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

 

 

 

JANUARY

 

 

Jan 1 (Tue): New Year’s Day Paddle on the Wading River (Burlington Co).  10am. Ring in the New Year with the NJ Sierra Club. The section we paddle will depend on river conditions.  Experienced cold weather paddlers only.  Enjoy a tailgate get together after the trip.   Bring something to share. Hikers are welcome to join us after the paddle!  Please contact leaders to confirm participation and details. George & Leona F, 609-259-3734 or leona@pineypaddlers.com.  (W) 

 

 

Jan 4 (Sat): Hike at Veterans Park (Mercer Co).  10am. 4-5 miles, easy pace.  Leashed dogs are welcome!  Meet by the tank and helicopter in the parking lot off Yardville-Hamilton Square Rd.  Paved trail meanders through woods along Pond Run.  Bring snack and drink.  Tables and rest rooms are available.  Lunch at Fame Restaurant, 1071 White Horse Ave. Inclement weather/icy conditions cancel. Please RSVP and put “Sierra” in the subject. Joanne Pannone: 609-443-6992;  jpatmeadowbrook@gmail.com.  (C)

 

 

Jan 5 (Sun): Hike Shark River Park, Wall (Monmouth Co). 1pm. After a circuit through the outer reaches of the park, we will enjoy the babbling brook that's Shark River in this area. About 5 miles at an easy pace, some short climbs, mostly flat. Beginners welcome, supportive footwear recommended, bring plenty of water. Contact leader to register and learn meeting place: John.Luard@gmail.com. (JS)

 

 

Jan 11 (Sat): Singles Hike in Tourne Park (Morris Co). 10am. All members are welcome. This hike will cover 6 miles in 3.5 hours in moderately hilly terrain. Facilities: There is a Port-A-John near the parking lot.  Required: Hiking Boots, backpack with water, trail snack and also winter traction devices are required if there is ice or show on the ground.  Registration required via Web:  Start with the calendar at https://www.sierraclub.org/new-jersey/nj_calendar.asp  and click on the “Tourne Park” 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>.

 

 

Jan 12 (Sun): D&R Canal Hike (Mercer/Burlington Cos).  10am. 4 miles, easy pace.  We’ll hike over the Lock 1 “swinging bridge” as we walk along the towpath; perhaps see the resident Bald Eagles.  Meet at the RiverLINE parking lot in Bordentown City. Option for late lunch at Heart of Bordentown (HOB) Tavern. Leashed dogs are welcome.  Inclement weather/icy conditions cancel. Contact Co- leaders to confirm hike: Joanne Pannone: 609-443-6992, jpatmeadowbrook@gmail.com, or Leona F:  609-259-3734, or Leona@pineypaddlers.com.  (C)

 

 

Jan 18 (Sat): Singles Hike: Jockey Hollow, Leader's Choice, (Morris Co). 10am. All members welcome.  Meet at the Visitors’ Center at 9:45 for a 10am start.  GPS address: 586 Tempe Wick Road, Morristown NJ 07960. (*This address is approximate*). Leader's choice of trails depending on conditions at Morristown National Historical Park in Morristown.  See http://www.nps.gov/morr/planyourvisit/directions.htm for directions and information.  DO NOT GO TO WASHINGTON'S HEADQUARTERS.  Bring water, a snack, and wear hiking boots. Heavy/steady rain cancels. No pets please.  Leader: Jeffrey Sovelove: Hiker_Dood@yahoo.com. Joint ADK/Sierra Club hike.

 

 

Jan 17-25: Singles Trip, but open to all Sierra Club members: Puerto Rico: Rincon PR. Join us in a warm place! Friday, Jan 17, to Saturday, Jan 25, for hiking, snorkeling and many other outdoor activities. We will fly from Newark to Aguidilla (BQN) Friday night arriving early Saturday morning. Three days in Rincon: hiking snorkeling, opportunities for surfing, stand up paddle sailing, horseback riding, and yoga on the beach.  Then a drive south to Parguera, Guanica and Cabo Rojo to visit an historic light house, magnificent cliffs and a beautiful swimming beach -- as well as for hiking in the dry forest reserve and snorkeling in the bioluminescent bay.  Return to Rincon Friday for a flight back to New Jersey early Saturday morning.  Estimated Cost: food and lodging without airfare $1000. Leader: Ron Pate: <ronaldjamespate@gmail.com>.

