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Campers' Group Bulletin - Fall 2009

Campers' Group Bulletin - Fall 2009

"Pumpkins in the cornfields,
Gold among the brown,
Leaves of rust and scarlet
Trembling slowly down;
Birds that travel southward,
Lovely time to play;
Nothing is as pleasant
As an autumn day!"
~ Carmen Lagos Signes

Summer may be over, but there are many beautiful autumn days to come! Join us on one of the few remaining camping trips, at a cabin or hostel, or on a hike or bike. What could be more pleasant than being outdoors on an autumn day?

October 16-18, Bike Ride/Camping Trip, Covered Bridges Ride and Festival, Erwinna PA
The Central Bucks Cycling Club (CBCC) is holding the 29th annual Covered Bridges Ride on the morning of Sunday, October 18th. This is a beautiful ride for cyclists of all abilities. The route winds through bucolic central/northern Bucks County, Pennsylvania (and under several covered bridges) with some rolling hills on the shorter routes, steeper hills on the longer routes. Cyclists can choose a route of 20, 30, 33, 50, or 63 miles. If you like, you can join us for camping Friday and/or Saturday night in nearby Tohickon Valley Park to be ready for the Sunday 8:00 AM ride start time, and to enjoy the Saturday festival. The Bucks County Covered Bridges Festival celebrates the historic covered bridges of Bucks County. The Saturday festival and Sunday ride start and finish are in Tinicum Park, only about 10 minutes away from Tohickon. Full ride support, rest stops, cue sheets (route directions), and a grande finale lunch are provided. Adults 18 and over: $25 if you mail in the registration form by Thursday October 1, or if you register online by Wednesday, October 14, or $30 on the day of the event. CALLS BEING TAKEN NOW.
Ken 201-388-3685
Saturday, October 24, Day Hike/Art Exhibit, The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze, Croton-on-Hudson NY
During the day, get a glimpse of fall foliage at its peak as we walk along some of the historic carriage roads, gentle rolling hills, and intimate wooded lanes that characterize beautiful Rockefeller State Park Preserve. Panoramic vistas and beautiful stone bridges await our discovery. After we dine at a local restaurant, join us at 8:30 pm to attend BLAZE - The Hudson Valley's biggest, most exciting, most electrifying Halloween event features more than 4,000 individually hand-carved, illuminated jack o'lanterns. Meander through a riverside landscape and discover a breathtaking display of snakes, super-sized dinosaurs, and more - all made of jack o'lanterns carved on site at Van Cortlandt Manor. Important Note: Blaze is sold-out, but a limited number of tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Contact Sue ASAP to secure a ticket for 8:30 pm entry. Ticket Price - $15. CALLS BEING TAKEN NOW.
Sue 973-896-3120
Bob 973-691-8380
October 30-November 1, Cabin/Camping Trip, Voorhees State Park, Glen Gardner NJ
We'll have the choice of hiking on trails in this secluded park, bicycling on the Columbia Trail, or boating and hiking in the nearby Spruce Run and Round Valley Recreation Areas. On Saturday night, the park's observatory will be open to the public between 8:30-10:30 PM, for those who would like to find planets and constellations on a high power telescope! For those without a car who would like to travel from the city on Friday afternoon or evening, trains on the Raritan Valley Line depart from NY Penn Station, and arrive in the nearby town of High Bridge. The cabin is limited to six people but plenty of tent sites will be available. NO CALLS BEFORE OCTOBER 17.
David 718-897-1448
Debby 917-340-2663
Sunday, November 15, Day Hike, Sterling Forest State Park, Tuxedo Park NY
Sterling Forest State Park comprises 17,953 acres of nearly pristine natural refuge amidst of one of the nation's most densely populated areas, a remarkable piece of woodland, a watershed for millions, and a tremendous outdoor recreation area. Meet us in the morning at the new visitor center overlooking Sterling Lake, which features exhibits about the local environment. That will be our starting point for a pleasant but challenging hike along one or more of the many scenic trails. This moderately difficult hike will last approximately 4 hours. Please be prepared with appropriate clothing, hiking shoes, and enough food and water to sustain you throughout the day. NO CALLS BEFORE NOVEMBER 7.
Ken 201-388-3685
Friday, November 20, Night Out, The Good Coffeehouse, Park Slope Brooklyn NY
Jen Chapin offers urban folk powered by funk, soul and improvisation of the city. Rosetta Trio is an all-string progressive jazz ensemble of upright bass (Stephan Crump) with acoustic and electric guitars (Jamie Fox and Liberty Ellman). Doors open at 7:30 pm. Show begins at 8 pm. $10.00 entrance fee. NO CALLS BEFORE NOVEMBER 13.
Myra 718-846-7725
December 4-6, Cabin Trip, Nockamixon State Park, Quakertown PA
Enjoy the comforts of a warm, electric-heated, furnished cabin while you choose among the many activities available within this state park. You can fish or boat in the 1,450-acre lake, horseback ride, hike, bike ride or just relax with a book or play games you brought. The cabin accommodates 6 people and costs $45 per person for the weekend. You'll need to bring your own kitchenware, utensils and bedding. NO CALLS BEFORE NOVEMBER 28.
Theresa 917-836-7003
Jane 732-221-3483
Saturday, December 12, Game Night/Planning Meeting, Myra's place, Queens NY
Myra will be our gracious host when we match wits and butt heads to play various board games, and discuss the upcoming spring schedule. Bring your favorite game and be prepared to be challenged! (David Levner must bring his Scrabble dictionary if he intends on claiming words we have never heard of.) NO CALLS BEFORE DECEMBER 5.
Myra 718-846-7725

  Caretaker              David Levner          718-897-1448
  Trip Organizer         Denise Drossos
  Outdoors Consultant    Ken Quartarone

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