Upcoming Outings

    • Sun, February 05, 2023
    • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Etwwanda Falls near Rancho Cucamonga
    • 6
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    Etiwanda Falls

    (near Rancho Cucamonga)

    Start time: 8:00 A.M.

    Moderate Hike

    Explore this 3.4-mile out-and-back trail near Rancho Cucamonga, California. Generally considered a moderate route, it takes an average of 2 hours to complete. This is a very popular area for 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.


    Nestled in the Etiwanda foothills in San Bernardino County is the Etiwanda Falls Trail. It is a nice out-and-back hiking trail suitable for the whole family with lots of great southern California scenery and photo opportunities. There are also many informational markers along the way to explain the significance of conserving this area and its role in protecting valuable ecosystem functions and sensitive species in the area.


    The falls are found on National Forest property north of the current boundaries of the North Etiwanda Preserve. By going to the falls, you will cross over privately owned property, which is not a designated part of the Preserve. The private property crossed is still a habitat preservation site for which the same conservation practices apply. Dogs are not allowed on this trail. The parking area for this trail is on Etiwanda Ave. in Rancho Cucamonga.


    Recommend wearing light hiking gear for this hike. In a pinch you can get away with fitness clothing. However be mindful of the temperatures since we are doing this in the winter.  A layered approach is always the best way to go!  The trail is wide and easy to follow, but rocky, so trail runners or hiking boots will work best. 

    The pace will be a similar to the ones on our easy hikes, so don't expect a race.  Very much a Sunday morning stroll to enjoy the views and work up a small appetite for breakfast/brunch/lunch.

    Since this is a short hike, for those interested we will gather afterward for breakfast/brunch/lunch.



    12285 Base Line Rd #120, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739 

    Getting to the Trailhead:

    The North Etiwanda Preserve is located at the northern terminus of Etiwanda Avenue in the foothill area above Rancho Cucamonga.

    From the 210 Freeway: 

    Exit Day Creek Boulevard in the City of Rancho Cucamonga and head north. 

    Proceed on Day Creek Blvd 2.2 miles until you reach Etiwanda Avenue. 

    Day Creek will veer east and end at Etiwanda Avenue. 

    Take Etiwanda Avenue north approximately .3 mile until the pavement ends. Continue on dirt road approximately 600 feet to the designated gravel parking area.

    The parking lot can get full on weekends hence the early start time as well as recommending carpooling.  The hike will start at 8:30 AM; consider arriving at 8:00 AM or earlier.  The parking fee is $3.25 for 4 hours.

    What to Bring:

    You should bring your ten essentials (Click here for the list.), a day pack, water (2 to 3 liters), trekking poles, sunscreen, hat, trail snacks, and plan on wearing hiking boots or shoes  This is a short hike (less than 2 hours) so water is always essential but you may not want to load too much on food or a lot of snacks.  

    Carpooling is recommended to help reduce gas cost and parking will be a challenge. There is NO FEE for this trip except the parking fee listed above.  Once we determine the list of attendees, we can assist in setting up carpooling.

    Lance Whitmier will be leading this hike.  

    Lance can be reached at:    LanceLyleWayne@gmail.com 


    Special COVID Related Requirements:

    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 leader.
    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 7 days of the event 

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

    NOTE:  Due to COVID restrictions, please DO NOT show up for this hike unless you have completed a registration process here and have answered the required COVID questions. 

    • Tue, February 07, 2023
    • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Palm Springs, CA
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    Pickleball Games

    This GOPS club event is intended for Great Outdoors members who are familiar with pickleball play and pickleball rules.  It is designed to be a fun event that will rotate players through groups of 4 for games. This is also a chance to meet and get to know other Great Outdoors members who enjoy playing pickleball.

    Like any sport there is a risk of injury that comes along with playing pickleball.  To help reduce the risk of injury, please review the pickle ball safety tips at: https://usapickleball.org/play/health-safety

    Notes:  

    • There will be only one announcement/registration for all four, February pickle ball events. The events will be on held on Tuesday, Feb 7, Feb 14, Feb 21, and Feb 28. Register once if you want to play one, any, or all of the dates listed.
    • These games are at condo association located in Palm Springs.
    • Registration for this event is limited to the first 20 that sign up. You can join our waitlist in case of a cancellation.
    • You must be a member.  You can join - click here.
    • This pickleball event is not intended for members who have not previously played pickleball. 
    • We will be playing on two pickleball courts in a condo association. 

    Location/Directions Directions to the courts will be provided to those that sign up.

    Cancel: If you cannot make a this event for which you have registered, please cancel as others may be on the waitlist. You may cancel directly from your profile settings or notify the event leader.

    Photos - click here to see some of our games.

    Event Leader: John Ryan - eMail:  click here.

    Weather Policy: Inclement weather cancels.

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

    Health Problems/allergies  Discuss any medical concerns with the event leader that may affect your ability to play pickleball. 

    • Wed, February 08, 2023
    • 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Palm Springs Indian Canyons
    Join waitlist

    This hike leaves from the Trading Post inside Indian Canyons and follows the Palm Canyon trail to the Stone Pools, where water is flowing this time of year. (Heavy rain left too much water flowing on Jan. 17 when this hike was originally scheduled. Members turned away at the gate that day have been given a head start on this registration.)   

    The hike is 6 miles, with 1200' elevation gain. There are a few steep climbs with rocks, and the usual desert hazards such as thorns and needles. Rated moderately strenuous - will generally be challenging for an unconditioned person. The terrain will involve a steady and often steep incline.

    We will meet in the parking lot adjacent to the Trading Post around 8:15. You should be at the gate before it opens at 8:00 AM. It is located at the very southern end of South Palm Canyon Drive. Admission is $12 per person, $7 per senior (62+).

    Contact Hike Leader:  Howard Goldberg email click here

    Bring Ten Essentials (click here), water (1 to 2 liters recommended), trail snacks. Sun protection and layered clothing are recommended. Carry Emergency Contact Information (ICE). Hiking poles may be helpful.

    Sturdy hiking footwear with good tread and adequate drinking water are required. Hiking Requirements - you will need to be in good physical condition for this hike.  Click here for more information.

    Weather Policy: Inclement weather may cancel.

    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. 

    • Thu, February 09, 2023
    • Sun, February 12, 2023
    • 2745 Otay Pacific Dr., San Diego, CA 92154
    • 1


    Kiss a Whale Adventure!

    La Paz, Baja, Mexico

    4 Days - 3 Nights


    We will be flying to La Paz, Baja, Mexico to experience the wonders of nature that are here in winter this includes seeing, maybe petting, and possibly even kissing Grey Whales, snorkeling with Whale Sharks, swimming with Sea Lions, and much more. We will be staying at an “Excellent” (as rated by TripAdvisor users) 4-Star hotel that I have stayed at before. We will be eating at 4-Star restaurants that I have eaten at before along with exploring: the beautiful “Malecon” beach boardwalk of La Paz with public art all along it, the historic center of La Paz including the cathedral, and more.

    Access the Trip Flyer here.  

    Cost: $795/pp

    Trip Details

    Tours & Events included:

    • Extended Grey Whale Watching Tour
    • Snorkeling with Whale Sharks
    • Swimming with Sea Lions
    • Luncheon on famous Balandra Beach
    • Rooftop Sunset Party

    Adventures also includes:

    • Stay at "Excellent" 4-Star hotel
    • Professional Photos and Videos
    • Naturalist to Answer Questions
    • Most/All Ground Transportation
    • Breakfasts and Lunches

    What's NOT included (estimated to be $300):

    • Flight to La Paz (Tijuana to La Paz via Volaris)
    • Dinners
    • Parking/CBX Walking Bridge
    • Tips/Spending Money

    Meet: Cross Border Express (CBX) park car in CBX lot and check-in on American side

    Location: Meet at Volaris check-in at the Cross Border Express in Greater San Diego across the border from the Tijuana Airport.

    Direction: https://goo.gl/maps/LTd6Pu2S1ihcgd7U6

    Requirements: 

    1.) Passport valid until at least August 13, 2023

    2.) You will need to fill-out a tourist card before entering the Mexican side of the airport. There are computers and usually helpful airport personnel that will help you fill these out once you cross the CBX bridge right before going through Mexican customs.

    We will be flying Volaris Airlines-

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    Departure: Tijuana (TIJ) 9:34 am - La Paz (LAP) 12:26pm on Thursday, February 9, 2023.

    Note- La Paz is one hour later the PST

    Return: La Paz (LAP) 1:00 pm - Tijuana (TIJ) 1:58 pm on Sunday, February 12, 2023.

    Tips:

    1.) This flight is currently $133.18 USD plus money conversion fee. If your credit card does not charge a conversion fee (like my Capital One Credit Card), select to pay in Mexican Pesos in the top right of the Volaris website to save yourself $10 to $20.

