Fire Island Getaway


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I have pasted the text from Scott's flyer below; past descriptions follow. I will attempt to edit for clarity (mostly adding spaces) as my time permits. ---Jed.

*Phila Hiking Meetup Group*Aug2019 Fire Island(off LongIslandNY)National Seashore WatchHill Beach Camping Trip&NYC Tour INFO
FRI AUG 9th,[masked]am@Phila.30thSt Station): PHILA to NYC Harbor TOUR
An open,*inexpensive*,MeetUp, GUIDED tour trip TO very BEST OCEAN FRONT BEACH lux CAMPING on Mid-Atlantic US East Coast!!
MULTIPLE leave/MEET+return options;Aug 8-14th?on local SEPTA>NJTransit>PATHtrains>NYCferries>LongIslandCity>LI RR EXPRESS>FireIsland Ferry
*Guided MeetUp group1stgathers FriAug9th9:45AM@Phila’s Amtrak30thSt.Station bySEPTA RR’sUpperLevel fare gates-ReadALL&call for other camp&ECoast meet info
ALL INCLUSIVE,expert guided trip covers all tickets,food,custom drinks(excluding bars)Natl ParkService camp fee,shared tents,supplies,activities,etc
TOTAL $ of ALL TICKETS,multiple tours,food,camp fees,drinks(excluding marina restaurant/tiki bar &DavisPark Beachfront Bar we will
go dancing,etc) we provide,during entire 3-6? days, you chose to stay, IS ONLY: $275 FROM PHILA (If U meet us in NYC $225,LI $175).
IF U GO ON THIS all inclusive, GUIDED CAMPING TRIP from Philly($275), your cost,PER DAY FOR 3days:$92, for 4 days is $69, 5 is $55,
6 days is ONLY $36 a DAY/Nite TO BE ON BEACH!!! Compare resort & beach town hotel cost of $[masked] a single nite in peak season.
*Other opportunities later,OR TO MEET tour group@very specific time points from ECoast alongRRlines toTrenton,Newark,NYC&LI*.
Tour trip sees:HiSpeedAmtrak,NJT,LIRR,NYC SKYLINE&neighborhoods,harbor,by Statue of Liberty,Ellis Island,under BrooklynBridge++
Famous Fire Island is a legendary,, CAR-LESS, mostly National Seashore park barrier island that includes NY State’s ONLY
federally designated WILDERNESS--stretching for 8 MILES upbeach, ocean-to-bay, East, right from where our special, primary NON-
profit group camp area is! Our long w/e date is picked to coincide w/ annual,constant,spectacular,*Perseids Meteor Shower*viewed
at nite on wild F.I.beach where our MilkyWay Galaxy is most STUNNING. There’s a FULL MOON TuesNite+,too. We will have another,
truly remote, camp tent set on this Otis Pike High Dunes Wilderness Beach, a mile East for use, hiking, ”full suntanning/swimming”&
overnights-for the more adventurous too!...ALL NITE BEACH,volleyball,kites,hikes,books,games,binoculars,balls&gloves,frizbees+
Watch Hill Camp is right at 1 Nat’l Park Service life-guarded beach, w/ 2 Ranger Stations&large rustic-modern bathrooms w/dressing
areas(big enough to be nice storm shelters for tents)w/ showers,on dune boardwalk network that includes beach-to-bay nature walk
system-through low woodlands over Watch Hill--used by pirate signal fires to wreak ships in 1700s! Our special Non-ProfitGroup site
is pinetree shaded w/multiple grills & is separate from other clustered WH public campsites. WatchHill Marina Ferry Terminal is part
of a lux, bayside yacht marina complex that includes small Nat’l Park book &camp stores,snack bar&big restaurant w outdoor tikibar.
Ranger guided bay canoeing, clam dig& other activities,displays,books &In-Residence-Artist/Art. Enroute narration of: environmental
issues,history,old&futureHi-SpeedRR,WTCtr,LowerMannhatten,BatteryPk&E.RiverWaterfronts,LIC Amazon site,LIriver/bay

