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Campers' Group Bulletin - Fall 2021   

Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree. - Emily Bronte

September 24-26, Camping Trip, Belleplain State Forest, Woodbine NJ
The forested acres of Belleplain State Forest include stands of young pine, oak and Atlantic white cedar. Several short and longer hikes are available with little elevation. Lake Nummy is a popular paddling and fishing area, and where we will be camping! Our lakefront campsites have fire rings and picnic tables. Flush toilets, showers, and laundry facilities are within walking distance.
*** There will be No Swimming for the 2021 Season. The Concession Stand will also be closed. Kayak and Canoe Rentals will still be available. If you have any questions, you may call the office at 609.861.2404. ***
Belleplain is 30 minutes from Cape May, and as little as 15 minutes from beautiful inlets and other paddling locations.
To immediately reserve a spot, please pay $28.00 via PayPal on the page for this trip. RSVPS ARE PER TENT, NOT PER PERSON.

Gabi 917-597-5708 / Emmanuel 973-255-8326
October 1-3, Camping Trip, Worlds End State Park, Forksville PA
Worlds End State Park, situated in a narrow S-shaped valley of the Loyalsock Creek, is surrounded by the Loyalsock State Forest. The 780-acre park offers visitors diverse recreational opportunities within a pristine environment. The rugged natural beauty coursing through the heart of the Endless Mountains landscape provides many photographic possibilities. Hiking, swimming, wildlife watching and more is available in this bucolic area. We have reserved 10 campsites in the family campground.
To join, you must RSVP and pay $34.52 on the page for this event.

Darrell 917-807-6920 / Ken 201-388-3685
October 8-11, Camping Trip, Ricketts Glen State Park, Benton PA
This beautiful park overflows with waterfalls (the 94-foot Ganoga Falls is the highest of 22 named waterfalls), and has 26 miles of hiking trails. Nearly all of the waterfalls are visible from the Falls Trail, which has been called "the most magnificent hike in the state" and one of "the top hikes in the East." There is also a lake for swimming and boating. You can rent a canoe, kayak, rowboat or paddleboat. Our campsites are in the big loop next to Lake Jean. The Park allows one vehicle and up to 5 people on each campsite. If you have more than one vehicle, there is additional parking a short walk from the campsites. Campsites are near bathrooms with toilets and hot showers. Click here for the campground map and brochure.
To join, you must RSVP and pay $34.26 on the page for this event.

Stan 201-954-2537 / Susan 718-833-3840
Sunday, October 17, Bike Trip, NJ to NY Along the Hudson River, Jersey City NJ
Bicycling along the Hudson River is very scenic, and can be a great workout! Join us for this intermediate ride of approximately 35 miles that begins in Jersey City and ends in Battery Park NYC. This is not a beginner ride. A steady pace of about 12 to 15 mph will be maintained between stops. A hybrid or road/touring bike is appropriate for this ride, NOT a mountain bike. Meet us at 10:00am in the parking lot along the southern end of Liberty State Park, GPS coordinates 40.697174, -74.064280. (Some city dwellers may want to join us during the ride on the Manhattan side.) We'll ride through Flag Plaza to view the Statue of Liberty, and then continue north on the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway through Liberty State Park, enjoying an incredible view of downtown NYC. Then it's on to downtown Jersey City, including Exchange Place and Newport, riding mostly on the walkway. We'll then continue to Hoboken, Pier A and Pier C, and it's other recreational waterfront areas. We can stop for a bite of lunch or just ride north out of town and along the Hudson, now on the northern section of the Waterfront Walkway, but occasionally on River Rd where necessary. The most difficult section of the ride comes when we climb the steep hill toward the George Washington Bridge. When crossing the Hudson, riding on the GWB pedestrian walkway will give us a fantastic view of the river and city. After leaving the bridge, we then connect with the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway, stopping along the way to take in the views, and continue to ride south into Riverside Park, then Hudson River Park, and finally Battery Park. We can end our day there, or stop at a restaurant or another popular spot. Some may then ride home to their neighborhood in the city, and others will take the ferry back to Jersey City to ride back to their cars.
We'll meet in the parking lot before Flag Plaza and Liberty State Park, GPS coordinates 40.697174, -74.064280. Take NJ Turnpike exit 14B to Bayview Ave, which turns into Morris Pesin Dr. You can also try to join us during the ride on the Manhattan side. Please RSVP on the Meetup page for this event.

