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Upcoming events (4)

California Fall Colors Photo Safari AND Glamping!!! Luxury Camping in Cabins!!

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. ATTENTION!!! This Fall Colors Glamping event is filled!!! https://www.meetup.com/MoreToExplore/events/271811341/ The number RSVP'd on a does not reflect those attending.. The event is posted to several groups. Only paid attendees are attending. The payment links are removed. You may RSVP and thus be on the Alternates List. If there is a cancel you will get a message there is an opening and have the opportunity to join. Our events are of limited size and high quality and always do fill. And they do so well in advance. Often with people returning who know the quality events we offer. It's always best to check https://tr.im/MoreToExplore for the centralized current info The following three are full: Yosemite Aug 21 (totally full) Backpacking to Waterwheel Sep 27 (totally full) Fall Colors Glamping (totally full) These are currently open: Big Pine Lakes Labor Day Weekend Sept 4-7 (only about 20 spaces left) https://py.pl/73VoY Mt Whitney Training Oct 10 (about 8 spots left) https://tr.im/WhitneyOct10 Sequoia Oct 23-25 (about 30 left) https://py.pl/11N8I8 Easy Beach Camping Oct 30th About 30 opens left. https://www.meetup.com/MoreToExplore/events/271870441/ Anza Slot Canyons Nov 27 (not yet announced on the group, plenty of space and time) https://tr.im/AnzaSlotCanyonsNov27 Great Southwest Caravan ( no limit ) https://www.meetup.com/MoreToExplore/events/272078051/ We look forward to you joining us on adventures. If you have suggestions of events or locations please message or post. If you wish to be an event organizer or have an event, or event idea please send a message.

Everest Base Camp!!!! Nepal Trip!!! OMG your bucket list fulfilled!

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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

Wineries, ATV's and Zip-Lines! ! ! Ensenada Weekend Cruise: Fri May 15 to 18

ENSENADA MAY CRUISE: May 15th to May 18th This is the third annual cruise on this group. And as the previous two, it will be EPIC. I will start off by saying there are PLENTY of cruise thingies on Meetup. Especially the Booze Cruise to Ensenada. . . Ours will be decidedly different and not like the others. First of all, . . . our price. Let's get to that first. The base cabin is $390.52 per person, double occupancy for an interior cabin. All taxes and port charges included!!! This is one of the lowest prices you will ever see for this super fun cruise! There are upgrades to ocean view cabins or single occupancy but that's all incremental increases depending upon your needs. Get a friend to come with or we will match you with a roommate. What really makes our trip unique is our special treatment. We will have an open bar Cocktail Party Mixer hosted by the ship for our group (unlimited drinks) We will get reserved seating together for the formal dining room at our own tables. We will be doing our own activities on board, such as a scavenger hunt and other fun games. Best of all - a great group of like-minded people from our Meetup, ready for play and have fun! But that's not the best part. The BEST part are OUR shore excursions in Mexico. For only $30 per person we will have our own vans and drivers, exclusive and private for our group to our own shore excursion. On shore we will have Zip Line Canopy Tour $22 ATV $30 Horseback Riding $30 They are broken up so you can pick and choose and only pay for what you do. To see more about Las Canadas Resort http://www.lascanadas.com/en/ http://www.lascanadas.com/en/Air_CanopyTour.php Since we are organizing it, NONE of this is at tourist prices, and no tour operator markups either. But wait!!! How about a wine tasting and visiting the renown Wineries and having a Winery tour and tasting? An olive oil tasting too? Sure!!! Since we have our own drivers we will do that as well! http://santo-tomas.com/ for example. Our drivers will drop us in town if you wish and you can do shopping So it's all around a great meetup. This is NOT like the other meetup cruises you see. Care to join? CRUISE ITINERARY Fri: Depart 05:30 pm Sat: Fun Day At Sea Sun: Ensenada 08:00 am to 06:00 pm Mon: Arrive at 07:00 am Let's look at the "Day at Sea" part first: The ship has all the things that make a cruise fun: 9-hole mini golf course, WaterWorks (waterslide park), a tropical resort-style pool - and when you need some pampering and quiet time - a Serenity Retreat area. It also has casino, comedy shows, stage shows, bars, nightclubs, dancing, live music, spa type services, and more. And, as always...the delicious dining, entertainment, friendly service Quick FAQ: Do I need to pay for this now? A deposit of $100 will be needed hold your space. Balance due on March 10, 2020 You $ 100 refundable until March 10, 2020 All prices and information subject to change and availability. Is this for Singles? Or Couples? This is for everybody! It's about people, not your relationship status, or even your sexual preference, age or your whatever. All are welcome on this, be it singles or families with children. We will have a little bit for everybody and everybody will have fun. We will be a good size bunch so you will find folks you would hang with. Do I need to know Spanish for the Mexico part? No. I am fluent, as are plenty of others. And they speak English pretty well there too. Do I need a passport? Yes, you will need a valid passport or copies of any travel document or permits (green card etc). A driver's license will not get you on the boat. If you don't have a passport . . . start that now. Did I read that right, . . . we are going to somewhere not the regular tourist route? Yes. You will get to do our own thing and have more fun and see more. RSVP for here or on https://www.tr.im/MoreToExplore for more info.

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

Los Angeles International Airport

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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