Upcoming Outings

    • Sat, October 01, 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Idyllwild CA
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    Celebrate Pride Under the Pines

    Behold the beginning of Fall season  and join us at our booth and help support the newly established Idyllwild Pride group. To volunteer, select register and  choose the time slot(s) that you would like to be at the booth. You can also register without a specific time.

    Contact : Doug Wyle Email

    Here’s your chance to help spread the word about Great Outdoors Palm Springs, meet new friends and have some fun!   Google Map: Click Here 

    Programming / Events: click here: Idyllwild Pride Under the Pines

    Saturday October 1st.

    • 11:00 AM Party Bus Departure from Palm Springs
    • 12:00 PM Pride Under The Pines Kick-Off With DJ LISA PITTMAN
    • 02:00 PM MIKALAH GORDON
    • 03:00 PM SABRYNA WILLIAMS DRAG SHOW
    • 04:00 PM Headliner THEA AUSTIN (SNAP) RHYTHM IS A DANCER
    • 04:30 PM DJ Galaxy
    • 07:00 PM Interactive Movie ‘The Birdcage’ starts
    • 09:00 PM Party Bus Departure to Palm Springs


    Special COVID Related Requirements

    This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated for COVID 


    • Sun, October 02, 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    • Laguna Beach, CA
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    Annual End of Summer Hike, BBQ, and Pool Party!


    GOSD will hold our annual end of summer hike and pool party in Laguna Beach again this year.  Join us for a morning hike followed by a BBQ and dip in the pool, GOSD will provide the food for this event.

    HIKE - Laurel Canyon, Laurel Spur, Willow Trail Loop

    Generally considered a moderately challenging route, it takes an average of 1 h 35 min to complete. This is a very popular area for birding, camping, and hiking, so you'll likely encounter other people while exploring. The trail is open year-round and is beautiful to visit anytime. You'll need to leave pups at home — dogs aren't allowed on this trail.

    Meeting time: 9:30 AM

    Location: Laguna Canyon Preserve, Willow Creek Parking Lot, Laguna Canyon Road at the 73 (south side), Laguna Beach, CA 92651

    Distance: 3.3 miles

    Rating: Moderate

    Park Brochure can be accessed here.


    Don't forget to bring a hat, sunscreen, and water along, as it will be warm in October!

    As with any outing, don't forget your 10 essentials!

    BBQ & POOL PARTY

    After the hike is over, approximately 12:00 PM, come over and cool off in the pool and enjoy some BBQ & drinks.

    Address: 159 Nyes Place, Laguna Beach, CA

    Phone: 949-394-9607 

    We look forward to seeing you there, if you have any questions, please contact Matthew Schreiner at matthew.schreiner@mac.com or 949.394.9607.

    • Sun, October 02, 2022
    • 1:00 PM
    • Palm Springs
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    This is our second and final planning meeting. 

    Do you have ideas for camping trips and outings? Have you discovered a great adventure or a hidden gem? 

    In addition to overnight trips, we are also interested in ideas for day activities such as hikes,  educational outings, tours, winter events, kayaking, backpacking,  4x4 outings, volunteer work projects, and any activity that would be of interest to the group.

    We are also looking for speakers and programs for our monthly meetings and welcome your suggestions.

    FYI, we'll be taking the results of this meeting with us to the October all-chapter Great Outdoors planning conference, where we'll match up calendars with the other chapters and finalize the 2023 trips for all 5 chapters.

    We are also looking for new Trip Leaders. If you are interested let us know. You can work with a Trip Leader as an assistant in planning and leading a trip. We also have a one day Trip Leader training program scheduled for Saturday November 12, 2022.

    Location address will be in your confirmation/reminder emails.

    Contact Scott Connelly click here with your ideas and suggestion which will be considered at a planning session.

    Special COVID Related Requirements
    This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated. 


    • Wed, October 05, 2022
    • 4:30 PM
    • Palm Springs
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    Ready to get outside with the mild weather quickly approaching?

    Great Outdoors invites you to our planning meeting to schedule hiking and bike outings for the next several months.

    Location is at members residence with complimentary roasted chicken/salads/desserts.

    Early arrival 4:30 pm spa/pool time; 5:30 eat and plan hike and bike rides.

    We are also looking for new Hike Leaders. If you are interested let us know. You can work with a hike Leader as an assistant in planning and leading a trip. We also have a one day Hike Leader training program available November 12.

    Meeting address will be in registration confirmation email.

    Contact VP of Outings click here with your ideas and suggestions .

    Special COVID Related Requirements
    This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated 

    • Thu, October 06, 2022
    • Sun, October 09, 2022
    • Two Harbors, Catalina Island
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    -- ARRRRGH MATEYS! --

    A pirate weekend on Catalina Island?! Sounds like a parrr-ty!

    Join us for Buccaneer Days, the 32nd annual pirate-themed weekend that takes over Catalina’s rustic Two Harbors village for a legendary 3-day party. And for the first time ever, Great Outdoors LA plans to gay up this typically straight pirate-and-wench-fest!!  We have planned a relaxing and raucous weekend!

    See: Buccaneer Days Promo Video (2018).

    Weekend festivities include:

    • Relaxing island nature, swimming, hiking, kayaking, ocean views
    • Group tent cabins, shower
    • 3 nights of DJs and live bands
    • Treasure hunt & costume contest!





    Ahoy, me butt pirates  COSTUMERY AND CAROUSING EXPECTED!
    Come in your finery or walk the plank!

    Me hearties, get yarrgh outfits ready! Unleash your inner wench or Captain Hook drag. But come on ye gays, let’s get creative! – what about Peter Pan, Tinkerbell and Wendy? Let’s show these straighties what a real costume parrghty looks like… Be a pirate ship! A skeleton! A lobster? Little Marrghrmaid? Skull & crossbones on rainbow flags? Get to werk!  Treasure chests, gold doubloons, riches and finery, this is arrrrrrrrrrgh time to shine, mateys!



    -- ADVENTURE AWAITS --

    Your Captain, Bryan “Booty Plunderer” Matsumoto has charted this island expedition, and invite ye to set sail for Two Harbors, the rustic port of Catalina Island. It takes some effort,  but she be worth it!

    Island wenches from our previous Catalina campout!



    Two Harbors Campground - Tent cabins

    Avast ye seamen! Our campground is on a bluff with an ocean view. We have booked 4 tent cabins for 24 pirate campers. Each site has:

    • A simple canvas & wood enclosure with 6 army-style cots
    • A porch, shade structure, picnic table, fire pit with cooking grate
    • Coleman 2-burner cooking stove with propane
    • Water faucet sink, porta-potty toilets
    • Free open-air (cold water) shower. (For hot showers, walk to the village)

    This allows us to enjoy our own group campground, away from the event area in the village.  So you can relax whenever you want, and check out the entertainment as you like.  (If we had opted to tent camp, then we would have to bring all our camping gear, and be surrounded by tons of other people).



    Two Harbors village (10 min walk) has a few amenities:

    • The ferry pier & Visitor Services:  Arrange for gear haul, extra firewood, propane delivery, questions.
    • General Store: Sells food, beverages, alcohol, camping items, souvenirs ($$ island prices)
    • Restaurant & barThere is a fast food burger restaurant, a casual restaurant, a bar, and much more gruel & grog will be set up for this event. Expect lines however. Bringing some of your own food will save on costs & waiting. Cocktails include the famous "Buffalo Milk" (Kahula, creme de cocoa, vodka & whipped cream).
    • Restroom: Faucets, flush toilets and coin-operated hot showers (bring quarters/cash; there is a change machine)
    • Dive & Recreation Center: Rental kayaks, mountain bikes, snorkel gear, etc. May go quickly because of the weekend, so reserve once we get to the island.

    Outdoor Activities: There will be plenty of time to enjoy the island's nature. We will have some optional organized activities, but you are also free to spend your time as you wish on this trip.

    • Beach time: Swimming, snorkeling, lounging, just below our campground

    • Short hiking trails: Explore the isthmus trail to see the other side of the island.

    • Long hiking trails: 12 miles RT to Little Harbor on the other side of the island, secluded beach

    • Kayaking: Rentals available

    • Snorkeling: Bring your own gear or rental 

    Buccaneer Days event entertainment: Thar be a full schedule of DJs, bands, treasure hunt and costume contest. Feel free to parrrghty, or just relax back at camp!


     Pics from our previous Catalina campout


    -- SCHEDULE OF EVENTS --

    Thursday, October 6

    • Depart: San Pedro, via Catalina Express ferry  (at your booked time, see below) (1 to 1-1/2 hours at sea) Arrive: Catalina Island, Two Harbors Village.

