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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.

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Yet Another Crabby Black Friday

Doran Beach

This is our annual trip to celebrate Black Friday at Bodega Bay. I am posting this now because Doran Beach allows reservations 1 year in advance... so it is time to think about joining us! You can make your reservations at http://sonomacountycamping.org/reservation/camping/Index.asp or by calling (707)[masked], Monday through Friday, 10 am - 3 pm, excluding holidays. More details as the date gets nearer.

Pt Reyes Wildcat Canyon #1

Palomarin Trailhead

IMPORTANT NOTE: Preference will be given to people who were signed up for the postponed 2020 trip. I will restrict RSVPs until everyone on the Waitlist or Going lists has had a chance to respond. If you are currently on the Waitlist or Going lists for the postponed event I will use your original RSVP date to move you to the Going list. The event will be officially announced for the group at large will open on September 21. *********************************** Here is the rescheduled Wildcat Canyon and the kickoff for the 2021 summer backpacking season. As always, it will still be a good start for the year, especially if you have new equipment. And this is a great trip for beginners. The hike is a little more than five miles each way to a beautiful camp near the beach. I have reserved four nights, divided into two events: Wildcat Canyon #1 Wed-Friday (two nights) Wildcat Canyon #2 Friday-Sun (two nights) By breaking the event into two trips it potentially gives 12 people a chance to participate. Wildcat Camp is located in an open meadow on a bluff overlooking the ocean. It is an 9 km (5.5 mile) hike on the Coast Trail from Palomarin with access to Bass Lake. POINT REYES NATIONAL SEASHORE DOES NOT ALLOW DOGS OR BICYCLES ON THIS TRAIL. I will take care of getting the camping permit and parking passes (we will figure out carpooling and how many passes we need as the date gets closer). Be aware that vehicles parked overnight in the National Seashore without a valid parking pass are subject to citation. This event is for two nights, hiking in Wednesday March 3rd and hiking out Friday March 5th. The times are flexible and people who can come for only one night are welcome. If, however, you reserve a spot please plan to attend—rain or shine. If rain is a deterrent, please don't take up a spot. Everyone is responsible for their own food and gear, though we may opt for a pot luck on Saturday night. The campground fee will depend on the number of backpackers who attend. Figure about $4-$5 per person. Once we are settled in our camp, we have the option to take a hike along the beach from Wildcat Camp to the south, where you can get a full view of Alamere Falls. It is a dramatic 40-foot free fall, one of the rare ocean bluff waterfalls anywhere. It is a beautiful shore hike to the falls with lots of amazing seascapes though last year we were unable to reach the falls from the beach because of the tides and erosion. TYPICALLY THIS IS A HIGH-TURNOVER EVENT SO IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO GO, PUT YOURSELF ON THE WAIT LIST. OBVIOUSLY I CANNOT GUARANTEE A SPOT, BUT HISTORICALLY EVERYONE WHO WANTED TO GO GOT TO GO. ************************************* 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 Point Reyes National Seashore.

Pt Reyes Wildcat Canyon #2

Palomarin Trailhead

IMPORTANT NOTE: Preference will be given to people who were signed up for the postponed 2020 trip. I will restrict the RSVP list until everyone on the Waitlist or Going lists has had a chance to respond. If you are currently on the Waitlist or Going lists for the postponed event, put yourself on the Waitlist for this event and I will use your original (2020) RSVP date to move you to the Going list. The event will be officially announced for the group at large, and RSVPs will open, on September 21. *********************************** Here is the rescheduled Wildcat Canyon and the kickoff for the 2021 summer backpacking season. As always, it will still be a good start for the year, especially if you have new equipment. And this is a great trip for beginners. The hike is a little more than five miles each way to a beautiful camp near the beach. I have reserved four nights, divided into two events: Pt Reyes Wildcat Canyon #1: Wed-Friday (two nights) Pt Reyes Wildcat Canyon #2: Friday-Sun (two nights) We are in a six-person campsite. By breaking the event into two trips it potentially gives 12 people a chance to participate. Wildcat Camp is located in an open meadow on a bluff overlooking the ocean. It is an 9 km (5.5 mile) hike on the Coast Trail from Palomarin with access to Bass Lake. POINT REYES NATIONAL SEASHORE DOES NOT ALLOW DOGS OR BICYCLES ON THIS TRAIL. I will take care of getting the camping permit and parking passes (we will figure out carpooling (hopefully we will by able to carpool by then) and how many passes we need as the date gets closer). Be aware that vehicles parked overnight in the National Seashore without a valid parking pass are subject to citation and/or tow. This event is for two nights, hiking in Friday March 6th and hiking out Sunday March 7th. The times are flexible and people who can come for only one night are welcome. If, however, you reserve a spot please plan to attend—rain or shine. If rain is a deterrent, please don't take up a spot. Everyone is responsible for their own food and gear, though we may opt for a pot luck on Saturday night. The campground fee will depend on the number of backpackers who attend. Figure about $4-$5 per person. Once we are settled in our camp, we have the option to take a hike along the beach from Wildcat Camp to the south, where you can get a full view of Alamere Falls. It is a dramatic 40-foot free fall, one of the rare ocean bluff waterfalls anywhere. It is a beautiful shore hike to the falls with lots of amazing seascapes though last year we were unable to reach the falls from the beach because of the tides and erosion. TYPICALLY THIS IS A HIGH-TURNOVER EVENT SO IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO GO, PUT YOURSELF ON THE WAIT LIST. OBVIOUSLY I CANNOT GUARANTEE A SPOT, BUT HISTORICALLY EVERYONE WHO WANTED TO GO GOT TO GO. ************************************* 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 Point Reyes National Seashore.

RESCHEDULED: Let's Paddle-Hike-Camp at Ahjumawi Lava Springs State Park

Ahjumawi Lava Springs State Park

IMPORTANT NOTE: Preference will be given to people who were signed up for the postponed 2020 trip. I will restrict RSVPs until everyone on the Waitlist or Going lists has had a chance to respond. If you are currently on the Waitlist or Going lists for the postponed event, you are signed up for this one. If you cannot come on those dates, please move yourself to the Not Going list. This event will be officially announced, and RSVPs reopened, for the group at large on September 21. ***************************************************************** (Re)mark your calendars now for a kayak camping adventure at Ahjumawi Lava Springs State Park. The park is located in remote northeastern Shasta County (near me) and is only accessible to the public by boat. The park is 4 miles in length and no more than 1 mile wide, and has over 13 miles of shoreline. Interesting fact: Ahjumawi means "where the waters come together" and is one of the largest freshwater springs in the world. IF WE HAVE A VACCINE and you have been vaccinated, we will start with breakfast at my house in Burney on Saturday at 9:00 AM. We will then proceed to the boat launch in McArthur. No vaccine = no breakfast. Late launch will be 11:00 AM sharp. After we set up camp we can spend the day exploring this remarkable park. There are 13 miles of shoreline and 20 miles of trails to explore with spectacular views of Mount Shasta, Mount Lassen, and the peaks of the Cascade Range. We will break camp and paddle out on Sunday. For those who can stay an extra night, we can check out the local hot springs before you head home. IF WE HAVE A VACCINE and you have been vaccinated, I can accommodate several people in the cabins and have room to park several RVs. We can then carpool to the launch site. If there is no vaccine and/or you have not been vaccinated, you must make your own arrangements. Again, no vaccine = no cabin. As always, everyone is responsible for their own food and gear. 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. ************************************* 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 Ahjumawi Lava Springs State Park.

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