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Campers' Group Bulletin - Winter 2012-2013   

Birches are bare silhouettes in the air
the frost is so cold that it burns
a spider web's gold in the sun's pale glare
asleep until Summer returns.

Jackets of white that have formed in the night
the air is a shock to the lungs
the tinkling mock of the fresh stalactites
as sharp as a rapier's tongue.

Cuddled up under a star-strewn wonder
the firelight glows flickering flames
and buried below, Summer's blossoms in slumber
awaiting till Spring calls their names.

The leaves drifting soundlessly float to the ground
quite like boats on a to and fro sea
the multi-hued coat that is woven around
whispers "Winter is Coming" to me.

"Winter" - Graeme King

Sunday, December 23, Day Hike or Cross-Country Skiing, Wawayanda State Park, Hewitt NJ
We will meet for a moderately easy hike in this secluded park. If we are lucky, this may be a day for cross-country skiing. This large park features unspoiled, quiet trails that offer a tranquil setting for a peaceful afternoon. Dress in layers, wear hiking boots or an outdoor type shoe, and bring lunch with 2 liters of water.
Ken 201-388-3685
Sunday, January 13, Brunch and Meeting, The Park Restaurant, Manhattan NY
This spacious, hip restaurant has nice selections, friendly staff, and a big atrium. Meet us at 2 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 SUNDAY JANUARY 6.
Sarah 212-675-5012
January 18-21, Cross-Country Ski Trip, Tug Hill Plateau, Upstate NY
We will be traveling to upstate NY, and a prime area known for deep snow. The Tug Hill Plateau, west of the southern Adirondacks, is said to receive the most US snowfall east of the Rockies! The Osceola Tug Hill Ski Center boasts having 25 miles of daily groomed cross-country ski trails, and the largest selection of cross-country ski equipment in NY State. Snowshoeing is possible nearby, and there is also downhill skiing and snowboarding within and hour's drive. We will be staying nearby at the quaint Old Lard's Barn Bed and Breakfast. The main house has 4 rooms with double beds, one with an extra cot. Rates are $67.65/night for a 3 night stay. There is also a small "cabin", or motel efficiency unit, with double and single beds in the bedroom, a pull-out couch in the main room, with an efficiency kitchen and table. Rates are: $39.47/night for 2, $26.31/night for 3, based on a 3 night stay. A deposit of $60 for sleeping accommodations is required to RSVP for this trip. You must call or email a trip leader ASAP to reserve your bed or room.
Ken 201-388-3685
February 15-18, X-Country Ski Trip, New Paltz Youth Hostel/Minnewaska State Park, New Paltz NY
Enjoy groomed x-country ski and snowshoe trails with incredible vistas in Minnewaska State Park and along the Shawangunk Ridge. We will stay in the town of New Paltz at the New Paltz Hostel. New Paltz is a college town with eateries, cafes and live music. The Wallkill Valley Rail Trail crosses Main St. and continues 12 miles south to Gardiner. You can rent X-country skis and snow shoes in town.

If you want to join us, please contact the New Paltz hostel at (845) 255-6676 and reserve your own lodging--the sooner, the better. If the hostel fills up, we can get you the phone numbers of area motels.

Because the hostel is on Main St. in New Paltz right next to a Trailways bus station, you won't need a car. However, if you want a ride, the trip leaders will try to find you one.

David 718-897-1448 / Debby 917-340-2663
Sunday, February 24, Day Trip, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York NY
Let's meet at the Metropolitan Museum at 1:15 PM and take a truly fascinating guided tour of the Museum's highlights. After the tour we can wander through the museum or explore Central Park and take a look at Cleopatra's Needle (brought from Egypt and standing in the park since 1880) and if we haven't had enough fun we can stop in a local pub and get a beer and some food. The museum is funded by NY City taxpayers and the admission charge is completely voluntary--you can pay whatever you want, or nothing at all, to get in. NO CALLS BEFORE SUNDAY FEBRUARY 17.
Joan 718-373-5782
Sunday, March 10, Outdoor Ice-Skating, Wollman Rink, Manhattan NY
Will you go round in circles with us at Wollman Rink in Central Park? We will meet at the ticket booth at 10:45 AM. Admission is $17.00 adults/$6.00 children and skate rentals are $7.00. Bring or buy lunch, and bring a combination lock if you have one. NO CALLS BEFORE SUNDAY MARCH 3.
Denise 646-457-2072



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