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Are you New to Los Angeles? Or, have you been here your whole life and still wants to explore? This the meetup for you! Join Explore LA Like We Don't Live Here and make new friends at the various events!

All are welcome! Single or married. Boys or girls. Creative type or corporate exec. Just be curious on all the events happening in the City of Angels and be ready to explore and meet new friends!

If you would like to host meetup exploring LA, please share with Anna! :)

Upcoming events (4+)

Bike Ride on San Gabriel River & Rio Hondo Bike Paths & Chinese Take-Out Lunch

Join us on a beautiful 36 mile bike ride through the San Gabriel Valley on bike trails and streets. We are riding together for safety, but we will be socially distanced at all times.

We'll ride over the Santa Fe Dam on the San Gabriel River Bike Trail to the Whittier Narrows Dam. Near the Pico Rivera Golf Course we'll cross over to the Rio Hondo Bike Trail and ride past the El Monte Airport to Peck Road Park. We'll stop at a take-out restaurant on the way back to Encanto Park.

BIKE RIDE QUALIFICATIONS:

This ride is for all bike riders who are comfortable riding on streets and and fairly flat bike trails for 36 miles at a speed of 12 to 15 miles per hour. This ride is mostly flat with no hills.

SAFETY:

*** You are required to wear a helmet to ride with our group. ***

Please read the rules for participating in this bicycle ride at https://www.meetup.com/cyclegroup/about/

We will be practicing social distancing and riding single file separated by at least 6 feet between bicycles.

HEALTH CONCERNS:

Please read "Everything you need to know about riding your bike during the COVID-19 outbreak" at https://www.bicyclecolorado.org/bike-news/covid/

Be sure you are in good health. Please do not join us if you are coughing, sneezing, have a sore throat, have breathing problems, or have a fever. If you have had any of these symptoms in the last week please do not come. Please bring hand sanitizer and wear a face mask to protect yourself and others.

We must be extremely careful and respect distance between each other and the health of others.

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MEETING PLACE AND TIME:

Please arrive at Encanto Park parking lot at 8:30AM to get ready for the bike ride.

Meet at the south side of of the parking lot at 8:45AM for introductions and a safety talk.

We will depart at 9:00AM.

RSVP: If you change your mind and are not coming on this bike ride, please change your RSVP to "No" so we are not waiting for you.

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BIKE ROUTE:

See the Ride with GPS bike route here:

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/34698688

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PLEASE FOLLOW THESE GUIDELINES:

BICYCLE: Make sure your bicycle is in good working condition with the tires properly inflated and the chain lubricated prior to the ride.

RULES OF THE ROAD: Safety is always our first concern. Use standard hand signals (https://www.meetup.com/cyclegroup/pages/5_Hand_Signals_for_Bicycle_Rides/) for group rides and obey all traffic stops and signals.

SPARE TIRE TUBES: You need to know how to change your own bicycle tire tubes if you get a flat tire. Please bring 2 spare tire tubes, levers, a small bicycle pump or CO2 cartridges to fill your tires with air once you change the bicycle tire tube. If you don't have spare tire tubes you might have to call a taxi to take you and your bicycle back to your car!

MONEY: Please bring money for your lunch and taxi if necessary.

BIKE LOCK: Do not leave your bicycle unlocked at any time. Please bring your own bicycle lock.

WATER and FOOD: Please bring water to drink so you don't get dehydrated and food to eat, such as a protein bar, in case you get hungry.

WAIVER OF LIABILITY:

Please read this important disclaimer: This Meetup group, it's organizers and members take no responsibility for any injuries nor accidents that may occur during events. By joining this ride you take full responsibility for your own safety. Please ensure that you are in good health before participating and understand that there is risk involved in your participation. This Meetup group's organizers or trip leaders are not certified, and they are not responsible for your safety.

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Everybody must sign up for this event through Meetup individually. No guests allowed.

This bike ride is crossposted in other Meetup groups.

The main group coordinating this bike ride is Southern California Cycling Group at https://www.meetup.com/cyclegroup

`Spring in Sequoia National Park. Camping, Hiking W/ Optional Whitewater Rafting

Sequoia in Spring could not be better! Waterfalls flowing. Lush forest with snow still on the ground at elevation.

Our campsite is at low elevation. So it will be warmer nights, and then great temperatures in the day in the park out in the sun.

The really great thing is we will not have to worry of fires and any of the late season problems being all dry.

The river will be full, AND OUR SITE IS RIGHT ON THE RIVER!!

We will have Optional River Rafting!

We have have riverfront sties Even with a beach!

All restrooms are flush toilets and NOT pit/septic toilets. We will also have free hot showers available.

*Sites are on grass.

*Plenty of shade.

* located close to (food) stores and restaurants so you do not need to totally rough it if the mood does not strike you.

Grant's Grove.
Moro
Grant
Sherman
the groves
Beetle
Crescent Meadow.
Stunning waterfalls of Tokopah Falls
Grizzly Falls
Roaring River Falls
Mist Falls.

