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Hi everyone, Not long ago, February and March were cold and rainy months, but now that April is warming up, who else is thinking about summer? Yeah, it's still spring, but if anyone is starting to make summer plans, our upcoming group trips are: - May 24 - 27 - Memorial Day weekend @ Mammoth - https://www.meetup.com/OC_Camping/events/259754368 July 5 - 7 - The weekend after Independence Day @ Big Pine Lakes - https://www.meetup.com/OC_Camping/events/254134299 Aug 31 - Sept 2 - Labor Day weekend @ Sedona, Arizona - https://www.meetup.com/OC_Camping/events/254136870 - Maybe... July 26 - 28 @ Eastern Sierra Aug 16 - 18 @ Mammoth Sept 13 - 15 @ Eastern Sierra ____________________ Dog owners: Two group members (last weekend and last month) couldn't bring their dogs because state and national parks prohibit dogs on hiking trails, but Eastern Sierra and Sedona are more dog-friendly, so if anyone has an active dog, feel free to join one of our summer trips. Examples of dog-friendly hikes - https://calitrails.com ____________________ New, first-timers, and beginner campers: A few group members have told me they are new or inexperienced with camping. Well, our trips are intended to be easy and welcoming to anyone and everyone...so if anyone has never camped before or is nervous, you have months to prepare and get ready. :) ____________________ Parents: If airfare and hotels are expensive, or if Disneyland is over-priced and crowded, then instead of a costly summer vacation, consider the frugal alternative of one of our trips. :) ____________________ Some group members have asked me about Yosemite. I went last year, so I'm not planning on going this year...but if any of you want to plan your own group trip, that's totally cool. This year's waterfalls should be amazing, and multiple people have expressed interest in going, so hopefully someone is willing to take the lead in planning / hosting / organizing. ____________________ If anyone has a lot of time off (vacation time, retired, teacher with summers off, etc.), I'm thinking of doing a road trip in late May or early June. https://www.meetup.com/OC_Camping/events/260514118 ____________________ If anyone wants to plan a hike, day-trip, camping/backpacking trip, or another group get-together, feel free to lmk. ____________________ Photo Source/Credit: TShirtVortex
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/OC_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.
Hi, Fellow group member, An, is beach camping with a friend. https://www.meetup.com/OC_Camping/members/85658432 She is friendly and open to other group members joining her. Her campsite has limited space, but a few more people can fit. ____________________ Carpinteria State Beach is between Ventura and Santa Barbara. Drive time is about... 1.5 - 2 hours from LA - https://goo.gl/maps/AaqLLH9ncGoHM26C9 2 - 2.5 hours from OC - https://goo.gl/maps/Xvg4s1rzWguLLecC9 ____________________ Note: I personally am not attending. An is busy, so I'll be the "middle-man" to help coordinate and facilitate this small group trip. ____________________ This will be an intimate, friendly, and relaxing weekend. Saturday morning until Sunday. The weather should be nice. Carpinteria State Beach is relatively small, but you can swim, surf, boogie board, ride a bike, fly a kite, walk/hike, etc. I'll post some alternative activities if anybody wants to go elsewhere and do/see other things. https://www.tripsavvy.com/carpinteria-state-beach-camping-1478775 Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qkbPcvPPHI ____________________ It helps if people contact me directly (via Meetup) with answers to some questions. If there’s room and I feel okay about someone attending, then I’ll reply and include my Paypal and Venmo. $15 per person/adult. $10 will go to An and $5 will help with Meetup group fees. Those who contact me, confirm, and pay will be saved a spot at her campsite. We’re sorry if room isn’t available for everyone, and some people can’t go. Sometimes people try to communicate with me in the comments section, and imo, it’s inconvenient. Plus, Meetup sometimes doesn’t notify me of comments, so I might not see questions/comments immediately, so messaging me directly is preferred. ____________________ Feel free to spend the entire weekend in Carpinteria, but if anyone wants to go elsewhere on Saturday or Sunday, consider Solvang or Santa Barbara — Wine tasting: http://www.solvangusa.com/wine-country/wineries-vineyards https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g33103-Activities-c36-t132-Solvang_California.html http://www.sbcountywines.com/wine-tasting-routes.html http://cdn.solvangusa.com/digital_files/533/sideways_map-solvang-2014.pdf — Walk around Solvang: http://www.solvangusa.com/things-to-do/itineraries/a-solvang-walking-tour https://www.yelp.com/biz/city-of-solvang-solvang https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g33103-Activities-Solvang_California.html http://www.solvangusa.com/?ACT=25&fid=5&d=565&f=solvangwalkingmap.pdf http://www.solvangusa.com/?ACT=25&fid=5&d=565&f=solvang-sweet-treats-030814.pdf — Walk around downtown Santa Barbara, go to the beach, or do something else: http://www.visitcalifornia.com/destination/spotlight-santa-barbara https://www.tripsavvy.com/santa-barbara-day-or-weekend-trips-1478765 http://travel.usnews.com/Santa_Barbara_CA/Things_To_Do