel 973-255-8326
August 7-9, Camping Trip, Fire Island National Seashore, Watch Hill NY
Camp behind the dunes by the Atlantic Ocean. Enjoy miles of secluded, clothing-optional beaches, or hike on a boardwalk nature trail through salt marshes, fresh water marshes, thickets and forests. You won’t see a private car all weekend because ... no cars are allowed. The birds and vegetation are spectacular! Be prepared for ticks and mosquitoes. Flush toilets and hot showers are available. The ferry terminal at Patchogue NY can be reached by public transportation via LIRR. You must take the Watch Hill Ferry over to the island.

To reserve a spot, send a check for $39.50 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 $40.89 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.

Frank 914-740-1053 / MIckey
August 14-16, Camping Trip, Promised Land State Park, Canadensis PA
We’ll be camping at six (6) of the many wooded sites, near the lake in the Pickerel Point camping area. Walk or drive 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 may follow the self-guided nature trail around Conservation Island. The campground has new facilities - hot showers and flush toilets. This recently redesigned campground also has newly paved and mostly assigned parking. One (1) parking space is assigned to each campsite, in the small lot by our campsite group. Overflow parking is within walking distance on the campground peninsula. Carpooling is recommended.

To reserve a spot, send a check for $27.00 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 $28.00 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.

Kirsten 914-548-5576 / Lillian 914-668-3184
August 21-23, Camping Trip, Forked Lake Campground, Long Lake NY
Pristine conditions and beautiful surroundings, combined with the remoteness of this campground offers a great wilderness experience. Forked Lake Campground is located on the east shore of 1248 acre Forked Lake. All the campsites offer privacy, some are large and well forested, campsites are accessible by boat and/or trail (not all sites are accessible by trail, some are boat access only). We will be paddling across the lake from the boat launch in our own or rented boats. Pack light or just enough to fit in a canoe, row boat or kayak. Canoe or row boat rentals are available at the boat launch.

To reserve a spot, send a check for $32.00 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 $33.17 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.

Renee 973-224-1477 / Bernadette 239-289-3744
September 4-7, Camping Trip, Rip Van Winkle Campground, Saugerties NY
Join us for camping and hiking in the Catskills! We have reserved a large group site that contains a campfire ring, on-site water, charcoal BBQ grill, multiple picnic tables, and a large canopy set up over the tables. With 160 wooded acres, an entire mile of frontage on the Plattekill Creek, a swimming hole, koi ponds, a stocked bass pond, children’s activities, a camp store, handicapped accessible bathroom and shower facilities, this campground has most everything a camper could ask for. Located near excellent hiking in the Catskill mountains, it is also just a 10 minute drive to Saugerties and 15 minutes to Woodstock NY.

To reserve a spot, send a check for $67 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 $69 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.

Susan 718-833-3840 / Stan 201-954-2537
September 11-13, Camping Trip, Fairview Lake YMCA Camp, Stillwater NJ
Fairview Lake YMCA Camp is a full service camping experience, if you want it to be! Just set up camp and leave the cooking and all meals to the camp staff, and organized activities as well, if you pay separately for each. We have reserved a camping area near the far side of the lake that has it’s own bathroom and showers, fire ring, and even unheated cabins we can occupy if the weather doesn’t totally cooperate! The camp sits on mile-long Fairview Lake in Northwestern New Jersey. Their 600 acres adjoin the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, providing access to the Appalachian Trail, the Delaware River, unlimited hiking possibilities and breathtaking views. Two waterfronts and a fleet of canoes, rowboats, kayaks, sailboats, and windsurfers offer a wide variety of waterfront activities. There are three athletic fields for soccer, softball and other field sports, two basketball courts, two tennis courts, a hockey court for in-line skaters, a sand volleyball court, archery and rifle ranges, low and high ropes courses and outdoor climbing walls. You will be able to check in starting late Friday afternoon (check with a trip leader on exact time), or on Saturday morning. When you RSVP, you are paying for both nights. The payment of $34 is for one adult, which will cover the cost to camp with the group. If you want the camp’s activities included, it is another $20. If you want to eat at the camp’s dining hall, it is an additional $44 for a Friday night snack (no dinner), Saturday breakfast, lunch and dinner, and Sunday breakfast and lunch. You would pay individually for your activities and meals when you check in at the office. During the weekend, we may also split the cost of firewood, if needed.

To reserve a spot, send a check for $34.00 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 $35.25 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip.

Ken 201-388-3685



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