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Title: Grand Canyon of PA Group Rally
Post by: JoeCamper on February 04, 2017, 04:44:27 PM
Grand Canyon of PA Group Rally 2017
Date: August 17-20, 2017
Location: Hill Creek State Park, Wellsboro, PA 16901
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Title: Re: Grand Canyon of PA Group Rally
Post by: JoeCamper on February 04, 2017, 04:52:40 PM
Site
Member
Arr/Dep
# Attending
Potluck
Site 01CampingPhil & ChefPeteFri/Sun2A
Site 02---
Site 12---
Site 13---
Site 17PathwackerThu/Sun2A
Site 18---
Site 19Marc SThu/Sun1A, 1C
Site 21justchillin-2A
Site 22chiefbowes-2A, 2T
Site 24Going There Again-2A
Site 25---
Site 55---
Site 60---
Site 61---
Site 83---
Site 92TBD--
Yurt 43JoeCamper & EwwwBugs2A0C - 0K9
Title: Re: Grand Canyon of PA Group Rally
Post by: Guitarman on February 04, 2017, 05:36:03 PM
Site 21 for us.
Title: Re: Grand Canyon of PA Group Rally
Post by: chiefbowes on February 04, 2017, 07:36:08 PM
This is an awesome area. Accessible from Route 15 two ways. Hiking, biking, kayaking and more.!!! Barb and I be on site 22
Title: Re: Grand Canyon of PA Group Rally
Post by: chiefbowes on February 05, 2017, 10:06:28 AM
Book fast people this place sells out quickly. I can answer questions on most sites.
Title: Re: Grand Canyon of PA Group Rally
Post by: busdriverwc75 on February 05, 2017, 12:17:13 PM
We will just miss you. We will be at Ives Run less than 2 wks before this.
Title: Re: Grand Canyon of PA Group Rally
Post by: thingette1 on February 06, 2017, 05:15:56 PM
The lake is nice to kayak on. Wellsboro, PA and the PA Grand Canyon are nearby. Corning, NY is an easy drive, too. Normally, the naturalist has a few programs each weekend too.
Title: Re: Grand Canyon of PA Group Rally
Post by: chiefbowes on February 09, 2017, 08:24:28 AM
Take a chance people your going to love the area! :chief:
Title: Re: Grand Canyon of PA Group Rally
Post by: thingette1 on February 12, 2017, 02:34:37 PM
My parents, Going There Again, are on site 24 for Friday - Sunday.
Title: Re: Grand Canyon of PA Group Rally
Post by: thingette 1s sister on February 24, 2017, 02:18:02 PM
Probably not us, no work schedule, and.....Football.
Title: Re: Grand Canyon of PA Group Rally
Post by: Pathwacker on February 27, 2017, 01:29:05 PM
Hi I reserved site 17.  Thursday to Sunday.  Late arrival on Thursday Night.    Popup camper and a canoe.   I plan on fishing and recon the area for hunting.  Might bring my kids or  them up for that recon style trip.   
 
Title: Re: Grand Canyon of PA Group Rally
Post by: chiefbowes on March 27, 2017, 10:14:08 AM
This park is 3 hours from Allentown and 4 from Philadelphia.
Title: Re: Grand Canyon of PA Group Rally
Post by: CampingPhil on March 29, 2017, 02:27:00 PM
Pete and Phil are in site #1.
Title: Re: Grand Canyon of PA Group Rally
Post by: chiefbowes on March 30, 2017, 09:09:04 AM
   Check it out!!!!  http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/pennsylvania/stunning-places-pa/   
Title: Re: Grand Canyon of PA Group Rally
Post by: ChefPete on May 21, 2017, 06:49:26 PM
Hey Gang,

