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Campers' Group Bulletin - Fall 2010   

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.
Nature’s peace will flow into you
as sunshine flows into trees.
The winds will blow their own freshness into you,
and the storms their energy,
while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.” - John Muir

Cool weather camping, cozy cabins, invigorating hikes, Halloween exhibits, special film screenings, delicious brunch, the company of friends - all to renew the spirit for a new season. Join us for some of the fun!

October 1-3, Camping Trip, Stokes State Forest, Branchville NJ
We have reserved two secluded family sites in the Ocquittunk Camping Area. Adjacent to High Point State Park and near the Delaware River, this state forest has many hiking trails, including six miles of the Appalachian Trail. There are great views from the top of Sunrise Mountain, hiking in the Tillman Ravine Natural Area and at Buttermilk Falls. For the camping area, travel north on Rt. 206, pass the main entrance and make a right on Flatbrook Rd. Click here for a park map. Flush toilets and hot showers are available. No calls before September 25.
Denise 646-457-2072 / Theresa 917-836-7003
October 16-17, Bike Ride/Camping Trip, Covered Bridges Ride, Erwinna PA
The Central Bucks Cycling Club (CBCC) is holding the 30th annual Covered Bridges Ride on the morning of Sunday, October 17th. 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 Saturday night in nearby Tohickon Valley Park to be ready for the Sunday 8:00-9:30AM ride start time. The Sunday ride start and finish are in Tinicum Park, only about 10 minutes away from Tohickon Park. Full ride support, rest stops, cue sheets (route directions), and a grande finale lunch are provided. Adults 18 and over: $30 if you pre-register by mailing in the registration form, or $25 (plus small processing fee) if you pre-register online by Friday October 1, or $35 if you register online by Wednesday, October 13, or on the day of the event. Taking calls now!
Ken 201-388-3685
Saturday, October 30, Day Hike/Evening Art Exhibit, Van Cortlandt Manor, 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 9:00 pm for BLAZE - The Hudson Valley's biggest, most exciting and 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 will sell out quickly, but a limited number of 9:00 pm tickets are available online and from Sue directly on a first-come, first-serve basis. Ticket Price - $16. Contact Sue ASAP for ticket availability, and for and hike and restaurant details.
Sue 973-896-3120
November 6-7, Cabin Trip, Fahnestock State Park, Carmel NY
We will be staying in one of the modern cabins at the Taconic Outdoor Education Center, in Fahnestock State Park. We plan to meet for a hike on Saturday, and then have dinner in the nearby town of Cold Spring. On Sunday, those who are interested can attend the 1st Annual Nordic Ski Swap and Sale. Bring cross-country ski equipment you wish to sell, or look for that great deal! The multi-room cabin sleeps up to 10 people, and has a bathroom and shower. Bring a sleeping bag or bed linens. Cooking is not allowed in the cabin, but a full breakfast can be provided for $6.50 at the Outdoor Center.
Jane 732-221-3483
Sunday, November 21, Planning Meeting & Brunch, The Park Restaurant, New York NY
Join us to discuss trip choices for the summer season. Dine among trees, plants and birds in the atrium of this spacious indoor restaurant with delicious healthy menu choices. Meet us at 12:30 p.m. Afterward, we may stroll the Hudson River Park piers nearby. No calls before November 13.
Kirsten 914-966-8077 / Terry 718-933-9807
Saturday, December 4, Film Night, Talk of the Town, Allendale NJ
Join us for a special Saturday night film in the tri-state area's most advanced audio/video showroom. We will enjoy the film in an intimate state-of-the-art theater, in 2.35:1 widescreen. An epic film will be chosen with input from the attendees, however, Ken will make the final selection. A small fee may be requested if the blu-ray or DVD needs to be purchased for this event. Space will be very limited. No calls before November 26.
Ken 201-388-3685
Saturday, December 11, Day Hike, Palisades Shore Trail, Fort Lee NJ
We will be following one variation of this popular scenic hike. The Shore Trail begins at the southern park entrance at the Edgewater–Fort Lee border, descends to the Hudson River, then follows along the Hudson’s shore, eventually crossing the Giant Stairs and on to Peanut Leap Cascade, where it steeply ascends back to the cliff top just north of the New York–New Jersey state line, ending at its junction with the Long Path. Except for the Giant Stairs and the northern terminus, the trail covers easy to moderate terrain. No calls before December 4.
Terry 718-933-9807

  Caretaker     David L.       
  Trip Organizer     Debby S.       
  Trip Organizer     Kirsten A.       
  Outdoors Consultant     Ken Q.       
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