Sunday, May 21, 2006 (8:45 AM)
Meadowlands Canoe/Kayak tour
**This event is sold out!**
What do you think of when you hear The Meadowlands? Huge concrete stadium? The Turnpike? Jimmy Hoffa?
How about... a biologically diverse sanctuary teeming with wildlife? Home or migratory flyway for dozens of bird species? A vital ecological gem that has made a tremendous recovery in the past 10 years?
Join JOC for this unique event - a 2-hour naturalist-guided canoe or kayak tour through the Hackensack Meadowlands. The trip will be timed with low tide to maximize wildlife viewing opportunities.
Here's what you'll get:
- 2 hour wildlife viewing paddle in your choice of canoe or kayak (solo or tandem).
- Option to keep the boat out for the afternoon after the tour, at no additional cost.
- Basic paddling instruction, safety instruction, and use of whistle and life jacket.
This trip will be limited to 19 participants. All decisions regarding participation in this event will be at the discretion of the event organizer to ensure the safety and enjoyment of the entire group.
DATE: Sunday, May 21
WHERE: Laurel Hill County Park, Secaucus NJ
TIME: Arrive no later than 8:45AM; no later than 7:45AM if getting a ride from the Upper West Side (Bagel Basket, 618 Amsterdam Ave., corner of 90th)
COST: $32 payable only via PayPal (instructions sent to event participants), + $8 to reimburse your driver for gas, tolls and trouble if you are getting a ride
To sign up, email the following information to me at email@example.com:
1. Name and cell phone number
2. For drivers: Where are you driving from; Can you pick up/drop off from the UWS; How many passengers can you take?
3. Do you need a ride from the Upper West Side?
4. Choice of boat - solo kayak, tandem kayak or two-person canoe:
If selecting a tandem kayak or canoe, name of requested partner, or do you want to be matched up with someone?
I will send out emails after Yom Tov to let you know if you are registered or on the waiting list. Complete details (payment, directions, weather and cancellation policy, etc.) will be sent to registered participants.
Sunday, May 28, 2006 (6:30 AM)
Climb to the Summit of Mount Washington:
Join JOC for a two day jaunt to New Hampshire where we will climb Mt. Washington, the highest peak in the Northeast. At 6,288 feet Mt. Washington is world renown for its scenic views, ravine skiing and wicked weather. On a clear day, the summit offers views of five states and Canada. Many experienced climbers have used the alpine portions of the hike in winter to prepare for expeditions to Everest and K2. The hike to the top is breathtaking, exhilarating and challenging; meant for the experienced hiker or those in excellent physical condition. No technical climbing skills or equipment are required. For more information about the mountain, visit:
We will be leaving around 6:30am on Sunday May 28th and climbing the next morning (Memorial Day). We will drive home after the hike (approximately 5:00pm) and arrive in NY (approximately 11:00pm). We will stay overnight at the beautiful AMC Highland Center Lodge in picturesque Crawford Notch. We will be taking over the Shapleigh Bunk House with two separate bedrooms (bunk beds) adjacent to the lodge with dining room, fireplace and views of the mountains.(Rooms will be split by gender of course :) For more information about accommodations please view the AMC website:
The trip is open to 16 intrepid individuals and the deadline for joining is Saturday (night) April 1st so act fast as the trip will most likely close early. The cost for the entire trip including meals is 65.00 (this does not include transportation reimbursement). First priority will be given to those who meet the physical requirements and who have a car. If you cancel after April 1st, reimbursement will only be offered if you can find someone to
take your place. Keep in mind that your replacement must also be physically capable of making the climb. Please respond to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
A. Your name, e-mail and desire to join.
B. A BRIEF description of your hiking experience.
C. If you have a car and/or are willing to drive (The ride is 6 hours one-way).
Give me some time to respond, as I need to read everyoneâ€™s information carefully. This trip should be a wonderful experience and I look forward to assembling a great team.