I know it's early, but I'm tossing this idea out there anyway.  It looks like this isn't going to be a large rally, and considering we've missed you guys, how about if we repeat the Tornado dinner of Delaware?  For those of you who haven't heard the story, Phil and I hosted dinner for everyone at a rally at Lums Pond a couple years ago.  It was supposed to be an elegant, outdoor, semi-formal affair.  But we had a wicked thunderstorm pass through that spawned a tornado near by.  So we had 12 people in our pop up camper, and we had the BEST TIME.  We have a much bigger camper now, so  we can accommodate easily.  This time, we'll plan on having it outside, with fine china and the works. No need to dress up though, unless you really want to.  It's also a chance for us to film an episode of my new TV Show, Let's Celebrate, which will be premiering on You Tube very soon.  I would love to cook for you all!!    :chef:
Title: Re: Grand Canyon of PA Group Rally
Post by: justchillin on May 22, 2017, 03:32:52 PM
We are going to see if there is a way we can make this? That area is beautiful, love the cooking extravaganza too and there is a great bike trail (rail trail) nearby if I remember correctly
Title: Re: Grand Canyon of PA Group Rally
Post by: JoeCamper on May 22, 2017, 07:25:04 PM
We'll bring homemade wine for everyone from the vineyard if someone wants to make a good homemade dessert?
Title: Re: Grand Canyon of PA Group Rally
Post by: CampingPhil on May 22, 2017, 07:38:15 PM
We'll bring homemade wine for everyone from the vineyard if someone wants to make a good homemade dessert?

My request for your great Merlot  :dans2:
Title: Re: Grand Canyon of PA Group Rally
Post by: chiefbowes on May 23, 2017, 07:19:47 AM
what would be an appropriate dessert to match the meal?
Title: Re: Grand Canyon of PA Group Rally
Post by: chiefbowes on June 13, 2017, 09:54:45 AM
Hiking
For scenic views of the Canyon there are the Overlook Trail (0.6 mi.) and the Colton Rim Trail (1.5 mi.) at Leonard Harrison and Colton Point State Parks respectively. But for really expansive views you may want to try the Barbour Rock Trail (1.0 or a 3.4 mi. loop) or portions of the West Rim Trail (Outside Magazine’s choice as “Best Hike in Pennsylvania,” April 1996). For views of the valley that held the glacial Ice Age lake, there are several trails in Ansonia (Mount Tom (1.5 mi.); Dry Hollow (1.5 mi.)).

Bicycling
The Pine Creek Trail (Rail-Trail), presently about 62 miles long and growing, is an almost flat grade suitable for bicycles of almost any type and runs the length of the Canyon. This trail was named a “Top 10 Bike Ride” by USA Today in 2001. You don’t have to cycle the entire 52 miles: local businesses offer both bike rentals and return shuttles, making the 17 mile (3 hour) ride from Ansonia to Blackwell through the heart of the Canyon, easily done even if you haven’t been on a bike in 30 years.

The Pine Creek Trail, in addition to bicycling, offers cross-country skiing in winter, horse-drawn wagon rides in summer, and 9 miles of equestrian trail along the section from Ansonia south. And if mountain biking is your thing, the Asaph area north of the Canyon (and location of the Laurel Classic Mountain Bike Race each September) offers world-class mountain biking for intermediate and advanced levels.

Rafting, Canoeing, & Kayaking
Pine Creek is a combination of moderate whitewater, long quiet pools, outstanding scenic drama, and sensory exhilaration around each bend. This is THE way to see the Canyon, but you are limited primarily to springtime (mid-March through early June), as Pine Creek has no dams for water releases and is dependent on snowmelt and rainfall. If you are canoeing or kayaking, intermediate whitewater experience is recommended. For those without these skills, a raft (or guided raft trip) is recommended, or a trip on the Upper Pine, west of Ansonia.

Birding
The Canyon was designated an Important Birding Area by the Pennsylvania Audubon Society in 2004. American Bald Eagles have been nesting in the Canyon since at least 1987, and they have raised up to three eaglets each year (with the exception of 1993) since this discovery. It is not unusual to see eagles close-up and in person in our Canyon, and nesting American Common Mergansers are quite common.
Title: Re: Grand Canyon of PA Group Rally
Post by: Marc S. on July 11, 2017, 05:41:49 PM
Cora and I will make it up for this one.  Site 92 way out in left field for Thursday- Sunday.
Title: Re: Grand Canyon of PA Group Rally
Post by: ChefPete on July 11, 2017, 10:13:10 PM
We'll bring homemade wine for everyone from the vineyard if someone wants to make a good homemade dessert?

