Season’s Greetings and Best New Year’s Wishes From Harriman Hikers

As the sun sets on 2008, Harriman Hikers would like to take the opportunity to wish each and everyone the very best for a happy, safe holiday season and fulfilling, prosperous 2009.

Season’s Greetings and Best New Year’s Wishes From Harriman Hikers
Lake Skannatati sunset – December, Harriman State Park, NY. Special thanks to Harriman Hiker Mary Jockel for this photo from Harriman Hikers Sunday, December 7, 2008 hike

Please be sure and join us for our annual Holiday Hike on Sunday, December 27th, 2008. The Holiday Hike is a regular Harriman Hikers hike with special emphasis for the day on the holiday season. Harriman Hikers will hike as usual Sunday, December 27th, 2008, whatever the weather, just as we have every Sunday for over 30 years. Additionally…

Feel free to wear your silly Santa hat, fake reindeer antlers, elf ears or whatever else you can think of to add to the merriment! At the same time, please be reminded, the hike will be a regular Harriman Hikers hike and, “Harriman Hikers hikes are what many would consider “intermediate level”, which is to say, “hikers should be in good physical condition and under prevailing weather conditions, capable of hiking 7-8 miles over hilly and rocky wilderness terrain where some hills can be steep” – creativity is encouraged, however, please use proper judgment deciding how you would like to “decorate” yourself for the hike. (i.e. if you decide to be a Christmas Tree complete with ornaments, those ornaments may well get shaken loose and / or you may have a hard time keeping pace with the group, if, for instance, the hike leaders decide to take the group up Cardiac Hill or along one of the many other challenging trail routes that define Harriman Hikers hikes. Pointy elf shoes with bells on the toes? …probably not a good idea. Human dreidel? …nawww… Haven’t hiked with us before? Please read our home page carefully. Harriman Hikers Guide to Winter Hiking might be helpful as well.
… Many hikers enjoy meeting up at the Mahwah Bar and Grill (MBG) after the hike each week; the Sunday December 21st hike may be a special opportunity to hook up with outdoors friends to celebrate the season. Meeting up after the hike is an optional, additional activity announced as a courtesy and does not affect or replace Harriman Hikers regular Sunday Hike or necessarily involve or include our Hike Leaders or other administrators. The best way to participate in this informal gathering is to join Harriman Hikers for the regular Sunday hike and to keep your ears open – meeting up at MBG is a popular option open to everyone and there is always chatter about meeting up afterward among the ranks during the hike. Generally accepted etiquette is for each person to bring cash to pay their own tab, treat the waitstaff with dignity and respect and tip generously as well as respect the personal spaces of others who may be present. Please do not drink and drive.
For hikers that might enjoy a signficantly more challenging hiking experience in addition to Harriman Hikers regular Sunday Hike, Ed Burdzy will be leading (2) additional hikes during the 2008 holiday season – on Friday December 26th and on New Year’s Day, Thursday, January 1st, 2009. It is very important that you read the announcements about these hikes carefully; please do not plan participate in either of these hikes without having spoken to Ed first. Follow the links below for complete information:


  • Friday Dec 26, 2008 Additional Hike
  • Thursday Jan 1st, 2009 Additional Hike (AKA “Ed’s Step into New Year Hike”)
    Please be reminded that Ed’s hikes are additional hikes, coordinated by Ed and never affect or replace Harriman Hikers regular Sunday Hikes.

    Harriman Hikers
    A New York – New Jersey singles hiking club, established 1974

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