Massapequa Park, NY: NYC Chapter, Massapequa Preserve Caminito

Apr 13, 2024 10:00AM


Massapequa Park, NY, Eastern Daylight Time

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Please join us for a Caminito on Saturday, April 13 in the Massapequa Preserve in Massapequa Park, Nassau County, LI, NY.

It will be an approximately 6 mile walk over about 2 hours with an optional extension of another few miles and another hour more. Terrain is flat and either paved or dirt, but it may be muddy in places. Please bring sufficient water, snacks, sunscreen and bug spray as needed or desired, no lunch stop until the end.

The walk is accessible by train or car. Train riders should meet the group at 10:00am outside the first bathrooms (nearest the escalators from the upper level) in the main corridor of the new LIRR concourse in Grand Central Terminal. There is also a coffee/tea/snack cart located there. You should have already purchased a round trip ticket to Massapequa Park (NOT Massapequa). Senior discounts are available. There are LIRR ticket machines available all along this corridor. The train departs from the lower level at 10:13. If you are running late go directly to the track level. If you are not familiar with the year-old LIRR concourse please give yourself at least 15 minutes to get there from the main Grand Central level and buy tickets. We are taking the Babylon branch train. You can reach Massapequa Park from Penn Station or Atlantic Terminal but you must change at Jamaica for the Babylon train that departs Jamaica at 10:35; check MTA schedules for exact departure times from Penn Station or Atlantic Terminal. Drivers can park near Massapequa Park station on streets or lots but please check regulations when parking. The Caminito will end at our meeting location. We will meet outside the Massapequa Perk Cafe on Front St. directly across from the Massapequa Park station at 11:13. There will be time to get a coffee, tea or pastry here. Bathrooms may be available. There will be one other bathroom stop near the start and end of the walk.

At the end of the walk there will be an optional casual late lunch stop for pizza or Mexican food although other cuisines are available. Also either during or after lunch please join the hike leader for a beverage at a local microbrewery (you can also bring food in).

Your hike leader is Paul Brunn, who has an educational background in Environmental Studies, Botany and Landscape Architecture and has worked as a gardener, environmental inspector and a city planner. He has walked parts of the Camino Inglés and the Camino del Norte in Spain as well as parts of pilgrim pathways in Germany and Switzerland as well as many hiking trails throughout the US and other parts of the world.