What we're about

This writeup is Under Construction. There may be some changes in the future.

::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: WHAT WE DO? :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::
The community of over 4000+ people Meetup 4-6 times a month to:
:::: Learn something positive :::: Do something positive
:::: Contribute something positive &
:::: Support something positive
... all while doing it with other positive-minded people in Los Angeles.
We host a community motivational hike up Mt. Hollywood monthly, community outreaches to the homeless and more, and a community potluck for new and old members. 

::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: MONTHLY & PAST EVENTS :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::
We've been around since 2011 and since then we've done everything from amazing social events, workshops, hiking, volunteering for the homeless, and everything in between....even been on Oprah.
Check Out Our Picture Gallery Here
::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: WHY YOU SHOULD JOIN :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::
Do you want to be around more positive, influential people that are making an impact? Do you want to participate in projects that are purpose driven, fun, and engaging? Do you want to get out and explore Los Angeles in a uplifting way? Do you want to motivate yourself and progress yourself forward?
Then, this is the group for you and you should join right away!
:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: OUR MISSION :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::
To foster a community of positive minded people that socializes, hosts uplifting entertainment/learning experiences, and together support change within our lives and community.
::::::::::::::::::: WHAT WE EXPECT FROM NEW MEMBERS :::::::::::::::::
We ask all of our members to attend at least 1 meetup every 3 months. Don't see an event you like, suggest one. Group participation is what makes this meetup group engaging and where you can contribute right away! 
Please be courteous with RSVPs and cancellations. Only RSVP to events you really intend to attend. We do monitor "no shows". There is much planning, cost, and resources that go into planning meetups, so If you need to cancel out, please change your RSVP to no at least 24-48 hours in advance. 

Upcoming events (4+)

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

The Orient Express...you have heard it many times. The romance, the mystery, the adventure! Of course with the opulence too!
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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 elements of the original Orient Express route from Paris to Istanbul. The Original Orient Express no longer exists. We are re-creating the route using modern trains and conveniences.
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Paris for 3 days
Venice 2 days
Vienna 2 days
Prague 2 days
Budapest 2 days
Istanbul 3 days
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Included: train or air travel between the 6 cities, transfers to hotels, train stations or airports, guided tours in each city, one or more meals a day, museum entrances, wine tasting and much more!
In addition, many other options and extras are included.
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We travel as a group, and also have the flexibility of hop-on, hop-off tours and museum passes with "skip the line" 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, while still being guided and helped with all the arrangements. 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.
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The Orient Express was long-distance passenger train service that began in 1883 with the original endpoints being Paris to Istanbul. The original name became synonymous with intrigue and was a showcase of luxury with comfort at a time when traveling was still rough and dangerous. The original Orient Express is but a memory. And we are bringing back the best parts.
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EVERY aspect of this trip is epic. Visit picturesque and storied cities. 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 built in 1882 with it's grandeur and opulence.
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Visit 6 countries: France, Italy, Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary and Turkey!
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$3940 total cost per person, double occupancy.
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Don't have a travel partner or roommate? No problem. Most attend solo and we match up roommates so you can get the benefit of double occupancy cost.
If you want Solo Occupancy for Train Cabins and Hotels it is $1,290 additional.
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This event is LIMITED to 18 persons total. We ONLY have 3 openings left.
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Includes:

  • 4 night trains with sleeping compartment accommodations
  • 10 nights in 4-star or higher category hotels with best central locations
  • all transfers
  • guided tours in each city
  • entrance to museums in each city
  • at least one meal a day
  • and more...

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Does not Include:
Trans-Atlantic Airfare: Flights vary by city, and by class of seat. This des not make it possible to include fight to get there. However this allows for flexible departures for you. Or you can use points, miles or credits.
Message Anna for a quote for a flight from your city
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CLICK HERE for our Secure Deposit Link
Deposit is Refundable up to 90 days before departure.
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If you are making deposit be sure to CLICK HERE and fill out our EVENT INFO FORM
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For more detailed information for this event CLICK HERE to fill out our INFO REQUEST FORM
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We ALSO have Pre and Post trip extension options.
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Pre-trip extension to Barcelona May 07-10, 2022
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Post-Trip extension to explore deeper into the wonders of TURKEY
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Message us direct.
To send a Anna Direct Message CLICK HERE
To send Marc (screen name Oddie) Direct Message CLICK HERE
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We do a Zoom Q & A (every other) Wed 6:00-7:30 PM
Meet others attending, be social, or come and get any questions answered.
To attend the zoom Q & A CLICK HERE
To get a Google Form for a reminder CLICK HERE
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Come to the zoom and ask any questions. Great way to get the info you want without all the other fluff. As well as meet other attendees.
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We believe in good decent social. We have a set of sister groups we post our local free, local/reginal camping, and our overseas events to.
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To see all our other events CLICK HERE
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Live the adventure instead of only dreaming it !
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Meetup on The Orient Express. Only 3 spots left! Confirm by April 8th !!

