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Every year, I go see the elephant seals at Point Reyes - this is one of only a few locations they breed on California beaches. I have been to Drakes beach when 2 ton adolescent males have been lying around the past two years and you could walk very close to them (at your own peril) - this year they closed the beach but will open on the weekends for visitors to view. This is an amazing and special sight and the sounds of the seals are unforgettable. Breeding season is only through March and early April. Let's meet at the Starbucks in West Novato (127 San Marin Ave - in the Harvest Market shopping center, with plenty of parking) and we can carpool from there. I have room for 5 other women in my Honda Pilot. Getting there earlier is better - it will be less crowded. Drakes Beach is about 45 minutes from the Starbucks where we will meet. We can go to lunch afterward in Inverness or Point Reyes Station if that suits everyone. More info: From the Press Democrat: "In a first-time experiment for a new colony of elephant seals at Drakes Beach, Point Reyes National Seashore administrators will reopen the site to visitors this weekend for an up-close view of intriguing creatures hunted to near extinction a century ago. A phalanx of park rangers and volunteer docents will be on hand to move small groups of visitors along the edge of a parking lot near the beach to ensure the elephant seals and their newborn pups are not disturbed and that no humans end up in harm’s way. It’s an exciting and unexpected opportunity for visitors to witness the recovery of a once-threatened species and to observe the females with their babies just yards away, park personnel said." Entire article here: https://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/9232226-181/drakes-beach-in-point-reyes?sba=AAS
As a member of Imagery Winery, I have reserved a "Seated Collection Tasting" in a private room on the estate for 10 of us. They have great wines on in a beautiful setting in Glenn Ellen. If it's a nice day, they have an outdoor lawn area with some fun games. I'm not yet going to limit the number of attendees in this event, as at the first wine event, we had 10 women show up out of 20 RSVPs. However, I will set an RSVP end date of two days before the event. Important: if you RSVP and need to cancel or can't come due to last minute things that come up, please let me know at least 24 hours in advance or I will be charged for your tasting. I have already given them my credit card and I will be charged for a 10 person tasting unless I change the number attending prior to 24 hours ahead of time. If there are more than 10, I think that will be fine but I do need to give them a firm count 24 hours ahead of time. I get a discount on 4 tastings at $24 each, the other six tasting are regular price of $30 each. or $27.60 per person for the tastings. If we buy wine, there may be a discount on the member tasting costs. Whatever discount is offered, we can split evenly between everyone. As they don't offer "separate checks," attendees will need to reimburse me $27.60 each, less discounts. Looking forward to it!
A member of this group recommended Trivia Night at Terrapin Crossroads, and it sounds like fun! Caveat is that I'm not sure April's Trivia Night is the 16th...it may be the 9th, but won't know until their calendar comes out toward the end of March. Also they said to get there right at 6:30 if we have a group of 10 or so women, as the evening fills up and they limit it to about 50 or 60 people.