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This Group is about finding something wonderful when you aren’t looking for anything special. It is about meeting people that you never expected to meet, making friendships that you didn’t think were possible which could change your life and seeing places in a way that you have not seen them before. Our Easy-Going Hikes are not, how fast can I get there? It is about MAKING MEMORIES and focusing on how can I really enjoy the moments in between, as I go from place to place, because where you are in the moment, is just as important as where you will end up. If you are in a hurry and have a schedule, this may not be the group for you. Namasté. "I honor the place in you where the entire Universe resides... a place of light, of love, of truth, of peace, of wisdom. I honor the place in you, where, when you are in that place and I am in that place, there is only one of us." Mohandas K.. Gandhi

Comments:

"Hi Mariel - You always make the hikes happy. I am going through some tough times and whenever I see you I smile. Thank you so much for being the sweet tender real person you are. I would love to be invited to your party. Thank you for thinking of me." MBA

Mariel Gonzalez Ganowsky (https://www.facebook.com/mariel.ganowsky)..."I just wanted to say thank you for all u do for us who hike with you. U are amazing. When everyone doubts us, we show him or her we can do it even better. U take us in when everyone else thinks that we can't do their hikes or we're too slow or maybe too fast or we're not in their click. U are a blessing to me and for that i thank you. Trek on my beautiful soul of a person and let's do some hikes. Love u always. 9-15-15 JBW — feeling blessed."

"Beautiful! And true! It's always nice to be appreciated!
And it's nice to have people who don't care how fast or fancy we are or not and make us part of THEIR clique <3 " JMM

"Here's the bottom line. Everyone loves that Mariel! You’re the best!" SNY

"Mariel you're truly an inspiration." AAL

"We had soooo much fun today! We checked out so many overgrown trails & left super filthy with butts covered in dirt, but it was so worth it! I met Mariel several months back and we go on weekly hikes to different places with our other awesome hiking buddies. I really admire Mariel, not only for her pure kindness but also for the "adventurous live life to the fullest" soul that she is. She hikes almost every day of the week, climbs rocks like a 20 yr old, and she's in her 60s! We are only into March and she has almost completed her 52 hike challenge. If I am even half as spunky at her age, I will have really lived life. Mariel, you truly are an Inspiring person and a role model to others. Love u girl! "SC

"Beautiful! You described Mariel so accurately. Miss you girls." AA

"Love Mariel!" TLWR

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Upcoming events (5+)

WALKER CANYON POPPY FIELDS MORNING HIKE

Walker Canyon Trailhead

HIKING-WITH-FRIENDS posted this hike on Facebook. Here is the description. IF YOU WANT TO GO, PLEASE SIGN UP DIRECTLY WITH THEM and just SHOW UP! I suggest to bring hiking poles if you use them. They were extremely helpful last week! If you want to carpool, call/text Mariel[masked]. Details Walker Canyon Poppy Fields ~ Trails Taco ~ Tuesday Morning HiKe Tuesday, March 19th TIME: 9am - 11:30am HIKE DURATION: 2.5 - 3 Hours (approximately) HIKE LENGTH: 3-6 Miles (Round trip) HiKe LEVEL: Intermediate 1 ✳️ All hikes subject to change due to weather or trail conditions. ✳️ Please read ALL the general requirements and guidelines which apply to this hiKe on this event page! HOW DO I PARTICIPATE WITH THE GROUP ON THIS HIKE? 1. Like our Page 2. Read all the HiKe’s Details on this event page. 3. Make sure that the HiKe Level accommodates your hiKing experience. 4. If, and only if it suits you, then "RSVP/ Click Going" for this event and show up the day of the hiKe with all necessary gear and water (we mention everything you need on the details page for this hiKe). 5. ONLY invite your friends that you think can do this hiKe. 6. Check back in a few days after the hiKe for the group picture and tag yourself and friends. NOTES FROM THE HIKE COORDINATOR: * If you have plans on splitting from the group, please don’t attend this hike. * If you have time constraints, please don’t attend this hiKe. * Please note there is some moderate incline on this trail. * Pack enough water for this trail ** Strollers are not permitted ** Dogs allowed REQUIRED: ✔ Water ✔ HiKing Boots/ comfortable walking shoes and trekking poles if you use them! (They were extremely helpful when I went this week!) ✔ Flash light RECOMMENDED: Snacks Sunscreen Sun Glasses Cap/hat Flash light (except Red) A WATER CHECK WILL BE PERFORMED. • For your safety and the safety of the group, if you do not take enough water or are not appropriately equipped for this hike, you will be turned away from doing this hiKe with us even if you show up. IS IT DOG-FRIENDLY? Yes = This trail is Dog Friendly! While Corona allows dogs on leashes, please for the safety of others please make sure your pets are also people and (other) pet friendly - no exceptions! • You must pick up after your dog. And carry a small container to give them water. • Always keep your dog leashed, except when inside a vehicle, tent, dog crate, or portable kennel. Do not allow your dog to wander freely, pursuant to Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Title 36, Chapter II, Sec. 261.8 (d). • In addition, your dog must wear a collar with current tags at all times, as state and county laws apply on National Forest System lands. � Please take the time to check out the event page on Facebook for informational pieces leading up to the hiKe. If you do not have a smart phone or are not on Facebook, it is your responsibility to gain access to the event page on Facebook, at least the night before or morning of, and check if any UPDATES have been made. It is your responsibility DISCLAIMER: HiKing-with-Friends and its Coordinators, Leads, and Support Team do not take responsibility for any harm, bodily injury, accidents, or damage to personal property. By clicking "Attending," or attending the hiKe, you confirm that you understand that all outdoor activities such as hiKing, backpacking, and trekking have an associated danger, and will not hold HiKing-with-Friends and its Coordinators, Leads, and Support Team responsible for any hazard to your well being. Additionally, you will not be allowed to participate with the group if you are not adequately prepared with enough water, the right gear, equipment, and/or nutrition essential to complete the hiKe. You are fully responsible for yourself. PHOTO/VIDEO CONSENT WAIVER: Read their page! http://cbsloc.al/1Ow8qJz

