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5.5 Mile Washington Heights Hike & Dinner

We'll meet at Dyckman St & Payson Ave at 4:00pm, 2 blocks west of the Dyckman (= 200th) St stop on the A train, about 40 minutes north of Times Square. After dinner at the end of the hike, you can walk a few blocks to the 181st St stop on the A train to go home.

Heavy rain cancels.

Walkers should realize that if I (the leader) am interested in getting to know you, I am helpless to do so unless you'll walk at the front and talk with me, since I'm stuck at the front of the pack.  So by all means, walk up front and join in the conversation.

This walk involves a couple of less well-known parks at the very northernmost tip of Manhattan, but both of these parks are a delight, with spectacular views through the trees over the Hudson. We'll start with 3 miles through Inwood Hill Park, which has a real wilderness feel to it, you just can't believe you're in Manhattan when you're here, it feels like you're 100 miles from the nearest city. We'll visit Shorakkopoch, the site where the Dutch bought Manhattan from the Native Americans for the equivalent of $41 in 1626.

After that we'll go through Fort Tryon park, also scenic, and down into Washington Heights where we'll dine at an Indian restaurant to be disclosed on the walk.  We'll probably arrive around 6:15pm or earlier.  We really don't want people skipping the walk and just joining the group for dinner -- this is a hiking meetup, not a dining one.

You can read about Inwood Hill Park at http://forgotten-ny.com/2000/04/inwood-hill-park/

Though this walk is only 5.5 miles, it is quite strenuous because the terrain in Washington Heights tends to be very steep. Most but not all of the path is paved.

Attendance at this event is free, and by attending, you agree that you and any guests participate at your own risk, and that you will not take any legal action against the organizers of this group for anything unfortunate that may happen during this outing. There is especially a risk that you will get separated from the group and lost, and if that happens the responsibility will be yours. Every participant will be required to sign a liability waiver, the current draft of which you can read online here: http://www.bluejacket7.com/legal/WalkingWaiver.doc

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  • Theresa

    This was a lovely hike! Great to get out and exercise and meet some lovely people, too! Thanks Bill!

    July 8, 2013

  • Jean M.

    The park was beautiful and shady - great trails

    July 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry - can'( make it after all. Haven't finished work that must be done for the morning. Hope to meet you all soon.

    July 7, 2013

  • Zafreen

    Sorry, I had to cancel last minute. A little hung over and hugging my A/C right now. Have fun guys !

    July 7, 2013

  • Bill

    Sorry, everybody, I'm running late, I should be there at 4:15pm.

    July 7, 2013

  • Jann

    too hot

    July 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    sorry, can't make it afterall

    July 7, 2013

  • Maya

    I have a change in plans for today. If anyone is interested to attend, there's one available spot. Sorry for the same day notice. Hope to join you next time!

    July 7, 2013

  • xiomi

    I didn't think I'd make it off the waitlist so I went on my own yesterday and made other plans for today. Hopefully I'll make it to the next meet.

    July 7, 2013

  • linda

    Sorry, didn't expect a spot would open so made other plans. Hope to see you next time.

    July 7, 2013

  • laura

    On the waitlist but still interested in going. Just loved to Hamilton Heights, would love to join you to explore Northern Manhattan.

    July 7, 2013

  • Mary A

    Sorry for the late change. I don't think I'll do we'll in the heat level. Glad I'll open a place for someone on the waitlist. Look forward to another hike.

    July 7, 2013

  • Angie

    Made it off the waitlist...so I'll be there tomorrow, Bill. But, I did mess up my knee a little last week (somehow managed to aggravate an old high school basketball injury that's been lying dormant for nearly 20 years...go figure?!), so there's a chance I may have to duck out of the hike early if it's too hard on my knee...but I'll try to be a trooper. Looking forward to it!

    1 · July 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for the invite but this heat has gotten to me. Hope to join the group on a future hike. Enjoy

    July 7, 2013

  • Fran D.

    Sorry for the last minute cancellation but don't think I'll be able to handle the heat. But I'm sure it will make someone else happy.

    July 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry a family obligation came up. I hope you guys have fun! Be safe!

    July 6, 2013

  • Douglas A.

    Sorry for last min cancel, didn't realize this started at 4...

    July 6, 2013

  • Angie

    Hey Bill! Hope you're doing well. I'm still on the waitlist (but hoping to make it off!) Just wondering, though...how shaded/wooded is the hiking area? With this crazy heat, I'm afraid a hike in the direct sun would be killer! :) Many thanks!!!!

    July 6, 2013

  • Gajtana

    Sunburnt from a three hour walking meet-up today. Going to have to pass on tomorrow.

    July 6, 2013

  • Victoria

    Have to be at NYU for daughters orientation

    July 6, 2013

  • Kathleen

    I'm looking forward to this walk. First time with this meetup group. The instructions and directions and descriptions all are done so well. Thanks Bill for taking the time to be so thorough for us new comers!

    July 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, I would like to attend but I think I am on the waitlist.. How would I know if I can attend..? Sorry, this is the 1st time for me and not quite sure about the procedure.. Would I get any note from the organizer before the event..? Thanks..

    June 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I guess that means I will have zero chance to attend this meeting since the list is sooo long.. Oh, well. Thanks for your explanation Douglas. Have a great weekend!

      June 22, 2013

    • Bill

      I just banned Shirley from the meetup, which should open up one slot for people on the waitlist.. Please don't come unless you are a "Yes" RSVP. I limit the size because the group size was out of control before and it was a problem.

      1 · July 6, 2013

  • sharon

    Forgot that I'm away this weekend.

    July 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Overbooked for this weekend. Someone else gets to enjoy that fact! I'm out. :D

    July 4, 2013

  • Renee

    What fun! Exploring a new area of the city, meeting new people, the great outdoors and Indian food! Please add me to the wait list. Thx!

    July 1, 2013

  • Sue P.

    family illness.

    June 30, 2013

  • Jerie C.

    I'm moving up to that neighborhood July 1. What a great introduction to the neighborhood! Can't wait.

    June 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    new area for me to explore.

    June 15, 2013

  • Sue P.

    Things are in flux re: schedule. Will do my best to honor this RSVP or advise you otherwise, ASAP.

    June 15, 2013

  • Laura P.

    will be out of town

    June 14, 2013

  • Lorraine

    Sorry that I will have to miss this one. I will be away. Have fun.

    June 14, 2013

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