    • Check-in time is 2:00 pm. If you arrive early, enjoy the village and beach.
    • Settle in at camp, meet folks, relax, explore island, beach.
    • 5 pm:  Group dinner "Gruel & Grog" at our campground. Our first meet & greet meal will be provided and we will discuss plans for the weekend.  BYO drinks.
    • Entertainment @ Two Harbors Village: DJs & bands

    Friday, October 7

    • Optional hike, beach time, swimming, kayak/scuba rental, read, explore island
    • Meals to be determined by group. Group potluck TBD, will coordinate campers ahead of time.
    • Entertainment @ Two Harbors Village: DJs & bands

    Saturday, October 8

    • Optional hike, beach time, swimming, kayak/scuba rental, read, explore island
    • Meals on own (can coordinate as a group, cook separately or eat out)
    • Entertainment @ Two Harbors Village: DJs and bands, Treasure Hunt, Costume Contest

    Sunday, October 9

    • Lazy morning, enjoy making breakfast or meals to be determined by group
    • Check-out of cabins by 11:00 am.
    • Relax on beach or at village until your scheduled ferry departure



    HEAVE HO... HERE BE THE DETAILS 


    Baggage tip! Allen here brought his backpacking pack, a duffle, and a rolling cooler to bring the max amount of stuff comfortably. You can see this is the 10 minute walk down to the village and ferry pier. It is uphill coming to the campground. (You can opt to pay for gear haul if you want)

    What to bring: 

    • Sleeping bag, swim suit, towel, costumes/outfits! Clothes for warm days and cool or warm nights.  10 essentials including hat, sunscreen. Toiletries, shampoo/soap, earplugs, head lamp.

    • Optional: Rolling cooler with food & drink, wine & cheese, etc. BYO alcohol (drink responsibly please). Plate, utensils, cup. Tip: Pre-meal-plan with your friends or cabin: who will bring cooler, ingredients, what to cook as a group. 

    • Optional: Camp chair, book, games, power bank to charge electronics, decor.

    • Optional: Gear haul is available for $6 per item, round trip. You can arrange this at Visitor Services at the pier. A truck will bring your baggage from the pier to the campground, and on departure day, back to the pier. But don’t bring the kitchen sink… you still have to carry your gear from the ferry to the end of the pier!

    • We have ordered some firewood and propane gas, and can order more as needed.

    • Please read the extensive ferry travel policies, baggage restrictions and travel restrictions, including Tips for Campers. 





    Expenses

    • The fee for this trip is more than our typical campouts because of island prices. It includes the group tent cabin for 3 nights/4 days, plus your 3-day Buccaneer Days event ticket at a group rate. 
    • Trips are open to paid Great Outdoors members. If not currently a member, simply register here to begin your $25 one year membership (select Los Angeles chapter). Then, return to this page and register for the trip. Each person going must complete a separate registration, to acknowledge our liability waiver condition.

    Separate expenses on your own:
    • Buy your ferry ticket: 

      • Our camping + event fee does not include your ferry ticket. Everyone must purchase and reserve their own ferry ticket to the island and back.
      • Once your trip registration is confirmed, simply book online at https://www.catalinaexpress.com/schedule-fares.html   or call (800) 613-1212. (Adult up to 54 yrs: $83, Senior (55+ yrs): $76
      • Select departure from SAN PEDRO, arrival to TWO HARBORS.

      • Most of us will want to depart 10/6 on the earliest ferry, and return 10/9 on the late afternoon ferry. (You are free to reserve what works for your schedule, for example if you need to arrive Friday)

      • Masks are required while aboard the boat.

    • Parking:
      • Directions: Catalina Express 95 Berth, San Pedro, CA 90731

      • The ferry terminal parking lot charges $20/day. That adds up.  Try our group carpool website to coordinate a carpool so you can split the fee.

      • Or find street parking several blocks away. Arrive early to drop off your things with someone, then park and walk back. 

      • Long Beach Transit drops off at the Ferry terminal. Or Lyft/Uber.

    • Meals, drinks.  


    Vaccine requirement:

    Please send your proof of Covid-19 vaccination & booster to Corrado at Treasurer-LA@GreatOutdoors.org since we’re sleeping in shared quarters (How to get the new booster!)

    We also encourage you to get the free Monkeypox vaccine if you are in a risk category - it’s easy. See LA County Public Health’s website for latest information. Protect yourself and the community!



    Trip Cancellation and Waitlist Policy:

    Please read carefully. If you register, pay and later must cancel, please understand that due to the reservation costs of this trip:

    • If canceled by September 20, a full refund is possible. 

    • Between September 21-30, a partial $150 refund is possible. 

    • After September 30, no refunds can be issued. 

    • However, a full refund may be issued if you can find another person to take your place, or if the vacancy can be filled from the waitlist.

    If you need to cancel, please let us know ASAP, so we can notify the next person on the waitlist. Please email the trip leaders: Bryan Outreach-LA@GreatOutdoors.org , and Corrado Treasurer-LA@GreatOutdoors.org



    Landlubbers: Practice ye pirate lingo

    Shiver me timbers, there’s limited space, so heave ho!

    • Thu, October 06, 2022
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Carrizo Canyon
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    Carrizo Canyon offers some of the most interesting and diverse geological and natural features the Coachella Valley. 

    • 8:00 AM Meeting Place: Denny's at Date Palm/Hwy 111. Map Click here
    • Trail Length: 4 miles (2.5 Hr.)  
    • Elevation Gain/Loss: 500’
    • Trailhead Elevation: 2200’
    • Terrain: rocky, sandy areas, some bouldering, dry waterfalls
    • Difficulty Rating: Moderate - some climbing up, down & around boulders requiring agility and flexibility.

    Discover what is is like to explore an area that has been closed for 9 months and be the first to lay tracks in the sand that has only animal tracks. This is a one-of-a-kind experience in one of our special desert places. Carrizo Canyon shows off some of the most interesting and diverse geologic history in the Coachella Valley. Bighorn sheep habitat with a variety of desert floral in a deep walled granite canyon with waterfalls.  Topography is steep within the approximately 1,000-acre Carrizo Canyon Ecological Reserve. The dominant vegetation is creosote bush scrub. Large mammals using the area include bighorn sheep, mule deer, coyote, bobcat, and gray fox.

    We will look for both historical and archeological artifacts from those that past here before us. 

    Bring Ten Essentials (click here), water (2 to 3 liters recommended), lunch and snacks. Sun protection and layered clothing are recommended. Carry Emergency Contact Information (ICE). Sturdy hiking footwear and adequate drinking water required.

    Contact Hike Leaders:  Scott C. Email and Sherwood C. Email

    You are responsible for arranging you own transportation or ride share. Arrive a few minutes early for briefing. Departure is at 8 AM. Distance to trailhead along Hwy. 74 is 18 miles, approximately 30 minutes.

    Weather Policy: Inclement weather cancels. Additional Photos Click Here  

    Special COVID Related Requirements
    This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated 

    Health Problems/Allergies:  Discuss any medical concerns with the trip leader that may affect your ability to complete this event.

    • Sat, October 08, 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 19952 State Park Rd. Palomar CA 92060
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    GOSD Palomar Mountain Day Hike

    Saturday October 8, 2022

    You're invited to join us for the Great Outdoors San Diego (GOSD) Palomar Mountain Day Hike. It’s located in the Palomar Mountain State Park, a gem of a small State Park here in San Diego County. With an average elevation of 5000 feet, this three square mile park has some of the best mountain scenery in the county. White fir and incense cedar trees, normally found much farther north in the Sierras, are abundant here. The California Black and Valley Oaks should be in their full autumn colors. The weather may require a jacket in the morning but should warm up into the 70’s in the afternoon. Rain is highly unlikely in October. Dogs are not permitted on this hike. 

    Doane Pond Palomar Mountain


    Location-Directions

    Expect a 1.5 to 2 hour drive time from San Diego. You will first need to reach Highway CA-76 E north of San Diego by driving north of San Diego on the I-15 and taking Exit 46 to CA-76 E.  At Pala Mesa head east towards Palomar Mountain turning a slight left S. Grade Road/Palomar Mountain Road.

    For a  slightly shorter route, drive north on the I-15 and take exit 27 for Via Rancho Parkway. Follow signs to SD Wild Animal/Safari Park. Stay in the two right lanes and turn right onto E. Via Rancho Parkway. Continue onto Bear Valley Parkway for 5.8 miles. Use the right two lanes to turn right onto E. Valley Parkway. Continue onto Valley Center Road and drive 13.8 miles to a traffic circle. Take the first exit to CA-76 E.

