Not So Urban Athletics: Camping in Ricketts Glen State Park (Prepay for RSVP)

  • August 30, 2014 · 3:00 PM
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READ THIS!!! Final trip details are posted here https://www.dropbox.com/s/foh0rbnz2rc5zx0/RG%20Event%20Overview.pdf?dl=0

Waterfalls, waterfalls, oh so many waterfalls!!! Join me for a weekend of camping at Ricketts Glen state park and we'll have dreams of waterfalls for weeks to come. We camped here last year and everyone loved the place so we're going back for round two.

Voted one of the most scenic parks in Pennsylvania, the 13,050 acre Ricketts Glen natural area boasts a series of twenty-two wild, free-flowing waterfalls, each cascading through rock-strewn clefts in the ancient hillside. Wow. The old growth timber and diversity of wildlife only add to the breathtaking scenery. And although the park is known for its waterfalls and 26 miles of hiking trails, there is much more to do here. The campground is situated on a 245 acre lake where you can swim, rent a canoe or kayak for a paddle, try your hand at catching a trophy fish, or just sit lakeside and catch up on your reading.

The Plan ...

We'll arrive Saturday afternoon at the campground, check in, and head to our campsite to set up our tents and other gear. From here we can do as much or as little as we'd like until dinner that evening. Sunday we'll awake and make breakfast, and then you can join me as I lead an organized hike along the seven mile waterfall trail which is the main reason we are here. In the evening we'll cook and have a communal meal over an open fire, and spend the rest of the evening doing the usual camping activities -- partaking in discrete adult beverages and stuffing our faces with snacks, playing games, and shooting the breeze. Monday we'll get up and make breakfast, break down our campsite, and can continue to explore what the campground has to offer.

The Cost ...

$25.03 per person for the campsite fee.

Cost is for TWO nights of camping. Payment is via PayPal -- you don't need a PayPal account and can pay via credit/debit card.

Space is limited so until I receive your payment your RSVP is not confirmed and your attendance is not guaranteed. Once I have confirmation of receipt of your payment I will move you to confirmed RSVP status.

Refunds will be given only if the meetup is cancelled, rescheduled, or if requested 5 or more days in advance of the event.

Food Plan ...

To keep it simple, everyone is responsible for bringing what food and snacks they would like to eat and drink.

We will be cooking dinner Saturday, breakfast and dinner Sunday, and breakfast Monday and it will be semi-communal, meaning bring what you would like to eat for yourself but perhaps also enough to share with a few other people. Simple to cook but interesting items are best.

Other Important Stuff ...

• When you RSVP, please comment if you have camping gear to bring (tent, sleeping bag, etc.).

• Everyone can have a single person tent or several multi-person tents at the campsite. I'd suggest buddy-ing up to save hauling space/equipment costs. It doesn't matter to me if the accommodations are co-ed or gender segregated, everyone can decide what is most comfortable for them.

• Rental gear (tents, sleeping bags, etc.) is available at the Tents and Trails store in downtown NYC, Gear to Go Outfitters in Park Slope, Brooklyn, Eastern Mountain Sports and at several REI stores in the NY/NJ area.

• If you are unsure what to pack, click HERE for a list. You won't need to bring everything on here, but it's a good start. If you are still unsure, please ask.

• The campground has flush restroom facilities, warm showers, clean water, and pay phones. We are not auditioning for Survivor here.

• Parking at the site is limited to 5 cars, the rest will need to park in the overflow lot a short distance away.

• Meetup will be cancelled only in the event of a zombie apocalypse or locust swarm of biblical proportions. Possibility of rain or any other precipitation and we still camp.

How To Get There ... Carpool!

We'll need to carpool to the campground. When you RSVP, please indicate if need a ride. Or if you plan to drive, where you are coming from and how many passengers you can take. We'll then figure out our carpooling options, please be proactive and contact a driver directly rather than just saying where you need a ride from. Gas and tolls should be picked up by the passengers, also a cup of coffee for the driver is a nice gesture.

This is event is cross-posted in I wanted to do that ... Just not alone! check there when looking for a carpool.

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  • Helen F.

    So missed it. But definitely coming to the next one.

    September 25

  • Annie

    Great camping trip! I had a nice time and enjoyed meeting everybody! Thanks Kevin for planning the trip!! It is a beautiful park!!

    September 3

  • Kevin

    My friends, what can I say about this camping trip that hasn’t been said already, other than thank you all for coming out and making this trip one to remember. Things started out a little bumpy, but once over that hurdle we had fun that even Mother Nature’s best efforts couldn’t put a damper on. That said, you’re a bunch of terrific people and I’d be happy to take each and every one of you camping with me again. I may need to frisk some of you beforehand, but that’s a horse of a different color.

    Specifically for my list of Saturday night revelers, I’ll be in touch with you all once the wheels of justice--or injustice as some of you may feel—come screeching to a halt in my mailbox. Stay tuned.

    September 2

    • Kevin

      Also, don't forget to check the other meetup page for most of the pictures from this event. There are 350+ posted and you might be in a few.

      1 · September 2

  • Ethan L.

    Thanks Kevin, we had a blast. Nice to meet everyone.

    1 · September 1

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was a great meeting you all! I had a blast for the three days! The wether wasn't as bad as I was expected. meeting amazing and so beautiful people. I already miss it a LOT... Wish to see you all soon.

    3 · September 1

    • Amanda

      So glad you came out. It was great meeting you, Ryoko!

