An off season hike on Fire Island

Well I am getting really excited about our hike on Fire Island!   I wanted to give the group a few more details.

Penn Station – Where to meet?
Let’s meet in front of the Starbucks near the LIRR tracks in the lower level concourse.   The concourse has an A/C/E subway station on one end and a 1/2/3 subway station on the other end.   Starbucks, and the LIRR tracks, are closer to the 1/2/3.    Note there is a Starbucks close to the A/C/E station but that is NOT where to meet.

Remember, we are meeting at 10:30 and get your round trip ticket to Sayville before joining the group.     

Temperature
Remember to bring warm clothing and good shoes.   Expect it to be 10 degrees cooler on Fire Island.   Bring sunblock.   Looks like we will have SUN on Saturday!

Cell Phones
Something to keep in mind is that cell phone reception on Fire Island is terrible.    I know from experience that AT&T is terrible , but I hear Verizon is supposed to be better since they have a tower on the island.

Lunch
Bring a packed lunch and/or some substantial snacks.   We will take a break at some point early into the hike.   I don’t believe there will be any stores open on Fire Island.

Dinner
Our dinner reservation is at 6:30 and we need to be finished and out the door by 8:15 at the very latest.   They will take our drink and dinner order at the same time so we aren’t pressed for time.   Please take a look at the Cull House menu and determine what you want in advance.   Also, try to bring cash so settling up is easier.   Figure a 20% gratuity.

http://www.cullhouse.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=82&Itemid=56

So after a little research I wanted to give the group an update on this hike.

Summary
This will be a hike on Fire Island which is a barrier island off the south shore of Long Island.   After a LIRR trip from Penn Station we will take the Sayville Ferry to Fire Island.  We will first hike the Sunken Forest, which is a rare untouched ecological habitat.  We will then walk back to Cherry Grove and head to the Pines passing through the infamous “Meat Rack”  Once we get to the Pines we will change pace and walk along the ocean.   Depending on time we may make it as far as Barretts Beach.   We will take the 5:45 ferry back to Sayville from the Pines.   This is the last ferry for the day so if we miss it we all spend the night in the Meat Rack!

From the terminal in Sayville we will take a short walk and have dinner at a local joint called the Cull House.   Serving basic seafood and pastas, Yelp gives it mostly positive reviews.

 

Getting There and Back
We will meet at Penn Station and take a 10:55 train that arrives in Sayville at 12:41.   We will take a short bus ride from the train station catching the 1:10 ferry.   We will take the last ferry from the Pines at 5:45 back to Sayville.   We will eat dinner starting at 6:30, and will take the 8:30 train back to Penn Station.   There will be a bus to take us from the restaurant to the train station at 8:15.

Costs
Round trip ticket from Penn Station $25.50 (approximately)
Round trip Bus Service from Sayville train station to Ferry $10
Round trip Sayville Ferry $14
Dinner at the Cull House

Weather
This trip is pretty dependent on good weather.   Let’s all hope for great weather which means sun and no wind.   If the weather doesn’t look good I will cancel 24 hours in advance.

Drivers
If you are driving meet us at the Sayville for the 1:10 ferry.   Please let me know if you are driving.

Bring With You
Proper clothing.  Anticipate Fire Island to be ten degrees cooler than NYC.
Sun block, sun block, sun block.   Oh…. and bring sun block.
Water, snacks.
Proper footwear.   Sandy beaches equals sand in shoes.
Most of all, just have fun.

 

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  • Ramon W

    A lovely excursion. Pleasure seeing everyone! Thanks Phil. That was a fun and relaxing day getaway.

    April 1, 2013

  • Phil

    A great day. Nice to see everyone.

    1 · April 1, 2013

  • Bill

    A great hike with great people. Great job Phil. Thank you!

    March 31, 2013

  • John

    An excellent hike. Good hiking route, nice scenery, good people and a great restaurant at the end. Thanks for putting this all together Phil!

    March 31, 2013

  • Joel J.

    Great scenery with good company.

    March 31, 2013

  • Chuck

    I had a great day. Thank you, Phil. It was nice to meet everyone.

    March 30, 2013

  • David

    Awesome hike and I'm so glad my first time to Fire Island was with this group. Phil gave a thrilling and information packed tour of such famous sites as the tame deer, sunken forest, meat rack, and his for this season. He wants to remind the group you're always welcome to sleep on the lounge chairs at his pool if you're not lucky at high tea.

    March 30, 2013

  • George

    Great day, had a wonderful time

    March 30, 2013

  • PatCH

    Apologies, but something's come up and I suddenly can't make the trip...

    March 30, 2013

  • Chuck

    I'll be driving to Sayville from Staten Island. If anyone wants to meet me in Brooklyn near the Belt Pkwy, let me know. I can fit 3 with me.

    March 28, 2013

    • Phil

      See you there Chuck. Drive safe. Phil

      March 30, 2013

  • Bill

    Phil, i am still coming to the hike on fire island but wont be making it to the restaurant with you guys. i will need to leave when we return to the mainland. Thanks.

