Hudson Valley Kayak & Riverside BBQ -Midweek Special

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  • 07/22/2021
    8:45 am - 5:45 pm

Spend a day out of the city and enjoy a leisurely kayak trip on the beautiful Hudson River in the heart of the Hudson Valley.  Your day will start with a breathtaking train ride up the Hudson River to Poughkeepsie where your host will pick you up and bring you to the all the day’s activities.

How it works:

  • You can take the 8:45am Metro North train or drive to meet us at the Poughkeepsie train station at 10:48am. (specific meeting instructions will be sent when you register)
  • Your guide will meet you at the station and bring you to our private riverside campsite where we’ll set out for a 3 mile trip that will bring us to Esopus Island.  Along the way you’ll see rolling hills, historic mansions and the Catskill Mountains in the distance.
  • After kayaking we will enjoy a riverside BBQ with burgers, dogs, grilled chicken,  salads and beverages.  If you have dietary restrictions we will accommodate them.
  • Before departure we will stop by a local farm stand for fresh berries, veggies and fruits.
  • Space is limited to 6 people.
  • You will be back on the 5:50pm train at the latest back to the city.
  • COVID-19 Protocols: Mixed Group
    • This event is open to vaccinated and non vaccinated members.
    • If you have been vaccinated please show the host your vaccination card or Excelsior app.
    • If you have not been vaccinated, please do not come if you have been exposed or have recently tested positive.
    • We will take temperatures when you arrive.
    • If there is a mix of vaccinated and non vaccinated participants we will ask that masks are worn while in close proximity  to others (in the van).
    • Mask will not be required at the campsite (if socially distanced with non vaccinated members) or on the river

About the Kayak Trip

  • Start to finish is a 3 mile round trip. (approx 3 hours including a stop on the island)
  • You will need to wear a life jacket.
  • Beginners are welcome but you must know how to swim or at least tread water.
  • You will need to sign a waiver before getting in the kayak.

Esopus Island

The Lenape Indians are presumed to have made use of the tiny island and a stone on the east shore shows signs of human working, resembling a megalith. There is a legend of a Jesuit missionary killed on the island by the Indians.

In October 1777, during the Revolutionary War, a British fleet laid off Esopus Island prior to destroying Kingston, then the provincial capital.

In the second half of the 19th century the island was part of the estate of Robert Livingston Pell and was known as Pell Island.

Aleister Crowley spent 40 days and 40 nights on Esopus Island (which he spelled “Oesopus”) in 1918, translating the Tao Te Ching, meditating, and painting slogans on the rocks with red paint. Friends had given him money to buy a tent, a canoe, and stores for his retreat to the island, but instead of food he bought the paint, brushes, and rope for rappelling, saying that he would be “fed by ravens.” Local people as well as friends brought him supplies.

 What to bring:

  • 2 liters of water
  • sunblock

What to wear:  Sneakers or water socks are recommended.  Towel, bathing suit or clothes you don’t mind getting wet. Dress for the weather. There is a changing shed and shower available if you want to swim.

Cost: $135 general members / $125 VIP members

Included:  transportation from train station to all activities, kayak, life vest, guide fee, BBQ lunch, all taxes and tips.

Not Included: Train fare, incidental items purchased at any of the stops.

What if it rains? The trip is non refundable unless canceled due to inclement weather. We normally make the determination the night before if there is any indication of rain.

Can I come alone?  Yes, 98% of those attending this event normally register on their own. You are welcome to bring as many nonmember guests, friends & coworkers as you’d like, just make sure to register for the number of people that you want below. Our staff will be ready to greet you and introduce you to others whether you are on your own or with guests.

Do I need a ticket? Unless otherwise instructed, if you registered and paid for this event or registered with a voucher your name will be on a list with the guide.  If you register within 3 hours of the event it is best to bring proof of payment. If you registered and paid a confirmation email will be sent to you when you registered and on the day of the event.

How will I find the group?  We will send you a confirmation email with exact locations, contact info and names of those who are hosting the event when you register. We will send follow up emails as we get closer, usually the night before or morning of.

Ages: 21+  Most of our events attract the 20s to 40s age range although some events can skew younger or older (50s) depending on the event. Some events are clearly age specific as indicated.   If this is an issue for you contact Dave at the address below and we can usually give you a very accurate idea of what to expect.

Who comes to these? Our activities attract NY professionals from all backgrounds and professions who are looking to expand their social circles.  You will also find others who are looking to learn something, network for business, try something they have never done before or enjoy something they love doing but can’t get their friends to do. There may also be some people looking to find that someone special who share a passion for the same activities, but please don’t make this the sole reason you come out.

Sorry No Dogs Allowed

Questions?  If you want to know how many people are coming, what the ages are likely to be, the gender breakdown or the overall vibe of the event before you register, contact Dave Cervini at or call 212-873-2256.

This event is nonrefundable unless the event is canceled or rescheduled.

By registering for this event you take full responsibilities for your actions and agree to conduct yourself accordingly.


or Drive to Meet the group at PK Train Station, New York, Poughkeepsie


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