 

 

Jan 19 (Sun): NJ State Museum (Mercer Co). Time changed to 12:00pm  Let’s enjoy an “indoor outing” to the N J State Museum. We’ll view the Current Exhibition – Preserving the Pinelands: Albert Horner’s Portraits of a National Treasure.  Interested in dinosaurs? The Museum has added two NJ life-size fossil casts to the Written in the Rocks: Fossil Tales of New Jersey! Check the website for details: www.state.nj.us/state/museum/   Please register to confirm participation. Co-Leaders:  Leona F: leona@pineypaddlers.com, or Joanne P: jpatmeadowbrook@gmail.com.  (C)

 

 

Jan 25 (Sat): Hike the Franklin Parker Preserve (Burlington Co).  10am. 5-6 miles, easy pace on the Yellow Trail. The acquisition of the Franklin Parker Preserve in 2003 by the New Jersey Conservation Foundation was a momentous occasion in conservation. This 9400-acre preserve is a keystone piece of land, linking the expanses of Brendan Byrne, Wharton, and Penn State Forests and creating a more contiguous Pinelands National Reserve. Meet at Speedwell entrance off Rte 563, Woodland Twp. Leashed dogs are welcome.  Bring lunch and water. Inclement weather/icy conditions cancel. Contact leaders to confirm hike: George & Leona F, 609-259-3734, or leona@pineypaddlers.com.  (W)

 

 

 

FEBRUARY

 

 

Feb 1 (Sat): Singles Museum Trip: Metropolitan Museum of Art, (New York City).  10am.  All members welcome.  Meet for a day trip and lunch. Contact Leaders: Ron Pate: <ronaldjamespate@gmail.com>, or Rozanna Fanelli: <rfanelli39@hotmail.com> for details.

 

 

Feb 2 (Sun): Walk at Sandy Hook, near Highlands (Monmouth Co). 9:30am. The wonder of the beach in winter, with views of the city. This walk is mostly in a mixed dwarf forest (just behind the dunes) with lots of holly, juniper and cedar, all within the National Recreation Area. Mostly flat, a portion is on the sandy ocean beach. Approx. 4 miles, easy pace, bring plenty of water, beginners welcome. (Extreme cold winds will cause rerouting.) Contact leader to register and learn meeting place: John.Luard@gmail.com. (JS)

 

 

Feb 2 (Sun):  Groundhog Day Hike at Jakes Branch County Park (Ocean Co).  10am. 4 miles, easy pace.  Jakes Branch has a Nature Center with interesting hands-on exhibits and an observation deck that offers a 360deg view of the Pinelands.  Meet at Jakes Branch Park, 1100 Double Trouble Rd, Beechwood.  Option for late lunch at Shady Rest Restaurant.  Leashed dogs are welcome.  Inclement weather/ice conditions cancel. Contact leaders to confirm hike: George & Leona F, 609-259-3734, or leona@pineypaddlers.com.  (W)

 

 

Feb 8 (Sat): Singles Ski: High Point Cross Country Ski (Sussex Co). 10am.  All members welcome.  We expect to take 4-5 hours for fun in the snow.  There is a full-service cross country ski center at the park with ski and snowshoe rentals.  http://www.xcskihighpoint.com/.  Email the leader for the up-to-the-minute details.  Facilities: There is a ski lodge with a fireplace, and a snack counter with light refreshments, hot soup and drinks. There are restrooms in the ski center and there is a second heated restroom building nearby. Requirement: XC skis and boots and a day-pack with water.  Bring a lunch. Registration required via Web:  Start with the calendar at https://www.sierraclub.org/new-jersey/nj_calendar.asp and click on the “High Point” 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>.

 

 

Feb 14 (Fri): Valentine’s Day Hike at Smithville Park (Burlington Co).  10am. 4-5 miles, easy pace at Historic Smithville Park in Vincentown. The Park features a diverse collection of habitats and terrain and also offers vistas over Rancocas Creek. Meet at the Smith’s Woods access parking lot, East Railroad Ave.  Option for late lunch at Vincentown Diner after the hike.  Leashed dogs are welcome.  Inclement weather/icy conditions cancel.  George & Leona F: 609-259-3734, or leona@pineypaddlers.com.  (W)

 

 

Feb 15 (Sat): Singles Hike: Patriots Path Stroll (Morris Co). 10am. All members welcome.

