George & Leona's
Friends of the PineyPaddlers Schedule....

 

 

APRIL

 

Apr 1 (Mon):  A Lighthearted Day No Pranks – Bicycle the Edgar Felix Bikeway (Monmouth Co).  10am. 10-12 miles, easy pace. The Bikeway extends from Manasquan to Allaire State Park and there are additional biking trails.  Bicycle helmets must be worn.  Bring water and snacks.  Lunch break at the Allenwood General Store – buy or bring lunch. Contact leaders to confirm the ride and meeting location. George & Leona F: 609-259-3734 or Leona@pineypaddlers.com. (C)

 

Apr 6 (Sat): Clean-up Day at the Battlefield with the Princeton Battlefield Society, NJ Sierra Club & Civil War Trust (Mercer Co). 1-4pm.  (Heavy rainfall date: April 13, 1-4pm). Participate in the Civil War Trust’s Park Day, a nationwide clean-up day. Each participant will receive a free T-Shirt This year we will have five teams – each with a team leader. For details and to register for a team: www.theprincetonbattlefieldsociety.org.  For questions: Joanne Pannone: jpatmeadowbrook@gmail.com.  (C)  

 

April 7 (Sun): Hike Allaire State Park, Wall (Monmouth Co). 10am. An early spring walk in this mostly pine forest. About 5 miles, easy pace, some ups and downs, bring plenty of water, beginners welcome, supportive footwear recommended. Contact leader to register and learn meeting place: John.Luard@gmail.com.  (JS)

 

Apr 13 (Sat): Cherry Blossom Festival Hike, Bellville/Newark (Essex Co).  10am.

https://www.essexcountyparks.org/parks/south-mountain-reservation. The hike will cover 7 miles in 4 hours. Level terrain, moderate difficulty, easy pace.  There will also be a shorter version of the route, 3-4 miles, with a second leader.  Features:  Cherry Blossoms of Newark and Bellville. Facilities: there are two visitor centers with indoor restrooms.  Requirement: Sneakers or hiking boots and a day-pack with water and lunch. Registration required via Web:  Start with the calendar at https://www.sierraclub.org/new-jersey and click on the Cherry Blossom Festival Hike, then click on RSVP.  Directions for the meeting place will be sent via email to members who register. Leader: Jimi Oleksiak: The_Hikist@mac.com.

 

Apr 14 (Sun): Canoe/Kayak the Rancocas Creek (Burlington Co).  10am. The section we paddle will depend on weather conditions. Rental boats are not available.  Contact leaders to confirm trip and details. Option for early breakfast at the Vincentown Diner.  George & Leona F: 609-259-3734 or leona@pineypaddlers.com.  (W)

 

Apr 17 (Wed): Hike at Six Mile Run Reservoir (Somerset Co). 10am. About 4 miles, easy pace.   We’ll hike the Red Trail.  Leashed dogs) are welcome.  Bring water, snacks and lunch.  Inclement weather cancels. Please contact leaders for meeting location: Leona and George F:  609-259-3734 or Leona@pineypaddlers.com.  (RV)

 

Apr 25 (Thurs): Bicycle the Union Transportation Trail (UTT) (Monmouth Co). 10am. 9-10 miles, leisurely pace on a gravel trail.  The UTT is the County’s second rail-trail; ideal for hikers, equestrians, joggers, walkers and bicyclists. The UTT was once the Pemberton & Hightstown Railroad, established in 1864 as a short line right-of-way to provide dairies and farms with access to larger railroads. Meet at 70 Herbert Rd, Upper Freehold. Bicycle helmets must be worn. Bring water and snacks. Rain cancels. Leona and George F:  609-259-3734 or Leona@pineypaddlers.com.  (C)

 

Apr 27 (Sat): Earth Day at the Essex County Environmental Center. 11am-4pm. Come help us celebrate Earth Day. 221 Eagle Rock Av, Roseland. We will have a table distributing literature about the environment. There are canoe trips, hikes, lots of fun for the kids, and a variety of things to help with.  Leader: Ron Pate: ronpate31@verizon.net.

 

Apr 28 (Sun): Hike at Duke Farms (Somerset Co). 10am. 4-5 miles, leisurely hike with stops along the way. Duke Farms serves as a model of environmental stewardship in the 21st century. Meet at the Farm Barn Orientation Center. Arrive early for breakfast - the Farm Barn Café is a Certified Green Restaurant. www.dukefarms.org/.  Bring your camera, water and lunch on the hike. We’ll take a side trail to Doris’ Pet Cemetery. Rain cancels.  George & Leona F: 609-259-3734 or leona@pineypaddlers.com.  (RV)

 

MAY

 

