• Royal Gorge Fun and Frolick Day..
    Hello Everyone... Welcome to 2016! With all of this awesome snow we wanted to get out and have some fun. I cannot think of a better way to do this than making some new friends and enjoying some outdoor time at Royal Gorge. Our plan is to meet at the parking lot and carpool up to Royal Gorge (you can meet us on the mountain if you so choose), then you can decide to Cross Country Ski, Snow Shoe, or rent a Fat-Bike. We can all do one sport together or individually. After having a day of fun, we are hoping that many of you will join us for lunch/early dinner/après-snow. Sara and I do not have children, however, we wanted to make this a family friendly event. Children and welcome and encouraged on this event. Any questions or thoughts? Please feel free to email [masked] See you there.. David David and Sara

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    Roseville Park-N-Ride (Sunsplash parking lot, near the Shell Station)

    1821 Taylor Rd · Roseville, CA

  • Raley Field Brewfest
    Hello Everyone! Who wants to join us for a fun evening of beer, food, music, and fun? We love tasting craft beers and thought we could share this passion with others. So why not hang out with us for the annual Raley Field Brewfest. They have lots of awesome local and out of town craft breweries. Live music and great food will also be part of the event. If you want to know more about this event, here is the link and how you can get tickets. http://www.raleyfield.com/brewfest/ We should be there close to when the event starts. We will give out or contact information to any of those who RSVP's. We will meet with everyone who RSVP's at the Ticket/Will Call Booth. We recommend that you buy your tickets online before the day of the event. Any questions, feel free to email me. David and Sara

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    Raley Field

    West Sacramento · West Sacramento, CA

  • Traverse Creek Waterfall
    UPDATE: FYI, there is no official host for this event. Please keep an eye out for your fellow meetup members if you like, or just enjoy the event. "This is a short hike for beginners, young kids are welcome on this one. [please use your best judgement when determining your child's ability.] Distance @3 mile round trip. Some Steep parts along the way. Perhaps aptly named as Traverse Creek, this little gem in the foothills near Placerville is more a fun walk, with most of the hike being a traverse along a tributary. Either way it's an incredibly clean waterfall with nice pools above and below." From a blogger: "Distance: about 3 miles out and back. Elevation:[masked] feet Difficulty: Short hike, but I would rate it difficult due to the steep areas and the ropes and metal cable used for descending and climbing. Gloves on a hot day help your grip on the cable. Driving Directions: Take Traverse Creek Road east off of Highway 193, between Porter Ranch Road and Red Berry Hill Lane, southeast of Georgetown. Follow Traverse Creek Road staying to the left at Spanish Flat Road. The creek will run along the east side of the road. When you see the small creek bridge ahead of you, there's a small confluence of two creeks. Park by the side of the road. The trail will head south east of the road and seems to go away from the creek. There is a photo of the map at the bottom of this article. Advisories: This hike is fun but is steep in a couple of places, again, requiring rope or cable for safety. The ground is often dry hard packed dirt with little if anything to grip your feet onto. The other note is if you are sensitive to poison oak, this is not the hike for you. It is every bit as lush and beautiful as could be and pretty toxic for the allergic. You don't have to creek cross if you are choosing to play at the bottom of the falls. The pool is absolutely wonderful for swimming. I cannot imagine taking children here." * Previous expeditions by this group to this spot took children and did just fine. you can see the event and photos here: http://www.meetup.com/Hiking-and-Activities-for-Couples/events/17431975/ but please use your best judgement when determining your child's ability, event organizer is not responsible for injury or if you need to turn back for any reason. Directions: From the Hwy #49 / #50 junction in Placerville, drive north on Hwy 49 for 0.7 miles to Hwy #193. Turn right (towards Georgetown), and drive 7.6 miles to Spanish Flat Rd. Turn right and drive 1.4 miles to Traverse Creek Rd. Turn right and drive 0.9 miles to the first bridge crossing (over an unnamed creek). Park along the side of the road. The trail is on the south side of the bridge heading downstream. Another link to info about this location: http://cspafford.wordpress.com/2011/03/23/traverse-creek-waterfalls/

