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What we'll do NOTE: Please read all the info carefully as this event is very hard to organize & have it go smoothly. Questions: Contact Indie Tom @ [masked][masked] *****If you have never experienced this unique event; here is another chance . We will meet & shuttle from the posted address to the bathrooms & hike start location. This is a moderate 5-6 mile trek thru a variety of terrain. Very old Manzanita trees, Madrones, a waterfall, creek crossings, bridges, fern lined trails, a high (optional) log walk over a creek to test your balance, high Napa valley views, & more. This is also the farthest Eastern Stand of Ca. Coastal redwoods. Lunch will be at a private lakeside & island location hidden above the "Castelo Di Amorosa. (Wine castle) This Tuscan style Italian War castle took 16 years to build & much has come from Italy. No cement was used in construction. No two doors are alike & there are 8 levels. Yes; there is a Dungeon & Torture Chamber. Our wine tasting will commence in a private tasting room. We will also tour some of the castle grounds & chambers. NOTE: This is a very long & fun filled day. **NO Whinning will be permitted. The Dungeon will be ready. *****Bring a lunch. Bring after hike comfortable shoes. Bring your ID's for entry(Important). Wear layered clothing & good hiking shoes. I'll bring for all: Water, Juice, coffee, Tea, protein & Energy drinks, Wine Country Grapes as a Soda,(non alcoholic) (delicious) many Trail bars, Snacks, Gourmet fruit & Nut packs, hiking poles, (At our picnic lunch)Includes parking lot fees. ***The castle entry, touring, & wine tasting is optional but a must to experience & is 25.00. Hike portion donation: $25 chk or $ upon arrival. P.pal $28. Directions: For most : take hwy 29 North thru St. Helena. Go thru the tunnel of trees & past the CIA. (Culinary Insti) on your left. Go about 2-3 miles & past Bale Grist Mill. Go past Bale Lane. After 1/3 mile watch for Larkmead Lane which is just past Madrigal winery on your right. Park facing East against the bushes just past the large mailbox & Larkmead lane. NOTE: Do not enter the park address. Meet by the MAILBOX AT LARKMEAD LANE & HWY 29(St. Helena Hwy) .(Calistoga) Don't be late. Carpool, carpool. I can meet & take 3 in my car from a location just off hwy 29 in SE Napa. Must meet me there by 8:45 am. [masked]. (must call or text to confirm ride) If you still have energy; the dinner option follows. It will be a super fun day; As they most always are. If you miss this great event; it will be many months before we are back. NOTE: Don't get lost !!!!!!! Please read the above directions & not your phone info. It may lead you astray. ********Please do not use a phone APP. Use a desktop comp. You may miss some info. PRINT UP THIS PAGE FOR REFERENCE. to go with ph. app.
Ancient Forest & Amazing Exotic "Wild Cats " A Close up & personal Experience ! Contact Indie Tom at: [masked][masked] Please read the overview & the complete itinerary. We meet at the super Wild Flour Bread co. in Freestone. And enjoy the great breads & more while strolling thru their unique lush gardens. To help work off the carbs, our next stop will be a walk in a very hidden & special grove of Ancient Trees. This forest creates it's own weather. Sometimes it's raining inside & sunny outside. Wear good walking shoes. Bring a jacket. **If you are not too squeamish, I'll show you the special tree with a Bat colony inside it. You can see & hear them & take some photos. But sometimes they are not home. We will also have a short visit near the forest to see a Huge Buddah carved from a redwood tree trunk. Now that all are warmed up, we enter the secluded home of a special Conservation & Educational Foundation for Exotic Wild Cats from all over the world. *************NEWS Flash ! NOTE: The new adorable baby CHEETAH has arrived ! The baby Snow Leopard is now in his own large playground environment. He is so happy. *****But getting big fast !!! This is not a zoo. You will have a very educational & up close experience with these beautiful animals. Many are now endangered. Cheetahs & Snow leopards & many of the smaller lesser known Cats. This experience will take at least three plus hours to experience all the cats & their histories & important info about them. About three years ago go; everyone was just enthralled & smitten by the Mountain Lion Kitten(Cub). But he has grown up to full size now. ** You will be very close to some of these beautiful animals. There are about 22 amazing cats to view & learn about their unique characteristics. Following the tour a light wine luncheon will be served & (Time permitting) a special video of the unique running abilities of the Cheetah. See the amazing Fish Cat. And the beautiful & graceful Cheetah's. The flashing Black leopard & other exotic cats. And of course the new baby Cheetah !! **Light luncheon - Wine & refreshments & snacks will be served. Donation/: $[masked] This will fill fast as only 10-12 people can tour. U may use paypal with my Email: [masked] (Must use friends & family option) or; easier way: http://www.chase.com/zelle or mail a chk. to T. Bold 2471 Solano ave. # 112 Napa, CA 94558 ****No $ equals no RSVP. NOTE: A 50% deposit is req. to reserve a spot. **Please note: 12 attendees is the absolute max for this rewarding experience. So go for it ! The whole day will bring pleasant & lasting memories. Don't even think of not bringing your camera. Yes, this is one amazing experience ! ************This event will fill up quickly. Members of Backroads will get first chance before I publish this sometime later next week. NOTE: I will be available for ride/pickup at 9;30 am. am at the Petaluma Fairgrounds parking lot next to the Library. Meet me by the big tree close to the library. I have a silver Subaru Forester. Going N. on 101 ; exit at Washington ave. & go West 2 blks. Turn left by the library. (100 Fairgrounds Dr.) [masked]
April 28th – May 6th 2019 Our friends at PhotoFly Travel Club (http://www.photoflytravel.com/) have invited us to their classic adventure in Bali! E-mail us at [masked] the daily itinerary! Sign up at: http://www.photoflytravel.org/bali-group-tours/ (http://www.photoflytravel.org/bali-group-tours/) We’ve been exploring Bali for years crafting a one of a kind experience to the best known and unknown treasures of this special island. We know by the end of this adventure you will LOVE Bali just as much as Julia Robert’s did in “Eat, Pray, Love”. From the coastal temples of Tanah Lot, to the gorgeous pure white sand beaches and snorkeling on the Gili Islands, to the man made wonders of the Antosari Rice Terraces, we will see an incredible slice of diverse spectacle’s throughout Bali. The food is incredible too, let alone the amazing Bali photography! Email us to see daily itinerary for our bali group tours at [masked] * 8 night/9 Day Adventure * Amazing Balinese style bungalow and boutique hotels * Breakfast everyday * Private guided tour of the famous Tanah Lot Temple (Great photo opportunities of local life and culture around this gorgeous Hindu Temple) * Explore beautiful waterfalls among the interior mountains of Munduk (private guided tour) (smell cloves in the air from these aromatic trees grown in the region and enjoy the fresh cooler air in these gorgeous mountain landscapes) * Wander through stunning rice terrace landscapes in Antosari (Private guided tour, amazing photo opportunities!) * The Gili Islands: We’ll lounge under the sun on pure white sand beaches, snorkel with clown fish & sea turtles, & explore the best that all 3 Gili islands off the coast of Bali have to offer! This is true paradise and an amazing escape from the hustle and bustle of the mainland. * Amazing optional full day island hopping exploration & snorkeling tour * Explore the famous Monkey Forest of Ubud and this quaint town made famous by the book and movie: “Eat, Pray, Love” * Final night Balinese Dance Performance w/ dinner Bali Group Tours Inclusions: * Privately guided small group tour as always! * Delicious local meals throughout ( 8 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners) * 3 Massages throughout the experience! (great way to unwind and relax at the end of a day’s adventure) * All Taxes & Entrance Fees included (*Does not include Bali Airport Departure Tax paid upon departure) * All Transfers and ground transportation included * Roommate Pairing to save money as always! * International Airfare is not included but we will assist all guests with finding the best flight! We will be flying into and out of Denpasar International Airport (Airport code: DPS) (Specific arrival/departure times will be sent to all guests and we are available to assist in booking the proper flights as always when needed) * Email us to see daily itinerary for our bali group tours at [masked] Join Us! *For our solo travelers I will pair you up with someone of the same sex unless single occupancy is requested. Price: $[masked] *Single Supplement: $495.00 OR Deposit: $600.00 Go here to sign up: http://www.photoflytravel.org/bali-group-tours/