    March 27, 2013

    • Phil

      Bill, there should be a bus to take you to the train station after we get off the ferry.

      1 · March 28, 2013

    • Bill

      Its ok because i will be driving so my car will be in the ferry parking lot. Thanks.

      March 28, 2013

  • Joseph

    I will also be driving leaving from my place in Bushwick. I am at the Jefferson St. stop on the L train and I would be happy to have a few passengers if anyone would like a ride. I'll probably leave my place at around 11:30. You can call me at[masked] or email at [masked].
    Joseph

    March 28, 2013

  • Josh

    I'm driving with two passengers so far and have room for one more. Leaving at 11:15 from 29th/3rd in Manhattan, meeting everyone else in Sayville for the 1:10 ferry. This also gives us some time to grab a very quick lunch when we arrive in Sayville. Please e-mail me personally if you'd like to ride with us (if you only post a note to me on here, there's a chance I might not see it).

    March 28, 2013

    • Josh

      If you haven't e-mailed through Meetup before, you do it by clicking on my profile and under my name, click on "send e-mail."

      March 28, 2013

  • LY

    I hurt my arm this morning. I am afraid I may not be able to make it.

    March 28, 2013

  • Dan

    Sorry I have to bail... Too much work to do this weekend. Enjoy!

    March 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm sorry Phil, after returning from an out of town trip, I no longer have the $75 for the Fire Island hike. Have a great time!

    March 27, 2013

  • Chuck

    I'm still in and looking forward to it.

    March 27, 2013

  • Phil

    Will send more details today! Looks like good weather!

    March 27, 2013

  • will

    Sorry y'all - wish I could go. My dog is pretty sick so I'll be hanging with him. Please post lots of pix, ok?

    March 25, 2013

  • Dan

    Was looking forward to my first meetup with you guys.. Unfortunately, I now can't make it.

    March 24, 2013

  • Karl

    Sorry I can't attend- I have a conflict- and I know others are waiting. Will hike with you soon!!!

    March 24, 2013

  • Neil

    Hi Guys, Sorry I have to back out of this hike. Just found out I have work on Saturday. Wishing you a nice sunny warm day!
    See you soon.

    March 24, 2013

    • Phil

      Thanks for letting us know. Please change your status.

      March 24, 2013

  • David

    Thanks for all the work organizing Phil. While it looks like snow to start this week, when I just checked weather for Fire Island is says partly sunny and 49ºF for Saturday so we should be good. I'll cross my fingers for no rain. See you Saturday.

    1 · March 24, 2013

    • Phil

      Dave, keep up that good karma! I have been watching the weather too and think we are good. Really looking forward to the hike.

      1 · March 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for the update Phil. I love the details you provided.

    March 24, 2013

  • Sam

    Got a new show, and it Looks like I'm going to be in rehearsal that day. :-( Was very much looking forward to this.

    March 22, 2013

    • Phil

      No worries. There will be other hikes.

      March 24, 2013

  • Bill

    I am looking forward to this as my first meetup hike. What is the proper footwear that you would recommend? Also, I will be driving and will meet you at the ferry. I can drive up to 3 others one way (will not be returning to NJ after), leaving from Bergen County, NJ.

    March 21, 2013

    • Phil

      Hey Bill. I think for this hike a good sturdy tennis shoe. Terrain will be boardwalk and sand. Thanks for letting me know about driving. Hope others from NJ will join you.

      1 · March 21, 2013

  • Volodya

    Sorry, totally forgot family dinner...

    March 13, 2013

  • Chuck

    I would love to do this as my first Meetup event. I hope a space opens up. I can drive there if that helps.

    March 11, 2013

  • Cruz A.

    Hi, I would like to join the event with my partner if anyone drops out. Thanks.

    March 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This sounds like a very interesting event. I've never been to Fire Island. I will be out of town for a few days thgat wee. I might not be up for a hike that weekend. If I can not make the Fire Island Hike, I will change my RSVP at least a week before March 30th so that someone on the waiting list can have my spot. Best wishes to all.

    March 2, 2013

  • Brad S.

    New to NYC. Looking forward to meeting some hikers!

    February 25, 2013

  • Jeff F.

    sound like a fun outing. I'm looking forward to it.

    February 11, 2013

  • Joseph

    I checked the ferry schedule and it looks like for March 30, there are ferries from Sayville to Cherry Grove at 9:20 and 11:20 on Saturday. I'll probably drive out from my place in Brooklyn and I would then just meet you at the ferry. Do you know which ferry you plan on taking? I can also take up to four passengers if someone wants to come out to Bushwick to ride with me. I'm about a block from the L train.
    Joseph

    February 11, 2013

    • Phil

      Right now I would plan for the 11:20 ferry. I might modify this a bit as we get closer. I still need to look at trains from Penn Station, and then Jamaica as well to see what trains people will need to catch.

      February 11, 2013

  • David

    Sounds like fun, count me in.

    February 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This sounds interesting. I've never been to Fire Island.

    February 10, 2013

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