What we're about

The mission of this group is exactly what the name implies, we want to provide good company and a positive atmosphere to experience those things that, for whatever reason, you either weren't able to do before or don't get to do often enough. To work toward that, we try to offer a wide variety of things for you to do with us. We try to cater to the interests of as many people as possible. But we are few and you are many, and this means to do what we want as well as possible, we need your help. Feel free to email me with any suggestions you might have. We won't do everything, but I can promise that we'll give everything fair consideration. This group is special because of its members, and I look forward to meeting and building new experiences with as many of you as possible. Hope to see you soon!

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Urban Athletics: Kickball for Grownups (Co-ed)

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$3.00

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. Check the meetup comments for last minute updates before you head to the field.

• 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

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Urban Athletics: NYC at Night Bike Ride

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As I've said in the past, I am struck by how dramatically the feel of the city changes once the sun sets. People get out on their bicycles 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. But if you're a night owl like me let's have a little adventure.

The plan...

Starting our ride in Union Square, we'll peddle around town checking out some of New York City's most famous sights. Impressive during the daylight hours, but especially beautiful when they are illuminated -- and in some cases, deserted -- at night. They'll include the Washington Square Arch, Brooklyn Bridge, South Street Seaport, World Financial Center, Lincoln Center, Time Warner Center and Museum of Arts & Design in Columbus Circle, Plaza Hotel and Fountain, Apple Store cube, flashing lights of Times Square, New York Public Library's Midtown Branch and landmark lions, and the iconic Flatiron Building. Even a loop of Central Park at night is on the agenda, including stops at Bethesda Fountain and Belvedere Castle.

The important stuff...

  • Distance to cycle will be about 28 miles round trip. This is going to be a casually-paced ride of about 12 mph. If you turn into a pumpkin at midnight you might as well stay home because we'll be riding until late.
  • We'll be riding in bike lanes whenever possible but city planners haven't done us the favor of conveniently placing them next NYC's best attractions so you should be comfortable riding in traffic. Helmets and lights for your bike are REQUIRED.
  • Make sure your bike is in good working order before the meetup and bring a lock to leave our cycles. Bring a spare inner tube, patch repair kit, and air pump.
  • Check your email before you head out 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.
  • Sorry, no guests allowed for this one.
  • Rain cancels the meetup.

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Not So Urban Athletics: Ausable Chasm Adventure

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Join me as we spend the day enjoying all that Ausable Chasm has to offer. The Chasm is the oldest and largest natural attraction in the Adirondacks.

The park contains more tours and adventures than any single location in the Adirondacks. There is something to do here for everyone!

For those looking for a more relaxed day you can take a stroll on the well-maintained scenic nature trails. Scenic vistas, bridges and stairs throughout provide stunning views of the chasm and amazing waterfalls. If an adrenaline rush is more your thing, raft float tours, tubing, rappelling, rock climbing, lantern tours and an all new Adventure Trail (via feratta/cable course) are available for your entertainment.

What you can do is only limited by the hours in the day!

Campgrounds, cabins and a motel are on-site if you want to make a long weekend out of the trip.

Visit here to learn all this place has to offer https://www.ausablechasm.com, and how much of a hit your wallet may take.

The important stuff...

• By RSVPing for this event, you agree to the following waiver of liability https://bit.ly/3atj0C5

How to get there...

Ausable Chasm
2144 US-9
Ausable Chasm, NY 12911

My suggestion is to arrive the day before to get a good night's sleep locally before you visit the park. There are campgrounds and cabins on site for rent, or you can stay at one of the many campgrounds in the Adirondacks or find an Airbnb. Post a comment if you plan to attend and are looking for other attendees to bunk with locally.

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Not So Urban Athletics: Fall Foliage Camping at Indian Lake Islands

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Psssst. Come here. That's it. Just a bit closer. I'm going to share with you one of my favorite spots in the northeast but you have to promise not to tell anyone. Join me as we welcome fall with open arms while camping lakeside at one of the Adirondacks' hidden gems -- Indian Lake Islands Campground.

The campground's remoteness and beautiful surroundings offer a terrific wilderness experience. Its large, well-forested, lakeside campsites are unparalleled in privacy. Close your eyes and you can almost imagine that the forest is yours and yours alone. So what do we do here other than pretending we are on survivor? The campground offers numerous water-focused recreational opportunities, including canoeing, boating, and fishing. If your interests are more terrestrial in nature, there are miles upon miles of hiking trails in the area.

The plan!

We'll meet Friday morning at the campground, check in, and PADDLE to our campsites to set up our tents and other gear. From here we can do as much or as little as we'd like for the next couple of days. The usual modua operandi usually contains copious amounts of food and drink, while talking smack and general merriment by campfire.

What does it cost and how do I pay?
For this campout everyone is responsible for booking YOUR OWN CAMPSITE. Campsites at the park cost $20.00 per night for NYS residents.

I have booked campsite number 45 foryself and in order to be near the group you should try and reserve campsites 42 through 51. It's a large lake and if you book another campsite you'll be VERY far away from the main group.

Campsites hold 6 people so I'd recommend posting a campsite share to divide the cost.

What do we eat?

To keep it simple, everyone is responsible for bringing what food and snacks they would like to eat and drink.

You'll need dinner Friday, and breakfast, lunch and dinner Saturday and breakfast Sunday. Meals will be semi-communal, meaning bring what you would like to eat for yourself but perhaps also enough to share. Simple to cook but interesting items are best.

This is BLACK BEAR country. We have to store our food in bear lockers at our campsites that measure 18" x 18" x 4' so pack accordingly. There is a carry in, carry out garbage policy in effect.
What else do I need to know?

• We have lakeside campsites that are PADDLE ACCESS ONLY, meaning we will be renting canoes and ferrying our gear in. Canoe rentals are $20 per day and will be paid for ON SITE.

• If you are unsure what to pack, please ask. This is cool weather camping so you'll need the appropriate seasonal gear and clothing.

• The campsites have pit/vault toilets, but no showers unfortunately. The lake is good for a wash if you bring environment friendly soap.

• By RSVPing for this event, you agree to the following waiver of liability https://bit.ly/3atj0C5

How to get there!

The campground is about a 5 hour drive from NYC and we'll need to carpool to the campground. When you RSVP, please indicate if need a ride. Or if you plan to drive, where you are coming from and how many passengers you can take. We'll then figure out our carpooling options, please be proactive and contact a driver directly rather than just saying where you need a ride from. Gas and tolls should be picked up by the passengers, also a cup of coffee for the driver is a nice gesture.

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