Meetup on the Orient Express is our signature trip. Tracing the old Orient Express route, we visit 6 countries! It's an unforgettable escape, the trip of a lifetime! This event was sold out months ago and now we were able to add a few more spots. You have to act fast though! If you want to grab one of these few spots, book by April 8th!

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 Original Orient Express no longer exists, but this journey will mirror elements of the original route from Paris to Istanbul. We are re-creating the experience using modern trains and conveniences.

Paris for 3 days
Venice 2 days
Vienna 2 days
Prague 2 days
Budapest 2 days
Istanbul 3 days

Included: train or air travel between the 6 cities, transfers to hotels, train stations or airports, guided tours in each city, one or more meals a day, museum entrances, wine tasting and much more!
In addition, many other options and extras are included.

The Orient Express was long-distance passenger train service that began in 1883 with the original endpoints being Paris to Istanbul. The original name became synonymous with intrigue and was a showcase of luxury with comfort at a time when traveling was still rough and dangerous. The original Orient Express is but a memory. And we are bringing back the best parts.

EVERY aspect of this trip is epic. Visit picturesque and storied cities. 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 built in 1882 with it's grandeur and opulence.

Includes:

  • 4 night trains with sleeping compartment accommodations
  • 10 nights in 4-star or higher category hotels with best central locations
  • all transfers
  • guided tours in each city
  • entrance to museums in each city
  • at least one meal a day
  • and more...

Does not Include:
Trans-Atlantic Airfare: Flights vary by city, and by class of seat. This allows for flexible departures for you. Or you can use points, miles or credits. Direct Message Anna for a quote for a flight from your city

We ALSO have Pre and Post trip extension options.

Pre-trip extension to Barcelona May 07-10, 2022

Post-Trip extension to explore deeper into the wonders of TURKEY

This event is LIMITED to 18 persons total. We ONLY have 3 openings left.

Total cost per person, double occupancy is $3940 (we match roommates for those wishing to share):
Solo room and train cabin occupancy is additional $[masked]
The only way to secure your spot is a $500 deposit
Click Here for Secure Deposit Link

Click Here and Fill out this from if you are making a deposit OR fill out this form if you want information and itinerary.

Because we are only a month away from departure, deposit is nonrefundable and payment in full is due immediately after confirmation of the space.

We have designed this to include all the "must see" locations and have a super detailed Day By Day that lists ALL the historic spots we will be going to.

Click Here to fill out our google info request form and receive detailed itinerary and inclusions

Click Here to Message Direct to Anna with any questions.

We do a Zoom Q & A (every other) Wed 6:00-7:30 PM Pacific.
Meet others attending, be social, or come and get any questions answered. Click Here for our Overseas Events Zoom

Click Here for General Policies and useful info for our international trips

Click Here for the the MAIN location this event posted

We believe in good decent social. We have a set of sister groups where we post our local free, local/regional camping, and our overseas events too.

Click Here to see all our other fun events

Live the adventure instead of only dreaming it!

SOT[masked]

Meetup on The Orient Express. Only 3 spots left! Confirm by April 8th !!

Meetup on the Orient Express is our signature trip. Tracing the old Orient Express route, we visit 6 countries! It's an unforgettable escape, the trip of a lifetime! This event was sold out months ago and now we were able to add a few more spots. You have to act fast though! If you want to grab one of these few spots, book by April 8th!

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 Original Orient Express no longer exists, but this journey will mirror elements of the original route from Paris to Istanbul. We are re-creating the experience using modern trains and conveniences.

Paris for 3 days
Venice 2 days
Vienna 2 days
Prague 2 days
Budapest 2 days
Istanbul 3 days

Included: train or air travel between the 6 cities, transfers to hotels, train stations or airports, guided tours in each city, one or more meals a day, museum entrances, wine tasting and much more!
In addition, many other options and extras are included.

The Orient Express was long-distance passenger train service that began in 1883 with the original endpoints being Paris to Istanbul. The original name became synonymous with intrigue and was a showcase of luxury with comfort at a time when traveling was still rough and dangerous. The original Orient Express is but a memory. And we are bringing back the best parts.

EVERY aspect of this trip is epic. Visit picturesque and storied cities. 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 built in 1882 with it's grandeur and opulence.

Includes:

  • 4 night trains with sleeping compartment accommodations
  • 10 nights in 4-star or higher category hotels with best central locations
  • all transfers
  • guided tours in each city
  • entrance to museums in each city
  • at least one meal a day
  • and more...

Does not Include:
Trans-Atlantic Airfare: Flights vary by city, and by class of seat. This allows for flexible departures for you. Or you can use points, miles or credits. Direct Message Anna for a quote for a flight from your city

We ALSO have Pre and Post trip extension options.

Pre-trip extension to Barcelona May 07-10, 2022

Post-Trip extension to explore deeper into the wonders of TURKEY

This event is LIMITED to 18 persons total. We ONLY have 3 openings left.

