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Canoe/Camp at the Russian River - Labor Day Weekend

What beter way to spend Labor Day Weekend than floating down the Russian River in a canoe! Join us for a camping/canoe vacation at Russian River over Labor Day with Burkes Canoes in Forestville. Cost includes 3 nites of camping and one day of canoeing. Food/transportation to the campsite not included. Other nearby attractions are Johnson's Beach, Armstrong Redwoods, Guerneville, wineries and much more!

Cost :

Camping: $10 per nite = $30.00 ( 3 nite minimum required by Burkes Canoes over Labor Day. I can only stay 2 nites, so up to you if you want to stay for 3)

Canoe Rentals: $65 per day per canoe which holds two people so $32.50 apiece. People who rent canoes need to be able to swim and no kids under 5 allowed.

Total Cost for one day of canoeing and 3 nites of camping = $62.50 apiece

Transportation: carpools encouraged

Meals: Cost for food not included. We can try to do a potluck one nite.

Bring: Tent, camping gear, food, etc.  Food for potluck.

Payment Deadline: Confirmation will be secured by a check received by August 12th

Indicate on the check or in the confirmation letter if you will be just camping OR camping and canoeing.  I will send my address to those who sign up. 

If you want to send a check directly to Burkes Canoes then please let me know.  I will provide you with the reservation information that you need to include.

I was not able to hook up a Paypal account to this event.  Let me know if you have any questions 

Safety Disclaimer: The organizers of this meet-up are unpaid volunteers and not expert hiking guides.  All participants agree to assume 100% responsibility for their own safety, conduct, and well-being and recognize that possible hazards exist while participating in outdoor (or any other) activities, and agree to participate solely at their own risk.  If you RSVP “Yes” and/or attend any of our events, it shall be conclusively presumed that you understand and agree to this policy.


 

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  • Mehrnaz

    Thanks Kate :-)

    September 4, 2013

  • Madelene T.

    Kate: thanks again for organizing this trip.

    September 2, 2013

  • kate

    Great group of folks, lazy canoe ride on a sunny day, lots of swimming in the river and wine tasting!

    September 2, 2013

  • L-Z

    Hope everyone had fun trip. I couldn't go this time but I would like to do juat a canoe trip in the future since I never floated down river on a canoe before.

    September 2, 2013

  • kate

    Thanks everyone - great trip!!

    September 1, 2013

  • JULIE

    I can pick up some firewood, bread, cookie-like items. I'm thinking of making hummous, but don't want it sitting in the heat, does anybody have a bit of cooler space?

    I'll be at Johnson's Beach around 3.

    August 29, 2013

    • JULIE

      OK, won't bother with wood. I'll bring hummous, bread or crackers if I can't find good bread, store cookies if I can't find good cookies. People can bring their own wine, beer, etc. Maybe I'll bring some corn for the grill, yummy!

      1 · August 29, 2013

    • Kat

      We will need charcoal for the grill

      August 29, 2013

  • Kat

    Oh, and someone mentioned bringing firewood. Can one bring some, just in case?

    August 28, 2013

    • kate

      town is very close if we need anything

      August 29, 2013

    • Kat

      we have a grill :)

      August 29, 2013

  • Kat

    If someone could bring cookies or something sweet, that would be great. Donata, I put you down as drinks. Kate, I did not specify, as you just said appetizer. I called and left a vm for the grill. I will update tomorrow if we can get one. Main dish
    1. Kat- Cheese hamburgers - i will need help cooking them ;)
    2. Pat – Lentil soup (bring your own bowl please)
    3.
    Drinks
    1. Julie – wine / or whatever found in town)
    2. Donata – Drinks please (juice, wine, ginger ale. I think most of us will bring our own water)
    3.
    Appetizers
    1. Julie – cheese/ bread or whatever found in town. I like the idea of cheese, wine and bread – yummy! Don’t feel obligated to bring all
    2. Kate – appetizer ( we have enough veggies and salad  )
    3. Madelene – veggies or salad (either is fine)
    4. Mehrnaz – veggies, tomatoes, hamburger buns - great! thanks!

    Sides
    1. Pat – kale salad
    2. Cristina - quinoa salad

    Desserts
    1.
    2.

    August 28, 2013

  • Kat

    Do we have a BBQ? If not, can we reserve one?

    August 27, 2013

    • kate

      I have a stove with two burners and have to check with Burkes canoes about an outside grill or you can call if you want

      August 28, 2013

    • Kat

      We should do it ASAP since it has to be reserved and its for Labor Day weekend. I need to know so I can tailor my grocery list since I'm staying until Monday.

