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Olompali State Park Hiking Meditation
December's hike is actually going to be in the first weekend of January since I'm traveling so much for the holidays. This is the first time we've hiked this park. Here's the link for the meetup location, which is in the parking lot for the Olompali Historic State Park: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1eJZueJR_b4nvGz79ksGEEWb6pQujbxPA&usp=sharing Please note this from the Olompali Historic State Park's website: All traffic to Olompali enters from Redwood Boulevard. If traveling on the US 101 take the Atherton Avenue exit. Follow the directional signage from either the northbound or southbound exit. Access to Olompali SHP is no longer available by exiting directly off Highway 101. Parking is $8. The address *appears* to be 8900 Redwood Blvd. This hike is a loop that takes us up into a sparse Oak and Manzanita wooded hillside of the park and back down. Near the top, there are some refreshing views of the park and surrounding low land countryside, all of which should be lush and green at the time. We'll hike up the Miwok Trail and then connect with the Loop Trail, taking our break shortly after getting on that trail. After break, we'll take the Loop Trail back down to the visitor center and parking lot. I can't find information on the mileage for this hike, but it's likely around 4 miles. The hike is only of moderate level challenge as we're going up a hill rather than a ridge or mountain. We will cancel for rain the morning of if necessary. We'll likely not take the full time allotted, so we may get back by 4 p.m., depending on the hike goes. If it is imperative that you be back at your car before 4:30, please plan to depart from the group early or consider another hike. Look forward to seeing you guys there! **PLEASE NOTE*** We/I have no idea if cells will work here, so please take the time to get directions (both what I wrote above and using "get directions" from google) and mileage markers BEFORE you leave so that you can meet us at the designated place and time. Using google maps or GPS while on route results in some wonky, incorrect directions due to the sketchy reception for such devices in these remote areas sometimes. So again, it is best to get directions BEFORE you leave, at a place that has good internet access. We'll wait 10 to 15 minutes for everyone and then will begin the hike. Let me know if you have any questions.

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    What we're about

    We're a group of gay men interested in hiking, mindfulness practice and socializing. The Bay Area is so rich with incredible natural beauty, and this is a chance for gay men to come together to hike and explore the many hiking trails here while practicing mindfulness and meeting others with similar interests. Hiking meditation is just like walking meditation, only it's done while surrounded by the inspiring beauty and natural splendor of a wilderness hike. This is mindfulness and presence in motion, where one totally focuses on the moment, the movements of the body, the step that is presently being taken, our breath and our awareness of the stimuli coming into the senses via looking, listening, sensing and smell. This group is for gay men interested consciousness studies or in developing presence, mindfulness, meditation practice or self inquiry. Perfect for beginner meditators or those with plenty of experience with meditation (though the hikes themselves are more for intermediate or experienced hikers). Hikes are $5 to attend, paid in cash at the start of the hike when I pass my hat around. Generally, hikes are scheduled once a month.

    The monthly format is as follows:

    1. Meet at the designated trail head in the very early afternoon

    2. The organizer will give a brief introduction to the practice of walking/hiking meditation

    3. Hike in meditative silence

    4. Stop and break for snacks and socializing.

    5. Have a brief sharing circle.

    6. Hike back to the trail head while continuing to talk/socialize.

    Physically, this group is best suited for those in medium to excellent condition who have some hiking experience and agility, as some of the hikes involve mountainous or steep grades. By joining this group you hereby acknowledge that you have read and understand section 6.2 of the Meetup Terms of Service Agreement that releases Organizers and Creators or Hosts of this group from all liabilities and claims. http://www.meetup.com/terms/

    As on any hike, always bring your own water and sturdy hiking shoes/boots. If you want to bring snacks to share, that's great. You don't need to bring anything else, unless you want to and can carry it with you (such as sun block, hats, jackets, sunglasses, etc). And though pets are adorable, this probably isn't the type of hike on which to bring them along. Look forward to seeing you on the trail!

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