After spending most of our lives traveling the world looking for adventure, Salli and I have discovered something new - exploring our own backyard and having people join us. Our main purpose is simple: to bring together fun-loving people who not only enjoy getting out and discovering unique places, but also want to share the experience with others. I want so much for this group to be one of inclusion - all age groups and ethnicities. Focusing our events on exploring as many new places as possible, we hope this will lead to the creation of new and lasting friendships from people all over NE Ohio. We will explore areas within our own region to include unique geological sites, recreational kayaking, road trips, winter walks, wine tastings, and attractions that might be new to most Clevelanders. Since there are plenty of purely hiking, biking and kayaking groups already out there, we do not plan to compete with them. Salli and I want our events to be more leisurely so that we can experience our surroundings and not just fly past them.
A WORD ABOUT OUR "HIKES": Our hikes are not intended to accumulate miles or establish speed records, but serve as a way to reach places that might be a little off the beaten path. We will stop often to appreciate the surroundings, take pictures and have conversations about what we are seeing. We will travel at no MORE than 3MPH (20 minute miles). If you need to move more quickly and don't care about your surroundings, there are plenty of other groups that do just that.
Here are a few more tidbits:
I do not charge a fee to members who belong to this group. Many organizers do and I don't understand that. If you can't afford to pay for your own webpage, then maybe you shouldn't be doing this. Meetup should be free to everyone!
Please provide a real current picture of yourself and a real first name that can identify you. It causes a lot of unnecessary confusion when I don't know what somebody looks like when I'm trying to assemble the group at an event.
Attendance at events is important to everybody. If you RSVP to something, please make every effort to attend and be on-time. If not, please do us a favor by changing it early enough so that we know you are not coming. It makes it very difficult to reserve space at certain venues when we don't have an accurate count. Also, if you have purchased a ticket and find out that you can't attend, please let me know and I can usually find someone who wants to buy your ticket before the day of the event.
No-shows are always a problem with Meetups. There are so many people who will sign up for many events early and end up forgetting about which ones they've committed to. Please be considerate to the organizers (namely me) by committing to one event only and making sure you change your RSVPs to the others. I'd like to establish a basic policy of 3 no-shows or 1 year of inactivity and you're out. I think that is fair enough for everybody.
One more thing... As a rule, it is not necessary to list yourself as "Not Going" unless you had previously responded as "Going" and then have to change it. If everyone did that we would have hundreds of names in the "Not Going" list. It simply doesn't make sense.
INJURY LIABILITY DISCLAIMER: “Jeff & Salli's Excellent Adventures” group and its organizers are not responsible for your safety or well-being. Outdoor activities are inherently dangerous. The COVID-19 outbreak has added a new element of concern to events and it is entirely the member's responsibility to determine their own risk tolerance before attending. By signing up for these events, you agree to release “Jeff & Salli's Excellent Adventures” group of Meetup.com and its organizers from ANY responsibility, liability or claim in law or in equity. If you DON'T agree to these terms, DO NOT JOIN THIS MEETUP EVENT. “Jeff & Salli's Excellent Adventures" group of Meetup.com doesn't certify the expertise of its organizers. The organizers in this Meetup.com group are volunteers. You are responsible for yourself. You have voluntarily elected to participate in the events listed under “Jeff & Salli's Excellent Adventures” events and FULLY ACCEPT AND ASSUME ALL RISKS AND ALL RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY INJURY, SICKNESS, LOSSES AND DAMAGES TO PERSON OR PROPERTY THAT INCUR AS A RESULT OF YOUR PARTICIPATION.
That's enough of the boring stuff. Let's get ready to go out and do some exploring!