Autumn Greetings to all Harriman Hikers! This month’s newsletter is loaded with news of upcoming additional events as we work our way into the fall leaf peeping and then holiday social seasons!

…but all year is the social season if you are a Harriman Hiker since the group meets for hiking each and every Sunday, rain or shine at Ramapo College!

Please visit our website, www.harrimanhikers.org for complete details.


Please note that additional events NEVER affect or replace Harriman Hikers regular Sunday Hikes.


OCTOBER ADDITIONAL EVENTS: (follow links to announcements on website)

Additional Event: Catskill Mountain Hike Sat Oct 13

Additional Event: Ed’s Saturday Hike Oct 20

Additional Event: Mohonk Day Trip Sat Oct 27- 10/25/07 CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER


NOVEMBER ADDITIONAL EVENTS (follow links to announcements on website)

Additional Event: Hiker Birthdays + Ironbound Dinner Sat Nov 10

Additional Event: Ed’s Thanksgiving Friday Hike Nov 23rd

Thanksgiving Hike Sunday November 25th


DECEMBER ADDITIONAL EVENTS (follow links to announcements on website)

Additional Event: Hiker – Biker – Skier Christmas Hike and Holiday Party Sat Dec 8th

Additional Event: Ed’s Additional Hike- Date TBD


CHRONOLOGICALLY ORDERED, DETAILED ADDITIONAL EVENTS LISTING FOLLOWS


Additional Event: Catskill Mountain Hike

SATURDAY, September 29, 2007 and SATURDAY, October 13, 2007

Hike Leader: Bob Gawel

Two different moderate 4 mile Circular Hikes in the North / South Lake area.
Featuring Beautiful Views along the trails ! !

Please Note: Meetups and Directions are the same for both dates.

CARPOOLING / Meeting Place Option # 1:
* Meeting place: Doubletree Hotel, 180 Rte 17 South, Mahwah, NJ 07430, rear parking lot
* Meeting time: btn 11:00 and 11:30am – Cars leaving Promptly at 11:30am !!! Please try to get 3 to 4 people in each car.
* It is suggested that you bring and eat lunch while driving to the Catskills. (Do not stop for lunch along the way – this would be too time consuming )

DIRECTIONS / Meeting Place Option # 2:
(For Carpool Drivers and/or if you plan to drive yourself directly to the trail head)
Thruway (I-87) north to Saugerties Exit 20
State Route 32 North
State Route 32A to State Route 23A in Palenville, NY (Palenville is about 8 miles from the Thruway).
to
*Ryan Nelly’s Restaurant parking lot
State Route 23A , Palenville, NY (Just past the intersection of 32A and 23A on the left side of road ). I also plan on meeting here for dinner after the hike. If you are driving and drink alcohol, please do so responsibly. Please do not drink and drive.
*Leaving Meeting Place # 2 about 1:00pm, so please do not delay in getting there!

BRING / WEAR:
*Plenty of water to drink and something to eat during mid-hike rest stop.
*Hiking boots are recommended.
*Please dress appropriately for weather as may exist and exercise i.e. lots of light layers and a shell if the day is windy.

RSVP:
By the Friday before at scenictrips@yahoo.com.

WEATHER:
Significant rain day of hike cancels. Please monitor this post or www.hikingfun.org for updates if weather is questionable morning of hike.

Hope you can come it will be worth the trip!!- Bob

Please note the above hikes are additional events and do not affect or replace Harriman Hiker’s regular Sunday hikes. Harriman Hikers meets for hiking each and every Sunday, year-round, rain or shine just as we have for over 30 years.

The above events are organized privately by Bob Gawel. Please contact Bob at scenictrips@yahoo.com for questions or more info.


Additional Event: Saturday Oct 20 Hike
Ed Burdzy will lead an additional hike Saturday, October 20th, 2007.
The hike is in addition-to and does not replace or affect Harriman Hikers regular Sunday Hike. Harriman Hikers meets every Sunday for hiking, rain or shine, year-round, as we have for over 30 years.