May 1st - May 9th 2019 Our friends at PhotoFly Travel Club (http://www.photoflytravel.com/) have invited us to an amazingly affordable safari in South Africa! E-mail us at [masked] for the daily itinerary! Sign up at: http://www.photoflytravel.org/south-africa-group-tours/ Check out this UNBELIEVABLE safari deal in South Africa! We’ve created a unique itinerary as always just for our travel club and this adventure safari includes all meals, uses open safari vehicles for an exhilarating experience perfect for photo lovers, and plenty of game drives to maximize photography opportunities! As always we welcome photo lovers of all levels. PLUS! Don’t forget to check out our optional Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe Extension Option! Details below… Email us to see daily itinerary at [masked] * 8 night/9 Day Adventure (Fly into and out of Johannesburg International Airport (JNB) * All Inclusive: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner everyday * Privately guided small group tour as always! * Wild Life: Elephants, Buffalos, Antelopes, Water Bucks, Rhinos, Leopards, Lions, Cheetahs, Giraffes, Zebras, 100’s species of birds, and more! * Endangered Species and Wildlife Center: The rare opportunity to come face to face with the gatekeepers to the ancient African kingdoms: the white lions! Here we’ll also come face to face with some of Africa’s most unpredictable, dangerous, yet majestic animals: the cape buffalo. Entabeni Safari Conservancy “The Place of the Mountain”, is situated in the World Heritage “Waterberg Biosphere” of the Waterberg region. The wildlife experience is impressive with more than 55 mammal species (including the big five, consisting of lion, buffalo, elephant, leopard and rhino) 300 plants species and 380 bird species. Ravineside Lodge (3 nights) Ravineside lodge is built on stilts, hugging the side of a cliff under Entabeni Mountain. We’ll be awestruck by the unrestricted views of the hillsides & grandeur of the ravine whilst listening to the rippling sound of the water from the valleys below. Each lodge has en suite bedrooms, decorated in a traditional African theme. Ravineside also hosts a large central swimming pool for guests to cool off in. Weather permitting, dinners are regularly served in the boma (fireside meeting place) with its wonderfully wild ambience. Lakeside Lodge (2 nights) Set on the banks of the 1.7km lake, this thatch and stone lodge provides a memorable blend of luxury and wilderness with the awe-inspiring Entabeni Mountain as a best lodges south africabackdrop. Spacious double/twin rooms are complemented by sundowners on your own private deck with the ever-changing colours of the Entabeni Mountain reflecting in the lake. The hippos at Lake Entabeni are a site to behold and the viewing deck provides the perfect setting for spectacular views over the lake Wildside Luxury Safari Camp (3 nights) A true African bush experience awaits us at Wildside Safari Camp, where the essence of the unspoilt wilderness of the Waterberg is combined with comfortable en-suite tents, creating a true African atmosphere. * Transfers, Taxes, & Fees included * Roommate Pairing to save money as always! * International Airfare is not included but we will assist all guests with finding the best flights (Flying into & out of Johannesburg (JNB): Specific arrival/departure times will be sent to all guests and we’ll assist in booking proper flights if needed as always. * 3, 4, 5, Day Extension Options available! Ask us for more info!!! * Email us to see daily itinerary at [masked] * WAIT! Ask about out our OPTIONAL Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls Extension. The largest waterfall in Africa beckons after our once-in-a-lifetime safari! Join Us! *For our solo travelers I will pair you up with someone of the same sex unless single occupancy is requested. Price: $[masked] *Single Supplement: $425.00 OR Deposit: $600.00 Go here to sign up: http://www.photoflytravel.org/south-africa-group-tours/