     From CA-76 E, take a slight left onto S Grade Rd/Palomar Mountain Rd. After 6.7 winding miles, turn left onto S Grade Road then another quick left onto State Park Road. Drive about 2.6 miles to the State Park entrance. There is an entrance fee of $10.00 per vehicle, so carpooling is highly encouraged. A California States Park Annual Pass will also get you in. If you're using Google Maps or MapQuest, the park's physical address is: 19952 State Park Rd. Palomar CA 92060.

    Once inside the park, follow the signs to our meeting spot at the Doane Pond Parking lot. Please plan to arrive before 10:00 am, as we will leave for our hike at 10:00.


    Autumn Leaves Palomar Mountain

    Hike Description (total distance 7.8 miles)

    We will be hiking two loop trails both starting at Doane Pond. In the morning we will hike the Lower Doane Valley and Lower French Valley Trails. This loop is rated moderate, 3.8 miles in distance, and should take about two hours. Highlights will include the Historic Weir Site on the Pauma Creek and a beautiful alpine meadow. The loop ends in the Doane Valley Campground, a short distance from the pond. We will have lunch at one of the picnic tables beside the pond.

    In the afternoon we will hike the Thunder Spring and Chimney Flat loop. This is rated moderate, about four miles, and should take another two hours. On this loop we will pass a historic apple orchard and large incense cedar grove. We should be done with the hike and back to the parking lot by 4:00 pm.

    As with all hikes, please be sure to bring plenty of water, sunscreen, snacks, and your 10 essentials.  For this hike, you’ll also want to bring lunch and warm clothes for the morning. Mobile phone reception is very limited in the Palomar Mountain State Park. Maps are available at the Park entrance.


    Registration

    This should be a great fall hike. Registration will soon be open on the GOSD website. For any questions about this hike, please contact the hike leader, Mark McCabe.


    • Sun, October 09, 2022
    • 6:45 AM - 6:00 PM
    • Los Angeles - San Bernardino
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    7 miles of car-free streets connecting Echo Park, Chinatown, DTLA, Little Tokyo, Arts District, and Boyle Heights - including the new 6th Street Viaduct!

    GETTING THERE

    The Great Outdoors group plans to depart from the San Bernardino Depot Metrolink Station at 1170 N. 3rd St, San Bernardino CA 92418 (not to be confused with the San Bernardino Downtown Station) to LA Union Station. You will need to bring your own bicycles, which are welcome on the train.

    There is a possibility that the Redlands light rail to the San Bernardino Downtown Station with a connection to the Metrolink to this event will be operational before October 9. If this happens, we will send an announcement prior to the event so you will have the option of leaving from the Redlands Depot.

    Those wishing to carpool/caravan from Palm Springs should meet at Palm Springs PetSmart at Ramon/Crossley (Map) at 6:45 am for  7:00 am departure. If you want to rideshare and have extra space available on your bike rack or truck, you may so indicate when you register. Carpooling is encouraged and may be available if offered by driver. You are responsible for arranging you own transportation or ride share. Metro departs San Bernardino at 8:41am, arrives LA Union Station 10:22.

    You can also meet us  along the route. We will start at         from the Red Line from Union Station.  When you register you will receive the cell # of Scott and Dan. 

    There will be ample parking at the Station Depot.  hose planning to drive from Palm Springs to the San Bernardino Depot should bring vehicles capable of carrying bicycles.

    The Great Outdoors group plans to return from LA Union Station to the San Bernardino Depot on the 3:38 pm train, arriving at the San Bernardino Depot at 5:15 p.m.

    You are encouraged to download the Metrolink app to your smart phone containing all of its schedules.  Once registered, you can buy your electronic ticket ($10 all day for Metrolink and all downtown subways - you must purchase the ticket on Sunday).  The machines at the depot are notoriously user unfriendly.

    Other transportation options:

    You are, of course, free to drive all the way to Los Angeles, to take both an earlier departing train (dep. 6:41 am arr. 8:22 am) or later returning train (dep. 5:38 pm arr. 6:16 pm).  A meeting place in Los Angeles will be arranged for those departing earlier or later.

    What to Bring: Water, small day back, sun protection and helmet.

    Trip leaders :

    Dan Haueter: Email

    Scott Connelly: Email  

    Here are some things to know before you go:

    Attractions along the route: click here

    • CicLAvia is FREE!
    • CicLAvia lasts from 9am to 4pm.
    • CicLAvia closes streets to car traffic and opens them for people to walk, skate, bike, play, and explore parts of Los Angeles County.
    • CicLAvia is not a race! There's no starting point or finish line—begin where you like and enjoy the day your way.
    • CicLAvia website

    Hub Information

    Hubs are resting and meeting points along the route. Each hub has free basic bike repair, bike parking, an information booth, CicLAvia merchandise, free drinking water, and ADA-compliant restrooms. Some hubs include additional programming and activities. 

    Health Problems/allergies Advise trip leader of any medical or other issues that may affect your ability to complete this event.





      • Sun, October 09, 2022
      • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
      • San Elijo Lagoon (exact location will be e-mailed to registrants)


      3-Mile Loop Challenge | Oct 9

      Join the group "Nature Collective" and experience San Elijo Lagoon in a new way by participating in their 3-Mile Loop Challenge for National Thrive Outside Day.

      The loop will take you over the deeper and wider channels made possible by the San Elijo Lagoon Restoration Project via the new I-5 suspension bridge. Be sure to stop at the Check-In Stations before beginning your hike for fun activities and your celebratory Loop Challenge sticker.

      This is a NOT a Great Outdoors event.

      For more information and to RSVP for this event click here: https://thenaturecollective.org/event/3-mile-loop-challenge-oct-9/

      For more information about Nature Collective and its mission, click here: https://thenaturecollective.org/about/ 

      • Tue, October 11, 2022
      • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
      • California Pizza Kitchen 12171 Seal Beach Blvd. at Rossmoor Center Drive Seal Beach, CA 90740
      • 12
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      Monthly Chapter Meeting

      Tuesday October 11

      @ 6:30 PM


      California Pizza Kitchen Rossmoor Center

      12171 Seal Beach Blvd Seal Beach Blvd. at Rossmoor Center Drive

      Seal Beach, CA 90740

      Click here for Map


      At this meeting we will be discussing recent past events and planned activities for the next few months!  Oh yeah, you have the option of eating too!  Hungry?  YUMMY!  Vegan Options Available!


      Suggested schedule will be:

      1.  6:30 PM  All members & Core Group arrive by 6:30 and either pre-order your food or order while on site.  Introductions, eat, socialize, toss around ideas/suggestions and make merry!  Each person is responsible for their own food and beverage ordering and payment. 

      2.  7:15 PM.  Core Group will begin their meeting per the agenda along with the general meeting where the various trip leaders will have a chance to highlight their recent and upcoming trips, and answer any questions. We will continue to focus on planning for our chapter hosting the 2022 all chapter conference.

      Any and all members are allowed and encouraged to attend and participate!  (Please be aware that only Core Group Members are allowed to vote during the Core Group meeting.). 

      3.  Meeting will adjourn upon completion of agenda!


      SPECIAL COVID RELATED REQUIREMENTS:

      Participants agree to abide by the following as a condition of registering for this event:

      1 - Follow Federal, State, and Local COVID guidelines as well as the directions of the event leader.
      2 - Do not attend if feeling ill or have any symptoms of COVID.
      3 - Contact the event leader if you test positive for COVID within 14 days of the event.


      • Fri, October 14, 2022
      • 4:00 PM
      • Sun, October 16, 2022
      • 12:00 PM
      • O'Neill Regional Park
      • 55
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      The Wait Is Over!


      We’re celebrating Honky Tonk style!

      Put on your Western attire as we gather to Camp It Up!

       


      Overview

      The conference is a campout consisting of all the Great Outdoors chapters.

      We anticipate this selling out quickly so make your reservation NOW!

      Held annually in October, GO OCLB is proud to host this year’s event!

      The campout this year is going to be remarkable!

      Delayed the past several years due to the pandemic and wildfires, we’re eager to reunite, reconnect, and celebrate!


      Venue

      O’Neill Regional Park is a major regional park in northeast Orange County, located along Trabuco Creek and Live Oak Canyon.  Centrally located for the convenience of all Chapters!

      The park encompasses 4,500 acres of canyon and riparian zone habitat. Heavily wooded with coastal live oak and sycamore trees, the hillsides surrounding the park feature cactus, wild buckwheat, sagebrush, and chaparral.

      O’Neill Regional Park includes campgrounds and trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding.

      We are camping at the Sycamore Flat Group Site.


      Registration

      Event fee: $75/person for Great Outdoors Members. Non-members must first join Great Outdoors ($25) before registering.  For a second person in the same tent registration is $60 and in the same vehicle as the primary person.

