• Friendship Circle: Come Meet Some New Friends! 🍦🍦

    The Room Santa Monica

    $10.00

    Have you been wondering where you can meet some new friends? Ladies and Gents, "Friendship Circle" is the place to be!!! Join us and form new friendships. There are even guests that return to other events together after meeting each other at these events. If you are new to LA or been here your whole life and want to reach out to new people, this event is a great place to start. We have a ice breaker to help you become engaged rather quickly. I mean, you can chat all night too but this a great starting point to mix and mingle with everyone in the room. :) We will hold our event at The Room in Santa Monica. This hideaway lounge features classic libations in a swanky, dark setting with cozy booths. We will have the entire venue to ourselves for the Meetup before the lounge opens to the general public - that way everyone will be there for the Meetup looking to make friends. When it does open to the public stay and enjoy yourself as the DJ starts spinning! Our events continue to receive great feedback. I really believe it's because most of our guests come with a great attitude and want to meet others. And, of course, the laughter is contagious too! Lastly, we are all about connections. Let's make a friend or two or three! We can go snowboarding, hiking, or museums together in the future! Dress Code: smart, stylish; no sportswear or baseball caps. Join me and other fun peeps at The Room for a great evening. The cost is $10 cash at the door. Agenda: 7:30 PM to 8:00 PM Check-in, grab a drink, say hello to people around you. :) 8:00 PM to 9:30 PM Ice Breaker Game Then The Room will open to the general public. Stick around and mingle or dance the night away when the DJ comes on! Parking: There is a parking lot directly behind the venue. Otherwise there is ample metered street parking. Expect a big turnout. This Meetup event is crossed-posted on a bunch of meetup groups with Mix Professionals (http://www.mixprofessionals.com/) being the main meetup. Expect a great turnout!! :)

  • Trips - National Parks, Snowboarding and more!

    Needs a location

    **Note: The purpose of this listing is to centralize the upcoming trips in one spot. It is not its own event. ** Have you been wondering what's an organic way to meet new friends and relationships? If you are wondering what I mean by organic, think back to high school and college where meeting new people were as easy as 1-2-3. In the last 5 years, I've hosted many events. Of all the events, the weekend-away trips have been the best places to meet people! This is how I've met some of my closest friends and know that a lot of you have too! Here are links to the actual trips/events: Ensenada Weekend Cruise. Click --> http://bit.ly/MeetupCruise Palm Springs Getaway. Click --> http://bit.ly/PSprings Rafting, Camping, Hiking (see Sequoias, Waterslides and Hotsprings). Click --> http://bit.ly/RaftingMeetup July 4th Sequoia / Kings Canyon National Parks Camping. Click --> http://bit.ly/SequoiaMeetup Memorial Day Zion / Bryce Canyon National Parks in a House. Click --> http://bit.ly/ZionMeetup And of course don't forget our Ski/Snowboarding Trips! Mammoth House Share --> http://bit.ly/MammothHouse Lake Tahoe. Click --> http://bit.ly/TahoeMeetup Aspen/Snowmass/Buttermilk. Click --> http://bit.ly/AspenMeetup Jackson Hole. Click --> http://bit.ly/JacksonHoleMeetup If you are like me, the thought of hanging out with strangers, freaks you out, I totally get it. I been there!! I still remember my first meetup. It was a rock climbing event. When I couldn't find the group, I almost left. But, knowing I wanted more climbing friends..... I toughened up and found the group eventually. The first meetup was slightly awkward.... then, the second time, it got easier. By the third week of climbing with these folks, it was like I climbed with them for many years. That's how quickly these friendships were formed. BUT, I almost went home because I almost talked myself out of it... Funny how our mind works, huh? Now, trips. I don't know anyone that has been on these trip and had a bad time nor not made any friends. That's not possible. If you are not dealing with anyone else or their jokes, you will hear my bad jokes. haha. :) Anyhow.... I can write much more about my experiences being on your side ... a guest to an event. Join me and a bunch of other great people at the events and the weekend get-a-ways and let the connection begin! Oh, in case you are wondering, I still wonder at times how guests just sign up to trips without knowing anyone. I give you folks lots of credit.... I would have been the type wondering if the cops would find my body, chopped up in pieces, and in some dump. Haha. Gotta say though, you guys have proven me wrong many times over. It's been a great time! Much Love! Anna Your Happy Organizer

