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Join Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, along with experts in the transit, transportation planning, and local economic development fields for a discussion about the actions we need to take now to plan for recovery from the pandemic. Participants MUST REGISTER in advance at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7641003687730138894
Join us for a Zoom presentation on decades of hiking, climbing, biking, and caving in Mexico. If you want to follow along cartographically, have a map of Mexico handy (not necessary). If you have not used Zoom before to join online meetings, it's recommended to get a free account at http://zoom.us/ . It's a good idea to test your phone or PC prior to the event. Turning on your microphone and camera (to be heard and seen during the meeting) is typically not needed. The URL to click on and join the meeting will be displayed after you RSVP.
Our monthly Austin Sierra Club meeting will be online via Zoom. We'll start off with Announcements on current events... Our featured program is: Drawn from Nature: Art and the Environment by Margie Crisp and Bill Montgomery Margie Crisp and her husband William B. Montgomery, both artists who live in Elgin, Texas, explore the natural environment as source, inspiration, and motivation for their creations. Each artist will give a short presentation tracing the evolution of their work and careers, then will be available for questions about their creative processes, their visions of the natural world, and how to use those inspirations to stay energized in the midst of modern environmental turmoil. Margie Crisp is a naturalist, writer and nationally exhibited artist. River of Contrasts: The Texas Colorado (Texas A&M University Press, 2012), written and illustrated by Crisp, received the 2013 Texas Institute of Letter’s Award for Best Book of Non-Fiction and the 2012 Award for Best Illustrated Book on Texas History and Culture, presented by the Texas State Historical Association. She was the Texas Book Festival poster artist in 2012. The Nueces River: Rio Escondido (Texas A&M University Press, 2017), also an award-winner, was illustrated by her husband, artist William B. Montgomery. Crisp has a BFA from The University of Texas at Austin. She is currently at work on a book about hunting and conservation. William B. Montgomery was born and raised in Tyler, Texas and studied at the Kansas City Art Institute and The University of New Mexico. While studying at the Academia di Belle Arti de Perugia in Italy, he developed an interest in classical European painting which had a major influence on both his painting technique as well as his approach to subject matter. A life long fascination with nature is a continuing influence, and his current work explores animals and their environments, particularly their convergence with civilization. His scientifically precise etchings of snakes have appeared on the covers of a number of important herpetology books. Montgomery recently completed a series of paintings about the Nueces River of Texas, as part of a collaboration with his wife, Margie Crisp. If you have not used Zoom before to join online meetings, it's recommended to get a free account at http://zoom.us/ . It's a good idea to test your phone or PC prior to the event. Turning on your microphone and camera (to be heard and seen during the meeting) is typically not needed. The URL to click on and join the meeting will be displayed after you RSVP.
Seven days in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado; wildflowers, cool mountain air, and the smells of conifer forests. Most days will be spent hiking in the Mt Sneffels and Weminuche wilderness areas near Silverton and Ouray. Day hikes are short (3 to 11 miles round trip) but steep (700 to 3,000 feet of elevation gain). Basecamp is at Molas Lake, consistently rated as one of the most scenic campgrounds in Colorado (http://www.molaslake.com/). Surrounded on three sides by the San Juan Mountains, it offers convenient restrooms, hot showers ($5), kayak and SUP rentals. Molas Lake is on the Colorado Trail, and a key resupply location for thru-hikers. MEALS: Hot breakfast is provided and lunch is make-and-take-your-own (with fixings provided). Except for first and last night, dinner meals are taken in town (we provide salad fixings and stoves for people who want to stay in camp). We are vegetarian friendly. Campers will need to pitch in on some chores (cooking, washing dishes, etc). TRANSPORTATION: Driving from SW Austin via 15-passenger Chevy Express late model van limited to 11 adults for comfort. From North Austin we are driving a large SUV. The vehicles will leave on Friday 31 July for the eleven hour drive to New Mexico. On the way we will stop halfway in Santa Fe, or Bernalillo NM, at a motel or campground. Motel is at participant expense. The drive to Silverton from New Mexico is around four hours, and very scenic. The vans will drive back to Austin on Saturday 8 Aug. Depending on drivers, we may stop overnight near Lubbock to stay at motel to avoid all night driving. Arrive back at Austin on 9 Aug. Flight Option - Fly into Albuquerque International Airport on Saturday 8/1 arriving no later than 8:30 am (I am on Southwest flight (4407/2126) and catch a ride with Diane to Molas Lake Campground, 262 miles and approximately 4.5 hours. Fly out of Albuquerque no earlier than 3:30 pm (2053/2489) on Saturday 8/8. Cost of the rental car and gas will be split between the riders. Maximum capacity is 6 including the driver. Send me an e-mail if you want a ride: [masked] HIKES: Our hikes will range from 3-11 miles in length, with[masked] feet of elevation gain. We will hike at an average speed of 2-2.5 mph for 6-8 hours a day. In order to comfortably complete the hikes on this trip you should be participating in regular aerobic activity 4-5 days a week for a minimum of 45 minutes. Jogging, bike riding, and using aerobic equipment at a gym are some examples. Additionally, beginning 3-4 months prior to the outing, you should try and complete 2-3 hikes a month, each covering 6-8 miles with at least 1,000 feet of elevation gain. We will schedule training hikes at River Place close to the trip date. Reservations can be made by depositing $100 via Paypal https://www.sierraclub.org/texas/austin/donate . Email Ed Crean at [masked] after payment RSVP ON MEETUP DOES NOT RESERVE YOUR SPOT. You will not be registered until your check has been received and trip application approved. A leader will contact you for screening. Detailed Trip Description : https://drive.google.com/file/d/1u7FujPaLmYBY3-DRKMloRQ7hZUCJcKPQ/view?usp=sharing MEMBERS PRICE: $450 (includes van transportation, breakfast, lunch, camping fees, organized hikes) $325 (without van transportation) Note: For non Sierra Club members there is an additional $25 fee FORMS AND APPROVAL: Participation Form: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1p8enBBvX9IhDBQz3RkOPjp5l2EMamivw/view?usp=sharing Medical Form: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1zZ-HpUcJL7Jj_QKh6x7jZTBQhq12yh4j CANCELLATION POLICY: * $100 is non-refundable * Full payment must be received by July 15th (pre-trip meeting) * No refunds for cancellations made after July 15th For Questions or Further info, contact Ed Crean at [masked] or Diane Nunez at [masked]