Ken 201-388-3685
October 20-November 2, Camping Trip, Key West Fantasy Fest, Dry Tortugas, Bahia Honda and Florida Everglades!, Key West FL
This 14 day adventure will start with 2 nights of car camping (Oct 20th & 21st) at Bahia Honda State Park in the Florida Keys. Enjoy beautiful beaches, water sports, hiking, bicycling, sunsets and star gazing!
On Oct 22nd at 6:30 a.m. in Key West, we will board a high speed catamaran for a 3 hour ride to camp in Dry Tortugas National Park for 2 nights (Oct 22nd and 23rd). This small remote island park is about 70 miles west of Key West, has excellent snorkeling and kayaking, amazing sunsets and star gazing, and a 19th century fort to explore!
We will return around dinner time on Oct 24th to Key West, then drive to nearby Boyd's Campground for 7 nights of car camping (Oct 24 - Oct 30th). Our stay at Boyd's coincides with Fantasy Fest, the premier masking and costuming extravaganza, like nothing else you have ever seen. The festival encompasses more than 60 parties, costumed marches, street fairs, and glamorous balls, as well as the show-stopping Fantasy Fest parade!
On Oct 31st, we drive to Flamingo Campground in the Florida Everglades National Park for 3 nights of camping (Oct 31st - Nov 2nd). We will attempt to get the first come, first served remote sites, accessed by canoe/kayak, either on the beach or on chickee huts, built for camping in the mangrove forests. If not available, we will stay at the group car camping sites.
Included in the price is the cost of all campsites and the ferry to and from Dry Tortugas. Not included in the price is all other transportation costs (to and from Florida, around Key West, to and from Bahia Honda and the Everglades), food, camping equipment, entertainment, parking (approx. $100 per car for Dry Tortugas), car rental, kayak rentals and park entry fees (approx. $30 per car for Everglades).
To join the entire event, you must RSVP and pay $787.55 on the page. You may also be able to choose to attend and pay for a portion of this trip. This will be posted.

Maryann / Ken 201-388-3685
October 22-24, Camping Trip, Camp Taylor Campground and Lakota Wolf Preserve, Columbia NJ
Located in the beautiful mountains of Northwest New Jersey, Camp Taylor is adjacent to the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and Appalachian Trail. Their large wooded sites and miles of hiking trails offer a unique opportunity to reconnect with nature. The howling of wolves, which can be heard while sitting at your campfire, reinforces the feeling of a remote wilderness setting. The Lakota Wolf Preserve, located on the campground, offers educational talks and excellent photo opportunities. Wolf Watches begin at 10:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., and last 60-75 minutes. Registration begins 1/2 hour before tour start times. Tours cost $15 for adults and $7 for kids up to 11 years old, plus tax. Check the website to see if there are tickets still available.
To join, you must RSVP and pay $57.49 on the page for this event.

Gabi 917-597-5708 / Nikki
November 12-14, Camping Trip, Allaire State Park, Howell Township NJ
Allaire State Park is probably best known for its historic 19th-century iron making town, Allaire Village. The Manasquan River, which winds through the park, provides excellent opportunities for freshwater fishing. The river's floodplain provides habitat for over 200 species of wildflowers, trees and plants as well as habitat for birds and other wildlife. Hiking and multi-use trails are throughout the park.
Our dog-friendly campsites are in the family campground. The sites are near bathrooms with flush toilets and showers. 2 cars are allowed on each site. Pets are welcome on the grounds and trails but not in buildings. We have purchased 2 bundles of firewood per campsite. Any wood brought in must be kiln-dried, bagged from a store.
To join, you must RSVP and pay $36 on the page for this event.

Julie 732-890-7809
December 3-5, 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. There are 42 miles of hiking and multi-use trails throughout the park. 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. If you want to visit for the day, you just have to pay the entrance fee to the park ($10/vehicle). The bathrooms have toilets but no showers.
To join, you must RSVP and pay $29 on the page for this event.

Ken 201-388-3685

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