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January  6, 2014



OC / LB Chapter Monthly Meeting, at the Garden Grove Sports and Recreation Center, 13641 Deodara Drive,  Garden Grove, CA 92844 on the first Tuesday of the month from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.

We have a pot-luck social hour at 7 PM with FREE FOOD and beverages served. During the Social Hour, the Core Group will be meeting. You are welcome to attend the Core Group Meeting and give input. Only Core Group Members can vote. The general meeting will start at 8 PM.

Orchard Camp Day Hike

Sunday, January 25, 2015 Starting at 9 AM

This moderate hike covers the lower portion of the original 19th century trail to Mt. Wilson. Orchard camp is an oak and spruce shaded bench, just above a sparkling creek. The huge oak there has been dated at 1,500 years old, one of the oldest in the

Beautiful Little Santa Anita Canyon is steeped in history. This was the first modern
trail built into the San Gabriel Mountains in 1864. In a secluded glen, shaded by giant canyon oaks and big cone spruce, a "Halfway House" was built. The trail was used in 1889 to tote the Harvard University Telescope piece by piece to the summit of Mt. Wilson. The camp was homesteaded and small groves of apple, cherry, plum and chestnut trees were planted. In its peak year in 1911, over 40,000 people signed the camp register. Orchard camp was abandoned in 1940. Today the building and tents are gone. But the enchanting stream-side spot still holds an appeal for lovers of sylvan seclusion.

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(Date Change from January 11)

Museum of Latin American Art and Rancho Los Alamitos

Sunday, January 18, 2015

 Starting at 11 AM

Join us for an exploration of two of Long Beaches’ best cultural and historical sites. We will meet at the Long Beach Museum of Latin American Art (628 Alamitos Ave between 7th and 6th) at 11 am and take in the wonderful galleries and sculpture garden until 12:30. This is a collection of contemporary paintings, photography and sculpture from across Latin America. There is plenty of free parking and admission to the museum is free on Sundays.

We will then head east, stopping for lunch at the Fantastic Café (1180 Studebaker at the corner of E Anaheim Rd) . After lunch we will go west on E Anaheim Rd, making a left on Palo Verde Ave into the Bixby Hill community which is home to the Rancho Los Alamitos (6400 Bixby Hill Rd).

The Rancho is a slice of history of the region. First a village site of the native Tongva people, then a Spanish and Mexican Rancho, a private estate, and now a wonderful historical park. We can go on a docent lead tour of the ranch house, take in a historical video, or just wander the beautiful gardens. Parking and admission to the Rancho are free.

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(Date Change from February 22)

Bridge to Nowhere Day Hike

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Starting at 7:00 AM

When the weather is cool in winter, this is an interesting trip to view one of man's failed attempts to overcome nature. We follow the river up the canyon. Wear long pants, because the poison oak is abundant along this trail. Also, wear some shoes that you do not mind getting wet, as we will be wading across the San Gabriel river 12-14 times along the way. The trail gains about 1,000 feet over 4.8 miles making this a fairly easy hike.

When we reach the bridge, we may see bungee jumpers going over the side. The bridge itself is a beautiful curved concrete arch bridge high above the waters of the canyon. After spending sufficient time at the bridge, we will retrace our steps.

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The Nethercutt Museum

January 24, 2015, starting at 9:30 AM

Join all your Great Autos of Yesteryear & Great Outdoors friends & family on Saturday - January 24th, 2015 as we tour the famous J.B. Nethercutt Museum in Sylmar, California.

The museum is a must see for anyone who loves the history of the automobile.

In addition to the car collection there is the 1937 Canadian Pacific – Royal Hudson Locomotive and Private Train - both available and open to the public.

Register with G.O. by mailing in your Great Outdoors Pre-Registration, so I have it (in my hands) by Monday January 19th, as the Great Autos – Chair person, Glenn, must have all Registrations by January 22nd!

Send your G.O. form to Gary Spake at the address listed at the bottom of the Reg. form. Call Gary at: 714 633-7483 if any questions.

Pre-registration is required for tour, and separately for lunch,to get an accurate head count for restaurant’s seating!

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Outdoors Experience

Phase 1--March 13 and 14, 2015

Phase 2--April 25 and 26, 2015

The California Great Outdoors is a non-profit organization for GLBTQ people or anyone else who enjoys outdoors recreation. Our bi-annual outdoor skills and leadership program is two weekends of hands-on instruction while camping. Whether you're new at camping and want to learn how to camp safely and responsibly, or if you're a hike/trip leader taking care of people on your trips, this wonderful program is for you!

Topics covered: equipment, planning, navigation, cooking, wilderness survival techniques, medical considerations, places to explore under the sun or under the stars....

You may take Phase 1 by itself to obtain the Day Hike Leader Certification, or you may take both phases to also obtain Trip Leader Certification.

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