Outdoor Club of South Jersey Newsletter
July 2019
OCSJ Spotlight
OCSJ Spotlight on: Pat Kalinowski

By Vera C. Stek

Residents of North or Central Jersey are often shocked when they move south and discover a state they never knew existed. 
Rather than paved over acres of parking lot, mega malls, multi-lane highways and crowded cities, South Jersey offers millions of acres of open space, hiking trails, biking lanes on quiet rural roads and quiet waters for canoeing or kayaking.
This is certainly what Pat Kalinowski discovered when she moved to this area from Union County. For close to three decades, she’s been enjoying outdoor adventures with the Outdoor Club and expanding her interests from just cycling to include every activity the club offers.
Pat finds inspiration in the club’s older members, who continue to be active despite their years. Here’s her story:
Q. Tell us a little about yourself.
PAT: I live in Haddon Heights with my husband, Dave Nicholson, and our cat, Ted. I’m originally from Elizabeth. I moved to South Jersey in 1981. I’ve been retired since 2017.
Q: When and why did you join the Outdoor Club? What benefit do you feel you get from belonging to the club?
PAT: I joined the Outdoor Club in 1983. I love being outdoors and sharing my experiences with like-minded people. I’ve had the pleasure of enjoying outdoor adventures with great OCSJ leaders over the years: Bert Nixdorf, Joe Trujillo, Chris Denneler, Richard and Eileen Greve, Fran Horn.
Q. What activities do you enjoy the most and participate in, and are you active all year round?
PAT: I started cycling as an adult in 1975 and that was my primary interest in joining the Outdoor Club. In addition to cycling, the club opened my eyes to the beauty of the Pinelands on hiking, tubing and kayaking trips. I also joined the cross-country ski group. Does anyone remember Richard Greve’s bushwhacking ski adventures?
Q. What are some of your favorite places in South Jersey for hiking?
PAT: The Maurice River Bluff Preserve hike was my first hike after I retired. That perfect autumn day hike remains one of my favorite hikes. Also, I enjoyed the Blue Comet hike. I love the story of the Blue Comet.
Q. Do you have any goals, such as hiking a certain number of miles per year? 
PAT: I had two goals when I retired: Hike the entire Batona Trail and participate in the Tour de Pines cycling event. I did both in October 2018.

Q. Has being active has affected your health and your life?
PAT: I believe it’s crucial to good health to remain active your entire life. I’m encouraged and inspired by older club members who continue enjoying outdoor activities well into their eighties. That’s my goal!
Q. What’s a piece of hiking equipment that you can’t do without?
PAT: Good hiking boots or walking shoes. Without them the hike could turn into an unhappy experience.
Q. Are you also interested in the history and flora and fauna of the Pinelands?
PAT: Many years ago when I first moved to South Jersey, I attended a presentation by Elizabeth Woodford at Lenape High School about the Pinelands. She shared her wealth of knowledge about flora and fauna unique to the Pinelands. It sparked an interest and love for me of the Pinelands. It’s a jewel that I knew nothing about when I lived in North Jersey.
Q. What are some of your other interests, hobbies?
PAT: Since retiring, I’ve been volunteering at the Animal Welfare Association in Voorhees. I like spinning, baking, reading, traveling.
Q. Anything else you’d like to say about anything?
PAT: I always say that I have two switches, “On” and “Off.” If I’m not “On,” then I’m sleeping. I like to keep myself busy every day, and since retiring I’ve been busier than ever which is just fine with me!
OCSJ Club News

Our much beloved OCSJ hike leader, Robert Hodges, died suddenly on June 1. 
He was an active member of the Outdoor Club of South Jersey for many years and leader of the Friday night hikes for over 18 years. 
In his honor, his friends are planning to place a Memorial Plaque and Bench in the Brendan Byrne State Forest. If you would like to contribute to this fund, please send a check marked "Bob Hodges Memorial Fund"
to OCSJ, PO Box 46, Atco, NJ 08004 
OCSJ Website

The OCSJ board is working on a new website. We are still at the same address WWW.OCSJ.ORG . We have rebuilt the front page, added a better transition to our membership function and reworked many of our Activities section.

Take a few minutes and review the Policy/Forms section. We have consolidated the OCSJ Constitution and By-Laws, club policies and forms into this section.