IRVINE REGIONAL PARK & FARMER's MARKET

Location visible to members

PLEASE NOTE!! If you are AVAILABLE TO HIKE on this date, even if at a different time, TEXT ME... [masked], I would love to hike with you! :) THIS IS THE ENTRANCE WHERE YOU PAY $3, $5 OR $8 FOR PARKING. Go to Farmer's Market (9AM-1PM), they will let you in for FREE and then hike around the park! :) Once you are in, you can request a MAP of the Park and see all the Trails! http://www.irvineparkrailroad.com/rides-attractions/hiking/ The Irvine Regional Park, located in the city of Orange, is nestled in Santiago Canyon at the base of the Santa Ana Mountains. The park is tucked in a gorgeous valley with groves of majestic sycamores and 700-year-old live oaks. Dating back to 1897, it is the oldest regional park in California. Within the park is a two-acre fishing lake, transient Santiago Creek, the Orange County Zoo, the Irvine Park Railroad, a nature center, horse riding stables, and sheltered picnic areas. A trail network loops around the valley hills, connecting with the creek bottom and grassy parklands. This hike forms a loop on the south canyon wall, overlooking the park and surrounding mountains. THE PLAN: Please BE FLEXIBLE. Some of the trails are closed DUE TO FIRE. We will be hiking some or all the hiking trails in the Park, starting with the longest Horseshoe Loop Trail 3.2 miles (MODERATE), to Puma Ridge Trail 0.8 miles (DIFFICULT), to Harding Nature Trail (EASY), Santiago Creek Trail (EASY), Lizard Loop Trail (EASY), Road Runner Loop Trail (EASY), Toyon Trail (MODERATE), Lone Pine Rige Trail (MODERATE) back to Horseshoe Loop Trail around the park. This will be an Advanced Beginner Hike. If we take all the trails, the hike is 6+ miles long. Be aware that we will be sharing the road with horses and bicycles. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash (http://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/irvine-regional-park-trail#). *** PLEASE BE AWARE THAT RAIN WILL CANCEL THIS HIKE!*** Check the weather before the hike. This is a rainy day hike which implies that rain is in the forecast, or it has rained enough recently to close a lot of other hiking trails. I will cancel this hike if it is too dry or too sunny. If it is too wet/muddy, we'll just enjoy strolling through the Farmer's Market and each other's company's. RECOMMEND: Two liters of water, a hat, a camera, sunscreen, sunglasses, healthy snacks, comfortable hiking boots and trekking poles (if you use them). There will be an optional breakfast or lunch at a place nearby! http://ocparks.com/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?BlobID=28644 Please sign up for this hike ONLY if you plan to attend. Emergencies understandably occur, but it's never a good idea to bail on a hike at the last minute (or at all, for that matter). DIRECTIONS: Enter above address on your GPS. **Carpooling is encouraged.** There is a $3 parking charge at Irvine Regional Park and it's FREE due to Farmer's Market. RECOMMEND: Bring water, snacks, hat, sunscreen, glasses, comfortable tennis shoes and wear layers. We will offer an optional meal, there are many restaurants in this area. DISCLAIMER: We are not professional leaders. We are outdoor lovers who invite others to get connected with our natural beauty. By joining us you agree that hiking and other outdoor activities that you participate in with this group can be dangerous and that potential risks do exist. You and respective family and friends agree to not hold the club, it's organizers, hosts, or its members liable for any injury you may suffer on our outings and agree to assume all risks and responsibility for your own actions. Your personal safety depends solely on your own judgement, ability, and experience.