The hike is coordinated privately by Ed Burdzy. Please contact Ed by phone 973-471-0492 for questions or more info about this hike.

Hike destination will be determined by Ed, day of hike.

Meetup for Ed’s hike on Saturday, October 20th, 2007 is as usual for “Ed Hikes”, 10am in the south (public) end of the parking lot at the Mason Jar Restaurant on Route 202 in Mahwah, NJ. Map
Ed’s Saturday hikes can be more ambitious and longer (8-12 miles or more) than Harriman Hikers’ Sunday hikes. You must speak with Ed first if you have not hiked with Ed before, spoken with him about joining his Saturday hike and/or have any reservations about your abilities as a hiker.

Contact Ed Burdzy 973-471-0492 for questions and more info.


Additional Event: Mohonk Day Trip Sat Oct 27

Rock Scrambling Challenge* and Dinner @ Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz, NY, Saturday October 27th!

!!!—> UPDATE THURSDAY 10/25/07- MOHONK DAY TRIP IS CANCELLED DUE TO FORECAST WET WEATHER- IF YOU ARE REGISTERED BE SURE AND CALL MOHONK AND CANCEL SO YOU DONT GET CHARGED!- PHYLLIS

Join your host, Phyllis, for a challenging, fun filled day boulder scrambling thru the famous Mohonk Labyrinth*, a short trek up to the Sky Top Monument; Victorian-Era-style High Tea from 3-4pm, then a dinner festival buffet at 6:30 pm.
Hike/Rock Scramble*: The rock scramble is very challenging*. There are several first-half bail out locations where you can get on a trail and easily meet the group up at the monument. It is not recommended to continue on to the end (very narrow, stair case, lemon squeeze up a crevice), unless you are pretty fit and not particularly afraid of heights. This hand over hand rock scramble is dangerous and doing this is at your own risk. No beginners please*.

Note from Phyllis’ recent experience:
“The labyrinth was much more challenging than I remembered, a little scary, but… so exhilarating and totally worth it when you get to the top. It’s really very cool! You can check out my pics!”

A light back pack or fanny pack would be best gear for easier maneuvering thru the rock scramble. DO NOT PACK ANYTHING HEAVY!

Please wear hiking boots and bring some sort of gloves to protect your hands, you will be encountering rugged terrain. Long pants and a long sleeved shirt are recommended and may be seasonally appropriate. If the weather is cool a number of light layers in lieu of a heavy, bulky coat is recommended. Otherwise, no specialised rock climbing gear is required.

Please come nutritionally prepared for the hike day- best to eat a hearty breakfast and pack a light lunch on your own before the morning meetup. We will stop to eat lunch somewhere along the trail in the early afternoon and then possibly tea & snack late day before dinner, however, due to time constraints, there will not be an opportunity to stop for breakfast or shop for your lunch after the morning meetup on the way to Mohonk.

* In lieu of the Labrynth, there are other walking trails up to the monument if you don’t want to rock scramble- Phyllis

Dinner @ Mohonk Mountain House:
Dinner time: 6:30pm Seating
Attire: resort casual …meaning… collar shirt, nice jeans & sneakers are ok, but no shorts or t-shirts please. Lockers may be available near the pool spa area, there are also bathrooms to change in or you could probably arrange to leave your changing bag in the car you came in until needed.

Fees and Reservations: Fee is $61.50, which covers the $20 Mohonk Mountain House day guest charge and dinner with non-alcoholic beverages (Alcoholic beverages can be purchased separately at dinner), dinner tax and tip included. For your safety and that of others, DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE.

See www.mohonk.com for a complete buffet menu.

IMPORTANT- IF YOU ARE PLANNING ON ATTENDING, PLEASE CALL (Phyllis)
973-981-6310 OR E-MAIL myrealtorps@optonline.net. GROUP SIZE IS LIMITED
, RSVP IS REQUIRED

Call Mohonk Mountain House Dining Reservations @ 845-256-2056 to prepay and get a confirmation #. Let them know you‘ll be with the Sacchi/Harriman Hikers dinner group.

