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As we age, we slow down. This is a fact. Many of us are not ready to abandon our lifetime passion for adventure sports and cultural activities... we just need to do it slower and little more carefully. I envision this as a group for older adults who still want to get out, be active, and have a good time without holding anybody back or slowing anyone down.

Upcoming events (4)

SILVER LAKE CANCELLED - PLAN B: ICE HOUSE RESERVOIR

Silver Lake East Campground

PLAN B So here is Plan B: we are going to go to Ice House Reservoir. According to the Ranger, there are multiple walkup sites available (drinking water faucets, vault toilets, and a dump station). Each site allows one car and six people, however many of the sites can accommodate multiple vehicles at a charge of $5 per night. If we get there on Thursday and Ice House is too full, we will go to Wench Creek which (according to the Ranger) has 100 walkup sites. Please let me know that you have received this info and are still planning to join us. ----------------------------------------------------------- The Forest Service just cancelled our reservations for Silver Lake. I spoke with the Rangers and right now even July 4th is in question. Trey and I are working on alternate sites but the problem is that anything at lower elevations is already booked. Standby for more information. ----------------------------------------------------------- Standby for more information and, hopefully, a viable Plan B.THE DATES FOR SILVER LAKE PADDLING AND GRANITE LAKE BACKPACKING ARE CONFIRMED. I HAVE SPLIT THESE ACTIVITIES INTO TWO MEETUPS... ALL ARE INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN EITHER OR BOTH OF THESE ACTIVITIES. FRIDAY 2:00 Paddle to Camp Minkalo* and explore 7:00 No host dinner at Kit Carson Lodge – please RSVP to me by June 20th SATURDAY 9:00 (earlier if possible) Paddle Caples Lake rock gardens*; return by 11:00. Be advised: high wind (or threat thereof) cancels this paddle. 10:00 Alternate paddle to Plasse’s Resort* 12:00 Picnic lunch on Treasure Island (late arrivals can meet us here*) 3:00 ish Hike to the Potholes (not on map) to swim and sunbathe 7:00 Potluck Dinner – bring something to grill + a salad or side dish to share. For dessert I propose a bake-off: Liam's apple pie vs Trey and Becky's peach cobbler! I’ll bring s’mores—just in case. SUNDAY 1:00 Campground check out * Backpackers/Day Hikers depart * PLEASE, I ask that no one paddle alone. And remember, YOU MUST COMPLY WITH ALL THE OBNDY GUIDELINES AND REQUIREMENTS. This means that a Coast Guard approved PFD--zipped and properly fastened--is REQUIRED for EVERY paddle. Some house keeping stuff: I will arrive on Thursday to set-up camp. I will send everyone my phone number by email. That said, the cell phone reception here is poor— though some places that are better than others. I will make a point of checking my voicemail at or about 08:00, 12:00, and 16:00. There have been issues with campground water in the past. There is water available, from totes. It is allegedly potable, but I recommend that you bring a liter of drinking water per person per day. ************************************* Joining this trip is entirely voluntary and participants signing up for this activity fully understand the risks associated with the activity. It is each participant’s responsibility to ensure that they, and their guest(s), are in sufficient fitness and health to participate in this trip and be prepared with the appropriate water, food, clothing, equipment, supplies and first aid. Group Organizers and Trip Host(s) make no warranties about the quality, safety, or supervision of these activities. By signing up for this event, you are accepting all the rules of this trip, the campground facility and El Dorado National Forest.

POSTPONED- Granite Lake Backpacking Adventure

Silver Lake East Campground

Granite & Hidden Lakes Trail is a 7.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Pioneer, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate--though I found it to be fairly easy. If you are not up for an overnight, Granite Lake is also and easy, out-and-back day hike. SUNDAY 1:00 Silver Lake campground check out Backpackers depart from Mikalo Falls to Granite Lake. We will setup camp on the western end of Granite lake (2.1 mile hike) DISTANCE 7.1 miles ELEVATION GAIN 980 feet ROUTE TYPE Loop MONDAY Hike out via Hidden Lake (5 miles). ***************************************** Some house keeping stuff: I will arrive on Thursday to set-up camp. I will send everyone my phone number by email. That said, the cell phone reception here is poor— though some places that are better than others. I will make a point of checking my voicemail at or about 08:00, 12:00, and 16:00 on the transit days. There have been issues with campground water in the past. There is water available, from totes. It is allegedly potable, but I recommend that you bring a method for purifying drinking water--a liter per person per day. ************************************* Joining this trip is entirely voluntary and participants signing up for this activity fully understand the risks associated with the activity. It is each participant’s responsibility to ensure that they, and their guest(s), are in sufficient fitness and health to participate in this trip and be prepared with the appropriate water, food, clothing, equipment, supplies and first aid. Group Organizers and Trip Host(s) make no warranties about the quality, safety, or supervision of these activities. By signing up for this event, you are accepting all the rules of this trip and El Dorado National Forest.