      RV & Tow Trailer Driver: $90/person. RV & Tow Trailer passenger same vehicle: $60/person

      Electronic payment for the event fee is accepted on the GO website. No cash or paper check, please.

      The number of vehicles will limit capacity. Carpooling is highly encouraged because there is no overnight overflow parking. There is limited space for RVs and tow trailers.

      Cancellations and refunds: No refunds are granted for cancellations received after 9/16/22.  There will be a $10 cancellation fee charged if cancelled by 09/16/2022.


      What are you waiting for?

      Don't just sit there!

      Registration is Open!



      Itinerary

      This three-day, two-night campout begins at 4 pm on Fri. 10/14 at Sycamore Site D. Please avoid arriving early to allow GO OCLB time to set up the event. There will be welcome refreshments, a meet and greet, and a group campfire. Dinner is on your own. Join us for a movie night under the stars featuring a campy gay Western film.

      Sycamore Site D is the headquarters for this campout. Gather here for hosted meals, the potluck, the quarterly board meeting and to hear announcements.

      Sat. 10/15- 8 am-ish: Hot breakfast hosted by GO OCLB. A vegan option will be available.

      After breakfast, many activities include a locally-led hike, area sightseeing, and a quarterly board meeting for chapter reps. Lunch is on your own. Please return by late afternoon (~5 pm) to prepare a country western-inspired dish for the big Saturday dinner potluck (~6 pm). GO OCLB will provide dessert.

      Do dress up in Western attire for dinner. Best dressed wins a prize! After dinner, gather around the campfire for the chapter volunteer awards ceremony and raffle drawing.

      Sun. 10/16- 8 am-ish: Continental breakfast hosted by GO OCLB. Vegan option will be available. Break camp, saddle up, and safe travels home. The campout ends at noon.


      Campground Details

      Amenities: Potable water, Showers, Flush toilets, Picnic Tables, and Fire rings.

      Features: Nature center and amphitheater.

      Parking: GO OCLB event volunteers to help guide tandem parking.

      Directions:

      From LA, SB/VC, Palm Springs, and northern OC- Get on Interstate 5 South, drive to Laguna Hills, and exit 91 at El Toro Road. Turn left at Avenida de la Carlota. Turn left at El Toro Road. Drive 7.7 miles eastbound on El Toro Road past Valley Vista (on your right, see cross light) then Ridgeline (on your left, see cross light). Past Ridgeline, stay on the right lane. You will reach a Y-intersection where El Toro splits left into Santiago Cyn Rd, and right turns into Live Oak Cyn Rd. Veer right into Live Oak Cyn Rd. Cook’s Corner café at the Y-intersection will be on your left. Drive 3.5 miles on Live Oak Cyn Rd to O’Neill Regional Park entrance (address: 30892 Trabuco Cyn Rd. Trabuco Cyn, CA). Follow signs to Sycamore Flat Group Site. RV and tow trailer campers, please proceed to the designated site.

      From San Diego and south OC: Get on Interstate 5 North, drive to Laguna Hills, and exit 91 at El Toro Road. Stay in the right lane. Turn right at El Toro Road. Drive 7.7 miles eastbound on El Toro Road past Valley Vista (on your right, see cross light) and Ridgeline (on your left, see cross light). Past Ridgeline, stay on the right lane. You will reach a Y-intersection where El Toro splits left into Santiago Cyn Rd, and right turns into Live Oak Cyn Rd. Veer right into Live Oak Cyn Rd. Cook’s Corner café at the Y-intersection will be on your left. Drive 3.5 miles on Live Oak Cyn Rd to O’Neill Regional Park entrance (address: 30892 Trabuco Cyn Rd. Trabuco Cyn, CA). Follow signs to Sycamore Flat Group Site. RV and tow trailer campers, please proceed to the designated site.

      Pets: Dogs permitted on leash. Please clean up after your pet.

      Quiet time: 10pm to 7am

      RV sites & Tow Trailer sites- Limited pull-through and back-in sites are available. Water is available on-site, but there are no electric hookups. A dump station is accessible. Generator hours are from 8 am to 8 pm.

      Alcohol is prohibited at O’Neill Regional Park.

      No fires of any kind will be allowed on red flag days or as posted.


      What to Bring

      Obviously The 10 Essentials.

      Recommended Gear: Tent, sleeping pad, sleeping bag, ear plugs, pillow, chair, camp stove with fuel and cooking utensils, lighter or matches, camp kitchen supplies, headlight or flashlight with batteries, cool and warm weather clothing, toiletries kit, hiking shoes, camp shoes, day pack, hat, sunglasses, and sunblock. Bring quarters to use the showers.

      Food: Bring enough food for your Friday dinner, Saturday lunch, and dinner potluck item.

      To reduce waste, bring your reusable plate, cup, and utensils. Single-use plates, cups, and utensils are available if needed.

      Area Info:

      There are nearby grocery stores for any forgotten items.

      Weather

      October average high temp: 80 F, average low temp: 56 F. October average rainfall: 0.6 inches. No snow.

      Show Your Pride Raffle!

      Show your pride in the backcountry and support GO OCLB! Buy a raffle ticket to win the Marmot Yolla Bolly 30 sleeping bag!

      Details: Light 3-season sleeping bag with plenty of room to roll around*, 650 fill duck down to keep you warm to freezing temperatures, and it features a semi-rectangular shape with a full-length zipper. ISO comfort rating: 32 F, lower limit: 21 F.

      The sleeping bag comes with a stuff sack measuring 8 x 16 inches. Claimed weight: 2 lbs. 3.5 oz. Activity: weekend camping and backpacking.


      *Hunky model not included to roll around within the sleeping bag.


      Special COVID Related Requirements:

      These may be updated/amended by the time of the event.

      Participants must comply with the following requirements as a condition of registering for this event:

      1. I will follow Federal, State, and local COVID guidelines as well as the directions of the event leader(s).

      2. I will not attend if feeling ill or have any symptoms of COVID.

      3. I will contact Trip Leader if I test positive for COVID within 14 days of the event.

      I Accept’ and will comply with these requirements as a condition of participating in this event.

      Any questions?

      Contact: Michael at BoardRep-OCLB@GreatOutdoors.org


      • Sat, October 15, 2022
      • 8:45 AM
      • Copley's Parking Lot, 621 N. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs CA 92262
      Register

      Fall Modernism Weekend Event

      This architectural tour will consist of riding through several Palm Springs neighborhoods that contain midcentury homes. This bi-annual event is hosted by Hot Purple Energy.  Lloyd Queen, our trip leader docent will provide information on featured homes and  related architectural significant designs along the route.

      Trip Leader: Lloyd Queen Email Click Here

      Additional information and get your free ticket CLICK HERE

      If you'd like to print or download the map directly from our website, it will become available a few weeks prior to the ride. Please visit hotpurpleenergy.com/events.
      The organizer of this event Hot Purple Energy

      Please bring your own bike or contact Big Wheel Tours to rent one: asnowden@bwbtours.com or (760) 548-0500. They will fit you at the start of the ride. Bikes available by prior reservation only.

      8:45 am meet at Copley's Parking Lot, 621 N. Palm Canyon Dr. Palm Springs


      Special COVID Related Requirements

      This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated. 

      Health Problems/allergies:  Advise hike leader of any medical or other issues that may affect your ability to complete this event.





        • Sat, October 15, 2022
        • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
        • Palm Springs, CA (Address to be provided once you have REGISTERED)
        • 45
        Register

         Joe and Brian have invited us all to the Pool/Swim Time and  Game Night on SaturdayOctober 15th, 2022 at their home in Palm Springs.


        NOTE: This event will have a maximum capacity of 45 people


        NOTE: Registration for this event will:

        Open on October 1st and Close on October 14th!

        SCHEDULE:

        5:00 PM to 6:00 PM - POOL TIME (Pool and spa will be heated)

        6:00 PM to 6:15 PM - SOCIAL PERIOD

        6:15 PM to 7:00 PM – POTLUCK DINNER 

        7:00 PM to 9:00 PM – GAME TIME

        WHAT TO BRING:

        1) Pool Time - Bathing Suit, Towel and Chair

        2) Potluck Item for at least 8 people 

        3) Your own beverage(s)

        4) Table Games you want to play  (Great Outdoors provides many games)

        NOTE:  Bring potluck dishes/snacks/etc. "ready to serve" in a serving bowl or dish, including any needed serving utensils.  

        PLEASE DO NOT ask our hosts to provide access to their ovens or bowls, spoons, etc.

        Our chapter is always looking for Game Night Hosts!

        Please call Richard Dachman at 818-430-7114 or email GameNightCoordinator-PS@greatoutdoors.org if you are interested in hosting Game Night.

        To view photos from our past game nights - click here.

        To view our Game Night guidelines click here.

