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Foothills Visitor Center
This event is a date change due to closures. New Date SPRING. On the river. Wildflowers!!
OR if you still wish to do something awesome on Oct 22
We will go to Salton Sea. PERFECT WEATHER, great hikes. Amazing Art.
For Sequoia in Spring we have have riverfront sties WITH beach!
All restrooms are flush toilets and NOT pit/septic toilets. Being real porcelain they are able to be cleaned often and regularly, and actually be clean. We will also have free hot showers available.
*Site has plenty of shade.
*on the river so we can take a dip whenever we wish.
* located close to (food) stores and restaurants so you do not need to totally rough it if the mood does not strike you.
Stunning waterfalls of Tokopah Falls
Roaring River Falls
Having the site longer makes it a more leisure weekend.
Cost per person:
Camping for 2 or 3 nights is $95 Per Person
OK . . . Tell me about food and everything else. What's included?
The logistics of us providing food (as well as food prep issues with Covid) are just not feasible or safe.
Due to varied dietary needs, and food contact issues, it's better if bring what you like and prep it. There will be grills available.
BUT there are also local options. No need to cook too much if you don't want to.
Firewood: We will provide a bundle of firewood to start. If you want a super roaring fire you can pickup some extra at the small store.
Kids? Sure. If under 18 they are at no charge.
How do I pay?
Cost per person: Camping for 2 or 3 nights is $95 Per Person
What if I have a +1 or +whatever? Cost is Per Person. Just do the payment link a 2nd or 3rd time. IF under 18 free.
What if I stay two nights. Is it less? No. You can stay as late as you want on Sunday before packing up. It gives us flexibility.
Refund if requested 2 weeks before event start. If less than 2 weeks: 100% Full Credit be applied to ANY future event we run.
Are you frustrated with "surveys" that organizers have you fill out so they can discriminate? Are they even proud of discriminating and proclaim it by saying they pick and choose and exclude? The proclaim they are the bouncer at the door to keep out who they wish to exclude. Discrimination is not something to be proud of or to proclaim as a good thing. Do not support discrimination in any way, or for any reason.
We do NOT discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, or even for belly button lint.
*ASL interpret is available
*Certified Wilderness First Responder
*Certified Wilderness First Aid
*We do also carry required insurance
Questions? Comments ? Issues? Message direct
Depart town when you can.
Flexible arrival time to all hours of the nite.
8:00am to 5:00pm Fun in the park.
Those that are rafting will do that. Rafting is optional and does cost extra. However they discount for us. You pay the Rafting Company directly when there.
Those who are not Rafting will go back into the park for the day and head home when wish.
Want to stay till Monday? No Prob. It's already included.
Pix from last time https://www.meetup.com/MoreToExplore/photos/all_photos/?photoAlbumId=31239259
We create and promote a safe and fun environment for all.
Our events go to quality sites with amenities, great hikes & adventures that are safe and fun. We welcome all, and that includes you!
Be part of the fun. Come join us on an adventure.
Los Angeles International Airport
This is definitely a bucket list type adventure. It is also tempered with safety and do-ability.
First of all, . . . this is NOT going up to the top of Everest (29,000). This is going to Everest Base Camp (17,600) also called EBC. Our starting elevation will be in Lukla at 9,400'.
With all that said . . . this is VERY doable at any age. You do not need to be a marathon runner. The truth is if you can manage walking 3-6 hours a day, up and down a hill, while carrying a light pack, you will be OK!
Professional guides and Porters to carry your gear are included. All that is left for you to carry is your water, snacks and camera.
But I don't have the needed gear?!
Our trip includes providing you with a North Face sleeping bag and parka, rated to -4F. As well as walking poles. So you don't have to buy them or pack in your suitcase.
Does this include food?
Yes. This includes meals.
What is lodging like? Are we sleeping in tents?
No. We are sleeping in a series of "Tea Houses" along the route. You will have bed in a shared room with roommate (from the group). Sorry, a solo room will not be available on this trip. We will pair up everybody.
What if I get sick or hurt. By the way . . . how dangerous is this?
This is NOT the summiting Everest with people dying from bad choices. We will be walking on an established, well used trail the entire time, and NOT on snow or ice. Stats from past years show that 30,000 people a year do the EBC trek. With all that said, . . . Our trip INCLUDES emergency insurance. For instance: this will cover a helicopter if needed.
Plain and simple, safety is our primary goal. We will have an experienced guide and porters, and Anna and I will be along the entire way too.
OK. How much does this cost?
