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What we'll do: NOTE: Since we did this last week & all had so much fun & NO SMOKE; Here it is Again ! WE had 20 super happy adventurers NOTE: If you still like smoke ; then don't attend this fun Outing ! We meet at the Union hotel in Occidental. From here we can carpool & or follow me to our first location. We will head North to Fort Ross . Hiking around this historic place is easily a mile up & down hills & forests. Then our wine picnic & on to a hidden redwood forest trail very close by. WE will also view the most Bazaar Bay Laurel tree you have ever seen. Then on South to the Sea cliffs above Jenner town, Stunning cliff top views of the ever changing Russian river to the sea. A short hike down to the beach will have us view all manner of active wildlife there. This is a very special place, as it is constantly changing. Our super fun dinner option follows . I will have hard to choose choices for those who still have energy left. ** The RUSSIA HOUSE is still open !!. This may be your last chance to enjoy this eating establishment. A very unique total Experience ! ** Bring shoes with good tread, & maybe sandals for the beach areas, A warm jacket is a must, & BRING A LUNCH !. I will have the usual buffet in my car for all. Also hiking poles & other supplies .'Suggested Meetup donation: $25. [masked] EM: Use $, ,Chk, or p.pal. or Zelle. boldbackroads@gmail,com NOTE: contacting me is best via phone or Text. Or email to me directly & not thru Meetup. See you there ! Oh Yeah: Bring your masks as our social distancing will be from 73 to 99 inches.
9-26 (optional) Camp at Valley Floor (have permits)9-27 Begin at Trailhead at 10am. Get to and set up camp at Glen Aulin 9-28 Wake and head out for day-hike to Waterwheel AND Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne 9-29 Day Hikes up to Mcgee Lake and/or up Conness Creek 9-30 Wake and pack up and head back to trailhead and to home. Options Options Options Stats: Tuolumne Meadows 8,500 ft el. to Glen Aulin 7,900 ft el Total distance about 5.3 mi (one one) Total Elevation Change: - 600 feet over about 5 miles. Glen Auliun to Waterwheel is 7.5 mi round trip with about 1100 ft elevation change. This means our main backpacking portion will be a descent of 600. This means our return will be all uphill. This will be after eating our three nights of provisions and our packs are lighter. This means our difficult day hike (with no heavy packs) will be 1100 ft elevation change over 3 1/4 miles. Now you see why this is a "beginner" trip. We are not tracking major distance and elevation with heavy packs. We are traveling to a stunning area. Our campsite should have running water and vault style restrooms. This has everything you are looking for in your Yosemite trip – dynamic, cascading waterfalls, granite cliffs and valleys, lush meadows, lively forests, and a place to “commune with nature” as John Muir had written. The Glen Aulin trail is nothing short of magic. Take it from John Muir himself, 1869: “This is the most spacious and delightful high pleasure-ground I have yet seen… And though lying in the sky, the surrounding mountains are so much higher, one feels protected as if in a grand hall.” What's included and what's not. This is a led trip. However you do have some responsibility and "buy in." The main things provided are food, and site. Also of importance is the group first aid kit, water filter, cookware and cooking gear. As well as leading and curating of the trip. Included is the knowledge, expertise and safety. Also included is all the help you need to make sure you are outfitted for a safe and successful trip. We will be providing all with walkie talkies.You will need: The main things you will need are: Backpack Tent Sleeping Bag Sleeping pad As well as a host of smaller things such as aquatiner, knife, sunscreen, lip stuff and a bunch more. Such as clothing and etc. (the big things) can rented. Some can be borrowed too. A lot of the smaller things can be reg camping or household stuff repurposed. For instance . . . Sunscreen and lip balm and bug juice you likely have. Those who do sign on will get tons of lit. Here is how it will work. We will have our own "personal" gear and there is a whole bunch of "group" gear. Group gear is (for example) Stove, and fuel. Water filter. Food (in bear canisters). Cookware. Group gear gets divided (by weight) among the 11 of us. This is why a group trip can be better than solo where every person carries a stove and filter, and etc. This is one way we shave off weight by working together. The other way to shave off is if you have a two person tent. One of you carries the poles and fly, and the other carries the main body of the tent. The cost for all this? $375 Per Person Payment link https://py.pl/73TdGp8X84 Payment is the only way to secure your spot. WHAT?!?!?! Yes. This does include group gear and food. To do this trip on your own would cost over double to get all the gear. AND also as solo you would be too much to carry. This is intended as a beginner trip where you do not need to make the investment in all the gear and the gear/food is divided among those going to reduce the weight. Also included the safety gear and the guidance to make this a safe trip. Along the way we will also be doing orienteering and map skills. This event has 16 total with 14 filled. Main meetup https://www.meetup.com/MoreToExplore/events/271909547/ Only two opens.
