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LAST OPEN HAPPINESS PROJECT HIKE AT ANNADEL (4-5 MILES GOOD EXERCISE)

  • Aug 13, 2013 · 9:00 AM
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** Please note that this hike is a special purpose hike. Please don't RSVP if you aren't interested in dicussing your very own "happiness project"!  This will be our last posted Happiness Project hike where new happiness seekers can attend...from now on it will be a closed hike to allow those of us that are finding amazing results to start to delve a little deeper into finding happiness!

There are many ways to increase your level of happiness but during this hike we focus on a technique learned from Gretchen Rubin. Awhile ago we read a book called the Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. After reading the book some of us decided that it would be fun to do a Wanderer's version of the Happiness project and follow through with monthly hikes until the end of the year. You can come to them all or just some of them...no obligation required. Come join me in our VERY OWN Happiness project. You don't need to have read the book because we are going to create our own version. Just come with a short list of about 5 or more things that you would like to work on, try out, learn..etc for the rest of the year

This route is about 4-5 miles with an elevation gain of about 400 feet.

We are going to do the Spring Creek Trail, meander by lovely Lake Ilsanjo and continue back on Canyon Trail. I found a great detailed description of the route that with the use of the map found on the brochure you will be able to see exactly where we are going. The two links are below:

Annadel Trail Route Info: http://fleetfeetsantarosa.com/Routes/anna_6mi.htm

Annadel SP Brochure: http://www.parks.ca.g...

Annadel Trail Map in jpeg: http://files.meetup.com/1819651/ANNADEL_SP_Full_Map.jpg (right mouse click to download)

Driving Directions to Trailhead: -

  • From Highway 12 East Bound from 101
  • At the stoplight continue straight onto Hoen Ave.
  • Take a right at the light onto Summerfield Ave.
  • Take a left on Parktrail drive (2nd street on left).
  • Park about a 1/3 of a mile up the road; the trailhead is on the left

Please read and be familiar with the guidelines of the group as listed below. It’s important before you come on a Wanderer hike that you agree and are prepared with the following.

As always:

  • We combine enjoyment of the trail with respect for everyone’s time. A steady pace and we just keep going!  If you are in the lead you will end up waiting at trail junctions.  If you are in the back you will be asked to do your best to keep up with the group and at waiting points the group may move on as soon as you are within sight.  Our pace averages 2.5mph.  We do get separated from time to time as everyone walks their own pace but please bear in mind that you will need to be able to stay within a reasonable distance from the group.  Make sure this is something you are prepared for and would enjoy
  • Please always check your email the night before just in case there are any necessary adjustments to the hike details. Cancellations or any adjustments will be posted by 10pm the previous evening.
  • RSVP etiquette must be followed. Only RSVP when you can commit to attend. Once you have RSVP'd if you have an emergency that means you have to cancel please change your RSVP by 5pm the prior day. This will avoid a "no-show" reflecting on your participation history. Over 3 "no-shows" might mean we have to excuse you from the group. We try very hard to respect each other in this group.
  • Give yourself time to find the trail head so that you arrive prior to the scheduled time. That is the time we head out on the trail.  It would be disappointing to miss having you on the hike due to late arrival.  You will be left behind if you are not ready to head out at the hike start time.
  • Wear comfortable hiking shoes with good rugged soles that are well broken in.
  • Duration: 2-3 hours
  • Facilities: none
  • Dogs?: none allowed
  • Bring plenty of water. Dress in layers.  The hike starts off cool but rapidly warms up.
  • Bring your smile and great attitude! We are ALL about trail enjoyment while respecting everyone’s time!

See you on the trail!

