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Hi everyone, Does anyone want to go to Anza-Borrego State Park this weekend? Fellow group member, Brandon, is interested in going. https://www.meetup.com/LA_Camping/members/163342402 ____________________ He is flying to "San Diego Airport at 7:35 AM on Saturday, March 23. After arriving, [he needs] a ride to Anza-Borrego, and am willing to take public transit to a convenient meeting point. Going home, [he plans] to leave San Diego from Westfield Mission Valley on March 25, at 9:05 pm." He is thinking of taking public transportation from San Diego to Anza-Borrego on Saturday, but is also open to getting a ride with anyone who is willing to pick him up in San Diego. But if that is inconvenient, he said he's okay with meeting at Anza-Borrego if anyone wants to drive straight there. One idea is to find some dispersed area for camping. Most campgrounds are probably full by now, but Anza-Borrego has a lot of open land for dispersed camping (no amenities nor services, no restrooms, no water, no fire pit, no trash removal service, etc...so it's leave-no-trace principle). https://www.desertusa.com/anza_borrego/du_abp_camp.html ____________________ Cell phone service might be limited, so please stop by the visitor center to get a paper map. http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=638 Or save this on your phone - http://www.parks.ca.gov/pages/638/files/anza-borrego%20desert%20state%20park%20magazine.pdf It has a map and info about dispersed camping. ____________________ The small town of Borrego Springs has amenities like gas stations, restaurants, small markets for food and other supplies, etc. If anyone is interested in going, contact Brandon directly to coordinate where/when to meet. https://www.meetup.com/LA_Camping/members/163342402 408)[masked] - btw, he might leave on Monday, but feel free to stay only until Sunday. Check with him to confirm, but my guess is if he decides to stay until Monday, he can find public transportation or find another ride back to SD. ____________________ Drive time is about... 2.5 - 3 hours from OC - https://goo.gl/maps/P94K5bUKFZT2 2.5 - 3.5 hours from LA - https://goo.gl/maps/AGGi6BNDiv22 ____________________ Wildflowers: http://www.parks.ca.gov/pages/638/files/3.17.19WildflowerUpdate.pdf http://www.parks.ca.gov/pages/638/files/2019WildflowerMapHandout-ABF-3.17.19pdf.pdf https://www.facebook.com/BorregoWildflowers https://www.abdnha.org/pages/03flora/reports/current.htm http://www.desertusa.com/wildflo/ca_abdsp.html http://www.americansouthwest.net/california/anza_borrego_desert/wildflowers.html http://graphics.latimes.com/flower-stalkers https://www.hikespeak.com/bloom/anza-borrego-desert-wildflowers ____________________ Photos: https://www.meetup.com/LAVolunteer/photos/all_photos/?photoAlbumId=27675052 https://www.meetup.com/LAVolunteer/photos/all_photos/?photoAlbumId=26888995 - Videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6F2VgObgXI https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ks_R_W6fJFE ____________________ http://www.desertusa.com/anza_borrego/anza_borrego_pointsofinterest.html http://www.yelp.com/biz/anza-borrego-desert-state-park-borrego-springs-3 http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g32099-d144546-Reviews-Anza_Borrego_Desert_State_Park-Borrego_Springs_California.html ____________________ Hiking http://www.modernhiker.com/area-maps/anza-borrego-desert-state-park http://www.hikespeak.com/ca-desert/anza-borrego-desert-state-park ____________________ Art Sculptures http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g32099-d4173682-Reviews-Galleta_Meadows-Borrego_Springs_California.html http://www.abdnha.org/borrego-springs-sculptures-of-ricardo-breceda.htm https://www.yelp.com/biz/galleta-meadows-estate-borrego-springs ____________________ Photo Source/Credit: I honestly don't remember...Google Images
