What we're about

Welcome to Southern California Gay & Lesbian Club (and Friends!)

Our activities include dining out, cycling, bowling, concerts, theater, movies, potlucks, parties and other fun activities. We also enjoy social events, networking, sports and recreation, travel, day trips and out of town trips and weekend adventures. Whether your from southern California or you're new in town please join us.

Singles and couples, gay or lesbian, and straight allies - all are welcome.

Please upload your photo and answer your profile questions at https://www.meetup.com/GayandLesbian/profile/

If you RSVP, please show up or cancel your RSVP if you can't come. After 3 no-shows, you'll be removed from the group.

BECOME A SUPPORTING MEMBER:

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To join our group or participate in our events you and your guests must be at least 18 years old. You must use your name and photo in your member profile and answer your profile questions. Also, you must accept the membership disclaimer at https://www.meetup.com/GayandLesbian/pages/3451412/Membership_Disclaimer/

See you soon!

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Upcoming events (4+)

Bike Ride on the Santa Clarita Cloverleaf Bike Path (30 miles)

Join us for a 30 mile bike ride on the paved Santa Clarita bike trails which form the shape of an abstract four-leaf clover.

BIKE RIDE QUALIFICATIONS:

This bike ride is very pleasant and suitable for all bike riders who can ride at least 30 miles on mostly flat terrain at a speed of 12 to 15 miles per hour. This ride has one slightly uphill grade.

SAFETY:

*** You are required to wear a helmet to ride with our group. ***

We will be practicing social distancing and riding single file separated by at least 6 feet between bicycles.

HEALTH CONCERNS:

Please read "Everything you need to know about riding your bike during the COVID-19 outbreak" at https://www.bicyclecolorado.org/bike-news/covid/

Be sure you are in good health. Please do not join us if you are coughing, sneezing, have a sore throat, have breathing problems, or have a fever. If you have had any of these symptoms in the last week please do not come. Please bring hand sanitizer or alcohol wipes for your own protection.

We must be extremely careful and respect distance between each other and the health of others.

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MEETING TIME:

Arrive at the McDonalds parking lot at 8:30AM to get ready.

Meet near the entrance of McDonalds at 8:45AM for introductions and a safety talk.

We will depart at 9:00AM.

RSVP: If you change your mind and are not coming on this bike ride, please change your RSVP to "No" so we are not waiting for you.

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LUNCH and SNACKS:

Please bring your own lunch, snacks and water to keep hydrated. We will have rest stops along the way.

We will also stop for a take-out food if you prefer this option at

Rattler's BBQ Restaurant
26495 Golden Valley Rd.
Santa Clarita, CA 91350

See Yelp reviews of Rattlers at http://www.yelp.com/biz/rattlers-bar-b-que-santa-clarita

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BIKE ROUTE MAP:

See a map of the Santa Clarita Bike Trails at https://www.meetup.com/cyclegroup/photos/17733232/469627685/

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PLEASE FOLLOW THESE GUIDELINES:

RSVP: If you can't come please change your RSVP to "No" so we are not waiting for you.

BICYCLE: Make sure your bicycle is in good working condition with the tires properly inflated and the chain lubricated prior to the ride.

RULES OF THE ROAD: Safety is always our first concern. Use standard hand signals (https://www.meetup.com/cyclegroup/pages/5_Hand_Signals_for_Bicycle_Rides/) for group rides and obey all traffic stops and signals.

SPARE TIRE TUBES: You need to know how to change your own bicycle tire tubes if you get a flat tire. Please bring 2 spare tire tubes, levers, a small bicycle pump or CO2 cartridges to fill your tires with air once you change the bicycle tire tube. If you don't have spare tire tubes you might have to call a taxi to take you and your bicycle back to your car!

MONEY and PERSONAL IDENTIFICATION: Please bring money and your drivers license and emergency contact information.

BIKE LOCK: Do not leave your bicycle unlocked at any time. Please bring your own bicycle lock.

WAIVER OF LIABILITY:

Please read this important disclaimer: This Meetup group, it's organizers and members take no responsibility for any injuries nor accidents that may occur during events. By joining this ride you take full responsibility for your own safety. Please ensure that you are in good health before participating and understand that there is risk involved in your participation. This Meetup group does not certify the qualifications of any of it's organizers or trip leaders, and they are not responsible for your safety. We are all just participants.

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Everybody must sign up for this event through Meetup individually. No guests allowed.

This bike ride is crossposted in other Meetup groups.

The main group coordinating this bike ride is Southern California Cycling Group at https://www.meetup.com/cyclegroup

Spring in Sequoia National Park. Camping, Hiking W/ Optional Whitewater Rafting

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.
https://www.meetup.com/Legendary_Urban_Adventures/events/281430110

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.

*on grass.

*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.

Grant's Grove.
Moro
Grant
Sherman
the groves
Beetle
Crescent Meadow.
Stunning waterfalls of Tokopah Falls
Grizzly Falls
Roaring River Falls
Mist Falls.

Having the site longer makes it a more leisure weekend.

Cost per person:
Camping for 2 or 3 nights is $95 Per Person
https://py.pl/17vUnD

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
https://py.pl/17vUnD

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
https://secure.meetup.com/messages/?new_convo=true&member_id=273063881

Itinerary:
Friday -
Depart town when you can.
Flexible arrival time to all hours of the nite.

Sat -
8:00am to 5:00pm Fun in the park.

Sunday:
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.

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Be part of the fun. Come join us on an adventure.

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Everest Base Camp!!!! Nepal Trip!!! OMG your bucket list fulfilled!

Los Angeles International Airport

This is definitely a bucket list type adventure. It is also tempered with safety and do-ability.

This event embodies adventure and the romance of traveling to far off places.

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. All meals are included.

What is lodging like?
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.

How dangerous is this? What if I get sick or hurt?
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 we will be along the entire way too.

How much does this cost?

INCLUDING AIR departing from LA the TOTAL cost is:
18 days for ONLY $3,780

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 $2,390 (15 Day, land only)
The (group) air portion $1,390 (departure LA)

A Refundable Deposit of $250 to hold your space. Balance due by Feb 18, 2022.
Here is a secure link for deposit: https://py.pl/BQ6wm

More is available upon request. Please call 8I[masked], or RSVP, or PM or post a comment.

Apr 16: Depart 6:30PM
Apr 17: Flight time across time zones
Apr 18: Arrival in Kathmandu 10:30 AM(4,377') Night at hotel
Apr 19: Scenic flight to Lukla (9,383')(45 minutes) and trek to Phakding (8700/4-5 hrs/5mi
Apr 20: Trek to Namche Bazar (11,286'/5-6 hrs/6.2mi)
Apr 21: Acclimatization day. Day Hike to Syanboche (12,575')
Apr 22: Trek to Tengboche (12,664'/5-6 hrs/6.2mi)
Apr 23: Trek to Dingboche (14,469'/5-6 hrs/5mi)
Apr 24: Acclimatization day. Day Hike to Nagarjun Hills (16,676'/2 hrs)
Apr 25: Trek to Lobuche (16,207'/ 5-6 hrs trekking/4.4mi)
Apr 26: 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 27: Gorakshep to Kalapathar (18,514') and trek to Pheriche (14,340'/ 6-7 hrs/9.3mi)
Apr 28: Trek back to Namche Bazar (11,286'/5-6 hrs/9.3mi)
Apr 29: Trek to Lukla (9,383'/6-7 hrs trek/5.6mi)
Apr 30: Scenic Flight back to Kathmandu (45 minutes flight). Last minute shopping
May 1: Contingency Day
May 2: Drive to Kathmandu airport (20-30 minutes’ drive) and fly back to the home.
May 3: Arrive LAX Approx 5PM

This is the adventure of a lifetime.
It is done in a safe manner and includes lots with no surprises.
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 3rd, not May 1st. Meetup limits event posts 14 days max

Important links:
Deposit Link https://py.pl/BQ6wm
Our Website https://www.ismyoyster.com/events/everestbasecamp

Sep 10 Meetup on The Orient Express Paris Venice Prague Vienna Budapest Istanbul

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

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** 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.

Includes:
* 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
and more...

Want more info? Fill this out https://forms.gle/cQdqYw74gAYqphXX8

We have TWO departures to chose from
Sep[masked]https://www.meetup.com/MoreToExplore/events/278927768/
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
https://www.meetup.com/MoreToExplore/events/278630121/

To join in on the other fun events we do
https://www.meetup.com/MoreToExplore/join/ events/

Live the adventure instead of only dreaming it!

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