!!!—> 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

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

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

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


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.

Photos by Phyllis Sacchi