May 1 (Wed): “May Day” Hike at the Thompson Park Conservation Area (Middlesex Co). 10am. 4-5 miles, easy pace. Thompson Park stretches south from Thompson Park and Schoolhouse Road along the Gravel Hill. It is dominated by heavily wooded forests and lowland swamps along the Manalapan Brook. Parts of the area also continue to support local agriculture, with farmers growing corn and soybeans. Meet at the Thompson Park Trailhead near the Off-Leash Dog Area on Fir Drive, Monroe Twp.  GPS Coordinates: N 40° 20' 3.753", W 74° 26' 8.556". Rain cancels. Bring water, snacks and lunch.  Leashed dogs are welcome.   Co-Leaders: Sindhu P: spjersey@gmail.com, and Leona F: 609-259-3734 or leona@pineypaddlers.com.  (RV) 

 

May 4 (Sat): Walk at Sandy Hook, near Highlands (Monmouth Co).  9:30am. This walk will take us to the very tip of the hook, with lots of shore birds and views north into New York Harbor. If we’re lucky a tanker (ship) will pass a stone’s throw away. We’ll walk about 2.8 miles, flat but mostly on sand, all within the National Recreation Area. Water and good footwear recommended. After the hike, if there is interest, we can visit the newly renovated Battery Lewis in Hartshorne County Park. Contact leader to register and learn meeting place: John.Luard@gmail.com.  (JS)

 

May 4 (Sat):  Canoe trip on the Hackensack River (Bergen Co). Noon.  We will paddle 2-3 hours in the Hackensack meadows observing wildlife and unique ecosystem. $25 per person. Bring lunch. Must contact by leader April 15 to register. Leader will confirm meeting time and location once you register.  Limit 12 Registrants. Leader  Ron Pate: ronpate31@veizon.net.

 

May 5 (Sun): Canoe/Kayak the D&R Canal from Lawrenceville to Kingston (Mercer/Middlesex Cos).  9am. Cinco de Mayo 11-mile paddle from Cherry Tree Lane to Kingston.  Sombreros optional!  Bring water, snacks and lunch.  Contact leaders to confirm trip participation and meeting location. Rental boats are not available: George & Leona F: 609-259-3734 or Leona@pineypaddlers.com. (C/RV)

 

May 11 (Sat):  Stephens State Park, Hackettstown (Warren Co).   10am.

https://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/stephens.html

The hike will cover 7 miles in 4 hours through hilly terrain. Features: The Musconetcong River, A nice trail network.  Facilities: Restrooms.  Required: Hiking Boots, Knapsack and water, Bring a lunch.  Registration required via Web:  Start with the calendar at: https://www.sierraclub.org/new-jersey  and click on the Stephens State Park, then click on RSVP  Directions for the meeting place will be sent via email to members who register

Leader: Jimi Oleksiak: The_Hikist@mac.com.

 

May 12 (Sun): Hike at Cattus Island County Park (Ocean Co). 10am. 4-5 miles, easy pace.  This is a great family hike as we walk flat trails through pine lands, around marshes, and along beaches while looking for returning Osprey in nesting platforms.  There are vistas of Silver Bay. We’ll meet at the Cooper Environmental Center which features exhibits in natural settings and live animals. Bring binoculars, water, snacks and lunch. Rain cancels.  George & Leona F: 609-259-3734 or Leona@pineypaddlers.com.  (C)

 

May 15 (Wed): Canoe/Kayak the Wading River (Burlington Co).  10am. Join us for a trip on the Wading River.  Boats can be rented from Mick’s Pine Barrens Canoe and Kayak Rental: 609-726-1380 or www.mickscanoerental.com.  Contact leaders to confirm trip and river section we are paddling: George & Leona F: 609-259-3734 or Leona@pineypaddlers.com. (W)

 

May 18 (Sat):  Hands Across The Sand (Monmouth Co). 11am – 2pm at the 5th Ave. & Gazebo Ocean Ave., Bradley Beach, NJ 07720.  We will be joining hands at noon on the beach. Following that will be a paddle out at 12:30pm.

 

Hands Across the Sand is an annual international grassroots event designed to demonstrate local opposition to the exploration for and transport of dirty fossil fuels.

 

On May 18th we will be locking hands to make a symbolic wall across our beach to say no to oil drilling off our coast! This is one of hundreds of synchronized events globally to raise awareness about the dangers of dirty fuels and the need to speed the transition to available, affordable clean energy solutions.

 

We must stand together against offshore drilling if we want to keep our ocean clean and our beaches beautiful.  

Trump is trying to roll back protections for the Atlantic and Artic and open our coasts for oil drilling, exports, and seismic testing. Last week, however, because of public pressure, Interior Secretary Bernhardt said that Trump’s offshore drilling plan is on hold for now. This delay shows that our battle has been working but it doesn’t mean the plan won’t move forward. With this administration, it can move forward at any minute and seismic testing can still be done. That is why need you to come out and help us stop Trump once and for all! 

