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Campers' Group Bulletin - Winter 2015-2016   

People don’t notice whether it’s winter or summer when they’re happy. - Anton Chekhov

Saturday, January 30, Moderate day hike, Sterling Forest Fire Tower and Iron Mines, Tuxedo Park NY
Let’s enjoy a beginner friendly winter hike along scenic Sterling Lake, passing ruins of former mining activity, and climb to the Sterling Forest Fire Tower, with panoramic views. We will take a lunch break below the fire tower before returning to the visitor center.
Time: Approx 3 hours (slow pace with breaks as needed)
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 4.3 miles (for those wanting to do more, we can extend the hike another 4 miles by circling the entire lake after we finish the first hike)
Hiking boots are required, as well as the use of traction devices such as Microspikes or Yaktrax. Dress in layers. Bring at least 1.5 liters of water and a snack/lunch. A headlamp/flashlight is recommended if you plan to join us on the extended hike (Sunset is at 5:12pm).
Meet at the Visitor Center. Here is a complete hike description.

Emmanuel 973-255-8326
Sunday, January 31, Day Trip, Fairview Lake YMCA Camp, NJ
Join us for cross-country skiing in northern NJ at Fairview Lake YMCA Camp, a few miles west of Stillwater, and Swartswood State Park. Twelve miles of ungroomed 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, February 7, Meeting, then Hike!, REI, East Hanover NJ
REI is allowing us to use their 2nd floor community room for our meeting. We’ll start at 10am to continue to plan our upcoming spring and summer events. After the meeting, follow us over to nearby South Mountain Reservation for a moderate 4-6 mile hike. Please wear hiking boots or shoes, bring lunch, and/or energy snacks, and about 2 liters of water.

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. There is no fee to attend, and you’re welcome to shop in the store just after the meeting.

Ken 201-388-3685
February 12-15, Hiking, Snowshoeing or Cross-Country Skiing, New Paltz Hostel, New Paltz NY
Join us for a 2 or 3-day weekend in New Paltz, NY. In nearby Minnewaska State Park and Mohonk Preserve, there are many excellent hiking trails, groomed cross-country ski trails and snowshoeing trails with incredible vistas of the Shawangunk Ridge. There is an admission fee for either park. 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 there is not enough snow, we will plan great hikes in this beautiful area. We will stay at the New Paltz Hostel. If the hostel fills up, we can suggest area motels that are suitable alternatives. The hostel check-in time starts on Friday at 4pm; check-out is 10am. Public transportation is also available. The hostel is on Main St. in New Paltz right next to a Trailways bus station.

If you want to go on this trip and stay with the group, you MUST contact the New Paltz Hostel at 845-255-6676 and reserve your own lodging. To join our group for the weekend’s activities, contact a trip leader and send a check for $3.00 made out to Campers‘ Group, 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. For immediate inclusion, pay $3.39 via PayPal on the page for this trip.

Ken 201-388-3685
February 26-28, Cabin Trip, Frost Valley YMCA, Oliverea NY
Join us for winter in the Catskills! Our all-inclusive package includes 2 nights in the heated and comfy Bodman Lodge with 4 bunk rooms and common room, 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 16 people.

We recommend paying $185 on our Meetup site for immediate inclusion on the RSVP list. Or pay $185 (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 / Lillian 914-668-3184
March 5-6, Cabin Trip, Thendara Mountain Club, Harriman State Park NY
Our friends at Thendara Mountain Club have invited us to stay overnight at their rustic lodge in Harriman State Park. The lodge (built 1929) has heat, electricity, a full kitchen, indoor men’s and women’s washrooms with hot showers, and heated bathrooms about 50 ft from the lodge. There are seven bedrooms with 2-4 cots each (rooms are shared). The Lodge has a big main room with fireplace, comfortable seating, eating table and screened in porch. The weekend includes Saturday night dinner, Sunday breakfast and a bag lunch.

Arrive a little before 10am on Saturday for an early departure to hike the Timp Torn trail. The hike will be 5-7 miles with some hills. (Bring snowshoes and/or microspikes if needed.) We will return to camp for a relaxing happy hour in front of the fire! Dinner will be meat and veggie lasagna with garlic bread and salad, and a surprise dessert. Diet restrictions can usually be accommodated - just be sure to tell the host when you RSVP. You need to bring a sleeping bag or sheet & pillowcase. There are wool blankets and pillows available. There will also be a local hike on Sunday starting at 11am from camp. The total cost will be $40, which will cover meals and lodging. You can also join us just for the Saturday hike and dinner for $20.

You can take the train or bus to Sloatsburg and can either hike in, ride a bike up scenic Seven Lakes Drive, or we can arrange to have someone from camp with a car meet you at the station. Feel free to bring a spouse, date, friend and well behaved kids, but sorry, no pets.

Please send a check for $40 (or $20 just for the Saturday hike and dinner), made out to Campers‘ Group, 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. Please call or email the trip leader ASAP with any last minute questions.

Ken 201-388-3685
Saturday, March 12, Day Trip, National Museum of the American Indian, New York NY
The National Museum of the American Indian is located within the historic Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House in lower Manhattan. The museum’s permanent and temporary exhibitions as well as a range of public programs, including music and dance performances, films, and symposia explore the diversity of the Native people of the Americas. Terry will be our primary host for this interesting tour. We will most likely have a meal at a local restaurant afterwards. The National Museum of the American Indian-New York, is located on the south side of Bowling Green, in lower Manhattan, adjacent to the northeast corner of Battery Park. See the NY MTA for maps and service updates for subways and buses.

Terry 718-933-9807 / Kirsten 914-548-5576

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