Nearby Davis Park FI, is a CAR-FREE,family oriented beach town,½mileWest,also reached by both beach, or connecting, low,sand mounted board walk to &throughout
town-we will explore. It has bay boardwalk, centered on largest marina of remaining FI villages. There is a café, very small liquor store&a bigger,convenience store w/
additional vacation needs. DP has FI’s only beach front bar,deck&restaurant-that has DJ music, bands& dancing(SatNite),karaoke(SunNite)! Guided tour incls cocktails
ON 430pmLIRRExpress train fr.LongIslandCityNYC.There’s beer tasting opportunity@BluePointBrewery,LI’s biggest craft brewery,by ourLIRR PatchogueSta.destination
b4 we take LAST(Fri 0nly)7PMferry ToWH.*In case RR delays,major?RAIN; NYCtour MAYBEaltered&shorter-LastWH”RAIN DAY”ferry is330pm*CALLferry:[masked]
Guided tour trip includes: tickets for 8trains total going/return, 8 ferry rides,camp fees for 3-6 nites,activities+.Main enroute guided tour includes site seeing narration
as interests dictate on trains,ferries&3 separate,easy15min walks IN NYC. All will need to have their own back pack,rolling suitcase or cart for clothes,soft?side cooler?
for BYOBs&other personal or special food +added items. There will be several,but limited,hard rolling coolers that MAY have extra”coordinated”shared space. There’s
but 1 down staircase with no elevator, but rest from Phila, except for 1 step on/off NY ferries,IS LEVEL RR platforms,sidewalks&boardwalk-right INTO group camp. Any
assistance is provided &expected, on SHARED, COORDINATED trip. There’s already 7+ BIG & small shared MeetUp tents open for 30+ participents! Other campers also
generally selflessly offer space in their own tents too if you don’t have one.LONGsleeve hoodies&lite pants,spray ect are needed for night mosquitoes.Bedroll w sheet
is OK if no sleeping bag. We are seeking a shared screen(living)room.Shared electric/charging avail during train rides,incamp&marina-where there is some cell service.
Generally,3 outdoor,CHEF MADE meals+ a day(covered by fee)also include multiple VEGGIE/VEGAN options(on separate grill etc).Highlights incl IceCream on FriNite’s
arrival, Corn-On-Cob on others, burgers, meat&Vegan shishkebabs,Mex,Medi,Chinese,omelets,pancakes, ETC, debut of our unique ”Fire Island-IceTea”camp-house
drink, pks/cases of craft beers,wine &clams we dig out of bay Sunday! Besides supplies, shared specialty foods&drinks we will carry in multiple rolling coolers, we will
stop at next to WatchHill NationalParkService FerryTerminal’s adjacentPatchogue(LIRR)Sta.lot-to load up on common,bulk items for camp. A customized order based
on camper’s preferences,paid for by your fee,will be called to LI’s biggestBeer/Bev.distributer for deliveryON our LIRR train enroute to*LAST*(FriOnly)7pmWHFI Ferry.
Guided ARRIVALS Thur&Fri,but independent onesThurs-Sun+?.*see“”*LIRR:”””NJT NEC Masterfile”
RETURN DAY is flexible thru MonEve8/12 when most might leave in group w/PhilaHikeMeetUp Organizer Jed directly for Amtrak/NJT’sNYPennSta&Philly*tillWen8/14
when last may go w/TourLeaderScott. All ASSURED of return escort ORconfirmed times&ALL info to primary start points&other line&late nite connection.No worries!
There’s also earlierThuAug8th direct route tripViaPennSta.fm30thStSta.wJed(&enroute meet times)to quiet camp&extra beach-where minor help’s sought to set camp
FULL $ 2B PAID [masked] upon meeting.*Driving fr Pa/NYC/onto LI is 5-6+hoursInRushhours+isNOTfun*PatchogueNY(LI)-WatchHill(FI)FerryTerm,150WestAv
*Some specific En-routeRR/NYC FerryTour MEET points:Our SEPTA TrentonTrain#725 starts at ChestnutHillEastSta.:921a;TempleU RRSta.:951a;Jefferson:957a;Amtrak
/SEPTA30thStSta.:1006a;(2ndCAR)CornwellHts1032a;ToNJT“NE.Cor”Train#3840lvsTRENTON11:28a1stCAR(connectingTrent”RiverLine”lv SNJRutger&CamdenTCt:10a,
1013a:PennsaukenTranCtr wAtlCitLn)PrincetonJct:1141a,NewBrunswick:1156a,NewarkAirport:1233p TO NewarkSta.ar11:39p>thenLV12:45pm viaPATH trainToWTCtr
:ar110p >Walk to NYBattery Park for2pm StatenIslandFerry(NYC MTA Subways#4,5,6 MTA BowlingGreenSta,orMTA#1 fmAmtrak/NJT PENNSta.
toMTA“S.FerrySta.”-both for SI FerryTerm) 2pm SIF ride&return:255p>Walk to Wall St.PIER> for”LowerEastSideFerry”:lv327p to LICity(N.FerryTerm)ar.4p>Walk LICity
to downsteps ofHunterspointAveLIRRSta(nrMTA#7”HuntersPointAve”SubSta.frG.Cen&PenSta.s)for our430pmLIRRMontaukLineExp*REARCAR*forFI!;JamiciaSta:445p
LastLIRR connectionTO TourExpress(Lv419PM frPennSta)toJamiciaAr445p-VeryLAST LIRR Train to lastFI&7pm Fri Ferry leaves fmPennSta:lv509p ar Patchtogue6:44pm
**RESERVE/PAY/requests/??/coordinate: call/text:[masked]TourLeader ScottMaits or[masked] PH MP JedMcKee. MORE on web@PhilaHikingMeetupGroup
^Goals of event are: to practically promote actual, better, environmentally sensitive methods &ways of living,understanding, traveling, vacationing--while having fun!

