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Campers' Group Bulletin - Spring 2013   

After a long winter, we're excited about the arrival of spring and going camping again. We look forward to seeing old friends, and making new ones, around the campfire.

March 15-17, Cabin Trip, Tohickon Valley Park, Point Pleasant PA
Enjoy the comforts of a warm and cozy cabin by the flowing Tohickon Valley Creek, or rough it in your tent. It's possible that, during the weekend, water will be released from an upstream dam, enlarging the creek and making it a nirvana for kayakers. The cabin has a kitchen, bathroom, shower and wood-burning fireplace. The cabin holds eight people, and the park also has campsites for the hardy. Bring your own food, utensils and linens.
Ken 201-388-3685 / Sarah 212-675-5012
Sunday, April 7, Day Hike, Long Pond Ironworks, Sterling Ridge and Jennings Hollow, Hewitt NJ
Let's tour some of the historic ruins of the Long Pond Ironworks, then hike up along a ridge, cross over the NY state line to a fire tower with an impressive view, and return whence we came. We'll be crossing streams and passing a fresh water marsh. This intermediate 9-11 mile hike will take approximately 4.5-5.5 hrs. Please be fairly fit, wear hiking boots or sturdy shoes, bring lunch or energy snacks, and pack about two liters of water.
Ken 201-388-3685
Sunday, April 14, Brunch and Meeting, The Park Restaurant, Manhattan NY
This spacious, hip restaurant has nice 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.
Joan 718-373-5782
April 19-21, Camping Trip, Stokes State Forest, Branchville NJ
We're returning to shady Group Site H. This park has many hiking trails including six miles of the Appalachian Trail. There are great views from the top of Sunrise Mountain and in the Tillman Ravine Natural Area. The park includes a portion of the Kittatinny Ridge, and is near High Point State Park and the Delaware River. Flush toilets and hot showers. Limited to 10 people.
David 914-356-7164 / Bob 732-421-4243
Saturday, May 11, Day Hike, Harriman State Park, Southfield NY
We'll hike the Island Pond/Lemon Squeezer Loop, over Green Pond and Island Pond Mountains and past Boston Mine. This seven-and-a-half mile hike is rated moderate to strenuous and should take four to five hours. Wear sturdy shoes, bring lunch and water.
Charles 914-384-1649 (after 5 PM)
Sunday, May 19, Day Hike, Harriman State Park, Southfield NY
We'll hike the Island Pond/Lemon Squeezer Loop, over Green Pond and Island Pond Mountains and past Boston Mine. This seven-and-a-half mile hike is rated moderate to strenuous and should take at least five hours with breaks. Wear sturdy shoes, bring lunch and water. 10am start time. Contact the hike leader for the meeting location.
Charles 914-384-1649 (after 5 PM)
May 24-27, Camping Trip, Jenny Jump State Forest, Hope NJ
Want to see the rabbit in the Moon, Venus, and Mars up close? In addition to relaxed camping and spectacular vistas along the hiking trails at this lesser-known park, we'll have some fun at the Greenwood Observatory, seemingly bringing the planets closer to earth via a telescope that magnifies up to 800 times. You can also ride your bike in the park, or swim at the nearby Mohican Outdoor Center. Hot showers and flush toilets.
Debby 917-340-2663 / David 718-897-1448
June 7-9, Camping Trip, Woodland Valley State Park, Phoenicia NY
In the heart of the Catskills, Woodland Valley is a narrow rugged valley surrounded by some of the region's highest peaks: Panther, Slide, Cornell and Wittenburg. A trail from the campground leads to Slide Mountain. Hiking, mountain climbing, and bicycling. Near Woodstock. Quiet hours are 10 P.M. to 7 A.M. Flush toilets and hot showers.
Ken 201-388-3685 / Trudy 845-544-0446
June 21-23, Camping Trip, Ricketts Glen State Park, Benton PA
This park overflows with waterfalls (22 named falls), has 26 miles of hiking trails and a lake for swimming and boating. You can rent a canoe, kayak, rowboat or paddleboat--gasoline-powered boats are not permitted. Our group site can hold up to 40 people but has limited space for cars. There are outhouses near the site and bathrooms with running water and showers at the lake.
Sarah 212-675-5012 / Frank 914-740-1053

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