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Death Valley National Park
As the hottest, driest and lowest national park, Death Valley is a place of contrasts and extremes. From a scorching desert, to snow that frosts the park’s towering peaks to lush wildflower meadows & small oases that provide a reprieve from the heat to seemingly endless desert plains! Aside from the blistering sun and bright in the day, it's also a Dark Skies location and a photographer's heaven. Look at the calendar - 11th and 12th of December! https://www.calendar-12.com/moon_calendar/2020/december Why is this important? The Moon will be in its Waning Crescent phase -It's going to look like the moon from Goodnight Moon. That on its own will make for fabulous skies. The moon will not cause added light pollution and diminish stars. BUT . . . also makes for something else to add to your photos and memories, as we cast our eyes skyward to catch The Geminids Meteor Shower https://www.amsmeteors.org/meteor-showers/meteor-shower-calendar/ "The Geminids are usually the strongest meteor shower of the year. This is the one major shower that provides good activity prior to midnight as the constellation of Gemini is well placed from 10PM onward. The Geminids are often bright and intensely colored." Side note: Leonids in Nov currently produces sparse meteor storms with next decent expected in 2030 and 2099. I have personally been tricked by Leonids before. This is why we go to December Geminids This is the perfect time to explore our own backyard. California has so much to offer! And what better way to enjoy the stunning nature in these strange times than camping. It is the safest, most fun and covid-safe social activity! Itinerary: Friday - - - Depart SF or LA when you can. We can be at our site as early as 2 PM on Friday. We break to different guided groups based upon interests and difficulty desired. On the menu is: Sat. Devils Golf Course Badwater Basin Artists Drive Zabriskie Point Ubehebe Crater 20 Mule Team Canyon Dantes View. Rainbow Canyon Amargosa Opera House Rhyolite Goldwell Open Air Museum Harmony Borax Works Keane Wonder Mine Natural Bridge Mesquite Flat Dunes (the snow board ones) Eureka Dunes (but we will also go to the much better ones too) Saline Valley Dunes Panamint Dunes Ibex Dunes Hikes: Desolation Cyn Golden Cyn Grotto Cyn Mosaic Cyn We have a whole set of curated itineraries and guided routes. As always. . . making special and unique. Sunday: On the way to and from Death Valley is Trona Pinnacles, Fish Rocks, Alabama Hills, Red Rock Canyon, Fossil Falls, Ballarat, Keeler, Randsburg, Burro Schmidt Tunnel, Bickel Camp And/or can even go back into the park for the day and do what you missed on Sat and bookmarked. Cost per person: Camping for 3 days/2 nights (Fri and Sat) $76 https://py.pl/73TdGp8X84 OK . . . Tell me about food and everything else. What's included? ***You need to have your own tent, sleeping bag, pad and food. 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. Payment link https://py.pl/73TdGp8X84 Kids? ***Absolutely Yes. And if under 18 they are at no charge. Refunds given with 15 days or more advance notice of the event start. ONE WEEK before the event all paid participants will be emailed latest/current/up-to-date info. Caravan/carpool resource goes out at the same time. * Many come solo. * Perfect for first-timers. * Come alone and leave with friends. Come with friends & leave with more friends. Are you frustrated w/ events with strange surveys to fill out and for some unknown reason you are told you do not qualify or are discriminated against? Or they just never reply? Organizer Bouncers that keep you out? You need to be chosen? THIS DOES NOT HAPPEN HERE We do not discriminate by age, gender, gender preference, ethnicity, race, color, national origin, disability or family status. WE WELCOME ALL AND THAT INCLUDES YOU !!!
Los Angeles International Airport
This is definitely a bucket list type adventure. It is also tempered with safety and do-ability. This event embodies adventure and the romance of traveling to far off places. 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'. With all that said . . . this is VERY doable at any age. You do not need to be a marathon runner. The truth is if you can manage walking 3-6 hours a day, up and down a hill, while carrying a light pack, 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. This includes meals. What is lodging like? Are we sleeping in tents? No. 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. What if I get sick or hurt. By the way . . . how dangerous is this? 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. Plain and simple, safety is our primary goal. We will have an experienced guide and porters, and Anna and I will be along the entire way too. OK. How much does this cost? INCLUDING AIR departing from LA the TOTAL cost is: 18 days for ONLY $3,480 (this includes air!) 