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New Meetup: Berry-picking, Hiking, and Swimming in Harriman State Park

From: John D.
Sent on: Friday, July 23, 2010 3:22 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Eating Paleo in NYC!

What: Berry-picking, Hiking, and Swimming in Harriman State Park

When: Saturday, July 31,[masked]:45 AM

Where: (A location has not been chosen yet.)

Get ready to hike, swim and forage for berries -- while they are in season!

Vlad Averbukh will lead our group to Harriman Park, the second largest NY state park. Located only 30 miles north of the city, Harriman is known for its wildlife and impressive views. There are also lots of delicious blueberries and huckleberries. While we won't be doing any deer hunting (this time!), there'll be plenty of ants for the insectivores among us. For those who never hiked before, I will explain how to read trail markers and tell you about some great places to visit in the park. There is also a beautiful lake for swimming if people want to cool off from the hiking. Harriman is an absolutely fantastic place that I'm sure you'd want to come back to again too, since hunting season starts in late fall.

We will meet in Penn Station at 8:45 AM, next to the NJ Transit ticket machines at 32 St and 8 Ave. Please arrive on time as there may be a line to buy tickets. We'll take the 9:14 AM train to Secaucus, then transfer on train to Tuxedo. Round trip from Penn Station to Tuxedo is around $20.

Those who wish to drive can meet us at Tuxedo at 10:17 AM when our train arrives. Address is 240 Route 17, Tuxedo, NY, there's free parking by the train station on weekends. On the way back, we'll take the 6:40 PM train, arriving at 8 PM in NYC. Those wishing to leave early can take the trail back to the station for the 4:20 PM train, arriving in NYC at 5:30 PM.

Once we arrive in Tuxedo, we'll begin on the trails. We'll later stop by the lake where we'll eat and swim. I expect us to cover about 8 miles total, exact route is TBD. I'll have a compass and a trail map with me. But while I'm a frequent hiker and berry forager, I would not call myself an expert in this field. So anyone who joins us will be responsible for their own safety.

Things to bring with you: lunch, 2 litters of water, hiking shoes, swimsuit if you plan on going into the lake, camera, bug spray, sunscreen. We'll have a map of Harriman, first aid kit, bear spray, but if you have any and want to bring it, feel free.

Please update your RSVP if you can't make it.

Going to be awesome!

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