Hi everyone, For the past few weeks & months, I've contemplated how more members in this group can meet one another. A decent amount of rain during the past few weeks/months should mean green hills, meadows, and grasslands on some trails and possibly colorful wildflowers blooming. My upcoming camping trips might get full, so would any of you want to plan some alternative events? fyi: To make things easier for me, this is posted as Saturday morning until Sunday late afternoon, but you can choose any date and time that fits your schedule / availability / preference. - Some suggestions are posted below. If any location appeals to you, feel free to lmk (where and when you want to go), and maybe other group members can join you (carpool or caravan). If nobody feels comfortable planning / hosting / coordinating something, then that's too bad. It's pretty easy to do. If anyone likes flowers, I might try to go somewhere on the weekend of Feb 23-24, Mar 9-10, 16-17, or 23-24, so feel free to tag along if anyone wants to. But the purpose of this post is for other group members to plan something on your own. My intention and hope is that more of you can have an opportunity to actually meet one another (without me). So if there is a day (such as a Saturday or Sunday) where you want to plan a day-trip or a weekend camping trip somewhere, feel free to lmk. The rain in January and February should mean the upcoming spring should be beautiful, so it's a perfect time to go outside and enjoy the outdoors/nature before the summer gets hot and the flowers die. :( Oh, and if anyone prefers seeing waterfalls over flowers, I'll also post some links on the last section below regarding waterfall hikes (scroll down to the end). ____________________ I'm posting this from my other account (because Meetup sends me MANY reminders/notifications). Sometimes I leave my phone on at night, and Meetup will sometimes send exasperating notifications at 3 or 4 in the morning, and throughout the day...so I'm using this secondary account on an old, inactive phone. So I might not see if anybody posts comments on here, and I'm very slow to check messages on this account, so if anyone has an idea for a group meetup event, it's best to message me on my main account. https://www.meetup.com/LA_Camping/members/69743242 ____________________ Okay...the following are some recommended destinations to consider. ____________________ Anza-Borrego Desert State Park - http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=638 Drive time is about 2.5 - 3.5 hours - https://goo.gl/maps/AGGi6BNDiv22 Anza-Borrego has started blooming. You can either go for a 1-day trip (if you leave SoCal early in the morning), or camping for the weekend. All the reserve-able campgrounds are probably gone by now, but if I remember correctly, some free primitive campground might be available (leave no trace, bring your own water, no fire pit, take out all trash, poop, etc.). https://www.desertusa.com/anza_borrego/du_abp_camp.html - Wildflowers: https://www.facebook.com/BorregoWildflowers https://www.abdnha.org/pages/03flora/reports/current.htm http://www.desertusa.com/wildflo/ca_abdsp.html - Photos: https://www.meetup.com/LAVolunteer/photos/all_photos/?photoAlbumId=27675052 https://www.meetup.com/LAVolunteer/photos/all_photos/?photoAlbumId=26888995 Videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6F2VgObgXI https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ks_R_W6fJFE - http://www.desertusa.com/anza_borrego/anza_borrego_pointsofinterest.html Map - http://www.parks.ca.gov/pages/638/files/abdspmap.pdf ____________________ Antelope Valley - http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=627 Drive time is about 1.5 - 2 hours - https://goo.gl/maps/toagX1QPx1u This is probably good for a day-trip on Sat or Sun. Orange you glad you know what the state flower is? ;) - https://www.facebook.com/PoppyReserve https://www.tripsavvy.com/california-poppies-in-bloom-4119801 https://californiathroughmylens.com/antelope-valley-poppy-reserve https://modernhiker.com/hike/hiking-the-antelope-valley-california-poppy-preserve https://www.yelp.com/biz/antelope-valley-california-poppy-reserve-lancaster https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g32607-d143471-Reviews-Antelope_Valley_California_Poppy_Reserve-Lancaster_California.html - Videos: https://vimeo.com/211540744 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GnIro2iASRE ____________________ Joshua Tree - http://www.nps.gov/jotr Drive time is about 2 - 3 hours - https://goo.gl/maps/aiHgPXHVHvR2 You can either go for a 1-day trip (if you leave SoCal early in the morning), or camping for the weekend. All the reserve-able campgrounds are probably gone by now, and FCFS sites will be hard to get, so consider dispersed BLM land. It's primitive, but free (leave no trace, bring your own water, no fire pit, take out all trash, poop, etc.). https://www.nps.gov/jotr/planyourvisit/camping-outside-of-the-park.htm - Wildflowers: https://www.desertusa.com/wildflo/ca_jtnp.html https://www.nps.gov/jotr/planyourvisit/blooms.htm https://www.hikespeak.com/bloom/wildflowers-in-joshua-tree http://joshuatree.guide/wildflowers - Photos: https://www.meetup.com/LAVolunteer/photos/all_photos/?photoAlbumId=26852246 ____________________ Walker Canyon by Lake Elsinore, Diamond Valley Lake by Hemet, and Chino Hills State Park - Drive time is probably about 1.5 - 2.5 hours Walker Canyon https://www.yelp.com/biz/walker-canyon-ecological-reserve-lake-elsinore https://www.theoutbound.com/orange-county/photography/explore-walker-canyon https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/walker-canyon https://nobodyhikesinla.com/2017/03/24/walker-canyon - Diamond Valley Lake Call them before going to make sure their wildflower trail is open. http://www.dvlake.com http://www.dvlake.com/Wildflowers.pdf http://www.dvlake.com/DVLTrailsMapFlower.pdf - Chino Hills State Park https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=648 Check their website before going to make sure their trails are open. https://www.facebook.com/chinohillsstatepark https://californiathroughmylens.com/wildflowers-chino-hills-state-park https://www.alltrails.com/parks/us/california/chino-hills-state-park/wild-flowers - Photos: https://www.meetup.com/LAVolunteer/photos/all_photos/?photoAlbumId=27739761 Videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9IdiTc79NU https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDzpuP-IOBk ____________________ Descanso Gardens in La Canada-Flintridge https://www.descansogardens.org/visit/whats-in-bloom http://www.yelp.com/biz/descanso-gardens-la-canada-flintridge Photos: https://www.meetup.com/LAVolunteer/photos/all_photos/?photoAlbumId=26836095 ____________________ LA Arboretum and Botanical Garden in Arcadia https://www.arboretum.org http://www.yelp.com/biz/los-angeles-county-arboretum-and-botanic-garden-arcadia ____________________ Other places for wildflowers: - Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy - https://pvplc.org/_lands/trails.asp Point Mugu State Park - http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=630 Malibu Creek State Park - http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=614 Paramount Ranch - https://www.nps.gov/samo/planyourvisit/paramountranch.htm Mojave Desert National Preserve - https://www.nps.gov/moja/index.htm Figueroa Mountain in Los Padres National Forest - https://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/regions/Pacific_Southwest/FigueroaMountain/index.shtml Gorman Hills Flower Fields and Hungry Valley SVRA - http://ohv.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=21945 Laguna Coast Wilderness Park - http://www.ocparks.com/parks/lagunac Wind Wolves Preserve - https://www.wildlandsconservancy.org/preserve_windwolves.html Saddleback Butte State Park - http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=618 Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park - http://www.ocparks.com/parks/ronald Bitter Creek National Wildlife Refuge - https://www.fws.gov/refuge/bitter_creek ____________________ Waterfalls - Escondido Falls Sturtevant Falls Big Falls Heart Rock Falls Etiwanda Falls Sapphire Falls Bonita Falls Fish Canyon Falls Monrovia Canyon Falls Paradise Falls at Wildwood Regional Park (in Thousand Oaks) Holy Jim Falls Falls Canyon Black Star Canyon Falls Dana Point Waterfall Oso Creek Trail Falls The Three Sisters (near San Diego) Tahquitz Canyon Falls (near Palm Springs) ____________________ https://modernhiker.com/best-waterfall-hikes-near-los-angeles https://www.hikespeak.com/los-angeles/waterfalls https://www.alltrails.com/lists/socal-waterfalls https://fitt.co/los-angeles/epic-waterfall-hikes-near-los-angeles https://www.timeout.com/los-angeles/things-to-do/hiking-trails-in-la-the-best-hikes-with-waterfalls https://www.world-of-waterfalls.com/top-10-southern-california-waterfalls https://www.outdoorproject.com/blog-news/10-best-waterfall-hikes-near-los-angeles https://www.thrillist.com/travel/los-angeles/best-waterfall-hikes-in-la# https://californiathroughmylens.com/big-list-southern-california-waterfalls http://www.thehikersway.com/hiking-lists/southern-california-waterfall-hikes https://www.ocregister.com/2016/04/12/hiking-the-hidden-waterfalls-of-orange-county
