Camping Weekend- Joshua Tree

  • March 8, 2013 · 12:00 PM
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OPTIONAL: $15 to have food/firewood included. The deadline to add food/firewood is Wednesday, March 6. (If you have special dietary needs or allergies, you should probably bring your own food)

UPDATE 2/28-**MENU (for those chipping in for food/firewood)**
Bring your own beverages and snacks. We are providing food for Breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Saturday, and breakfast on Sunday.
Breakfast Saturday- Scrambled eggs, crumbled sausage, tortillas, and fixins for breakfast burritos.

Lunch Saturday- Ham or Turkey sandwiches, fruit, chips
Dinner Saturday- Chili; turkey and pork, with and without kidney beans.
Breakfast Sunday- "Leftovers" and Oatmeal- whatever eggs, sausage, lunch meat, bread, fruit, etc that remain and a variety of instant oatmeal will be provided.
(We'd rather use it up than pack it out)

NOTE:
Everyone that is chipping in for food will be assigned some "KP" duties for at least one of the meals. This may include helping to prep/cook or it may be cleaning up afterward. It'll be a team effort every time, so no one is stuck doing it all.

UPDATE 2/28-*A few things I'd like to mention to every one*
1. To reduce waste on this trip, please avoid bringing glass bottles. There is drinking water at the campground, so bring refillable containers instead of multiple bottles. Bring larger bottles of sodas, fruit juices, etc, to reduce waste. Take your empty recyclables with you and recycle them.
2. Bring re-usable utensils, plates, bowls, and cups. I will have dishwashing supplies for you to use.
3. If you are at the campground for dinner on Friday, we will have the stove, fire, etc that you can use to cook your food if necessary. Anyone coming later in the evening should probably eat on the way.
4. Those that don't chip in for food will still assist with cleaning up each evening and making sure trash isn't being left around the base camp.
5.Bring a camp/beach chair or several to socialize at the base camp in the evening.

UPDATE 2/17-*THE CAMPGROUND IS SOLD OUT*

Activities and Amenities Within Facility (no showers, just toilets)

•Birding
•Drinking Water
•Dump Station
•Educational Programs
•Flush Toilets
•Hiking
•Information Center
•Parking
•Picnic Area
•Star Gazing
•Tables
•Trash Collection
•Visitor Center
•Wildlife Viewing

Know Before You Go
•There is no access into the main portion of the park from the campground, except by hiking trails
•Fall and spring are the busiest times of year and reservations often book up early
•If you arrive after noon on the day following your first reserved night, call[masked]; if you cannot call, check in or visibly occupy your site by noon or you will forfeit your site
•Equestrian sites are for campers with horses only; there are no horse corrals; sites have shared hitching posts, fire pits and picnic tables
•Gathering firewood is not allowed in the park
•Groups larger than 18 people (three sites), please call[masked] for more information
•This facility has a backcountry registration board; visitors who will be backpacking in the park are required to park and register at a backcountry registration board

Getting There:
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
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34°4'18"N, 116°23'21"W

Take Interstate 10 to Route 62 into the town of Yucca Valley. Turn south on Joshua Lane and follow signs to campground, about five miles from the turn.

If coming south on Highway 247, go straight across Highway 62 and continue onto Joshua Lane. There will be no sign for the park as you cross Route 62.

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  • Heather

    We at site #75 had an awesome weekend! Thank you for all the planning and having is join you all!!! Sure to be there next time. Loved Joshua so much, I've already rsvp'd for Memorial Day weekend :-)

    March 12, 2013

  • Courtney

    Hope you all had a good time. Wish the weather had been better, but thanks to everyone for muscling through it!

    March 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Courtney, Chrysta, Vince and Vince's Dad - Thanks for the great food and raging fire! I appreciate the work and planning that went into making this a very nice camping trip.

    March 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you Courtney, Chrysta, and Vince for another great camping trip. Fun times!

