Memorial Day Weekend 2009 - May 24 & 25
Kayaking, BBQ, Bonfire & Camping
This year on Sunday May 24 and Monday May 25, 2009 we have many events planned, our 6th annual event of this type. You can do various combinations, and all events are in Southern NJ, within 2 hours of NYC. In fact, this is at least the 11th year we have had a kayaking event in the Pine Barrens, at a lovely place as you will see below. Last year we had over 70 people for boating, over 100 people for the BBQ, and over 40 for the camping. Register early and often, as this will max out!
Here is the schedule of events –it’s a bit complicated, so pay attention and read everything on this page and the linked pages before sending me an email!!
On Sunday May 24
about 5PM, for meat eaters and vegetarians
On Monday May 26
4) Breakfast, clean up and a local 4 mile hike in Allaire State Park.
Unfortunately, this year because of a dear friend’s wedding on Monday PM, I need to have everyone packed up so we can leave the campsite
by 11:00 AM and I can get to the wedding.
There is a hike very close by in the park that people will be able to do,
which will be led by others.
For those with children or who do not wish to go boating, Allaire State Park has an area known as Allaire Village nearby, where they recreate a 19th century village, with people in costume. This is open both on Sunday and Monday.
If you prefer, you can go directly to the park in the late morning on Sunday, and meet us later in the park for the BBQ, Campfire, etc.
See below for all event details.
$99 for everything (Kayak, BBQ, Bonfire, Camping, Hike)
$65 for kayaking/BBQ/bonfire
$25 for BBQ/Bonfire
plus $15 transportation, paid directly to the driver.
$110 for everything (Kayak, BBQ, Bonfire, Camping, Hike)
$75 for kayaking/BBQ/bonfire
$35 for the BBQ/Bonfire
plus $15 transportation, paid directly to the driver.
Also, at the BBQ everyone is required to help with the food, but if you want to help extra for $20 off, let me know via the questionaire for the few spots I have for helpers.
Family rates available upon request, for kayaking/BBQ and BBQ/Bonfire only.
ALL RSVPS MUST BE IN BY 11 PM on TUESDAY, MAY 19TH AT THE LATEST!
For campers, folks who don't have a tent will also incur a $10 tent rental fee if we need to rent tents. If you have extra tents or you need me to rent you a spot in a tent, let me know via the RSVP Questionnaire.
SO REGISTER EARLY BEFORE WE CLOSE THIS OUT—ITS USUALLY ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR EVENTS OF THE YEAR
Make all checks payable to David Brotsky.
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
If anyone has musical instruments, please bring them and let me know - they add a nice touch to the bonfire!
CAN YOU GET ME A RIDE?
I hope to have rides for everyone coming kayaking on Sunday and for everyone who either goes home Sunday night or after the hike on Monday, but not for those who want to come just for the BBQ and camping, or just the BBQ. You will need to have transport in order to attend these events.
Yes! The kayaks are flat bottomed and easy to use - no prior lessons required - beginners are welcome. Everyone has their own kayaks…kayak website is: http://www.belhavencanoe.com
Every year we get at least 10 to 20 beginners, so you are in good company. 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. We will be kayaking for about 2 to 3 hours.
WILL I GET WET?
Usually not. Out of 50 kayakers, usually only 5 to 10 get wet. Pay attention to the instructional course we give before you get in your kayak and you should be fine. Some of those getting wet do so intentionally...horsing around and the like.
CAN I BRING MY IPOD/CAMREA, 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, but I strongly dissuade anyone but families with kids from renting double kayaks or canoes. The streams are narrow and tough to navigate with a long boat, and that makes it harder for anyone in a double kayak or a canoe. 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 or a canoe, so please don’t ask me to rent one for you!
I am an experienced kayaker - Can you rent me a better kayak?
For those who are experienced kayakers, a longer kayak can be easier and more fun to operate. I use a Carolina when I go and I can get one for you also. Since the streams we will be going in are narrow, though, it can be harder to maneuver these boats unless you are an experienced kayaker. If you are sure you want one, let me know on the questionnaire. When in doubt, take the standard kayak, which is easier for most folks.
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.
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 BBQ & BONFIRE DETAILS?
WHAT KIND OF FOOD WILL YOU HAVE?
I supply stuff for vegetarians and meat eaters – we grill vegetables, fruits, hamburger, hot dogs and maybe some chicken, plus have salads, chips and salsa, etc – you won't go home hungry I suspect…LET ME KNOW ON THE QUESTIONAIRE IF YOU HAVE ANY SPECIAL DIETARY RESTRICTIONS/ISSUES.
WHAT ARE THE CAMPING AND HIKING DETAILS?
BATHROOMS/SHOWERS AT THE BBQ /CAMPING SITE?
Yes, we have some bathrooms, but no showers – the bathrooms are what I call 'hi tech backcountry toilets' – they are clean, they have a seat like any toilet you are used to, and are not too smelly - they don't have running water, so we supply handwipes/purell…