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New Meetup: Christmas Holiday - Hiking/Biking/SnowShoe and Hot springs - Dec 24-26

From: Saul_K
Sent on: Tuesday, November 30, 2010 4:17 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Seattle Get up Get on Out!

What: Christmas Holiday - Hiking/Biking/SnowShoe and Hot springs - Dec 24-26

When: Friday, December 24,[masked]:00 AM

Price: $30.00 per person

Where: Eastgate Park & Ride
14244 SE Eastgate Way[masked] N[masked] W
Bellevue, WA 98007

A few of us are planning to do an overnighter to Goldmeyer Hotsprings off the middle fork of the Snoqualmie River over the Christmas Holiday. It's about ten miles from the locked gate to the hot springs on an old fire road. Depending on the snow level, we will either snow shoe, hike or mountain bike to the springs. It's a non technical trail, so you don't need a full suspension bike or even body armor ;-)

I am requiring a $30 deposit to RSVP - this will cover the cost of the hotspring and the camping over the 2 days. I will be taking the loss on the paypal fee, but it's smaller than the risk of people changing plans after I have made a deposit. If you cancel at least ten days in advance I will refund your money, after that I won't.

If you haven't been there, it a wonderful natural hot spring coming out of a cave, with a waterfall coming over the cliff in front of the cave, There are a few soaking pools in front of the cave as well, nothing like soaking in steaming water and looking over at the mountains, pretty darn cool place. The road washouts keep people from being able to drive there, which makes the place a lot quiter and special than when the roads are open, so join us and experience it for yourself.

I am taking care of the group reservations, it will cost each person $30 ($15/day) for access and camping. I will update the mode of transportation about one week before the event.

We will meet at Eastgate and carpool to the trailhead just past the Taylor River bridge, the old trailhead at Dingford creek is another 5 miles up the road and past a few washouts and it is 4-5 miles before the hotsprings for 9-10 miles total, so we'll have to hike or bike to get there.

Meals - see below:
Hike vs Bike.

I will be riding a non suspension mountain bike with panniers (I may bring a trailer to haul other peoples gear to make the hike easier, but I'll decide on that Saturday morning, depending on how Mule or Ox like or just plain tough I feel), since that is easier with my knee re-hab than carrying a pack. Jimmy will lead the hikers. I will bring a pair of Garmin Rino's (GPS/Radio combo units) so that we will be able to maintain some level of contact. Last time I was in that valley (early 1990's, my cell phone didn't work, my carrier was Voicestream, which is now T Mobile, AT&T worked and I think that Verizon also worked there). I have two loaner mountian bikes available.

Meals, we will do group meals, we have a few vegetarians, a meatatarian and a mix of omnivores on the group, so generally try to cook vegetarian with late additions of meat to a dish.

Each person should bring their own snacks for the hike on Friday, it will probably take 3-5 hours depending on how fast you go. It's pretty easy to follow since it is on an old logging road and fairly flat after the big hill in the beggining since it folows the river, but it is 9-10 miles long.

We will do a group dinner on Friday night and a group meals on Saturday and on Sunday. I will make the coffee each morning and do my usually carrying the coffee to each tent, starting with the breakfast crew and anyone on my tent.

I will bring a group cook kit with two stoves, 1 fry pan and 2 large pots. The fry pan and one pot will be jet boil, so they heat fast but burn if you aren't careful. The other pot will be a regular heavy kitchen pot on a regular Whisperlite stove. I will also bring a coffee press and 2 cups, you should bring your own cup, plate, and silverware, as well as any toiletries you need. I will bring a group size water filter that we will all be able to use.

Meal Teams

Saturday Dinner: approx Menu - Gnochi with two sauce choices, one vegan, one meat; steamed green beans; red wine; Chocolate Fondue.

Cooking team:
Saul - will bring the Gnochi, the sauces, the red wine and the fondue (as well as coffee for Sunday)

Sunday Breakfast

Cooking Team:

So get a hold of your team mates and figure out the meal. you can get a hold of them by clicking on their profile and hitting the send email function. FWIW, even as the groups organizer I don't have access to peoples email or phone numbers, although I started to save them since the New Year, so if you have called or emailed me this month, I probably have your contact info. If you need help on figuring out a meal that can be vegetarian and keep the non veggies happy, ask me for hints,

If you have questions, send me an email or call me.
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