Sunday, June 18, 2006
Group trail run in Ringwood State Park, starting at the same time/place with the mountain bikers (just remember bikers, foot traffic always gets the right of way!). Details TBA.
Sunday, June 18, 2006
A morning of Mountain biking in Ringwood, NJ. Stay tuned!
Sunday, June 18, 2006
Horseback Riding & A Whole Lot More
Cost:$65 by 5-27 / $75 after 5-27
Come spend Sunday, June 18th with the JOC at a dude ranch in the scenic Delaware Highlands of Milford, PA, only 75 miles from New York City. Besides horseback riding you can take a canoe/rowboat out on the lake, swim in the indoor pool, play volleyball, tennis and basketball, or test your marksmanship skills at the rifle range or archery field. We will end the day with a BBQ at the lake (at approximately 4:30pm).
Here is all the info in Q and A format:
WHAT TIME DO I NEED TO GET UP? We have use of all the facilities at the ranch from 10:00am - 5:30pm. Please allow about 2 hours to get there from the Upper West Side (I suggest you leave by 8:00am). Exact directions will be given to attendees in due time.
HOW DO WE GET THERE? After people sign up, I will create a separate email list for those who are going. I will send out an email giving out information re: who has cars and from where they are leaving. It will be your responsibility to contact the drivers and arrange a ride. Fortunately, most of our drivers are very accommodating and people don't tend to have problems with this aspect of the trip. Participants will be expected to reimburse drivers generously.
WHAT SORT OF RIDING WILL THERE BE, HOW LONG IS THE TRAIL RIDE? All riders are subject to a walk ride first in order to assess their ability and to familiarize you with the wranglers. Those showing the necessary abilities to advance will be placed on more advanced rides. Everyone should be able to ride for an hour in the am and an hour in the afternoon. To ensure that this happens I will be limiting the trip to 40 riders, and will schedule riding times in advance.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING? For horseback riding: long pants, sneakers are acceptable, boots preferable. Bring a bathing suit & towel if you'd like to go swimming, camera, Frisbee, sunscreen, and a light lunch (again - BBQ at 4:30pm). There is a snack bar in the arcade.
MISC NOTES: The pool is open from 10:00 A.M. - 1:30 P.M., and the rifle range is open from 10:30-1:30. Other activities such as volleyball, basketball, tennis and archery are available anytime. See front desk for equipment.
WHAT DOES IT COST AND HOW DO I PAY? The cost is $65 if payment is received via paypal BY May 27th. To encourage people to pay in advance, the cost will be $75 after May 27th. Paypal fees are included in these prices. Transportation, lunch, and tip are not included (tipping the wranglers is discretionary).
ADDITIONAL COSTS (payable on day of trip): $10 to reimburse your driver for gas, tolls and trouble if you are getting a ride. There are also additional fees for the rifle ammo and clay birds and quarters are needed for pinball, video games, and pool table.
WHAT IS THE CANCELLATION POLICY? One may cancel until 5:00pm on May 28th without penalty (refund will be issued via paypal). After that, anyone who cancels must find a replacement on his or her own.
WHAT IS THE DEADLINE? All payments for this trip must be made via paypal and RECEIVED by Monday, June 12th. Please note than an email alone will not reserve your spot.
HOW DO I SIGN UP? Please email the following information to me at: JOC_Event@yahoo.com:
1. What is your full name?
2. What are your home and cell phone numbers (please indicate which is which)?
3. For drivers: Where are you driving from; Can you pick up/drop off from the UWS; How many passengers can you take?
4. If you need a ride, from where?
5. Brief description of your horseback riding experience, such as how many times you have gone riding in the last five years, comfortable at a trot, canter etc. (I will do my best to group folks together based on experience).
6. Send in your payment via paypal AFTER you receive a confirmation from me that there is still a spot available.
This trip will be limited to 40 participants, and to make sure that everyone will be able to get a ride up I will be looking for 12 drivers.
