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We have renamed our meetup to reflect a more casual approach to wine & wine tasting & food pairing by adding additional & unique wine activities. Events include Wine Tours. Wine & Art Tours & the unique concept of Wine & Nature Adventure Outings. (Wine/Bike trips, Wine Kayak Outings, Foodie/Wine & Nature Outings.)

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Occasionally we will invite vintners to offer their insights about their own experience in the wine industry while pouring their wines. And we invite wine drinkers to share in these discussions, treks, and tastings. Come join in the exploration.

Santé,

TOM Bold aka: Koma Nahoa (Hawaiian Name)

Please note: Tom Merle is still our Wine Guru.

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Everest Base Camp!!!! Nepal Trip!!! An adventure beyond your wildest dreams!

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This is definitely a bucket list type adventure. It is also tempered with safety and do-ability. This event embodies adventure and the romance of traveling to far off places. First of all, . . . this is NOT going up to the top of Everest (29,000). This is going to Everest Base Camp (17,600) also called EBC. Our starting elevation will be in Lukla at 9,400'. With all that said . . . this is VERY doable at any age. You do not need to be a marathon runner. The truth is if you can manage walking 3-6 hours a day, up and down a hill, while carrying a light pack, you will be OK! Professional guides and Porters to carry your gear are included. All that is left for you to carry is your water, snacks and camera. But I don't have the needed gear?! Our trip includes providing you with a North Face sleeping bag and parka, rated to -4F. As well as walking poles. So you don't have to buy them or pack in your suitcase. Does this include food? Yes. This includes meals. What is lodging like? Are we sleeping in tents? No. We are sleeping in a series of "Tea Houses" along the route. You will have bed in a shared room with roommate (from the group). Sorry, a solo room will not be available on this trip. We will pair up everybody. What if I get sick or hurt. By the way . . . how dangerous is this? This is NOT the summiting Everest with people dying from bad choices. We will be walking on an established, well used trail the entire time, and NOT on snow or ice. Stats from past years show that 30,000 people a year do the EBC trek. With all that said, . . . Our trip INCLUDES emergency insurance. For instance: this will cover a helicopter if needed. Plain and simple, safety is our primary goal. We will have an experienced guide and porters, and Anna and I will be along the entire way too. OK. How much does this cost? INCLUDING AIR departing from LA the TOTAL cost is: 18 days for ONLY $3,480 (this includes air!) If you want a breakdown to try and find a better flight, OR if you wish to use miles, OR if you wish to upgrade your flight, OR you are not flying out of LA Everest Base Camp Trip $2,290 (15 Day, land only) The (group) air portion $1,190 (departure LA) Non-Refundable Deposit of $250 to hold your place by Jan 15th. Balance due by Feb 18th There is not enough room on meetup to post the full detailed day to day itinerary. More is available upon request If you have any questions call 8I8 52I 48I9, or RSVP, or PM or post a comment. Apr 18th Depart 6:30PM Apr 19th Flight time across time zones Apr 20th Arrival in Kathmandu 10:30 AM(4,377') Night at hotel Apr 21st Scenic flight to Lukla (9,383')(45 minutes) and trek to Phakding (8700/4-5 hrs/5mi Apr 22nd Trek to Namche Bazar (11,286'/5-6 hrs/6.2mi) Apr 23rd Acclimatization day. Day Hike to Syanboche (12,575') Apr 24th Trek to Tengboche (12,664'/5-6 hrs/6.2mi) Apr 25th Trek to Dingboche (14,469'/5-6 hrs/5mi) Apr 26th Acclimatization day. Day Hike to Nagarjun Hills (16,676'/2 hrs) Apr 27th Trek to Lobuche (16,207'/ 5-6 hrs trekking/4.4mi) Apr 28th Lobuche to Gorakshep (16,942')- Everest Base Camp (17,600') (Everest summit is 29,029') and trek back to Gorakshep (7-8 hrs/9.3mi) Apr 29th Gorakshep to Kalapathar (18,514') and trek to Pheriche (14,340'/ 6-7 hrs/9.3mi) Apr 30th Trek back to Namche Bazar (11,286'/5-6 hrs/9.3mi) May 1st Trek to Lukla (9,383'/6-7 hrs trek/5.6mi) May 2nd Scenic Flight back to Kathmandu (45 minutes flight). Last minute shopping May 3rd Contingency Day May 4th Drive to Kathmandu airport (20-30 minutes’ drive) and fly back to the home. May 5 Arrive LAX Apprx 5PM This is the adventure of a lifetime. It is done in a safe manner and includes lots with no surprises. For a compete list of what is included, and what is not included AND/OR for a Detailed Daily Itinerary and detailed packing list: RSVP, PM or post in the comments. Note correct end date May 5th not May 1st. Meetup limits event posts 14 days max https://tr.im/MoreToExplore https://tr.im/BaseCampEverest

St Petersburg, Moscow, Warsaw, Krakow Wieliczka: Epic Eastern Train Adventure!!!

