• Nov 22, 2012 · 9:00 AM
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Though the recent hurricane and nor'easter have caused many in the northeast power outages and damages, I think most can agree there is still much to be thankful for and so very many blessings – everyday things that we simply take for granted... like warm clothes and a bed, food and a safe place to stay..

This year, once again, on Thanksgiving we’ll meet for a short hike in the morning - we'll meet at 9:00 a.m, and be done by 11:30 a.m. so you can get on the road to relatives or finish up the cooking before they get to your house!

As is previous years there will be no Meetup fee for this hike - that’s my thanks to you...
In lieu of my normal $2.oo Meetup fee I ask that you bring one (or more, if can) items from the list below for list for Midnight Run.

**My first Thanksgiving Morning Hike for Westchester Novice Hikers was in 2008 and we have collected for Midnight Run each year. Though Hurricane Sandy certainly deserves the efforts and attention of all, many other organizations have already put a major focus on the aftermath quite possibly overshadowing the ongoing need for assistance for the homeless poor already in NY long before the storm.

All items will be delivered to Midnight Run in Dobbs Ferry.

What is Midnight Run?

Midnight Run is a volunteer organization dedicated to finding common ground between the housed and the homeless.
In over 900 relief missions per year, Midnight Run volunteers from churches, synagogues, schools and other civic groups distribute food, clothing, blankets and personal care items to the homeless poor on the streets of New York City. The late-night relief efforts create a forum for trust, sharing, understanding and affection. That human exchange, rather than the exchange of goods, is the essence of the Midnight Run mission.
Midnight Run is not a solution to homelessness. Our goal is to forge a bond between housed and homeless people by establishing a foundation of sharing and caring from which solutions may evolve. Through Midnight Run, volunteers come to see the homeless as real people, not a commodity. And homeless men and women learn that many mainstream adults and teenagers have commitments and concerns that go beyond their own lives and families.

If you cannot make the hike on Thanksgiving morning, please consider visiting their website to donate directly and/or see how else you can help.

Clothing items we will be collecting:

- NEW MEN'S SOCKS -Tube socks, rolled in pairs. White or dark.
- NEW MEN'S UNDERWEAR - Jockey/brief style. Sizes 32 through 42.
- Gently USED DURABLE PANTS - Large sizes are preferred, waist sizes between 32 and 40 and above. Blue jeans are preferred over khakis
- Gently USED SWEATSHIRTS AND LONG SLEEVE SHIRTS. Large and extra large. Dark colors preferred. Hooded sweatshirts are especially useful.
- Gently USED or New T-SHIRTS- Medium through extra large. Any color.
- SHOES - Sizes 9 through 12 and above:
Soft-soled shoes and work boots are preferred. LIGHTLY worn sneakers or athletic shoes.

Also needed:
(in order of need) are small or travel size
Shaving Cream
Lip balm or moisturizer
>>> Please do not bring full size products! Items we are collecting are meant for those living on the street or those sleeping in boxes... Not those in a shelter or receiving from a food pantry. Item are grouped into baggies for distribution to those living on the streets - trial sizes are perfect.


If you need a receipt for tax purposes email me and I will get one for you. If you can't make the hike but would like to donate to Midnight Run, please use the link to their website provide above.

Thank you so much!
Happy Thanksgiving

Time: : 9:00a.m. Finish time – out by 11:30


South end of Garrison train station-

Meet at the trailhead sign - park south end of the parking lot.



For directions: Please scroll to the bottom this event post. Train riders please make sure of the train schedule as it is a holiday!

Note: Well behaved kids are welcome as are well behaved dogs ON LEASHES. This is not only a park rule but is being considerate of those who may not be as enamored of your pup as you are (also, some people are fearful of dogs but may not feel comfortable saying so)

>> Please indicate in your RSVP number of guests and if you are bringing a dog or kids so others know in advance. Thank you!

Distance: Approx 3 miles total.


We will not be racing through the woods. Time will be taken both on the trail and at our break point on the water.


The hike is a very easy, short hike through woods, past some ruins, then right on the Hudson River in NY - Hudson Highlands State Park in Putnam County. Our break point is perfect and right on the water.

Please bring your cameras and post your pictures on this site! Thank you

I’ll send out an email to the YES rsvp’s with a contact cell # and any last minute news. Please make sure to have this number and the directions with you! 

**One last note – I will not be leading the hike this year... My friend Brian Kopilak who led the hike last Thanksgiving has offered to lead again Thanks Brian! He scouted the trails a few days ago and although there are some trees down, it is in pretty good shape. Please make sure to dress warmer than you think necessary (gloves/hat) as you will be hiking close to the river where a little wind can feel like alot! Please also wear appropriate footwear and be prepared to climb over a few trees.

I hope enjoy the hike, the company and that you’ll find the hike as tranquil and uplifting as I do.


Driving Directions
Take the Palisades Interstate Parkway to its northern terminus at the Bear Mountain Bridge. Cross the bridge and bear left onto N.Y. 9D.
(From Westchester - get yourself to the bear mountain bridge. DON"T go over it! Stay straight onto 9D. Follow directions below)
Proceed north on N.Y. 9D for 4.5 miles to an intersection with N.Y. 403. Turn left at this intersection onto Lower Station Road and follow it downhill to the Metro-North railroad station. Park in the station parking lot (parking is free on weekends; there is a fee on weekdays).
By Train
Take the Metro-North Hudson Line to the Garrison station. Check the holiday schedule - MUST meet us by 9 a.m. Please be considerate, arrive on time/early.

*Meet the trailhead - southend of the parking lot 




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  • A former member
    A former member

    Fresh Air, Sunshine & Camaraderie! This is our third year meeting up with this hikerly bunch. Always a wonderful pre-Thanksgiving stomp - and for a good cause too. I HIGHLY recommend getting out and stretching your legs before the big chow-down. And what better way to do it than on this mellow, morning hike!

    November 29, 2012

  • Brian

    The hike went very well. Everyone seemed to have a good time, the weather was perfect, and we got to explore some other trails that were not originally part of the plan. However, we were able to do this and still make good time, and the views were beautiful.

    November 25, 2012

  • Diane M.

    What a beautiful day for a hike!

    November 22, 2012

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