        Our hoists have requested that everyone be vaccinated in order to attend this indoor/outdoor event.  Wearing a mask during the event is optional.

        Special COVID Related Requirements:

        You must be a Great Outdoors (GO) member in order to attend this event.

        This event requires all attendees to members and to be fully vaccinated, submit proof of vaccination and abide by the GOPS COVID policyCLICK HERE.  

        Send proof of vaccination to: membership-ps@greatoutdoors.org

        or text to: 619-922-5028.

        Health Problems/allergies Discuss any medical concerns with the event leader if you wish.

        Thank you for participating in the Great Outdoors club!

        • Wed, October 19, 2022
        • 8:00 AM - 1:30 PM
        • Joshua Tree National Park Cottonwood Entrance
        Register

        SAVE THE DATE watch for email announcement.

        The trail to Lost Palm Oasis in Joshua Tree National Park begins at Cottonwood Springs at the southern entrance of the park. One of the largest palm oases in the park, second to Munsen Canyon, the trail proceeds along fairly flat terrain along sandy washes and rolling hills until you reach the oasis overlook where the trail descends into the palms below.. Although the hike is considered a moderate hike, there will be some boulder scrambling descending into and out of the oasis.

        • Trail Length: 7.2
        • Elevation Gain/Loss: 400+ feet
        • Difficulty Rating: moderate*
        • Trail Type: Out and back.
        • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours

        Departure Time: 8:00 AM (Please arrive early for 8:00 am departure)

        Departure Location:  Ramon/Crossley, Palm Springs: Map Click Here. Meet at the north/east corner parking lot between 7:45 and 8:00 a.m.

        Fees/Charges: Joshua Tree Park entrance fee or bring your entrance card.

        *Hiking Requirements - Although the trail is fairly level, the elevation is at 3000 feet so you will need to be in good physical condition for this hike.  Click here for more information.

        Bring Ten Essentials (click here) - water (2 to 3 liters recommended), and trail snacks. Sun protection and layered clothing are recommended. Carry Emergency Contact Information (ICE).

        Sturdy hiking footwear with good tread and adequate drinking water are required.

        Contact leader: Howard Goldberg

        Carpooling - is encouraged and may be available if offered by a driver. You are responsible for arranging you own transportation or ride share. Arrive a few minutes early for briefing and carpooling. 

        Weather Policy: Inclement weather cancels

        Special COVID Related Requirements

        This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated for COVID.

        Health Problems/allergies  Discuss any medical concerns with the hike leader that may affect your ability to complete the hike. 

        • Wed, October 19, 2022
        • 7:00 PM
        • Santa Barbara, CA
        Register

         

        SBVC - Monthly Membership Meeting

        Wednesday, June 15, 2022


        Great Outdoors monthly meeting is at Creekside Restaurant, 4444 Hollister Ave, Santa Barbara.

        6:00pm for Core Group Meeting

        7:00pm for General Membership Meeting

        View the menu at https://www.thecreeksidesb.com/

        We look forward to seeing you and getting re-acquainted. Come find out what we have planned this year, and what we are all about!

        Please RSVP if you are coming.

        -Joe

        • Thu, October 20, 2022
        • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
        • Vacation Island, to the right (north) of the Paradise Point resort (previously called Pacific Princess resort)

        Monthly Multi-Group Bonfire & Potluck

        Date:  Thursday, October 20, 2022

        Time:  6:00-9:00 pm

        Location:  Vacation Island, to the right (north) of the Paradise Point resort (previously called Pacific Princess resort)

        RSVP: None....Just show up!

        Event Cost:  Free (bring potluck stuff to share)

        Parking:   Easy.  Ample parking on site
         

        Join us for our Potluck Bonfires by the Bay!

        DESCRIPTION: This will be our first of two bonfires (Sept 15 & Oct 20) of the 2022 season; we'd been unable to host others until now due to unavailability of volunteers to bring firewood. One of our men has agreed to bring some for these bonfires (hooray Luciano!)

        Bring a friend or cuddle buddy. Please also bring an entree or a side dish, and a beverage of your choice.(Alcohol is banned in Mission Bay Park). You can also help support this event by bringing a portable table, paper plates, cups, utensils, napkins or firewood, but CMG is making sure that's covered. 

        COVID POLICY:  Due to the fact that we'll be in somewhat close proximity and sharing food off a potluck table, we are requesting that only those who have been fully vaccinated attend the bonfire

        MASKING:  We're outdoors, which certainly reduces risk, but we cannot deny the continuing presence of the pandemic among us.  As such, for now at least, we're simply leaving the choice of masking up to you.  The only two rules are:
          1) no shaming other for wearing or not wearing
          2) be respectful if some people aren't feeling as hug-ready as they might have been in pre-pandemic days, especially with MonkeyPox now on our minds.

        WHAT TO BRING:  
          1) Potluck item.  Remember, we CAN have too many desserts, but we can never have too many meal choices and sides.  If you have a dessert you're eager to bring, lovely! But if you're on the fence, maybe think dinner, not dessert.
          2) A beach chair if you'd like to sit. Bonus points if you bring a spare for others to use!
          3) A serving utensil if your dish needs one.

        DIRECTIONS: Take the 8 freeway west toward Mission Bay, exit onto Mission Bay Drive and make a right, then merge into the far left hand lane onto Ingraham Street, heading North, then make a left onto Vacation Rd as if you were heading into Paradise Point Resort (previously called Pacific Princess Resort), but then an immediate Right before entering the resort to get to the side parking lot. We’ll be on the left (West) side of parking lot by the rest rooms. (Note: we're on the WEST side of Ingraham St. Don't confuse this spot with a similar one on the east side of the street.)

        • Sun, October 23, 2022
        • 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
        • 2469 Sunset Cliffs Blvd. San Diego, CA 92107 (East Parking Lot)
        Register


        Join us for San Diego River Bike Ride. We will be Biking the San Diego River October 23th. This is a moderate 16 mile bike ride; with around 220 feet in elevation change. This is an open invite to members or non-members and does not require an RSVP. Please be sure to mask-up when appropriate and social distance when needed, which is very easy.

        Details: We will begin at the East Parking Lot of Dusty Rhodes Parking Lot. The plan is to bike East on the North Side of the River and on the way bike we will be biking West mostly along the south side of the river.

        GO HOST: Steven Stowe

        TRAIL: San Diego River

        LENGTH: 16 Miles

        DIFFICULTY: MODERATE 

        ELEVATION GAIN: ~220 feet

        RSVP: No RSVP required. If we have a large group, please make sure you are masked and social distance.

        Meeting Location: 2469 Sunset Cliffs Blvd, San Diego, CA 92107 (East Parking Lot)

        Meeting Date & Time:
        Sunday, October 23rd @ 7:00am - We will plan to start the bike ride at 7:15 am

        Parking:
        There is ample parking available. 

        Cost: Free

        Time Commitment:

        Plan for approx 1-3 hours 

        Dogs: If your dog can keep up, they are more than welcome to come. They must be kept on a leash. 

        Questions:
        Please ask in the comments below

        Trail Details:

        Note: This does not depict the route we will be taking, but provides valuable information


        • Sun, October 23, 2022
        • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
        • Desert Hot Springs
        Register

        Breakfast - Hike - Soak

        • Continental Breakfast
        • Hike: Long Canyon - a new trail in DHS
        • Mineral Hot Springs Spa 

          Remember to head over to your nearest hot tub after your hike!

        8 AM to 9 AM start the morning at a GO member’s Desert Hot Springs home with Continental Breakfast that includes oatmeal, fresh fruit, Coachella Valley dates, Starbucks Coffee, and pastries from Canter’s Bakery on Fairfax.    

        9 AM - energized with breakfast, drive/carpool 10 minutes to the Long Canyon trailhead in Desert Hot Springs; directions click here. The hike is rated a moderate, approx. 4 miles total out and back in with minimum elevation gain. This trail is located in a wide wash between canyons leading into Joshua Tree National Park and was recently designated as part of the Sand to Snow National Monument.

        After taking in the sites, we retrace our steps back to the trailhead and move onto Miracle Springs Resort & Spa for lunch at their indoor/outdoor Capri Restaurant and then “take the waters” in any of the mineral pools of different temperatures. 

        You may skip the hike and meet us at the Spa Resort for lunch.

        Spa entry day pass (pay at front desk lobby):

        • Senior (Age 65+) – $15
        • Adults – $20 

        Make sure you go to the correct Spa resort. There are two adjacent resorts, go to the Miracle Springs Resort & Spa to the North of the other spa, address is: 10625 Palm Dr, Desert Hot Springs, CA 

        Bring:   Swimsuit - Towel - Lock for locker 

        Ten Essentials (click here), water, 1 or 2 liters recommended, snacks, sun protection, layered clothing , hiking poles may be helpful. Carry Emergency Contact Information (ICE). Sturdy hiking footwear with good tread and adequate drinking water are required. Inclement weather may cancel.