Fall Colors. In rest of the country . . .. a very big thing. People take weekend trips for them. For us . . . It's still around (in the city) . . . with subtlety. If you are willing to take a little trip to a lesser-known corner of the state . . . you can find it big-time. And this is what we are going to do. The Plan: We will use Cabins located at the Big Pine Lakes trailhead as our home base. This will be Glamping and not camping. No tent needed. No sleeping bag. Each person will get their own room (unless you are a couple and wish to share a bed). The cabins are event heated so you can be nice and toasty at night. There is a kitchen in the cabins, so there is no need to worry about cooking over a campfire. BUT . . . there are campfire pits and we will do that too. Itinerary: Fri- Arrive anytime after noon. You can get there as late as midnight or 1AM. There will be a bottle of wine an a bar of chocolate on your pillow. No tent to set up. Once you put your bags inside making camp is done. Hopefully you do not get there too late. At 6PM there will be dinner around the campfire (there are tables). Saturday is when the real fun will start: We are staying at Big Pine Canyon with Aspen, Birch, Cottonwood and Willows along with alpine scenery and views of the Palisade Glacier, the southernmost glacier in North America. We will save that for Sunday (along with Bristlecone Forest and the oldest living things on earth). We will start Saturday with Bishop Creek Canyon. It is one of the most beautiful places (in the state – if not the country) to witness magnificent Fall Colors display. We will (drive) up into the canyon where there are innumerable places to see the changing colors of the forest. The entire canyon comprises three forks of Bishop Creek – north, middle and south fork. A large lake marks the head of each fork, North Lake on north fork; Lake Sabrina on middle fork; and South Lake on south fork, with numerous other smaller lakes along the creeks. We will have ever changing views as you drive, and we will stop and do exploration on foot from from trail-heads to take you deep into the explosion of color. This will include heading to Lake Sabrina, South Lake & North Lake with gorgeous views of surrounding 13,000’ peaks dusted with snow for contrasting beauty. And will also include the waterfall across the road from Bishop Creek Lodge. After the Bishop Creek area we will head to Buttermilk Recreation Area. It’s a beautiful place to soak up sun among giant boulders and rock formations stands of aspen clustered around streams. Then on to Round Valley with cottonwoods and poplars A little after to Lower Rock Creek that offers the best display of creekside aspen groves. When then head back to elevation with Rock Creek Canyon. The nine-mile road slices through a glacier-carved canyon and is lined with aspen stands, rustic lodges, trails. The plan will be to take the Little Lakes Valley Trail at the end of Rock Creek Road At this point in the day . . . if still early we will head towards McGee Creek and through brilliant aspen groves. And to Convict Lake with vivid blue lake is a perfect contrast to bright gold aspens. When we get back to camp there will be a BBQ dinner and a campfire waiting to sit around and discuss the day. Sunday: Early morning we will head out up North Fork of Big Pine Canyon for more stunning vistas of color. If you are ambitions you can even go all the way to Big Pine Lakes. The Fall Color at the lower portions. The main plan is to go partially up Big Pine Creek for a shorter jaunt. Then depart and head to Bristle-cone Forest. There are ONLY 8 openings for this trip. Cost: $465 Per Person for your own room/bed. https://py.pl/lRaef $365 Per Person if share room. https://py.pl/BR8cg www.tr.im/MoreToExplore Includes cabin lodging/glamping. Dinner Fri and Sat. Guided tours. Photography tips and technique. Does not include Transportation or other meals Do NOT delay and miss this getaway.