Recently, we changed our payments provider from Paypal to Affiniypay. We realize that their are still a few glitches. At the moment, we are working on the addition of a link to the Newsletter and the addition of a donation page for contributions to our funds

As part of this effort, we plan to use Survey Monkey to solicit ideas from our members. Please take a moment and give us your comments.

OCSJ Events

Trip to Cape May in June
Cape May Weekend - In June, 37 members of OCSJ spent the weekend at the Chalfonte Hotel. It was a relaxing weekend of fun at the shore. Some folks walked on the beach, birded at Cape May Point and biked the roads and trails. Others relaxed on the porch.
Thanks to everyone for a great weekend.

Vermont Walking Trip August 11 thru 16
From 8/11 thru 8/16, we will walk approximately 4-6 miles each morning along lightly traveled dirt roads in Vermont. Expect mountain scenery, picturesque villages, and rural landscapes. The afternoons are free to visit sights in the area or relax. We stay at the Colonial House Inn in Weston, Vermont. For more information, please contact Ken Mayberg at Kjmayberg@aol.com or 609 751-1387 (Evenings or weekends).
For more information on this trip, please use the following link:
www.meetup.com/Outdoor-Club-of-South-Jersey-Hiking/events/259345207/ or

2019 Photo Contest

The 2019 OCSJ photo contest has begun. Hang on to your best pictures from any OCSJ outing taken between September 1, 2018 until September 30, 2019. Your photo could be selected to appear on the pages of our 2020 OCSJ calendar. The best overall picture selected by our panel of judges will appear on the cover. You must be a paid member of our club to enter and it must be an OCSJ event. Submission of all photos will be from September 1, to September 30, 2019.

Mike Engel volunteered to Chair the 2019 Photo Contest. If you are interested in photography and would like to help Mike, please contact him at ikemengel@hotmail.com

This is just a reminder that members should use the Meetup comments ONLY for getting more information about a particular event, such as distance, pace, meeting place, etc.
If you are planning to attend an event, do not forget to RSVP. This is important information for the leader. And of course, if your plans change, please cancel your RSVP. Meetup will automatically send you an email if the activity is

The new printed Trekker is available at OCSJ board meetings and from Board Members and Leaders.  
OCSJ Participation Policy
1. OCSJ is a member organization. Membership funds pay for insurance and other Club overhead. However, prospective members and guests of OCSJ members may try one regular activity from each of our activity sections without joining. Thereafter they must join to be eligible for the hundreds of activities and events available every year.
2. Participants on trips which charge money must be members of OCSJ, except where the trip is a joint trip with another club and the participant is a member of that club. Members of OCSJ may bring guests on a day trip charging money. Participants on overnight trips charging money must always be an OCSJ member.

Any comments please Contact Barbara Brandt ( president@ocsj.org )
Membership information is now available with the following links:
  • WWW.OCSJ.ORG click on the Join OCSJ button and enter your email address and password. 
  • Wild Apricot app - on you phone

OCSJ's mailing address is: 
 OCSJ, PO Box 46, Atco, NJ 08004 

Our annual membership rates are:
 Individual - $20 or Family - $25 
Membership Questions: contact Regina Coeby at membership@ocsj.org    
To receive up to date club information, we encourage everyone to go to our website and to join our Meetup groups.
Miles to Go Before We Rest

It takes an enormous amount of dedication and determination to commit to the OCSJ Mileage Clubs, but if you are a person who welcomes a challenge, enjoys group activities, and/or simply likes the outdoors, you should really consider joining one of our mileage clubs. If you are an OCSJ member, just contact any of the contacts below and join Us.
  • 500 Mile Club - Valerie Danzey (vdanzey1@verizon.net )
  • Grand Mile Club - Jon Peterson (jonpeterson66@gmail.com
  • Paddler's Mile Club - Erika Blank (powerofpink58@verizon.net)
  • Bicycle Mile Club - Neil Kornhauser (nkornhauser@gmail.com)

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The next club meeting is on August 8th, 7:30 pm at the Cherry Hill Library.   All members and prospective members are welcome.  