        Meeting location will be sent in a separate event  email.

        Trip Leaders:

        Special COVID Related Requirements

        This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated. 

        Health Problems/allergies  Discuss any medical concerns with the hike leader that may affect your ability to complete the hike. 

        • Sat, October 29, 2022
        • 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM
        • Santa Barbara, CA
        Register

         

        SBVC - Halloween Party

        Saturday, October 29, 2022


        After a 3 year hiatus Great Outdoors Halloween Party is back!

        David Landecker has graciously offered his beautiful house on the SB Riviera to host this most haunting occasion!

        Dress in your finest ghoulish apparel! Costume is required!

        The theme this year: 'Back from the dead!'

         

        Date: Saturday October 29th

        Time: 6:30 till 10:00 pm

        Location: Will be given out to you when we receive your RSVP.

         

        What to bring:  Wear your finest scariest attire

                                BYOB and your favorite finger food if you like

                                GO will provide snacks, soft drinks, utensils and atmosphere....

         

        Look forward to your presence on the other side....

         

        For any other questions contact

        Brian Miller 

        muddbilt@comcast.net

        Please RSVP if you are coming.


        -Joe

        • Sun, October 30, 2022
        • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
        • Joshua Tree National Park
        • 0
        Join waitlist

        Ranger Guided Tour - Discover the colorful lives of Bill and Frances Keys and learn how they survived and raised a family in the harsh desert environment on the Keys Ranch Tour. Explore the ranch house, school room, store, workshop, and more treasures from the 60 years the Keys called this area home. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975, the property is located in a remote, rocky canyon in Joshua Tree National Park. Keys Ranch tours last 90 minutes and involve about a half-mile of walking.  Access to this area is limited to Ranger guided tours only.

        Option bring a bag lunch for a picnic after the tour at the nearby Hidden Valley parking lot with tables.

        10 am Meet at Palm Springs PetSmart Ramon/Crossley Map Click Here

        Carpooling is encouraged and may be available if offered by driver.  You are responsible for arranging your own transportation or ride share. 

        Directions to the Keys Ranch Gate - click here

        Payment:  You can pay with the following credit cards: Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. You need to complete payment within 15 minutes or you will be timed out and will need to start over.

        Cancel: If you cannot attend, please notify the trip leader  as others may be on the waitlist. No refunds available.

        Contact trip leader: Scott Connelly - email click here

        Getting There

        Keys Ranch tours begin at the Keys Ranch locked gate and parking area (not at the visitor center). Do not rely exclusively on your mobile GPS, Siri, or similar automated navigation systems for directions to Keys Ranch as routes can be misleading or incorrect. Please be at the Keys Ranch gate 15 minutes before your scheduled tour time. Tours begin promptly at the start time and the locked gate will be opened. You will continue driving down the road to a second parking area where the walking tour begins. Once all the cars are through the gate, it will be locked. There is no way for latecomers to join. Refunds will not be issued if you are late. Directions to Keys Ranch

        From the Joshua Tree Visitor Center (located at 6554 Park Blvd, Joshua Tree CA.): Drive south on Park Blvd for about 5 miles to the West Entrance (Park Blvd is also known as “Quail Springs Road”). At West Entrance gate, proceed another 8.9 miles. Turn Left onto Barker Dam Rd. Drive on Barker Dam Rd. for about 0.7 miles. Turn Left onto Keys Ranch Rd. (Look for the sign that says “Ranch Tours”). Drive on Keys Ranch Rd. (a dirt road) for about 1 mile until the locked Keys Ranch gate. There is a small parking area and restroom facility at the locked gate. This is your meeting place. Drive time to the Keys Ranch from Joshua Tree Visitor Center is approximately 35 minutes and does not include any additional delays caused by congestion at entrance gates. Delays at this entrance gate due to congestion often add an additional 30 minutes to travel time so please plan accordingly.

        From the Oasis Visitor Center (located at 74485 National Park Dr., Twentynine Palms, CA.): Drive south on Utah Trail for about 3.4 miles to the North Entrance. At North Entrance gate, proceed another 16.5 miles. Turn Right onto Barker Dam Rd. Drive on Barker Dam Rd. for about 0.7 miles. Turn Left onto Keys Ranch Rd (Look for the sign that says “Ranch Tours”). Drive on Keys Ranch Rd. (a dirt road) for about 1 mile until the locked Keys Ranch gate. There is a small parking area and restroom facility at the locked gate. This is your meeting place. Drive time to the Keys Ranch from Oasis Visitor Center is approximately 40 minutes and does not include any additional delays caused by congestion at entrance gates.

        Travel Times to Keys Ranch

        From Joshua Tree Visitor Center, travel time to the ranch is approximately 35 minutes, plus an additional delay of up to 30 minutes due to congestion at the gate.

        From Oasis Visitor Center in Twentynine Palms, travel time to the ranch is approximately 40 minutes.

        Smoking and eating are prohibited on the Keys Ranch Tour. 

        Special COVID Related Requirements

        This event requires all attendees to be vaccinated for COVID

        Health Problems/allergies  Discuss any medical concerns with the hike leader that may affect your ability to complete the hike. 

        • Wed, November 02, 2022
        • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
        • Zoom online
        Register

        How to create events on GO WildApricot website.

        We will review how to set up an event, including registration categories, registration form options, emails, waitlist settings, tags, and registrant contact management. Get tips for setting up and managing. Bring your questions.

        This is for all WildApricot Event Managers with administrative access and any members who plan to have access and would like to learn the process.

        Zoom meeting access link will be in confirmation and reminder emails.

        References:

        Great Outdoors Event Manager Manual: Click Here

        WildApricot Help - Tutorials click here

        Contact: Scott Connelly, Chair Outdoor Experience: email click here


        • Sun, November 06, 2022
        • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
        • Palm Springs downtown, North Palm Canyon Drive
        • 58
        Register


        PALM SPRINGS PRIDE PARADE -  SIGN UP AND MARCH WITH US

        Great Outdoors will participate in the annual Palm Springs Pride Parade on Sunday November 7, 2021.  Our group includes a marching unit and a fleet of decorated Jeeps and a golf cart. We are looking for 40 members to walk in the parade ahead of the vehicles. Volunteers receive a complimentary T-shirt to wear in the parade. Come join in the celebration!

        Sunday, November 6 - Pride Parade and Festival

        •   9:00 AM  - Staging for Pride Parade vehicles (time and location along N. Palm Canyon (Not yet finalized - drivers will be emailed with our location prior to the event)
        •   9:30 AM -  Marchers assemble ahead of the vehicles and T-shirts distributed (you will be emailed the week before the event location of the general area where to gather)
        • 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM - PS Pride Parade 

        Notes:  

        • In order to sign up for this event, you must be a member of one of our chapters. If not currently a member, you can sign up first (click here) and then return here to register.
        • Volunteers will receive a complimentary T-shirt the day of the parade, and need to specify their T-shirt size as part of their registration. T-shirts are to be worn during the parade.
        • Walkers are encouraged to wear hiking or backpacking gear (shorts, knapsacks, hiking boots or hiking shoes, hats, water bottles, etc.).
        • In order to ensure we will have the proper complimentary T-shirt size for all registrants, registrations after Oct 1 will automatically go on a waitlist.  If we have your t-shirt size, we will clear you off the waitlist. If you have questions please contact Doug Wylie, Outreach-PS@greatoutdoors.org.


        • Sat, November 12, 2022
        • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
        • Whitewater Preserve Palm Springs
        Register

              OUTDOORS EXPERIENCE

        Hike Leader - Morning 4 hrs
        Trip LeaderAfternoon 4 hrs

          You may attend either one or both.

          Full Weekend Schedule:

          Friday Nov 11 1pm - Fun hike at Whitewater Preserve. We will adjust the time if needed to accommodate those arriving on Friday and camping at the Preserve for the training.

          5pm Meet and Greet and BBQ dinner (vegetarian options available) at member's residence in Desert Hot Springs. Bring swimwear for pool and your favorite beverage. 

          Saturday Nov 12  8-5 -Training class at the Preserve Administrative Building.

          Sunday Nov 13  9 am - Training hike at the Preserve where participants will be confronted with a variety of situations that one may encounter on the trail.

          Note the Friday and Sunday activities are optional. Campers are welcome to stay for the whole weekend.