Total cost per person, double occupancy is $3940 (we match roommates for those wishing to share):
Solo room and train cabin occupancy is additional $[masked]
The only way to secure your spot is a $500 deposit
Click Here for Secure Deposit Link

Click Here and Fill out this from if you are making a deposit OR fill out this form if you want information and itinerary.

Because we are only a month away from departure, deposit is nonrefundable and payment in full is due immediately after confirmation of the space.

We have designed this to include all the "must see" locations and have a super detailed Day By Day that lists ALL the historic spots we will be going to.

Click Here to fill out our google info request form and receive detailed itinerary and inclusions

Click Here to Message Direct to Anna with any questions.

We do a Zoom Q & A (every other) Wed 6:00-7:30 PM Pacific.
Meet others attending, be social, or come and get any questions answered. Click Here for our Overseas Events Zoom

Click Here for General Policies and useful info for our international trips

Click Here for the the MAIN location this event posted

We believe in good decent social. We have a set of sister groups where we post our local free, local/regional camping, and our overseas events too.

Click Here to see all our other fun events

Live the adventure instead of only dreaming it!

SOT[masked]

Camping Memorial Day Weekend: Big Pine Lakes!!! Glaciers, Roaring Rivers

Things are opening up, and it is time to plan ahead to Memorial Day Weekend.

Big Pine Lakes is an amazing hidden gem. The water is a crazy hue. The Minarets rising above are stunning. If you doubt it . . . . check the Instagram hashtag #bigpinelakes

We reserve out the entire camp/campsite for our meetup, and this is our early Memorial Day Weekend event. Tons of fun to a super special part of the state.

We are making this a "flexible-stay" weekend. We have the site from Thurs to Mon. Options Below:

  • Friday, Saturday and Sunday night of Memorial Day Weekend
  • Thursday, Friday and Saturday night and head home Sunday (if you have work Monday).
  • Thursday night all the way thru to Sunday night making it a 4 day weekend.
  • Friday and Saturday night and head out Sunday.

Do what works best for you.

There are amazing places on the drive there as well as nearby as side trips. Such as the Ancient Bristlecone Forest, Mansanar, Alabama Hills, Fossil Falls or Red Rock Canyon (Cantil), as was even some mineral hot springs and even some abandoned mines.

Even with all this awesomeness you don't see trips often to Big Pine Lakes. This is because area is only open from May to October. The snow is thick even into May and in Oct the nights are below freezing. With such a small window sites are super hard to get. Especially for holiday weekends.
AND WE HAVE A PRIVATE SITE FOR Memorial Day WEEKEND!!!!!!

Our site is amazing. Tons of conveniences. There is a small rustic cafe.
Many of the sites have electrical at the site or close by. Same goes for water. Restrooms are close. Space for cars, and an overflow lots near.

Best of all . . . There is a Fish Pond!!!!! Stocked with trout. You can even catch dinner. The fish pond is free!!! For fishing you will need to buy (AND HAVE WITH YOU) a fishing license before you go.

Tons of shade from mature pines for many of the sites

We are steps away from the trail-head AND steps away from the roaring glacier fed Big Pine Creek.

This is a great beginner or first time camping. You only need the basics of camping gear. You will receive packing and equipment list recommendations. The only specialized equipment you will need is a tent. You can get one on sale at Big 5 or for even less at Goodwill.

And we also do some Zooms beforehand and talk about gear, food, easy cooking idea, activities, hikes, etc.

Speaking of Hiking and Excursions:

Hike to Big Pine Lakes 9.2 mi out and back. 3000 ft elevation change. 5 hrs
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Modern Hiker

And Ancient Bristlecone Forrest is close too

TO ATTEND TO ATTEND TO ATTEND

SECURE PAYMENT LINK Per Person $123.00
What if I have a +1 or +whatever? Cost is Per Person. Just do the payment link a 2nd or 3rd time.
After you do the payment link be sure to also FILL THIS OUT

Kids 17 and under are free.

Dogs OK on trail and in camp.

To ATTEND THIS EVENT . . . RSVP here, take care of payment, AND Fill out our google form

Questions? CLICK HERE to send a Direct Message

We do a Local Camping Zoom Q & A (every other) Wed 7:30 PM
Come to the zoom and ask any questions.

In addition to the zoom we also have some informational pages you may want to look at and review.

We believe in good decent social. We have a set of sister group we post our local free, local/reginal camping, and our overseas events too.

NOTE: We do not discriminate by age, gender, gender preference, ethnicity, race, color, national origin, disability or family status.

  • We create and promote a safe and fun environment for all.
  • Curated or guided hikes & adventures that are safe and fun at
  • quality sites with amenities.
  • WE WELCOME ALL AND THAT INCLUDES YOU !!

CLICK HERE to see the MAIN posting RSVP there to get comments and updates.

CLICK HERE to see all our other fun events

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