This suggestion is to kick off the hiking aspect of the group for the season. Boyd Big Tree is a great little park (conveniently located behind my house), which is a nice way to start things off. You can view all the info here:
I think we should do a nice "up and down" the mountain trail here using the Janie Trail, which I’ve done many times before. The concept is to meet at the park, and take a few vehicles over to the other side of the mountain where we will park them in my development (plenty of room). We then return to the start of the park again and proceed to take the trail up the mountain, then down the other side where our vehicles await. Drive time for the parking detail isn't that bad (about 1/2 hour total trip). The hike itself usually proves quite nice with some great views. You will see this location offered quite frequently around other Meetups, but I've never seen one offer my suggested topper...dine at the Golden Chopsticks for a fine veggie/vegan meal afterwards. It's a small"ish" oriental style restaurant which is only a mile down the road from the end point (if that). It’s low key, and a FAV of mine. Read more about it here:
Since it will follow the hike, it's of course not mandatory. We can work out a ride situation of those who wish to go vs those who wish to leave. My house is opened for any needed bathroom breaks in between (lol). Hope some of you can make it!