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Question: Kayak/paddleboard + lake =????
Answer: A day of fun on the water!
And that is exactly what we will have as we spend a day kayaking and paddleboarding on New Jersey's Monksville Reservoir.
Monksville Reservoir is a beautiful and serene reservoir located in the New Jersey Highlands, in Long Pond Ironworks State Park. The reservoir has a surface area of 505 acres, and spans about three miles from end to end and is surrounded by forest. While being easily accessible from NYC and other densely populated areas of NJ, Monksville is secluded, rustic and peaceful. It'll be a good day on the water.
• It will be $40 - $55 depending on the watercraft you rent (single/tandem kayak or paddle board) plus $10 for a life jacket you get to keep.
• You must make an advance reservation with the Flatwater Paddling Company. Visit this link and follow the instructions--
-- Pick the date 6/19
-- Choose a 4 hour rental
-- Choose the 11:00AM time slot
-- Pick your choice of watercraft
The important stuff ...
• Bad weather cancels the meetup -- check your email before you leave for updates.
• Wear river shoes or old sneakers.
• Bring shorts, bathing suit, a tee shirt and wind-breaker plus sun screen. Also bring a rain poncho in case of showers. Also bring a post-trip change of clothing and shoes for a comfortable ride home in case you get wet.
• Bring food and drinks! Plan to bring enough for several hours on the water, especially drinks, you'll be thirstier than you realize. NO GLASS CONTAINERS!
• Use waterproof cases for all valuables, and be certain to keep cameras and cell phones in waterproof cases or containers, such as ziplock bags.
It's time to get kicking. Kick your neighbor. Kick your brother. Kick the big red ball. Just don't kick your dog. Game. On.
If you don't know, now you know...
If you've never played the game of kickball as a kid you must have grown up on Mars. But as a quick primer, it's a game with rules similar to baseball -- except instead of using a bat to hit a little ball, you use your feet to kick a ball about 10x the size of a baseball. Kick the ball, run to the base, avoid getting your ball caught mid-air or yourself tagged out. Easy. And no athletic skill is necessary, just the ability to kick! Go out and practice now to get ready. Kick the postman when he delivers your bills. Kick that neighbor who won't turn down his stereo. Just get kicking!
A $3.00 organization fee will be collected at this event, your host is in the running for hardest working person on meetup.
The important stuff...
• Proof of your COVID-19 vaccination is REQUIRED for participation. In addition, face coverings will be worn when social distancing is unfeasible.
• This is a co-ed game so ladies don't be shy to sign up. And it doesn't matter if you have no athletic ability, you just have to be willing to have a little fun.
• Dress for physical activity! You'll be kicking and running so wear your sneaks, shorts and a t-shirt.
• Rain or similar un-favorable weather cancels the meetup. Not!
• Check the meetup site before heading to the field for last minute updates as well as my mobile phone number.
• Please DO NOT RSVP if you do not seriously plan to attend as space is limited. No flakes allowed! If you RSVP and I notice that you have a number of no shows or have a history of last minute cancellations, you will be removed.
• By RSVPing for this event, you agree to the following waiver of liability https://bit.ly/3atj0C5
The other night I was on my bike riding around town and was struck by how dramatically the vibe of the city changes once the sun sets. People get out on their cycles and enjoy this town during the day but most of us put them away when the evening comes. That's like ordering a slice of pizza, throwing away the cheese and only eating the crust -- you're only getting half of what makes the experience great.
The Plan ...
We are going to take a nighttime tour of the East River bridges, we'll wheel through three boroughs and cross over five spans -- the Queensboro, Pulaski, Williamsburg, Manhattan, and Brooklyn bridges. This ride will highlight the stunning vistas only viewable from our water crossings and take in different views of the sparkling nighttime Manhattan skyline. If there was ever a time to go through the hassle of carrying your camera with you, this will be it.
The Important Stuff ...
• This is going to be a casually-paced ride of about 17 miles. Most of the ride will take place in bike lanes but there will be parts with some automobile congestion. You must be comfortable riding in a group and in traffic. Helmets are required. Lights and reflectors for your bike are also REQUIRED by law.
• This is a night ride so dress to be seen by motorists and pedestrians -- bright or reflective clothing is a must.
• Make sure your bike is in good working order before the meetup and bring a lock in case we need to leave our cycles. Also bring a patch repair kit, air pump, and spare inner tube.
• Bring a face mask to wear during our stops where social distancing may be an issue.
• Rain cancels the meetup.
Here is the map of the ride:
Prince Gallitzin State Park Office
*** EVENT IS NOT FULL, ONCE YOU MAKE PAYMENT YOU'LL BE MOVED TO A CONFIRMED RSVP ***
Arguably, we live in the greatest city in the world, but nothing can maintain its greatness if you’re exposed to it 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year? I’m a pizza lover, but if I was forced to eat it every meal the mere thought of it would make me wretch. What’s the point of this exposition? We all need a change of scenery some time. We’re going to get that change by heading out of town this Independence Day weekend…way out of town. Come join me for a group camp out in central Pennsylvania's Prince Gallitzin State Park.
We'll arrive Friday afternoon at the campground office to check in and head to our group campsite to set up our tents and other gear. From here we can do as much or as little as we'd like. The park offers many opportunities for entertainment.
Some of the things you can do are enjoy 32 miles of hiking trails; visit one of the campground's two beaches and cool off in the clear water; rent a kayak and paddle through the remote areas of Killbuck, Mud Lick, Wyerough or Slate Lick coves; catch a glimpse of a bald eagle while bird watching; rent a powerboat and spend the day boating and fishing on Glendale Lake; take in the scenic views from a nearby water tower and enjoy a beautiful sunset; or do nothing at all, it's your trip!
What does it cost...
Campsite charge will be $24.03 per person for three nights of camping. Click this link to pay by Venmo.
You can also pay via Zelle; send a message for directions.
*** EVENT IS NOT FULL, ONCE YOU MAKE PAYMENT YOU'LL BE MOVED TO A CONFIRMED RSVP ***
To keep it simple, everyone is responsible for bringing what food and snacks they would like to eat and drink. We will be cooking meals Friday evening through Monday morning and it will be semi-communal, meaning bring what you would like to eat for yourself but perhaps also enough to share with a few other people. There are fire pits with integrated grills to cook on. Simple to cook but interesting items are best.
Other important stuff...
- You are responsible for supplying your own tent, sleeping bag, etc., or arranging a share with someone. The campground has restroom facilities, hot showers, and clean water.
- Space is limited, don't wait to send in your camping payment or else you may get shut out of the event.
- By RSVPing for this event, you agree to the following waiver of liability https://bit.ly/3atj0C5
How do I get there...
Prince Gallitzin State Park is in Central Pennsylvania, about four hours west of NYC. Use this address for your GPS:
Prince Gallitzin State Park
966 Marina Rd.
Patton, PA 16668
Prince Gallitzin State Park is located in northern Cambria County and can be reached by traveling from PA Routes 36 and 53; Routes 22, 219; and Interstate 99 (Rt.220). The Main Park Office is located at 966 Marina Road, Patton PA 16668.(GPS [masked];[masked])
From Rt. 219 at Carrolltown, turn onto State Route 4015 and look for highway signs leading to Prince Gallitzin State Park. From Patton, take Rt. 36 East to Glendale Lake Road and look for highway signs leading to the park. From Rt. 22, take the Rt. 53 Cresson Exit and follow Rt. 53 North and look for highway signs leading to the park. From Interstate 99 (Rt.220), follow Exit 32 Frankstown Road Exit and travel north on Rt.36 leading to Rt.53 in Ashville and look for highway signs leading to the park.