    March 10, 2013

  • Courtney

    ladies and gentlemen, if you are you using GPS put in Black Rock Canyon ranger station and that should lead you directly . stop at the ranger station to check in for your campsite they will give you a map there . it is chilly and windy bring a jacket and plenty of stakes for your tent

    March 8, 2013

  • Christina

    Anyone have a space for one tent/one person?

    February 1, 2013

    • Christina

      Thanks again. I'll take it.

      February 2, 2013

    • Christina

      Hey Andrew ! just thought I'd let you know I will be coming only tomorrow morning. Thanks

      March 8, 2013

  • Matt

    Looks like I am not going to be able to make it. Things are too crazy right now. I hope everyone has fun!

    March 7, 2013

  • Courtney

    HOWDY, CAMPERS! If you are NOT checking in Friday night, please shoot me an email. Otherwise, we may send out a search party for you! (Yes, I'm a worrier! LOL)

    March 7, 2013

    • Courtney

      Tuan, the base camp is #80. You can park there, too. I will let them know to expect you, so you shouldn't have to pay to get into the campground.

      March 7, 2013

  • Courtney

    Here's some more info on the park and campground rules. Just wanted to share, since some of us were having trouble finding information. http://www.nps.gov/jotr/planyourvisit/things2know.htm
    http://www.nps.gov/jotr/planyourvisit/camping.htm

    1 · March 5, 2013

  • Courtney

    Kate- While pets are allowed in the park, their activities are restricted. They must be on a leash at all times and cannot be more than 100 feet from a road, picnic area, or campground; they are prohibited from trails, and they must never be left unattended.

    March 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Are dogs allowed?

    March 5, 2013

  • Courtney

    Reminders:
    1. Tomorrow (Wednesday) is the last day to pay to have food included
    2. If something comes up and you can't go, change your RSVP and notify those that you were sharing/carpooling with.
    3. If you've paid for food, and you can't go, we cannot issue refunds after Wednesday, so please change your RSVP as soon as possible.
    Thanks!

    March 5, 2013

    • Courtney

      Tuan, I sent you an email.

      March 5, 2013

  • Brian

    Unfortunately, I have too much work this week. Have fun!

    March 4, 2013

    • Larry T

      Oh darn. Kimberly and Brian are out. There went my carpool. Looks like I'm gonna have to cancel too.

      March 5, 2013

  • Kimberly

    Sorry - hopefully someone can use my spot! A couple of my coworkers are ill, and I'm feeling it coming on....I hope that if I cancel this early out that someone can take my spot!!

    March 4, 2013

    • Courtney

      Thanks, Kimberly. Hope you feel better soon. We're going to keep RSVPs closed, since it is so close now and we've had a hell of a time getting people to commit. Thanks for offering, though.

      March 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I tested out all my equipment. Unpacked and setup all the tents, etc, and everything is a GO!!

    March 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've booked site# 083. There will be room for two more tents and at least one more vehicle.
    Sites 078, 079, 080, 081, 082, 083 are clustered together and currently available (coordinates:[masked],[masked])

    I'm also looking to catch a ride with someone.

    1 · January 9, 2013

    • Courtney

      Gregg, I called the campground to confirm- 2 Licensed vehicles, 6 people, 3 tents. I'm not just making up rules. :)

      1 · February 27, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      hahaha, I thought I read 3 tents total, at one point, but couldn't find it again. Thanks for the followup. 83= no vacancies.

      1 · February 27, 2013

  • Courtney

    Ladies and Gentlemen, this event is FULL. If anyone asks if there is room, the answer is "NO."

    The only exception is- If you have room in YOUR tent and YOUR vehicle to bring a friend, then you can let me know and I will add them to your RSVP. Otherwise, it is full and we will not inconvenience those that RSVPed and planned ahead to accommodate those that wait until the last minute.

    Thanks for understanding! (Rich, Menu will be posted on Thursday night, so don't even ask. :P)

    February 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm sooooo ready for this trip!!! Time to scotch guard all my new stuff

    February 26, 2013

  • Kimberly

    Anyone looking to carpool Friday noonish from Irvine / Costa Mesa?