Everyone loves going to the Jersey Shore in the summer time, but our summer vacation would be ruined with an oil spill. The possibility of an oil spill or leak would threaten New Jersey’s billion-dollar coastal economy and jeopardize over 50,000 jobs. Our state will not only be at risk from a spill or explosion, but we will see more climate impacts threatening people and property. If we had drilling platforms off our coast and a storm like Sandy hit, we could see catastrophic spills. We should be focusing on promoting safe and renewable energy like wind power and not opening up the Atlantic to drilling.

 

We have been fighting drilling for 45 years and we will fight him for another 45 years. New Jersey is not going to stand for this disastrous plan and we will do whatever it takes to stop Trump!

 

Join the New Jersey Sierra Club, Surfrider Foundation: Jersey Shore Chapter, Clean Ocean Action and more speakers and guests TBA.

 

RSVPtaylor.mcfarland@sierraclub.org  Facebook Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/845746975817922/

 

 

May 19 (Sun): Hike the Mountain Lakes Nature Preserve (Mercer Co.)  4-5 miles, easy pace. The Preserve is a favorite for family walks just outside of downtown Princeton. In the spring the area is lovely with flowering dogwood and other plants like yellow trout lily and spring beauty.  We’ll listen for spring peepers and enjoy “birding” opportunities too. Bring water and snacks. Option for late lunch at restaurant(s) in the Princeton Shopping Center. Contact leaders to confirm hike and meeting location. Rain cancels. Co-Leaders: Leona F: 609-259-3734 or leona@pineypaddlers.com, or Joanne P:   jpatmeadowbrook@gmail.com  (C)

 

May 24 (Fri):  Canoe/Kayak the Batsto River (Burlington Co).  10:30am. We’ll enjoy a later start on our 7-mile Pinelands paddle from Quaker Bridge to Batsto Lake.  We’ll use Pinelands Adventures for our trip shuttle: www.pinelandsadventures.org. Contact leaders to confirm the trip, meeting location and your participation: George & Leona F: 609-259-3734 or leona@pineypaddlers.com. (W)

 

May 26 (Sun): Canoe/Kayak the Wading River (Burlington Co).  10am. Join us for a Memorial Day Weekend trip on the Wading River.  Boats can be rented from Mick’s Pine Barrens Canoe and Kayak Rental, 609-726-1380, or www.mickscanoerental.com.  Contact leaders to confirm trip and river section we are paddling: George & Leona F: 609-259-3734 or Leona@pineypaddlers.com. (W)

 

JUNE

 

 (Date Change) Jun 1 (Sat): Canoe/Kayak the Delaware River (Hunterdon Co). 10am. Join us for an 8- mile trip on the Delaware River. The trip will be leisurely with opportunities to practice skills for paddling in moving water which include ferrying and eddy turns. Helmets required and spray skirts recommended. Current Sierra Club membership required.  Contact leaders to confirm trip, participation and meeting location: George & Leona F: 609-259-3734 or Leona@pineypaddlers.com. (W)

 

 

Jun 2 (Sun): Hike Huber Woods Park, Middletown (Monmouth Co). 9:30am. We will walk the hickory and oak forest with occasional distant views of the Navesink River – listen and look for pileated woodpeckers. About 4 miles at an easy pace, some ups and downs. Beginners welcome, supportive footwear recommended, bring plenty of water. Contact leader to register and learn meeting place: John.Luard@gmail.com.  (JS)

 

 

Jun 7 (Fri):  Barnegat Bay Blitz Land and Water Cleanup (Ocean Co). 9am – 2pm. This is the 7th year that the Sierra Club is participating in the “Blitz”.  We'll meet Lauren Keltos, NJDEP Team Captain Barnegat Township, at the Barnegat public launch area.  Option for a land cleanup or bring your kayak and we'll paddle to areas designated for cleanup in the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge.  Garbage bags and gloves will be provided.  Bring water and snacks.  After the cleanup – option for late lunch at Sweet Jenny’s Restaurant. Rental kayaks are not available.  Contact leaders to confirm participation. George & Leona F. 609-259-3734 or Leona@pineypaddlers.com  (W)

 

Jun 8 (Sat):  Storm King Art Center (Orange Co, NY). 11am. We will tour the Art and Sculpture gardens, with easy walking through through countryside that includes farmed fields, natural woodlands, lawns, native grasses & wetlands.   $18 admission ($15 for seniors). https://stormking.org/. Address: 1 Museum Rd, New Windsor NY 12553.    Rain cancels. Leaders: Ron Pate and Ellen Blumenkrantz.  Participants must register with Ron Pate: ronpate31@verizon.net by May 15.

