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Perseid Meteor Shower Campout in Joshua Tree (with the OC Backyard Skeptics!)

 

 

 

The Backyard Skeptics in Orange County had scheduled a meetup in their group to have a campout in Joshua Tree to watch the Perseid meteor shower. By some miracle (praise be to the FSM!), there was an available site within the same campground, right across the way, so we have the wonderful opportunity to both see the meteor shower, and to meet our skeptical neighbors to the west!

August 10th is within a few days of the peak of the meteor shower, so we should have the opportunity to see an abundance of meteors as they flash across the sky! The Backyard Skeptics group has been very gracious, and welcomes the idea of our groups mingling together. Our two sites are separate from each other, but will be just a short walk away.

The campground is called Sheep Pass Group. It is located within Joshua Tree National Park. Our reserved site within the camp is G-05. The cost for the site was $40. Therefore, it will be about $2 per person to go. (If more than $40 is received, it will go to the group.) There is a limit on attendees, so please RSVP as soon as possible. There is also a limit on vehicles, so carpooling is encouraged, with riders contributing toward the cost of gas (as it's 100 miles from Riverside). (I have recently come into possession of an 8-seater vehicle, so when I know how many seats I will have available, I will post it in the comments section.)

Please note that while I will be there at 2:00 PM, there is no expectation for any other attendees to arrive at that time. Come when you can!

Please bring dinner for yourself. There will be barbeques and a fire pit available if you would like to cook something. I will bring marshmallows, graham crackers, and chocolate so that we can make smores for dessert. If you would like to bring anything else for dessert and/or snacks, either for yourselves, or to share, please do.

The Backyard Skeptics will be going to a restaurant in town for breakfast. They have let us know that we can join them if we would like to - and if the restaurant is okay with the total amount of people. Please let me know if do you plan to join them as soon as possible so that I may let them know how many to expect.

Please be aware that it will be very hot there. The average high for August 10th in Joshua Tree is 107°, and the average low is 78°. Please plan and pack accordingly. I encourage bringing sunscreen, and I will also bring extra sunscreen. Bringing a hat would be a good idea. I will be bringing cups, and a lot of water, but I also encourage everyone to also bring their own water, so that we can ensure that everyone stays hydrated. Please make sure that whatever food you bring will not go bad in the heat, or bring an ice chest if you do plan to bring perishable items.

I will be on the lookout to buy and/or borrow canopies so that we can ensure that there is shade available. If you have one, or would like to contribute to the cost of one, please let me know.

There is no electricity or plumbing at the camp. The restroom facilities are vault toilets.

Please contact me if you have any questions. I hope we can get a good group there as I think it could really be a lot of fun!

Useful Links

The Backyard Skeptics Meetup

Campsite Details (with photos)

Site Details (with photos)

Map of Campsite

Directions from Riverside

Joshua Tree National Park

Information About the Perseids

Wikipedia

Earthsky.org

Astronomy.com

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  • Lisa B.

    How do I pay the money for my share? I had the cash... Want to contribute for me and Syd.

    August 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wont be able to make it. Just got the call that Wife's father died. Looking forward to meeting you all soon.

    August 10, 2013

    • Carolyn

      Oh I'm so sorry.

      August 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    could've been better

    August 11, 2013

  • Carolyn

    ***** There is a $15 fee to get in. *****

    August 10, 2013

  • Carolyn

    We are on our way. It looks like we will get there 3:00 - 3:30. What times do the rest of you plan on getting there?

    Comment, email, text, or call if you have any questions. carolynhuyck at gmail dot com

    nine five one 236 nine three 72

    August 10, 2013

    • Sarah M.

      Probably around 6ish.

      August 10, 2013

  • Carolyn

    I added a map of the campsite to the details - showing where our campsite and parking area are located.

    1 · August 10, 2013

  • Carolyn

    I'm bringing plenty of paper plates, napkins, utensils (plastic spoons, knives, and forks), cups, bottles of water, some toilet paper, some paper towels, hand sanitizer, hand soap, trash bags . . . Feel free to use any of these items.

    August 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    How is this working out? I've never been there so I'm assuming the map is indicating the precise spot where everyone will be at? How can I find the group? Is there any carpool (I can grab 3 more from Inland Empire area)? What is the best time to get there, either for the shower or to find a good spot? Anyone BBQ-ing or is this bring your own food? I don't mind sharing and bringing more.

    August 9, 2013

    • Sarah M.

      Where in IE?

      August 9, 2013

    • Carolyn

      At the Sheep Pass Group, there are six camping spots, and we are in spot G05. There should be a sign indicating each camping area. I'm going to try to get there by 2:00, but get there any time you want thereafter. We're bringing our own dinners - and bringing snacks and other food to share if you want. I plan on cooking my dinner, and we're bringing s'mores.

      August 10, 2013

  • Sarah M.

    FYI: Firewood must be brought in. You can't use wood from the park.

    August 9, 2013

    • Carolyn

      I'll be bringing some - what I hope is enough.

      August 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Highlands, palm/victoria

    August 9, 2013

  • Sarah M.

    Any carpool setups? Anyone leaving from Riverside at like 5:00ish? I don't have a big car. Just a normal 4 door. Would have 2 spots available.

    August 9, 2013

  • Sarah M.

    Can't come until later. Late afternoon to early evening.

    1 · August 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am my family, Wife and three boys, will be going there later in the evening.

    1 · August 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Been planning to go there anyhow so this is a great chance. Reschedule family visit for Sunday so will not be able to stay/camp. Can't wait for the meteor shower.

    1 · August 6, 2013

  • Havish K.

    Hi! What about camping gear? Do we have to bring our own tents, for instance?

    July 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yeah. If you are camping.

      July 29, 2013

  • Carolyn

    There was a meetup which linked to the OC Backyard Skeptics' meetup, but I have deleted that event to avoid confusion, and as they have reached their limit on RSVPs.

    They have 37 attendees going. I think it would be great if we could also get a large group!

    July 22, 2013

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