If you want a breakdown to try and find a better flight, OR if you wish to use miles, OR if you wish to upgrade your flight, OR you are not flying out of LA
Everest Base Camp Trip $2,290 (15 Day, land only)
The (group) air portion $1,190 (departure LA)
INCLUDING AIR departing from LA the TOTAL cost is:
18 days for ONLY $3,480 (this includes air!)
Non-Refundable Deposit of $250 to hold your place.
There is not enough room on meetup to post the full detailed day to day itinerary. More is available upon request
If you have any questions call 8I8 52I 48I9, or RSVP, or PM or post a comment.
Apr 18th Depart 6:30PM
Apr 19th Flight time across time zones
Apr 20th Arrival in Kathmandu 10:30 AM(4,377') Night at hotel
Apr 21st Scenic flight to Lukla (9,383')(45 minutes) and trek to Phakding (8700/4-5 hrs/5mi
Apr 22nd Trek to Namche Bazar (11,286'/5-6 hrs/6.2mi)
Apr 23rd Acclimatization day. Day Hike to Syanboche (12,575')
Apr 24th Trek to Tengboche (12,664'/5-6 hrs/6.2mi)
Apr 25th Trek to Dingboche (14,469'/5-6 hrs/5mi)
Apr 26th Acclimatization day. Day Hike to Nagarjun Hills (16,676'/2 hrs)
Apr 27th Trek to Lobuche (16,207'/ 5-6 hrs trekking/4.4mi)
Apr 28th Lobuche to Gorakshep (16,942')- Everest Base Camp (17,600') (Everest summit is 29,029') and trek back to Gorakshep (7-8 hrs/9.3mi)
Apr 29th Gorakshep to Kalapathar (18,514') and trek to Pheriche (14,340'/ 6-7 hrs/9.3mi)
Apr 30th Trek back to Namche Bazar (11,286'/5-6 hrs/9.3mi)
May 1st Trek to Lukla (9,383'/6-7 hrs trek/5.6mi)
May 2nd Scenic Flight back to Kathmandu (45 minutes flight). Last minute shopping
May 3rd Contingency Day
May 4th Drive to Kathmandu airport (20-30 minutes’ drive) and fly back to the home.
May 5 Arrive LAX Apprx 5PM
For a compete list of what is included, and what is not included AND/OR for a Detailed Daily Itinerary and detailed packing list: RSVP, PM or post in the comments.
Note correct end date May 5th not May 1st. Meetup limits event posts 14 days max
Los Angeles International Airport
The world is re-opening. We had our reservations in place before. Now is THE time to go!
The Orient Express...you have heard it many times. The romance, the mystery, the adventure! Of course with the opulence too!
This trip brings back the romance and adventure of train travel, along with the mystery of new cities and countries. Brought back in a special way; adding value and removing inflated expense by replacing it with service and contemporary refinement. The journey will mirror the original Orient Express
Paris, Venice, Vienna, Prague, Budapest & Istanbul.
The trip starts in Paris for full two days. Also staying two full days in Vienna, 1 3/4 days in Budapest, with full days in Venice, Prague, and two full days in Istanbul. Included: guided tours in each city, at least one meal a day, museum entrances, wine tasting and much more!
In addition, many other options and extras are included. We travel as a group, and also have the flexibility of hop-on, hop-off tours and museum passes with "skip the line" so you enjoy a complete independence. You are free to do your own thing, cater to your special interests, visit other sights and locations in the cities, while still being guided and helped with all the arrangements. You can do it independently, or you can join new friends traveling with you, and do it together. The idea is come alone, meet new like-minded people and make lifelong memories...without being stuck with the "one size fits all" tour formula.
Want more info? Fill this out https://forms.gle/cQdqYw74gAYqphXX8
Here is a basic thumbnail:
** Paris for two full days.
* Night Train Paris to Venice
**Venice for a full day
* Night Train Venice to Vienna
**Vienna for two full days
* Night Train Vienna to Prague
** Prague for a full day
* Night Train Prague to Budapest
** Budapest for two (almost full) days
* Late flight Budapest to Istanbul
** Istanbul for two full days.
* Hotel nights in Paris, Vienna, Budapest and Istanbul
The Orient Express began in 1883. Original endpoints being Paris to Istanbul. In Istanbul the Pera Palace Hotel, built in 1892 as the accommodations at the terminus. It became synonymous with intrigue and was a showcase of luxury with comfort at a time when traveling was still rough and dangerous. The route changed many times and was eventually shortened to Bucharest, and later to Budapest as the endpoint. In 2009 service stopped and The real Orient Express is but a memory.
