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Campers' Group Bulletin - Fall 2011   

A few days ago I walked along the edge of the lake and was treated to the crunch and rustle of leaves with each step I made. The acoustics of this season are different and all sounds, no matter how hushed, are as crisp as autumn air. - Eric Sloane

Enjoy the sights and sounds of fall with us. Whether we are hiking, bicycling, camping, staying at a cabin, or just getting together for a dinner or other special events, we are sure to have great fun!

September 30-October 2, Bicycling & Hostel Weekend, Martha's Vineyard, Martha's Vineyard MA
Take a day or two off from work and extend your weekend with us to enjoy all that this beautiful island has to offer. Located near the center of the island, we will stay at the comfortable, large and efficiently run Martha's Vineyard Hostel. It has a large kitchen/dining room, den, and men's and women's dorms. A bike path can show you the way, right from the ferry warf... If you want to leave for the island on Friday (not Thursday), park your car in the lot by the Vineyard Fast Ferry departing from Quonset Point, RI, or take the Fast Ferry from New Bedford, MA if you want to leave on either Thursday or Friday. Remember to pack light, bring or rent a bicycle (or rent a moped or smart car), and tour the quaint towns and beautiful shoreline on the many miles of quiet roads and smooth bike paths. The brightly colored Gay Head clay cliffs and lighthouse in Aquinnah is a must-see! You can also take in the flora and fauna by hiking or kayaking. Don't forget to visit the many shops and seafood restaurants. Taxis and a shuttle bus also service the hostel. Please plan now while there is still room left in the dorms. Do not call the hostel at this time to make reservations. To ensure bed availability, you must call a trip leader ASAP.
Janice 973-930-3563 / Jane 732-221-3483
October 14-16, Camping Trip, Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, Cross River NY
Camp in the largest county park in Westchester (4,700 acres). You can bicycle on the park's roads, hike the trails or ride a horse. The Trailside Museum has specimen animals, Native American artifacts and an exhibit about the Leatherman. A nearby garden contains over 100 varieties of wildflowers. Birdwatching is also a popular activity. Some campsites have a lean-to with a fireplace. You can sleep in the lean-to, pitch your tent nearby or just visit for the day. The bathrooms have toilets but no showers. NO CALLS BEFORE FRIDAY OCTOBER 7.
Frank 914-740-1053 / Sarah 212-675-5012
Sunday, October 23, Brunch/Quarterly Meeting at The Park Restaurant, Manhattan NY
This spacious, hip restaurant has nice brunch selections, friendly staff, and a big atrium. Meet us at 1 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 OCTOBER 16.
Debby 917-340-2663
Saturday, October 29, Day Hike/Walk, Dinner, Haunted House!, Walkway over the Hudson State Historic Park, Highland NY
We will cross the big river by way of the Walkway over the Hudson State Historic Park, and the Mid-Hudson Bridge, to complete the 3.6 mile Walkway Loop Trail. The Walkway bridge is a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark. (The moderately fit can add a 2.5 mile hike to the day in the adjacent Fanny Reese State Park) After the walk or hike, you can join us for dinner at a local restaurant. Later on, the brave ones will take the short drive over to Headless Horseman Hayrides and Haunted Houses for a very scary evening! (If interested, check with Sue on exact entrance time and then buy a ticket ASAP before it sells out!) If you plan on making it a very late evening, a bed or room can be reserved at the New Paltz Hostel. We will meet at the Highland entrance on the west side of the river in Highland NY (at 87 Haviland Rd., parking is allowed along the north side of the road). You can also take the Metro-North train from NYC to Poughkeepsie, and then follow the Walkway over the river to meet us.
Sue 973-896-3120
November 11-13, Weekend Getaway, White Rabbit Cottage, near Jim Thorpe PA
Enjoy the comforts of a warm and cozy furnished modern cottage while you choose among the many activities available in this beautiful area. You can hike, bike or paddle in and around nearby Lehigh Gorge State Park or Beltzville State Park, dine or shop in the historic town of Jim Thorpe, or just relax in the cottage with a challenging game or good conversation. This attractive cottage in the woods accommodates 6 people and has 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, kitchen, living room/dining area and deck. All sheets, towels, cooking/dinnerware are included. We have reserved the cottage for Friday and Saturday night. With 6 people the cost will be about $45 per person for the weekend. *Currently the cottage is full for this weekend, but feel free to contact a trip leader for updates, and about joining us for the day or other overnight accommodations. NO CALLS BEFORE FRIDAY OCTOBER 21.
David 914-356-7164 / Oded 917-593-1588
Sunday, December 11, Hike/Dinner/Movie, Ramapo Valley County Reservation, Mahwah NJ
How about spending an afternoon and evening with Campers' Group? First we'll enjoy a moderate early afternoon hike, followed by an early dinner at the popular Allendale Bar and Grill. After dinner we will be treated to a private screening of a movie of our choice, in an intimate state-of-the-art theater at Talk of the Town, the tri-state area's most advanced audio/video showroom! Join us for one, two or all three events!
Ken 201-388-3685
Sunday, December 25, Christmas Dinner in a Manhattan Ethnic Restaurant, Manhattan NY
Celebrate the holiday with friends. We'll meet for a Manhattan adventure and a meal in an ethnic restaurant to enjoy the spirit of the season. NO CALLS BEFORE SUNDAY DECEMBER 18.
Hiram 212-813-2378 / Sarah 212-675-5012

  Caretaker     David L.       
  Treasurer     Debby S.       
  Outdoors Consultant     Ken Q.       
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