Part 2 - The June 20th meetup was very cloudy, and although it didn't rain, there was no one launching boats and several members who would have liked to attend had other commitments, so we are going again next Saturday.
Early-birds, meet for breakfast at 8:00 am at Brown's Country Kitchen in Portersville. If you are going from Pgh on 79 N, exit at the Portersville exit, turn left at the end of the ramp. Turn right on 19 and after about 1/4 mile look for a sign to the restaurant on the left, turn left ---it's about 1/4 mile on the right. IF YOU PLAN TO MEET FOR BREAKFAST, PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT SO WE KNOW WHAT SIZE TABLE TO ASK FOR.
Or meet at the Davis Hollow Marina at 9:00 am. Those who stop for breakfast may be a little late, depending on how fast we are served. As soon as you arrive, start taking photos. To find members of our group, just look for others with cameras.
If you prefer to arrive later, look for us at the marina until 11:00 or so.
Check comments on this event notice before leaving home on the 28st to see if the meetup will be cancelled or rescheduled due to weather.
If the weather is good, there should be lots of sail boats and motorized boats launching in the morning, most between 10 and noon.
From Pgh: Take 79 north. Exit at 422 E toward Butler. Take Moraine's South Shore exit, get back on 422 going west, then exit at North Shore. (There is no direct exit to the North Shore going E on 422.) Turn right at the T. Follow the main road, about 7 miles from the entrance. Do not turn off the main road.
From Rt 8: north of Butler take 422 W toward New Castle. Take the North Shore Exit. Turn right at the T. Follow the main road, about 7 miles from the entrance. Do not turn off the main road.
From Brown's Country Kitchen: Go back to the main road, turn left on Rt 19. Look for a brown sign to Moraine's North Shore, about 1/4 - 1/2 mile on the right and take the road that bears slightly to the right. After several miles, follow the sign to the North Shore (a right turn.) Turn left at the next road. The Marina is about 7 miles from there. Do not turn off the main road.
Note: "Patrons Only" signs warn non-boat owners to stay off the docks. There is a park ranger on duty. However, if you talk to some of the owners, you might ask if they can show you their boats, and therefore you will be able to go onto the docks with them. On 6/21 there were a bunch of older boaters at the far picnic shelter who hang out there all weekend. They were a friendly bunch.
More info on Moraine: http://www.stateparks.com/moraine.html orwww.visitpaparks.com
At the marina, look for birds such as Canadian geese, herons, birds of prey.
There are other launch sites, hiking trails, a beach, a biking/walking trail and a bike-rental location between the park entrance and the marina so you can arrive early or stop on your way out to take photos at any of those locations or go to the South Shore (a few miles east on 422) for more photos.
I suggest carrying a water bottle. If you plan to spend the day, pack a lunch. Although the marina & beach signs say there are a food concessions, there are not. The bike rental may have soft drinks and ice cream bars.
Find restrooms at the marina, bike rental, beach, and at least one other launch site. Other places have port-a-johns but sometimes they are few and far between.
You can take your dog, but you must pick up waste, so be prepared.
It's a short jump to McConnell's Mills if anyone is interested in stopping there before heading home. There are several ways to drive there, but one of them passes a Pilot truck stop if you want to stop for lunch or a snack.