Beach Bonfire at Greyhound Rock

  • August 24, 2013 · 5:00 PM
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Dinner at the beach, sunset, and a bonfire? You bet!

We'll build our fire in the sand at the beach several yards to the right of the bottom of the trail. In the aerial photo, the bonfire location will be approximately where the brightest yellow dot is.

What to bring:
firewood,
flashlight,
food to share,
beverages,
your own plates, utensils, napkins, cups
jacket or sweater
blanket or beach towel

Caution: This is an at-your-own-risk activity. You must read and understand the document titled "Required reading before ACSJ activities," which is available at the "Pages" tab of the ACSJ Meetup site. The 600-foot-long trail to the beach is paved, but very steep, and it's slippery in spots. At the bottom of the trail is a two-foot drop that can be a problem if you have trouble with your knees. The trail is not lighted at night, so bring a flashlight. Cell phone signals can be poor or absent.

Carpooling is informal and voluntary. I love carpooling because it's a great way to get to know people better, and that's what ACSJ and Meetup are about, right? 

Greyhound Rock is 17 miles north of Santa Cruz and 1 mile south of Las Trancas Airport. It's easy to miss, so watch for a smallish, square, brown sign that just says "Coastal Access."  There's a large, hidden parking lot on the coast side of Hwy 1. Semi-civilized pit toilets are in the parking lot. No drinkable water is available.

Does anybody know the words to "Kumbaya"?

Send any questions to Susan at educationgrants at hotmail com.

We're gonna have fun!

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

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  • Louise

    It was great to see several new people join us for their first event here. And someone took advantage of the low tide to climb to the top of Greyhound Rock! I think there were about twenty of us heathens there, and the food was delicious and quite varied. Ceviche, meat and vegan kabobs, smoked salmon, vegan and meat sausages, fancy cupcakes, and I know I'm leaving some out. Lots of sodas and such. Oh, and S'mores, of course!

    Huge bonfire! Cold night but you couldn't tell. We even had wood leftover! Thanks so much to Dave who had the equipment and knowledge of how to transport the firewood down to the beach.

    Since I spent the night in the area, I went back in the morning morning to check on the remains. Still smouldering, so I whacked the larger pieces with a stick and I borrowed a girl's sand bucket and ferried several buckets of water. Two rangers wandered by at that time, and they said that should be fine. And one said, 'Whatever you do, don't bury it in sand.'

    2 · August 25, 2013

    • Louise

      Much of the wildlife is nocturnal, also with sensitive paddy-paws.

      August 26, 2013

    • Susan M.

      Oh, gosh, I didn't even think about that! Good point, and thanks for the reminder.

      August 26, 2013

  • Susan M.

    We'll need marshmallow roasting spears, or whatever they're called. I'm bringing marshmallows, graham crackers, and chocolate. Who can bring those long, metal, pronged thingies?

    August 23, 2013

    • Susan M.

      A hundred thumbs up!!

      August 23, 2013

    • Susan M.

      Art, did you get your skewers back?

      August 26, 2013

  • Tim

    Great beach and even greater bunch of people. It was beautiful and the wind even died down by sunset. I would definitely do it again.

    2 · August 25, 2013

    • Susan M.

      I'm glad you brought the kids, Tim. They were a pleasure.

      August 26, 2013

  • Farah

    On Saturday night officially,i became an American by making my own Graham cooky and chocolate and melt marshmallow.It was wonderful night.Thank you susan.

    4 · August 26, 2013

    • Daniel B

      Congratulations! You won't pass your American test, unless you call it a s'more, though. :-)

      1 · August 26, 2013

  • Jim W

    Omg! In the first photo of the bonfire, there is clearly the shape of a cross in the fire!!! We are do damned to hell!

    August 26, 2013

  • Invisible Pink U.

    Lots of great discussion! Some of us were discussing the difference between "I don't hold the belief that there is a god" vs. "I do hold the belief that there is no god". There's an excellent summary at http://wiki.ironchariots.org/index.php?title=Atheist_vs._agnostic

    August 25, 2013

  • Susan M.

    What a great group! I love these people!

    1 · August 25, 2013

  • Steve

    great time. The Milky Way decided to join us

    2 · August 25, 2013

  • Susan M.

    The salmon is on my smoker right now, and man, does it smell great! Who would like to bring bagels? Who would like to bring cream cheese?

