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World's End State Park Family Campground
HEALTH AND SAFETY IS YOUR OWN RESPONSIBILITY!
Because of some late minute cancellations I have couple tent spots available. If interested in this event put yourself onto the Wait List and send me a PM so that we can communicate.
For this event I have currently booked 20 tents spots at World’s End State Park for Friday and Saturday nights. It was difficult to get them all together like last year but they are relatively close to each other.
Join us for an adventure weekend at one of the most beautiful places in PA. Both these parks should be on everybody’s bucket list.
Here is the plan:
On Friday night after a long drive you can cook at the campsite or join me at High Knob Inn (10 minutes from campsite) around 7pm for food and drinks.
On Saturday we will do the 7.2 mile hike around World’s End State Park (Loyalsock Loop Trail around World’s End), starting at 11am. Afterwards we will look for plenty of firewood for Saturday night (bring a good saw!!!).
On Sunday we will go early to Rickett’s Glen for a short 4.7 mile hike (Falls Trail to Highland Trail via Cherry Run Trail loop). Hope to start the hike at 10:00am after packing up. It will be short hike but beautiful (last time we did this hike in the rain...). Potential stop on the way back is the Rickets Glen Hotel or the Breaker Brewing Company in Wilkes-Barre. They have excellent beer!
Both trails are amazing. You will be blown away by the beauty of the vegetation, forests, waterfalls and the foliage that should have some nice fall colors. Make sure you bring shoes with good soles since the trail around the waterfalls is often very wet and slippery.
If you are interested in coming along then RSVP and VENMO me $35 (@ggaeffke) for your tent spot. If VENMO is not your thing PM me for my email address to send me money via PayPal. If you plan to share your tent with someone then please PM me and let me know who you are sharing it with. Don't just put yourself on the Wait List without paying. If you do not pay I will remove you from the Waitlist after 1 week.
Check-in is after 3pm on Friday and checkout is 3pm on Sunday. It is strongly recommended that you come for both nights.
Please only sign up if you are a strong hiker, have done multiple 8 mile hikes with lots of elevation gain and have no issue sleeping in a cold tent. If you just want to come for one or both of the hikes please let me know by messaging me.
There are many risks we encounter this weekend such as, but not limited to, a twisted or broken ankle, getting stung by a bug, getting bitten by a snake, encountering a bear, getting detached from our group in the forest and getting lost, starting a fire that gets out of control, getting struck by lightning, loose control in the stream and drown. When you sign up for this activity you agree to release and hold me harmless, It’s Better Outdoors, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania from any and all liability arising from participation in the activity.
These is a map of the camp site can be found here:
I will let you know what site I will assign you to. There will be 2 tents per site (unless you want to pay me $70 for the full site).
Please do not come if you are feeling sick in anyway
Loyalsock Loop Trail around World’s End: We will start hiking from our tents. No need to drive anywhere. Note this is at least 3hrs away from Philadelphia. If you are leaving on Saturday please do not leave later than 7:45am (maybe even earlier due to the late fall traffic in the Poconos) so that we can start hiking at 11.
Falls Trail to Highland Trail via Cherry Run Trail Loop: Sweet Valley, PA 18656 [masked], [masked]). Is near Ricketts Glen Visitor’s Center. This is a 30 minute drive from World’s End Camp ground. Need to start hiking at 9:30am in order to get parking.
Eastern State Penitentiary
This will be a first to pay is first to go. NO GUESTS. Everyone must register for the event individually. This is a public meetup and anyone can join the group for free. If we have more interest than tickets I'll see about getting more. PAYMENT SECURES ATTENDANCE. You will get moved off of waitlist when you pay.
Tickets are $40 and get you into 12 out of 15 attractions with the exception of the The Speakeasy at Al Capone’s Cell, The Bloodline Lounge, and the After Dark CB3 Tour. I will personally be doing the After Dark CB3 Tour. It's $10 at the door and is a 20-minute, guide-led, flashlight walking tour of Cellblock 3, the Hospital Block.
Venmo (Preferred) - john-luczkowski-1
PayPal(Not Preferred) - JLuczkowski (or [masked])(make sure to choose 'send to friends/family' - if you don't do this, there is an additional fee which you will be charged).
When you pay - if your account doesn't mention your full name, please add it to the comments and also list what event you're paying for please.
