This West County Walkers & Vegan Potluckers Sonoma county nature foray and walking group. Started to primarily focus on less trodden west trails, and based on the spiritual beauty of nature we delight in a vegan potluck after a walk. Our walks are seasonally planned around some of the most spectacular wonders in nature.
I (Ivy) organized this group modeling after the Sonoma County Mycological associations approach to mushroom forays. This is my own version of a walking nature foray that allows ample time for discussion over the delicious vegan meal that follows a walk. Walk & Potlucking allows time to relax and soak up the spiritual beauty of nature after a walk, without having to run off and find a meal elsewhere. I found it a delight to be a part of the Sierra club hikes, but I was always hungry after a hike. Then I found the Mycological association which led to many forays and learning experiences with a potluck afterwords, but I often times ate what I brought to the potluck since other things were not vegan. Now this is the best of both worlds so join up!
Are you just eating healthy, and not a vegan? All are welcome, you don't need to be vegan at all to attend. This is an inspiring time to share meatless vegan meals, recipes, and enjoy a little exercise together. I hope you will enjoy some of the most amazing trails, food, and talks.
Some of our winter hikes may be fully geared towards wild forage - mushrooms, and wild edibles - by joining with another group/s. Our spring and summer hikes will be set in a location that is fit for comfort and beauty.
When meeting up with other groups we also support the cruelty-free vegan example but the #1 rule: we are teachers by example and not food police, so don't stress over what other people are eating at the moment (Everyone can learn by example, and feel the value of change). This specifically applies to the other groups we may join with through Landpaths, Sonoma county mycological association, and other county groups that are not specifically vegan.
Things to bring:
Bring a walking stick, camera, plate, fork, and other necessary utensils along with a vegan dish that serves 5 people (also bring a serving spoon).
When meeting for a dog walk bring a 6ft or shorter leash - no extendable leashes (following the leash law). Bring doggie bags, water, and a bowl since we may be walking for an hour or so.
When meeting for a mushroom foray, bring a small pocket knife, magnifying glass (optional), paper towels, small bags, and if you would like to do spore print art during the potluck bring an 8 X 10 plain white paper(s).
In consideration of those with food allergies and dietary needs, please take a moment to list the ingredients of your dish.This is a clean and sober event, so please, no alcohol or drugs. (Vegan items should not contain any animal products or refined products including whey, casein, lactose, honey, albumin, meat broths, animal fats, or previously living creatures. Check ingredient lists carefully before adding.)
The walk will be followed by a vegan potluck so that everyone will be able to show up for the potluck. I will place a sign on my cars back window while we are out walking, and take the sign to the table we find to potluck on after the walk so you can join us whenever you like. Potluck time begins when the majority of hikers return to the picnic area. Also, if you arrive while walkers are already out on the trails, feel free to take the sign to a picnic table and grab a good spot. We will look for the sign first thing when we return to the lot to get the potluck items. Thank you.
Dogs: When meeting up with the group, avoid bringing pets unless it's designated a dog walk - some parks have restrictions. If I know ahead of time I will post that dogs can be brought on leash - otherwise it's not allowed. I love dogs and would like more dog walks with our group so I'm on the lookout for great walking spots.
Avoid perfume and other heavy fragrances.
If you need hiking ideas or if you would like to host a potluck walking time for the group at an amazing location you have discovered, please, contact me. I'm looking for more trails and amazing moments in nature all the time.