Escape the City - picnic and hike at Angel Island

Take a break from the rat race and escape the City to Angel Island. Let's spend Presidents' Day chilling on the ferry, picnicking at the park and hiking with a beautiful 360 degree view of the Bay Area. Come on...you know you want to :) Consider it a reward for all your stresses and a job well done!

In case you haven't heard....Angel Island is one of the finest historical sites in the Bay Area that includes military garrisons and compounds from every major war dating back to the U.S. Civil War. Also known as the “Ellis Island of the West,” Angel Island’s Immigration Station was the first stop for millions of Pacific Basin, Asian and Russian immigrants entering the United States. So our day would be a good mix of history, adventure, food and relaxation. Be a local tourist for a change!

Here are the logistics:
1. Meet us Pier 41, where the Blue and Gold fleet ferries are stationed
2. Roundtrip ferry ride is $17, and sadly they don't take Clipper cards. You can buy tickets in advance though: http://www.blueandgoldfleet.com/sightseeing-tours/water-sightseeing-schedules/#1079
3. There is a cafe on the island, but choices are limited so feel free to bring other snacks if you wish.
4. There's a history tour tram that tours the island every 30 minutes or so. It's normally $15/person but there's a groupon 2 for 1 deal: http://www.groupon.com/deals/angel-island-company-13 so we can probably share that too.

I probably missed some other detail, so please post up with questions. Looking forward to it!

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  • Brandon Z.

    I'm visiting the city for the day from Idaho and would love to join :)

    1 · February 21, 2014

    • Brandon Z.

      I'm sad that I didn't see you guys! There was another meetup-group at the same place at the same time and I accidentally got mixed into their group haha! I had fun anyway, and I'm looking forward to meeting you all next time.

      February 22, 2014

  • Ceres

    On the ferry and I brought a party with me (3 others) at the upper most deck. Looking forward to meeting everybody :) ps I am wearing a "Kanjoya" sweatshirt

    February 22, 2014

    • Lea

      Werw waiting for you outside the boat dock

      February 22, 2014

  • Lea

    Hope you guys were able to make it! We're on the outside 2nd tier of the boat

    February 22, 2014

    • Lea

      I'm wearing. 49er scarf

      February 22, 2014

    • Jade N.

      Oh man we missed it

      February 22, 2014

  • Lea

    I'm here, hanging out across the ticket counter sitting next to old tyme treats.

    February 22, 2014

  • Antonio C.

    Going

    February 22, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    What should we to bring for the hike? I've never done it before

    February 21, 2014

    • Lea

      Just being cash for tickets, maybe water and yourslrf

      February 22, 2014

  • Lea

    Check your email for general info about our trip. And please change your RSVP if your plans have changed. No shows are mean. :)

    1 · February 21, 2014

  • Ceres

    I am on the waitlist but crashing the party anyway. Unless somebody tells me no, I am coming, rain or shine :)

    1 · February 18, 2014

    • Lea

      Lol...love the motivation! See you tomorrow Ceres, wouldn't be a party without you :)

      February 21, 2014

  • Astro M.

    Hi, I'm new here and I'm wondering how are we getting to the hiking location, are we driving there?

    I'd appreciate if someone could answer that for me.
    Thanks

    February 16, 2014

    • Lea

      Hi Astro, good question. Unfortunately there are no bridges to Angel Island so we're taking the ferry and will hike on the island.

      1 · February 16, 2014

    • Astro M.

      Alright. Sounds good.
      Thanks, Lea!!

      February 18, 2014

  • Lea

    Hey All, So sorry for the last minute change but it turns out I may have to be on call for work tomorrow so I'm rescheduling for Saturday 2/22 instead. Hope you're still able to make it. Please update your RSVP either way. Have a great holiday though!

    February 16, 2014

    • Astro M.

      I understand. Thanks for letting us know . Have a good day tomorrow !!

      February 16, 2014

  • Dee

    I'm probably going to miss this, so changing my RSVP. Btw, you need a new location to meet each other. This ferry departs at Pier 41, between Pier 39 and Fisherman's Wharf. There's some unclear terminology online, Blue&Gold's office by Pier 41 is the company "ferry building", but don't confuse this with a departure at The SF Ferry Building/Ferry Plaza at Pier 1. Have fun everyone!

    February 16, 2014

    • Lea

      Good catch! Thanks for looking out! Will change to Pier 41

      February 16, 2014

  • Lea

    Would you guys want to go for the tram tour groupon? Or should we just do our own hiking tour?

    1 · February 12, 2014

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