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Archive for July, 2008

Park City March 15-22, 2009

Posted by Craig DeSantis on July 30th, 2008




MARCH 15TH – MARCH 22ND 2009 

$1499.49 PP

Roundtrip Nonstop Air on Delta Airlines (Newark-Salt Lake City).

Lodging:   7 night(s) lodging incl. tax at The Park City Peaks Hotel (2 adult(s) per HOTEL ROOM).
Package is based on double occupancy in a standard hotel room with 2 queen beds. Included is a full breakfast daily. The Park City Peaks Hotel is a full service resort hotel located along Park City’s entry corridor, amid the action of three world-class ski resorts – Park City Mountain Resort, Deer Valley, and The Canyons – and within minutes of Nordic skiing, sleigh rides, shopping, and dining. It is located on the Park City transit route, offering free shuttle service to Main Street and other Park City locations. Amenities include: Indoor/Outdoor Pool, Giant Outdoor Hot Tub, Complimentary Ski Storage, Sports Bar & Grille, Full Service Restaurant,  Full daily breakfast buffet and a visit from the “Cookie Man” included in room rate during ski season. Complimentary Welcome Reception and all Baggage Transfers are included.
Lift Tickets: 2 days at Park City Resort, 2 days at The Canyons and 1 day at Deer Valley

Round Trip Transfers from Airport to Resort.

Travel Insurance is recommended and available for $55.00 pp

Payment Schedule:
Deposit: $75.00 Due Now!! 
$300.00 due 9/13/08
$400.00 due 11/15/08
Balance due 1/14/09
Payments can also be made by credit card if desired. Credit card payment forms are available from Roy via e mail or in person at any meeting.
Send payments made out to Rocky Mountain Tours
  To: Roy Spierer,
         27 Manito Ave.
         Lake Hiawatha, NJ 07034
         973-299-0672 (Home)
         973-219-1185 (Cell)
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Pub, Grub and Wine Tour

Posted by Larry Ticotin, Webmaster on July 29th, 2008

Hello to All:

Please mark your calendar for Saturday-October 18, 2008

(Open to all members and friends of members)

For the “Pub, Grub and Wine Tour”

We will be touring some of Vermont’s best Breweries/pubs and wine vineyard.

The Fall Foliage at this time will be Beautiful!!!

1-OtterCreek Brewery-Free Samples-Free Giveaways-Private tour-a friend of mine works at Otter Creek

2-Shelbourne Winery-Free Samples-Complimentary Souvenir Glass-Private Tour $5.00-per person-included in price. Cheese and Cracker Reception on Deck

3. Magic Hat Brewery-Free Samples-Giveaways-Tour

4-Switchback Brewery-Free Samples-Giveaways-Tour

5. Lunch at RiRa-Gaelic for “Good Times” Authentic Irish Pub—Buffet Lunch included in price.

6. Three Needs Brewery Pub

7. Vermont Pub and Brewery

Other Things to do while in Burlington:

Ben and Jerry’s Original Ice Cream Store-which started it all.

Green Mountain Original Coffee shop

Chocolate/Fudge Shops

Cigar Stores

Gift Shops

Side walks Entertainment.

8. Dinner at Peavine Pub/Restaurant-Famous for their Flatbread Pizza-sit outside next to their fire pit-under the stars. Price does not include dinner.

$75.00 per person

Includes bus-tours of brewery’s-wine tour-lunch.

A separate price-will also be paid to Craigmeur ski club for lodging Friday/Saturday Night—Breakfast Saturday/Sunday-$30.00 member-$40.00 non-member.

Provide your own transportation to Lodge.

Make tour check payable to:

Donald Taggart—only for the Pub Tour–$75.00 per person—mail check to me or see meet at the meeting-I will be there Wednesday-August 6th.

Mail tour check to:

Donald Taggart

8 Chelsea Drive

Randolph-new Jersey 07869

The other check for the lodge needs to be sent in separately.

I will be at the meeting-Wednesday-August 6th

Space is limited due to size of bus and number of seats and lodge space

Please contact me via e-mail-cell phone-see me at a meeting. A check will reserve your seat.

A final pay date is Wednesday-September 24, 2008.