You must prepay your way with a charge card no later than Oct 7th (because it is peak foliage season & reservations go quickly, reserving by end of Sept would be best).

RAIN CANCELS- there is a Mohonk Mountain House 24hr cancellation policy if necessary.

Meetup:
We will meet at the Mason Jar Restaurant, 221 Ramapo Valley Road (Rt 202) Mahwah, NJ, in the unpaved public parking area past the south end of the restaurant. We will form car pools and leave promptly at 10:30AM.

RAIN CANCELS- there is a Mohonk Mountain House 24hr cancellation policy if necessary.

Riders are encouraged to help driver volunteers defray fuel and toll expenses.


The above event is coordinated privately by Phyllis Sacchi 973-981-6310 and does not affect or replace Harriman Hikers regular Sunday Hike. Harriman Hikers hikes every Sunday, year-round, rain or shine, just as we have for over 30 years.

Please contact Phyllis with any questions regarding her Mohonk Day Trip Sat Oct 27th.


Additional Event: Hiker Birthdays + Ironbound Dinner

Mary and Rich’s 100th Birthday Celebration / Dinner in the Ironbound

Longtime Harriman Hikers Mary Weglarz and Rich Hobbs will be celebrating landmark birthdays this year in November and December:

Rich will be turning 50 and Mary will be turning… even more gorgeous than ever! .

In any case a party is in order, thus, “Mary and Rich’s 100th Birthday Celebration”!

…and what better way to celebrate than dinner in the Ironbound?

DETAILS:

Date: Saturday, Nov 10th, 2007
Time: 7:00pm till whenever
Place: Iberia Peninsula Restaurant, 63-69 Ferry St, Newark, NJ 07105 MAP PHOTOS
Parking: FREE PARKING 1/2 Block east of restaurant on Ferry St.
PATH (from Manhattan): to PATH Stn – Penn Stn, Newark. The restaurant is but a short walk from the Newark PATH Stn.
Attire: Casual (ok …you might be asked to wear a silly party hat for a little while? .
Cost: $25-$40 per person plus drinks, tax and tip. Party favors will be provided. Please bring cash to pay your own way, including a generous tip for the wait staff. Please do not drink and drive.
RSVP is requested
Request: your gracious company for dinner together. Bring a gag gift along if you are so inclined.

The above event is in addition-to and does not affect or replace Harriman Hikers regular Sunday hike. Harriman Hikers meets for hiking each and every Sunday, year-round, rain or shine just as we have for other 30 years.


Additional Event: Thanksgiving Friday Hike Nov 23rd, 2007

Ed Burdzy will lead a hike on Friday, Nov 23rd, 2007. Destination to be determined by Ed, day of hike.

Ed normally leads an additional hike one Saturday each month, but with considerations toward the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend, Ed has changed the hike day for November to Friday, Nov 23rd.

Meetup for Ed’s hike on Friday, Nov 23rd, 2006 is as usual for “Ed Hikes”, 10am in the south (public) end of the parking lot at the Mason Jar Restaurant on Route 202 in Mahwah, NJ.
Map

Ed’s additional hikes can be more ambitious and longer (8-12 miles or more) than Harriman Hikers’ Sunday hikes. You must speak with Ed first if you have not hiked with Ed before, spoken with him about joining his Saturday hike and/or have any reservations about your abilities as a hiker.

Ed’s hike is in addition-to and does not replace or affect Harriman Hikers regular Sunday Hike. Harriman Hikers meets every Sunday for hiking, rain or shine, year-round, as we have for over 30 years.

The above hike is coordinated privately by Ed Burdzy. Please contact Ed Burdzy 973-471-0492 for questions and more info.


Thanksgiving Hike Sunday November 25th, 2007

Our Sunday-After-Thanksgiving Hike is always one of the highlights of our year!