Come take an easy stroll on Patriots Path in Morristown. This 5-mile stroll will start out from the Speedwell Lake Park, Morristown, across the street from Historic Speedwell. Google "Speedwell Lake Park, Morristown" for directions.  The path is wide, partly paved, partly crushed stabilized gravel with very little in the way of elevation gains. We will be strolling at a very moderate pace. Please bring plenty of water and a light snack. Great for beginners. No pets please. Inclement weather cancels. Leader: Jeffrey Sovelove: Hiker_Dood@yahoo.com. Joint ADK/Sierra Club hike. NO BATHROOM FACILITIES AT THE TRAILHEAD OR ALONG THE TRAIL. 

 

 

Feb 16 (Sun): Whitesbog Village Winter Hike (Burlington Co).  10am. 4-5 miles.  Easy pace.   Whitesbog is a NJ historic site: once village built to house workers in the local cranberry bogs.  Perhaps we’ll see wintering Tundra Swans as we hike around the bogs. Directions: www.whitesbog.org.   Bring beverage and lunch.  Leashed dogs are welcome.  Inclement weather/icy conditions cancel.  George & Leona F: 609-259-3734, or Leona@pineypaddlers.com. (C)

 

 

Feb 22 (Sat): Singles Hike: Hatfield Swamp (Essex Co). 10am. 3 miles in 2 hours, level, possible icy conditions. Required: Hiking Boots, Traction Devices suggested, e.g. micro spikes. Leader: Ron Pate: <ronaldjamespate@gmail.com>.

 

 

Feb 23 (Sun): Hike at the Davidson’s Mill Pond Park (Middlesex Co). 10am. 4-5 miles, easy pace. This park is passive and primarily undeveloped. The pond and the waterfall, where the mill was once located, is one of the most picturesque areas of the County. www.njhiking.com/davidsons-mill-pond-park/.  Bring water and snacks.   Leashed dogs are welcome.  Inclement weather/icy conditions cancel. Contact leaders to confirm hike and meeting location: George & Leona F: 609-259-3734, or leona@pineypaddlers.com.  (RV) 

 

 

MARCH

 

 

Mar 1 (Sun): National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day Hike at Perrineville Lake Park (Monmouth Co).  10am. 4 miles, easy pace. Beautiful woodlands, natural fields and a picturesque lake meet here in the heart of quiet Millstone. Bring water; leaders will have Peanut Butter snacks and Mr. Peanut may make an appearance!  Meet at 23 Agress Rd, Millstone parking lot.  Leashed dogs are welcome.  Option for lunch at Albivi’s Restaurant.  Inclement weather cancels.  Leona and George F:  609-259-3734, or Leona@pineypaddlers.com.  (C)

 

 

Mar 7 (Sat): Singles Museum Trip: Newark Museum (Essex Co). 10am.  All members welcome.  Newark Museum followed by lunch in Portuguese section of Newark. Leaders: Ron Pate <ronaldjamespate@gmail.com>, and Rozanna Fanelli <rfanelli39@hotmail.com>.

 

 

Mar 7 (Sat)  Singles Hike: Lewis Morris Park, Morris Township (Morris Co). 10am.
Meet in the lower Sunrise Lake parking lot at 9:45. We will start at Sunrise Lake, then hike to the parking upper lot and back down to the Lake using a combination of the Yellow and Red trails. The pace will be a moderate one. See the Morris County Parks Commission website 
http://www.morrisparks.net/index.php/parks/lewis-morris-county-park for directions. GPS Address: 270 Mendham Rd, Morris Twp, NJ 07960.  Bring water, a snack, and wear hiking boots. Inclement weather cancels. No pets please. Joint ADK/Sierra Club hike. Leader: Jeffrey Sovelove: Hiker_Dood@yahoo.com.

 

 

Mar 8 (Sun): DST Hike at the Thompson Park Conservation Area (Middlesex Co). 10am. 4-5 miles, easy pace. A highlight is the Natural Spring located in the Park, one of 12 in NJ.  (www.findaspring.com/)  Thompson Park is dominated by heavily wooded forests and lowland swamps along the Manalapan Brook. We will meet at the Thompson Park Trailhead near the Off-Leash Dog Area on Fir Dr, Monroe Twp.  GPS Coordinates: N 40° 20' 3.753", W 74° 26' 8.556". Inclement weather cancels. Option for late lunch at a local restaurant.  Leashed dogs are welcome.   George & Leona F: 609-259-3734, or leona@pineypaddlers.com.  (RV)

 

 

Mar 14 (Sat):  Singles Hike: Sherman Hoffman Preserve, Morris Township (Morris Co). 10am.  All members welcome. Moderately strenuous: 7.3 miles in 4 hours in hilly terrain.