Per the Eastern State Penitentiary's rules - THERE ARE NO REFUNDS. If your plans change I will try to get someone to fill your spot. If I cannot get someone to take your spot I cannot get you a refund.
It's the 30th year of Halloween at Eastern State, and they've concocted something special, with favorites from years past and several new, exciting adventures in the mix. From the creative team that brought you both Terror Behind the Walls and Party at the Pen: The Masquerade... Allow Eastern State to introduce: Halloween Nights at Eastern State Penitentiary.
Step through Eastern State’s massive front gate and into a fantastical world where surprises await at every turn. This brand-new immersive experience transforms a ten-acre web of winding hallways and courtyards into a sprawling festival featuring haunted houses, historic tours, immersive walkthroughs, themed bars, and more!
Wade through the foggy darkness, discover the architecture and history of the abandoned prison, and encounter live performances, hair-raising haunts, and other magical moments as you explore. Chat with intriguing characters over a cocktail. Soak in the eerie atmosphere. Let the spirit move you as you choose your own adventure.
Halloween Nights consists of 15 attractions:
2 haunted houses (scary!)
4 immersive walkthrough experiences (not scary!)
2 live, interactive performances
4 themed bars and lounges
3 opportunities to explore the penitentiary’s cellblocks, history, and relevance today (including NEW, exclusive narration by actor Steve Buscemi!)
...and many more surprises!
Learn more here: https://www.easternstate.org/halloween/
We will meet at the prison at 7:45pm for entry at 8pm. If you're not on time when the last of the group enters, you're SOL. Do not be late.
Those interested - we will gather for dinner at 6:00pm somewhere in Fairmount.
The Penitentiary features a Beer Garden this year. The plan will be to gather there for a drink or two around 10pm. We may go out afterwards for a nightcap. We'll see what happens.
Questions or concerns? Email me - [masked] or direct message me on meetup.
This will be mid/late October. The prison has NO HEAT. Please dress accordingly. I would also advise, even in decent weather, no sandals, no high heels, and nothing you will regret getting dusty/dirty.
We have 30 group tickets available. First come first served.
$30 to Gary at:
paypal: [masked] (make sure to choose 'send to friends/family')
SORRY, NO REFUNDS (THEIR POLICY NOT MINE), unless someone takes your spot (if it rains and they are open, we go, if they close then you can schedule)
Health & Safety are your own responsibility! Do not come if you aren't comfortable in a group situation of 30 people walking through a haunted house and field with a mask on (hey, it's Halloween...good time for a mask anyway)
Meet at the parking lot at 6:30 - we have a 7pm reservation, if you are not there by 7, you will not be able to join the group
Bates Motel (haunted house walk through)
Bates Psycho Path (formerly the hayride, now a walk through)
Revenge of the Scarecrows (haunted corm maze walk through)
Bates has instituted lots of COVID precautions, the key items for you are:
If you are vaccinated, you don't need to wear a mask, if you aren't vaccinated, wear a mask.
all guests will get a temperature check upon entrance.
there will be no touching by the actors (so no need to worry if that usually scares you)
timed entrances to space people out and only allow so many per time slot
read more here: https://thebatesmotel.com/attractions/
Make sure to wear clothes/shoes/boots that can and will get dirty and muddy
They now say they close if it rains, but it probably depends on the situation. Check ahead of time if it looks iffy. If they are open, we go, if they close, then we'll see about rescheduling. you can always go on your own if you can't make the new group date.
And the plan, as of now, is to hit Duffers Tavern afterwards, if they are open, if not, we'll go to PJ Whelihan's
Prior to riding we'll see how everyone feels and what we want to do.
Options are to ride to the Conshy Train Station, Conshy Brewery, the ice cream store in Manayunk, Bala Cynwyd or the Wissahickon Brewery, or a combo of those.
We will start riding on the MLK Drive to the Falls Bridge. If we decide to go to the Conshy Train Station then it will be a 24 mile trip. Riding to Bala Cynwyd is a 15.4 miles trip.
There'll be some sections of gravel; most bikes can handle that.
I'LL POSTPONE IF IT IS TOO COLD OR IF RAIN IS PREDICTED.
Helmets are at your own discretion.
Bring a light since this ride will be mostly in the dark.
It may also get chilly along the river at night and at the brewery. So bring extra layers.
Try to be at the meeting spot at 6:00 so that we can start riding at 6:15. If you are late try to catch up on the MLK Drive.
Ensure your tire pressure is to the max. Makes it much easier to roll along!