The club is actively looking for members to become more involved with the operation of the club. 
The club needs people to serve on the board and aid in the processes that keep the club in operation. If you have interest, join us at a board meeting. See how the board and the club operates and see if you are suited for some position or if you would just like to help out from time to time.
OCSJ President  president@ocsj.org  

M essage from the cycling chair:

The hot and humid weather of July has not stopped our cyclists from getting out there and riding. OCSJ cycling has never been better with everyone enjoying all types of riding from D to B+ pace, from 15 miles to 78 miles in length. Many of our rides involve food of some sort before, during or after the ride. Coming soon is the Uncle Dewey’s BBQ ride, so be sure to check the calendar for that ride.
The July 4 th all paces rides was a huge success with 65 cyclists coming out on 4 different rides; D, C, C+ and B. It was great seeing everyone out in mass having a good time. 

The Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evening rides are a great way to end the workday to burn off energy or just go for a leisurely ride. The evening rides will continue throughout the calendar as long as we still have enough daylight.

*We are a volunteer club and we want to always have the calendar filled with a variety of rides

**If there is a ride of a certain speed and distance that you do not see, then volunteer to put one in!!

***We have over 325 routes already listed on our Ride With GPS Club Account page from 15 miles to 150 miles in length. It couldn’t be any simpler! More leaders = more rides!  If you are interested in leading, email Neil Kornhauser ( nkornhauser@gmail.com) to get started!

Monthly DIY Tip
When you apply your brakes do you feel like the lever feels spongy or does not engage fast enough?

I have observed on MANY occasions people riding with their brake calipers in the OPEN position! I always make it a point to tell them, and then we put the QUICK RELEASE (on the calipers) IN THE CLOSED POSITION. Their first reaction is “oh I don’t have to pull as hard on the brake levers!”

If you need to stop quickly, having the quick release open is a major safety issue because you may not be able to stop in time. To see the quick release in the closed position skip to time 2:18 on the attached video.

Thank you and see you on the road and trails!

Neil Kornhauser (cycling chairman)
For July 2019

This year the club trail maintenance crew had their biggest season ever! We were honored at the NJ State Division of Parks and Forestry Volunteer Appreciation Day at Batsto. We had over 800 hours of trail work. The crew completed installing over 100 North/South directional signs on the Batona, trimmed and reblazed many, many miles of brush, repaired bog bridges in Bass River SF and Brendan T Bryne SF and filled in the holes in the berm by Evans Bridge with 60 sandbags and a truckload of dirt.

Our end of the season picnic was May 21st but trail work never ends and we already have a list of projects that we will start in September. Everyone have a great summer! 

 T hank you to all!! Our trail crew is the BEST!! 

 To volunteer, please contact Ro Mason at romason@comcast.net

Monday August 12: Moorestown Walks by David Bicking
A 6-8 mile moderate paced walk on the roads, trails and fire-cuts in Greenwood Forest Wildlife Management Area. There are dozens of possibilities suitable to almost all conditions. I'll select a different one each time to keep it interesting. Leader: Jay Schoss 609 (283) 0252 or tree2short @ aol.com at least a day prior for more info.

Saturday, August 10, 2019: DOUBLE TROUBLE STATE PARK.
4 mile hike at moderate pace. A leisurely stroll through the woods to see the dam, then back along the mill race to the saw mill and the operating bogs. Meet at main parking lot at Pinewalk-Kesswick Rd and Double Trouble Rd.
Leader: David Bicking, (8 5 6) 249 - 0886, dbickin @ yahoo.com

Sunday, August 11, 2019: Vermont Backroad Walking Trip
We will walk approximately 4-6 miles each morning along lightly travelled dirt roads in Vermont. Expect mountain scenery, picturesque villages, and rural landscapes. The afternoons are free to visit sights in the area or relax. We stay at the Colonial House Inn in Weston, Vermont. Rooms are modest but the common area is quaint. Meals are excellent. Outside the inn has scenic views. I have been coming to the area for about 15 years and have walked or cycled many of the surrounding roads.
Arrive: Sunday, August 11 after 3:00. Depart: Friday, August 16th
Leader: Ken Mayberg. Kjmayberg@aol.com or 609 751-1387

If you would like to volunteer to lead a new hike, please contact David at DBICKIN@YAHOO.COM    
The camping trip at Bass River run by John Kerney was a success. The backpacking trip in Vermont also went well. 7 people started and 5 finished. All got home safely.

