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Explore Golden Gate Park/Stow Lake/Waterfall--Bonf­ire, Japanese Food & Karaoke!

Join us for a fun exploration through beautiful Golden Gate Park visiting the beautiful & gorgeous Music Concourse, Stow Lake, Waterfall & the tallest point of Golden Gate Park -- Strawberry Hill. -- Take in some of the most beautiful, scenic views in San Francisco. Have a great time socializing while meeting new friends & enjoy lots of fun & laughter. Members in the group are always nice & friendly. We always have a lot of fun whenever we all get together with a couple of other meetup groups also invited. So join in on the fun! We look forward to seeing you there!

We will meet in Union Square at Bar Norcini for coffee & a meet & greet & brief intros. At 1pm, we will head to Golden Gate Park by bus (20min), where we will start walking through the Pan Handle towards Golden Gate Park. We will walk through John F Kennedy Drive pass the unique building of the Flower Conservatory & head towards the magnificent Music Concourse & its majestic fountains. Then, we hop across to enchanting Stow Lake & climb up the stairs next to the beautiful waterfall for some of the most picturesque & breathtaking views in San Francisco. From there, we hike up Strawberry Hill to get to the highest point of Golden Gate Park to catch a glimpse of the city & a great view of Ocean Beach. It's quite a distance & a few hills, so you will get a pretty good workout. At around 7pm, we head into the Inner Sunset for some very good & affordable Japanese food & sushi (avg. $12-15 per person).

• BEFORE MEETING UP: Be sure to grab your lunches, drinks & snacks for our exploration. Be sure to have a healthy snack handy & a bottle of water in case of dehydration & blood sugar drops due to exercising several hours. Conveniently, there are plenty of stores, shops & delis in the area.

• AFTER GOLDEN GATE PARK: Bonfire at Ocean Beach, dinner at a nearby Japanese Restaurant & group singing karaoke!

• PLEASE NO LATE GUESTS arrivals for bonfire, dinner or karaoke after the hike. Thank you!

• RETURN: Most members will be taking the N-Judah streetcar line back to downtown (20 min) after dinner from the Inner Sunset. From there we will go to Pandora Karaoke Lounge in downtown by Powell Street Bart Station.

Location: 177 Eddy St @ Mason St/Taylor St., San Francisco, CA

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• HOW TO FIND US: Cafe Norcini is a small cafe in the small lobby of Villa Florence Hotel. Usually, there are not too many people in this cafe so it won't be difficult to spot our group gathering around.

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• DIFFICULTY: Easy/Moderate -- 4 hours walk/hike with some rest stops for quick stops for bathroom breaks & photos. For specifics: please google map -- Directions from Geary & Masonic Ave to GG Park Tennis Courts to Music Concourse to Strawberry Hill to SF Botanical Garden to 9th & Irving.
(Difficulty Rating Legend: http://www.hikenewengland.com/LegendRating.html)

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• CASH ONLY PLEASE -- for dinner at the restaurant for easier & quick bill payment.

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• ORGANIZER FEE: An advanced fee of $2 is required via Paypal to join this event. (Or you may pay in person at the meetup location.) Please send payment as GIFT under the "personal" tab to:

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REFUNDS: A refund is offered if the Meetup is cancelled or is rescheduled. Credit is given if the member changes their RSVP before the start of the event. Thank you!

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• Bus Fare: $2.00 one-way

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PARKING INFO: We usually get some late-comers because of parking issues. Parking is difficult in this busy area, especially on weekends. I would highly recommend public transportation. But, if you need to drive in, here is a link for parking garages in the area:

PARKOPEDIA: http://en.parkopedia.com

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• RSVPs -- Out of courtesy, if for some reason you cannot make the event & have RSVPd "YES", please change your RSVP to "No" -- instead of doing a "No Show." We appreciate the notice even if it may be last minute. Thank you for your cooperation!

• NO-SHOW & CANCELLATION POLICY -- Please be courteous & considerate to all members involved in this event by cancelling at least by 12noon on the day of the event. Members with habitual NO-SHOWS & LATE CANCELLATIONS (3 or more) may not be welcomed back to these events.

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  • Sam H.

    Yes, it was great fun marching to the sea on the quest for fire with my new friends! Thanks everyone!

    January 6, 2014

  • Cela

    It was wonderful meeting everyone & a super fun day! Look forward to next time. If you like to get in touch with any other members from our group today, they are in one of the groups below. SF Explore Fun & Food
    Bay Area Anything Active
    SF Random Adventurers

    January 5, 2014

  • Cela

    Only 1 no-show, not bad at all.

    Johanna V.

    January 5, 2014

  • Tina

    We are panhandle walking to golden gate park

    January 4, 2014

  • Cela

    Hello Everyone, Please remember to change your RSVP if you can't make it. Don't make me put anyone on the naughty (no-show) list! :D

    January 4, 2014

  • Cela

    Hi Members, Please be sure to change your RSVP if you cannot make the event. We appreciate your consideration in letting the group know if you won't be attending. Looking forward to a fun day exploring Golden Gate Park, socializing & meeting new friends!

    NOTE: Due to the large numbers of no-shows this past month, I will have to start keeping track by posting a no-show list, which I really prefer not to. So, please help me keep YOU off the list by just simply remembering to change your RSVP. Thank you very much! Your cooperation is appreciated :)

    January 3, 2014

  • Cela

    Hi Members! This will be a fun meetup exploring Golden Gate Park. This is one of my favorite places in the city to walk & witness the beauty of nature. So far, we have about 20 members who have RSVPd from various meetup groups invited. I'm looking forward to meeting everyone & to a fun day of socializing, fun & laughs & meeting new friends!

    December 31, 2013

  • Cela

    CORRECTION: After Strawberry Hill, we head down to Ocean Beach for the Bonfire before it gets too dark. At around 6pm, we head into the Inner Sunset for some very good & affordable Japanese food & sushi (avg. $12-15 per person).

    December 30, 2013

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