Having the site longer makes it a more leisure weekend.

Cost per person:
Camping for 2 or 3 nights is $124.99 Per Person
https://py.pl/gV1Mo

OK . . . Tell me about food and everything else. What's included?
The logistics of us providing food (as well as food prep issues with Covid) are just not feasible or safe.
Due to varied dietary needs, and food contact issues, it's better if bring what you like and prep it. There will be grills available.
BUT there are also local options. No need to cook too much if you don't want to.
Firewood: We will provide a bundle of firewood to start. If you want a super roaring fire you can pickup some extra at the small store.

Kids? Sure. If under 18 they are at no charge.

How do I pay?
Cost per person: Camping for 2 or 3 nights is $124.99 Per Person
https://py.pl/gV1Mo

What if I have a +1 or +whatever? Cost is Per Person. Just do the payment link a 2nd or 3rd time. IF under 18 free.

What if I stay two nights. Is it less? No. You can stay as late as you want on Sunday before packing up. It gives us flexibility.

Refund if requested 2 weeks before event start. If less than 2 weeks: 100% Full Credit be applied to ANY future event we run.

Are you frustrated with "surveys" that organizers have you fill out so they can discriminate? Are they even proud of discriminating and proclaim it by saying they pick and choose and exclude? The proclaim they are the bouncer at the door to keep out who they wish to exclude. Discrimination is not something to be proud of or to proclaim as a good thing. Do not support discrimination in any way, or for any reason.

We do NOT discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, or even for belly button lint.
*ASL interpret is available
*Certified Wilderness First Responder
*Certified Wilderness First Aid
*We do also carry required insurance

Questions? Comments ? Issues? Message direct
https://secure.meetup.com/messages/?new_convo=true&member_id=273063881

Itinerary:
Friday - Flexible arrival time.

Sat -
8:00am to 5:00pm Fun in the park.

Sunday:
Those that are rafting will do that. Rafting is optional and does cost extra. However they discount for us. You pay the Rafting Company directly when there.
Those who are not Rafting will go back into the park for the day and head home when wish.

Want to stay till Monday? No Prob. It's already included.

Pix from last time https://www.meetup.com/MoreToExplore/photos/all_photos/?photoAlbumId=31239259
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Everest Base Camp!! Nepal Trip!!!! OMG your bucket list fulfilled!

Los Angeles International Airport

The "land portion" of this trip starts in Kathmandu on Apr 18, but if you are taking our pre-arranged flight from Los Angeles, we depart on Apr 16. The return flight comes back to LAX on May 03.

This is definitely a bucket list type of trip. It embodies adventure and the romance of traveling to far off places. It is also tempered with safety and do-ability.

First of all. . . this is NOT going up to the top of Everest (29,000). This is going to Everest Base Camp (17,600) also called EBC. Our starting elevation will be in Lukla at 9,400'.
The truth is if you can manage walking 3-6 hours a day, up and down a hill, while carrying a light backpack, you will be OK!
Professional guides and Porters to carry your gear are included. All that is left for you to carry is your water, snacks and camera.

But I don't have the needed gear?!
Our trip includes providing you with a North Face sleeping bag and parka, rated to -4F. As well as walking poles. So you don't have to buy them or pack in your suitcase.

Does this include food?
Yes. All meals are included.

What is lodging like?
We are sleeping in a series of "Tea Houses" along the route. You will have bed in a shared room with roommate (from the group). Sorry, a solo room will not be available on this trip. We will pair up everybody.

How dangerous is this? What if I get sick or hurt?
This is NOT the summiting Everest with people dying from bad choices. We will be walking on an established, well used trail the entire time, and NOT on snow or ice. Stats from past years show that 30,000 people a year do the EBC trek. With all that said, . . . Our trip INCLUDES emergency insurance. For instance: this will cover a helicopter if needed. We are also Certified Wilderness First Responders.

Plain and simple, safety is our primary goal. We will have an experienced guide and porters, and we will be along the entire way too.

How much does this cost?

INCLUDING AIR departing from LA the TOTAL cost is:
18 days for ONLY $3,780

If you want a breakdown to try and find a better flight, OR if you wish to use miles, OR if you wish to upgrade your flight, OR you are not flying out of LA:

Everest Base Camp Trip $2,390 (15 Day, land only)
The (group) air portion $1,390 (departure LA)

A Refundable Deposit of $250 to hold your space. Balance due by Feb 18, 2022.
Here is a secure link for deposit: https://py.pl/rCXge

If you wish more information, please fill out this form:
https://forms.gle/pVEiWr25G9DM5nPM6