      September 1

  • Marisa

    AGGHHH! I have a bona fide emergency.
    [I'm in the process of taming 5 feral kittens that were rescued from Harlem. Late today, they were diagnosed with ringworm. The friend who was going to stay at my place and take care of them just arrived from DC and understandably, doesn't want to do it now, as ringworm fungus is all over the apt., including the bed where he was going to sleep. So he's going to stay elsewhere, and I have to stay and take care of them.]
    I promised Om the use of my 4-person tent. I'll email Art and tell him that although I'm not going, he should come to my place anyway and pick up the tent. I just need to get it back after the weekend.

    August 29

    • Kevin

      Please call or text him to work this out quickly.

      August 29

    • Marisa

      We've already communicated.

      August 30

  • Kevin

    Folks, be sure to read and maybe print out a copy of the final trip details linked to at the top of the event listing. I just want to specifically point out two reminders from that document:

    1) Bring your rain gear because it looks like it may be wet on Sunday.

    2) If you have space in your car on the ride in, pick up some firewood from one of the roadside stands just before you get into the park. If we all do this we should have plenty to last the weekend. Otherwise we will need to make a firewood run later on after everyone arrives.

    August 29

  • Kevin

    Campers, if anyone has a spare tarp (and rope) that we could string up between trees to provide us with rain shelter, please bring it. A couple of us already have them for such instances but we'll need a few more to provide coverage for the picnic tables and our group's public area. If anyone wants to stop by a Walmart on the way to the campground, they sell tarps for cheap.

    August 28

  • Kevin

    This event is now FULL and CLOSED to RSVPs.

    August 25

    • Ethan L.

      Hi Kevin, can we bring alcohol to campsite?

      August 26

    • Kevin

      Ethan, technically, no. But I address this further in the final trip details document I just posted. Please read it.

      August 26

  • Kevin

    The final trip details have been posted, everyone READ THEM! https://www.dropbox.com/s/foh0rbnz2rc5zx0/RG%20Event%20Overview.pdf?dl=0

    1 · August 26

  • Olga

    Is anybody going from NJ?
    Two people are looking for carpool

    1 · August 20

    • Kevin

      Olga, aren't you and Sheila driving up? April is looking to join you two in the car. I pointed her in your direction as she is in the same general area.

      August 23

    • Olga

      No Kevin, we're going with Wilson.

      August 23

  • Joyce G.

    kevin, I used my tent a few weeks ago, so I am sure that I have all the pieces, but I had help setting it up then.. thanks for your concern.

    August 23

    • Kevin

      OK. Between all the people coming on this campout, our combined brain power should be able to get it up.

      August 23

  • Yat L.

    HI ... I will be sharing tent space with Lonnie but have a 2 person tent that I may bring along for anyone who still needs one. Just let me know. Word of caution .. you need to put it together .. I don't know how!

    August 23

  • Joyce G.

    Kevin, I have a tent, but it only fits one person and I have a sleeping bag.. Can't wait!! I will probably need help setting up the tent since I have never done it before... Please let me know if you know anyone who still has space in their car and is coming from NYC. Thanks.

    August 22

    • Kevin

      Joyce, try and set up the tent in your home before you come camping. That way you can be sure all the parts are there. We could help you set it up on site but if pieces are missing you're stuck.

      1 · August 23

  • April

    Hi there. I have a 6 person tent so Ill be more than happy to share since it'll probably lonely by myself.. anywyas, is anyone coming from nj that I can carpool with? Please, let me know since that'll derermine if I go or not... hopefully someone does :) ok thank you

    August 23

  • Joyce G.

    This camping trip sounds great! I don't have a car. Is there someone coming from NYC who I can get a ride with? I have to be home on Monday afternoon. Is that the plan? I look forward to hearing from you and hope that it is not too late to sign up for this.

    August 22

    • Kevin

      Ying Feng on the other meetup listing for this event said she is driving from upper Manhattan. Send her a message to see if you can ride with her.

      August 22

    • Joyce G.

      Thanks kevin. I sent Ying Feng a message.

      August 22

  • Marisa

    OK, I paid the PayPal and so now I'm looking for a carpool to join. Of course I will help pick up gas, tolls, and coffee. I have a 4-person tent and also a 2-person backpacking tent, an old-fashioned Coleman stove that uses white gas, 2 light sleeping bags, one heavy one, and a tarp. I also have some cool solar lights that are handy for camping -- nice to have inside the tent to read, etc.

    August 19

    • Kevin

      Gee, Marisa, I see you aren't a novice camper.

      August 19

    • Marisa

      I'm not really very experienced. The Coleman stove and tent purchases were made many years ago in a haze of wishful thinking. I've only used them a few times. I inherited some of the other stuff from guests.

      August 19

  • Marisa

    So, I would really like to go, but I don't have hiking shoes or boots. Would cross-training shoes work for the hike part, do you think? Or would I have the possibility of my feet getting totally wet for the whole rest of the trip, and then I'd get pneumonia and slowly die and everybody would be very very sad, but maybe they'd name a minor Pennsylvania bridge after me?

    August 19

    • Kevin

      Haha. Sneakers would work fine, Marisa. Just don't wear flip flops or else you might slip and fall off the edge of waterfall to your death. Really.

      August 19

    • Marisa

      Cooool.

      August 19

  • Kevin

    People on the wait list, in case it is unclear, you aren't a confirmed RSVP and won't be moved to the confirmed list until you send in the camping fee. Let's get that mouse button clicking!

    August 12

    • Kevin

      Marisa, we have people driving from all over so getting a ride shouldn't be an issue if you act quickly. When you pay post your desire for a ride and where you are at---do it on both listings for this event. Two people just offered rides in their car last night on the other listing for this event, go take a look.

      August 18

    • Marisa

      Thanks!

      August 18

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