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Re: Grand Canyon of PA Group Rally
« Reply #15 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

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Re: Grand Canyon of PA Group Rally
« Reply #16 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?
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Re: Grand Canyon of PA Group Rally
« Reply #17 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:
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Re: Grand Canyon of PA Group Rally
« Reply #18 on: May 23, 2017, 07:19:47 AM »
what would be an appropriate dessert to match the meal?

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Re: Grand Canyon of PA Group Rally
« Reply #19 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.

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Re: Grand Canyon of PA Group Rally
« Reply #20 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.

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Re: Grand Canyon of PA Group Rally
« Reply #21 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:

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Re: Grand Canyon of PA Group Rally
« Reply #22 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.

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Re: Grand Canyon of PA Group Rally
« Reply #23 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.
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Re: Grand Canyon of PA Group Rally
« Reply #24 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.

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Re: Grand Canyon of PA Group Rally
« Reply #25 on: July 19, 2017, 04:32:56 PM »
Is the Rail to Trails in the gorge paved or gravel?  mountain or road bike?
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Re: Grand Canyon of PA Group Rally
« Reply #26 on: July 20, 2017, 07:29:10 AM »
Hard packed stone. So yes.

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Re: Grand Canyon of PA Group Rally
« Reply #27 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.
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Re: Grand Canyon of PA Group Rally
« Reply #28 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.

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Re: Grand Canyon of PA Group Rally
« Reply #29 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.
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