Apr 16: Depart 6:30PM
Apr 17: Flight time across time zones
Apr 18: Arrival in Kathmandu 10:30 AM(4,377') Night at hotel
Apr 19: Scenic flight to Lukla (9,383')(45 minutes) and trek to Phakding (8700/4-5 hrs/5mi
Apr 20: Trek to Namche Bazar (11,286'/5-6 hrs/6.2mi)
Apr 21: Acclimatization day. Day Hike to Syanboche (12,575')
Apr 22: Trek to Tengboche (12,664'/5-6 hrs/6.2mi)
Apr 23: Trek to Dingboche (14,469'/5-6 hrs/5mi)
Apr 24: Acclimatization day. Day Hike to Nagarjun Hills (16,676'/2 hrs)
Apr 25: Trek to Lobuche (16,207'/ 5-6 hrs trekking/4.4mi)
Apr 26: Lobuche to Gorakshep (16,942')- Everest Base Camp (17,600') (Everest summit is 29,029') and trek back to Gorakshep (7-8 hrs/9.3mi)
Apr 27: Gorakshep to Kalapathar (18,514') and trek to Pheriche (14,340'/ 6-7 hrs/9.3mi)
Apr 28: Trek back to Namche Bazar (11,286'/5-6 hrs/9.3mi)
Apr 29: Trek to Lukla (9,383'/6-7 hrs trek/5.6mi)
Apr 30: Scenic Flight back to Kathmandu (45 minutes flight). Last minute shopping
May 1: Contingency Day
May 2: Drive to Kathmandu airport (20-30 minutes’ drive) and fly back to the home.
May 3: Arrive LAX Approx 5PM

This is the adventure of a lifetime!
It is done in a safe manner and includes lots with no surprises.

For a compete list of what is included, and what is not included AND/OR for a Detailed Daily Itinerary, fill this out: https://forms.gle/pVEiWr25G9DM5nPM6

OR Message Anna with your email address and questions. https://secure.meetup.com/messages/?new_convo=true&member_id=131297062

FREE CAMPING for Big Pine Lakes. Volunteering Event!!!

Big Pine Lakes

Event moved to May due to Early Snow in November.

Here is the main event link so you have it handy.
https://www.meetup.com/MoreToExplore/events/273122207/

I have some bad news/good news updates.

First . . . In the event it states

"The Caveat: This event will cancel if snow. First snow usually happens start of Dec. However it can be earlier. If there is a snow before Nov 20th . . . the event is canceled."

There has been snow. For example Mammoth just opened for the skiing several week early and ahead of normal season open.

The event also says: "The downside: This event is on Nov 20th. That's late in the season. Days will be wonderful and perfect temps. Nights will be colder. If you bring a second sleeping bag or several fluffy blankets to triple layer it up to keep toasty at night."
This is normally true. BUT with now it is beyond reasonable low for temps for average campers and only able if you have super cold rated gear as the temp at nite there now have shot very low (due to the early snow).

The event also does say: "Event Will Be Cancelled if there is snow before Nov 20th (not likely this year)

The camp has had to close for the season due to snow. I'm sorry. I know it's a bummer. It was a good gamble and odd based upon the last several years.

On the upside . . . . Snow is good and hopefully changes on the tread of global warming (one can hope)

With all of this in mind I am very bummed that we have to cancel due to snow on this one.

The event does say: " Refund Policy: No Refund of $6 Registration if you cancel or if event is canceled."

This is because whether the happens or not it is hour and hours and hours of work just posting and coordinating even if the site was free. And that happens if the event is able to happen or not.

HOWEVER . . . Not all is lost.

I will offer 100% of that as credit to any future event of ours. Sure . . . $6 is not much of a credit. It is still however something. Our ЯƎVƎЯƧƎ ƧƆAVƎИӘƎЯ HUИT is about $12 so this cover's half that. And Mingle Human BIngo is $9.69

AND we have plenty of other good camping that creating good decent safe social in the time of covid.

Here is a full list https://www.meetup.com/MoreToExplore/events/
We do have another free event of a Great Southwest Road Trip over New Years

https://www.meetup.com/MoreToExplore/events/272078051/

To recap: Event cancelled due to seasonally early snow at the site.

BUT credit of funds towards any future event of ours.

We hope to see you at any of those OR at any of our in person and in town (free) events when the apocalypse lets up a bit.

Take Care and Be Safe,

Marc & Anna

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This is a different kind of event.
It's a fair trade. You get to camp at a fab site right at the trail-head to the Big Pine Lakes.

The trade is that on Sat you have to put in 6 hours of work on the campsite.
In exchange you get Sunday all to your self. Depart Mon or Sun if you wish.

You will get Fri, Sat and Sun night if you wish.
Site does have electricity and fresh glacier spring water at most of the sites.

The downside: This event is on Nov 20th. That's late in the season. Days will be wonderful and perfect temps. Nights will be colder. If you bring a second sleeping bag or several fluffy blankets to triple layer it up to keep toasty at night.

The Caveat: This event will cancel if snow. First snow usually happens start of Dec. However it can be earlier. If there is a snow before Nov 20th . . . the event is canceled.

Event Will Be Cancelled if there is snow before Nov 20th (not likely this year)
Refund Policy: No Refund of $6 Registration if you cancel or if event is canceled.

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