    February 25, 2013

    • Kimberly

      Yes, I had been deemed a parking spot at base camp.

      February 26, 2013

    • Larry T

      So, do we have room for 3 and camping gear? I'm willing to drive or ride. I have a Ford Explorer Sport which should carry 3tents, 3sleeping bags, 3suitcases, 3small icechests OK. Gas cost would probably be about $80.00 split 3-way.

      February 26, 2013

  • Courtney

    Alright kids, this is what I have for payments. If yours is missing, let me know! Brian+1? Kate, Liz, Irina, Sareh +5, Cristina, Andrew, Gregg, Jay, and Rich (cash)

    February 26, 2013

  • Larry T

    Gas prices have gone wild!! I figure $80.00 round trip in my SUV.
    Anyone still need to make carpool arrangements?

    February 25, 2013

    • Courtney

      Make sure you take parking into consideration, too. I don't think anybody has an extra parking spot now.

      February 25, 2013

    • Larry T

      I'm now trying to set up carpool. Taking consideration Courtney's comment above, If they already have transportation squared away..... I should probably RSVP-NO and give up the tent space.

      February 26, 2013

  • Courtney

    Greetings, Campers! I'd like to get the menu finalized by next Tuesday. It will ultimately depend on how many people plan to chip in for food/firewood. Right now, I've got Sareh+5, Andrew, Rich, Vince+1, Natalie, Liz, Chrysta, and Jay, that I know of. Anybody else planning to have us cook for you? :)

    February 21, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Courtney, I've paid as well for food/fire (on Jan 8th to be exact). My Paypal receipt has Rob's e-mail on it.

      1 · February 25, 2013

    • Courtney

      Thanks, guys. I'm sure your payments went through, the emails weren't being forwarded to me regularly, so I apologize. I'm on it. :)

      February 25, 2013

  • Andrew

    Sorry for the delay. I am at site 079 and have room for two tents, 5 ppl and 1 car.

    January 26, 2013

    • Larry T

      So is there an open space for a tent @ your campsite Andrew?

      February 21, 2013

    • Andrew

      Yes Larry there us now. Shall I put you down?

      February 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    going to Anza Borrego. have fun!

    1 · February 20, 2013

    • Courtney

      You're a few months behind, Beto. That's where we went in December. ;)

      February 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      you guessed it. I'm camping in Agua Caliente park. but I'll catch up with you guys!

      February 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Getting all the plans together for our cluster of women. We are sooo excited! Watch out guys!

    1 · February 20, 2013

  • Vince

    Just checked the website: sites 69 and 90 are available on Saturday night (3/9) only. If someone wants to stay only 1 nite (Saturday) get one quick!!! ...maybe we can convince Robert Griffin to join us... :)

    February 18, 2013

  • Kimberly

    Anyone have room at their campground? I have a tent.

    February 17, 2013

    • Courtney

      Kimberly, Linda is going to contact you to share her site. You will make the third tent. If you drive yourself up, you will need to park your car at the base camp, since Linda's site already has 2 cars. Thanks!

      February 17, 2013

    • Kimberly

      Done, thanks!

      February 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My site 75 is now filled up w/cars and women...watch out guys, we're bringing 5 of us :)

    1 · February 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would love to come, but have no tent and not sure how all this works... is anyone looking to share a tent and have an extra spot in their car?:)

    February 16, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Irina, I have room in my tent and am leaving noon on Friday. I have most of the supplies and an extra chair. I do not have an extra sleeping bag though. Two other women share the lot and have one car and one tent. I paid for the spot and all of us are splitting the cost. $10 a piece if u come. Please let me know ASAP. Linda

      February 17, 2013

    • Chrysta

      Linda, I'm here with Irina. She says great and will private message you when she gets home today!

      February 17, 2013

  • Courtney

    Irina, send Linda a message and make sure, but they should have room for one more tent. I have a tent you can use, and you may be able to carpool with someone.

