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Reeves Meadow Visitor Center
I've led you guys on amazing daytime adventures all over the tri-state area but it is my hikes that turn us into creatures of the night that you seem to enjoy the most. Why in the world would you want to hike in the dark? With your vision reduced your other senses become hyper aware and you'll experience the forest in a whole new way. You'll be able to smell and hear that bear about to eat you rather than just see him! We're going to have a nocturnal adventure at Harriman State Park, one of my favorite local playgrounds. Starting at the Reeves Visitor Center trailheads in the Southern section of the park, we'll trek through the forest along the Seven Hills trail, follow a bubbling brook for a bit, then trek through the forest and ascend to a westward-facing rocky plateau overlooking the Hudson Valley. Here we will stop for a while and enjoy what should be a beautiful sunset. After the sun goes down, we'll trek a bit further and descend the mountainside to our next destination, Pine Meadow Lake. We'll hang out lakeside for a bit under the full moon, enjoying the stars and serenity of night, and if the mood strikes -- and we can find dry wood -- we'll make a campfire to toast some marshmallows and other fireside goodies. A little heads up, if you are afraid of things that go bump in the night then you might want to sit this hike out. The Important Stuff ... • This is going to be an INTERMEDIATE hike of about 8 miles and expect to be in the forest until about midnight. You don't need to be a world-class athlete to participate, but you need to be in decent physical shape. • This is a social hike, the pace will be moderate. If you yearn to channel your inner Mountain Goat and feel the need to race everyone to the top of the mountain, this is not the hiking trip for you. • Dress in layers of non-cotton clothing -- remember it is chillier at night, wear hiking boots or trail shoes (I wouldn't recommend sneakers but that is at your discretion), a hat, bring 2-3 liters of fluid, a packed dinner and/or snacks, and insect repellent. Also pack a pocket poncho in case of showers. • Bring a headlamp and spare batteries. You may want to bring an additional handheld flashlight as well. • Heavy rain cancels the hike. • I will distribute my mobile phone number to the confirmed RSVPs. A $3.00 organization fee will be collected at this event, your organizer is in the running for hardest working person on meetup. While everyone else is running in the other direction, I'll be the first one to jump in front of that bear when he tries to eat you. How To Get There ... Carpool! There is no mass transit option for this hike so drivers are needed. Take NJ Route 17 north to the New York State Thruway and take the first exit, Exit 15A (Sloatsburg). Turn left at the bottom of the ramp onto N.Y. Route 17 north, and continue through the Village of Sloatsburg. Just past the village, turn right at the traffic light, following the sign for Harriman State Park. Cross an overpass over railroad tracks and continue along the Seven Lakes Drive, passing under the Thruway overpass, and soon entering Harriman State Park. Proceed for another mile to the Reeves Meadow Visitor Center, on the right side of the road. Park in the Visitor Center's parking lot. If the lot is full, parking is allowed in certain roadside areas. Please post if you are driving and can pick up passengers (how many and from where). If you need a ride, please be proactive and contact a driver directly. Passengers, as a courtesy you should chip in for gas, tolls, and coffee for the driver.
What comes to mind when you think of the Jersey Shore? If you said Snookie, The Situation, and fist pumping then you REALLY need to turn off the television and join me on this cycle tour to see a side of the Jersey Shore never shown on television. This ride is a meetup favorite so let's do it again. The plan ... We'll gather at the New Jersey Transit train station in Long Branch to begin our adventure. From here we'll ride a few blocks over to the shoreline and begin our journey Southward. We'll take in the sights as we ride down the coast and watch the neighborhoods change -- starting with the town of Deal and its uber-wealth and seaside mansions, through Asbury Park, the home of The Boss and one-time resort destination [and home of Purple Glaze, one of the best donut shops in Jersey], to Ocean Grove, a curious and beautiful Victorian Christian settlement, on through to scenic Spring Lake. We will circle back and ride to Ocean Grove for a late lunch on Main Street. Yes, there really is a Main Street here. If we are feeling a bit lazy and want to hang out, we can park our rides and spend an hour or two on the sand here shooting the breeze and enjoying the weather. The last part of our ride will bring us back to Long Branch to depart for home. The important stuff ... • This is going to be a casually-paced ride of about 25 - 30 miles. Most of the ride will take place on flat terrain in bike lanes and on quiet roads but there will be parts with some automobile congestion. You must be comfortable riding in a group and in traffic. Helmets are strongly suggested. • Leave your evening open as this event could take 4 hours or it could take 12 hours. Our time is limited only by the amount of fun the group is having. • Dress for physical activity and time on the beach meaning bring your swimsuit, towel, and sunblock. • Bring money for lunch or a snack, as well as beach admission. • Make sure your bike is in good working order before the meetup and bring a lock in case we need to leave our cycles. • Rain or similar un-favorable weather cancels the meetup. • Check your email the evening before for last minute meetup updates as well as my mobile phone number which will be sent to those who RSVP. • 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. How to get there ... Mass Transit Yes, they allow bicycles on New Jersey Transit trains. You can catch the 9:07 AM NJT train #7229 from New York Penn Station and you will arrive in Long Branch at 10:43 AM. There is a special train and beach combo pass available for $31.50 otherwise train fare is $15.00 each way plus $7.00 beach admission. (The fare/beach combo pass is also available from Newark Penn for $23.50 if that is your departure station). NOTE: NJT rules indicate that only two bicycles are allowed per train car so be sure to arrive at Penn Station early enough to make sure you will be among the first in line to board the train in case there are other cyclists traveling. By Car You can use the coordinates[masked],[masked] in your GPS to guide you, but the station is on 3rd Avenue in Long Branch. Parking at the station lot is free on the weekends and there is also plentiful on street parking. Access a map of the ride route below: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1QlLmj3CGFUX-9bQ3_mu4YJFrf-s&usp=sharing