          DAY HIKE LEADER - SECTION I

          8am - 12 pm

          Be a Hike Leader!  Not just someone who knows the way, but someone who applies safety, best practices, fun, and local knowledge to make a successful outing. In addition to the course outline we will discuss any issues with past hikes and plan for future hikes. We will review basic hike leader procedures and techniques and latest technology and information.  Completing this course will provide participants with Day Hike Leader Certification. Also a good refresher for hike leaders.

          Hike Leader Syllabus

          Prerequisites: Great Outdoors member (click here to join). The course is  for anyone interested in becoming a hiker leader, learning more about leading effective hikes, or becoming a more confident and capable hiker.

          This Hike Leader Certification course is for hikers who are interested in learning new skills as well as experienced hike leaders  who are looking to update or refresh their outdoor leadership skills. It is suitable for all ranges of hiker abilities, from novice up to very experienced hikers.

          Objectives: Introduce participants to the skills, knowledge and attitudes of a trained hike leader, including appropriate risk management for day hikes. Present skills for leading a safe, environmentally responsible and enjoyable hike.

          Content/Topics Covered:  Hike planning, description, screening participants, trail group management, emergency management, medical issues on the trail, map reading and navigation, outdoor techniques, environmental protection, and problem solving techniques and scenarios.

          Course Format: The training includes online instruction with group discussion and problem solving  applications and trail-based scenarios.

          Pre-Course Assignment:  Review training manuals and video:

          Link to Training Resources: Click Here

          How to Lead a Hike: Video: Click Here

          Printed manuals will be available at the Oct 14 all chapter conference and at the training location Nov 12 at no cost to participants.

          Option to purchase and have manual(s) mailed to you upon registration.


          * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

          TRIP LEADERSHIP - OVERNIGHT EVENTS - SECTION II

           1pm - 5 pm

          One of the premier features of Great Outdoors is overnight trips. As a leader you will propose, research and design overnight trips. You will manage and administer the trip using leadership and group management skills. Completing this course will provide participants with Trip Leadership Certification.

          Course Outline:

          • Create a new trip or update a former trip.

          • Planning, scouting, securing reservations.

          • Finances and budget.

          • Create a trip description and promotion.

          • Secure all logistics including any permits, and support staff as necessary.

          • Communicate with participants to provide information and answer questions.

          • Conducting your trip, safety issues, group management issues - preventing and solving.

          * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

          Location: Whitewater Preserve

          Course Length/Hours: 4 hours.

          Arrive: 8 am to ensure a parking space. Limited spaces, high demand.

          Schedule: Start at 8:15 am and go to 4:30 pm with a lunch break.  Coffee, tea, water provided. Bring a mug for hot drinks.

          What to bring:  Lunch, water bottle, mug for hot drinks. If you are taking the Hike Leader course bring day pack with your 10 essentials. If you are tent camping, bring food, camp gear, warm clothing.

          Weather: Be prepared for cooler temperatures. NOAA spot forecast: click here

          Facilities:  Whitewater Preserve located in a beautiful canyon along the Whitewater river and part of the Sand to Snow National Monument. We will be in the visitor center back room with tables, chairs, TV monitor and restrooms. Trailheads located onsite. No cell service or Wi-Fi.

          Carpooling Encouraged: Limited parking spaces available. Expect high visitor use to fill the parking lot. Arrive early! Vehicles line up at the gate to get in. 

          Overnight Accommodations:

          Camping (free) available on site at Whitewater Preserve.  You can reserve a spot for camping when you register here for the training. Tent camping and small RV or  trailer allowed if they will fit in the 20' parking spaces in the parking lot (you may take 2 spaces, one for your vehicle and one for you trailer) Restrooms, water, tables available. No fires of any kind. Only gas or propane for cooking. There are no trash containers -pack it out, no hookups and generators are prohibited. Arrive before 4:30 pm since the gates lock at 5 pm. Overnight campers will be provided the combination to the gate lock for after hours access. No alcohol or smoking. Photos of the camp area click here. 

          Hotel/motel/RV accommodations located in the Palm Springs area which is approximately 30-40 minute drive to Whitewater Preserve training site.

          Nearby KOA Desert Hot Springs has both tent and RV sites with hot water springs and nice facilities.

          Address: Whitewater Preserve lies at the end of Whitewater Canyon Road, northwest of Palm Springs, off Interstate 10.

          9160 Whitewater Canyon Road
          Whitewater, California
          GPS: 33.989075, -116.655673 (N33° 59.367' W116° 39.416')
          Elevation: 2200'       Get Directions

          Contact:

          Course Preparation: We will send you a link to the Outdoor Experience Training Manuals. You are encouraged to review the material ahead of time. 

          Link to Training Resources: Click Here

          Suggested Reading:
          1. Wilderness Navigation: Finding Your Way Using Map, Compass, Altimeter, & GPS. Bob Burns, Mike Burns
          2. The National Outdoor Leadership School's Wilderness Guide Mark Harvey
          3. How to Lead a Hike by the Sierra Club  15 min. video click here




          • Sat, November 12, 2022
          • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM


          This event is being planned by the Great Outdoors Palm Springs (GOPS) Chapter. For more information about this event:

          • Please check back here for updates; or
          • Please contact our Game Night Coordinator  - Richard Dachman at 818-430-7114 or email GameNightCoordinator-PS@greatoutdoors.org if you are interested in hosting Game Night.


          Please Note: Due to the popularity of some of our events, we may initially limit registrations to members only. Non-Members will be given a chance at a future date to register if space is still available. Members need to be signed in with their email and password in order to register for member only events.



          • Sun, November 13, 2022
          • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
          • 1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive San Diego, CA 92106
          Register



          The Bayside Trail is a 3.9-km out-and-back trail, within the Cabrillo National Monument Park. Because it is on the east facing side of Point Loma, it faces San Diego with expansive bay views along the way. It is located in one of the last coastal areas in the San Diego region with well-preserved coastal scrub and chaparral habitat. Many kinds of wildlife—birds, reptiles, marine mammals—may be observed. It was here that Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo landed in 1542 and claimed the land for Spain, although it has belonged to indigenous peoples for thousands of years. 

          On this interpretive hike our special emphasis will be about seeing the area in a whole new way, by learning about how different cultures have interacted with the area through time. For thousands of years Kumeyaay people who have lived in the area and have made use of every plant and animal, both those of the land and of the sea. We will stop and talk about different plants along the way and how native peoples have used them for food, medicine, tools, construction materials, regalia, ceremony and more. We will also learn about more recent history, including the arrival of the Spanish in 1542 and other historical happenings throughout the years. Keep in mind that this walk is not so much a “power hike” but rather a fascinating educational stroll with stops along the way. Our guide, GO member Mike Wilken, is an anthropologist, naturalist and author of the book Kumeyaay Ethnobotany: Shared Heritage of the Californias. 

          Details: 

          Meeting Date & Time:Sunday, November 13, 2022 @ 9:00am 

          Meeting place: 1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive, San Diego, CA 92106 - VISITOR CENTER

          We will be at the entry to the visitor center right off the roundabout for passenger drop-off. 

          Host: Mike Wilken

          Parking:Ample parking is available near the Visitor Center. 

          Cost: To enter the park, the National Park Service charges:

          •  Cabrillo National Monument Vehicle Permit - $20 (U.S. Dollars)

          Admits one single, private, non-commercial vehicle and all its passengers. 

          •  Cabrillo National Monument Motorcycle Permit - $15 (U.S. Dollars)

          Admits one single, private, non-commercial motorcycle and its passenger(s).

          •  Cabrillo National Monument Individual Permit - $10/person (U.S. Dollars)

          Admits one individual when entering by foot or bicycle. Groups of up to 4 people walking in or on bicycles are capped at $20 total.

          Carpooling is a great idea!

          Time Commitment Plan for approx 2-3 hours 

          Trail: From the Visitor Center, we will walk to the Old Point Loma Lighthouse, from there the road to the Bayside Trail starts just northeast of the lighthouse.

          Here is the write-up from Alltrails:

          https://www.alltrails.com/explore/trail/us/california/bayside-trail-cabrillo-national-monument?u=m

          Here is the write-up on the trail from NPS:

          https://www.nps.gov/cabr/learn/bayside-trail.htm

          Length: 3.9 km (about than 2.5 miles) 

          Difficulty: EASY but some slopes, basically downhill for first half then uphill coming back. 

          Elevation Gain: ~107 meters 

          Accessibility: Wide and well-maintained trail, NPS says: The Bayside Trail starts as asphalt (with moving cars) then turns into a wide, hard-packed dirt path. It is an out and back trail which is a gentle downhill on the way out and uphill on the way back. The trail can be uneven at times. There are several benches along the trail for beautiful bay views.

          https://www.nps.gov/cabr/planyourvisit/mobilityservices.htm

          https://www.nps.gov/cabr/planyourvisit/accessibility.htm

          RSVP: Not necessary

          Dogs: No dogs, sorry. 