    2.) Pay the CBX bridge crossing fee when buying your ticket. This makes things easier than having to buy at the airport. It will also save you money if the cost goes up which it often does on January 1. 


    Whale Shark Encounter

    Each Winter just off La Paz is a spectacle of nature, Whale Sharks!

    • Knowledgeable Guides
    • Marine Biologist
    • Experienced Captains
    • Canopy Covered Boats

    These gentle giants are filter feeders and don't have teeth making them safe to swim with.  They are the world's largest fish and swimming with them is an awe inspiring experience.  Our guides will teach you all about the whale shark and how to keep both you and the whale sharks safe.  Unlike other tours here, we will have a marine biologist on-board to educate and answer your questions.  Whether you stay on the boat or go snorkeling, this is a tour you won't forget!

    *Snorkeling gear provided.


    Sea Lion Snorkel & Balandra Beach

    Swim with playful sea lions and lunch on a beautiful deserted beach!

    • Learn all about Sea Lions
    • Experienced Snorkel Guides
    • Lunch and Relax on Balandra Beach
    • Save Time and Money

    La Paz is known for its friendly sea lions and the water in winter is warm...70 F.  The rookeries in the area (that are closed in summer) are open in winter for encounters with these playful marine mammals.  Unlike most tours that only have a boat captain often that only speaks Spanish, we will have a marine biologist that will tell those interested all about the natural wonders on our adventure.  Our guides will make sure your interaction with these animals is a safe and awesome one.  After swimming with sea lions, we will head to Balandra Beach for a delicious lunch with lots of time to explore the warm spectacular beach.  This tour is combined with the whale shark tour saving both time and money. 

    *Snorkeling gear provided.


    Grey Whale Encounter

    The Best Grey Whale Watching Experience in Baja!

    • Extended Grey Whale Watching
    • Best Captains & Boats
    • Marine Biologist
    • Best Transportation
    • Professional Photos and Videos
    Other tours are only 2 hours, but ours is a special extended 4 hour tour, maximizing the possibility of once-in-a-lifetime experiences.  We use the best local captains that know how to interact with the whales responsibly.  We will be on the best boats available including importantly canopies for sun protection.  A marine biologist will be along to teach those interested all about the grey whales, other boats typically have just a captain or sometimes a guide who has just tried to memorize a script and can't answer questions.  Transportation is in the best vans available in Southern Baja for added safety and comfort.  In addition to your image captures, professional photos and videos will be taken for your personal use to help you remember and share this trip of a lifetime. 


    La Paz is for Foodies

    La Paz has numerous affordable 4-star restaurants

    • Typical dinner with drink under $30
    • Amazing seafood locally caught
    • Delicious steaks regionally raised
    • Regionally grown fruits and vegetables
    • Most restaurants feature ocean views
    Go for amazing wildlife but stay for the awesome food! La Paz has numerous unique locally owned restaurants featuring super fresh locally caught seafood and regionally raised produce and steaks.

    The same 4-star meal in crowded Cabo two hours’ drive south will cost you three times what it costs you in La Paz. Best of all, this supports the best practices of Sustainable Eco-Tourism. You win! Locals win! Environment wins!


    La Paz is the place to be!
    • Beautiful Beaches, Amazing Sunsets
    • More town than city
    • Friendly locals who love visitors
    • Lots to do and see
    • Short flight from SoCal
    • Not a tourist trap

    La Paz is known for beautiful beaches and amazing sunsets. The Malecon (beach boardwalk) has public art every few feet and is enjoyed by locals and tourists alike. After a couple days you will see familiar faces and locals soon will remember your name. Have a question/problem? … often friendly locals will offer to help before you even ask! La Paz has great shopping for locally made goods including art by local artists. There are tequila tastings, local sunset hikes, beautiful walks like eerie Skull Hill lit by colorful lights, and much more. Take a seaside bike ride or enjoy a skateboard park with locals. All of this is just an inexpensive 75-minute flight from SoCal. La Paz is half the cost of many popular Mexican destinations that are “gringo priced”, aka a “Tourist Trap”.


    Our Most “Excellent” Accommodations!

    • Boutique Hotel
    • Friendly Staff
    • Quiet Grounds
    • Centrally Located
    • Steps to La Paz’s Best Restaurants
    • Sustainable Tourism

    A locally owned boutique hotel with a friendly and helpful staff with quiet grounds and a pool for relaxing. Just a short walk to the historic center of La Paz and even closer to most of La Paz’s best restaurants. Escape the bustle of the Malecon and beach, a 5-minute walk away, to relax and rejuvenate in this quiet haven. Breakfasts will be at Melt just steps from the entrance to the hotel. Rooms are either one King or two Twin beds.

    Hosted by Jeffrey Lehmann, a little about Jeffrey...

    Board Member- North American Travel Journalist Association 

    Host & Producer of the multi Emmy & multi Telly awarded "Weekend Explorer" travel series provided free to PBS stations nationwide and airing on commercial broadcasters around the world.

    Host & Producer “Maritime Silk Road-Birth of the Global Economy” - a historical documentary series awarded "Documentary Series of the Year”-Guangzhou International Film Festival and Telly's for “Writing” and “Cultural Documentary”. 

    Host & Producer “China’s Big Bay”,  documentary series on Chinese technologies more advanced than in the West with an award-winning animated open.

    Producer/First AD - “I Brake for Caterpillars” SAG RomCom feature film currently in post production.

    Under Development- “Diving Explorer” traveling the world to dive and help protect the ocean world ...before it is too late!

    Cancellation Policy:  In order to ensure reservations, all balances must be paid in full no later than January 5, 2022.  Any cancellations after that time will only be honored if someone is found to take your place.  A credit card processing fee of $25.00 will be deducted from the refund. 

    • Sat, February 11, 2023
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park
    • 10
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    Top Of The World Hike!

    Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park

    Difficult Day Hike

    Saturday February 11 starting at 8 AM


    Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park in south Orange County covers more than 4,200 acres of scenic canyons, rock formations, meadows, old oaks, and is home to lots of wildlife. 

    This 7.5 mile loop trail will offer nice views of Laguna Beach and the surrounding mountains as we make our way to the "Top of the World" where we will have time to rest and have a snack. Along the way we will hike on Car Wreck Trail and wonder how that car ended up in the middle of nowhere.


    The hike will take about 4 hours so bring plenty of water and snacks to keep up your energy.

    Total elevation gain is 1,079 ft.



    DIRECTIONS: The group will meet at 8:00 AM at Canyon View Park, 22144 Canyon Vistas, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656.

    From the I-5 take El Toro Road west. Turn left at Moulton Pkwy. Make a right on Glenwood Dr. that turns into Pacific Park after crossing the toll road. Turn right on Canyon Vistas and Canyon View

    The Park is on the left after 0.5 miles. We will gather at the Canyon View staging area on the corners of Canyon Vistas and Silkwood. Parking is free and is in a residential neighborhood. The hike will start at 8:15 and we should arrive back at our starting point by noon. 

    As an after hike option, those who are so inclined will gather for lunch at a local eatery nearby.



    WHAT TO BRING: Sturdy walking shoes or trail runners, at least 2 liters of water, sunscreen, hat, windbreaker/sweater if it is cool, cameras, and snacks. Also, bring your ten essentials - click here for the list. There is a portable toilet at the trail head, restrooms and water at Alta Laguna Park.

    Click here for the link to the park website for you to check on conditions, maps, etc.

    Hike Leader is Rick Ponce.


    Rick can be reached via email:

    VPO-OCLB@GreatOutdoors.org

    Special COVID Related Requirements:

    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 leader.
    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 7 days of the event 

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



     




    • Sun, February 12, 2023
    • 12:00 PM
    • Wed, February 15, 2023
    • 12:00 PM
    • 7878 Great Southern Overland Stage rt of 1849, Julian CA. 92036
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    Behold the beauty of the silent desert as the coyote song awakens your spirit of adventure. Join us for a variety of desert adventures that include hiking, 4x4 off road trips, stargazing, amazing sunsets/sunrises and soaking in hot mineral springs at nearby Aqua Caliente County Park.  Gather around a campfire and gaze at more stars than you ever knew existed, or smell the bacon sizzling as your eyes open to beautiful wide-open valleys and mountains.  Located in Shelter Valley, just 16 miles east of Julian, Stagecoach Trails Resort sits just outside of Anza Borrego State Park and offers a variety of amenities.  We have a group site that will accommodate both tents and RVs. The site has a large campfire circle, pavilion, and full hookups. These large sites will accommodate 3 vehicles. Tents can share a site with an RV and have electric power available.  Non electric tent only sites located nearby are available.  Cabins are available on site (no pets in cabins).  Contact the park direct, click here for Stagecoach Trails to reserve a cabin. After you reserve a cabin return here to register for this event.

