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The Great Grandmother Giant Sequoia Tree Hike !

  • Sep 21, 2013 · 9:30 AM
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It's been awhile since we did this fun trek.  Following it was the great dinner on Sonoma creek.

This is a moderate to a bit strenuous trek of 7-8 miles to about 1200 ft. elevation.   We will be above Glen Ellen & facing the Mayacama mtn. range to the east.

Great views & most of this trek we will be under shade.  A wide variety of trails, deep woods, ferns, creeks & bridges, ridge trails, a hidden sparkling lake, meadows and valleys, and an old abandoned fruit orchard.  We can load up here on apples, pears, nectarines, plums & maybe some balckberries.

Our picnic lunch with Wine will be under old Oaks at an old boy scout camp.   Then it's off to find the great tree.  The last time we could not circle it with 17 people.

At about 4:00 pm we will get to the chocolate & wine tasting portion .  It's a super cool place on Sonoma creek.  Also great Port pairing with special sour cherry infused dark chocolate. Yum !

At 5.00 pm Our dinner option will commence.  We can dine right over the cozy & private Sonoma creek .  A lovely setting for rowdy hikers.  Great fresh & organic food & more.  Not expensive.

Bring good hiking shoes, hat, camera, a little sunscreen, etc.  I'll supply water, juice, tea, trail bars, snacks, gourmet fruit & nut packs, energy drinks, hiking poles, car pooling, & WINE. 

$25.

NOTE:  We meet & park in the North lot past the Big water Wheel.  Look for Yeti's restaurant sign on the road.

This can be a very long and fun day on the day before Fall starts.

More info later.

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  • Tom B.

    Please post some photos when you get a chance.
    Mahalo.

    September 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Alternate Bartholomew hike was great!

    September 23, 2013

  • Tom B.

    The hardy ones showed up. Amazing. Not afraid of a few rain drops. Most never bothered to even call me??????????
    We met & it started to really pour. We gathered & started begin at the great Chocolate shoppe. Then it slowed down to drizzel. So we went wine tasting & I got all free tastes & more chocolate & wine pairings & we crashed a wine party & had gorgeous views from the winery hillside. Then soon after the sun popped up. The big puffy clouds. And the day was still young at 1:30 so I took them to the Valley of the Moon (Barthowlomew) hike.
    The trails were hardly wet. The smells in the forest were intoxicating after the rain.
    Onward & laughing we stopped for a wine picnic & then one last wine stop & off for a great dinner. So this awful day ended around 8:45 pm. Just another crappy day in paradise.
    The rest stayed home huddled in fear & missed out on a suoper fun day !!!
    We made lemonade out of lemons.

    I'll reschedule the original event again.

    1 · September 23, 2013

  • Kristin

    I had such a fantastic day meeting everyone and enjoying the impromptu tastings and hike. Tom is a great organizer and despite all the rain in the morning, he ended up showing us the amazing wineries and even incorporated a wonderful hike for us in the afternoon. The dinner was a great way to end the day! I'm so glad I got to spend the day with such a cool group of people and explore the beauty of Sonoma.

    September 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It started out raining but ended gloriously! Going to plan B, Saturday was fantastic! From the breathtaking views to the wonderful, funny and intriguing people and conversations, this hike was beyond my expectation and then some. Thank you Tom and all those in attendance for making a rain to shower to glorious rainbow day absolutely grand!! See you on the next one!

    September 22, 2013

  • Charles

    Fun Romp

    September 21, 2013

  • Charles

    Was following in the caravan and a CHP stopped me to let people cross at the music festival we passed. That was all she wrote - didn't know where we were going. Knocked around town for a while. Fun day. Tom, thanks for turning a rain-out into a good time.

    September 21, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Charles. We're still b in Sonoma hiking at Bartholomew winery. We're half way through the hike and well be back by 5. Call tom[masked]

      September 21, 2013

  • chelsea

    Charles-we're at Barthalomew (sp?) winery having lunch. We lost you!

    September 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Fritos and red wine is amazing!

    September 21, 2013

  • chelsea

    Running late I got lost should be there in about 10 minutes

    September 21, 2013

  • chelsea

    Late RSVP. I was waiting to hear about the rain situation. Guess the weather will be ok. Look forward to this adventure!

