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Campers' Group Bulletin - Spring 2014   

Here comes the spring ...

Saturday, April 5, Day Hike, Long Pond Ironworks/Horse Pond Mountain/Burnt Meadow, Hewitt NJ
Let's tour some of the historic ruins of the Long Pond Ironworks, enjoy a raging waterfall, then cross over Greenwood Lake Turnpike, and climb up to Horse Pond Mountain for a beautiful view! Elevation gain will be a little over 1000 feet. This intermediate 7-9 mile hike will take approximately 4-5 hours, however, we will be hiking at an easy to moderate pace, taking stops which may make the day a bit longer, but there will be a route option to make it a slightly shorter hike for some. You can also join us if you just want to see the Ironworks site and the waterfall, and hike about 3 miles. Please be fairly fit, wear hiking boots or sturdy shoes, bring lunch or energy snacks, and pack about two liters of water. Meet us at the Long Pond Ironworks Visitor Center on Greenwood Lake Turnpike (Rt. 511) at 10:30 AM, and please be prompt!
Ken 201-388-3685
Sunday, April 6, Meeting, REI in Soho, Manhattan NY
Join us to finish planning the summer schedule and to start working on the fall. We're meeting in REI's community room. With REI's projector, you'll be able to see the schedule come together on a big screen. The meeting should last a couple of hours and then we'll have lunch nearby.
Joan 212-988-1041
Friday, April 11, Night Out, Rocky Sullivans, Red Hook in Brooklyn NY
A friend of Campers' Group, Michael, and his band The Famous Geniuses, will play mostly original Swing Blues, Rock and Rockabilly music. Good food, great music, no cover charge. Show times are at 8:30 and 10 pm. Two unique sets will be played. You will not be sorry.
Denise 646-457-2072
April 11-13, Cabin Trip, Stokes State Forest, Branchville NJ
We have reserved a very comfortable cabin Friday and Saturday night in the Ocquittunk area of Stokes State Forest. This is a beautiful natural area in northwest New Jersey, which offers many excellent hiking opportunities. On Saturday and/or Sunday, we may organize easy or intermediate hikes, and possibly a potluck dinner in the cabin Saturday night. This modern cabin is one of the newest in the park, and has 2 bunk rooms which can sleep 8 (4 bunks each), a large common area with table and chairs, kitchen, bathroom with shower, and fireplace. As usual, you will need to bring bedding, towels, food and cooking/eating utensils.

When you RSVP, you are paying for both nights. You can either pay $44 on through Paypal, or send a check for $42, made out to Campers' Group, to: Campers' Group, 575 Grand Street, #E-1605, NYC 10002. The payment is for one person that will only cover the cost to occupy the cabin. During the weekend, we may also split the cost of firewood, if we need to purchase.

Bob 732-421-4243 / David 914-356-7164
May 16-18, Camping Trip, Fire Island National Seashore, Watch Hill NY
Camp behind the dunes by the Atlantic Ocean. Enjoy miles of secluded, clothing-optional beaches, or hike on a boardwalk nature trail through salt marshes, fresh water marshes, thickets and forests. You won't see a private car all weekend because ... no cars are allowed. The birds and vegetation are spectacular, but beware of the ticks. We do this trip in the spring because the mosquitoes are ferocious later in the season. Flush toilets and hot showers. Fire Island can be reached by public transportation via LIRR and ferry.
Sarah 212-675-5012 / Frank 914-740-1053
May 23-26, 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. You can reserve by paying $18 per person by check (mail it to Campers' Group, 575 Grand St., #E1605, NYC 10002) or $20 per person by Paypal via this page.
Chris 718-720-0034 / Ilene
June 13-15, Camping Trip, Ricketts Glen State Park, Benton PA
This park overflows with waterfalls (22 named falls), has 26 miles of hiking trails and Lake Jean for swimming and boating. You can rent a canoe, kayak, rowboat or paddleboat--gasoline-powered boats are not permitted. Our five sites are on a peninsula jutting out into Lake Jean. The sites can comfortably hold 20 people and are near bathrooms with toilets and hot showers. You can reserve by paying $23 per person by check (mail it to Campers' Group, 575 Grand St., #E1605, NYC 10002) or $25 per person by Paypal via this page.

Candy / Ken 201-388-3685

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