Monday July 29, 2019: Slow & Steady Backpack in PA - 2 nights, 1 swimming hole, 20 miles
Beginner and experienced backpackers are invited to join us for a week day summer backpack trip on the Appalachian Trail. The campsites are popular, and we may miss some of the crowds by going during the week.
All participants should send their email address to the leader
Leader: Ann at annwolf103@gmail.com.

Hike the Appalachian Trail in Northern Massachusetts/Southern VT: Come hike the Appalachian Trail as we cross from Mass into Vermont. Very Strenuous hike, total of 19.3 miles - not for beginners (there will be a beginner's hike in October)... 
Leader: Kevin at KDREVIK@AOL.CO M
If you would like to organize a trip or for backpacking information, contact Kevin at KDREVIK@AOL.CO M

M essage from the kayaking chair:
  Warmer weather brings out more paddlers. It doesn’t eliminate safety concerns. Guidelines for Paddlers are listed on the ocsj.org website under policies and forms. While it may say guidelines, some items are strictly enforced.
  • Everyone must sign the sign-in sheets.
  • PFD’s must be worn when on the water. 
  • Footwear must be closed toe-no flip-flops.
Rules for minors on the OCSJ website.

Leaders have final say on participation  based on safety  concerns. Examples would be  bringing small children or  pets. Some will ask about limits on trip size. This might be set by safety concerns or limited parking. If you have a question, please contact the leader first.
Enjoy the season but stay safe.

Happy Paddling

Frank Pearce, Kayaking Chairman

Thursday run down the Wading: Come and enjoy this Thursday Run Down the Wading River! It is a great trip for beginners, intermediate and advanced paddlers. Guests are welcome for their first experience with OCSJ. It is approximately a 3 hour run, and we will be stopping along the way to eat, swim and experience the Pine Barrens. We will be meeting at Godfey's Bridge at 10 am should arrive at Beaver Branch landing by 1 pm at the latest. This is a clear, straight, quick run. When meeting in the morning, drive over the one lane wooden bridge and we will be on the right on the beach. Bring change of clothes, food and water!
Leader: Charles Keyes (6 0 9) 742-7932 (call or text)

If you would like to organize a trip, contact Frank at
Cross Country Ski and Snowshoe Trips

 The Winter Schedule
The Cross Country ski and Snowshoe trips will be listed on the OCSJ Website and Meetup. For more information, please contact our Cross Country Ski-chair Eileen Greve ( egreve212@gmail.com ) 609-204-6451.
Check the site for more information: www.meetup.com/Outdoor-Club-of-South-Jersey/   
Please note:
To confirm your place on the trip, you must contact the leader by phone or email. All payments are non-refundable without finding a replacement. 

Ro Mason is our Trail Representative. Every Tuesday, she will be organizing work days for the BATONA Trail. To volunteer, please contact Ro at romason@comcast.net

Vermont Walking Trip August 11 thru 16
From 8/11 thru 8/16, we will walk approximately 4-6 miles each morning along lightly traveled dirt roads in Vermont. Expect mountain scenery, picturesque villages, and rural landscapes. The afternoons are free to visit sights in the area or relax. We stay at the Colonial House Inn in Weston, Vermont. For more information, please contact Ken Mayberg at Kjmayberg@aol.com or 609 751-1387 (Evenings or weekends).

Volunteer Opportunities
The club is actively looking for members to become more involved with the operation. We have a new Volunteer Coordinator, Barbara Berman. If you would like to volunteer or desire more information, please contact Barbara at bberman96@gmail.com
The club needs people to serve on the board and aid in the processes that keep the club in operation. If you wonder how the club is organized and how it runs, or what leaders do, come on out to a monthly board meeting. (Second Thursday of every month at the Cherry Hill library at 7:30pm). It's your club and we welcome you to get involved.

Board of Trustrees - Interested in joining the OCSJ Board. Come out to a couple of meetings or contact the OCSJ President at president@ocsj.org
Publicity - We would like to have the OCSJ name appear in more places both in print and online. Contact Fran at franhorn@aol.com  if you have ideas and would like to help.
Party/Picnic Planning Committee -  If you would like to help with the 2019 Picnics, contact the OCSJ President at president@ocsj.org  
Website/Computer - We could use some help from people with computer or website experience.  Contact the OCSJ President at president@ocsj.org
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