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7+ miles \ 5+ hours \ 2200 feet hellevation gain \ Difficulty: 5 beers of 6 - Hard \ Yeah, you can drive to the top, but that isn't very much like hiking 😆
For this event, you should be well-conditioned for hiking since we'll average about 800 feet of elevation per mile. Pack plenty of water! Test the map pin here on the event page before setting out to ensure it takes you to the Billows South Trailhead. Consider conserving parking space by carpooling from town.
We'll hike a challenging loop pathway to the top of Greylock where we'll enjoy panoramic views up to 90 miles away on a clear day. We can also explore the enormous Veterans War Memorial Tower, the visitor's center, and Bascom Lodge, where we can snag a quick snack before heading back on a different trail.
Afterward, we'll head to AJ's Trailside Pub in Adams for some good grub and suds!
Wear your casual clothes if you like and meet at Ferncliff Forest for an easy 1.5 mile mud-free hike to the top of the fire tower where you’ll enjoy spectacular views of the Catskills and Hudson River before heading to the Dutchess County Fairgrounds for the Wine & Food Festival. Alternatively, you can meet up with us just inside the Fairgrounds Main entrance at 11:30 or so. You’ll see us standing around the elevated island as you walk in.
The festival features hundreds of wines, beers, ciders, and spirits from venues all over the region, plus food trucks and countless other artisan food stuff. Stay as long as you like. Closes at 6 p.m.
Full day tasting ticket $45, non-tasting $15.
Read about the festival and buy tickets here:
Carpooling is available from my place, and if it's a yucky hot day, you can change and cleanup after the hike at my place also.
October 9 - 19 with optional departure on the 17th or 18th
**You must book flights and hotels yourself (see below)**
Do not begin booking until I've contacted you directly
Oct 9 - Travel to Phoenix, meetup, stay overnight
Oct 10 - Drive to Grand Canyon, explore South Rim, watch sunset, overnight in Tusayan AZ
Oct 11 - Sunrise at Grand Canyon followed by 6 mile hike, overnight in Page AZ
Oct 12 - Guided tour of Upper Antelope Canyon, view Glen Canyon Dam, visit Horseshoe Bend, overnight in Springdale UT
Oct 13 - Zion! Overnight in Springdale UT
Oct 14 - Drive to Bryce Canyon, explore, overnight in Richfield UT
Oct 15 - Drive to Canyonlands, explore, overnight in Moab UT
Oct 16 - Arches National Park, overnight in Moab
Oct 17 - More Moab...rent off-road vehicles, or raft the Colorado River, overnight in Salt Lake City (or fly home from Moab)
Oct 18 -Visit Bonneville Salt Flats, the Great Salt Lake, overnight in Salt Lake City (or fly home)
Oct 19 -Depart from Salt Lake City (or stay and join the Mormons)
Approximately $2700 + airfare and meals
Most lodging includes breakfast. Lunches will be on-the-go, dinners hopefully more refined.
$500 deposit required before departure to cover cost of vehicle rental and fuel. Any surplus or deficit gets settled up later. Or, rent your own car.
***Our itinerary could change so stay alert and keep up-to-date here***
We’ll be staying at a hotel every night, so camping isn’t an option. There just won’t be enough time. I’ve selected moderately-priced hotels in convenient locations to our activities, but you’re welcome to stay somewhere else, as long as you can make it to the listed hotel in time for our departures. Some shuttling may be possible, especially if we have more than one van.
Oct 9 - Drury Inn & Suites Phoenix Airport, Phoenix AZ
Oct 10 - Best Western Premier Grand Canyon Squire, Tusayan AZ
Oct 11 - Hyatt Place Page Lake Powell, Page AZ
Oct 12 - Oct 13 - Flannigan’s Inn (Alternatively, Quality Inn), Springdale UT
Oct 14 - Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriot Richfield, Richfield UT
Oct 15 - Oct 16 - Best Western Plus Greenwell Inn, Moab UT
Oct 17 - Oct 18 - Tru by Hilton Salt Lake City Airport, Salt Lake City UT
Any questions message me here or at[masked]
Join us for another 3-day stay at Admiral Peabody's Lakeside Lodging (admiralpeabodys.com) on Seneca Lake in Watkins Glen! Our long weekend begins Thursday at 3 p.m. (or later) and ends anytime you want Sunday. Peabody's overlooks Seneca Lake and has several cottages, two large docks, a firepit, gas grills, modern bathrooms, and fully equipped kitchens.
I've reserved the entire facility, but since accommodations are limited to 14 beds, everyone goes on the waitlist and members will be moved to the Going list at my discretion in order to minimize cat fights and fisticuffs 😆 Preference will likely fall to regular participants in the group. Others are welcome to book lodging elsewhere and meet up with us for some activities, but it isn't likely everyone will get to do everything together all the time.
Activities in the area are countless and I’ll have a few outings planned, including two hikes, lunch and winetasting along Keuka Lake, and a dinner cruise on Seneca Lake Saturday evening, but your time is your own so do what you want. Several state parks are within a 40-minute drive of our lodging, and Watkins Glen Gorge is just 5 minutes away. The gorge should be open for the season by the time of our trip. More than 100 wineries, breweries, and distilleries dot the region, and most of them are less than an hour away.
On the way home Sunday morning I'll be visiting the Corning Glass Museum (very cool place!) and anyone is welcome to join me there.
$$: Private bedroom in a cottage: $260
Pull-out sofa in a cottage: $225
*No discounts for shorter stays*
The dinner cruise is $77 but is not yet booking for 2022. Stay tuned.
Bring food and beverages to share, but nothing else is needed. Except maybe a favorite pillow, and your Teddy bear. Or find a Teddy bear on the trip 😉
Further details and updates may appear here or in the comments.
You can private message me through Meetup, or at[masked].
9:00 – Meet at Watkins Glen State park for an easy but memorable 2
mile hike through the gorge. $10 parking fee per car
12:00 – Carpool from Peabody’s to Hammondsport for lunch at
2:00 – winetasting at Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery
3:30 – winetasting at Bully Hill Vineyards
6:00 – All-in cookout at Admiral Peabody's, followed by a bonfire
9:00 – Carpool to Buttermilk Falls State park for a 1.5 hour waterfall hike through the gorge, pause for a moment of silence at Anthony Falls*
12:30 – carpool to Wagner vineyard for lunch with wine or beer flights, hit another winery nearby
6:00 – Dinner cruise from Watkins Glen
Check-out by 11, meet up at Corning Glass Museum around 11
*Location where Ant took a spill and broke his ass