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Campers' Group Bulletin - Winter 2014-2015   

It is the life of the crystal, the architect of the flake, the fire of the frost, the soul of the sunbeam. This crisp winter air is full of it. ~John Burroughs, “Winter Sunshine”

Sunday, January 4, Brunch & Planning 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.

If you have joined us on one or more of our outings in the past, we would greatly appreciate you volunteering to help lead a weekend or day event. If it is your first time, don’t worry, we will partner you with a more experienced member. We are a volunteer-run club that needs more of their members to participate.

Kirsten 914-548-5576
January 16-19, Farm House, Prospect Mountain X-Country Ski Center, Woodford VT
We’ll be staying at the Ye Olde Farm House in Woodford Vermont, and skiing/snow-shoeing/drinking hot chocolate at the Prospect Mountain Ski Center, only 2 minutes away. For downhill skiing and snowboarding, Mt. Snow is about a 1/2 hour drive from the farm house. There are 3 bedrooms, and 2 shared baths in the house. The master bedroom has a queen and a day bed, another bedroom has a full bed, and the third has a bunk with a full on the bottom and single on top. There is also a double futon in the den, a single bed in the game room, and couches in the living room and game room. The owner provides fresh linens and towels. There is a fully stocked kitchen for cooking, a dining area, living room/den, a game room with a pool table and ping pong table, and a pot belly stove with firewood. We will try to help you with transportation and possibly match you up with a ride if you request it. Please contact an event host to find out which rooms or beds are still available.

We recommend paying $106.29 on our Meetup site for immediate inclusion on the RSVP list. Or pay $103 by check, made out to “Campers‘ Group”, mailed to: Campers’ Group, 48 S. High Street Mt. Vernon, NY 10550. (We also include a $1 per person per night fee for Campers‘ Group.) Once the organizer or a trip leader is notified of receipt of your check, you will be added to the RSVP list.

Renee 973-224-1477 / Laurie 646-335-3950
Sunday, January 25, Day Hike, Ramapo Lake, Oakland NJ
Located in Ramapo Mountain State Forest, Ramapo Lake is a popular hiking destination for locals and travelers alike. We will hike approximately 4-6 miles for 3-4 hours on easy to moderate trails. There will be moderate rock scrambling near the start and maybe a small stream to cross. Otherwise the trail around the lake is relatively flat and easy. We will also climb Fox Mountain to the old mansion and explore the Van Slyke Castle ruins. On a clear day the NYC skyline is visible from the lookout.

Meet in the lower parking lot on Skyline Drive just off I-287. Dress in synthetic or wool layers, wear hiking boots or an outdoor type shoe, and bring lunch or energy snacks with about 2 liters of water. If it is icy, wearing Microspikes or another type of traction device on your boot for ice and packed snow is highly recommended.

Ken 201-388-3685
January 30-February 1, Cabin Trip, Frost Valley YMCA, Oliverea NY
Join us for winter in the Catskills! Our all-inclusive package includes 2 nights lodging in 2 heated cabins, 5 meals (Saturday breakfast through Sunday lunch, also includes a Friday night snack), and cross-country ski rentals Saturday and Sunday. There is also snow shoeing, hiking, ice fishing, tubing or arts and crafts included. You need to bring a pillow, bedding (sheets and/or sleeping bags), toiletries and clothing layers (preferably not cotton), hats, gloves, winter footwear, headlamp/flashlight, and backpack with hydration or bottles. Limited to 12 people.

We recommend paying $185.52 on our Meetup site for immediate inclusion on the RSVP list. Or pay $180 (or $52 for children 5 and under) by check, made out to “Campers‘ Group”, mailed to: Campers’ Group, 48 S. High Street Mt. Vernon, NY 10550. Once the organizer or a trip leader is notified of receipt of your check, you will be added to the RSVP list.

