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HAPPINESS PROJECTHIKE AT ANNADEL (4-5 MILES GOOD EXERCISE)

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** Please note that this hike is a special purpose hike. Please don't RSVP if you aren't interested in starting a Happiness Project. Those of you that have hiked on a Happiness Project HIke before will grouped together and all of the new project members will be with me.

There are many ways to increase your level of happiness but during this hike we focus on a technique learned from Gretchen Rubin. Awhile ago we read a book called the Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. After reading the book some of us decided that it would be fun to do a Wanderer's version of the Happiness project and follow through with monthly hikes until the end of the year. You can come to them all or just some of them...no obligation required. Come join me in our VERY OWN Happiness project. You don't need to have read the book because we are going to create our own version. Just come with a short list of about 5 or more things that you would like to work on, try out, learn..etc for the rest of the year

This route is about 4-5 miles with an elevation gain of about 400 feet.

We are going to do the Spring Creek Trail, meander by lovely Lake Ilsanjo and continue back on Canyon Trail. I found a great detailed description of the route that with the use of the map found on the brochure you will be able to see exactly where we are going. The two links are below:

Annadel Trail Route Info: http://fleetfeetsantarosa.com/Routes/anna_6mi.htm

Annadel SP Brochure: http://www.parks.ca.g... (http://www.parks.ca.gov/pages/480/files/ANNADELSP2.pdf)

Annadel Trail Map in jpeg: http://files.meetup.com/1819651/ANNADEL_SP_Full_Map.jpg (right mouse click to download)

Driving Directions to Trailhead: -

From Highway 12 East Bound from 101

At the stoplight continue straight onto Hoen Ave.

Take a right at the light onto Summerfield Ave.

Take a left on Parktrail drive (2nd street on left).

Park about a 1/3 of a mile up the road; the trailhead is on the left

Please read and be familiar with the guidelines of the group as listed below. It’s important before you come on a Wanderer hike that you agree and are prepared with the following.

As always:

We combine enjoyment of the trail with respect for everyone’s time. A steady pace and we just keep going! If you are in the lead you will end up waiting at trail junctions. If you are in the back you will be asked to do your best to keep up with the group and at waiting points the group may move on as soon as you are within sight. Our pace averages 2.5mph. We do get separated from time to time as everyone walks their own pace but please bear in mind that you will need to be able to stay within a reasonable distance from the group. Make sure this is something you are prepared for and would enjoy

Please always check your email the night before just in case there are any necessary adjustments to the hike details. Cancellations or any adjustments will be posted by 10pm the previous evening.

RSVP etiquette must be followed. Only RSVP when you can commit to attend. Once you have RSVP'd if you have an emergency that means you have to cancel please change your RSVP by 5pm the prior day. This will avoid a "no-show" reflecting on your participation history. Over 3 "no-shows" might mean we have to excuse you from the group. We try very hard to respect each other in this group.

Give yourself time to find the trail head so that you arrive prior to the scheduled time. That is the time we head out on the trail. It would be disappointing to miss having you on the hike due to late arrival. You will be left behind if you are not ready to head out at the hike start time.

Wear comfortable hiking shoes with good rugged soles that are well broken in.

Duration: 2-3 hours

Facilities: none

Dogs?: none allowed

Bring plenty of water. Dress in layers. The hike starts off cool but rapidly warms up.

Bring your smile and great attitude! We are ALL about trail enjoyment while respecting everyone’s time!

See you on the trail!

Car pool etiquette- First and foremost....come prepared to drive. Yes.....I know.....a lot of you are trying to car pool because you don't want to or can't drive for whatever reason. I don't want you to be disappointed, so if you can't drive please be aware that you might not be able to join the hike. There is always that risk if you are counting on others to be your transportation. There may be no others wanting to car pool from your selected location or there might be a lot of people and everyone might want to ride. You might arrive late, be in the wrong spot or get stopped by a swarm of your paparazzi...come prepared to drive to the trail head if you want to hike! If we have a gang wanting to ride we determine who gets the rider seats by who has most recently been a driver in the past. This is worked out based by who shows up at the car pool location. We can't guarantee anyone a seat because we never know until that day who will show up. We do our best to work it out and make everyone happy but we need everyone to pitch in and help make it work! General rule of thumb for riders...$5 one hour or less to trailhead $8 over one hour to trailhead Please insist your driver accept the money. It's to cover more than gas money...it's the wear and tear on the vehicle. We like to take care of our drivers!Then PLEASE if possible try to use the location below. The more locations we have the less effective we are and it's so much more complicated. Exceptions would be if you are not close to either location.

Car pool locations:

PETALUMA-Lucky at the intersection of Lakeville and Caulfield Ln. Park closest to Payran St. suggested leave by 8

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