What we're about

Who wants to have a BIG LIFE full of adventure, local & global travel, being outdoors in nature, having fun and socializing with new friends? If you do, come join us!
Our motto: Dream Big or Stay Home!
If you enjoy activities such as hiking / nature outings, going on interesting local excursions, socializing over some fun happy hours, meeting fellow world travelers, exploring fun things to do around Los Angeles and surrounding areas (Orange County, Ventura / Santa Barbara and others), and occasionally traveling to far-flung places, you'll enjoy this group.

P.S. As a fellow adventurer, by participating in our activities you agree to take full responsibility for yourself.

Upcoming events (3)

Lake Balboa Walk & Swan Boat Adventure

Lake Balboa/Anthony C. Beilenson Park

Let's check out Lake Balboa for a walk around the lake, followed by a spin in the lake on a Swan boat. Because why go to the gym to ride an exercise bike when you can pedal a Swan instead, right? (and if you're not into the Swan boat idea, you could always do some additional walking, running or biking in the area on your own after the Meetup. It's a nice, low-key place to enjoy a bit of nature. Lake Balboa is located in Van Nuys in the San Fernando Valley. Details: Location: Let's meet at the picnic table in front of the swan boat rental place: (Wheel Fun Rentals; 6300 Balboa Blvd. Van Nuys, CA 91316 - this is located within Lake Balboa's Bielenson Park - Keep driving in until you find the place where all the Swan boats are parked at the pier. ). Free parking. Give yourself 15 mins to find parking, just in case crowded, but you will be able to park for sure, perhaps in an adjacent lot). How to find Marsha, your Organizer: I will wear a RED baseball hat, and I will have a Meetup sign. Also I will message all who RSVP "yes" with my contact info. the day before (so please allow notifications for this Meetup event if you want to get that info.) The Event: Fitness walk around Lake Balboa -- around 2 miles -- we'll do 1 loop (30 mins), followed by swan boat rental (1 hour), and if anyone wants to walk a second loop, then we can (30 mins). What to Bring: A bottle or two of water, $11 for the swan boat rental (you probably need a credit card / drivers license to rent -- just a guess) -- and we can fit 2/boat so perhaps bring $5.50 cash also in case you split with someone. You may want to bring a portable snack too since this will be around lunchtime and something that allows you to track your time on the boat, with the caution that you will be on a lake and there is a rather remote, but always possible chance that it could get wet). Note: the boat rental place also rents bikes. If you have questions, you can visit their site: www.wheelfunrentals.com What else? Sorry no kids for this event, but you can check it out for them for another time. Look forward to seeing you, Adventurers! If you have questions before the event, you can click on my name, Marsha J. and you'll see a little icon to message me.

Whale Watching In A Kayak !! - Redondo Beach

Redondo Beach Marina

Let's go Whale Watching in a kayak at Redondo Beach! This is a paid event, with REI, and is offered and organized fully by them. Just posting it in case you want to join. I have been in the past and it is fun and fantastic adventure (and I did see a whale - although farther away than the posted photo). While you are not guaranteed to see a whale, there is a good possibility, and you also may see dolphins, sea lions and sea birds. Details: Here's the Link with REI to sign up (and there are very limited spots - when you click on the link it will show how many spots are left): https://www.rei.com/event/socal-whale-watching-kayak-tour/redondo-beach/230774 Date / Time: Saturday March 16, 9:00am - 12:00pm. (Please note that there are multiple dates available, so to join us, please pick March 16 date). Place: Redondo Beach Marina (REI will provide details via email once you sign up). Cost: $119 Non-Members of REI; $99 Members of REI. RSVP: Please register / pay for your event on the REI site above, and then come back here and RSVP yes. Kayaks: When you register, if you don't have your own kayak, you can check the appropriate box when registering and REI will provide one. Cancellation / Waivers / Equipment / any and all questions -- For this event, refer directly to the REI information / link / emails that they will provide, or call them directly. They also normally send out an email a few days before the event with much more detail about how to find them at the Marina and a contact cell number, etc. If you have already contacted REI with your questions, and you still have something to ask me, you can click on my name: Marsha J. and you'll see a little icon to private message me. Please don't post questions on the discussion board if you have not yet called REI with your questions first. PS this is not an event just for our Meetup, so there will be other non Meetup members attending the event. Look forward to seeing you there BIG LIFE Adventurers! Marsha

Incredible NEPAL Trip April 2019! Commit by 12/1.

Los Angeles Airport LAX

We're going to Nepal with G Adventures / National Geographic, and we'd love to have you join us! http://go.gadventures.com/biglifenepal Details Incredible trip to Nepal planned for April 5 - 14, 2019 with commitment + just $250 deposit needed at the latest by December 1, 2018. (With G Adventures / National Geographic! ) Limited spaces available. Very excited about this great trip!! (Reasonably priced too!) Here's a link to the trip: http://go.gadventures.com/biglifenepal If you're interested (even just curious to know more) please contact me at: [masked] OR you can message me through the Meetup platform by clicking on my name: Marsha J. and you'll then see the option to "message" me just under my name. I will do a quick 15 minute 1-1 call for anyone who wants to learn more -- just for information sharing and to answer your questions. Trip Overview from the website link above: "Venture into the lively streets of Kathmandu, spend a night at a Buddhist monastery guesthouse, and take in astounding views of the Himalaya in Pokhara: these are just a few of the experiences that await on this 10-day journey through Nepal. From the famous rhinos and Bengal tigers of Chitwan National Park to the ancient temples of the Kathmandu Valley, encounter the essence of the Himalaya." And there's an option to fly over Everest! This is a private small group trip, and no worries if you don't know anyone going - there are other fun travelers planning to go (most solo travelers) and you'll soon have some great new travel-loving friends. We'll help facilitate room sharing to get the double-occupancy rate. Marsha J.

Past events (13)

"Abandoned Zoo" Adventure + Hike - LA - Griffith Park

Griffith Park Merry Go Round Parking Lot #1

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