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New Meetup: Fire Island Beach and Dunes Backpack (optional dayhike)

From: Doligo
Sent on: Monday, September 8, 2008 1:39 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for New York Hiking and Outdoor Adventurers!

What: Fire Island Beach and Dunes Backpack (optional dayhike)

When: September 13,[masked]:45 AM

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

Meetup Description: September is the best time to go explore Fire Island - crowds are gone, but water remains warm for swimming and many of the facilities still stay open.

Saturday's forecast calls for clouds and a slight chance of rain - ideal conditions for a beach hike. We'll start our hike by taking a ferry to Cherry grove, from there we'll take a short walk to explore Sunken Forest, a unique maritime forest environment. Then we'll trek 8 miles east over the beach to Watch Hill to pick our wilderness permits and hike another mile or so to our campsite in the dunes, the only federally designated wilderness area in the state of NY. This hike will be fast-paced, so we could pick our permit in time. Dayhikers of course can explore the beach on their own pace and catch a ferry back from wherever the choose.

Sunday is supposed to be nice and sunny - we'll spend the day relaxing on the beach or exploring the wilderness. We'll catch our ferry back home from nearby.

This event is ok for beginner backpackers, however, be advised that walking in sand is very strenuous.

Things To Do:
Star gazing
Beach walking in the moonlight (the moon will be 99% full)
Watching sunsets and sunrises over the ocean
Exploring salt marshes
Wildlife viewing
Explore some ship wrecks

What to bring:
Standard summer backpacking gear, long tent stakes for sand (or bags for sand to weigh you tent)
Swim suit
At least 2 liters of water, plus a bladder or other water carrier to carry cooking/washing water to the camp (there is no water in the wilderness we'll have to carry all our water from Watch Hill)
Sandals are recommended so you could easily take them off when walking on the beach
Bug repellent
Food - there are limited eateries on the way
Warm sweater for the night - dunes have desert-like environment, hot by day, cold by night

Take 7.46am train from Penn Station to Sayville. From Sayville catch a 9.20am ferry to Cherry Grove. Get one-way tickets - we will catch our ferry from Watch Hill to Patchogue.

Email me with any questions.

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