Hi, Fellow group member, Deborah, is interested in ice skating at Simi Valley this weekend. This event is fun for the whole family. http://www.iceoplexsimivalley.com/public.html ____________________ Message Deborah with questions directly at https://www.meetup.com/LA_Camping/members/136912542 ____________________ If anyone is new and has never ice skated before, I recommend renting a "seal" to help provide balance. https://www.google.com/search?q=ice+skating+seal&client=opera&hs=KVg&source=lnms&tbm=isch Even adults use them...haha - https://www.meetup.com/SoCalVolunteers/photos/26898933/448996459
Hi everyone, For the past few weeks & months, I've contemplated how more members in this group can meet one another. Are you a quality person with good characteristics / attributes / virtues? Do you have a fun personality and friendly disposition? If yes, then don’t be selfish! :) Please don’t deprive others the opportunity to meet you. If you’re someone who exemplifies the cordial cliché, “It's nice to meet you” --- then you should let people have a chance to actually meet you, right? ;) ____________________ Our group has a decent number of members, so surely some are sincere in wanting to meet others. And since some of my camping trips get full and I feel bad some people can't go b/c there's no room, having more group get-togethers makes sense. Many weekends don't have anything scheduled. My priority (and passion) will always be volunteering, so I'll be busy with my other groups: https://www.meetup.com/SoCalVolunteers https://www.meetup.com/LAVolunteer ...but I still want some of you in this group to have an opportunity to actually meet. ____________________ In all honesty, I started this group on an impulsive whim, with thoughts of just having an extra group for 6 months. But 6 months turned into a year, which has continued on until now... and as much as I have enjoyed planning group camping trips and meeting friendly people from this group, I don't know if this can be sustained forever. As of now, I'm comfortable with the camping trips planned in 2019, but after that (i.e. 2020 and beyond), I honestly don't know. So in case this group eventually comes to an end, while there's still time (and an opportunity), you all have the ability to participate. ____________________ Many of you are probably in other groups. I am in (and have been in other) groups, but have never attended their events. People have different reasons... Maybe some are genuinely busy and haven't had the chance to attend yet. With so many different options and limited free time, it's hard to be active in every group you're in. Maybe some groups aren't active, or don't offer appealing events, or don't fit your schedule. Maybe some are nervous and reluctant to meet new people (strangers). I once was in that situation. I only joined Meetup because I was part of a volleyball group mailing list, and they moved over to Meetup to communicate about future games, and I initially thought this whole platform was for losers with no friends. It kind of seems weird, awkward, and embarrassing, right? I eventually got over my ego/pride and attended an event, and was pleasantly surprised some cool and friendly people use this. It's kind of like internet/online dating. In the beginning, some looked down on it and viewed it as sad, lame, and pathetic...but now, it's pretty common and normal, and many have even gotten married. Anyhow, totally fine if some people remain scared and timid. But if any of you do want to meet new people and make new friends, then this group is available for you to do so. ____________________ Again, since I plan only a few events, many weekends are open and available for other events. Or feel free to suggest something on a weeknight or weekday if that fits your schedule better. Would anyone want to plan a hike, day-trip, weekend get-away, or another fun event/activity? Maybe there's a hike you really want to go on. Maybe you want to do something casual (e.g. walking at a park or beach, bike riding, kayaking, roller-blading, running, etc.). Maybe you want to do something more intense (e.g. rock climbing, skydiving, bungee jumping, snorkeling, scuba diving, etc.). Many of you are smart, organized, and knowledgeable of fun activities and events, so your help is welcome and appreciated. ____________________ If you live in a geographic region and are open to meeting others in your area. Or if you have a specific preference as to demographics... ...maybe you want to meet others who are like-minded and similar to you: age or gender culture / ethnicity / race religion or political beliefs life-style hobbies / interests Maybe you're a single parent who wants to meet other single parents. Various women have contacted me to ask about hiking (and backpacking) with their kids, so that's one possibility if any moms (or dads) want to coordinate something. Many women are social, so if you want to plan a women's social (ladies-only) event like brunch, happy hour, or lunch/dinner, that's fine too. Maybe you're divorced / separated and want to make new platonic friends or meet other divorced individuals or singles. Maybe you're really into yoga / pilates....or you want to meet others who share your faith or political affiliation. Maybe you want to meet others who are vegetarian / vegan. Maybe you are gay/lesbian/transgender and want to meet others in the LGBT community. Maybe you're single and haven't had success on Tinder or other dating apps / sites. Would any of you want to plan a group activity to meet others singles? Maybe you live outside Los Angeles and Orange County, and there aren't many Meetup groups in your area. I've seen people join this group from outside LA and OC....so just lmk and maybe we can connect you with others who might be in this group. There's no shame or embarrassment to living wherever you do. So just lmk and maybe we can try to find others who live near you who are open to making new friends. For example, one group member is in Santa Barbara. A few members have joined from areas like Ventura, Conejo Valley, Palmdale / Lancaster, South OC, Temecula / Menifee / Murieta, Redlands, etc. So wherever you live, South Bay, Westside, downtown LA, Inland Empire, San Gabriel Valley, San Fernando Valley, Riverside, Chino, Covina, Pasadena / Glendale / Burbank, Redlands, Rancho Cucamonga, Long Beach, South Central LA, Pomona, Upland, etc... wherever...just lmk if you want to plan something to meet others in your geographic region. ____________________ Many of you are active and want to live healthy lives. While some people stay at home to binge watch tv shows or movies on Netflix, or stare at their computer screens or phones, fortunately some people want to get outside and enjoy what life has to offer. Instead of looking at videos or photos of others on Facebook, Instagram, etc. who are living life, surely some of you want to have your own personal experiences and memories, right? So if you want to plan anything like a hike, backpacking trip, day-trip to San Diego or Big Bear, or a walk at a beach or park, or even something like attend one of the free music concerts, art walks, or Shakespeare plays during the summer, or go to a museum, cultural festival, movie, etc., just lmk. I plan only a few camping trips, so not much else happens during the rest of the year. Especially if any of you want to go hiking on a weekend, feel free to plan something. With a decent number of members in our group, surely some others will want to join you for going outside and enjoying nature. ____________________ This verbose/bombastic monologue is almost over. :) I'm posting this from my other account (because Meetup sends me MANY reminders/notifications). Sometimes I leave my phone on at night, and Meetup will sometimes send exasperating notifications at 3 or 4 in the morning, and throughout the day...so I'm using this secondary account on an old, inactive phone. So I might not see if anybody posts comments on here, and I'm very slow to check messages on this account, so if anyone has an idea for a group meetup event, it's best to message me on my main account. https://www.meetup.com/LA_Camping/members/69743242 ____________________ Not all in this group might participate, and that's okay. Some people who have attended my camping trips have had positive experiences and made new friends, so hopefully a few more members can meet through other events/activities. Again, if anyone is shy, introverted, nervous, socially awkward, etc..., then I get it. It took me some time to overcome my embarrassment and trepidation, so if any of you do decide to participate and try meeting others, then I sincerely hope you have a good/positive experience in this group or another group. Life is short. Why be alone/lonely on a weekend when you can do fun stuff with others, right? :) So give it a try. If you have a bad/negative experience, then okay...but who knows, maybe you'll be surprised that there are some good/cool people out there, and make some new friends. Cheers.