  • Rafting, Hiking (See HUGE Sequoia Trees, Waterfalls and more) and Camping Trip

    **4/20 update - trip is full for guys. If you are a guy, message Deee for waitlist. If you are female go ahead and send in payment to lock in your spot.** We are going rafting down the Kern River and camping at Lake Isabella! This will be the 6th time & always had a blast! Plus lets visit Sequoia Trees! The $$ covers rafting, Friday/Saturday dinners & pastries and coffee for breakfast & the campground. :) Bring your sleeping bag and come pitch a tent with us. ;) Besides rafting, we may kayak depending on water flow. We will go down the river twice. We have our own private campsite so everyone will hang out together! We are right on the lake with beautiful views and opportunities to explore day and night. Let's have a blast! We are close to civilization - near the supermarket, drug store, Starbucks and more. We first did this trip in 2014 & had a blast. Check out the photos and feedback: https://www.meetup.com/mixprofessionals/events/161024072/ We did this trip in 2016 & had a blast. Check out the photos and feedback: https://www.meetup.com/mixprofessionals/events/230193805/ Again in June 2017. Check out the photos and feedback: https://www.meetup.com/mixprofessionals/events/237094140/ And again in August 2017 and even did Karaoke! Check it out: https://www.meetup.com/mixprofessionals/events/240943180/ Pepe made a video of the rafting portion from that trip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kENxPc_ebi8&feature=youtu.be And in June 2018, we had another great year! Check it out: https://www.meetup.com/mixprofessionals/events/243098068/ Friday - drive up about 150 miles. Ideally leave before traffic, but if you have to leave after work that is fine! When you get to the campground set up and then hang out and mingle with everyone. Saturday - With your new friends, visit the Trails of the 100 Giants in the morning and hike the beautiful trail. Then head back raft in the afternoon! Hang out with your new friends in the evening! Sunday - you can head straight home or do something else such as see the Sequoias, enjoy some hot springs and/or try out the water slides. Getting there: I will help coordinate carpool for the confirmed attendees. Disclaimer: Please come in good physical health and condition. All physical activities come with an inherent risk of injuries and you might get hurt. You are responsible for yourself. You will not hold myself or the meetup group liable for injuries or anything else, such as injury due to carpooling, etc. In order to participate in this event you agree to two waivers - one is this Waiver (http://www.meetup.com/mixprofessionals/pages/Rafting_Waiver/) for the organizers of this event and the second is a waiver by the rafting company. This is a trip for members of this group. If you know someone that wants to go, he or she must join the group. There are no "+1"s for this trip. No pets on this trip. Your profile must contain an actual and current photo of yourself that clearly shows your face to participate in this event. If you want to go, please lock in your spot with a $130 payment via PayPal or Venmo: PayPal instructions: 1. Go to PayPal 2. Click on "Send Money" 3. Send to [masked] 4. Send $130 5. PLEASE be sure to USE the FRIENDS/FAMILY option (not the goods/services option)! Don't know what it looks like? Click here: https://www.meetup.com/mixprofessionals/photos/29377386/475713982/ If you send the funds incorrectly we will refund you. Venmo: Send to @Mix-Professionals If you want confirmation of payment receipt please MESSAGE Dee. If you leave a comment asking if we got your payment we will delete it - please use the Meetup message function only. Communication with specifics regarding the trip will be through email. Therefore we will use the email address associated with your Paypal account unless you specifically provide a different address. The reservation is based on FIRST PAID and has a limited number of people (gender balanced). Whoever pays first will be on the "go" list. If you RSVP yes but don't submit payment your spot is not confirmed. Refund Policy: Cancel 60 days prior to start date and receive a full refund. 14-59 days prior to trip start date, 50% refund. 0-13 days, no refund. FAQ: 1. Can I pay for my friend who is also coming? Yes. As long as your friend RSVPs separately, you can send in payment for them. 2. What do I need to bring? A full list will be provided a week or two before the trip. But basically you need to bring your personal amenities and tent, sleeping bag air mattress etc. 3. What if I don't have a sleeping bag and/or tent? If you don't have a sleeping bag buy one or borrow one. You don't need a fancy one - a $20 one from Big 5 or Target will do. Or you can ask here is someone will share. Every time we've done this trip people have been willing to share tent space. 4. How does carpool work? The organizers will coordinate carpool for confirmed attendees based on where people are leaving from, when they can leave and whether or not they can drive. Departure times are determined by drivers. Expect to hear more about 1 week prior to the trip. Please do not use the comments to look for carpool - we will handle it. 5. What will the weather be like? Typically the weather in the area is high 70's/80's in the day and high 50's at night. It's great weather to raft and camp! 6. What if I don't know anyone else going - is it weird to go by myself? Not at all! Most people come by themselves to these events and have a blast and end up with a new social circle of friends! 7. What does the 4 p.m. start time mean (in the event description)? 4 p.m. is the earliest you can get to the campsite. You can leave home anytime (morning, noon or after work) but come to the campground by 4 or later. If you leave home in the morning there is plenty to do and see before 4.