Car pool etiquette- First and foremost....come prepared to drive. Yes.....I know.....a lot of you are trying to car pool because you don't want to or can't drive for whatever reason. I don't want you to be disappointed, so if you can't drive please be aware that you might not be able to join the hike. There is always that risk if you are counting on others to be your transportation. There may be no others wanting to car pool from your selected location or there might be a lot of people and everyone might want to ride. You might arrive late, be in the wrong spot or get stopped by a swarm of your paparazzi...come prepared to drive to the trail head if you want to hike! If we have a gang wanting to ride we determine who gets the rider seats by who has most recently been a driver in the past. This is worked out based by who shows up at the car pool location. We can't guarantee anyone a seat because we never know until that day who will show up. We do our best to work it out and make everyone happy but we need everyone to pitch in and help make it work! General rule of thumb for riders...$5 one hour or less to trailhead $8 over one hour to trailhead Please insist your driver accept the money. It's to cover more than gas money...it's the wear and tear on the vehicle. We like to take care of our drivers!Then PLEASE if possible try to use the location below. The more locations we have the less effective we are and it's so much more complicated. Exceptions would be if you are not close to either location.

Car pool locations:

PETALUMA-Lucky at the intersection of Lakeville and Caulfield Ln. Park closest to Payran St. suggested leave by 8:45

http://goo.gl/maps/xA0qm

 

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  • Leigh

    The Wanderer's Happiness Project lives on! We will be having an upcoming meeting (soon to be announced) so those of you interested in joining us in 2014 need to be thinking about what action items would result in the most happiness for you! Remember...you want at least 3 and not more than 12. Break it down to be specific, measurable and VERY achievable. The secret is to come up with an action and a set goal of when you will do it. Cut that in half and then in half again and that is the action you should use. For example if I want to start swimming 4 times a week for one hour. I would cut it back to 1 time a week for 15 minutes and that is what I start with. You want to set yourself up for EASY success and a wonderful feeling of achievement!

    January 9, 2014

  • Shawna

    Lest we forget...

    “Whatever creates or increases happiness or some part of happiness, we ought to do; whatever destroys or hampers happiness, or gives rise to its opposite, we ought not to do."
    - Aristotle, Rhetoric

    September 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    this was a great hike/project. i wish we could do it more often. Leigh, what do you say?

    August 14, 2013

    • Leigh

      Don't worry...we do this at a minimum every 90 days with a goal of once a month!

      August 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    great hike and conversation. Thanks to all

    August 14, 2013

  • Sylvia M.

    Enjoyed the hike and glad to have the companionship and be part of this group. Thank you Kathy for the morning.
    I always work on Tuesdays, and would prefer to meet on a different day if possible.

    August 13, 2013

  • Kathy F

    Thanks, all, for showing up and sharing your ideas and support. On to greater happiness!!!

    August 13, 2013

  • Marinoly R.

    Leigh, we had someone late for our hike on Monday because the map next to the address pointed to a different street. Maybe that's what happened today.

    August 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I did not see the change in meeting place to Park Trail, I could not find the Quigg Drive trailhead, left at 8:30 to allow extra time, didn't get back home until now, almost an hour driving around. Really wish I hadn't gotten lost. Started my Happiness Project in January and really wanted some encouragement from others.

    August 13, 2013

    • Shawna

      How frustrated you must feel! I can't imagine that Leigh would exclude you from the group, after all that effort.

      1 · August 13, 2013

    • Leigh

      We never changed anything.... Its always been Park Trail. That's very odd....and Shawna is absolutely right...we'll keep you on the list.

      August 13, 2013

  • Katherine C.

    Wonderful- thanks for all the good suggestions and open ears & hearts

    August 13, 2013

  • Sandra E.

    Have a bad blister from yesterday - may not make it. Testing a different pair of shoes...

    August 13, 2013

  • Elaine d.

    Sorry Leigh, I was really hoping to bepart of this project but I am still too swamped with festival stuff.....hope to stay in this loop, too.

    August 12, 2013

  • Shawna

    Although I have to babysit on this particular day, I want to continue to be a part of the Happiness Project group. Please keep me in the loop!

    August 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Doing Armstrong evening hike

    August 8, 2013

  • patrick k.

    I'm backing out due to an appt. conflict. Have a Happy Hike y'all! :)

    August 8, 2013

  • Leigh

    Magdalena will be part of the group but is unable to attend this hike

    August 3, 2013

  • Marinoly R.

    I RSVP for Colleen and me as you requested, we will not be there but want to be part of the group.

    August 3, 2013

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