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Senior Walkabouters & Adventure Group "SWAG"

Santa Rosa, CA

Senior Walkabouters & Adventure Group "SWAG"

2021 Covid update:  Fully vaccinated members may want to bring a mask to the hike and wear it when encountering someone whose vaccination status is in question. Any member or guest not vaccinated must always wear a mask. 

SWAG had its beginning in April 2012 when our original leader, Wendy realized it was time for her and many of us to either get in shape or back into shape. And what better way to do that than walking and/or hiking? We started with about 10 people and have grown to over 100 at the time of this writing.

We are a fun group of people who enjoy getting out and doing things together whether it be walking, hiking or any other adventure anyone can think of. It is a great way to get some exercise in, learn more about the local parks in the area and make some truly fantastic friendships along the way.

As most of you know there are a number of hiking groups in this area.  We have several hike leaders and a variety of hikes posted. If you are concerned about your fitness level please read the description of the hike or ask questions if details are not posted about the elevation, trail surface and distance. Nyla's hikes are about 4 miles but sometimes include hills up to 500 ft (Foothill, Shiloh). Kebbie generally has longer hikes with more elevation around 800 or 1000 ft.

By signing up for this hike, you agree to the following:

You recognize that there are risks associated with participating in group hikes and assume full responsibility for personal injury. You agree to indemnify and release from liability the leaders of this group against all claims, causes of action, damages, judgments, costs or expenses, including attorney fees which may arise.

As with most groups there are rules:

Membership: Membership is $3.00 per year -- due within 30 days of signup may be paid online via credit card. Message me if you need to mail the dues.  Dues cover the cost of SWAG’s annual fee to 'Meet-Up' and a portion goes to the payment system.

About Attending Events:

1. All events start at the time indicated. We may wait a few minutes if someone knows you are coming but don't count on it (out of fairness to others) as they have planned their schedule to be on time.

2. Please make sure that you click “Yes” to RSVP so the leader knows who and how many will be attending.

3. If you find that you will not be able to attend after stating that you will attend, please change your RSVP to “No” – even if that is at the last minute.

4. There will be many events posted that you either cannot attend or do not want to attend. That is perfectly alright. But please, you DO NOT have to RSVP No if you do not plan on attending. Just delete the email invitation.

5. Please read the descriptions of the hikes. If there are hills and you cannot do hills for whatever reason it is probably best to not RSVP. 

6. Remember that everyone accepts responsibility for themselves. This means knowing and accepting your capabilities; wearing proper clothing; bringing your own water and snacks.

7. Please check the website prior to the event in case there are any changes. This is especially important during bad weather or fire season.

8. Note regarding personal responsibility. If you decide to attend the Senior Walkabout Adventure Group you are responsible for your own safety. Leaders, organizers and other hikers are regular community members like yourselves not experts and they are not liable for any injury that you may sustain while attending or hiking with the group.

We do not charge per event. However, there may be times in which you might be required to pay for parking or an entrance fee due to the venue. Those fees are paid directly to the venue.

Please note that the leaders and organizers are all volunteers. They are not paid and most do not have any training in leading hikes. If you have a problem with any leader please do not comment on that event page. Instead please message Nyla and let her know of the situation that took place.

Now...let's get that SWAG going...

157 members · Public

Sonoma County Wanderers

Santa Rosa, CA

Sonoma County Wanderers

Welcome to The Wanderers! You have just discovered Sonoma County's most active hiking group! We love to hike...during the week, the afternoon, the weekend and even by the light of the full moon! If you love to hike, you have just found your new home! But the most important part of this message is to FIND A HIKE and sign up...NOW! I've found that the newcomers that jump right in and start hiking are the ones that become a strong part of our Wanderer hiking community.

We are about the journey as well as the destination.  We are striving to meet the hikers that fall into the middle zone...people that enjoy moderate mileage with moderate altitude gain with a challenge thrown in occasionally at a moderate pace!    We are a group that wants to explore and constantly include new hikes while doing our favorites on a regular basis.   Although we have members as young as 12, most of our members fall in the 45-70 year old range.