Thank you

Donald Taggart




Please call with any questions.

Update July 31, 2008: People are already sending in their checks to hold the date. Please remember there is a limited amount of seats on the bus. Sign up is based on first come, first serve reservation. Once all seats are filled up, I will not be able to accept anymore reservations.

Update September 3, 2008: There are only 10 spots left!. Need we say more?

!***Alta Ski Trip 2009***!

Posted by Larry Ticotin, Webmaster on July 28th, 2008

Feb 28 – March 7, 2009

(We leave on a Saturday and return on Saturday 6 nights with 5 days of skiing)

Alta & Snowbird – Home of the Deep Powder

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Photo 1 Snow Conditions: It is important to consider snow conditions. Alta and Snowbird offer the best deep powder conditions on the planet. However, if the weather gets warm for a few days as it can in late March and early April the deep powder turns to mash-potatoes and is not ski-able. This trip is planned for late February and the first week of March giving us the best opportunity for deep powder and good ski conditions.

Additional benefits are:

  • Deposits are partially refundable
  • You may arrange your own airfare. (i.e use frequent flyer miles)
  • Save money on food by sharing the cost and cooking in the Chalet.
    • The food would be ordered in advance and delivered to the lodge
    • We would all eat in the largest Chalet. Everyone would be responsible to help cook one night’s dinner. Chefs plan their own dinner menu in advance. (Example: spaghetti works for me and feeds many as do hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill)
    • Restaurants are very expensive in ski resort area’s
  • Ski In – Ski Out lodging. The Chalet’s are located about 200 yards from a trail where you can ski down to the chair lift.
  • Chalets also offer the benefit of dining together and evening parting in the Chalet. Bring your music.

Air Travel: I have reserved flights via Continental leaving from Newark and arriving in Salt Lake City. The RT cost is $587.92. This includes Fuel Surcharges and taxes. This reservation expires soon, if we do not send a deposit.
Transportation: I will arrange for a bus to take us to Alta, about a 3/4 hour away. Cost $58 RT
Lodging: I will rent a large lodge (maybe Two). They sleep between 10 – 16 people each. Depending on the lodge and the number of people, the cost is $100 – $125 per person, per night.

Estimated Cost:
Air $587
Lodging $600 (based on approximately 16 – 24 people in Chalet’s.
Results in $100 per night each)
Transportation $58 (RT transport from Airport to Chalet and back)
Food $50 based on 16 people = $800 for food (Huge savings)
Lift ticket $300 (approximately $60 per day X 5 days, for Multi Mt. Pass)
Total = $1,595 pp

In order to insure the airfare and lodging we need to reserve these two items NOW. Many of the Chalets have already been renting for the week we are planning to go. Remember you can cancel and receive a refund of most of your deposit. I need a $150 deposit each ASAP.
NOTE: If you are planning on using the Chalet, but arranging your own airfare and transportation, your deposit is only $100.00

Cancellation policy:
You can cancel as late as November 20th and receive a refund. Cancellations after Nov. 20 will receive smaller refunds. Cancellations 60 days prior to departure receive no refunds.

Fun Off the Slopes at Snowbird and Alta

  • Snowmobiling at Snowbird
    For more information or to book your snowmobile tour contact Summit Snowmobiling at 877-810-0060
  • Tubing at Snowbird
  • Ice Skating at Snowbird
  • Ogden Salomon Center
    Vertical Wind Tunnel/Skydiving Free Fall
  • Day Spas
    • The Cliff Spa at Snowbird
    • Goldminer’s Daughter Day Spa

Contact Information:
Please email me if you are interested or have additional questions. I need to have a count of people interested in-order to plan the Chalet’s.
Please make the checks made out to and send your deposit to:
Dwight Mann
102 Manor Dr.
Hackettstown, NJ 07840
T: 908-813-3993
E: dmann1000@yahoo.com

Time to think Snow

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Tragedy Avoided on the Delaware

Posted by Larry Ticotin, Webmaster on July 28th, 2008

Ask anybody who attended this year’s annual canoe/raft trip and they will most likely tell you it was the best yet. However, for one of our participants, Lee DeSantis, the river trip adventure almost cost him his life. Many rumors and conflicting accounts of the day’s events circulated about what actually happened. In fairness we interviewed all on board to get their vantage point and offer these accounts to the general public so that each can form his or her own conclusions. The following is an excerpt taken from those interviews:

My dog jumped into the water and headed toward shore. I jumped off the raft to grab her, but couldn’t reach her in time as she swam away. Then I figured that I should just keep going, as this would be a good opportunity to escape all the estrogen on board – 3 women! I wasn’t wearing my life preserver so I got tired very quickly. I realized that I was in trouble, but needed to preserve my macho persona so I swam on my back pretending that I was just taking a leisurely swim. I heard Larry scream like a little girl, “What should we do?” The ladies were clinging together and screaming for Larry to save me. I was suddenly surrounded by anacondas and fought them off with my pocketknife. I went down a couple of times and yelled to my beloved Tracie, “I love you!!” not knowing if those would be my last words. Finally, the raft reached me and I did a back flip into the boat. I was relieved that my hair was still in place.

I knew immediately that Lee was in trouble. I took control of the situation. Luckily I had my camera ready and took some great shots of Lee drowning. I glanced at my watch and realized that it was close to lunchtime, so I took a short break to eat my sandwich. After I finished my sandwich, I yelled to everyone to grab their paddles and paddle as fast as they could. It was now all up to me to save Lee. I fought off sharks with one hand, a giant octopus (or was it the Loch Ness monster?) with the other, and adjusted the camera with my left foot. I knew I had to save Lee otherwise I would have to do most of the paddling for the rest of the trip. I grabbed Lee’s hand and with one strong pull, masterfully lifted him safely into the raft. As soon as I get home I’ll post the photos on the web site.

I told Lee to wear his life preserver, but did he listen? N-o-o-o-o-o! I checked to make sure that the beer cooler was still in the boat, then I yelled to him, “Honey, is the life insurance paid up?” I wasn’t sure, so Sue and I paddled out to him to save him. Larry was useless. When Larry finally realized that Lee needed help, he just curled up in a fetal position and sucked his thumb. As Lee struggled to lift himself up into the boat, Larry whined about his camera getting wet.

Larry mostly played with his camera the whole time. Tracie and I had to do all the paddling while Larry tried to figure out the camera settings. I’m just glad I didn’t break a nail, but now I’m going to have to listen to Larry tell this story a million times!


Gypsy, the dog
Woof, woof, [pant, pant] woof, yap, woof, woof [pant, pant] yap, yap, yelp! [wag, wag]
Translation: Every dog has her day!

Written by Sue Ticotin

Please check back soon to view a future post recapping the Canoe/Raft Camping event. It will include photos and a video. Participants please get your photos to Larry Ticotin ASAP so that we can all enjoy reviewing this event.

Glenn’s Water Party

Posted by Larry Ticotin, Webmaster on July 23rd, 2008

I am happy to present a reworked video from Glenn’s party. Unfortunately due to technical problems I was forced to cut important scenes in the previous video. As of tonight I have overcome those issues.


Larry Ticotin, Webmaster

Upcoming Canoe/Raft Camping Trip on Delaware River

Posted by Larry Ticotin, Webmaster on July 23rd, 2008

Good Day Campers and Rafters—-

Okay, everything is confirmed! We are ready to camp and raft.  Just a few items for you to know:

1.       At this point in time, there are NO refunds allowed! Everything is confirmed and paid for.  If you have told me you were coming, I paid your spot.   If you have not yet made payment, please make all checks out to me (Wendy Brescia) or bring cash.

2.       If you know of anyone else that would like to come but has not yet signed up, they may come and pay me that day.  Please note the reservation is under my name not Craigmeur.    If you do not put your reservation under my name, you will not get the discounted rate we were offered for having a large party.

3.       Check in time is 2PM (Friday) – if you happen to get there early and the site is empty, you will be allowed to start setting up.  If campers are still occupying the site, you can check in at the office and utilize the campground but will have to wait for the campsite to clear (no later than 2PM).  At that time, you may start setting up camp.

4.       Check out time is 1PM (Sunday).

5.       We have worker campsites which are located in the field to the right of the office building when you pull in the parking lot.  There will be a section marked for parking and then a designated area to set up tents.  **Please do not set up tents in the actual campsites…this is where the group will be utilizing the campfire and social as well as eating!