          What to Bring

          • Snacks
          • Ten Essentials
          • Phone/camera 
          • Warm weather clothing
          • Any prescription or other needed medications
          • Sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sunblock, lip block)

          Cell Phone Service: No reception issues anticipated.

          Health Problems/Allergies: It is the responsibility of participants to carry on their person a record of significant allergies, medications and medical history in the event of a medical emergency. Discuss any medical concerns with a trip leader if you wish. Bees have been reported in the area. 

          Contact/Question - If you have any questions not addressed by the information above or on our registration page, please feel free to contact the trip leader: Mike Wilken (mikewilken@yahoo.com)


          • Wed, November 16, 2022
          • 7:00 PM
          • Santa Barbara, CA
          Register

           

          SBVC - Monthly Membership Meeting

          Wednesday, June 15, 2022


          Great Outdoors monthly meeting is at Creekside Restaurant, 4444 Hollister Ave, Santa Barbara.

          6:00pm for Core Group Meeting

          7:00pm for General Membership Meeting

          View the menu at https://www.thecreeksidesb.com/

          We look forward to seeing you and getting re-acquainted. Come find out what we have planned this year, and what we are all about!

          Please RSVP if you are coming.

          -Joe

          • Sun, November 20, 2022
          • 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
          • 339 N. Jetty Road San Diego, CA 92109
          Register

          Join us for San Diego Mission Beach Bike Ride. We will be Biking Mission Beach Boardwalk November 20th. This is a moderate 6 mile bike ride; with around 49 feet in elevation change. This is an open invite to members or non-members and does not require an RSVP. Please be sure to mask-up when appropriate and social distance when needed, which is very easy.


          Details: We will begin at the South Parking Lot of the South Mission Beach Parking Lot. The plan is to bike North and back South.  It will be early so we don’t have to worry about a lot of pedestrians and parking.

          GO HOST: Steven Stowe

          TRAIL: Mission Beach

          LENGTH: 6 Miles

          DIFFICULTY: MODERATE 

          ELEVATION GAIN: ~49 feet

          RSVP: No RSVP required. If we have a large group, please make sure you are masked and social distance.

          Meeting Location: 339 N Jetty Rd, San Diego, CA 92109

          Meeting Date & Time:
          Sunday, November 20th @ 7:00am - We will plan to start the bike ride at 7:15 am

          Parking:
          There is ample parking available. 

          Cost: Free

          Time Commitment:

          Plan for approx 1-3 hours 

          Dogs: If your dog can keep up, they are more than welcome to come. They must be kept on a leash. 

          Questions:
          Please ask in the comments below

          Trail Details:


          Note: This does not depict the route we will be taking, but provides valuable information


          • Sun, November 20, 2022
          • 12:00 PM
          • Wed, November 23, 2022
          • 11:00 AM
          • 17953 Dos Picos Park Road, Ramona, CA 92065
          Register

          Registrations opens Noon Sept. 20. 

          Dos Picos County Park is located in Ramona, California. Its name is Spanish for "two peaks," xderived from the two prominent mountains nearby. The surrounding ranchland and steep rocky slopes help preserve its secluded atmosphere. This park is known for its magnificent Oak trees. The landscape is a mixture of chaparral, open grassland, and oak woodland. Coyote, fox, possum, skunk, and raccoon are all seen in the park regularly. Look up to the sky to view birds like great blue herons, egrets, ducks, red-shouldered hawks, woodpeckers, and western bluebirds. California quail are afoot in the early mornings, while the evening skies are filled with the sounds of barn, screech, and great horned owls.

          The campground has coin-operated showers. The city of Ramona is minutes away when driving. You may purchase food and other supplies there.

          Maximum RV length is 40 feet. One RV and one tent will squeeze into a single site. The sites are a little small for both an RV and a tent, but it is doable with some imagination, patience, and kindness. Both parties can share the electrical and other site amenities. The water spigots at these sites are unique. It is housed in a plastic box that sits below ground level.

          Tent campers, all the sites are gravel. Your tent will likely be pitched on gravel. Please bring blow-up mattresses or cots to sleep on, so you are not sleeping on gravel. Tents should also bring extension cords.

          Only one car is allowed to park at each site. The extra vehicles can park in the overflow lot for a total of $9, which is paid by GOPS. The overflow parking lot is NOT close. It’s located on the opposite side of the campground from our sites, so car camping would NOT be a good choice, please bring a tent.

          Leashed dogs are welcome at $1/night/dog. Campers will pay for their own dogs upon check-in at the campground.

          Sites 63 & 69 are ADA sites. If you have an ADA placard, please let the trip leader know.

          We will have access to the indoor pavilion and its outdoor picnic area. It is located in the middle of all our sites. There is a massive charcoal grill and firepit, GOPS will supply the charcoal. Bring meat to grill if you like. The use of that pavilion and its outdoor space was an additional cost that was figured into the cost of this campout. Typical weather in this are in November is high 73, low 42.

          Cancellation policy: cancel for full refund minus any service fees on or before Nov 13th, 2022.

          Dos Picos County Park Campground

          17953 Dos Picos Park Road

          Ramona, CA 92065

          (760) 789-2220

          Directions:

          From Coachella Valley, fastest route:

          1. Take Hwy 74 into the mountains

          2. Turn left on SR371 through Anza Valley

          3. Turn left on SR79 towards Oak Grove and Warner Springs, CA

          4. At Santa Ysabel turn right onto SR78 towards Ramona, CA

          5. SR78 turns in to SR67 (a.k.a. Main St) in Ramona, CA

          6. Turn left on Mussey Grade Road towards Rosemont, CA

          7. Turn right on Dos Picos Park Road

          8. Campground will be on the left

          Schedule of Events

          Disclaimer: the following schedule is tentative and could change without notice. Check-in and Check-out are set in stone, no changing those.

          Sunday, November 20

          • 2:00 pm - Check-in (please don't arrive early)
          • 5:00 pm – Meet and Greet, in the Pavilion, bring finger food to share if you want
          • 7:00 pm – Dinner on your own, but you’ll probably be satiated from grazing the finger food, so join the group fire early!
          • 8:00 pm - group fire, please bring firewood

          Monday, November 21

          • 7:00 am – coffee and breakfast items in the Pavilion
          • 10:00 am – local hike somewhere close by
          • 1:00 pm – activity on your own or impromptu group activity
          • 6:00 pm – PotLuck dinner in the Pavilion
            • If you want to grill on the communal charcoal grill, we will begin heating it at 5:30pm, please plan accordingly
          • 8:00 pm - group fire, please bring firewood

          Tuesday, November 22

          • 7:00 am – coffee and PANCAKE BREAKFAST in the Pavilion!
            • Campout host will be making our happy campers pancakes and eggs with mild peppers and bacon mixed in
          • 10:00 am – local hike somewhere close by
          • 1:00 pm – activity on your own or impromptu group activity
          • 5:00 pm – dinner on your own
          • 7:00 pm - group fire, please bring firewood

          Wednesday, November 23

          • 7:00 am – Coffee and breakfast items in the Pavilion
          • 9:00 am - pack up and clean up, say our tearful goodbyes
          • 12:00 pm - Check out

          Contact Trip Leader: Robert Varga -  email click here  

          Prices:  Prices listed are per person.  Each person going must complete a separate registration. We do this so each registrant acknowledges our liability waiver condition.

          Payments:  This event is limited to GO members.  When you register, you'll need to have your credit card (MC, VISA, Discover or Amex.) ready and pay your registration fee within 15 mins. If you are not a member yet, you can first join as a member online (click here) and then return here to register.

          What to Bring:  Camp chair, camping/cooking gear, food, warm/cool/wet weather clothing, potluck item, one bundle of firewood per person and the Ten Essentials

          Health Problems/allergies  Discuss any medical concerns with the event leader that may affect your ability to participate in this event.

          Special COVID Requirements

           This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated for COVID.

          • Sat, December 03, 2022
          • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM


          This event is being planned by the Great Outdoors Palm Springs (GOPS) Chapter. For more information about this event:

          • Please check back here for updates; or
          • Please contact our Game Night Coordinator  - Richard Dachman at 818-430-7114 or email GameNightCoordinator-PS@greatoutdoors.org if you are interested in hosting Game Night.


          Please Note: Due to the popularity of some of our events, we may initially limit registrations to members only. Non-Members will be given a chance at a future date to register if space is still available. Members need to be signed in with their email and password in order to register for member only events.



          • Sun, December 11, 2022
          • 4:30 PM - 8:30 PM
          • Miracle Springs Resort 10625 Palm Drive, Desert Hot Springs, CA, 92240
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