Every year as far back as any of us can remember, on the Sunday following Thanksgiving, Harriman Hikers has held an easy hike with the intention sharing leftovers (as well as specially prepared dishes) and the spirit of the holiday with other hiking friends and family.

Traditionally, as if by magic, old hiking friends materialize to join us for this special day. Turnouts of 50-60 people are not unusual.

Just follow this easy recipe:

-Regular Meeting time 11:30 am. No fee is charged for this hike.

-Expect a mild 3-5 mile hike to a wilderness shelter for several hours of feasting and socializing.

-Bring Thanksgiving leftovers to share. Dishes prepared especially for the hike are welcome as well!

-Bring beverages of your choice to share.

-Family members, including children old enough to handle a 3-5 mile round trip hike are welcome.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR!


Additional Event: Hiker – Biker – Skier Christmas Hike and Holiday Party

Hike Leader: Bob Gawel
Event Coordinators: Carol Richards and Rich Hobbs

Date: Saturday, December 8th 2007

Events below are doable separately, if desired.
($)= Cost is involved.
Please use included links and map for directions and additional info.

($)10am – 1pm: ICE SKATING & CAROUSEL at BEAR MTN STATE PARK Directions + Info + Fees HERE.
* NOTE: Bear Mtn St Pk Parking Fee= $6 / car.

1:30pm – 6pm: FREE CHRISTMAS HIKE led by Bob Gawel. (3 miles total w/ 1 break & stops at historic points) from Bear Mtn St Park to historic Doodletown, NY. OLD-FASHIONED CHRISTMAS CAROLS BY CANDLE LIGHT on the trail! Bring beverages, snacks and flashlights / headlamps to share!

* HIKE MEETUP OPTION # 1: Doubletree Hotel 180 Rt. 17 South, Mahwah, NJ 07430, rear pkg lot
* HIKE MEETUP OPTION # 1 TIME: btn 12:00pm and 12:30pm

* HIKE MEETUP OPTION # 2: Bear Mountain State Park Carousel + Ice Rink (back parking lot)
* HIKE MEETUP OPTION # 2 TIME: 1:00pm
* NOTE: Bear Mtn St Pk Parking Fee= $6 / car.

($) 6:00PM – 10:00PM COCKTAILS/ HORS D’OEUVRES FOLLOWED BY HOLIDAY BUFFET at RICHIE’S LITTLE PLACE!

RICHIE’S LITTLE PLACE 817 Rt. 9W, Ft. Montgomery (Highland Falls), NY 10922 PH 845-446-7918

* ($) COST: $25 PER PERSON PAID IN ADVANCE (includes hors d’oeuvres, meal, dessert, coffee/ tea, tax & tip!)
* 6:00PM – 7:00PM: COCKTAILS/ HORS D’OEUVRES (CASH BAR)
* 7:00pm-10:00PM: BUFFET DINNER! LIVE ENTERTAINMENT ALL EVENING BY JOHN BARAGONE (DANCIN’ TOO!)

PAYMENT OPTIONS:
Pay securely online (link on website)
OR Mail personal check payable to:

Carol Richards
PO Box 770
South Orange, NJ 07079

* PAYMENT MUST BE RECEIVED NO LATER THAN WED DEC 5, 2007
* LIMIT 60 GUESTS- 1ST COME BASIS
* WEATHER CANCELLATION ONLY- OTHERWISE NO REFUNDS. UNCASHED CHKS DESTROYED- NOT RETURNED.
* DO NOT DRINK & DRIVE

The above event is coordinated privately by Carol Richards and Rich Hobbs. Please email hikingfun@gmail.com for questions or more info.
The above event is in addition-to and does not replace or affect Harriman Hikers regular Sunday Hike. Harriman Hikers meets every Sunday for hiking, rain or shine, year-round, as we have for over 30 years.
Details about the above event can also be viewed at www.hikingfun.org.


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