Jun 8 (Sat):  Lake Tiorati, Harriman State Park (Rockland Co, NY).  10am.  The hike will cover 8 miles in 4 hours in hilly terrain around Lake Tiorati.  Features: Views of Lake Tiorati.   https://parks.ny.gov/parks/117/details.aspx  Facilities: There is a restroom building next to the parking lot.  Requirements:  Hiking boots and a day-pack with water and lunch.  Registration required via web: Start with the calendar at  https://www.sierraclub.org/new-jersey  and click on the Lake Tiorati Hike, then click on RSVP. Directions for the meeting place will be sent via email to members who register.  Leader: Jimi Oleksiak: The_Hikist@Mac.com.

 

Jun 8 (Sat): Canoe/Kayak Cedar Creek on World Oceans Day (Ocean Co).  9am. We’ll paddle 7 miles from Ore Pond to Dudley Park and option into Lanoka Harbor/Barnegat Bay. Rental boats are available from Cedar Creek Campground.   http://www.cedarcreeknj.com/kayak-canoe  Contact leaders to confirm trip and participation:  George & Leona F: 609-259-3734 or Leona@pineypaddlers.com. (W)

 

Jun 14 (Fri): Canoe/Kayak the Delaware River (Hunterdon Co).  10am. It’s Flag Day – wear red, white and blue!  We’ll paddle 8 miles from Kingwood to Bulls Island. Paddling helmets required for all paddlers; spray skirts recommended for kayakers. Rentals are not available. Bring lunch, snacks and beverage or buy lunch at the Famous Hot Dog Man’s River Island. Contact leaders to confirm trip and meeting location.  Current Sierra Club membership required: George & Leona F: 609-259-3734 or leona@pineypaddlers.com. (W)

 

Jun 15 (Sat): A Sightseeing Afternoon In and Around Paterson (Passaic Co). 11:45am

Meet at Lambert Castle parking lot.  We’ll tour the Castle from 12 to 1, then drive to Paterson to view the Great Falls and have lunch at a local eatery. Then drive to nearby Haledon to visit the American Labor Museum at the historic Botto House. Tour the museum from 3 to 4pm.  Directions: Just west of the junction of Rtes 3 and 46, take the Valley Rd. exit from Rte 46.

Go north on Valley Rd. for 2 miles to the Lambert Castle entrance on the left. Leader: Jay Dibble: jaydib41090@peoplepc.com.   Registration Required Via Web:  https://act.sierraclub.org/events/details?formcampaignid=7010Z000001qtbaQAA.

 

Jun 16 (Sun): Canoe/Kayak the Tidal Maurice River (Atlantic Co).  9:30am. The Maurice is a nationally recognized Wild and Scenic River and its environment supports a great variety of plant and animal life, including Ospreys and Bald Eagles.  We’ll paddle 10 miles on the tidal Maurice River.  Rentals are not available.  Contact leaders to confirm trip and meeting location:. George & Leona F: 609-259-3734 or leona@pineypaddlers.com. (W)

 

Jun 21 (Fri):  Canoe/Kayak the Mullica River on the First Day of Summer (Burlington Co).  8:30am. The aquatic flowering plants of the NJ Pinelands will still be in bloom.  This is a 12-mile trip for experienced Pines paddlers; expect downfalls and portages. Pinelands Preservation Alliance has launched Pinelands Adventures and we’ll use Pinelands Adventures for our shuttle (http://www.pinelandsadventures.org).  Contact leaders to confirm the trip, meeting location and your participation: George & Leona F: 609-259-3734 or leona@pineypaddlers.com. (W)

 

Jun 23 (Sun): Canoe/Kayak the Delaware River (Hunterdon Co).  9am. We’re paddling 10 miles from Riegelsville to Kingwood Access. The proposed route of the Penn East Pipeline, with “fracking gas,” will cross from PA thru Riegelsville, destroying the environment and the fragile ecosystems of the Sourland Mountains in Hunterdon.   Paddling helmets required for all participants. Rentals are not available. Current Sierra Club membership required. Contact leaders to confirm trip and meeting location: George & Leona F: 609-259-3734 or leona@pineypaddlers.com. (W)

 

Jun 27 (Thurs): Canoe/Kayak the Delaware River/Crosswicks Creek (Burlington Co). 9am. We’ll meet at the confluence of the Delaware River and Crosswicks Creek at Bordentown Beach. Depending on weather/wind conditions we’ll paddle the tidal Delaware River or the Crosswicks Creek.  Contact leaders to confirm trip plans and participation: George & Leona F: 609-259-3734 or leona@pineypaddlers.com. (W)

 

JULY

 

JULY 2-5:  Join us in Scenic Stratton Mountain, Vermont. We will hike, bike, kayak and yoga.  Swimming pool, hot tub and sauna on premises. Fourth of July fireworks-concert-barbeque.  All-inclusive food and accommodations. Spa services also available for additional cost. Please contact leader if interested by May 15: Ron Pate:  ronpate31@verizon.net