Our outings will normally be in the 5-14 mile range. We are looking for people that are looking to improve their fitness level or are maintaining their current level. If you are a moderate hiker that is hiking frequently you will find our hikes quite enjoyable. If you are a new hiker or have recently just got back to hiking then our pace might be challenging for you at first until you fully get back into wandering on the trails. We do average a speed of 2.5-3.0 mph and we keep going. We wait at trail junctions and those of you in the front will have to wait and those of you in the rear will find that the group starts off when you are safely within sight.  Oh and YES, there will be altitude gain included in almost every hike. You will need to be comfortable and happy with walking uphill.  You also will need to be steady on your feet for the down hills.  Once again, we stop briefly to keep the group together from time to time but we do keep going with the exception of our lunch/snack break.  

A word of caution-if you haven't been hiking regularly you will need to give yourself some time and consistent participation to be comfortable with the group's pace. Most people that start with us think our pace of 2.5-3.0 is fast until they have completed 4-5 hikes.  Don't get discouraged after one hike. A common comment I get from new hikers is that they didn't have time to enjoy the scenery. Trust me....as you continue with the group, you will find yourself being very comfortable with the pace and will fully enjoy the scenery.  

Our group size is limited so please DO NOT sign up for a hike unless you are 100% sure you will be there. If you cancel last minute (after 5pm the preceding day) or are a no-show then we will need to excuse you from the group. If you take a spot, that means that someone else is not able to hike. Make sure to show up!

We are about hiking. If you are into plant, mushroom, scat or bad mood studies then this group is not for you. Although we love pictures and encourage photographs, if you are having a hard time staying with the group, you will need to let others take the photos until you find yourself able to keep up.

I'm not a professional hiker or guide and I don't have specialized training in first aid so I need to hold everyone completely responsible for their own safety and well-being. What I do have is a love of the outdoors and a desire to be there..whenever possible. I also have knowledge of many local hikes and am ALWAYS exploring new ones! Come join me and we will simply enjoy this gorgeous area that we live in, find new adventures, laugh, talk and probably learn something new every hike while making new friends.

Please don't get discouraged if the first couple of hikes seem hard. Just keep on joining in. If there is one thing I know, the fun, health benefits and confidence arrive in spades, with repetition.

Happy Trails!

Leigh

P.S. We are hiking under covid conditions so bring a mask and be prepared to step off the trail to maintain a distance from others. You are responsible for your own health and safety during COVID conditions.

2286 members · Private

Sonoma County Fifty-Plus Singles

Santa Rosa, CA

Sonoma County Fifty-Plus Singles

What we're "about": We are.........

• Single people 50 years of age and older, interested in connecting with other 50+ singles in a safe, supportive, and fun environment. (Note: Not 50 yet? We appreciate your interest in us, but we respectfully request that you honor our membership guidelines. Thanks!)

• Unfortunately, as we are all aware, getting together in person these days is pretty much out of the question. Hopefully in the not too distant future that will be happening again. But until that time please feel free to log in to the Zoom get togethers held on Wednesday and Friday evenings. Those are always posted on the calendar or the events listings. Yep it is BYOD (bring your own drink whatever that might be). This is a great way to meet some of the others that have either been in the group for a long time or maybe some of the other new people.

If you have ideas for anything else we might try please either message Kendra via meetup or post it in the discussion board.

I know we are all looking forward to the day that we can once again go out and see each other in person. That day will come at some point in time. In the meantime please, everyone, stay safe and healthy!



• About gathering with others to explore all that northern California has to offer: hiking, biking, golfing, kayaking, dancing, show-going, game-watching, brunching, lunching, "wining" and dining, or just hanging out and making new friends. Our members are "up for" and "down with" almost anything that's fun and easy to access, at places that welcome 2 or 200.

Most of all, we're about helping YOU connect with others in friendship and fun!

About Membership:

Your annual dues are $5. You can pay through the site or via check (Note: If sending a check, email John, the Organizer, for specific directions). Dues help to cover our organization's dues to the national Meetup-dot-com organization, maintain our PO box, and contribute a bit to a general event fund. Read more about our dues when you join and create your profile.

About Attending Gatherings:

To RSVP: Just click on the event title and then click "Yes" to RSVP. 

Can't attend after all? Just return to the site and change your RSVP to "No." (Then, accept heart-felt thanks from the event Organizer for helping us to keep RSVPs realistic. No one wants to be in charge of saving 20 seats only to have 10 people show up.)

