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GO! (Gethsemane Outdoors) hiking and outdoors group heads into the beautiful Southern California land and seascapes once a month to re-energize our spirits, re-engage with others and restore that balance that traffic, stress and cubicles have stripped away. Hiking, kayaking, sledding and more are all practically (if not literally) at our doorstep, so we should get out there!

Originally started as the outdoors group at our church (Gethsemane Lutheran in Mar Vista) with members and close friends, we welcome anyone interested in a morning in the sun (or marine layer ... cancelled for out-and-out rain). We meet the second Saturday of each month at 10:00 am either at the outdoors destination or at a central parking location (we will probably leave from Gethsemane - easy parking, gated and secure while we're away) from which we can carpool to the destination.

Anyone interested in getting outdoors is welcome to join. Of course, hiking and other outdoor events do have a certain level of risk and that risk is assumed by each of the participants in the event. Please always wear take reasonable precautions to prevent injury or negative impact from outdoor activities by wearing proper hiking boots, sunblock, bringing water and snacks to keep up energy.

Hope you can join us outside! God bless!

Upcoming events (2)

Open Ocean Kayaking or Paddleboarding - Malibu

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BE SURE TO PROVIDE A CONTACT # OR YOU WILL BE un-RSVP'd. You can either answer the RSVP questions here on meetup or text me your name and the event at[masked] (Rachel). I will confirm RSVPs on Thursday, 10/8 via text.
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Hi everyone! Our October event is open ocean kayaking or paddleboarding in Santa Monica Bay. We'll rent and leave from Malibu Surf Shack (their website is https://malibusurfshack.com/pages/rentals), meeting there a little early to get situated and getting on the water by 10am. To join us, you need to RSVP here and then get added to the list at the Malibu Surf Shack. Please follow these instructions carefully:
1. Click to RSVP here and answer the rsvp question so Rachel can text you to confirm you as an attendee.
2. Call Malibu Surf Shack at 310-456-8508 to put yourself on our group list. Ask specifically for the Saturday, Oct. 8th GO! with JD list.
3. Tell them whether you want a kayak or paddleboard reserved.
4. Pay them for your rental - they reserve using your credit card over the phone (see rates here: https://malibusurfshack.com/pages/rentals).

If you have your own kayak or paddleboard and would like to use them, please feel free to do so.

I will be checking with Malibu Surf Shack on Thursday 10/6 before confirming via text. Their policy for groups like ours is to have each group member pay in advance as described above, otherwise, they can't guarantee equipment availability. Anyone RSVP'd who has not yet paid the Shack will be un-rsvp'd, although they're still welcome to contact the Shack and see if they still have openings (it's just no longer through meetup).

JD is an experienced paddleboarder and can offer some assistance to those wanting to try that.

DO NOT bring anything extra with you on the kayak/paddleboard to reduce the risk of losing it in the water (and make sure to do a good job of securing your keys - or leave them at the desk of the rental shop).

Malibu Surf Shack
22935 PCH Malibu, CA[masked]http://MalibuSurfShack.com

You might get lucky and find free street parking on PCH but the other option is to park at the lot right next to the pier (which you have to pay for). AND if you show up early enough, you can park in the free parking along the left side of the Surf Shack building.

Hope to see you all there!

Rachel and JD

Please note that any fundraising contributions are used solely for paying for meetup.com fees. As soon as the $180 fundraising goal is met, the fundraising tab will be deactivated for the year.

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Escondido Canyon Hike + brunch

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BE SURE TO PROVIDE A CONTACT # OR YOU WILL BE un-RSVP'd. You can either answer the RSVP questions here on meetup or text me your name and the event at[masked] (Rachel). I will confirm RSVPs on Thursday, 11/10 via text.
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Hi everyone! Our November hike will be Escondido Canyon and Falls ... and there should be a waterfall to see. We didn't get to do this hike in September because of the rain, but we'll get there now. We'll meet at 7:45 at the sign pictured which is at the end of the parking lot by the toilets.

You can get a detailed hike description here: https://www.hikespeak.com/trails/escondido-falls-santa-monica-mountains/. There is a parking lot if you turn right off PCH at the address above. If the lot is full, parking on the side of PCH is permitted. Dogs are welcome on the hike, but be aware that in our past visits to this trail, there have been horses, so if your dog is not great with the larger 4-legged friends, please have him join us next trek. :)

After the hike, we'll head out for brunch at Marmalade Cafe.

Hope to see you there!
- Rachel

Please note that any fundraising contributions are used solely for paying for meetup.com fees. As soon as the $180 fundraising goal is met, the fundraising tab will be deactivated for the year.

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