    February 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just paid via PP

    1 · February 13, 2013

  • Courtney

    I'm really glad I posted this event as early as I did. I just looked today and there are only 11 sites remaining at the campground for that weekend. Now, if you plan to share food/firewood with us, it would make life easier for the hosts if you can pay as soon as possible, so we can plan shopping lists. :)

    February 13, 2013

  • Heather

    How much wood is included in the $15.00 charge? I have one bundle, but I know they usually burn quickly, needing sometimes two bundles for an evening from dinnertime thru bedtime or thereabouts, maybe 1 1/2 bundles for an evening. Thank you !

    February 11, 2013

    • Courtney

      Hi, Heather. We will bring firewood for the base camp site, where everyone will gather for meals and socializing. We're not providing it for each site. You're welcome to bring your own if you'd like, but it's not necessary unless you prefer not to join us at the base camp. :)

      February 11, 2013

    • Heather

      I'm being a numb-head lol. I get you now. Gosh how I crack myself up! Yes, duh. I have a cold and am not thinking long thots unless it's where I put the NyQuil. Thank you!

      February 11, 2013

  • Rae

    So I hear we can put $15 toward food and firewood? Which meals does this cover? What are you planning to serve?

    February 8, 2013

    • Courtney

      Hi, Rae. Since everyone will arrive at different times on Friday, the $15 will cover Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner on Saturday and Breakfast on Sunday. We haven't finalized the menu yet, because we'll need to see how many people actually want to chip in. It'll probably be something like breakfast tacos, sandwiches or hot dogs for lunch with salad or chips, chili for dinner, and so on. The only thing you will need to bring is your beverages and any snacks you want.

      You can chip in by making the payment at the top of the Meetup page, where it reads "Pay online now" Thanks for asking!

      February 8, 2013

  • Courtney

    Email me at [masked] Thanks!

    February 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just reserved space 75 and there really isn't much nearby to reserve now. I contacted you Heather with the details. If you haven't reserved do it NOW, or there won't be anything left. If you have a motor home spots are open everywhere.

    1 · February 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ok, I've emailed 2 people, but either got no response or nothing open. I don't want to get a spot just for me w/out takers. Does anyone else have room for 1 tent plus a car? If I don't hear in a week I'll just get one and offer spots

    February 4, 2013

    • Heather

      Hi Linda, you can with me and Florinda :) email me:-) heather

      February 5, 2013

  • Courtney

    Did anyone in our group book sites 49 or 81? Those are the only two that are near us, that are booked and unaccounted for.

    I feel sorry for anyone outside the group that may have booked them. LOL Hope they're ready to be surrounded. :)

    January 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I haven't heard back about room in sites, so I'm going to get one and then I'll post availability

    January 24, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      thank you

      January 24, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Never mind... :) I see you Andrew and sent an email

      January 24, 2013

  • Jaclyn

    :-(

    January 23, 2013

  • Rae

    Anyone have a space for one tent/one person?

    January 22, 2013

  • Courtney

    FYI- I went to Target last night and noticed they have camping equipment on clearance. 4-person tent for $36, nice 6-person tent for $120, 4 gallon collapsible water jugs for $9 (I got one), headlamp and aluminum water bottle for $7, knives, koozies, cooking sets, and more. If you need equipment, check the Target near you! :)

    1 · January 11, 2013

  • Courtney

    It's official, Campers. Site #80 is booked as the base-camp; where we will gather for meals and campfires. Feel free to grab a site as close or as far away as you'd like. :)

    1 · January 10, 2013

  • Courtney

    If anybody else is booking before Friday, leave #80 open. I will book it Friday as our base camp. Thanks!!

    January 9, 2013

  • Courtney

    Sareh, since you'd be reserving directly with the campground, there is no deadline, other than while sites are available. If you'd like to join in on the shared food, please make your payment by the Wednesday before. Thanks!

    1 · January 9, 2013

  • Sareh

    Is there any due date/ limitation for reservation?

    January 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    1 less guest

    January 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    anyone interested in sharing a spot. 2 women..one tent. Seems more sociable to share :)

    January 8, 2013

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