  • Single Mingle Mixer - Come Meet Many Many New Friends! :)

    The Continental Club

    $10.00

    Let's get ready for a fun Singles Mingle Mixer, where you get to see old friends and meet new ones. For the folks that have never been to one of these mixers, this is a great mixer with[masked] singles mingling through a couple of fun ice breaker games. We also always find cool, happening locations to host our events. LA is a huge place; it's cool to meet at new or interesting locations. This time will be no different. We also always find cool, happening locations to host our events. We are hosting this event at the exquisite and trendy The Continental Club in downtown L.A. Come and check out an exotic location while meeting new friends! You are welcome to stay after the event when they open their doors to the public. Come and check out this fun venue while meeting new friends! And we will have drink specials just for our group. :) People often ask me if they can come by themselves...... OF COURSE! And, not to worry. In no time you will be making a bunch of new friends because everyone there will be from Meetup and be looking to make friends! :) You are more than welcome to bring your friends as "wingman" or "wingwoman." The cost is $10 cash at the event. Tentative Agenda: 7:30 PM to 8:00 PM - Check-in, grab a drink, say hello to people around you. :) 8:00 PM to 8:45 PM - Ice Breaker Game 1 8:45 PM to 9:45 PM - Ice Breaker Game 2 9:45 PM to 1:00AM - Enjoy LA night life with your new friends! They will have a DJ come on so you can chill and dance! Parking: There is a lot of parking around The Continental between $5-$10. If you park a few blocks away, on Broadway, etc, there may be free street parking; please read the signs for restrictions. Taking the Metro? Exit at Pershing Square and walk over! Age Range of attendees is 21 and above! :) This Meetup event is crossed-posted on many, many meetup groups. Expect a large turnout!!!

  • Meetup on The Orient Express Paris, Venice, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Istanbul!!

    Los Angeles starting point for The Orient Express

    Meetup on The Orient Express!!!! The Orient Express, . . . you have heard it many times. The romance, the mystery, the adventure!! Of course with the opulence too! This trip brings back the romance and adventure of train travel, along with the mystery of new cities and countries. Brought back in a special way; adding value and removing inflated expense of excessive opulence by replacing it with service and contemporary refinement. The journey will mirror the original Orient Express route and go from Paris to Istanbul. You will visit Paris, Venice, Vienna, Prague, Budapest and Istanbul. The trip starts in Paris and has a full two days there. Also staying two full days in Vienna, 1 ½ days in Budapest, with full days in Venice, Prague, and Istanbul. Guided tours in each city, and one meal a day are also included! Included additionally are many other options and extras. We travel as a group, and also have the flexibility of hop-on, hop-off tours and museum passes with "skip the line" option so you enjoy a complete independence. You are free to do your own thing, cater to your special interests, visit other sights and locations in the cities. You can do it independently, or you can join new friends traveling with you, and do it together. The idea is come alone, meet new like-minded people and make lifelong memories...without being stuck with the "one size fits all" tour formula. Here is a basic thumbnail: ** Paris for two full days. * Night Train Paris to Venice **Venice for a full day * Night Train Venice to Vienna **Vienna for two full days * Night Train Vienna to Prague ** Prague for a full day * Night Train Prague to Budapest ** Budapest for two (almost full) days * Late flight Budapest to Istanbul ** Istanbul for full day. * Hotels nights in Paris, Vienna, Budapest and Istanbul What was The Orient Express? And why re-create it? The Orient Express was long-distance passenger train service that began in 1883 with the original endpoints being Paris to Istanbul. In Istanbul the Pera Palace Hotel was built in 1892 as the accommodations at the terminus. And we are staying in it!!! Although the original. The name became synonymous with intrigue and was a showcase of luxury with comfort at a time when traveling was still rough and dangerous. The route changed many times, and was eventually shortened to Bucharest, then later shortened to Budapest as the endpoint. And again shortened to either Venice or Vienna. By 2007 The Orient Express was only Paris to Strasbourg, and in 2009 stopped service altogether. So the real Orient Express is but a memory. There is a price for opulent luxury, . . . and we are not paying it. With this trip, we visit more cities, with guided tours included in each, a meal a day, as well as all transfers and hotels with concierge quality service. Give in to the lure of the rails with adventure, tempered with value resulting in memories of a lifetime. EVERY aspect of this trip is epic. Visit picturesque and storied cities Paris, Venice, Vienna, Prague, Budapest and Istanbul. Enjoy four night trains and experience the enchantment of the rails. We are even staying in the original destination of Pera Palace Hotel in Istanbul with it's grandeur and opulence. All the details are taken care of so all you have to do is join in & revel in the magic of all the places we are traveling to. In the end you will have visited 6 countries: France, Italy, Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary and Turkey! Includes: all trains all accommodations all train cabins all transfers guided tours in each city a meal a day and more The only way to secure your spot is a $500 deposit. Fully refundable to 90 days before the event. Final payment due 60 days before $500 deposit plus the $2,790 final payment = $3,290 total cost. There is very limited capacity of 22 total. This trip will fill up extremely quickly. It has been posted only a short time and 12 spaces are already taken. Live the adventure instead of only dreaming it !!!

  • Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks - Memorial Day Weekend [MP]

    Zion National Park

    $275.00

    3/28 update - Trip is full for females. If you are female and want to be added to waitlist, message Dee. If you are male and want to go, send in payment to lock in your spot.** Zion is by far my favorite National Park and I been to many of them! We last visited Zion in 2012, 2015, and 2018 (https://www.meetup.com/mixprofessionals/events/221387351/ and https://www.meetup.com/mixprofessionals/events/56294662/ and https://www.meetup.com/mixprofessionals/events/241773750/) We are staying at a beautiful home that can sleep many of us comfortably! :) What is so awesome about staying at a house? We will have all the amenities of a home (bathroom with shower and flushing toilet, bed to sleep on, towels etc) and but still sit by the campfire all night!!! We can enjoy the fire-pit, hot-tub, and an amazing view (ton of stars in the sky!!!!). This would be one of those trips you can write home about. I am excited just thinking about being in Zion National Park and the house makes it that much more awesome!!! You don't have to worry about packing for dinner. With the money we put together, I will buy food and with some of your help, we can have delicious dinners together! :) I would definitely bring 🍺 and more to share! It's always a good time!!!! :) For breakfast, I will pick up oatmeal and pastries for us. I will also bring coffee and tea. :) For Lunch, I normally just buy a sandwich at the store, throw it in my bag and head out on my hikes. Bring your hydration system and let's do some amazing hikes! For those that want to head over to Bryce Canyon National Park (http://www.nps.gov/brca/index.htm)for a day, it is completely worth it too! :) It's just a little over an hour away and you'll get to see the hoodoos! Don't know what a hoodoo is? Then you must get over to Bryce. :) We have the house from Friday May 24 until Monday May 27 (Memorial Day). Like last time I plan to depart LA on Thursday night and stay in Las Vegas for the evening. Zion is 6-7 hours from Downtown LA, so if you want to leave Friday that is fine too! To help cover the cost of the trip, the cost is $275 per person. There is only enough room for 34 people (17 guys and 17 ladies). Please also do take into consideration the $30 per car national park entrance fee (good for 7 days). This can be split between the people you carpool with. Lastly, of course, there is the cost of splitting gas with the driver. If you are ready to see some of the most magnificent national parks, join me for a trip to Zion National Park (Bryce Canyon National Park and Kanab (http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g57030-Kanab_Utah-Vacations.html)if time allows). Getting there: I will help coordinate carpool for the confirmed attendees. Please come in good physical health and condition. all physical activities come with the inherent risk of injuries and you might get hurt. You are responsible for yourself. You will not hold myself or the meetup group liable for injuries or anything else, such as injury due to carpooling, etc. By signing up, you agree to this Waiver (https://www.meetup.com/mixprofessionals/pages/12713372/Camping_Waiver_of_Liability/). This is a trip for members of this group. If you know someone that wants to go, he or she must join the group. There are no "+1"s for this trip. Your profile must contain an actual and current photo of yourself that clearly shows your face to participate in this event. If you want to go, please lock in your spot with a $275 payment via PayPal or Venmo: How to pay: 1. Go to PayPal 2. Click on "Send Money" 3. Send to [masked] 4. Send $275 5. Click on "I am sending money to family or friends" Please be sure to use the friends/ family option so we are not charged to receive the funds. If we are charged a fee we will refund your payment and you are not confirmed. Click here to see examples of the friends family option: https://www.meetup.com/mixprofessionals/photos/29377386/475713982/ Venmo: Send to [masked] Communication with specifics regarding the trip will be through email. Therefore we will use the email address associated with your Paypal account unless you specifically provide a different address. The reservation is based on FIRST PAID and has a limited number of people (gender balanced). Whoever pays first will be on the "go" list. If you RSVP yes but don't submit payment your spot is not confirmed and I may move you to the "not attending" list without any further explanation because only a payment (not just an RSVP) locks in your spot. Refund Policy: You may cancel 60 or more days prior to start date and receive a full refund (minus paypal fee). Cancellation 14-59 days prior to trip start date, you will receive 50% refund. 0-13 days, no refund. Frequently Asked Questions: 1. Can I pay for my friend who is also coming? Yes. As long as your friend RSVPs separately, you can send in payment for them. 2. Carpool? We will coordinate carpool for confirmed attendees based on where people are leaving from, when they can leave and whether or not they can drive. Departure times are determined by drivers. Expect to hear more about 1 week prior to the trip. 3. What if I don't know anyone else going - is it weird to go solo? Not at all! Most people come by themselves to these events and have a blast and end up with a new social circle of friends!