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 $2,290 (15 Day, land only) The (group) air portion $1,190 (departure LA) Non-Refundable Deposit of $250 to hold your place by Jan 15th. Balance due by Feb 18th There is not enough room on meetup to post the full detailed day to day itinerary. More is available upon request If you have any questions call 8I8 52I 48I9, or RSVP, or PM or post a comment. Apr 18th Depart 6:30PM Apr 19th Flight time across time zones Apr 20th Arrival in Kathmandu 10:30 AM(4,377') Night at hotel Apr 21st Scenic flight to Lukla (9,383')(45 minutes) and trek to Phakding (8700/4-5 hrs/5mi Apr 22nd Trek to Namche Bazar (11,286'/5-6 hrs/6.2mi) Apr 23rd Acclimatization day. Day Hike to Syanboche (12,575') Apr 24th Trek to Tengboche (12,664'/5-6 hrs/6.2mi) Apr 25th Trek to Dingboche (14,469'/5-6 hrs/5mi) Apr 26th Acclimatization day. Day Hike to Nagarjun Hills (16,676'/2 hrs) Apr 27th Trek to Lobuche (16,207'/ 5-6 hrs trekking/4.4mi) Apr 28th 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 29th Gorakshep to Kalapathar (18,514') and trek to Pheriche (14,340'/ 6-7 hrs/9.3mi) Apr 30th Trek back to Namche Bazar (11,286'/5-6 hrs/9.3mi) May 1st Trek to Lukla (9,383'/6-7 hrs trek/5.6mi) May 2nd Scenic Flight back to Kathmandu (45 minutes flight). Last minute shopping May 3rd Contingency Day May 4th Drive to Kathmandu airport (20-30 minutes’ drive) and fly back to the home. May 5 Arrive LAX Apprx 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 and detailed packing list: RSVP, PM or post in the comments. Note correct end date May 5th not May 1st. Meetup limits event posts 14 days max https://tr.im/MoreToExplore https://tr.im/BaseCampEverest
ENSENADA MAY CRUISE: May 15th to May 18th This is the third annual cruise on this group. And as the previous two, it will be EPIC. I will start off by saying there are PLENTY of cruise thingies on Meetup. Especially the Booze Cruise to Ensenada. . . Ours will be decidedly different and not like the others. First of all, . . . our price. Let's get to that first. The base cabin is $390.52 per person, double occupancy for an interior cabin. All taxes and port charges included!!! This is one of the lowest prices you will ever see for this super fun cruise! There are upgrades to ocean view cabins or single occupancy but that's all incremental increases depending upon your needs. Get a friend to come with or we will match you with a roommate. What really makes our trip unique is our special treatment. We will have an open bar Cocktail Party Mixer hosted by the ship for our group (unlimited drinks) We will get reserved seating together for the formal dining room at our own tables. We will be doing our own activities on board, such as a scavenger hunt and other fun games. Best of all - a great group of like-minded people from our Meetup, ready for play and have fun! But that's not the best part. The BEST part are OUR shore excursions in Mexico. For only $30 per person we will have our own vans and drivers, exclusive and private for our group to our own shore excursion. On shore we will have Zip Line Canopy Tour $22 ATV $30 Horseback Riding $30 They are broken up so you can pick and choose and only pay for what you do. To see more about Las Canadas Resort http://www.lascanadas.com/en/ http://www.lascanadas.com/en/Air_CanopyTour.php Since we are organizing it, NONE of this is at tourist prices, and no tour operator markups either. But wait!!! How about a wine tasting and visiting the renown Wineries and having a Winery tour and tasting? An olive oil tasting too? Sure!!! Since we have our own drivers we will do that as well! http://santo-tomas.com/ for example. Our drivers will drop us in town if you wish and you can do shopping So it's all around a great meetup. This is NOT like the other meetup cruises you see. Care to join? CRUISE ITINERARY Fri: Depart 05:30 pm Sat: Fun Day At Sea Sun: Ensenada 08:00 am to 06:00 pm Mon: Arrive at 07:00 am Let's look at the "Day at Sea" part first: The ship has all the things that make a cruise fun: 9-hole mini golf course, WaterWorks (waterslide park), a tropical resort-style pool - and when you need some pampering and quiet time - a Serenity Retreat area. It also has casino, comedy shows, stage shows, bars, nightclubs, dancing, live music, spa type services, and more. And, as always...the delicious dining, entertainment, friendly service Quick FAQ: Do I need to pay for this now? A deposit of $100 will be needed hold your space. Balance due on March 10, 2020 You $ 100 refundable until March 10, 2020 All prices and information subject to change and availability. Is this for Singles? Or Couples? This is for everybody! It's about people, not your relationship status, or even your sexual preference, age or your whatever. All are welcome on this, be it singles or families with children. We will have a little bit for everybody and everybody will have fun. We will be a good size bunch so you will find folks you would hang with. Do I need to know Spanish for the Mexico part? No. I am fluent, as are plenty of others. And they speak English pretty well there too. Do I need a passport? Yes, you will need a valid passport or copies of any travel document or permits (green card etc). A driver's license will not get you on the boat. If you don't have a passport . . . start that now. Did I read that right, . . . we are going to somewhere not the regular tourist route? Yes. You will get to do our own thing and have more fun and see more. RSVP for here or on https://www.tr.im/MoreToExplore for more info.
We are going rafting down the Kern River and camping at Lake Isabella! This will be the 8th time doing this trip and its always been a blast! We have our own private campsite so everyone will hang out together! We are right on the lake with beautiful views and opportunities to explore day and night. Let's have a blast! We are close to civilization - near the supermarket, drug store, Starbucks and more. This event is posted on a bunch of Meetup groups and I am centralizing all the information and RSVPs on my main group. If you want more details and to RSVP and lock in your spot with a payment please visit my main meetup group by clicking here: http://bit.ly/Rafting2021 Your spot is not confirmed until you RSVP and submit payment via my main Meetup group. This trip will fill up quick!