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  • Feather Falls 2 Night Backpack
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  • American Canyon, Dead Trucks, and Alluring Waterfalls
    Some much needed rain has finally come and the hills are quickly greening up in response. This is a great time to hit the trails while the air is cool, the bugs haven't become too thick, and the woods are confused to what season it really is! American Canyon - Dead Truck Trails (Hike #33 from the book "60 Hikes Within 60 Miles - Sacramento") Difficulty: Moderate for ~ 900' elevation gain Duration: 3.5 hours + - hiking time, 90 minute round-trip time from NE Sacramento County Distance: 5.3 miles (loop, mostly) Before signing up for this hike please read the entire write up. By signing up for this hike you and your partner are agreeing to the liability waiver below. These hikes are intended to be enjoyed as a couple, so please no "solo" acts unless you have a thing for dressing up as Han Solo. Bring water and food to get you through the middle of the day! This is a children-friendly hike if they like trails that are not flat. Please, no dogs though. American Canyon-Dead Truck Trails have it all: forest cover, waterfalls, canyon views, critters, odd human leftovers, and physical activity! This hike drops you into the Middle Fork of the American River canyon as make your way to Waterfall Without a Name (pictured in my profile photo). This is quite a sight and makes a great spot to have a snack as well. Afterward a good climb gets us up to the Dead Truck portion of the trail where we mull over the motivation of the driver to get a vehicle to this point. From there we contour for awhile enjoying canyon views and plenty of raptors to spot (not the Jurassic Park variety). Finally we ascend to the vehicles retracing our steps from earlier and learn quickly that Lorie, my dedicated +1, is not a fan of climbs to end a hike. Carpool: Meet at the Park & Ride adjacent to the Shell Station and Sunsplash Waterpark at Taylor Rd/Eureka Rd in Roseville. We start gathering at 8:45 AM before we hit the road at 9:00 AM! Look for a taller fellow (me) near a white Honda Pilot. If you're late to the carpool and still want to join in, see the directions that follow...now! Directions to Trailhead: Get yourself to Cool, CA on State Highway 49 by whatever means is easiest. Once in Cool, turn east on Highway 193 heading towards Georgetown. Drive 5.3 miles then turn left onto Sweetwater Trail (north side of highway). The trailhead is on the right at the top of the hill just before the gates to Auburn Lake Trails private community. Parking is limited so carpool if possible. We hope to be on the trail by 10:00 AM! Liability Waiver: As a condition of your voluntary participation in this activity you acknowledge and agree to the following: this activity involves inherent risks that can cause property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death to participants and/or others; you assume all risk associated with this activity; you are responsible for having the necessary knowledge, skills, abilities, clothing, and equipment to safely participate in this activity; you know and will follow the Hiker Responsibility Code described at www.hikesafe.com; the leader(s) of this activity are volunteers; and you for yourself, your heirs, executors, and administrators release, hold harmless, and indemnify the leader(s) and all members of this group from any and all claims for property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death - including those caused by negligence and/or other reasons. Safety First! About Us: Who the heck are these people? Rodney and Lorie are avid hikers that need to be more avid this time of year. Lorie works for the State Franchise Tax Board while Rodney is a GIS/Forest Ecologist with the US Forest Service. Rodney was a Meet-up organizer for the Rhode Island Hiking Club for a couple of years before coming back "home" to California and looks forward to sharing the trail with other couples with an appreciation for the natural world and hiking!

    Roseville Park-N-Ride (Sunsplash parking lot, near the Shell Station)

    1821 Taylor Rd · Roseville, CA

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  • Winter Frolic Day at Royal Gorge!
    Hello Fellow Couples! Who said spring is here and winter is gone? We just had a big snow storm come through and deliver much needed snow to the Sierras. It is time for our group to get together and enjoy the snow and make new friends. Our plan is very simple, we meet at Sunsplash, organize carpools and drive up to Royal Gorge Ski Resort. Up there, you can choose between snowshoeing, cross country skiing, or snow/fat tire biking. Sara and I plan to get there in time to rent cross country skis and take a lesson. We hope some of you will join us. In your RSVP, please put what you plan to do and if you want to carpool or meet us at the mountain. Our plan was to spend the better part of the day at Royal Gorge and getting dinner back in Auburn before going home. Children are most definitely welcome and encouraged! Please feel free to RSVP me if you have any questions! David

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    Roseville Park-N-Ride (Sunsplash parking lot, near the Shell Station)

