Just an FYI to all MAHHA people. As usual we've rented the large pavilion at Gathland State Park for Saturday. It's a day use shelter where we have our potluck dinner and people usually gather there on Saturday for any special activities. We pay $75 to rent it so PLEASE feel free to gather there and use it as much as you want. A ranger may come by and ask you if you've paid to use the shelter and the answer is YES!
The park ranger emphsized that it is a day use facility from 8 am until sunset so we always start the potluck dinner earlier in the fall to stay within the rules. Although we're usually cleaning up after sunset. We'll be starting up the charcoal around 4:00 pm.
I did not pay for the alcohol permit so please keep any legal beverage out of view. It's never been a problem in the past, so we'd like to keep with this tradition.
The park is a "Pack Out Your Own Trash" park and we'll have plenty of trash bags on hand for clean-up. If anyone wants to volunteer to pack out all the aluminum cans for recycling, we'd be most appreciative. I pack out the several large bags of trash in my truck.
FYI, the park bathrooms with running water near the pavilion will still be open.
Dogs need to be on a leash when in the park and at the pavilion.
Info for new people: You'll want to bring your flashlights and something warm to wear for the hike back to the hang area. Donations for the raffle and dinner is $10 per ticket. This donation helps pay for the pavilion. Try to bring exact change because we're not exactly professionals at this. If you want to donate any camping gear for the raffle, feel free to bring it and put it on the table. Your contributions and kindness are much appreciated!
If you are interested in doing any special activities at the pavilion during the day or if you want to request an activity, post your ideas and suggestions on this thread and we'll see what happens.