With this trip, we visit more cities, with guided tours included in each, a meal a day, as well as all transfers and hotels with concierge quality service. Give in to the lure of the rails with adventure, tempered with value resulting in memories of a lifetime.
EVERY aspect of this trip is epic. Visit picturesque and storied cities. Enjoy four night trains and experience the enchantment of the rails. We are even staying in the original destination of Pera Palace Hotel in Istanbul with it's grandeur and opulence.
* 4 night trains with sleeping compartment accommodations
* 6 nights in great hotels in prime central locations
* all transfers
* guided tours in each city
* entrance to museums in each city
* at least one meal a day
Want more info? Fill this out https://forms.gle/cQdqYw74gAYqphXX8
We have TWO departures to chose from
Sep 21-Oct 2 https://www.meetup.com/MoreToExplore/events/278927777/
$3,490 total cost.
Limited capacity of 24 total. Only 4 openings left.
The only way to secure your spot is a $500 deposit. Fully refundable to 90 days before the event. Final payment due 60 days before
Secure Deposit Link https://py.pl/1imcPZ
You can use any credit or debit card.
Questions? Ask at our Zoom this Thurs at 7PM
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Live the adventure instead of only dreaming it!
ENSENADA MAY CRUISE: May 15th to May 18th
This is the third annual cruise on this group. And as the previous two, it will be EPIC.
I will start off by saying there are PLENTY of cruise thingies on Meetup. Especially the Booze Cruise to Ensenada. . . Ours will be decidedly different and not like the others.
First of all, . . . our price. Let's get to that first. The base cabin is $390.52 per person, double occupancy for an interior cabin. All taxes and port charges included!!! This is one of the lowest prices you will ever see for this super fun cruise!
There are upgrades to ocean view cabins or single occupancy but that's all incremental increases depending upon your needs. Get a friend to come with or we will match you with a roommate.
What really makes our trip unique is our special treatment.
We will have an open bar Cocktail Party Mixer hosted by the ship for our group (unlimited drinks)
We will get reserved seating together for the formal dining room at our own tables.
We will be doing our own activities on board, such as a scavenger hunt and other fun games.
Best of all - a great group of like-minded people from our Meetup, ready for play and have fun!
But that's not the best part.
The BEST part are OUR shore excursions in Mexico.
For only $30 per person we will have our own vans and drivers, exclusive and private for our group to our own shore excursion.
On shore we will have
Zip Line Canopy Tour $22
Horseback Riding $30
They are broken up so you can pick and choose and only pay for what you do. To see more about Las Canadas Resort http://www.lascanadas.com/en/ http://www.lascanadas.com/en/Air_CanopyTour.php
Since we are organizing it, NONE of this is at tourist prices, and no tour operator markups either.
But wait!!! How about a wine tasting and visiting the renown Wineries and having a Winery tour and tasting? An olive oil tasting too? Sure!!!
Since we have our own drivers we will do that as well!
http://santo-tomas.com/ for example.
Our drivers will drop us in town if you wish and you can do shopping
So it's all around a great meetup. This is NOT like the other meetup cruises you see. Care to join?
Fri: Depart 05:30 pm
Sat: Fun Day At Sea
Sun: Ensenada 08:00 am to 06:00 pm
Mon: Arrive at 07:00 am
Let's look at the "Day at Sea" part first:
The ship has all the things that make a cruise fun: 9-hole mini golf course, WaterWorks (waterslide park), a tropical resort-style pool - and when you need some pampering and quiet time - a Serenity Retreat area. It also has casino, comedy shows, stage shows, bars, nightclubs, dancing, live music, spa type services, and more.
And, as always...the delicious dining, entertainment, friendly service
Do I need to pay for this now? A deposit of $100 will be needed hold your space. Balance due on March 10, 2020
You $ 100 refundable until March 10, 2020
All prices and information subject to change and availability.
Is this for Singles? Or Couples? This is for everybody! It's about people, not your relationship status, or even your sexual preference, age or your whatever. All are welcome on this, be it singles or families with children. We will have a little bit for everybody and everybody will have fun. We will be a good size bunch so you will find folks you would hang with.
Do I need to know Spanish for the Mexico part? No. I am fluent, as are plenty of others. And they speak English pretty well there too.
Do I need a passport? Yes, you will need a valid passport or copies of any travel document or permits (green card etc). A driver's license will not get you on the boat. If you don't have a passport . . . start that now.
Did I read that right, . . . we are going to somewhere not the regular tourist route? Yes. You will get to do our own thing and have more fun and see more.
RSVP for here or on https://www.tr.im/MoreToExplore for more info.