I was surprised to see how much interest this bookclub has in hiking! So far we have eight people confirmed for the hike, plus one maybe. Since the drive is so far, I was thinking it might be a good idea to carpool in two vehicles. I can provide my car, and I can fit four additional people into it. Anyone want to volunteer a second?
As for a place to meet, the Target located at 3424 College Ave, San Diego, CA[masked] is centered amongst a large number of chain stores, and the parking lot is large enough that I doubt they would notice us leaving our extra cars there all day. That way anyone who forgot last minute necessities (like water or sun screen) can run inside and buy them as well. If we meet at 8 am, we should be able to arrive at the Agua Caliente County Park in Borrego Springs by 10:00 to start hiking. The park closes at 5pm, so this should give us plenty of time to hike and then swim afterwards.
For anyone who would prefer to just meet us there, the address of the park is:
39555 Great South Stage Route of 1849
Julian, CA 92036