  • July 4th Weekend! Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park Camping Trip [MP]

    Sequoia And King's Canyon National Park

    $100.00

    Have you ever been to Sequoia National Park? The Sequoia trees are majestic! Let's go and spend a few days in the Park. What's nice about our campsite is that there are NO other campsites right next to us; we are by ourselves. Nearby is a shower, restaurant and convenience store. Perfection! We've done this trip before and had a blast - check out past trip photos and read what people had to say about our prior Sequoia trips. For the 2013 trip click HERE (http://www.meetup.com/mixprofessionals/events/84223542/), for 2014 click HERE (http://www.meetup.com/mixprofessionals/events/128465882/), for 2015 click HERE (http://www.meetup.com/mixprofessionals/events/221483971/). For 2016 click HERE (https://www.meetup.com/mixprofessionals/events/224168620/). For 2017 click HERE ( https://www.meetup.com/mixprofessionals/events/241014888/). For 2018 click Here (https://www.meetup.com/mixprofessionals/events/243301909/). The money we put together goes towards the campground, Thursday, Friday and Saturday dinner plus coffee, oatmeal and pastries in the mornings -- and some other goodies. There are several places to pickup lunch. Roll up your sleeping bag, dust off your tent, have a cushy air-mattress along with your hiking attire and let's hang out the beautiful National Parks. Don't forget your bug spray, sun screen and lounge chair. Of course, bring some money to buy sandwiches for lunch or to shower. Join us on for a great weekend in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks! I will coordinate carpool for confirmed attendees. Departure times/locations are set by drivers. This is a trip for members of this group. All attendees must be a member of Mix Professionals and RSVP here. If you know someone that wants to go, he or she must join the group. There are no "+1"s for this trip. By participating in this group you agree to waive all claims against the Organizers as specified in this Waiver and agree to all the other "fine print" here: (http://www.meetup.com/mixprofessionals/pages/Camping_Waiver_of_Liability/). Your profile must contain an actual and current photo of yourself that clearly shows your face to participate in this event. (unless you are in a witness protection or PC832 then private message Anna and Deee why you can't post face photo) How to pay: 1. Go to PayPal 2. Click on "Send Money" 3. Send to [masked] 4. Send $100 5. Please be sure to use the friends/ family option, not the goods/services option! Don't know what it looks like? Click here: https://www.meetup.com/mixprofessionals/photos/29377386/475713982/ Venmo: Send $100 to [masked] (Please email me your name and email address once you send the fund, Thanks). If you want confirmation of payment receipt please MESSAGE Dee. No need to use the comment feature since that gets sent to everyone. If you leave a comment asking if we got your payment we will delete it - please use the message function! Communication with specifics regarding the trip will be through email. Therefore we will use the email address associated with your Paypal account unless you specifically provide a different address. The reservation is based on FIRST PAID and has a limited number of people (gender balanced). Whoever pays first will be on the "go" list. If you RSVP yes but don't submit payment your spot is not confirmed and I may move you to the "not attending" list without any further explanation because only a payment (not just an RSVP) locks in your spot. Refund Policy: You may cancel 60 or more days prior to start date and receive a full refund (minus paypal fee). Cancellation 14-59 days prior to trip start date, you will receive 50% refund. 0-13 days, no refund will be given. No dogs. FAQ: 1. Can I pay for my friend who is also coming? Yes. As long as your friend RSVPs separately, you can send in payment for them. 2. What do I need to bring? A full list will be provided a week or two before the trip. But basically you need to bring your personal amenities and tent, sleeping bag air mattress etc. 3. What if I don't have a sleeping bag and/or tent? If you don't have a sleeping bag buy one or borrow one. You don't need a fancy one - a $20 one from Big 5 or Target will do. Or you can ask here is someone will share. Every time we've done this trip people have been willing to share tent space. 4. How does carpool work? The organizers will coordinate carpool for confirmed attendees based on where people are leaving from, when they can leave and whether or not they can drive. (Also included is a packing list with everything you'll need to bring and what you can expect.) Departure times are determined by drivers. Expect to hear more about 1 week prior to the trip. Once carpool is finalized we will send out an email with directions to the site. 5. What kind of car is required to get there? Any car is fine. You don't need 4WD or an SUV. You can even drive a lowered car. The roads are paved. 6. What will the weather be like? Typically the weather in the area is high 80's/90's in the day and high 50's/60's at night. It's great weather to camp! 7. What if I don't know anyone else going - is it weird to go by myself? Not at all! Most people come by themselves to these events and have a blast and end up with a new social circle of friends! 8. What does the 4 p.m. start time mean (in the event description)? Meetup requires us to list a start time. 4 p.m. is the earliest you can get to the campsite. You can leave home anytime (morning, noon or after work) but come to the campground by 4 or later. If you leave home in the morning there is plenty to do and see before 4.