Is there an event charge? Nope. We generally DON'T CHARGE for our events, unless there's a special requirement from the venue.

How Events Get Scheduled: 

ANY member can post and organize an event! Got something special in mind? We invite you to check out our hosting guidelines (see PDF link below) to learn about the responsibilities. 

http://files.meetup.com/2633412/HostingGuidelines2014_1.pdf

SEE YOU SOON!

107 members · Public

Novel Lovers of Sonoma County, CA

Sebastopol, CA

Novel Lovers of Sonoma County, CA

Novel Lovers of Sonoma County, CA (originally Novel Lovers of Sebastopol) is a book discussion group where we talk in depth about contemporary literary fiction. Yes, we really discuss the book for two hours! We assume that you’ve read the book and are eager to talk about it. We’re friendly and welcoming – not stodgy at all -- but we do take our book discussions seriously!

We read contemporary novels, almost exclusively those that have received critical acclaim and/or won literary awards. We try to schedule a few books ahead so you can get the book and plan your time.  To participate in this process, comment on our
message board, especially the  current Book Recommendations thread. 

Please RSVP “yes” when you know for sure that you’ll be there, and please change your RSVP if your plans change. Don’t RSVP “yes” if you mean “maybe,” and please don’t be a no-show. As a courtesy to the wait list, our host, and me, please change your RSVP if you can't attend, even at the last minute.

Each time I announce a book, the RSVP list fills quickly, and we often have large wait lists. Almost everyone does get in (people's plans change, emergencies and illnesses happen, etc.), so if you're on the wait list, read the book. If you get in, even as late as the day of the meeting, you'll be ready. 

Bring a snack to share if it's convenient, and a couple of dollars  towards the organizer dues. 

We look forward to talking books with you!

Questions? Email Joan Price, organizer.

8/16/20: I realize I haven't updated our group description since we moved our meetings online in March 2020. Here's what we're doing now:

* Novels: During the pandemic, we're still reading one novel a month, meeting online for 1.5 hours. 

* Short Story Group: Our book club has been reading contemporary novels, and we also created a short story spin-off group that met monthly before the pandemic. After we started taking our meetings online, we switched the short story group from monthly to weekly, one story, one hour. We have a core group that meets each week. We're open to new members who want to discuss short stories in depth. 

241 members · Public

Sea and Mountain Hiking Meetup

Petaluma, CA

Sea and Mountain Hiking Meetup

Welcome to our group! We are a group of outgoing friendly hikers We enjoy hiking in the local bay area, mostly North Bay. Our hikes tend to be between 10 to 16 miles, at a faster pace and more strenuous. Most hikes will start early sometimes at 7 am, 8 am or 9 am. We usually are done by early afternoon or noon so that you can get more done on the weekends. Early AM start times also help with social distancing and to allow time to accomplish more later in the day. 


Please plan to stay with the group and complete the per-determined route. Do not go so far and then take others with you to do your own route and then splitting up the group. If you are sick or injured and need to leave prior to the end of the hike please let the leader know and then you can hike out alone or with one other friend.


For most hikes the pace is around 2.75 to 3 mph. All of the hikes will have elevation gain; some more so than others. We are faster than a lot of other meetups (unless the discription says slower)so please be prepared for a workout, but it is great fun. We urge people to use their energy to keep up. If you find that our pace is too fast I recommend going on one of the slower paced hikes that my husband will lead. 

I describe the hikes as Moderate or Strenuous. Moderate hikes are less than 10 miles and only one uphill with gentle grade. A strenuous hike can have 2 up hills or one very steep uphill and is usually more than 10 miles with the exception of Taylor Mountain.

I also plan road trips which include hiking and camping in a specific location such as the Pinnacles or Mount Lassen, Crescent city area, the Sierras, or Mendocino county. 

Things to remember: please wait at all junctions. If you can't make it to a hike please RSVP yourself out more than 24 hours prior to the event. If you do not show up but do not change your RSVP to no you will be removed from the group. I have to wait list people now and it is unfair to people on the waitlist if others take a spot but don't show up. We start on time out of respect for the people who show up so please leave early from home to allow for things like traffic. If you RSVP for a hike please show up or take your self out so that someone else on the waitlist can get in 24 hours or more prior to the hike.