https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g33045-Activities-Santa_Barbara_California.html — Hiking in Santa Barbara https://santabarbaraca.com/itinerary/best-hikes-in-santa-barbara http://everydayrunaway.com/travel/the-best-hikes-in-santa-barbara http://www.alltrails.com/us/california/santa-barbara http://www.hikespeak.com/central-coast/santa-barbara ____________________ The campground has potable water, showers, picnic table, fire ring, restrooms with sinks (running water), and toilets that flush. The campsite might be cramped/crowded, so setting up tents close to each other might be necessary. Trucks/Vans and RVs might block the view of the beach from the campsite, but walking to the beach should be a short walk. Parking space is limited, so some might have to park at the nearby beach parking lot. www.californiasbestbeaches.com/carpinteria/carpinteria_maps/carpinteria_beach_map.png Everyone should bring/buy their own food, but if anyone doesn’t have a cooler, Ventura, Carpinteria, and Santa Barbara should have markets / grocery stores and restaurants. ____________________ I'm not a mind-reader, so if anyone is interested in attending, please contact me directly (message me on Meetup) with answers to the following questions: (1) Do you want to drive or ride with someone else? If you can drive others, how many passengers can you accommodate? What time on Saturday do you want to leave SoCal? What city/area are you leaving from? (This helps with finding you a carpool buddy). (2) Do you have your own camping gear (e.g. tent, sleeping bag, mat/pad/cot, etc.) ? (3) Do you understand you are responsible for bringing / buying your own food? (4) Do you have a preference on what you want to do (or where to go) on Saturday and Sunday? (5) Do you understand that the campsite might be small and setting up tents might be crowded and some might have to park at the beach parking lot? (6) Do you understand Wiseman is not attending, but An is? She will help you all have a fun time together. - If using Meetup via the phone app or a computer (e.g. web browser), look for my name/profile (wise|man) under Attendees, and then click a shortcut for messaging me (e.g. an envelope icon shortcut or "message"). Please message “wise|man” instead of using the comments section. Thank you. - After messaging me your answers, a $15 contribution will be collected via Paypal or Venmo. $10 will go to An and $5 will help with Meetup group fees. An said she will get firewood, so if anyone wants to cook food over the fire, that might be possible. More info on the campsite & final details will be sent to those who confirmed & paid. I'll connect you all with An to better coordinate in case some of you want to do some activities together on Saturday or Sunday. ____________________ If anyone can drive and is open to carpooling...or if anyone wants to go, but is looking for a ride: - Post a comment and maybe others will respond - Check the comments section of both the LA and OC groups if maybe someone else is offering a ride or needs a ride LA - https://www.meetup.com/LA_Camping/events/260752438 OC - https://www.meetup.com/OC_Camping/events/260752442 - Let me (Wiseman) know because sometimes people message me (and they might not post a comment), so I can also try to connect people for carpooling. Note: If you successfully connect with another person for carpooling, please let me know. In past camping trips, some people became friends through carpooling. Yes, riding with a new person might seem awkward, so feel free to exchange social media, or talk over the phone, or meet for coffee or a hike beforehand to break the ice and become more comfortable with one another. ____________________ Examples of recommended items to bring: - Sleeping bag + pillow Sleeping pad / mat or air mattress Tent (or share with someone who has one) Rain fly, stakes, and guy lines for your tent in case it gets windy at night Appropriate clothes, socks, & shoes Toothbrush, toothpaste, & other hygiene items / toiletries Lip balm / chapstick Hand sanitizer or baby wipes / wet naps Sunglasses, sunscreen, and a hat or a bandana Earplugs Flashlight / Headlamp Portable chair Cell phone charger cable (car adapter) or portable charger Water (or water filter) Water bottles or hydration pack Food (and cookware) Towel, soap, shampoo, & flip-flops / water sandals (if showering) Swimwear, towel, flip-flops / water sandals (if swimming) Music or games
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/OC_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 hours - https://goo.gl/maps/P94K5bUKFZT2 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/SoCalVolunteers/photos/all_photos/?photoAlbumId=27675029 https://www.meetup.com/SoCalVolunteers/photos/all_photos/?photoAlbumId=26887330 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 2 - 3 hours - https://goo.gl/maps/7hLtQw9rWW82 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 - 2.5 hours - https://goo.gl/maps/xVCRHDpx7QG2 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/SoCalVolunteers/photos/all_photos/?photoAlbumId=26852212 ____________________ 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/SoCalVolunteers/photos/all_photos/?photoAlbumId=27739754 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/SoCalVolunteers/photos/all_photos/?photoAlbumId=26836034 ____________________ 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