Holiday Greetings From Harriman Hikers

The Harriman Hikers would like to wish one and all a Happy Holiday Season and a prosperous, joyful New Year!

****NEWS****

***HOLIDAY HIKES***

Once again we would like to remind you that we (typically, for about 30 years now) hike each and every Sunday, rain or shine and that this Sunday, December 25th (Christmas Day) and Sunday, January 1st, 2006 (New Years Day) we will be on the trail hiking.

After you unwrap all those presents (bring your new hiking toys to show off 😉 Christmas morning, come on out and enjoy a hike!

Make your New Year resolution to increase your health and well-being by hiking and enjoying the fresh air and outdoors!

***CHRISTMAS EVE (DAY) HIKE LED BY ED***

Ed will will lead a FREE HIKE Christmas Eve Day, Saturday, December 24th
Please call Ed for details 973-471-0492 FREEE! (as are all Ed Hikes!)

***THANKSGIVING HIKE 2005 REPORT***

The Thanksgiving Hike was once again a huge success and well-attended. We met up at Ramapo College, organized carpools and travelled to our trailhead at the Rt. 6 parking lot in Harriman State Park after which we hiked to Stockbridge Shelter, built a roaring fire and enjoyed one another’s company and culinary delights on the mountainside. We had wonderful weather and a fine time was had by all!

Several people photographed the Thanksgiving Hike festivities and have contributed pictures from the day as well as other hiking photos. We would like to take this opportunity to specially thank Dan Yukon and Doug Williams for their photographic contributions and hope you will visit our online photo galllery and check out the pix:

***INFORMAL APRES-HIKE HOLIDAY GET-TOGETHER SUNDAY DEC 18***

A bunch of us regularly get together after the hike each Sunday for dinner at The Mahwah Bar & Grille (on Rt. 202 north of Ramapo College past Rt.17 in Mahwah) and this week we would like to extend a special invitation to everyone to join us there between 5 and 6pm (depending on when the hike ends and we all get back to the parking lot).

If you are not hiking Sunday you are still invited to attend.

If you get there early dont worry, we will eventually show up. Relax, have a drink and catch some football on tv in the bar.

We will be there in due time, aplomb in our fashion-statement gaiters!

Our Hike Leaders, Ed Burdzy and Greg Paret will be there so if you have not hiked with us before this will be a good opportunity to meet them.

If you missed the Thanksgiving Hike this might be an additional chance to catch up with friends.

*If you think you might be coming please drop us a line at harrimanhikers@gmail.com in case it turns out a lot of people end up showing up so we can call ahead and get a table big
enough to accomadate all of us.

***FIRST SNOW(S)***

The week after Thanksgiving we had our first significant snow of the season and we were out enjoying the scenery as we do every Sunday. The woods were lovely as you will see in our photo gallery:

Last week we got a 2nd snow- this time even more (8-10 inches) and we were outdoors on Sunday as always!

On Saturday some folks got together for an impromptu cross-country skiing expedition at Anthony Wayne Recreation in Harriman State Park over by the Palisades Interstate Parkway that went along the bike trail and Beechy Bottom.

If you are interested in cross-country skiing please look below for more details about groups
and other people in the area who are also interested.

***HARRIMAN HIKERS GUIDE TO WINTER HIKING***

Based on our collective years of experience hiking under just about every kind of weather condition (including cold, snow, sleet and ice) we have compiled some information we think think will help make your outdoor hiking experience in the winter a comfortable and dry one.

Go here:
http://www.harrimanhikers.org/Harriman_Hikers_Guide_to_Winter_Hiking.html

This document is also available for viewing with Acrobat Reader or download as a .pdf file:
http://www.harrimanhikers.org/Harriman_Hikers_Guide_to_Winter_Hiking.pdf

***OTHER WINTER ACTIVITIES***

Cold weather is no excuse to become a couch potato! In addition to hiking there are a number of other cold-weather activities available in our area to help you stay fit and trim as well as meet new people:

Snow shoeing: Are there enough people with snowshoes (or willing to buy them?) and interest in using them to warrant organizing a snowshoe hike? Email us! harrimanhikers@gmail.com

Cross-Country and Downhill Skiing/Snowshoeing/Ice Skating:
(this list is by no means complete):
There are a number of local Ski Clubs that are very active and organise local skiing events, trips (day trips, weekends) and impromptu get-togethers:

Garden State Ski Club http://www.gardenstateskiclub.com
Mid-Hudson Cross Country Ski Society http://groups.yahoo.com/group/mhxcss/
NJ Nordic Ski Club http://www.njnordic.cjb.net/
HighLife Ski Club http://www.highlifeskiclub.org/
Hudson Valley Ski Club http://members.aol.com/hvsc/
Hoboken Ski Club http://www.hobokenskiclub.com/
Ramapo Mountain Ski Club http://www.ramaposkiclub.org/
! Tons more listings here: http://www.skicentral.com/

There are also a number of destinations in the area that are great for winter activities when there is snow:

Harriman State Park! (A number of fire roads and trails in the park are good for cross-country skiing)
Fahnestock Winter Park, Cold Spring NY http://www.roberts-1.com/fwp/
Mohonk, New Paltz, NY http://www.mohonk.com
Minnewaska State Park, New Paltz, NY
http://nysparks.state.ny.us/parks/info.asp?parkID=78
High Point Cross Country Ski Center, NJ http://www.xcskihighpoint.com/
>>>Some of the above rent equipment- check the websites for details<<< Ice Skating: Bear Mountain Ice Rink http://tinyurl.com/c3szg
Palisades Ctr Ice Rink W. Nyack, NY http://www.palice.com
Ice House Paramus NJ http://www.icehousenj.com/

Other stuff to do:

Sledding/ tubing- If you grew up in these parts you know that tubing down the hill at Silver Mine is a Rite of Passage. If you are new to the area what’re ya waitin’ for?
Tip: Fahnestock Winter Park rents inner tubes when they are open (when there is snow)

A closing thought in the old year for the coming New Year:

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”
– Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

Thats it for now- See ya outdoors!~

Ed Burdzy, Hike Leader
Greg Paret, Hike Leader
R. Richard Hobbs, Webmaster

Harriman Hikers
A North NJ Singles Hiking Club
Established 1974
http://www.harrimanhikers.org