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Campers' Group Bulletin - Winter 2020-2021   

Winter is a season of recovery and preparation. - Paul Theroux *** Important! All participants MUST follow precautionary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, such as social distancing, wearing a mask whenever needed, using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, and no sharing of food or other items. *** For immediate inclusion, RSVP on our meetup.com/campersgroup page.

Sunday, December 27, Moderate day hike, Ramapo Lake/Van Slyke Castle, Oakland NJ
Located in Ramapo Mountain State Forest, Ramapo Lake is a popular hiking destination for locals and travelers alike. Well-behaved dogs and their owners are welcome. We will hike approximately 5.5-6.5 miles for 4+ hours on moderate terrain. There will be some moderate rock scrambling near the start and maybe a small stream to cross. (http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/ramapo.html)
PLEASE WEAR A MASK AND SOCIAL DISTANCE, THANK YOU!
We will loop up and around counterclockwise to climb Fox Mountain, and visit VanSlyke Castle. On a clear day the NYC skyline is visible from the lookout. We will then continue south and descend to the lake, where it is relatively flat and easy, and then return on the rocky blue trail.
(http://www.sitesofnj.com/New_Jersey/Bergen_County/Van_Slyke_Castle/Web_Pages/Van-Slyke-Castle.html)
Meet in the lower parking lot on Skyline Drive just north of I-287.
Well-behaved dogs and their owners are welcome. If the owner and dog have not hiked with us before, the owner must contact the host for permission. Dogs should be kept on a 6ft leash during the hike.
Dress in light synthetic or wool layers (give up the cotton), wear hiking boots or an outdoor type shoe for the rocky trails, wool socks, and bring lunch or energy snacks with about 1-2 liters of water. Some sections of the trail may be icy or muddy, so a Gore-tex/waterproof boot is recommended. Bring a headlamp, just in case! 😉.
If the trails are icy or have packed snow, wearing Microspikes (https://kahtoola.com/product/microspikes/) or another type of traction device on your boot for ice and packed snow is highly recommended.

Ken 201-388-3685
Sunday, January 3, Day Hike, Ramapo Valley Reservation, Mahwah NJ
We will meet for a moderate 5-7 mile hike in this popular park. Snowshoes or Microspikes may be necessary. A steady pace will be maintained to keep warm! It's adjacent to Ringwood State Park, and popular with dog owners. Well-behaved dogs and their owners are welcome, but only after the dog owner contacts the host for permission. Dogs must be on a 6ft leash to start and end the hike.
PLEASE WEAR A MASK AND SOCIAL DISTANCE, THANK YOU!
Dress in synthetic or wool layers, wear hiking boots or an outdoor type shoe, and bring lunch or energy snacks with about 1-2 liters of water. If it is icy, a traction device for the bottom of your boots, such as Microspikes (http://kahtoola.com/product/microspikes/), are highly recommended, or may even be required for safety. They are available from Campmor, REI, Ramsey Outdoor, EMS, Amazon, etc.
Trail info and map (3rd on page)

Ken 201-388-3685
January 8-10, Winter Camping, Camp Sacagawea, Sparta NJ
Join us for a winter car camping trip at this interesting private facility. Formally a girl scout camp, Camp Sacagawea is now a facility for a small Renaissance fair with medieval live action role playing (LARP), weddings, and other group events.
We will have exclusive use of a group area within the 200 acre property, and have access to all the camp trails and outside areas for exploring and relaxation. Flush toilets and hot showers are available in the main house on the property, about a 5-minute walk from the campsite. A galley kitchen is also available there for potable water, microwave and freezer use only.
*** MASKS ARE REQUIRED AROUND THE CAMPFIRE AT ALL TIMES. ***
MASKS MUST BE WORN WHEN ENTERING THE MAIN HOUSE FOR BATHROOM OR KITCHEN USE. ONLY 2 PEOPLE ALLOWED IN THE KITCHEN AND UPSTAIRS LARGE BATHROOM AT A TIME.
*** RSVPS ARE PER PERSON ***
This is a dog friendly event! Your dog must be quiet, well behaved, and up-to-date on its rabies vaccinations. If we have not met you and your dog, you must contact a host to ask permission to attend before RSVPing.
Stoke State Forest and Kittatiny Valley State Park offer moderately strenuous hiking, about a 20-minute drive from the campground.
*** Important! All participants MUST follow precautionary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, such as social distancing, wearing a mask or bandana when needed, using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, and no sharing of food or other items. ***

To reserve a spot, send a check for $32 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 $33.23 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip. Once the organizer or a trip leader is notified of receipt of your check, AND after RSVPs have begun on Meetup, you will be added to the RSVP list. You cannot gain any advantage by sending a check before RSVPs begin.