Glenn 973-214-3463 / Maryann
Sunday, February 8, Day Trip, Fahnestock Winter Park, Carmel NY
Join us for cross-country skiing in popular Fahnestock Winter Park. The Park features a warming lodge with ski rentals, food, beverages, and restrooms. Rentals are available on a first come, first served basis. There are 11 miles of machine groomed, tracked and mapped trails for beginning and experienced skiers and snowshoers. Families find the park particularly enjoyable because it offers easy terrain to ski on near the lodge. The sledding hill and hot chocolate to sip in front of the outdoor fireplace are nice compliments to day-long trips... It is advisable to get there by 9am if you want to rent ski equipment in the morning. Otherwise you’ll have to wait until skiers come back to rent your size for an afternoon session. You can also call the Ski Center at (845) 225-3998, or check the Ski Report. An optional hike may be planned if there is not enough snow.

David 914-356-7164 / Joan 212-988-1041
February 13-16, X-Country Ski Trip, New Paltz Youth Hostel/Minnewaska State Park, New Paltz NY
Join us for a 2 or 3-day weekend in New Paltz, NY. In nearby Minnewaska State Park, there are groomed cross-country ski and snowshoe trails with incredible vistas of the Shawangunk Ridge. We will stay at the New Paltz Hostel. New Paltz is a college town with eateries, cafes and live music. The Wallkill Valley Rail Trail crosses Main St. and continues 12 miles south to Gardiner. You can rent cross-country skis and snow shoes in town. If you don’t know how to cross-country ski, we can show you the basics.

If you want to go on this trip, you MUST contact the New Paltz hostel at (845) 255-6676 and reserve your own lodging. If the hostel fills up, we can suggest area motels that are suitable alternatives. Public transportation is also available. The hostel is on Main St. in New Paltz right next to a Trailways bus station.

David 718-897-1448 / Debby 917-340-2663
Saturday, February 21, Day Trip, Fairview Lake YMCA Camp, Stillwater NJ
Snow permitting, we’ll be cross-country skiing in northern NJ at Fairview Lake YMCA Camp, a few miles west of Stillwater, and Swartswood State Park. Twelve miles of groomed trails, color coded according to difficulty, wind through 600 acres of woods and fields, including loops around and over the lake. There is a ski lodge, lounge, cabin accommodations and ski rentals available for anyone from 3 years old on up. Trail fee is $5, Rental fee is $15, Package including rental, lesson & trail fee is $35. They are generally open from 9:00-4:00. An optional hike may be planned if there is not enough snow.
Ken 201-388-3685
Sunday, March 1, Day Trip, American Museum of Natural History, New York NY
Join us for the day at the American Museum of Natural History. Located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, it is one of the largest and most celebrated museums in the world. We’ll be enjoying only a small fraction of the museum’s vast collections that contain over 32 million specimens of plants, humans, animals, fossils, minerals, rocks, meteorites, and human cultural artifacts. Meet us in the main entrance Rotunda on Central Park West at 12:30pm sharp so we can get ready for the 1:15 tour.
Joan 212-988-1041 / Susan 718-833-3840
Saturday, March 14, Day Trip, St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Morristown NJ
Join us to watch the Morristown St. Patrick’s Day Parade. We will meet in the parking lot in front of Panera Bread (66 Morris St) at 10 am. It is also a short walk from the train station. We’ll then walk up Morris St. and watch the parade in front of the Presbyterian church at 65 South St (57 E Park Pl). After the parade, we can get a bite at the Famished Frog off the other side of the Green, or wherever else we choose.
Ken 201-388-3685
Sunday, March 15, Ice Skating, LeFrak Center at Lakeside, Brooklyn NY
Will you go round in circles with us at the LeFrak Center in Prospect Park? We will meet at the ticket booth at 11:00 AM sharp. Admission is $8.00 and skate rentals are $6.00. You must check your bag, or put it in a locker. Locker storage costs $3.00 or $8.00 for a small or large locker, with your own combination lock. Bring your lunch or buy it there.
Denise 646-457-2072

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