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The wild & Fun "New Tree Top" Zip Line experience ! How to find us: Meet in front of the Union Hotel. . What we'll do The Forest Flight Zip Line experience ! And the NEW "Tree Top" Experience" A Bucket List event ! We meet at the Historic Union Hotel in Occidental. In front parking area. We will be in the beautiful & tall Redwoods near the Russian river & Occidental. There are 7 runs, 2 sky bridges, A spiral staircase & a the rappel platform down. Highest part is 250 ft. & the longest run is about 1900 ft. ft. Almost 5000 ft. of Zipping ! You may reach speeds of 25-40 mph ! 70 lbs is the min. wgt. & 250 lbs is the max. Shorts are ok. (You will go faster with less clothing) . Or wear smooth tight clothing. Tie back long hair. No open toed shoes. *********Bring a camera with a strap. or rent a helmet cam or bring your Go-Pro. Cell phones will not work properly. Our dinner option in Occidental follows the Zip lining. I'll have drinks & snacks for all in case you missed Wildflour. (Don't miss it)! The New Tree Top Zip Tour is[masked] Only 10.00 more than the Forest Flight tour. But it is higher, faster & farther!! And better & more advanced equipment, etc. The reg. prices were[masked] last year. Pymts can also be mailed to: T. Bold 2471 Solano ave. #112 Napa, CA 94558 NOTE: No deposit means no reservation . ** I have reserved 2 tours of 8 people each. They run about 20 min. apart. This is a "BUCKET LIST" event !!!!!!!!!!! You will love it !!!! NOTE: After our Zip Line event we will have our early super delicious dinner option at the historic Union Hotel in Occidental. My friend Barbara the owner will have free super delicious Bruchetta appetizers for us. ***** If we are still in some sort of a lock down; we will not have our super fun dinner option. Hopefully we will not have to use masks? *****I will be available at the Petaluma Fairgrounds lot in front of the Library (100 Fairgrounds Dr.) off Washington St. for pickups at 11:15 am. **Must call/text for ride. [masked] NOTE: Please remove your rsvp if deposit is not sent within 7 days of your RSVP. ***If you have a paypal account: you must use the friends & family option or an Xtra fee will be assessed. Pay with Chase.com/zelle if having a problem. Or just send me a check. Or pay upon arrival. (Pymt. is required if you are a no show) ***NOTE: Always give me your em. & phone #. It's best to text me when the date is close as I may miss emails. ** I will also have drinks, snacks, etc. for all. NOTE: DO NOT wait till the last couple of days like last time as i was bombarded with p.pal pymts & some missed out & I had to send refunds. And some were very disappointed. Send in your deposit or full pymt in a timely manner. (See above) . **ALWAYS advise when & how you paid !!! Thanks ! ( I have to pre pay in advance for all participants.) ***Remember: Once you RSVP; you must send a deposit or full paymt. within one week. (And advise me when & how pymt. has been made) . This is an exciting & super fun & Bucket List outing ! ***Attendee limit is 8 people per Tour on the platforms. Note: Don't be scared ! This is a piece of cake. Great equipment & great guides. NOTE: rent a Go Pro or bring a camera with a strap to take photos. ** And I must have a minimum of 8 people to reserve this Tour time. ** Please use a desktop computer to RSVP & print up the page for reference with your mobile app. (If not; you may miss important info) ONE MORE THING: Bring your face masks ! ** **