The description below is mostly copied from last time & as such is subject to editing, most especially transit schedules. We will continue to update, and transit times will not be guaranteed until the summer schedule changes in June. The group campsite has been reserved for 4 nights, Friday August 9th through Monday, August 13th. If you are commuting in with Scott on Friday, we ask that you have $275 cash per individual if you have not pre-paid. This amount covers round-trip transit costs, food, drink, and campsite fees.

Fire Island is the central barrier island off of the southern coast of Long Island. As such, it offers a unique opportunity to get away to quality camping by public transit (you can't drive in, but you can park near one of the connecting ferries). Transit costs come to a nit over $60 each way, $120+ round trip. We currently have at least one large tent, and one small (2-3 person) tent. Everything will need to be walked in (rolling coolers and the like), and Scott will of course share his knowledge as we "commute" through New York City.
Please let us know if you can join us!

With the exception of those commuting from other locations, or those going down a day early with me (Jed), we recommend you get to 30th Street Station *before* 9:45am to handle logistics/meet Scott at the upper concourse by the SEPTA ticket counter (& NJT ticket machines), at the base of the escalator for tracks 5 & 6, right next to the walkway to Cira Center skyscraper. A simplified sample itinerary begins below (Scott has researched this extensively and can provide information enroute); If Scott or I have time we will update this to include basic connections from other locations.

10:06am depart PHL/30th on SEPTA Trenton Train ($10ow/c$20rt)

10:59am arrive Trenton, cross to adjacent track to forward-most available car

11:28am leave Trenton NJT/NYC train to Newark. NJ (c.$15ow/$30rt)

12:39pm arrive Newark/Penn station, cross platform to NY/NJ Port Authority Subway

12:45pm PATH subway to NYC/WTC; arrive 1:10pm ($2.75ow)

40-minute (leisurely) walk via Battery Park to Staten Island Ferry

2pm 1-hour rt/"loop" free ferry ride & tour

3pm walk East River path to Wall Street dock of East River Ferry

3:30pm depart Wall Street dock of NYC East River Ferry; arrive Long Island City 4pm ($4ow)

quick walk to LIRR Long Island City/Hunterspoint Ave station (taxi as backup)

4:30pm LIRR Montauk train to Patchoque (buy rt $24peak/$19return=$43); arrive Patchoque 5:54pm

quick meal/grocery/supply run, possible beer tasting (options to be discussed)

7pm depart on Fire Island National Park Watch Hill Ferry ($9one-way/$17rt, +$1-5 extra for coolers/luggage)

Multiple ferry ride options are available for return on Sunday 9:45am to 6:30pm. Mid-morning Tuesday is the preferred return option.

As noted above, Scott will be available for transit info, in addition to his usual fountain of historical knowledge.