    September 21, 2013

  • Rose Z

    Anyone leaving from SF? Want to car pool?

    September 18, 2013

    • Rose Z

      Hi Linyi, thank so much. That would be great. I'll spilt gas and toll with you.

      1 · September 20, 2013

  • Tom B.

    How can 33% cancel all at once.? Seems like everyone has an unexpected out of town guest)s) coming in on this Sat. Hmmn.... ???????????????????????????????????????
    Must be a special date in Sept.?????????
    But we had too many anyway. The last time for this event may be in mid Nov.????

    September 19, 2013

    • amarilis

      Tom, I relocated to California a month ago and would love to spend the day with all of you. I am currently staying in Sacramento but would like to find someone with whom I could carpool even if it means driving closer to the bay area. Please let me know if there is any room for me..... my phone number is[masked]-3529...Ami

      September 20, 2013

    • Tom B.

      Aloha Veiga; Go to the roster & see where some are coming from & emaIL THEM DIRECTLY W/PHONE #. aLSO MAKE ANOTHER POSTING. AS THEY dont always look at it if they are driving alone.

      September 20, 2013

  • Michael

    This is going to be my first time with this group too! I'm coming from Pleasant Hill/Walnut Creek area. Is anybody coming from the area that would like to carpool?

    August 31, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Michael. It's just me and you for Saturday. See you at 8a in the BevMo parking lot.

      September 20, 2013

    • Kristin

      Hi Trecena and Michael, can I meet up with with you guys for carpool? Thanks.

      September 20, 2013

  • Dawn

    Hi All, I cannot make it either. Will catch the next one for sure.

    September 20, 2013

  • Charles

    I'll be driving by Rockridge BART in Oakland at 8:20am if anybody needs a ride.

    September 20, 2013

  • Peggyo

    Okay, so it is Trecena, Michael and Peggy leaving at 8am from Bev Mo parking lot? My # is:[masked]-8523. Thanks!

    September 18, 2013

    • Peggyo

      Trecena, I just got a job offer for Saturday and need to take it! I am not normally a flake, but need to take it! Have a wonderful time. Until next time! Peggy

      September 19, 2013

    • Tom B.

      Take that job ! I'll try & get this one in again by early Nov. The trees will have lot's of color by then.

      September 20, 2013

  • Peggyo

    Tom, are we still going????? Wasn't sure by your comment. You said we had too many and the last time for this event was November. Let me know! Thanks peggy

    September 19, 2013

  • Peggyo

    Ok. Have fun sailing!

    September 18, 2013

  • Kat

    Anyone coming from the Dublin area?

    August 17, 2013

    • Dawn

      Hi Kat, yes, we are still good to go. Since Dublin is on the way out, where is a good place to pick you up?

      September 13, 2013

    • Kat

      Hey, sorry for the delayed response. I was trying to think of a place. There is a small resturuant off of Dublin blvd and Dougherty. Will that work? I'll send you my # and we can confirm. Thanks.

      September 15, 2013

  • Peggyo

    Hi, looking forward to this event! I live in Walnut Creek, and looking to carpool! Thanks!

    September 1, 2013

    • Michael

      Looks like we could have 4. Chris, peggyo, trecena, and me.

      September 1, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Peggy, just wanted to let you know that we have a full car load. I had called your number and left a message that it was a go for the carpool.

      September 14, 2013

  • Charles

    Tasha, I'll be driving from Oakland. Could pick you up at Rockridge Bart or something.

    September 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I live in Martinez and will be driving .

    September 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Coming from the South Bay in San Jose - anyone want to car pool??

    September 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Since it will be my first, it will be just me.

    September 1, 2013

    • Tom B.

      Most every week there is a 50 % repeat of old members.

      September 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Tom. I'm excited about going. Still deciding if I will attend the event on the following day since your description sounds so enticing.

      September 5, 2013

  • Tom B.

    Mary, Wanda, Charles, Shannon, Valentina & Brad & a few more are seasoned members. Check with them and you will get the straight scoop. they can fill you in if you have any questions.

    September 5, 2013

  • Peggyo

    Sounds good !!! My number is :[masked]

    September 1, 2013

  • Jan J

    Will be my first time with this group. Looking forward to it!

    August 24, 2013

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