If you all are taking me up on the offer for dinner, then I'll take care of dessert too!   :chef:
Title: Re: Grand Canyon of PA Group Rally
Post by: thingette1 on July 19, 2017, 09:18:37 AM
So what is the charge for this wonderful picnic for my tastebuds? And let us know if we should bring something.
Title: Re: Grand Canyon of PA Group Rally
Post by: Pathwacker on July 19, 2017, 01:20:07 PM
Hi my August kid shuffling has been straightened out.   Ill have my girlfriend and her never camping before 11 year old daughter that is scared of ticks and bears for this adventure.   Canoe is going, and Ill probably bring the child's bike.   For pot luck foods are we going to formalize the menus for Thurs to Sunday or just plan a big meal for Saturday night?   It appears to fairly remote up there and no Wally World on every corner lol.
Title: Re: Grand Canyon of PA Group Rally
Post by: chiefbowes on July 19, 2017, 02:56:29 PM
Walmart is closer than you think. 20 minutes and less than 10 miles. in 15 years I have never seen a bear there, that said this will be the first time.
This year ticks are almost a given even in the cities. Great place to be to just enjoy and let everything sort itself out.
Title: Re: Grand Canyon of PA Group Rally
Post by: JoeCamper on July 19, 2017, 04:32:56 PM
Is the Rail to Trails in the gorge paved or gravel?  mountain or road bike?
Title: Re: Grand Canyon of PA Group Rally
Post by: chiefbowes on July 20, 2017, 07:29:10 AM
Hard packed stone. So yes.
Title: Re: Grand Canyon of PA Group Rally
Post by: Pathwacker on July 24, 2017, 12:04:11 PM
I'm located in NEPA with loads of bears, ticks, bobcats and fishers.   The 11 year old is scared of them all.   We have been busy getting ready for archery season and have many bear on camera, and have been pounced on by a bobcat.   Just a short 18 miles from Promised land is our honey hole for hunting. I only wanted to know if we needed to pack a ton of food, drive 3 hours, and then an hour to Wally.  Yes, its a ride to one if your at Promised Land (options are drive to Mt Pocono, East Stroudsburg, or Hawley.
Title: Re: Grand Canyon of PA Group Rally
Post by: thingette1 on July 24, 2017, 12:33:35 PM
Pathwacker: normally, we would have loads of kids at a rally. This one seems to be kid free for most of us, and much smaller. Normally, Saturday pot luck is the only semi-organized food that is done. This time we just need to bring ourselves and maybe a little cash to cover the cost of Saturday night dinner as ChefPete and Phil are cooking for all of us. They are tremendous hosts and love to cook and entertain.

Chiefbowes and I are not sure if we are bringing Kayaks or bikes, yet. Might go pretty minimal since it is a short trip and it's just the two of us this time.
Title: Re: Grand Canyon of PA Group Rally
Post by: CampingPhil on July 25, 2017, 09:18:06 AM
No one needs to being cash, although we can be plied with alcohol, we are doing this because we can and want to. Since we a re on vacation this week, Peter should be posting the menu soon.
Title: Re: Grand Canyon of PA Group Rally
Post by: justchillin on July 27, 2017, 01:00:29 PM
Wow! I think we just got this on a cancellation (guitarman site 21???) they had 1 full hook-up site when I called today - 21, grabbed it for the 4 nights!!!
Title: Re: Grand Canyon of PA Group Rally
Post by: ChefPete on August 01, 2017, 11:03:15 PM
Okay gang, here is the menu for Saturday evening for 16 people:

Cocktails & Canapes:  Selection of various cheese, grapes, salamis, dips, etc.

Main course:  Chicken Piccata, risotto with peas. 