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Let's make a plan to get out of town and Meetup!! This trip is an AMAZING Eastern European journey. It has all the best elements. The basic thumbnails are St Petersburg, Moscow, Warsaw, Krakow and Wieliczka. We will be visiting at the top of summer - a time called "White Nights" The sun never really sets. It's amazing!!! Add to this: We will be taking Night Trains from St Petersburg to Moscow and then from Moscow to Warsaw. This brings in the romance train travel of a bygone era. We start in St Petersburg. A city dripping with history. First of all . . .there is the Hermitage. And there is the rest of the amazing city too (rsvp or message us to find out city options) After our time in St Petersburg we travel by night train to Moscow. In Moscow we will have two full days to soak in the city with guided tours. (rsvp or message us to find out city specifics) After our fill of Moscow we make our way by Night Train to Warsaw. If you don't know much about Warsaw . . . you will, after we get there. It is truly a historic city. (rsvp or message us to find out city options) We continue to Krakow. This may very well be the gem of the entire trip. From Krakow we do take a day trip to Wieliczka. This is NOT to be missed. Here are links that give a small taste of each place "White Nights https://tr.im/WhiteNightsVid St Petersburg https://tr.im/StPetersburgVid Moscow https://tr.im/MoscowVid (this underplays what is there) Karkow https://tr.im/KrakowVid1 and https://tr.im/KrakowVid2 Warsaw https://tr.im/WarsawVid Wieliczka https://tr.im/WieliczkaVid Itinerary Day 0 Jun 17 Departure to St Petersburg Day 1 Jun 18 Arrival. Sit down kickoff dinner (included) Hotel Petro Palace Day 2 Jun 19 First day of Miracles of St Petersburg. City Tour. Lunch Included in tour. Hotel Petro Palace Day 3 Jun 20 Second day of Miracles of St Petersburg. City Tour. Night Train St Pete/Moscow Day 4 Jun 21 Moscow Private 2-Day Tour. Sit down dinner (included) Hotel Metropol Moscow Day 5 Jun 22 Moscow Private 2-Day Tour. Night Train Moscow/Warsaw Day 6 Jun 23 Warsaw Hop-on, Hop-off Tour. Sit down dinner (included) Hotel Bellotto Day 7 Jun 24 Day at leisure to explore (night in) Hotel Bellotto Day 8 Jun 25 Warsaw to Krakow with sightseeing on the way. Extra stop Monastery of Jasna Gora in Czestochowa, home to the Black Madonna painting. Metropolitan Boutique Hotel Day 9, Jun 26 Day Trip to Auschwitz-Birkenau and Wieliczka Salt Mine from Krakow (Lunch included) Metropolitan Boutique Hotel Day 10 Jun 27 Farewell Dinner (included) Metropolitan Boutique Hotel Day 11 Jun 28 Flight Home Add to all of this . . . we will be staying in 5 star hotels that are in the heart of the city and in the center of all the sights and culture. Hotels St Petersbug https://tr.im/StPetersburgHotel Moscow https://tr.im/MoscowHotel Warsaw https://tr.im/WarsawHotel1 or https://tr.im/WarsawHotel2 Krakow https://tr.im/KrakowHotel This event is cross-posted to several like-minded groups. The main group coordinating is https://tr.im/MoreToExplore Total cost is $2,990. Per person, Double Occupancy. We will provide roommate matching. Solo Room supplement is $1,100 (if you want the hotel room and train cabin to yourself) Round trip air is not included. This is the "land" portion cost. Deposit of $500.00 to secure your place ASAP. Deposit refundable up to 90 days prior to departure. Balance due no later than April 17, 2020. We will walk you thru obtaining a Russian Visa. There is an additional cost. Here are other upcoming events: May 15 Ensenada Weekend Cruise https://tr.im/Ensenada Apr 18 Everest Base Camp https://tr.im/BaseCampEverest Sep 18 Meetup on The Orient Express Paris, Venice, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Istanbul https://tr.im/OrientExpress2020 May 8 Sequoia National Park https://tr.im/SequoiaCamping May 22 Yosemite Memorial Day Weekend https://tr.im/YosemiteCamping Jul 2 July 4th Weekend: Big Pine Lakes https://tr.im/July4thCamping

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