Hiking through the Audubon Center, the Passaic River Brook and parts of Jockey Hollow.

Facilities: Indoor restrooms at the visitor centers of the Audubon and Jockey Hollow during the hike.  Requirements: No beginners.  No pets.  Hiking boots and a day-pack with water and lunch required. Registration required via Web: Start with the calendar at

https://www.sierraclub.org/new-jersey/nj_calendar.asp, and click on the “Sherman Hoffman” 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>.

 

 

Mar 14 (Sat): Explore the Unique History, Ecology and Culture of the Pinelands (Atlantic Co).  Join me for a daylong event at Stockton University for the 29th Annual Pinelands Short Course.  There will be options for a guided van tour of the Mullica River Watershed, “virtual field trips” of the Barnegat Bay and Maurice River and many new presentations as well as popular ones from past years.  For further information and registration please contact Joanne P and note “Sierra” in the e-mail subject line. jpatmeadowbrook@gmail.com, or 609-443-6992.   (C)

 

 

Mar 15 (Sun): Hike Turkey Swamp Park, Freehold (Monmouth Co). 1pm. Forest and the meandering Manasquan River will greet us. About 4 miles, easy pace, mostly level, some roots, can be muddy; bring plenty of water, supportive footwear recommended. Contact leader to register and learn meeting place: John.Luard@gmail.com. (JS)

 

 

Mar 15 (Sun): Hike at Estell Manor (Atlantic Co). 10am. 5-6 miles, easy pace. Meet at the Warren Fox Nature Center at 109 Rte 50, Mays Landing, and see the displays before we hike.  Bring lunch, water, snacks for our lunch break during the hike.  Leashed dogs are welcome!  Inclement weather cancels.  Please contact leaders to confirm hike: Leona and George F:  609-259-3734, or Leona@pineypaddlers.com.  (W)

 

 

Mar 22 (Sun): World Day for Water: Canoe/Kayak Lake Oswego (Burlington Co).  10am. Join usfor a day on Lake Oswego and its upstream reaches.  World Water Day is held annually on March 22 as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater, and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. New Jersey’s 17-trillion gallon Kirkwood-Cohansey Aquifer is a vast reservoir of fresh water that underlies South Jersey and all of the Pinelands. On Oct 27, 2017, the NJ Sierra Club filed its second challenge to a controversial plan for a 30-mile pipeline, known as the SRL, through the ecologically sensitive Pinelands Reserve region.  Along with the Sierra Club, Pinelands Preservation Alliance and other environmental groups have raised concerns that the project will impact clean water and contribute to climate change and urban sprawl.  Bring lunch and beverage and snacks.  Please contact leaders to confirm the trip and participation. Experienced cold weather paddlers only. Rental boats are not available. Leona and George F:  609-259-3734, or Leona@pineypaddlers.com.  (W)

 

 

Mar 29 (Sun):  Hike at Maurice River Bluffs Preserve (Cumberland Co). 10am. 5 miles, easy pace.  The Nature Conservancy prides itself on protecting great places like the Maurice River Bluffs, a majestic preserve overlooking the river. www.njhiking.com/maurice-river-bluffs/.  Bring binoculars, water and snacks. Address: 1200 Silver Run Rd. Millville 08332. Leashed dogs are welcome. Option for late lunch at the Maurice River Diner. Inclement weather cancels. Contact leaders to confirm hike: George & Leona F: 609-259-3734, or Leona@pineypaddlers.com.  (W)

 

 

Apr 1 (Wed):  A Lighthearted Day, No Pranks: Hike in Mercer County Park.  10am. 4-5 miles, easy pace. We’ll meet at the East Picnic Area parking lot: 1346 Edinburg Rd, Princeton Junction 08550. We’ll walk the East Trails and see the new Campground available for overnight camping on the trail to the Casperson Rowing Center. Bring binoculars, water and snacks. Option for late lunch at Lola’s Restaurant in Robbinsville. Leashed pets are welcome in the Park. Rain cancels.  Co-Leaders:  Leona F: leona@pineypaddlers.com and Joanne P: jpatmeadowbrook@gmail.com.  (C)

 

 

Apr 3 (Fri): Canoe/Kayak the Rancocas Creek (Burlington Co).  10:30am. The section we paddle will depend on weather conditions. Experienced cold weather/water paddlers only. Rentals 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)