Happy Trails!

1092 members · Private

Hiking in Marin: Mountains, Meadows, Marshes and Mist

Mill Valley, CA

Hiking in Marin: Mountains, Meadows, Marshes and Mist

This group is for everyone who wants to explore the stunning beauty and remarkable trails of verdant Marin County. We spend much of our time hiking among the majestic redwoods, but we'also take advantage of Marin's glorious coastal-trail views, its high peaks, and its many streams and waterfalls -- sometimes all in the same hike!


Many of our hikes are fairly moderate in both distance and pace, though we do mix in longer hikes with more vertical, as well as occasional beginner hikes. But regardless of distance, virtually all of our hikes are limited in attendance, so that we can ensure everyone's safety and attempt to keep the group together as much as possible. Smaller groups also make for a more intimate, natural experience in the wilderness, which is particularly important to us because we like to get off the well-known trails as much as possible. There are plenty of 100-hikers-and-a-cloud-of-dust groups on Meetup, rampaging along the fire roads. This is not one of them.


Because we limit numbers, the majority of our hikes have wait lists. If you join a waitl ist, you are expected to monitor it, and your email, to find out whether you have moved up to confirmed. RSVPs and wait lists will close at 5 pm the night before the hike, and no one will move up after that time, so you don't have to worry about a late-night promotion to confirmed that you don't see until the next morning. 5 pm the night before is also the deadline for anyone on the confirmed list to cancel an RSVP.


PLEASE NOTE: If you fail to show up for a hike with a wait list, or cancel at the last minute, you'll be removed from the group. It's a one-strike policy. Be fair -- let someone else have your spot when you decide not to go.


If all of that sounds good, then please join us as we explore the striking beauty awaiting us in our local forests, mountains and coastal trails.


Let's go hiking in Marin!

876 members · Private

Sonoma County Go Wild Hikers

Santa Rosa, CA

Sonoma County Go Wild Hikers

Take a walk (or hike) on the wild side! Enjoy many of our beautiful local parks, get exercise, view native plants and wildlife, and meet other friendly local people. The Go Wild hikes are a great way to support your wellness on all levels. Getting moving outdoors is one of the best prescriptions for health and happiness. We're about creating a group environment in which our fellow hikers can connect and enjoy each other’s company in a friendly, courteous and supportive manner. It’s as much about the hikers as it is about the hikes. 

The hikes are usually 4-9 miles in length and are appropriate for intermediate-level hikers. Some are appropriate for beginner-level hikers depending on their fitness level. Hikers who are out of practice or out of shape should read hike descriptions carefully and be aware of their fitness level before signing up. 

If your plans change after you sign up, please update your RSVP. This is a courtesy to the group and leaves room for others who want to attend.

Cost: $5 suggested donation. No one turned away!


It is essential that we respect each other in the hiking community and the world. 

**Please refrain from using Any scented products the day of a group hike! This includes cologne, perfume, aftershave etc..  Symptoms of fragrance sensitivity can include headaches, nausea, and a skin allergy like contact dermatitis, which causes redness, itching, and burning. Watery, itching, burning, and red eyes; sneezing; runny nose; and congestion are also common.


*Remember to wear appropriate hiking shoes, bring plenty of water, a snack and layered clothing.

*Of course we will all look out for each other but ultimately, hikers are responsible for their own safety and well-being during hikes.

WHAT TO BRING:

• Wear appropriate comfortable hiking shoes

• Bring sunscreen and dress appropriate to the weather

• Plenty of water and snacks for longer hikes

• Money for parking (if applicable) and suggested donation

YOUR GUIDE: I (Zoli) became organizer in June 2019. I'm a long time members of the Go Wild Hikers. I've enjoyed many of their hikes over the years. Kristi Bowman announced in May 2019, that she and Tony would no longer lead the hikes. Now it's Go Wild 3.0 lead by me, Zoli Somogyi. I welcome all constructive feedback as this wouldn't be a group without you.

NOTE ON DOGS:  Dogs are not allowed on many of the local trails. We ask that you please leave your 4-legged, furry friends at home for the group hikes, unless otherwise specified. Thank you! 

2208 members · Public