  • Trips - National Parks, Snowboarding and more!

    Needs a location

    **Note: The purpose of this listing is to centralize the upcoming trips in one spot. It is not its own event. ** Have you been wondering what's an organic way to meet new friends and relationships? If you are wondering what I mean by organic, think back to high school and college where meeting new people were as easy as 1-2-3. In the last 5 years, I've hosted many events. Of all the events, the weekend-away trips have been the best places to meet people! This is how I've met some of my closest friends and know that a lot of you have too! Here are links to the actual trips/events: Ensenada Weekend Cruise. Click --> http://bit.ly/MeetupCruise Palm Springs Getaway. Click --> http://bit.ly/PSprings Rafting, Camping, Hiking (see Sequoias, Waterslides and Hotsprings). Click --> http://bit.ly/RaftingMeetup July 4th Sequoia / Kings Canyon National Parks Camping. Click --> http://bit.ly/SequoiaMeetup Memorial Day Zion / Bryce Canyon National Parks in a House. Click --> http://bit.ly/ZionMeetup And of course don't forget our Ski/Snowboarding Trips! Mammoth House Share --> http://bit.ly/MammothHouse Lake Tahoe. Click --> http://bit.ly/TahoeMeetup Aspen/Snowmass/Buttermilk. Click --> http://bit.ly/AspenMeetup Jackson Hole. Click --> http://bit.ly/JacksonHoleMeetup If you are like me, the thought of hanging out with strangers, freaks you out, I totally get it. I been there!! I still remember my first meetup. It was a rock climbing event. When I couldn't find the group, I almost left. But, knowing I wanted more climbing friends..... I toughened up and found the group eventually. The first meetup was slightly awkward.... then, the second time, it got easier. By the third week of climbing with these folks, it was like I climbed with them for many years. That's how quickly these friendships were formed. BUT, I almost went home because I almost talked myself out of it... Funny how our mind works, huh? Now, trips. I don't know anyone that has been on these trip and had a bad time nor not made any friends. That's not possible. If you are not dealing with anyone else or their jokes, you will hear my bad jokes. haha. :) Anyhow.... I can write much more about my experiences being on your side ... a guest to an event. Join me and a bunch of other great people at the events and the weekend get-a-ways and let the connection begin! Oh, in case you are wondering, I still wonder at times how guests just sign up to trips without knowing anyone. I give you folks lots of credit.... I would have been the type wondering if the cops would find my body, chopped up in pieces, and in some dump. Haha. Gotta say though, you guys have proven me wrong many times over. It's been a great time! Much Love! Anna Your Happy Organizer