      August 28, 2013

  • Mehrnaz

    So I got the hamburger buns, ketchup, paper plates, bowls, tomatoes, a bottle of wine, chips plastic utensils, plastic cups.

    1 · August 28, 2013

  • Kat

    For everyone that wants to eat at camp, if we want to eat together it might be a good idea to have a sign up sheet (potluck). I am not sure if people want to do both Friday or Saturday, but I am not sure what time I will be getting there on Friday, so the below is for Saturday. Please signup if you want to eat together. If no one signs up, then I will assume the we are eating separately. Saturday night.
    Main dish
    1. Kat- Cheese hamburgers - i will need help cooking them ;)
    2.
    3.
    Drinks
    1.
    2.
    3.
    Appetizers
    1.
    2.
    3.
    Sides
    1.
    2.
    Desserts
    1.
    2.

    1 · August 22, 2013

    • Mehrnaz

      Pat, what is OR?

      August 28, 2013

    • kate

      Canoe update - 6 of us are canoeing down - 2 per canoe - yea! Also, Mehrnaz pointed out that there may be more traffic than usual due to bay bridge closure :) - we are all meeting at Johnsons Beach - it is not a big beach so should be easy to find everyone - Kat is coming in later that evening

      August 28, 2013

  • kate

    Hey All - the weather looks good for this weekend! IT looks like in the mid-70's. Make sure to bring plenty of sunscreen and a hat for the canoe trip down the river. It is about 10 miles and will take several hours. Also, one person is not canoeing, so we may rent a single kayak that we can all take turns sharing on the way down the river...

    August 28, 2013

  • JULIE

    I'd like to do a bit of wine tasting, but it will put me to sleep if I do too much. Is there a certain time to meet at Burke's, if not? Or a way to contact people if I don't make it by noon?

    August 22, 2013

    • JULIE

      I'm flexible, though would like to put up tent while still light.

      August 26, 2013

    • kate

      ok - i think we are all meeting at Johnson's Beach later if u are not joining us for wine tasting

      August 28, 2013

  • Madelene T.

    Julie; we both live in Berkeley, can we carpool?

    August 21, 2013

    • JULIE

      call if you want to discuss[masked]

      1 · August 23, 2013

    • Madelene T.

      call you soon.

      August 25, 2013

  • kate

    It sounds like everyone wants to do something different on the way up and or people may be getting there at different times. On Friday, my plan is to go to Healdsburg and walk around the town and get lunch and then head down the wine road to Johnsons Beach. A friend who is a winemaker suggested some wineries up there that I would like to visit. Here is a map of the area: http://www.wineroad.com/2011/pdf/Russian_River_Valley.pdf.

    If people just want to go to Guerneville and hang out at Johnsons Beach, here is the link:http://johnsonsbeach.com

    Anyone can check in at Burkes Canoes campground after 3 pm. The reservation is under my name: Kathleen Zierolf.

    For those meeting for dinner in town or at the campground, maybe we can meet at the campground after 6?

    What are your thoughts?

    (Canoeing is Saturday all day and starts I think around 10 am or so.
    It will involve swimming and hanging out on the river all day and then maybe going to guerneville or whatever people want to do.)

    August 23, 2013

    • Mehrnaz

      Hi Kate

      August 23, 2013

    • Mehrnaz

      Thanks for the info, What time will you be heading out of town on Friday? I will confirm plans with you and Donata tonight. Thanks for putting all this together.

      August 23, 2013

  • kate

    I can bring appetizers and I have a stove with two burners and a fry pan.

    August 23, 2013

  • Donata T.

    Can't really spend lots of money so no wineries or sushi for me. I'm just planning to spend lots of time in nature.

    1 · August 22, 2013

  • kate

    Sure - I will email my cellphone number to everyone and a great place to go swimming is Johnson's Beach in Guernville. Check-in time at Burkes is not until after 3 pm

    August 22, 2013

  • kate

    Here's a link for Burkes Canoes: http://www.burkescanoetrips.com
    Its in Forrestville

    August 22, 2013

  • Madelene T.

    Kate: Count me in for visiting wineries on Friday. We should figure out where to meet up. i'm still not clear on where the camp ground is located.

    August 21, 2013

  • kate

    http://www.yelp.com/search?cflt=wineries&find_loc=Forestville%2C+CA
    Here are some wineries near where Foresville - we could start at Russian River wineries and see how far we get...
    Do people want to meet there around noon? Let me know what you think...

