Outdoors Vacation Weekend 2012 2012 Outdoors Vacation Weekend Hi folks, Hope you are keeping well. I thought it was important to pull a few bits together in a newsletter for the weekend ahead to make things a little easier. I’ve broken everything down into what I think you need to know and some of the questions youve fed back to me. If I missed anything than please post it on the Facebook page or give me a call. Transportation After looking into the Bus and Rail options it looks like Rail is deﬁnitely the most regular and convenient for folks traveling from Dublin. You will need to get a train from Connolly Stn. Dublin to Rathdrum Stn. Expect a walk of 13 minutes to the Cabins (link to map below). If your traveling in a small group getting a taxi might be an affordable option if you split the fare. Here are some numbers you can use: N11 Cabs 0404 29000 / Rathdrum Cabs 087 9561111 / Glendalough Cabs – 087 9729452 / Church St Cab – 0404 69500 Arriving/Departing On arrival please check in at the reception of the Holiday Park. Mention my name (Brian Fitzsimons) and the park attendant will show you to your cabin. I’ve pulled a list together of who’s in what cabin below and I’ve tried to keep us in groups of people who we know. Apologies Dan and Manuella we dont have a double bed for you unfortunately. Map from Rathdrum Train Station to Cabins/Holiday Park http://goo.gl/Hk0SX Driving directions from Dublin Follow the N11 South to the R772 for Rathnew and Wicklow. At the roundabout in Rathnew, follow signs towards R752 for Rathdrum (approx 12 minutes from Rathnew). You will come around a bad bend into Rathdrum. The park is on your right, and is across the road from Glanbia. Turn right at the Ivy Leaf Apartments (before the road splits). This is the laneway alongside the river. This road will lead you into the park. Drive time 1h.
Outdoors Vacation WeekendOutdoors Vacation Weekend 2012 Cabin allocations Cabin 1. Brian, Majella & Vesper (Double), Helen, John (Bunk) Cabin 2. June & Vinny (Double), Dave and Guest TBC (Bunk) Cabin 3. Gareth & Anja (Double), Dan and Manuella (Bunk) What to wear We all know the Irish climate is unpredictable so be prepared! Its advisable to take a rain mac, comfortable boots that are preferably waterproof and a change of clothes. After looking at the weather trends over the past few years its usually blustery which is a pain but Saturday doesnt look to bad in Rathdrum/Glendalough so well deﬁnitely get out and about. Food & Drink Each of the cabins is equipped with a kettle, toaster, cooker, oven, fridge/freezer and all dishes, cutlery and utensils. Well also be bringing a Weber Q100 Gas BBQ so we can cook up some juicy steaks (unless your vegetarian) on the deck. Take along any food you might like to have. Some suggestions that work well on the grill would be Steak, Chicken, Fish, Asparagus, Peppers, Mushrooms, Tomatoes, Courgette. Make sure to have enough for yourself to cover breakfast, Lunch etc. If you run out theres always the option of taking a spin into town to pick up supplies (Rashers, Sausages, Eggs etc) If your bringing beers or white/rose wine it might be good idea to put them in the fridge in your cabin when you arrive. Sleep Pillows and duvets are provided, however you will need to supply your own duvet covers, sheets and towels. You could bring your own linen and make the bed yourself or alternatively you could just bring a sleeping bag which might be more convenient to carry and warmer too. Weekend guide - Outdoors Vacation Weekend 2012
Outdoors Vacation WeekendOutdoors Vacation Weekend 2012 Activities Unfortunately we had a low response for the activities on offer so we didnt book the kayaking or cycling However were still planning a hike on Saturday morning at 10/11am. The plan is to visit the Avondale forest where we can walk the pine tree trail (1.5h) and the Avondale river walk (2.5h) which are both maintained by Coillte. The trails are located 30 minutes on foot through town away from the holiday park and is the most scenic area we can hike that offers us forest protection and is not as exposed to the elements as much of Glendalough and the Wicklow way. The trails are also marked so theres no getting lost. Housekeeping Its very important that we leave things as we found them so make sure beds are made, pans are washed and toilets are ﬂushed. Unfortunately there was a sizable deposit required to secure the cabins and anything that requires cleaning or breakages will come from it when we leave. Payment As promised for the two nights its still €45PPS. You can give this to me in cash when were there as bank transfers, PayPal etc are always messy. Useful bits and bobs Here are some useful bits that might come in handy. ✓A small torch like a Maglite just incase you have to pop to the car, or something falls behind a couch and you need to ﬁnd it. ✓Shorts or convertible pants because were going to be located beside a freshwater river and who knows if the weather is good it might be fun to wade out. ✓A small backpack and water bottle would be useful for when we get out and about. It might also be useful to take a camera too as is a beautiful spot. ✓An instrument, sure why not! ✓Snacks or fruit for late at night if you get the nibbles. Looking forward to seeing you all Friday evening Brian (086-8143755) Weekend guide - Outdoors Vacation Weekend 2012