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ACADIA! National Park On Memorial Day Weekend
• What we'll do A full four-day weekend trip to the most Northeastern major national park in the US. With in-demand camping sites by scenic rocky overlooks of ocean, lakes and bays on a holiday weekend, you need to make early reservations if you want a spot! You can make your own hiking plans, but there are probably restrictions on hiking in large groups. I plan on hiking most or all of Mt. Desert Island east of Somes Sound on Sat. 5/26, or Sun. if Sat. is wet and yucky. We'll start from the Blackwoods Campground in the southeastern part of Mt. Desert Island and make our way on foot northward to Mt. Champlain, which features the ferrati/rebar/iron handle stuff you see in the photo. We'll go westward from there, then return on the southern-most trails and roads. I plan on eating campfire food at the campsite late Sat evening. Sun. 5/27 we'll drive a few miles, park and hike the shorter trails on the island on the other side of Somes Sound. Maybe we'll then eat in Bar Harbor or another local town, and people with a mind to eat a lobster dinner may itch that scratch. Weather permitting, it would be nice to then take a short hike to one of the mountains north of the campsite and see the sunset from there. Monday 5/28, we'll pack up in the morning and leave for home. I'm okay with people needing to leave a day or two early. I've been thinking about seeing a quick nature or historical site on the way back, with Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge and the oldest houses in Maine -- both near the highway -- as contenders. • What to bring • Cold AND warm weather clothing -- the weather could be mercurial • Acadia NP map (AMC, National Geographic, or printed from online) • Headlamp! with spare batteries • Rain-resistant coat or jacket • Shoes with good grip - preferably with ankle support • A backpack • Enough water for entire day, Snacks, First Aid, Hand-warmers, etc. A compass or GPS if desired • Gaiters (if muddy) • Food for eating on trail, and for cooking at campground • Important to know No sweep. Get your tent site reservation ASAP; they fill up fast. I'll be in the middle of the more southeastern of the two different campsites at Blackwoods Campground; try to get a tentsite in that area if possible. Link: https://www.recreation.gov/camping/blackwoods-campground/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=70990 It's probably possible to buy groceries in Bar Harbor nearby, but we will probably come back from our Sat. 10+mile hike late, so try to get food beforehand.

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IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR SOME ADVENTURE AND VARIETY IN YOUR LIFE, WANT TO BE MORE ACTIVE, MEET NEW FRIENDS, CONQUER YOUR FEARS OR JUST TRY THINGS YOU'VE NEVER DONE BEFORE.... THEN YOU'VE COME TO THE RIGHT PLACE!

This group is for people in the New York City, New Jersey, Upstate NY and surrounding areas that like to stay fit, be active and explore new places while having fun and meeting new people at the same time! Events range from Hiking, Camping, Rock Climbing, Rock Scrambling, Caving, Kayaking, Whitewater Rafting, Zip-lining, Obstacle Course Mud Runs, Downhill Skiing, Cross Country Skiing, Skydiving, Hang Gliding, Mountain Biking, Road Biking and Trail Running just to name a few. We are also open to suggestions of other activities you might like to see offered and we welcome new leadership that might help us expand our offerings to the group. From time to time we may also offer additional activities that may include Educational Workshops, Trips to Galleries & Museums, Urban Exploring, Meeting for Drinks (Socials), Salsa Dancing, Dining out and a wide variety of other possibilities.

Going on trips with like-minded friends is always more fun, and you'll find them here. We are a friendly, outgoing and quirky bunch who like to challenge ourselves and have a good time while doing it. Our group sizes tend to be smaller here compared to other meetups, but we feel you get to know people better and have a safer experience as a result. We welcome diversity, folks who can laugh and people who respect nature and all the beauty it has to offer us!

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