Let's Watch the Perseid Meteor Shower - 2019

Utica Reservoir

The Perseid meteor shower, one of the brighter meteor showers of the year, occurs every year between late July through mid August. This year the Perseids will be visible from July 17 – August 24. The best viewing nights will be Aug. 11-12 (moon rise at 12:01 am and moon set is 1:54 pm) and Aug. 12-13 (moon rise at 12:31 am and moon set at 2:53 pm). Should be lots of action! Utica Reservoir has dispersed camping, so there are lots of primo places to camp on the shore. The lake is very scenic and full of wildlife (including kayakers), but has no worthy fish. We can spend the day relaxing and the evening stargazing. Boat-in camping: we will take our time and paddle the length of the reservoir to our campsite. Backpack-in camping: A short, lazy trip: 20-30 minute hike from the dam. For those of you who want a bigger challenge, you can park with the paddlers and hike around the lake. I will publish a map and GPS coordinates for the rendezvous points when we get closer to the event. This event has been cross-posted on OLD BUT NOT DEAD YET and CALIFORNIA BOOMER BACKPACKERS. All are welcome! ----------------------------------- IF YOU ARE SIGNING UP TO PADDLE, YOU MUST COMPLY WITH ALL THE OBNDY GUIDELINES AND REQUIREMENTS. This means that a Coast Guard approved PFD--zipped and properly fastened--is REQUIRED for EVERY paddle. ************************************* Joining this trip is entirely voluntary and participants signing up for this activity fully understand the risks associated with the activity. It is each participant’s responsibility to ensure that they, and their guest(s), are in sufficient fitness and health to participate in this trip and be prepared with the appropriate water, food, clothing, equipment, supplies and first aid. Group Organizers and Trip Host(s) make no warranties about the quality, safety, or supervision of these activities. By signing up for this event, you are accepting all the rules of this trip, the campground facility and Stanislaus National Forest.

Opt Out on Black Friday in the Crabbiest Way

Doran Regional Park

Let's opt-out for Black Friday! This will be a three day, post-turkey event. Weather permitting, we'll hike, paddle, and (hopefully) eat lots of crab. In the event of unfavorable weather we will just camp, play cards, and otherwise opt-out. We've reserved two bay-front sites at Doran Beach to use as a base of operation. Reserve now for both trailer sites and tent camping sites at Doran: http://parks.sonomacounty.ca.gov/Play/Camping/Reservations/ Camp sites are also available at Sonoma Coast State Beach, the Bodega Dunes and Wrights Beach campgrounds are the closest. These will be reserve-able six months in advance (i.e., next May) at https://www.reservecalifornia.com/CaliforniaWebHome/ ******************************************** A word to the wise: the Sonoma Coast is known for its deadly surf. Please use extreme caution, stay away from waters edge, and never turn your back on the ocean. ******************************************** FRIDAY Campsite Check-in is at 2pm. We'll setup camp, share an optional, early no host dinner at the Tides, and then (hopefully) enjoy the sunset on the beach, just steps away from our campsite! SATURDAY Our agenda for the day depends entirely upon the weather and the tides. HEAVY WINDS OR BIG WAVES CANCEL PADDLING. THE PLAN: Crabbing at Doran Regional Park--either from the jetty or with kayaks--followed by a sumptuous crab potluck in camp. NOTE: there is a separate day use fee for Doran Park and anyone fishing from a kayak will need a valid California Fishing License. Plan B: Paddle the Russian River. This can be a fun paddle… any length we want. Plan C: Paddle Estero Americano: We will meet at the launch point at 10:00. Distance is approx. 9 miles round trip to the ocean and back—which might be ambitious given the tides. Plan D: Enjoy a day of exploring or just hanging out at the beach. For any of these events bring water, lunch and snacks, and dress in layers, bring a change of clothes, and, if paddling, be prepared for immersion. IF YOU ARE SIGNING UP TO PADDLE, YOU MUST COMPLY WITH ALL THE OBNDY GUIDELINES AND REQUIREMENTS. This means that a Coast Guard approved PFD--zipped and properly fastened--is REQUIRED for EVERY paddle. SUNDAY Check out is at noon. For possible après-checkout activities check Saturday’s options. We can work out a Sunday activity once we are at the beach and can assess the weather and conditions. I plan to stay until Monday, so if anyone would like to stay and that extra day, please let me know. ************************************* Joining this trip is entirely voluntary and participants signing up for this activity fully understand the risks associated with the activity. It is each participant’s responsibility to ensure that they, and their guest(s), are in sufficient fitness and health to participate in this trip and be prepared with the appropriate water, food, clothing, equipment, supplies and first aid. Group Organizers and Trip Host(s) make no warranties about the quality, safety, or supervision of these activities. By signing up for this event, you are accepting all the rules of this trip, the Doran campground facility and Sonoma Coast State Beach.

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Backpacking to Wildcat Camp in Point Reyes

Palomarin Trailhead

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