    August 23, 2013

  • Brian B.

    What's the alcohol rule for this beach? Can I bring some wine to share?

    1 · August 24, 2013

    • Art A.

      I think it's a cocktail-only beach, but they almost never check.

      1 · August 24, 2013

  • Steve

    I'll be bringing some vegan sausages because that's how I roll. Three more of you are welcome to taste how the other half lives.

    1 · August 24, 2013

  • Susan M.

    Scot, the co-organizer of ACSJ, has offered a load of firewood! Yay!

    August 20, 2013

  • Susan M.

    My friend Lane is bringing tomatoes and sliced cucumbers. Those'll go well with the salmon. mmmmmm!

    August 23, 2013

  • Brian B.

    Careful everyone of posting your phone numbers. These forums are public and can be seen by the whole web. Just make sure you are willing to have that information out there.

    1 · August 23, 2013

    • Art A.

      I'll just leave my work number: 867-5309. Ask for Jenny.

      August 23, 2013

    • Susan M.

      Good reminder, Brian.

      August 23, 2013

  • eric c.

    Any upcoming events in SC County?

    August 23, 2013

    • Susan M.

      Santa Clara County? Yes--seven besides this one. To see them, click "Upcoming Meetups" on the upper left side of the ACSJ Meetup home page. For Santa Cruz County activities, use Meetup's "Find a Meetup" feature in the upper left corner of the page or go to the Atheists of Santa Cruz & Monterey Counties. Remember, you're always free to suggest an activity in any Meetup group you belong to. :)

      August 23, 2013

  • Susan M.

    Bringing my magnifier. Maybe we'll find sea monkeys!

    1 · August 23, 2013

  • Susan M.

    Directions to Greyhound Rock County Park

    From Santa Cruz, drive 17 miles north on Highway 1. The sign for Greyhound Rock says “COASTAL ACCESS,” not “Greyhound Rock.” (Insert eye-roll here.)

    The small, white, rectangular marker a few feet beyond the Coastal Access sign says “34 78,” and there’s a yellow “T intersection” sign beyond that. Shortly thereafter, turn left into the parking lot. If you see the highway call box, you just missed the park, so turn around. Remember to bring:
    - flashlight,
    - food to share,
    - beverages,
    - your own plates, utensils, napkins, cups
    - jacket or sweater
    - blanket or beach towel
    - magnifier if you want to explore the tide pools
    - and firewood if you have it. (Scot of ACSJ is donating some firewood, but more is better--this IS a bonfire, after all!)

    Looking forward to seeing you there Saturday, August 24, 5 pm to 9:30 pm!

    August 23, 2013

  • Tim

    WARNING! I'll be bringing my two youngest. I may need assistance in keeping them from falling headlong into the fire. Any volunteers?

    1 · August 21, 2013

    • Tim

      Can we put some s'mores between their toes first?

      1 · August 21, 2013

    • Susan M.

      They'll enjoy that!

      August 21, 2013

  • Susan M.

    Wouldn't s'mores be great?

    August 20, 2013

  • Jill

    This is really a maybe - but didn't want to lose track of the invite :)

    August 19, 2013

    • Susan M.

      Hope you can be there! :)

      August 20, 2013

  • Susan M.

    Dogs are allowed on leash at Greyhound Rock! Yay!

    2 · August 19, 2013

    • Jim W

      Yes. Khaleesi is coming with me too.

      1 · August 19, 2013

    • Art A.

      Cool. Bringing both of mine. And a sled. (A very, very small sled.)

      1 · August 19, 2013

  • Sean W.

    Carpooling with Susan

    1 · August 18, 2013

  • Susan M.

    I'm bringing some home-smoked salmon to share with everyone. Yummy!

    3 · August 18, 2013

  • Daniel B

    Tentative. I'll have to commit or decommit on Sat afternoon.

    August 18, 2013

    • Susan M.

      I hope you can be there. It'll be great to have you!

      August 18, 2013

  • Art A.

    Looking forward to standing nearest the flames of hell... or the bonfire, whichever is closest and more convenient. And real.

    2 · August 17, 2013

  • Jim W

    Is camping at the site allowed?

    August 16, 2013

    • Susan M.

