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Day Hike - New England Fall Colors Oct 2011

New England Fall Colors Oct 2011

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  • Sun, Oct 2, 2011 — Sun, Oct 9, 2011
  • Adults
Have you ever seen the spectacular colors that the maples paint on the landscape of New England? If not, join us as we hike, walk, take pictures or paddle under a canopy of fall colors in the ancient Appalachian Mountains-among the oldest Mountains on earth. The brilliantly jeweled gold and ruby ridges and the ponds (we would call them lakes) will be in your memory forever. Click here for a trip preview The Mountaineers’ Recreational Properties Division will again offer an eight-day expedition to the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail in Maine departing October 2nd and returning October 9th We will have Nate and Kelly Shedd, as naturalists with us for the complete trip to add history and information about mother nature’s beauty which is new to us. We will be staying at Gorman-Chairback Camp and Little Lyford Pond Camp (LLPC) of the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) where all activities will be day trips. We will walk between the two camps while our luggage is being shuttled. We will meet in Portland, Maine on Sunday October 2 at 9 AM and will end on Sunday October 9th at Logan airport in Boston at 1:30 PM. From Portland, we will motor in vans through the countryside dotted with stark white villages, each with their white steeple church to Groman-Chairback Camp (GCC) for 3 nights. GCC is the newest of the Maine Wilderness camps operated by AMC. GCC has small unique cabins located on the shores of Long lake, where we will be able to spend at least a day paddling (canoe, kayak or row boat). Other days we will take day hikes from this camp. Mid week we will visit the Hermitage and then walk along Gulf Hagas, the grand canyon of Maine, to Little Lyford Pond Camps(LLPC). This camp consists of new log lodge and small log cabins originally built over a hundred years ago for loggers. Each cozy cabin has gaslights, a kerosene lantern, a sink with running water, a wood fired stove with a teapot and a basket of wood. There are several moose in the area. It will be rutting season, so not only may you see moose but hear them in the early evening. Both camps has a variety of activities to choose from: Reading in your cabin or the lodge, paddling, hiking or photography. There are easy hikes or a strenuous hike up of Mt Katahdin (limited by weather). Extra fees apply to Mt Katahdin trip. The vans will be available as shuttles to the various trailheads daily. On Sunday we will transfer from LLPC to Logan Airport arriving by 1:30 PM. On Saturday October 1 there will be an optional, pre-trip adventure day of exploring old town Portland, Maine and nearby Peaks Island. The day of walking, picnicking and bicycling on Peaks Island will conclude with a happy hour and Maine Lobster dinner at the stately island Inn before returning to Portland on a small island ferry. For Information: Patti Polinsky at MeanySports@me.com or (206) 525-7464. Leader approval required before sign-up. Limit: 14 minimum:8 Cost: Approx TBA for all land costs including all meals (except one lunch), bus transfers, 8 days of usage of vans and drivers while at LLPC, 7 nights lodging in private cabins (2 to 4 people) at LLPC and GCC, KIJM gate fee, Gratuity for season staff at LLPC, Main 8% meals and Lodging Tax and club and leader fees. Deposit $400. Remainder by July 1. Not included: Trip Insurance, airfare, Cost of transfer from Bangor to Boston on Sunday Oct. 11. Cancellation fee: To Aug 1. $100 + any non-recoverable expenses. After September 1st. no refund unless a replacement can be found. Cancellation must be received in writing or via email. Lodging: Bed linen for beds is provided. Towels are not provided. Leader: Patti Polinsky, is a Mountaineer leader of numerous international outings, six New England outings, MOFA certified and the Winter Snow Director at Meany Lodge.
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