    Schedule of Events

    Check whiteboard for additional / updated activities.

    Sunday - Feb 12

    • 12 PM - Check In 
    • 3 PM - Hot mineral hot springs at Agua Caliente Co Park (20 min,18 miles)
    • 5:30 PM - Meet & Greet - Bring appetizer to share
    • 6 PM - Dinner on your own
    • 7 PM - Campfire and group activities - bring firewood

    Monday – Feb 13

    • 7 AM - Fresh ground coffee 
    • 7:30 - 8:30 AM - Continental breakfast   
    • 9 AM - TBD - check whiteboard 
    • 1 PM - TBD - check whiteboard
    • 6 PM - Potluck Dinner - Bring a dish to share
    • 7 PM - Campfire activities - bring firewood

    Tuesday – Feb 14

    • 7 AM - Fresh ground coffee 
    • 7:30 - 8:30 AM - Continental breakfast   
    • 9 AM - TBD (pack your own lunch) 
    • 6 PM - Group gathering for dinner.  BBQ charcoal coals for you grilling pleasure.  Bring something to grill for yourself  and a side dish to share.
    • 7 PM - Campfire and group activities

    Wednesday – Feb 15

    • 7 AM - Coffee and continental breakfast
    • 12 noon – check out and safe travels home

    Nearby adventures: (check whiteboard for details and updates) 

    • Shopping in nearby Julian             
    • Torote Canyon loop hike:    6.5  /  1,500'
    • Cold Canyon hike:    3.0  /  650'  
    • Ghost Mountain hike:    2.0  /  500' /  Historic site
    • Mud Caves, Sin Nombre Canyon and badlands - off road, 4x4 adventures
    • Domeland and wind caves hike:   5.0  /  1,000'
    • Indian Hill and old RR camp:   6.5  /  600'
    • Erosion Road tour:   21.0  
    • Blair Valley pictograph trail           
    • Mineral hot pools:  $3 fee / Agua Caliente park -18 miles.
    • BINGO - check whiteboard for times

    What to Bring:  Ten Essentials, camp chair, your name tag, camping/cooking gear, food, daypack for hiking, warm/cool weather clothing, shorts for thermal pool, potluck item to share for Monday and an appetizer for Sunday's meet and greet.  Something to grill on Tuesday and a side dish. Two bundles of firewood, (bring or purchase nearby).  Tenters bring an extension cord to hookup any items for your tenting comfort. 

    Enjoy cowboy camp food prepared by  our master chef George, of Padilla's Chuckwagon. Consider going green! - Please bring your own plates, cups, mugs, eating utensils, napkins, etc. and you will be first in line for food.



    Pets are welcome; a fenced dog park is available.

    Amenities:  WiFi, cell service ( AT&T), hot showers, flush toilets,  pavilion, large group campfire area, full hookups, pool, adjacent hiking trails, nearby 4WD trails, nearby hot springs, and general store.  Facility map click here

    Climate   Shelter Valley - Avg 62° / 45°; Elevation: 2,320′; Current Weather click here.

    Getting There:  Map click here;  33.059668 -116.424627; located 4.1 mi south of Hwy 78 on Route S2 in Shelter Valley.

    Fill your gas tank before heading to camp because the nearest gas is Borrego Springs (24 miles), Julian (16 miles), and Ocotillo Wells 46 miles.

    Contact Trip Leaders: Scott Connelly, Email click here or George Padilla, Email click here

    Payments: This event is limited to GO members; you can join as a member online (click here) and then return here to register.   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. 

    Refunds:  Cancellation for a refund (less $10 service fee) by February 4, 2023. After that date, a refund may be issued, if we fill your spot.

    Special COVID Requirements:  All attendees to be  vaccinated for COVID.

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



    • Tue, February 14, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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    Daley Ranch - East Ridge and Boulder Loop Hike

    WhenTuesday, February 14, 2023 from10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
    Location: Daley Ranch (Escondido)

    Join us for our second (2nd) weekday bi- monthly San Diego ramble to observed birds, animals, and blooming plants. A ramble is a walk taken for pleasure in the countryside. 

    East Ridge and Boulder Loop is considered a moderately challenging route. While one can complete this loop in about 2.5 hour with non-stop hiking, we will enjoy nature, comradery, and lunch; so plan on 4 hours. This is a popular trail for hiking, mountain biking, and running.

    This is an open invite to members or non-members and requires an RSVP (limited to 15 hikers). Please be sure to mask-up when appropriate and social distance on the trail, which is very easy.

    Details: We will begin at the Daley Ranch Entrance Sign (north of the parking lot). 

    Host: Leo Burkhart (760.500.5879)

    Trail: East Ridge and Boulder Loop (Daley Ranch)

    Length: 5.3 miles

    Difficulty: Moderate

    Elevation Gain:~ 833 feet

    Lunch: Pack a lunch or bring snacks for our lunch at the ranch house

    RSVP required. If we have a large group, please make sure you are masked and social distance.

    Meeting Location: Parking Lot at 2197 La Honda Drive, Escondido, CA

    Google Maps – 2197-2253 La Honda Dr Parking

    Meeting Date & Time: Tuesday February 14 @ 10am

    Parking: There is a large parking lot (free) at the trailhead.

    Cost: None

    Time Commitment: Approximately 3.5 - 4 hours

    Dogs: Dogs are welcome, but must be on a leash.

    Trail Details: See AllTrails “East Ridge and Boulder Loop Trail (Daley Ranch)” 

    Out of Towners: Consider Camping on your own at Dixon Lake 

    Dixon Lake - City of Escondido


    • Fri, February 17, 2023
    • 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM

    Save the Date



    Bring Ten Essentials (click here), water (1 to 2 liters recommended), trail snacks. Sun protection and layered clothing are recommended. Carry Emergency Contact Information (ICE). Hiking poles may be helpful.

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

    Hiking Requirements - you will need to be in good physical condition for this hike.  Click here for more information.

    Contact Hike Leader: Beth Schneider

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

    Weather Policy: Inclement weather may cancel.


    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 this hike. 

    • Fri, February 17, 2023
    • 2:00 PM
    • Mon, February 20, 2023
    • 11:00 AM
    • Agua Caliente County Park Campground, 39555 Great Southern Overland Stage Route of 1849, Julian, CA 92036
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    Great Outdoors - San Diego

    Agua Caliente County Park

    February 17-20, 2023 - 3 Nights!

    Overview

    You're invited to join Great Outdoors San Diego (GOSD) for what's become our annual visit to Agua Caliente County Park to check out the wildflowers, which typically bloom there in early to mid-spring. Between the wildflowers, the amazing Agua Caliente campground (with showers and hot spring-fed pools), our not-to-be-missed nighttime search for scorpions by black light, the always-amazing Saturday night potluck, and a great group of campers, you won't want to miss this trip! If you are new to Great Outdoors, new to camping or maybe haven’t camped in a while, this is an excellent “starter” camping trip, given the excellent campground facilities and relative close proximity to urban San Diego.

    Our Campground

    Agua Caliente County Park is a 910 acre park with geothermally heated springs. The park is located just west of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in eastern San Diego County.

    Amenities at Agua Caliente include the soothing geothermal pools, coin-operated pay showers (50 cents in quarters per 4 minutes), flush toilets, potable water, shuffleboard and horseshoes, and a sun deck outside the pools for lounging. There is a small souvenir store nearby with very limited groceries, ice and firewood. The pools include an outdoor swimming pool, an outdoor wading pool for children, and an indoor 102 °F therapeutic spa.

    We’ve reserved ten tent sites and two RV sites. Trip pricing is based upon the type of site you choose and whether you’ll be sharing a tent or RV. RV sites have water, electricity, picnic table and a fire ring. A dump station is located within the park. Some sites may not be completely level - we suggest bringing leveling blocks. Depending upon the RV site, tow vehicles may have to park in a nearby site.

    The campground is near many excellent hiking trails and other locations to view desert wildflowers.

    Registration and Payment

    Registration for this event is restricted to Great Outdoors Members Only. Prices are based upon you being a member of one of our 5 chapters. Each person attending must complete a separate registration. If you are not currently a member of one of our 5 Chapters, you’ll need to become a paid member with the Chapter of your choice first and then register for this campout.

    Registration is via this website only. Registration cannot be accomplished on Facebook. You will need to log into your GO account and click on one of the registration category buttons for this trip. The website will then prompt you for information and payment online by credit card (preferred) or other available methods. Payment must be received within 2 weeks of your registration, even if paying by check or your reservation will be subject to cancellation.

    Cancellation and Refunds

    You may cancel your reservation and receive a full refund up to 2 weeks before the trip start date. For this trip, the final cancellation date is February 3, 2023. Refunds will not be available after that date or on any registrations made within those 2 weeks of a trip start date, unless we can fill your spot with another camper.

    Directions

    Please carpool if you can and fill your gas tank well before arriving at camp since the nearest gas stations are in Borrego Springs (30 miles), Julian (33 miles), or Ocotillo (27 miles).

    Address: 39555 Great Southern Overland Stage Route of 1849, Julian, CA 92036

    From Ramona through Julian: East on State Highway 78 to Scissors Crossing then south 22 miles on Highway S2 to the park entrance.

    From Interstate 8: East on Interstate 8 and exit at Ocotillo, then 26 miles north on Highway S2 to the park entrance.

    Extra Vehicles and Fees

    Depending on what time you arrive, you may be asked to pay the extra vehicle fee if the allotted campsite parking spaces have already been filled. The fee is $4 per night for a total of $12 for the weekend. Please pay the fee and ask for a receipt and GOSD will reimburse you for the parking fee. Park regulations impose a limit of two (2) cars per campsite. Any additional vehicles must park in the designated overflow parking areas.

    Schedule

    Friday 2/17/23

    2 PM - Check in after 2 PM

    5 PM - “Happy hour” - Bring a snack to share and your favorite beverage. Some snacks and water will be provided. In order to cut down on waste, please also bring your own reusable plate, utensils and cup/mug - these will not be provided.

    Dinner - on your own

    7 PM - Group campfire (Sunset is just after 7 PM)

    Saturday 2/18/23

    Breakfast - on your own

    9 AM - Depart for hike(s). (Bring a packed lunch.) The hike specifics will be determined as the trip gets closer and we have a better sense for where the best viewing will be. Other hike(s) or outings may also be offered depending on interest levels and degree of difficulty of hikes, i.e., easy, moderate, strenuous. Some possibilities include Mud Caves, Domelands and Wind Caves, Ghost Mountain, Cold Canyon or other regional gems.

    3 PM - Time in the pools at camp

    6 PM - Potluck Dinner - Bring a main dish, side, salad or dessert. In an effort to be more environmentally friendly, please bring your own reusable plate and utensils as one use disposable items will not be provided.

    7 PM - Campfire

    8 PM - Scorpion search by black light

    Sunday 2/19/23

    Breakfast - on your own

    9 AM - Depart for hike(s). (Bring a packed lunch.) The hike specifics will be determined as the trip gets closer and we have a better sense for where the best viewing will be. Other hike(s) or outings may also be offered depending on interest levels and degree of difficulty of hikes, i.e., easy, moderate, strenuous. Some possibilities include Mud Caves, Domelands and Wind Caves, Ghost Mountain, Cold Canyon or other regional gems.

    3 PM - Time in the pools at camp

    6 PM - Potluck Dinner - Bring a main dish, side, salad or dessert. In an effort to be more environmentally friendly, please bring your own reusable plate and utensils as one use disposable items will not be provided.

    7 PM - Campfire

    Monday 2/20/23

    Breakfast - on your own

    9 AM - Time for another dip in the pools or a short hike - and packing and cleaning up the camp sites.

    12 PM - Check Out.

    Campground Rules and Regulations

    A complete listing of campground rules and regulations may be found here:

    http://www.sdparks.org/content/dam/sdparks/en/pdf/BrochuresMiscellaneous/2017_Agua_Caliente_Campground_Handout_FINAL.pdf

    Here are some of the more common rules:

    Pets - Are permitted if they are quiet, properly restrained and under the control of the owner. Dogs must be licensed, restrained on a leash not longer than six feet, and attended at all times. Dogs are not allowed in cabins or on trails. There is a $1 per night fee for each pet, which is not included in your GOSD registration payment. It is payable upon check-in at the campground.

    Quiet Hours- 10 PM - 8 AM

    Campfires – Completely Extinguished by 11 PM

    Smoking- Is not allowed in Agua Caliente County Park.

    Alcohol - Alcoholic beverages are permitted provided the alcohol content does not exceed 20%.

    What to Bring

    Food

    Ten Essentials

    Quarters for showers

    Camping/cooking gear

    Phone/camera charger

    Warm/cool weather clothing

    Potluck item for Saturday night

    Pool gear (towel, swimsuit and water shoes)

    Any prescription or other needed medications

    Sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sunblock, lip block)

    Soap and sponge for cleaning your reusable plate, utensils and cup/mug

    Your own reusable plate, utensils and mug/cup (No plates, utensils or cups will be provided)

    Camping chair

    One bundle of firewood (please no particle board, old furniture, plywood or construction materials, as these can release toxic gases when burned). The County Parks motto is buy it where you burn it and local firewood is generally available at the small general store near the campground’s entrance.

    Cell Phone Service

    Is not available in the park, but can be found by driving a short distance from the campground.

    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.

    For full Agua Caliente County Park information - View the Agua Caliente County Park brochure or map at the following links:

    http://www.sdparks.org/content/dam/sdparks/en/pdf/BrochuresMiscellaneous/AguaCalienteBrochure.pdf

    http://www.sdparks.org/content/dam/sdparks/en/pdf/BrochuresMiscellaneous/2016%20Agua_Caliente_Campground_Handout_FINAL_9_13_16.pdf

    Contact - If you have any questions not addressed by the information above or on our registration page, please feel free to contact the trip leaders:

    Matthew Schreiner (matthew.schreiner@mac.com)

    • Sat, February 18, 2023
    • 8:45 AM
    • Indian Canyons Golf Resort – Clubhouse parking lot | 1100 E Murray Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, CA 92264
    Join waitlist

    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 at Hot Purple Energy click hereIf 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.

    8:45 am meet at Indian Canyons Golf Resort - Clubhouse parking lot -1100 E Murray Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, CA Map



    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, February 18, 2023
      • 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
      • 82-503 CA-111, Indio, CA
      Register

      https://www.outatthefair.com/riversidecountyfair

      For your information. Great Outdoors is not organizing or coordinating.



      • Tue, February 21, 2023
      • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
      • Start at Desert Healthcare (Wellness) Park
      Join waitlist

      Enjoy a leisurely bicycle ride through The Movie Colony, Movie Colony East, El Mirador and Racquet Club neighborhoods visiting notable homes identified by The Palm Springs Historic Preservation Board, and homeowner placed plaques.  Street stops will include addresses of Famous Former owners, as well as modernism architectural styles popularized by notable architects including William Cody, Donald Wexler's 1961 Steel Homes and Albert Frey's 1946, 15 home Bel Vista track--one of the earliest mass-produced housing projects in Palm Springs.  There will be more surprises along the ride!

      This is a mostly flat riding experience.  However, there is a slight incline riding north along N. Via Miraleste through the Racquet Club neighborhood!  We will return to the meet location at journey's end.  Bathroom facilities are available at Victoria Park in the Racquet Club Neighborhood.  

      Meet Location:  meet at 9:30 am at the Desert Healthcare (Wellness) Park at the southeast corner of E. Tachevah Dr. and N. Via Miraleste.  If you drive to the meet location, there is ample parking along N. Via Miraleste next to Ruth Hardy Park's Tennis Courts as well as within the park.  Map click here. 

      Distance:  Total length about 6-8 miles round trip. 

      Disclaimer:  This is a casual bike hike, not a fitness ride.  We will stop for Historic Plaque viewing/reading and discussion points at approximately 15 locations.  

      Contact leader Bill Bates click here

      All riders are strongly encouraged to wear helmets. Inflate your tires to the recommended PSI. You may want to bring a tire pump, spare tube, bike tools, water, sunscreen and snacks.

      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 this event. 

      • Wed, February 22, 2023
      • 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM
      • Palm Springs
      • 15

      *Save the Date*

      Hike the hills and canyons created by the San Andreas fault with outstanding geological features and great views from the ridge. 

      • Trail Length:   5.3 mi
      • Elevation Gain/Loss: 900'
      • Trailhead Elevation: 20
      • Trail Type: Loop
      • Terrain: rocky, sandy areas, slot canyons
      • Difficulty Rating: Moderate* The trail narrows through a canyon and when it climbs to a high ridge with a steep drop-off.

      9:00 AM Meeting Place: PetSmart Ramon/Crossley, Palm Springs: Map Click Here. Meet at the north/east corner parking lot

      *Hiking Requirements - 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.

      Optional LunchTKB Bakery and Deli45334 Golf Center Parkway, Indio 92201. Website has menu and directions. Arrange your carpooling accordingly.

      Contact leader: Howard Goldberg - email click here

      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. Departure is at 9 AM. Distance to trailhead (Golf Center Parkway/Ave 42) is 18 miles, approximately 30 minutes.

      Weather Policy: Inclement weather cancels

      Additional Photos - Click Here

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

      Special Covid Requirement: 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, February 25, 2023
      • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
      • 1945 West Park Drive
      Register

      Balboa Park Bike Ride

      Saturday, Feb 25th 

      • 9:30 am Meet up at Parking lot next to the San Diego Old Fire Alarm Communications Building (Southwest Corner of Balboa Park) 1945 Westpark Drive San Diego, Ca 92101 (Picture of the meeting spot is below)
      • 10:00 am Start the Bike Ride
      • 12:00 Finish the Bike Ride

      Join us Saturday, Feb 25th, for a bike ride around In total, we’ll bike ride around 10 Miles, which will take us about 2 hours. There’ll be some elevation change, 689 Ft Total. The difficulty is moderate.

      There are quite a few restroom stops along the bike route, we will stop as needed. 

      We’ll meet at The Southwest Corner Parking Lot, adjacent to the old “Fruit Loop” for all of us seasoned fella’s, LOL! This will be our starting point and end point.  During the route, we will stop at a few photos op places to capture the memory and have some water breaks. 


      What to bring:

      Please bring plenty of water, sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, make sure your tires are aired up, any snack’s you may want, any medications you may need, a face mask (for just in case), and weather-appropriate clothing. 

      Hope you can join us!

      Event Lead: Steven Stowe (619-309-5674)



      • Sat, February 25, 2023
      • 11:00 AM - 3:30 PM
      • Museum, 15151 Bledsoe Street, Sylmar, CA 91342
      • 19
      Register


      The Nethercutt Museum

      Visit one of Los Angeles treasured jewels. The Nethercutt Museum and Collection features rare collectibles ranging from mechanical musical instruments and antique furniture to the true heart of the collection: over 250 American and European automobiles dating from 1898 to 1997.  The Nethercutt Collection is comprised of two buildings, which are located across the street from each other:  The Nethercutt Museum Building and The Nethercutt Collection building (Tower)

      Self-guided entrance to the Museum is free. 

      The Collection group tour Admission is $10 per person, to be paid upon entry. 

      Click here for additional and up-to-date information about the Collection and Museum.

      Meeting place:  Main Entrance from the Museum parking lot. Museum parking lot entrance is on Bradley St. just off of Bledsoe. Parking is free.

      Meeting time:  11:00 AM

      Train tours are at 12:30 PM and our private Collection group tour is at 1:30 and will take about 2 hours.

      THE MUSEUM <br/> LOCOMOTIVE & PRIVATE CAR

      In Great Outdoors, we do our part to protect nature.  Please consider carpooling. 

      Trip Leader:  Michael Wickstrom

      Instruments

      Health issues/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 the tour leader if you wish.



      • Sat, February 25, 2023
      • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
      • Cathedral City, CA (Address to be provided once you have REGISTERED)
      • 0
      Join waitlist

       Byron and Ritch have invited us all to  Game Night on Saturday,  February 25th, 2023 at their home in Cathedral City.


      NOTE: This event will have a maximum capacity of 25 people



      SCHEDULE:

      5:00 PM to 6:00 PM - SOCIAL PERIOD

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

      7:00 PM to 8:00 PM – GAME TIME

      WHAT TO BRING:

      1) Potluck Item for at least 8 people 

      2) Your own beverage(s)

      3) 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 Jose Ghilarducci at 760-774-8716 or mailto:jggllk@gmail.com 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 hosts 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 be members and to be fully vaccinated, submit proof of vaccination and abide by the GOPS COVID policyCLICK HERE.  

      Send proof of vaccination to: GOPSCOVID@gmail.com or text to: 951-347-6082.

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

      Thank you for participating in the Great Outdoors club!

      • Sun, February 26, 2023
      • 10:00 AM
      • Online and Palm Springs
      • 18
      Register


      The Adult First Aid/CPR/AED blended learning course will prepare you to recognize and care for a variety of first aid, breathing and cardiac emergencies involving adults. The online portion features award-winning simulation learning – an interactive experience where you will respond to real-world emergencies in a virtual setting and practice the skills that will prepare you for the instructor-led classroom skill session. Allow approximately 2 hours and 5 minutes to complete the online portion. The online course must be completed prior to attending the 2.5 hour classroom instructor led skills portion. 

       Upon successful completion a valid 2 year digital certificate for Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED is issued.

      Learn More

      Sign up for class click here

      Contact :  Scott Connelly, email click here






      • Tue, February 28, 2023
      • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
      Register

      Anza Borrego Wildflower Hike

      More Info to Come Soon!



      • Sun, March 05, 2023
      • 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
      • Cathedral City Hall
      • 12
      Register

       CATHEDRAL CITY LGBT DAYS - SIGN UP AND VOLUNTEER AT OUR BOOTH

      Join us at our booth to provide information about our club and welcome potential new members.

      We will have handouts, including description of upcoming events, maps of our activities, and photos of our past events. We’ll also be collecting email addresses from interested persons, who in exchange will receive the newsletter for three months. 

      To volunteer, select REGISTER, and then choose the time slot(s) that you would like to be at the booth. 

      Contact Coordinator:

      Sunday, March 5th, 2023

      •   8am - 11am (includes setup)
      • 11am -   1pm
      •   1pm -   3pm (includes close/take down)

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

      Google Map link to location:  click here



      • Wed, March 08, 2023
      • 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM

      Save the Date



      Bring Ten Essentials (click here), water (1 to 2 liters recommended), trail snacks. Sun protection and layered clothing are recommended. Carry Emergency Contact Information (ICE). Hiking poles may be helpful.

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

      Hiking Requirements - you will need to be in good physical condition for this hike.  Click here for more information.

      Contact Hike Leader: Kirk Ikseb

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

      Weather Policy: Inclement weather may cancel.

      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 this hike. 

      • Tue, March 14, 2023
      • 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
      • Indian Canyons 38500 S Palm Canyon Dr. Palm Springs CA
      Register

      Palm Canyon/Victor and Andreas Canyon Trails

      Indian Canyons includes some of the ancestral lands of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla (pronounced Kaw-we-ah) Indians.  This leisurely hike will be through scenic areas of colorful, rocky canyons and unmatched palm groves.

      1. Palm Canyon.  We will begin with a moderate hike on the Palm Canyon Trail through the world’s largest Washingtonia palm grove then up and above the canyon looping back on the Victor Trail with views of the canyon and South Palm Springs.

      2. Trading Post.  Lunch break will be at the Trading Post with snacks and refreshments, art and artifacts, books, jewelry, pottery, baskets, weavings, and a short walk on the West Fork waterfall trail.

      3. Andreas Canyon.  Next we will drive down to the Andreas Canyon loop hike with remnants of Cahuilla settlements, the world’s second largest grove of Washingtonia palms, a babbling brook and views of a hidden private club.

      • Meet Location:  Palm Canyon Trailhead/Trading Post parking lot. MAP 
      • Meet Time: 8:30 am 
      • Trail Length: 2.7 miles Palm Canyon/Victor trails loop; 1.0 mile Andreas Canyon loop. 
      • Total Elevation Gain: 393 ft in the 2.7-mile Palm Canyon/Victor Trail loop. 173 ft in the 1.0-mile Andreas Canyon loop.
      • Difficulty Rating: Easy/Moderate  (gradual ascent/descent, mostly easy but with some moderate sections). (approx. 3.5 hr. duration)
      • Type: Well-trodden and marked trails.
      • Bring Ten Essentials (click here), water (2 liters recommended), lunch and snacks. Hat, sunscreen and layered clothing are recommended.
      • Carry Emergency Contact Information (ICE).
      • Sturdy hiking footwear with good tread and adequate drinking water are required.

      Co-leaders Bill Bates: EMAIL and Pat Miyamoto: EMAIL

      Each participant must pay the Agua Caliente Indian Reservation entry fee ($12 per person, $7 for seniors 62+, Free military/first responder) at the Indian Canyons tollgate, just past the south end of South Palm Canyon Drive.

      For speed and ease of entry participants are encouraged to pay online, print out the confirmation and hand it to the gate agent. Or, pay at the gate.  See “Purchase Tickets” https://www.indian-canyons.com/hours

      Drivers should proceed to the Palm Canyon Trailhead/Trading Post parking lot at the far end of the canyon road.  Carpooling is encouraged because cars may be lined up at the tollgate and parking can be limited. You are responsible for arranging your own transportation or ride share. 

      Weather Policy: Inclement weather cancels 

      Web: https://www.indian-canyons.com/indian_canyons


      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. 

      • Thu, March 16, 2023
      • Sun, March 19, 2023
      • Las Vegas, NV
      • 14
      Register


      St. Patrick's Day in Las Vegas!

      Do you feel Lucky?

      Join your friends of Great Outdoors for a fun St. Patrick's day-weekend in beautiful Las Vegas, March 16th -19th, 2023.

      Claude Raffin has once again made his home available as our place to stay - our home base, as we explore and enjoy the sights and sounds of the magical place that never sleeps. This is an 'Urban Slumber Party' staying at Claude’s home, so you don't need your tent but make sure to bring a comfortable pad or air mattress to sleep on as well as your sleeping bag and ear plugs are highly recommended.


      Itinerary as follows:

      Thursday, March 16th Arrive, it's a gated community, Street name: Placita Del Lazo, specific address and gate code will be given once registered.

      Meet and greet 4-7 pm for drinks and appetizers

      Explore the strip afterward, or board games, or just relax around the house. There is a pool and hot tub.

      Friday (St. Patty’s Day) March 17th Continental breakfast by GO..you're welcome to bring food and extra goodies to share as well.

      Day to explore the sites, possible visit to the Mob Museum, Lunch on our own.

      5 PM: dinner by Chef Sean: Corned beef and cabbage.

      Neon Museum Tour, this is really popular, plan to go as a group on the 8:15 PM tour.

      You are responsible to purchase your own tickets go to:

      Guided Tours Main Boneyard | The Neon Museum

      Make sure you buy tickets for the NEON Museum Tour, we do not recommend the 'brilliant jackpot tour' as it tends to be long and, well, boring

      Tickets sell out fast, so get your ticket as soon as possible, this is early enough, there should be enough tickets to go around!

      Saturday March 18th 9 AM Continental breakfast provided by GO

      Travel to Claude’s cabin at Mount Charleston approx. leave house by 11 AM, a beautiful 50 minute drive up into the mountains near Las Vegas. Carpooling to be worked out. French Toast and bacon

      Brunch cooked by chefs Bradley and Wes, at the cabin, then explore: plenty of hiking trails so make sure to have good hiking shoes. If you prefer you can 'hang' at the cabin.

      Return to Las Vegas for dinner at Ping,Pang Pong, a very popular Dim Sum restaurant. You're responsible for your own meal & drink purchase.

      Sunday March 19th 10 AM Continental breakfast. Provided by GO

      Time for hugs and good-byes: or if you want to avoid Sunday traffic, stay one more night and leave Monday AM with a possible visit to Red Rocks National Park on Sunday.

      Schedules and times may change -except the NEON Museum Tour. Bring your favorite adult beverages and other food items that you like and want to share, will be appreciated!

      This is a 'free flow' weekend, you are welcome to join or do your own thing!

      Cost $50 per person to cover some food costs. Additional meals and other tour purchases are your responsibility. Any other questions contact the trip leader Sean Micheal at: mrdooner@cox.net

      Space is limited to 15 registrants. May the luck of the Irish be with you!


      • Thu, March 16, 2023
      • 1:00 PM
      • Sun, March 19, 2023
      • 12:00 PM
      • Mecca Beach, Salton Sea, CA
      Register

      The Salton Sea is one of the most enigmatic places in the Southwest. It is a unique place with many hidden treasures and secrets that are not well known. It has been forgotten as a busy tourist attraction of bygone years. Today, we have an amazing place to visit and explore. The sunsets and sunrises are stunning and peaceful. You should take the opportunity to experience it before it receding water levels cause it to change and vanish.

      One of the world's largest inland seas and lowest spots on earth at -227 below sea level, Salton Sea was re-created in 1905 when high spring flooding on the Colorado River crashed the canal gates leading into the developing Imperial Valley. For the next 18 months the entire volume of the Colorado River rushed downward into the Salton Trough. By the time engineers were finally able to stop the breaching water in 1907, the Salton Sea had been born at 45 miles long and 20 miles wide – equaling about 130 miles of shoreline. Salton Sea State Recreation Area covers 14 miles of the northeastern shore. Campers, birdwatchers, photographers and hikers can enjoy the site's many recreation opportunities. View the Salton Sea Recreation Area Brochure here.

      We will be camping at the Mecca Beach campground at the Salton Sea Recreation Area. The meet and greet, potluck and other activities will take place there. March is an ideal time to visit with mild temperatures.

      Activities include hiking a slot canyon in the Mecca Hills, a 4x4 excursion, an easy hike to the Visitor Center to view exhibits and a video on the Salton Sea, and a road trip to Niland area sites, including Salvation Mountain and East Jesus in Slab City, Obsidian Butte, the mud pot volcanoes, and the Salton Sea Reclamation Project. Check the whiteboard for updated activities info.

      NOTE:  This event is limited to GO members.  When you register, you'll need to have your credit card 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.

      Contact: Trip Leaders Dennis Curran here and Dale Solomon here

      Schedule of Events*

      Thursday, March 16

      • 1:00 pm - Check-in (Please don’t arrive before noon)

      • 3:30 pm - Sunset hike nearby location*

      • 5:30 pm - Meet and Greet - wear your name tag -BYOB

      • 6:00 pm - Dinner on your own 

      • 7:00 pm - Group campfire

      Friday, March 17

      •  7:00 am - Coffee and continental breakfast items

      •  9:00 am - Hike 

      •  noon      - Niland area tour - 5 hours bring snacks/sandwich

      •  6:00 pm - Potluck bring a main dish, appetizer, salad, or side dish to share

      •  7:30 pm - Group campfire activities

      Saturday, March 18

      •  7:00 am - Coffee and continental breakfast items

      •  9:00 am - Hike* 

      •  1:00 pm - 4x4 trip

      •  2:00 pm - Other events posted on camp whiteboard* 

      •  6:00 pm - Dinner on your own

      •  7:30 pm - Group campfire activities, bingo* 

      Sunday March 19

      • 11:00 am - Check-out 

      * Check campground whiteboard for activities updates 

      RefundsCancellation for a refund, minus a $10 service charge, must be received by February 28, 2023.

      Campsite Amenities:  The Mecca Beach campground has restrooms that have electricity, flush toilets, running water and free solar hot showers  (Mecca Beach) or showers that take quarters (New Camp, 5 miles to the north), picnic tables, fire rings, shared drinking water and paved parking stalls. There is a small store on Highway 111 and another in Mecca.

      Amenities for Tent Campers: This is a good campground for tent campers. The campsites are level, sandy, with trees provide some shade.  Sites are shared with another tent or an RV at the Mecca Beach campground. Parking is also shared between the two campers. If you want to share the space with another tent or a specific camper, send the Trip Leader an email and we will try and arrange it. 

      If you share a powered site you may be able share power with the RV.  Powered sites have 20, 30 & 50 amp service. Bring a long outdoor extension cord, an outdoor splitter and a 30 amp RV male to 15/20 amp female adapter plug to give you flexibility in sharing power with an RV. If you have questions about the electrical service sharing, send the Trip Leader an email to discuss it.

      March can have windy or rainy conditions or cold overnight temperatures that approach freezing. Check the weather forecasts before the campout, and be prepared for the weather conditions.  If you have questions about your gear, contact the Trip Leader via email to discuss it. 

      Amenities For RVs:  

      • RV Electric Sites – The RV powered sites have 20, 30 & 50 amp service, and water service. The RV sites will be shared with a tent or another RV. Bring a water hose splitter and a 50 to 30 amp adapter. The RV electric sites have a sewer connection. At the end of the campout, RV's should be able to dump at the dump station located at New Camp and which is included in your registration fee. Fresh water is available at the dump site to fill your RV tank before arriving at your site if you registered for a non-electric RV site at the Mecca Beach campground.
      • RV Non-Electric Sites are dry camping sites – no hookups. QUIET HOURS are from 10 pm to 6 am and generators may only be operated between 10 am and 8 pm. See New Camp below for dump site information.
      • Maximum motor home length at Mecca Beach is 35 feet,
      • There are only a couple of electric sites at Mecca Beach. If you require electric power and water there are electric sites at New Camp and Visitor Center sites located one mile north of Mecca Beach; check to see if they are available for registration.

      Directions:   The campground is located 30 miles south of Indio on Highway 111. Located on the north shore of the Salton Sea, it is about a three hour drive from the Los Angeles or San Diego areas. From Los Angeles, take Interstate 10 east to Indio, take 86S exit then turn left at Avenue 66, then right onto Highway 111. Go south about 12 miles to the Salton Sea SRA Headquarters entrance. From San Diego take Highway 78 east, then left (north) on Highway 86 . Turn right at Avenue 66 and then right onto Highway 111. Go south about 12 miles to the Salton Sea SRA Headquarters entrance. For a Google Map of our location - click here. 