Dessert:  Assortment of Scottish shortbread, chocolate chip pudding cookies, brownies.

Any food allergies I should know about?  For example, the brownies and cookies usually have nuts, but I can omit them if needed. 
Title: Re: Grand Canyon of PA Group Rally
Post by: Lone Lock on August 02, 2017, 10:13:59 AM
Pete, My son is the peanut allergy that I am usually raising a concern for and we are not going on this trip....but I wish we were, the food sounds great. (I still sneak peanuts when I have time to brush my teeth before I pickup my son)
Title: Re: Grand Canyon of PA Group Rally
Post by: Guitarman on August 02, 2017, 05:03:44 PM
We had too cancel this one.
Title: Re: Grand Canyon of PA Group Rally
Post by: ChefPete on August 02, 2017, 09:22:10 PM
Pete, My son is the peanut allergy that I am usually raising a concern for and we are not going on this trip....but I wish we were, the food sounds great. (I still sneak peanuts when I have time to brush my teeth before I pickup my son)

Well you're in luck that there won't be any peanuts, just walnuts.  So for anyone who IS attending this rally, please let me know if there are issues with WALNUTS.  I can easily omit them from the brownies and cookies, I just need to know if it's needed.  :chef: :chef:
Title: Re: Grand Canyon of PA Group Rally
Post by: JoeCamper on August 03, 2017, 06:32:41 AM
There are one or two electric sites available for this rally weekend but they won't last long.

Site 60 - electric, no pet and Site 92 electric/pet
Title: Re: Grand Canyon of PA Group Rally
Post by: Marc S. on August 04, 2017, 06:00:44 PM
Good news, my wife will be coming up on Saturday morning to join in on the fun for the weekend.  Hope this doesn't mess up the count for dinner  :chef:
Title: Re: Grand Canyon of PA Group Rally
Post by: CampingPhil on August 05, 2017, 07:31:53 AM
Good news, my wife will be coming up on Saturday morning to join in on the fun for the weekend.  Hope this doesn't mess up the count for dinner  :chef:

Its all good :)
Title: Re: Grand Canyon of PA Group Rally
Post by: Marc S. on August 10, 2017, 12:34:50 PM
We made the jump up to 19 and cancelled our 92 site.
Title: Re: Grand Canyon of PA Group Rally
Post by: chiefbowes on August 10, 2017, 02:43:46 PM
welcome to the neighborhood. ;D
Title: Re: Grand Canyon of PA Group Rally
Post by: ChefPete on August 10, 2017, 09:35:54 PM
Okay, if I'm counting correctly, that makes 15 for dinner, yes?   :chef:
Title: Re: Grand Canyon of PA Group Rally
Post by: CampingPhil on August 11, 2017, 11:12:24 AM
Since the Mayor is not going on this trip, we could use a few bottle of Wine(s) that will compliment the dinner. White and Red. We will have the glasses for everyone.
Title: Re: Grand Canyon of PA Group Rally
Post by: JoeCamper on August 11, 2017, 12:07:58 PM
Sorry, we are coming and I updated the table. We are in a yurt for the weekend.  We are also bringing wine.
Title: Re: Grand Canyon of PA Group Rally
Post by: CampingPhil on August 11, 2017, 01:18:07 PM
Cool.... updated notes for ChefPete.
Title: Re: Grand Canyon of PA Group Rally
Post by: justchillin on August 16, 2017, 12:50:30 PM
This sounds wonderful!  Steve also made some homemade Zuchini bread to share at some point
Title: Re: Grand Canyon of PA Group Rally
Post by: Marc S. on August 17, 2017, 07:48:36 AM
Long weekend here we come!! 😀
Title: Re: Grand Canyon of PA Group Rally
Post by: CampingPhil on August 17, 2017, 08:46:57 AM
Prepping has start at LGManor II :)

Ah, the smell of a travel trailer in the morning :)
Title: Re: Grand Canyon of PA Group Rally
Post by: chiefbowes on August 17, 2017, 09:50:33 AM
Hooking up tonight! Ready to relax a little. :chief: