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Hiking is fun, exiting, and energizing, it's a connection between you and nature. So, take advantage of the benefits of the great outdoors, and breathe in the air from the top of a mountain. Feel the calming nature of your mind, body, and soul as you unwind from the stress of everyday activities. Reward yourself with improved fitness and hiking techniques. Rekindle old friendships and make new friends.

We are hikers and explorers which can be many things, from hiking the highest mountain to a photography or a silent (one with nature) hike. We will hike trails, sandy beaches, asphalt roads(?) yes sometimes. We will explore new areas and re-explore old. Everyone will have an opportunity to enjoy variations of that wonderful thing called hiking.

All skill levels are welcome. I'm looking forward to exploring the outdoors with everybody.

Upcoming events (4)

Vasquez Rocks in Antelope Valley

Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park

Were trekkin’ Vasquez Rocks and the PCT (Pacific Crest Trail), in Antelope Valley, where numerous movies, TV shows, and music videos were filmed, such as my favorite when Star Trek’s Captain Kirk battled the lizard “Gorn.” We will meet at the visitor’s center at 9:15am with a start time precisely at 9:30am. It’s the desert and we don’t want to get too hot, so earlier the better. THE HIKE: From the visitor’s center we will make our way to the PCT. FYI, we will walk through the second parking lot near where Star Trek was filmed. With an elevation gain of about 800’, we will hike through sandstone rocks jutting upward, then descend down into the canyons, and to the wildlife tunnel that stretches below Highway 14. We will cross through the tunnel, enjoy the scenery, and turn back to Vasquez Rocks. We’ll stop and take a break for snacks/lunch in the canyons. After our break, we will return to the park center, explore the area, maybe recreate the scene with Captain Kirk and the Gorn, and climb the iconic Vasquez Rocks. Bring your hats, sunscreen, food, and plenty of water. FOOD! What’s better than an ice cold beer after a long hike in the desert wilderness! I suggest lunch at the Sweet Water Bar and Grill located at 33310 Agua Dulce Cyn Rd., Agua Dulce, about 1 mile from Vasquez Rocks: https://www.sweetwaterbargrill.com. *** IMPORTANT NOTE: I will need to make reservations on May 6 and I will need a solid headcount. *** HIKING DETAILS: Carpooling is always a good idea. Distance: About 6 miles, out and back Time: 9:00 – 4:00 includes the hike and exploration, it does not include the restaurant time. Elevation Gain: about 800' Difficulty: Fit beginner/intermediate Dogs: Leashed, per State law Restrooms: At the Park Center Water Fountain: At the Park Center Parking: Free in the parking lot Known Dangers: Rattlesnakes, slip-'n-fall. WHAT TO BRING: 1-2 liters of water Snacks/lunch Sunscreen Hats Dress according to the weather Camera DIRECTIONS: Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park 10700 Escondido Canyon Rd, Agua Dulce, CA 91350 Coordinates:[masked], [masked] Head north on I-5 toward Santa Clarita valley. Then take exit 162 for State Route 14 North (Antelope Freeway) going toward Lancaster/Palmdale. At about 14.3 miles take exit 15 for Agua Dulce Canyon Road and continue about 5 minutes to the Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park. DISCLAIMER / RELEASE OF LIABILITY: • You must RSVP to attend this event, no exceptions. • If you choose to sign up for any event, you are releasing the organizers of Hike and Explore from all liability in case of possible injuries. • The organizers of Hike and Explore are not trained leaders and we do not confirm the qualifications of any of its members to lead or participate in trips. By participating in any posted event, you're taking responsibility for your own safety and well-being. • Hiking and other outdoor events are inherently dangerous and accidents can happen. All participants take full responsibility for their own actions. • Your personal safety depends on your own judgment and experience. This applies to any guests you may invite.

Matilija Poppy Festival at the Conejo Valley Botanic Garden

400 W Gainsborough Rd

Join us inside the garden for our annual festival celebrating the beautiful Matilija poppies! Docent-led tours of the garden, music, speakers, kid's activities, and more! Speakers include Moorpark Biology Professor Katherine Courtney, who will be giving a talk and walk from 10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. for visitors to learn more about native California riparian trees. Laura Pasetta, a wellness coach and certified naturalist, will be giving a talk from 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. about herbal gardens and their wonderful therapeutic benefits. Docent led tours to the main garden from 10 a.m. - 10:45 a.m., and 11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Meet at the tree house inside the Kids' Adventure Garden. The Kids' Adventure Garden will remain open until 3 p.m. Admission is Free, and there will be a plant sale. Website: http://www.conejogarden.org/ DIRECTIONS: 400 W Gainsborough Rd, Thousand Oaks, CA Exit the 101 Freeway at Lynn Road. Go north .7 mile to Gainsborough Road. Turn right and proceed ½ mile to 400 W. Gainsborough Road at Jeaunine Drive. The Kids' Adventure Garden is adjacent to the parking lot. The Garden is also accessible from the Conejo Community Park (Hendrix Ave. at Dover Ave. in Thousand Oaks). The Garden’s entrance is at the far end of the playground.

Chantry Flats and Sturdevant Falls, Angeles National Forest

We will hike along beautiful trails in the Big Santa Anita Canyon. Due to limited “good” parking and lots of hikers, this will be an early morning meetup. CARPOOL Carpooling is highly recommended. For those in the Simi Valley, San Fernando area, meet at the Whole Foods parking lot at the corner of Tampa and Rinaldi at 5:00am for a departure time of 5:10. This will give us time to get to Chantry Flats and hopefully grab a nice parking spot in, or near, the lot. PARKING FEE There is a $5.00 fee to park in the Chantry Flats parking area. An Adventure Pass is required if you park on the road outside Chantry Flats parking area. You can purchase the pass at Big 5 Sporting Goods or any Ranger Station for $5.00/day, or $80/lifetime. WHERE WE WILL MEET Meet at the Chantry Flats parking area near the bathroom at the lower trailhead entrance at 7:00am for a prompt 7:15 departure. NOTE: due to limited parking, the departure time may be delayed as some may have to park down the mountain and walk up to the meeting place. This is not a fast paced hike, it is suitable for fit beginners and intermediate hikers. No one will be left behind. Your leader, me, most likely will fall behind going up the trail to Hogee’s Camp. WHAT WE WILL DO Our hike will start on a steep paved road heading down to the forest trail. We will hike a mile along the creek, past Roberts’ Camp, to our first stop at Sturdevant falls, and break for a few photo opportunities. We will head back to Roberts’ Camp and take a turn going upward to Hogee’s Camp and back to the parking lot. The trail to Hogee’s Camp is not straight up steep, but is a continuous incline (about 1.5 miles) that will give our thighs a good workout. At Hogee’s Camp we will rest and have lunch. Then we will continue on an upward climb to the mountain crest before descending down. What goes up, must come down, and the descent will be about 1.5 miles. The hike ends at the Adams Pack Station where we can sit by the fire, grab homemade chili, and have a beer. FYI: Parts of the trail are narrow with steep drop offs. Check the photos in the photo gallery. DIRECTIONS TO THE TRAILHEAD[masked] [masked] From Ventura County/San Fernando Valley, take the 210 Fwy, east, to Arcadia, and exit Santa Anita Ave. Turn left (North) on Santa Anita Ave. Drive 6 miles into the mountains until the road dead ends at the Chantry Flats parking lot. WEBSITES http://adamspackstation.com/ http://www.bigsantaanitacanyon.com/general.htm HIKING DETAILS Hike time will take approximately 4 hours, with additional time to explore and hang out at Adam's Pack Station. Distance: 8.4 miles Elevation Gain: roughly 1,000’ Difficulty: Fit beginner/intermediate Dogs: Leashed, per State law Restrooms: Yes at Chantry Flats, not on the trail Known Dangers: Rattlesnakes, slip-'n-fall. This is bear country What to look out for: poison oak, ticks WHAT TO BRING 2-3 liters of water Lunch, snacks, electrolytes Hat, sunscreen, bug spray Wear layers, I will keep you posted on the weather (rain cancels the hike) Camera DISCLAIMER / RELEASE OF LIABILITY: • You must RSVP to attend this event, no exceptions. • If you choose to sign up for any event, you are releasing the organizers of Hike and Explore from all liability in case of possible injuries. • The organizers of Hike and Explore are not trained leaders and we do not confirm the qualifications of any of its members to lead or participate in trips. By participating in any posted event, you're taking responsibility for your own safety and well-being. • Hiking and other outdoor events are inherently dangerous and accidents can happen. All participants take full responsibility for their own actions. • Your personal, and guests, safety depends on your own judgment and experience.

4th of July Fireworks Cruise: Ventura

Island Packers Cruises

Celebrate the 4th of July and watch fireworks while cruising on a 64' catamaran. Seats fill up fast so make your reservations early. Departure from the Ventura Harbor: 6:50, 7:10 and 7:30 pm. I made my reservations for 7:10, you can make yours for that time or a different time. We will end up at the same place, just on different catamaran’s. Check in time is 45 minutes to departure. Destination: Channel Islands Harbor where the Fireworks display is located The Snack Bar will be open for purchases cash or credit card. Food is not included. We will return to the Ventura Harbor at about 10:00 pm. Fare: Adult $36.00 - Senior $33.00 - Child $25.00 Reserve your tickets here: https://reserve.islandpackers.com/ Be sure to select the month of July to find the 4th of July cruise Phone #: (805)[masked] Address: 1691 Spinnaker Dr #105B, Ventura, CA 93001 Coordinates:[masked], [masked] Please read through the guidelines provided by Island Packers Ventura CHECK-IN: You do not need to print your confirmation sheet if you know your confirmation number at check-in. Arrive 45 minutes prior to departure. Passengers will carry all items onto the boat. No item over 45 lbs. Have an emergency contact phone number ready when you check-in. Parking is limited. Carpooling is strongly encouraged especially on weekends or during peak season as space is limited. PREPARING FOR YOUR TRIP: NO SINGLE ITEM MAY EXCEED 45LBS Dress is casual. Temperatures on the water are often cooler than on land. Dress in layers and bring a coat or jacket. Wear low heel rubber soled shoes with good tread (no high heels). Your safety is our goal. Island Packers has beer & wine for purchase. No outside alcohol or ice chests are permitted. Island Packers has a variety of hot & cold (non-alcohol) beverages for sale. CANCELLATION POLICY: Please see our website for full cancellation policies: http://islandpackers.com/policies/ For reservations of 1-19 passengers must cancel or reduce your passenger count at least 72 hours prior to your departure time to receive a refund. Cancellations must be made by calling Island Packers at[masked]. WEATHER CANCELLATION POLICY: In case of unfavorable weather, Island Packers may cancel your cruise. If your cruise is cancelled, Island Packers will notify passengers via email by 3:00 p.m. on the day of the trip. If you have questions regarding weather conditions, you may call our office after 3:00 p.m. for information HIKE AND EXPLORE DISCLAIMER / RELEASE OF LIABILITY: • You must RSVP to attend this event, no exceptions. • If you choose to sign up for any event, you are releasing the organizers of Hike and Explore from all liability in case of possible injuries. • The organizers of Hike and Explore are not trained leaders and we do not confirm the qualifications of any of its members to lead or participate in trips. By participating in any posted event, you're taking responsibility for your own safety and well-being. • Hiking and other outdoor events are inherently dangerous and accidents can happen. All participants take full responsibility for their own actions. • Your personal, and guests, safety depends on your own judgment and experience.

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Simi Valley Chalk Fest‎

1555 Simi Town Center Way #140

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