Ken 201-388-3685 / Emmanuel 973-255-8326
January 15-18, Holiday Weekend Trip, Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center, Northville NY
We will be visiting Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing or hiking, as well as tubing, sledding, and ice skating!
Founded in 1978, Lapland Lake features unparalleled woodland skiing on a superb trail system designed by Olavi Hirvonen, former U.S. Olympic skier (1960, Squaw Valley). Lapland Lake is located in the very southern tier of Hamilton County, only 60 miles northwest of Albany.
Learn the sport of cross country skiing at Lapland Lake in the Adirondacks! Their Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA) certified Ski School offer quality instruction to everyone from the very first-timer to racers seeking to refine technique. https://www.laplandlake.com/trails-and-conditions/
We will be staying at the quaint Pines Sacandaga Motel in the nearby town of Northville, a 15 minute drive from Lapland Lake. http://pinesmotelsacandaga.com You must decide on, or have someone to share a room with, otherwise someone will be assigned that is COVID-19 negative.
Let us know if you can offer or need a ride by posting a message to those attending. Carpooling may be possible; please plan early and do not RSVP until your transportation is confirmed.
***MASKS AND SOCIAL DISTANCING ARE REQUIRED.***
To reserve a spot, send a check for $189 (single, shared room), or $342 (king, private room) 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 $195 shared/$350 private via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip. Once the organizer or a trip leader is notified of receipt of your check, AND after RSVPs have begun on Meetup, you will be added to the RSVP list. You cannot gain any advantage by sending a check before RSVPs begin.

Ken 201-388-3685 / Stan 201-954-2537
February 12-15, Holiday Weekend Trip, Lake Placid Winter Adventure, Lake Placid NY
We are returning to Lake Placid! This beautiful area has excellent cross-country skiing, also downhill skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, tobogganing, iceskating, snowmobiling, dog sledding and many other activities (http://www.lakeplacid.com/do/outdoors/winterspring) in the spectacular high peaks region of the Adirondacks.
This is a dog friendly event! Your dog must be quiet, well behaved, and up-to-date on its rabies vaccinations. If we have not met you and your dog, you must contact a host to ask permission to attend before RSVPing.
We are staying at Art Devlin's Olympic Motor Inn, in downtown Lake Placid. We have reserved several silver level rooms, most dog friendly, but some pet-free as well. Eight have two queen beds, two have a single king bed, http://www.artdevlins.com/silver-room/ You must decide on, or have someone to share a room with, otherwise someone will be assigned that is COVID-19 negative.
Let us know if you can offer or need a ride by posting a message to those attending. Carpooling may be possible; please plan early and do not RSVP until your transportation is confirmed. Buses are also available, leaving from NYC and Newark NJ (http://locations.greyhound.com/bus-routes).
***MASKS AND SOCIAL DISTANCING ARE REQUIRED.***
Start and end times above reflect the approximate hours we are allowed to occupy the the motel. Check-in starts at 2:00 pm on Friday, check-out is 11:00 am Monday. To reserve a spot, send a check for $219 (queen, shared room), or $444 (king, private room) 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 $226 shared/$452 private via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip. Once the organizer or a trip leader is notified of receipt of your check, AND after RSVPs have begun on Meetup, you will be added to the RSVP list. You cannot gain any advantage by sending a check before RSVPs begin.

Ken 201-388-3685
March 19-21, Winter Camping, Camp Sacagawea, Sparta NJ
Join us for a winter car camping trip at this interesting private facility. Formally a girl scout camp, Camp Sacagawea is now a facility for a small Renaissance fair with medieval live action role playing (LARP), weddings, and other group events.
We will have exclusive use of a group area within the 200 acre property, and have access to all the camp trails and outside areas for exploring and relaxation. Flush toilets and hot showers are available in the main house on the property, about a 5-minute walk from the campsite. A galley kitchen is also available there for potable water, microwave and freezer use only.
*** MASKS ARE REQUIRED AROUND THE CAMPFIRE AT ALL TIMES. ***
MASKS MUST BE WORN WHEN ENTERING THE MAIN HOUSE FOR BATHROOM OR KITCHEN USE. ONLY 2 PEOPLE ALLOWED IN THE KITCHEN AND UPSTAIRS LARGE BATHROOM AT A TIME.
*** RSVPS ARE PER PERSON ***
This is a dog friendly event! Your dog must be quiet, well behaved, and up-to-date on its rabies vaccinations. If we have not met you and your dog, you must contact a host to ask permission to attend before RSVPing.
Stoke State Forest and Kittatiny Valley State Park offer moderately strenuous hiking, about a 20-minute drive from the campground.
*** Important! All participants MUST follow precautionary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, such as social distancing, wearing a mask or bandana when needed, using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, and no sharing of food or other items. ***

To reserve a spot, send a check for $32 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 $33.23 via PayPal on the meetup.com page for this trip. Once the organizer or a trip leader is notified of receipt of your check, AND after RSVPs have begun on Meetup, you will be added to the RSVP list. You cannot gain any advantage by sending a check before RSVPs begin.

Ken 201-388-3685 / Emmanuel 973-255-8326



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