WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
FOR BIKING - lunch, 2 liters water, suntan lotion, any biking related gear you want, bug spray
FOR HIKING - lunch, 2 liters water, hat, suntan lotion, bug spray
CAN YOU GET ME A RIDE?
I hope to have rides for everyone coming boating on Sunday , but not likely for those who want to come just for the BBQ. You will need to have transport in order to attend these events.
WHAT KIND OF BIKING IS THIS?
This is mountain biking along a trail— its mostly forested and follows the Delaware River. The 5 Bridges Bike Tour is a beautiful, primarily flat section of the Mcdade Trail. Ride out one way for 5 miles over 5 bridges to the historic natural spring house and turn around for a 10 mile round trip pedal. The trip takes 2 to 3 hours.
Children as young as 6 can come on the canoes, but you must be able to swim and for a double/tandem kayak
You must be at least 8 for a double kayak and 12 or 13 if they will paddle a kayak for themselves.
Biking - children who can support their head (typically 1 or above) can be in a trailer, until age 5 /40lbs
You can also rent a trail a bike for your bike, and these kids are usually 3 to 7, with a max of 85lbs
Children who can ride themselves can also get a kid’s bike rate up to age 12
Hiking - as long as they can do a moderate hike with some ups and downs that’s at least 4 miles unassisted, they are welcome to come
WILL I GET WET?
Usually not. Out of 50 boaters, usually only 5 to 10 get wet. Pay attention to the instructional course we give before you get in your canoe/kayak and you should be fine. Some of those getting wet do so intentionally...horsing around and the like.
CAN I BRING MY IPOD/CAMERA, ETC KAYAKING?
Leave anything valuable at home or in the car such as ipods, cameras, etc. I ruined one camera one of the first years we went kayaking!
Anything you bring kayaking has to be able to get wet, including your shoes and clothing. Usually about 5 to 10 folks out of 50 fall in, so odds are greatly in your favor that you will be dry all day, but you don't want to get unlucky…leave any wallets, cellphones, keys in the car – DRIVERS will be able to drop their KEYS with the folks who run the place…cameras should be the disposable water ones or others which can get wet…
I PREFER A DOUBLE KAYAK OR A CANOE – CAN YOU RENT ME ONE?
Yes we can. Families like canoes and they are fine for the river though there are rapids this year on the trip so keep this in mind, but I would recommend everyone who does not want to canoe should rent a kayak. While we can do a double kayak for you, its not so fun compared to everyone having their own kayak. It is truly easy kayaking, and much more fun in your own boat. Anyone but families with kids have always complained about being in a double kayak so please keep this in mind!
ARE FAMILIES WELCOME?
We have often had children, though I recommend they be at least 8 for a double kayak and 12 or 13 if they will paddle themselves. One recent year we had at least 4 or 5 kids, so you will be in good company. We will be kayaking for about 2 to 3 hours. If you want to go canoeing with children, the children must be at least 6 years old to be in the boat, no exceptions!
Also, if you prefer, you can do something in the area and then come to the BBQ/Bonfire. I will have a family rate for that. There are events in the area for families, such as Allaire Village, with a working railroad most weekends. Ask me via email for details of events in the area and a family rate for the BBQ/Bonfire.
WHAT ARE THE Dinner DETAILS?
WHAT KIND OF FOOD WILL YOU HAVE?
I supply stuff for vegetarians and meat eaters – we will have plenty of options for vegetarians…LET ME KNOW ON THE RSVP QUESTIONAIRE IF YOU HAVE ANY SPECIAL DIETARY RESTRICTIONS/ISSUES.
I AM A VEGETARIAN/VEGAN - WILL YOU HAVE ANYTHING FOR ME AT DINNER?
Yes, we always have plenty for the vegetarians/vegans - some of the main dishes will be vegan.
WHAT IS YOUR LEVEL OF KASHRUT?
We will have a hot kosher dinner from a Chinese restaurant in Springfield NJ, Tokyo Hibatchi, which is under the Vaad Harabonim of MetroWest . There will be plenty of food for vegetarians. We will also have some ‘simpler items’ for those who like more basic food, like steamed vegetables and brown rice.
We will have snacks throughout. The food for these parts of the event are all items with the standard recognized hechsers such as OU, OK, etc. All . All of the equipment used is items that we use only for these types of events.
EARLY BIRD RATES - MIDNIGHT TUESDAY, August 14
ALL RSVPS BY TUESDAY, August 21