      ClimateAverage for March: 83° / 49°    U.S.Climate Data

      RV/Trailer Profile Information: We need information on your RV or pulled trailer in order to assign you a site you will fit into. Please enter or update your RV or Trailer information when you register.

      Photos: To see some photos from prior trip - click here

      PetsDogs are allowed. Must be kept on 6' leash.  Please pick up after your pet and dispose of waste properly. Please be aware there are snakes and scorpions at this location.  

      Special COVID Requirements:  All attendees to be  vaccinated for COVID.

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

        • Sat, March 18, 2023
        • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
        • 3600 S Gaffey St, San Pedro, CA 90731
        • 14
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        The Orange County/Long Beach Chapter of Great Outdoos presents:

        Belmont Shore Model Railroad Club Day Trip

        Saturday, March 18, 2023, Noon to 4 PM

        Contact: Frederick Brown E-mail: fredincal346@gmail.com Phone: 562-754-1838

        Frank Hinojosa, neighbor of Trip Leader Frederick Brown will be hosting us at the club. Participants will have an opportunity to run the model trains.


        Photographs are from the Belmont Shore Model Railroad Club’s web page.


        The text in quotation marks below is from the Belmont Shore Model Railroad Club’s Facebook Page:


        In 1971, a small group of modelers gathered together in the Belmont Shore City Library with the intent to form the country's first N-scale model railroad club. The club first took shape in the basement of a hobby shop in Long Beach. Soon there after, it found a home in Signal Hill. This was the clubs first real start featuring a full size layout. Sometime later, that location was lost and the club moved to an old Army facility in the city of Bell. That lasted until 1979 when another move was needed, this time to our current location in Angels Gate Park.


        Today the club is one of the country's premiere layouts. Located in Angels Gate Park in San Pedro.


        Built in an old Army barracks, the layout occupies the second story resulting in a railroad that measures 25 by 90 feet. The track plan is ten scale miles of double track from the city of Belmont to Bakersfield, plus a single track line to San Joaquin. Past San Joaquin, a branch line is under construction to Carbondale where it will interchange with a narrow gauge railroad. A unique feature of this track plan is a train will never pass through a scene more than once, except of course on the loop. This gives the appearance that a train is actually going somewhere, not just running around in circles.


        The Belmont Shore club is also where the ideas of N-Trak were hammered out.”

        The Club is locateat 3600 S Gaffey St, San Pedro, CA 90731. Click here for a map.

        If registrants are interested, we can meet for lunch in San Pedro at 11:30 AM for a lunch before the outing. If so, please contact the trip leader at fredincal346@gmail.com.



        • Fri, March 24, 2023
        • 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM

        Save the Date



        Bring Ten Essentials (click here), water (1 to 2 liters recommended), trail snacks. Sun protection and layered clothing are recommended. Carry Emergency Contact Information (ICE). Hiking poles may be helpful.

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

        Hiking Requirements - you will need to be in good physical condition for this hike.  Click here for more information.

        Contact Hike Leader: Doug Wylie

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

        Weather Policy: Inclement weather may cancel.

        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 this hike. 

        • Sat, March 25, 2023
        • 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM

        Save the Date



        Bring Ten Essentials (click here), water (1 to 2 liters recommended), trail snacks. Sun protection and layered clothing are recommended. Carry Emergency Contact Information (ICE). Hiking poles may be helpful.

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

        Hiking Requirements - you will need to be in good physical condition for this hike.  Click here for more information.

        Contact Hike Leader: John Ryan

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

        Weather Policy: Inclement weather may cancel.

        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 this hike. 

        • Sun, March 26, 2023
        • 2:00 PM
        • Thu, March 30, 2023
        • 10:00 AM
        • Yosemite National Park
        • 9
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        Orange County/Long Beach Chapter of Great Outdoors presents:

        Yosemite Valley in March

        You need to get your own housing!

        Trip Leader: Doug Cable

        Phone: 949-922-1452

        Email: Secretary-OCLB@GreatOutdoors.org


        Doug (GO OCLB Secretary) will arrive in Yosemite Valley Sunday March 26th and depart Thursday March 30th.

        This is an open invitation to those who may want to attend and participate.

        You need to get your own housing!

        Activities will depend on the weather and snow-pack but will include day hikes and bike rides in the valley. Snowshoeing may be possible. Note that the seasonal bike rental stands will probably be closed. Hopefully we can try the cross-country ski track at Badger Pass. Bring appropriate gear for each of these activities. 

        There is no G.O. fee for this activity as this is an ad hoc event.

        For more information and details about this trip, please contact:

        Trip Leader: Doug Cable

        Phone: 949-922-1452

        Email: Secretary-OCLB@GreatOutdoors.org


        • Mon, March 27, 2023
        • 12:00 PM
        • Fri, March 31, 2023
        • 12:00 PM
        • Death Valley Stovepipe Wells
        Register

        Join us as we explore some of the backcountry 4x4 roads of Death Valley National Park. We’ll visit such places as Barker Ranch site (last hideout of the infamous Charles Manson), Warm Springs Mine, and Echo Canyon. We have scheduled short and long days 4x4 jeep outings. This will allow flexibility for those wishing to spend time in the park driving to the local sites such as the Devil’s Golf Course, Dante’s’ view, Titus Canyon, etc.

        RV Camping is at Stove Pipe Wells. Each RV site has full hookups.  Stove Pipe Wells Village has a general store, restaurant, and gas station. The village/RV site is about 28 miles from Furnace Creek. 

        Cancellation for a refund, minus a $10 service fee, must be received by March 20, 2023.

        TRIP LEADERS CLIFF CLUE email AND JOEY DUHON email

        Itinerary ~ (subject to weather and road conditions)

        Monday

        • 12:00 pm Check in at Stove Pipe Wells Campground. Meet & greet at 6:00 pm

        Tuesday

        • 7: 00 am ~ Coffee and continental breakfast
        • 8:45 am ~ Meet for 4X4 trip ~ Pleasant Valley to Roger’s Pass
        • 9:00 am ~ Depart for trip (long day 7-8 hours)

        Wednesday

        • 7: 00 am ~ Coffee and continental breakfast
        • 9:45 am~ Meet for 4X4 trip ~ Echo Canyon Trail
        • 10:00 am ~ Depart for trip (Short day 4 hours)

        Thursday

        • 7: 00 am ~ Coffee and continental breakfast
        • 8:45 am ~ Meet for 4X4 trip ~ Mengel Pass Trail to Barker Ranch House (Charles Manson’s last hideout)
        • 9:00 am ~ Depart for 4X4 trip (long day 7-8 hours)

        Friday 

        • 12:00 pm check out. Have a safe drive home.

        For each of the day trips, make certain you have gassed up the night before. Bring lunch and water for each day trip.

        Travel Options

        Break up the travel time by spending a night either on the way  and /or on the return trip home at Tecopa Hot Springs and Campground.  Refer to the website below to make your OWN reservations. 

        https://www.tecopahotspringscampground.com/d-section-campsites/

        Additional items to bring

        • 2-way radio: baofeng uv-5r, available on Amazon.com
        • Reliable 4 WD Vehicle with 2 Speed Transfer Case, tires rated for off road travel
        • Fire extinguisher

         Lodging Options

        Tent sites at Stove Pipe Wells Campground, Operated by the National Park Service. First Come First Serve. $12.00 per night

        https://www.nps.gov/deva/planyourvisit/stovepipe-wells-campground.htm

        Best sites in the back near the sand dunes

        Lodging ~ Stove Pipe Wells Lodge

        Stovepipe Wells NPS campground click here for photos and information

        Tent Area

        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 this event. 



        • Wed, April 05, 2023
        • 2:00 PM
        • Mon, April 10, 2023
        • 12:00 PM
        • Morro Bay State Park Campground
        • 5
        Register


        April 5 - 10, 2023

        Join us as we explore the beautiful Morro Bay area, perhaps California's most scenic coastline, on a 6-day/5-night camping getaway - with showers!

        Our theme will be "Explore Nature's Beauty and Experience our Magnificent California Central Coast."

        Walk along empty sea cliffs with waves crashing on the rocks. Observe elephant seals, sea lions, and sea otters up close, and maybe gray whales at a distance. See spring wildflowers bloom on the green landscape of San Luis Obispo County. Hike up to a waterfall and see redwood trees along the Big Sur Coast. Discover the unique biology and geology from our trip leaders, and enjoy cooking, socializing and camp camaraderie.


        Details:

        We have reserved Group Site Osos at Morro Bay State Park Campground, which is within walking distance of trails in the Morro Bay wetland, the Natural History Museum, and viewpoints overlooking Morro Bay. The group site allows tents only. (There may be RV spaces available through the Morro Bay State Park reservation system which can be booked entirely separate from this event registration.)