      Nope. You can surf, swim, look at the tidepools, climb on Greyhound Rock, and build sand castles, but there are no camping facilities at this park. You can backpack camp at Rancho del Oso, which is a couple of miles north of Greyhound Rock: http://www.santacruzc...­

      August 16, 2013

  • Susan M.

    This is great weather for pruning your trees (or your neighbors' trees), so save the wood and bring it to the bonfire! It might be good to get your neighbors' approval before helping them with their landscaping, though. :)

    1 · August 10, 2013

  • Invisible Pink U.

    I'll be getting to the area earlier in the day to do some coastal exploring. I'm very familiar with this area, so if anyone wants a tour of the area, let me know!

    1 · July 17, 2013

    • Susan M.

      Well, there's lots of water! Don't know how surfable it is, though.

      1 · July 18, 2013

    • Invisible Pink U.

      For surfing, try Four Mile Beach - about 4 miles west of Santa Cruz on Hwy 1 http://www.youtube.co...­ We'll probably be further up the coast near Davenport or Ano Nuevo.

      August 6, 2013

  • Invisible Pink U.

    I've added this meetup to Santa Cruz/Monterey County Atheists. See http://www.meetup.com/Santa-Cruz-Atheists/events/129468412/
    If you're a member there, please confirm there too, as we need to get it from a "suggested" meetup to an "upcoming" meetup on their calendar. The more the merrier!

    1 · July 13, 2013

  • Louise

    For people who don't want to return over the hill late at night, there is the option of spending the night...

    ...at the Pigeon Point Lighthouse Hostel
    One of the best-located hostels in the world.
    http://norcalhostels.org/pigeon
    (Reserve soon: August 17 is already sold out.)
    (650) 879-0633...

    ....or the KOA Costanoa Lodge in nearby Pescadero
    http://koa.com/campgrounds/santa-cruz-north/
    2001 Rossi Rd, Pescadero, CA 94060
    (650) 879-7302...

    ...or the Davenport Roadhouse
    http://davenportroadhouse.com/
    1 Davenport Avenue, Davenport, CA[masked]

    1 · July 12, 2013

  • Susan M.

    I changed the date of the beach bonfire from Aug. 17 to Sat., Aug. 24. The Atheist Community of San Jose will be participating in the San Jose Pride Festival on August 17-18, so we don’t want to compete with that. Also, I looked up the tide tables and found that high tide on 8/17 will be at 7 pm. :( High tide on 8/24 will be at 1 pm.

    Speaking of tides, Greyhound Rock has some nice tidepools! Low tide is at 7 pm on Aug. 24, so that’s perfect! Useful: magnifier, camera, field guide, and shoes that you don't mind putting into seawater. And dry socks.

    I hope the new date makes it possible for you to attend.

    July 10, 2013

  • Susan McL changed the date and time from Saturday, August 17, 2013 at 5:00 PM to Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    July 10, 2013

  • Invisible Pink U.

    Effort is underway to get the folks from Atheists of Santa Cruz & Monterey County to join us too!

    1 · July 10, 2013

  • Invisible Pink U.

    I proposed this meetup to South County Freethinkers. If you're a member of SCF, please RSVP on their meetup site so it will become a published meetup there too!
    http://www.meetup.com/South-County-Freethinkers/events/128821232/

    1 · July 9, 2013

  • Invisible Pink U.

    I'll be posting this on South County Freethinkers as well. We could also invite the folks from Atheists of Santa Cruz & Monterey Counties meetup group.

    1 · July 9, 2013

  • Louise

    Kum bay ya, my Lord, kum bay ya;
    Kum bay ya, my Lord, kum bay ya;
    Kum bay ya, my Lord, kum bay ya,
    O Lord, kum bay ya.

    Someone's laughing, m'Lord, kum bay ya;
    Someone's laughing, m'Lord, kum bay ya;
    Someone's laughing, m'Lord, kum...

    Oh wait! Was that a rhetorical question?

    3 · July 9, 2013

  • Michel A.

    Nice idea. Thanks for organizing it.

    1 · July 7, 2013

  • Invisible Pink U.

    This should be a very fun event! I've been to Greyhound Rock many times and know the area very well.

    1 · July 4, 2013

  • Susan McL changed the date and time from Saturday, August 10, 2013 at 5:00 PM to Saturday, August 17, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    July 4, 2013

  • Susan McL changed the location for this Meetup

    July 4, 2013

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