    1821 Taylor Rd · Roseville, CA

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  • Camping at Rancho Secco
    Taking the kids to Rancho Seco for camping. We are in spot 46. Please make your own reservations if you plan to meet up with us. :) https://www.smud.org/en/about-smud/community/recreational-areas/rancho-seco-lake.htm Call[masked]. Reservations can be made Monday through Friday. Hwy 99 south to Hwy 104 east, then 15 miles to Rancho Seco. "Here's an overview of what you can do at Rancho Seco: Camping April though October, two kinds of campsites are available to enjoy. For the RV crowd: 18 sites, each with a barbecue, fire pit, picnic table, drinking water and electrical outlets. A dump station is conveniently located. An additional dozen sites cater to those who prefer sleeping under the stars. View photos of camp sites and group picnic areas. Boating Launch an electric motor boat, rowboat or sailboat from either of the two boat ramps (the lake's too small for regular motorboats). The ramps are open 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., November through March, and 7 a.m. - 6 p.m., April through October. The warm water lake is also popular with windsurfers. Swimming The swim area is open to the public April through October. Children should always be supervised by a responsible adult. Fishing The fresh-water lake is home to bass, bluegill, red ear sunfish, crappie and catfish, and is additionally stocked with rainbow trout January through March. A fishing license is required. The fishing piers offer access to those with disabilities. A Trout Derby is held every year in the Spring, and remains a popular event. Picnicking The lake's southern shore has dozens of shaded picnic areas, which can be reserved for groups of 50 or more. Bird-watching The park is a winter refuge for ducks, geese, hawks, bald eagles, blue heron and migratory birds. Hiking and exotic animals The Howard Ranch Trail and the Amanda Blake Memorial Wildlife Refuge are the newest recreational additions to the Rancho Seco area. All this, just 25 miles from downtown Sacramento. Get away without leaving town: Just head to Rancho Seco."

    Rancho SECO Park

    Twin Cities Rd · Herald, CA

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  • Bicycle American River Parkway: Nimbus Dam to Beals Point
    The weather is looking good for a bicycle ride this Sunday. We’ll meet at the Nimbus Flat parking lot at Folsom Lake SRA and ride the American River Parkway 8 miles to Beals Point. The last 3 miles include a couple of hills with about a 400 foot elevation change, we'll take it slow and be able to coast a bit on the 8 mile ride back. On the return trip we’ll take the other side of the Parkway to complete a loop around Lake Natoma. Afterwards, feel free to join us as we explore the nearby Nimbus Fish Hatchery, where it's salmon season! There is an $10 parking fee, unless you have an annual parking pass. We ride for sight seeing, so expect a moderate pace of about 9 miles an hour (slower going uphill). We’ll take breaks at halfway (Beals Point), and again at ¾ of the way back. We'll meet at 10:45, and begin riding promptly at 11:00.

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  • Mountain Bike Mondays at the Sacramento Valley Conservancy
    Hello Fellow Couples.. Since I have moved here, I have gotten into mountain biking. One of my favorite places to ride is at the Sacramento Valley Conservancy property at Deer Creek Hills. Mondays are open to mountain bikers of all abilities. The conservancy staff sets up a course and you are allowed to ride at your own pace. Sometimes I have completed the course twice depending on how things go. I will not make this a couples event, but I am trying to encourage people to come out and ride and support the conservancy. The conservancy does ask for a small donation, but this goes to property upkeep and assists in the purchase of more open space for all of us. I am usually there by 5-ish and I stay until 7-ish. I consider myself a beginner/intermediate rider. If you are interested we can ride together or just meet there. For more information and a better idea of how to get to the property, here is the conservancy's website with information. http://www.sacramentovalleyconservancy.org/calendar-detail.asp?event_id=266 We will be doing this group with The Hammerin' Wheels meetup as part of the promotion. Any questions, please feel free to email me.. David

    Deer Creek Hills Preserve

    Latrobe and Stonehouse Rd. · Rancho Murieta, CA

  • Overnight Camping and Hiking at Calaveras Big Trees State Park
    The Big Tree…is Nature’s forest masterpiece, and as far as I know, the greatest of all living things.–John Muir Having recently moved back to California, seeing the Sequoia trees again has been at the top of our wish list. Join us for overnight camping, and we’ll visit the two groves of Giant Sequoias in Calaveras Big Trees State Park (http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=551). Saturday we will leave Sacramento at 10:00 am, arriving at the park about noon. After picking a camping spot and setting up tents, we will take time to explore the Visitor Center and museum. Then we’ll hike the North Grove (about a three mile hike). Sunday we will break camp about 10:00 am and you may also join us for the optional hike of the South Grove (about 5.5 miles). The Hikes. Saturday’s three mile North Grove loop and Grove Overlook Trails make an easy hike, mostly flat with elevation change of about 200 feet. Sunday’s hike--the optional 5.5 mile South Grove out-and-back--is listed as moderate, but the elevation change is only about 500 feet. With breaks and plenty of time to stop for pictures, the hike should last about 3.5 to 4 hours. Camping. The peak season has finished and the park is no longer taking reservations, but rangers assured me there should be plenty of spaces open. Camping fees are $35. The campsites have fire rings and picnic tables; piped water, flush toilets and coin showers are nearby. The current weather forecast (http://www.weather.com/weather/weekend/Calaveras+Big+Trees+State+Park+CA+CASPCALABI:13) for Saturday is a high of 76 and low of 42. There is no cell phone service in the park. Please feel free to contact me by email if you have any questions about the hikes or camping. If you would like to carpool or caravan to the park, send me an email and will arrange a meeting place. If you would like to carpool, we have space for four.

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