If you have any other questions, please email me at: JOC_Event@yahoo.com.
Sunday, June 25, 2006
WHITE WATER RAFTING
You've all got one last chance to experience some (relatively) nearby whitewater action before the summer brings water levels down to a universal northeast float trip.
Trip details are as follows:
WHERE ARE YOU TAKING US THIS TIME?
I'm taking you to Charlemont, MA for a trip down the Dryway section of the Deerfield River. Charlemont is approximately a 3.5 hour drive from New York City.
WHAT IS THE RIVER LIKE?
June is the best time to raft this part of the Deerfield. The Dryway section is a class IV, and to make things more exciting, there's a dam release scheduled the day of our trip. (The date was actually chosen to coincide with the release.)
Prior rafting experience is recommended for this trip.
WILL IT BE BETTER THAN THE HOUSATONIC?
I sure hope so! While the Housatonic is a hit or miss type of river, the Deerfield is much more consistent in terms of water levels. Also, I am told that we will be on the river for approximately 4 to 5 hours, depending on the day's conditions. (The Housatonic ended up being a shorter trip, with only 3 hours on the river.)
WHAT IS THE COST?
The cost is $105, which includes a tip for the rafting guides and a light snack on the river. It does not include wetsuits (they are not necessary in late June), lunch (you will bring your own), and driver reimbursement.
Please note that this price is the product of negotiation. It would normally cost you a little more than $100 for the rafting alone, and then you'd still have to tip your guide. Plus, I am feeding you with snacks.
WHAT IS THE DEADLINE TO SIGN UP AND PAY?
All payments for this trip must be made via paypal and RECEIVED by me no later than 5:00pm on Monday, May 15th. You must act quickly if you want to come along!
Please note: an email alone will not reserve your spot.
The reason for this deadline is that spots on this section of the river are filling up rapidly, and a reservation needs to be made ASAP before the trip itself sells out. (June 25th is a popular date this year due to the scheduled release.)
HOW MANY PARTICIPANTS CAN YOU TAKE?
Due to the popularity of this river and the limited number of spots available with the outfitters, I can only take 24 people.
WHAT IS THE CANCELLATION POLICY?
Sorry, but there is none due to the timing involved.
However, I have organized numerous rafting trips, and without fail, I've had people email me after the deadline asking to be squeezed in. Therefore, in the event that you pay and later need to find a replacement, it should not be too difficult a task.
HOW DOES DRIVING WORK?
I will put out a list of drivers once everyone has signed up. It will be your responsibility to contact the drivers and arrange a ride. Fortunately, most of our drivers are very accommodating and people donâ€™t tend to have problems with this aspect of the trip. Participants will be expected to reimburse drivers generously.
DOES THIS MEAN GETTING UP AT THE CRACK OF DAWN?
Since we will need to check in at 9:30, most cars will probably leave around 6:00am. I know it's early, but that's why coffee was invented.
WHAT TIME WILL WE GET BACK ON SUNDAY NIGHT?
I'm not sure, but I can tell you this much: we should expect to be off the river by 4:30. A lot will then depend on how quickly people change after rafting and what traffic is like that evening. To give an estimate, I'd say between 8:30 and 9:30pm.
HOW DO I SNAG A SPOT ON THIS TRIP?
To sign up and reserve your spot, you need to do two things:
1. Send me an email at email@example.com with the following information:
a) What is your full name?
b )What are your home and cell phone numbers? (please indicate which is which)
c) Can you offer to drive/can you provide a car? If so, how many passengers other than yourself can you fit?
You MUST use paypal to pay for this event. No checks will be accepted. Simply enter my email address on the paypal website and pay the $105. Paypal fees are included in the price.
Again, the deadline to sign up and pay is 5:00pm on Monday, May 15th. To avoid being shut out, please do not wait till the last minute to do this.
If you have any other questions, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Maurie Shalmone