6.       I checked the weather today for the weekend and it does not look as beautiful as the weather that Glenn ordered, but when I spoke to the campground, they say the weather up there is different than what it may say online.  But, from the looks of it, it will not rain on Friday evening (so everyone can set themselves up in ease).  Lee will be setting up a large tarp and I believe Olivier is doing the same…so, we should be good to go if it does happen to rain.

7.       Please remember to bring dry clothes, towels, a flashlight, sun block, sunglasses, bug spray, your own beverages, snacks to share among others (chips, dips, desserts, marshmallows, chocolate, graham crackers, etc.).  PLEASE REMEMBER NOT TO BRING GLASS ON THE RIVER!

8.       For those of you who are using your own equipment for the river, please be aware, you will need to transport YOURSELF back up to the campground.

9.       For those of you who are using the rental, please be courteous and return ALL equipment at the end of the ride.

10.   Most important – PLEASE ENJOY YOURSELF and HAVE FUN!

Thanks and see you shortly,


2008 Waterskiing Party – Splashtacular!

Posted by Craig DeSantis on July 22nd, 2008

It was 8:00 on Saturday, July 12th. The sky was a brilliant blue and the lake was a limpid pool, eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Craigmeur Ski Club boats with members and friends on water-skis and wakeboards. Like last year, Handsome Glenn ordered the perfect weather, as he and Debi opened their beautiful home, yard and dock to scores of friends eager to partake in what has been called “The best day ever” by their biggest fan.

Whether tubing, up on two skis, slalom or wakeboard, the rush of the wind and the pendulous traversing of the wake was exhilarating. And the thrill of speeding on tube behind a boat, never knowing if you’ll be flipped off or stay on was quite a rush for kids, teenagers and even some adults.

The day was enjoyed by members and friends of all ages, with waterskiing and wakeboarding all morning, tubing for most of the day, an ongoing barbeque feast in the afternoon, sunbathing on the grass, swimming and diving in the lake, and animated conversations among friends scattered all over the beautifully manicured green carpet of grass that is the back lawn along the lakefront.

Our first “thank-you” goes to Glenn and Debi, who hosted the event with the warmth and generosity that always come so naturally to both of them. We would also like to thank everyone who brought their boats to give us the experience of a lifetime (although thankfully now it has become an annual event, yeah!): Glenn, Chuck, Pat, Fred, Brian, and anyone who may have missed that brought a boat. We thank you for your patience in teaching those who had never skied or wake boarded before to get up and enjoy the rush. Thank you Glenn and Debi for the bagel breakfast and barbeque food, and members and friends for the delicious side dishes and desserts.

It was truly the best day ever (again!!) — Cheryl Biron

Written by Cheryl Biron

Photos by Larry Ticotin and Diane Bogert
Photo Gallery created by Larry Ticotin
Video by Diane Bogert
Please click here for additional photos taken by Roy Spierer

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2008 Waterskiing Party – Splashtacular! – More Photos

Posted by Larry Ticotin, Webmaster on July 21st, 2008

Here are some additional photos taken by Roy Spierer:

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Summer Lodge Openings

Posted by Kimberly on July 16th, 2008

We’ve added some dates for summer lodge openings to the calendar.  The lodge will be open for Golf week 7/23-7/28 and for Labor Day Weekend.  The summer rates are $5/night for members and $10/night for guests.  Fall Openings 9/27-28 (Sat–>Mon) and Oct 2-5 (Thurs-Sun) – the Fall rate is $10/night members and $15/night Guests.  Please contact Kimberly to make your reservation if you are planning on going up.  Have fun!

Golf Week

Posted by Kimberly on July 16th, 2008

Once again, Russ Hollister will be running Golf Week up at the Lodge in Vermont. The Lodge will be open from Wednesday, July 23 through Monday morning, July 28. The cost for members is $5/night the cost for guests is $10/night.

You don’t have to golf to attend this event – there are a lot of things to do in VT in the summer – bike, hike, swim, relax, etc….. For Lodge resevations please contact Kimberly. If you want to arrange golf times please contact Russ Hollister.