SURF CITY NIGHTS STREET FAIR AND FARMERS MARKET IN HTB

Surf City Nights: Every Tuesday, 5-9 p.m. Vendors start setting up at 3:30 p.m. I suggest to get there early to find metered parking (use a Credit Card!). You can park for FREE farther away. Read the comments here: https://www.yelp.com/biz/surf-city-nights-huntington-beach https://www.intomore.com/travel/hanging-in-huntington-beach-10-things-not-to-miss SPECIALTIES Surf City Nights is when three blocks of Main Street close to traffic and open to fun. Shops spread out with sidewalk sales, the streets fill with unique vendors, and the farmers set up with fresh, seasonal produce and flowers. A variety of performers provide hours of lively entertainment. It's a place where children dance in the streets, jump in the bounce houses, or ride a pony. It's for strolling couples, friends' reunions, and family gatherings. It's when every restaurant tempts you with signature dishes, cheerful drinks and Surf City Night specials. It's the perfect place to find that special gift amongst the 90+ vendor booths. Surf City Nights is presented each week by the Huntington Beach Downtown Business Improvement District. We would like to thank our downtown merchants and local businesses for bringing this great experience to Downtown Huntington Beach each Tuesday. This weekly special event closes Main Street for a funky Street Fair with musical acts ranging from Spanish guitar to hip-hop dancers, Van Morrison, Eagles and other musical artists and special weekends with themes announced on the Huntington Beach Calendar of Events. The public enjoys the event, which has grown and packs the downtown streets EACH TUESDAY NIGHT DURING THE SUMMER! WINTER TIME is more mellow, slower, and much more enjoyable for the middle age and older crowd, plus families with kids, who can keep better eye on their tiny tots as they romp in the bouncy houses, ride the kiddie train and toddle down Main, taking their first steps on HB's Main Street that overlooks the Huntington Beach Pier. Cool breezes blow from the beach (which is just across the street), and everyone who attends has a fantastic evening getting fresh air, listening and watching the entertainment, buying gifts, jewelry, art, clothing, food, and sampling a variety of tasty fresh items. HBDOWNTOWN.com is the official web site. FREE ADMISSION AND ENTERTAINMENT - Bring water, walking shoes, dark glasses, a bag (to carry what you buy), an OPTIONAL portable chair, dress in layers and bring a jacket in the winter. Fruits, vegetables, cut flowers, plants sold. Street vendors sell everything from funnel cakes to kettle corn, roasted corn, Pastelitos de Carne (empanadas), pupusas, tacos and hot dogs! Held every Tuesday evening from 5 to 9 p.m. Other questions: (714)[masked]. Location: Downtown Huntington Beach on Main Street between Orange and Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, California. Tourists and regional vacationers find that spending an overnighter in "Surf City" is pretty cool. For those unfamiliar with the local hotels, there's several things that will help you make the most of your stay. Within walking distance of Surf City Nights you'll find four choices to date. They include the upper-end (expensive) Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort and Huntington Beach Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa. Mid-range (anything at the beach isn't "cheap") you'll find Best Western Huntington Beach Inn walking distance to Main Street where the event is held. The interactive map below shows the hotel, and the event is right in the vicinity of the pier that juts into the ocean. You can see that the stroll is just a few blocks long.

PARADISE FALLS IN THOUSAND OAKS - BEGINNER

Wildwood Park

SUMMARY: The first part of the trail follows Moonridge trail looking down upon Indian Creek. Trail then drops down steeply into an area of volcanic rock with a spectacular 70-foot waterfall plunging into a large pool. The return leg of the loop is an easy meandering trail along the banks of Indian creek, with a number of lovely picnic spots along the way. I promise that you will be surprised that there is such a nice setting amongst the suburban sprawl. MEETUP LOCATION: Wildwood Park in Thousand Oaks TRAILHEAD WEATHER INFO: Trailhead Weather (http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/forecast/wxtables/index.php?lat=34.21761088147274&lon=-118.90652617905287&table=custom&duration=7&interval=3) RECOMMEND: Bring water, snacks, hat, sunscreen, glasses, comfortable hiking boots/ shoes and wear layers. We will offer an optional meal, there are many restaurants in this area. Please sign up for this hike ONLY if you plan to attend. Emergencies understandably occur, but it's never a good idea to bail on a hike the day of (or at all, for that matter). Thanks for being considerate, I really appreciate it! If you have something else planned that day, do not sign up, especially if you will carpool. MEETUP DIRECTIONS FROM 101: From the Moorpark Freeway (23), exit on Avenida de Los Arboles and go west (a right turn if you are coming from Moorpark). Follow de Los Arboles until it ends at Big Sky Drive. Make a U-turn and the park entrance is on the right side of the road. (Lat:[masked] Lon:[masked]) MEETUP DATE AND TIME: Meet at the Kiosk at 7:15am. Start hiking at 7:30am. LEVEL: Beginner DOGS OK ON A LEASH Rain or RED FLAG warning cancels the hike. We will reschedule if practical. DISCLAIMER: We are not professional leaders. We are outdoor lovers who invite others to get connected with our natural beauty. By joining us you agree that hiking and other outdoor activities that you participate in with this group can be dangerous and that potential risks do exist. You and respective family and friends agree to not hold the club, it's organizers, hosts, or its members liable for any injury you may suffer on our outings and agree to assume all risks and responsibility for your own actions. Your personal safety depends solely on your own judgement, ability, and experience.

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