    August 21, 2013

  • kate

    Myself,Pat Mehrnaz and Donata are going to some wineries on Friday - meeting around noonish in Guerneville - anyone else interested? Burkes canoes doesnt open until after 3 pm

    August 20, 2013

    • Madelene T.

      Can I join you guys 4 wineries? Where is camp site? Then will look up about places to eat

      August 21, 2013

  • Cristina

    Hi, I just saw these comments now. I didn't realize my notifications were turned off. I am most likely up for wineries on Friday. I'll let you know when I know for sure. I prefer eating at the excellent cheap restaurants Julie referred to below. I don't eat dairy or meat, so it's easier for me to just order something for myself than share in campsite food. For breakfast though, I'm up for eating oatmeal or whatever at the campsite. I'm interested in carpooling if someone has space in their car for me and my camping gear.

    August 20, 2013

    • JULIE

      I can fit you, but will be leaving from Berkeley, and may stay thru Monday (though unlikely). Let me know if you can't find a different ride.

      August 21, 2013

    • Cristina

      Thanks for the offer Julie. I have my own car so I'll take it if no one's going up my way (I live close to GG Bridge).

      August 21, 2013

  • Madelene T.

    Would anyone want to car pool from Berkeley?

    August 21, 2013

  • kate

    Hi Everyone - can those who have not responded let me know what your dinner plans are for Friday and Saturday. On Friday, Mehrnaz, Donata, and Pat so far are going to eat in camp. Julie, Kat and, maybe myself, are going to eat in town. Saturday is a potluck at camp for those who want to participate and Kat is organizing.

    August 20, 2013

  • JULIE

    Am I the only one who wants to eat and drink in Guerneville?

    August 20, 2013

    • JULIE

      Sushi? I'm not sure if the Korean popup has that, and I don't want it either. I work in SSF as well.

      August 20, 2013

    • kate

      I may be interested but not sure yet

      August 20, 2013

  • JULIE

    Anybody interested in checking out the Japanese popup restaurant in Guerneville? Either Friday or Saturday night?

    August 19, 2013

    • Mehrnaz

      Hi Pat. I can help as well and of course we all share the cost :-) Thanks for your offer to cook.

      August 19, 2013

    • JULIE

      Sorry, I guess it's Korean, not Japanese. I would rather not eat at the campsite, I cook and clean at home constantly, don't want to do it on vacation, not if I don't have to.

      August 19, 2013

  • Mehrnaz

    I would rather eat at the camp site. Pat's generous offer to do the cooking is wonderful and I am sure we will be in for a wonderful meal. We are going camping after all, so eating at the camp site is a part of the experience :-) We can eat at restaurants in SF any time.
    I guess we can split and do as we prefer.

    August 19, 2013

  • JULIE

    I just googled it, here's the closest I could find to a link: http://www.biteclubeats.com/hi-five-pops-up-in-guerneville-2/

    I am not really prepared to cook at the campsite, I guess I feel it's a lot of effort, will not be yummy, and Guerneville, just a few miles away, has excellent cheap restaurants and bars. Maybe Forestville as well, though I don't know that town barely at all. I only have equipment to make coffee.

    August 19, 2013

  • kate

    Hey Julie - can you post a link?

    August 19, 2013

  • kate

    Yes

    August 15, 2013

  • Kat

    We are going to canoe on Saturday, correct?

    August 14, 2013

  • kate

    Madeline is confirmed

    August 14, 2013

  • kate

    Kat is confirmed.

    August 14, 2013

  • kate

    Cristina is confirmed

    August 13, 2013

  • kate

    Julie is confirmed. Thanks Julie!

    August 11, 2013

  • Cristina

    Looking forward to the trip!

    August 11, 2013

  • kate

    Pat Li is confirmed. Thanks Pat! Reminder - deadline for payment is Monday, August 12th.

    August 8, 2013

  • kate

    Just a reminder that I need payment by Monday, August 12 in order to keep you on the trip since I need to send prepayment to Burkes Canoes next week. Let me know if you have any questions.

    August 7, 2013

  • kate

    Donata and Mehrnaz are confirmed since I received their payment. Please update your rsvp if you are no longer attending. Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks!

    August 5, 2013

  • JULIE

    Should I send a check, just in case?

    August 2, 2013

  • Krikkit

    Sounds like a great time, but I'm out of town.

    August 1, 2013

  • Mehrnaz

    I am in for two night s as well, but will be glad to pay for the three :-)

    July 31, 2013

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