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Brainy 6.5 mile George Washington Bridge Hike

Come on a hike with brainy people discussing brainy things!

We'll be going across the George Washington Bridge and north along the wooded cliffs above the Hudson and back.  Afterward, we'll go to dinner at an Indian restaurant.  The hike will be about 6.5 miles, and we should be reaching the restaurant around sunset (which will be about 4:30pm).

We will be meeting at the south west corner of 178th St and Fort Washington.  On the diagonally opposite corner is a huge bus / subway station with public restrooms available.

Crossing the bridge is very different from the Brooklyn Bridge.  The walkway is right at the edge, with nothing between you and the abyss but a waist-high raililng.  So there is a much stronger feeling of the height.  It's very windy up there, and if you're hat blows off, it will fly right over the edge.

Once across the bridge in New Jersey, we will walk north through the woods along the cliffs overlooking the river.  Once when I was there alone, I saw two deer.  They were very accustomed to people, they just let me walk up quite blatantly through deep, dry, noisy leaves to within 30 feet of  them.

We'll go a mile or two along the river, there will be a convenience store and rest room, then we rest at the endpoint with a panoramic view of north Manhattan, and head back the way we came.

Once back in Manhattan, we'll return to the point where the hike started, then those interested will continue on another 9 blocks to the restaurant for dinner.

Attendance at this event is free, and all participants attend at their own risk.  Everyone will be required to sign a release waiver that basically gives up any right whatsoever to sue, to the fullest extent possible by law.  You can read the current draft of this waiver at http://bluejacket7.com/legal/BrainiacsWaiver.doc

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I separated from the group early on since I was taking pictures. Those photos, along with captions, can be seen at https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/107387477100440427906/albums/5952792819275571825/5952793168400473106?pid=5952793168400473106&oid=107387477100440427906.

    Thanks to Bill for organizing the hike.

    Enjoy.

    December 2, 2013

  • Mimi E.

    I am so sorry not to have cancelled today as is proper. Please forgive me. I was waiting for news of a friend who was on the derailed Metro North this morning. (She is OK, but it was a tense morning.)

    December 1, 2013

  • Brigitte

    im sorry that I didn't get the message that I am off the wait list until too late to meet you. Enjoy. Brigitte

    December 1, 2013

  • Brigitte

    I'm so sorry but I didn't get news that I am off the wait list until too late to meet you

    December 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Guys, I'm running 10 mins late where can I find you

    December 1, 2013

  • Barbara

    I've done this Palisades hike before. It is awesome!

    December 1, 2013

  • Barbara

    I've done this Palisades hike before. It is awesome!

    November 18, 2013

  • Bill

    Sorry, I don't announce the restaurant ahead of time, otherwise we would get too many non-hikers showing up and the group wouldn't fit in the restaurant.

    November 17, 2013

  • Pat

    Maybe those of us with less stamina (and more age?) can just meet at the restaurant for a brainy discussion? :)

    November 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good idea, I like everything about it, except the winter wind, darkness and cold. [Heh heh.] Just wondering, was there any consideration of the possibility of having this bridge hike during spring, summer, or autumn?

    2 · November 17, 2013

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