        Campground amenities include flush toilets, fire rings, picnic tables, and potable water. Showers are located about 1000 feet away in the lower part of the campground. Morro Bay village is about two miles away, with grocery stores, restaurants, gas stations, and other amenities.



        Day Activities:

        Activities will be located north and south of Morro Bay. Some planned hikes and walks are:

        • Morro Rock: observe sea otters in the bay
        • Heron Rookery National Preserve
        • Montaña de Oro State Park: Ranger guided tour of tide pools, walk Bluff Trail to sea cliffs to small coves
        • Montaña de Oro State park: picnic at Spooners Cove
        • San Simeon Beach: Observe the only elephant seal colony on the US mainland
        • Overlook and small hikes at Ragged Point and Salmon Falls along the Big Sur Coast
        • Visit the southernmost redwood grove in California
        • Kayaking on Bay
        • UPDATE:  Professor Joe Holliday plans on joining the trip to tell is about the fascinating geology and oceanography of this feature-rich natural setting.




        Campground Evening Activities:

        Wednesday: Check-in after 2:00 pm. 5:00 pm: Welcome and Meet-n-Greet. 6:00 pm dinner (bring your own). 7:30 - 10 pm First night campfire.

        Thursday: 6:30 pm: Sunset Dinner. Bring-your-own-picnic to dine and watch the sunset over the bay, a short walk from our campsite to the bay. Sunset 7:29 pm.

        Friday: "Weenie Roast" Dinner (with vegetarian option) will be provided by Great Outdoors LA.

        Saturday: 6:00 pm: Traditional Great Outdoors Potluck. Hello Top Chefs and foodies! Everyone makes or brings a main or side dish to feed 5-6 people. Healthy, organic, plant-based dishes encouraged. Some desserts will be provided by Great Outdoors LA.

        Sunday: 5:00 pm: Farewell Happy Hour. Bring an appetizer and optional beverage (alcohol/non-alcohol) to share.

        6 PM Dinner at a local restaurant in town.

        Monday: Check-out by 12 noon.

        Every night: Campfire (Bring your camp chair, highlights of the day, jokes, games, camp songs, etc.)

        Think eco-friendly. Everyone brings their own reusable plates, utensils, cups, napkins, etc. For the potluck, remember to bring your own serving dishes, bowls or platters with serving utensils. Be sure to pick up your dishes when you leave. Let's aim to minimize trash/ single-use disposables.  Thank you for pitching in to keep our camp clean.

        Alcohol is allowed, please enjoy responsibly!


        Registration, parking limits, carpooling:

        This campout is limited by the number of vehicles allowed at the group sites. Our group site (25 persons max) comes with only 10 parking spaces. After the 10 spaces are full, during the day parking is available on the street outside of the campground, and at night extra cars will have to park in the town of Morro Bay about 3/4 of a mile away.  Therefore, we encourage carpooling.  Besides, it also saves gas, reduces traffic congestion and pollution, and may earn you the respect and admiration of your peers.

        During registration, please note if/who you will be carpooling with. We will assign the first 10 parking spots in the order people register. The remaining vehicles will need to park outside as noted. It may be helpful to ask each other to help shuttle folks back/forth.

        If the trip is sold out, please add yourself to the wait list. Based on the number of vehicles from other registrants, you may still be added to the trip in the order added to the waitlist if we can fit you in.

        Getting there:

        Directions from Route 1: Exit at South Bay Rd (Baywood Park) off ramp, turn left, go about 1 mile, turn right into park, go about 1 mile (do not go up the uphill road on the right), turn right into campground, check in at entry booth.

        Bring your 10 essentials, your camping & cooking gear, food, and a bundle or two of firewood. Dress in layers since the mornings can start cold, and sea breezes are strong on the central California coast.

        Cancellation:

        Full refunds will be issued if cancelled by March 22. No refunds will be issued after this date. If you need to cancel, email both trip leaders directly, as soon as possible so we can notify the next person on the waitlist.

        Health issues/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 the hike leader if you wish.

        Pet Policy: No dogs allowed on the beach.

        Image credits:

        https://thedyrt.com/camping/california/montana-de-oro-state-park/gallery

        San Luis Obispo Tribune

        https://www.flickr.com/photos/goingslo/2225715896

        https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mdoblufftrail.jpg#file

        https://www.hikespeak.com/trails/salmon-creek-falls-big-sur/

        https://visitcambriaca.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/ch1dr_air1-highway-1-scenic-aerial_29843871126_o-1024x575.jpg

        Contact:

        If you have any questions, please reach out to us at:

        John Blasco: johnlongbeach@gmail.com, 562-981-4133 or John Buckley: j_l_buckley@yahoo.com, 818-613-7602

        Additional information will be mailed to registrants with more details as the trip nears.

        • Thu, April 13, 2023
        • Sun, April 16, 2023
        • Joshua Tree National Park

        This event is being planned by the Palm Springs Chapter. For more information about this trip:

        • Please check back here for updates;

        • Please contact one of our Trip Leaders below:
        • VPO-PS@greatoutdoors.org






        • Fri, April 14, 2023
        • 8:30 AM
        • Sun, April 16, 2023
        • 6:00 PM
        • Ensenada Region of Baja California
        • 0
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        3 DAY, 2 NIGHT BAJA EXPEDITION: 

        HIKING + WINERIES + BREWERIES + BAJA CUISINE

        April 14-16, 2023

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        The Ensenada region of Baja California, only an hour and a half south of the border from San Diego, offers spectacular hiking through the coastal and woodland landscapes in full spring bloom as well as an explosion of wineries, breweries and fine Baja-Fusion cuisine in the Guadalupe Valley. This trip combines the highlights of all of these for a small group of 8 guests who will also enjoy fabulous ocean-view lodging in one of the area’s premiere coastal communities. 

        GO member Mike Wilken, your guide, is an anthropologist and naturalist who lives in Baja California and has worked in the region for over 32 years. Dr. Gerry Chavez, driver and co-guide, is a local geographer with an extensive knowledge of the environments of the region. Both are happy to share their knowledge of native plants and wildlife, geology, native cultures and history for interested guests.

        The $470 per person cost includes a 3 day trip with transportation starting from the Tecate border and throughout the trip, four meals, ocean-view vacation home lodging, two wine tastings and a beer tasting. Guests cover three no-host meals, and any extra wine and beer purchases. 

        This trip is designed for 8 guests. Lodging is double occupancy in our comfortable ocean-view vacation home with extra sofas, living areas, kitchens, and garden spaces. Our transportation is in a 12-passenger van with room in the back for luggage. 

        Cancellation Policy - 100% refund if cancelled at least 21 days beforehand, 50% refund if less than 21 days to 7 days notice, no refund if less than 7 days notice unless canceling party finds a substitute.

        MIGRATORY DOCUMENTS and crossing the border: Walking into Mexico: By parking on the US side of the border, you will avoid the long lines coming back, since you will walk back through the quick pedestrian entry at the end of trip. We will meet you on the US side and walk you through customs to our van. You will need to have a US passport and get a Mexican tourist visa (FMM) for this trip. You get it online, and there should be no cost because you are only going to be in Mexico for 3 days. Instructions will be sent to participants. 

        US Citizens must have a US passport for land-based border crossing back into the US. Non-US citizens should bring all necessary documents for re-entry into the US.

        For more information, feel free to contact Mike Wilken: mikewilken@yahoo.com

        HIKES EVERY DAY: Guadalupe Valley Canyon follows a creek that winds through a deep canyon with rustic, undeveloped hot springs and scenic landscapes. The group may choose to hike a couple of extra miles and see historic adobe ruins. A picnic lunch will be provided along the way. Approximately 4 hour hike. 

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        Rustic hot springs along the way

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        Punta Banda trail follows the rugged mountain that forms the dramatic tip of the Bay of Ensenada, passing through fields of native Shaw’s agave plants and rare, beautiful coastal succulent scrub habitat. Our picnic spot provides breathtaking views of the Pacific coast and Todos Santos Islands. Approximately 4 hour hike. 

        Succulent sage scrub with rare and endemic vegetation

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        El Salto Canyon and Waterfall trail follows an oak woodland watershed that turns into a boulder-strewn deep canyon with fascinating geology, wildflowers and plant life, birds and the view of a waterfall from above. 

        Geological forces took millions of years to produce this wonder

        DINING AND TASTINGS: Animalón Restaurant (group will decide on exact restaurant, the following are some examples)

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        Agua de Vid Restaurant

        Wineries

        The Guadalupe Valley is Mexico’s premiere wine-producing region. 

        Cava Sol y Barro

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        Clos de Tres Cantos

        Casa Magoni