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Our travel club is for all those solo travelers out there who want to explore the world but need a group to go with! Bring friends of course but if you can't get them to come-no worries! We do awesome local events in the Bay Area and many exciting trips all year! Local Events include hiking, wine tasting, white water rafting, kayaking, parties, dinner, camping, and much more!

Upcoming events (4+)

Epic New Zealand Adventures!

Christchurch

An incredible lifetime trip to New Zealand's north and south islands. Check out the details below...

March 21st - April 1st, 2023: Best of South Island

http://www.photoflytravel.org/new-zealand-group-tours/

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The South Island is the adventure isle of the world with rolling green pastures, sandy beaches, the towering Southern Alps mountain range, mirror blue lakes, glaciers, fjords, and so much more.

  • 11 nights/12 days throughout the best of New Zealand’s South Island
  • Private guide
  • Breakfast daily
  • 2 lunches, 2 Dinners

Christchurch → Kaikoura → Nelson/Abel Tasman National Park: 4 Nights

From the very start we’ll hit the ground running with a night in the “Garden City” of Christchurch, NZ’s South Island capital, before heading up on our first epic road trip along the gorgeous northeast coast.
– Explore Christchurch with beautiful parks and interesting street art
– Drive up the East Coast arriving in Kaikoura with option for whale watch cruise
– Ohau Point to encounter juvenile seal pups near a magnificent waterfall!
– Explore Abel Tasman National Park: Optional kayak tours and other guided hikes available

Greymouth & Franz Josef Glacier: 2 Nights
– Cross the gorgeous Southern Alps
– Guided walk through the Truman Track in Paparoa National Park
– Greymouth: Stop for the night in this quaint coastal town on the west coast.
– Franz Josef Glacier: See and photograph this unique glacier

Queenstown & Milford Sound: 3 Nights
– Lake Matheson: short walk along the shores of this beautiful mirror lake
– Check out Arrowtown
– Free day to explore Queenstown
– TSS Earnslaw historic steamship ride to Walter Peak Farm for gourmet BBQ lunch and farm show
– Mind Blowing Milford Sound Exploration & Cruise

Lake Tekapo → Christchurch: 2 Nights
– Travel through the middle of the South Island to the MacKenzie area and Lake Tekapo
–Tekapo Hot Springs under the stars (Optional)
– Visit Mt Cook Village

  • International airfare is not included
  • All taxes, fees, & transfers included

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Join Us!

*For our solo travelers I will pair you up with someone of the same sex unless single occupancy is requested.

Price: $3,595.00
*Single Supplement: $1,049.00
OR
Deposit: $600.00

Go here to sign up:
http://www.photoflytravel.org/new-zealand-group-tours/

Check out our once in a lifetime New Zealand North Island Adventure Extension below!

NORTH ISLAND ADVENTURE EXTENSION!

April 1st - April 7th, 2023:

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The North Island, a completely different landscape than the South Island, is rich in geothermal activity and home to iconic volcanoes

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  • 6 nights / 7 days throughout New Zealand’s North Island
  • Private guide
  • Breakfast daily
  • 2 Dinners
  • Domestic Flight from Christchurch (CHC) → Auckland (AKL) included

Auckland → West Coast → Rangitoto Island: 2 Nights
On arrival at the Auckland International Airport, we’ll waste no time and head straight into the north island’s capital.
– Auckland War Memorial Museum
– Muriwai’s Black Sand Beaches & the Gannet Colony
- Rangitoto Volcano Island
- Volcanic exploration drive

Waitomo → Rotorua: 2 Nights
– Waitomo underground caves
Rotorua:
– Wai O Tapu: geothermal park
– Te Puia: colorful terraces and Maori experience

Taupo → Tongariro National Park → Auckland 2 Nights
– Huka Falls
– Tongariro National Park

  • International Airfare is not included
  • All Taxes, Fees, & Transfers Included

E-mail us at [masked] for the daily itinerary!
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Join Us!
*For our solo travelers, I will pair you up with someone of the same sex unless single occupancy is requested.

Price: $2,095.00
*Single Supplement: $550.00
OR
Deposit: $600.00

Go here to sign up: http://www.photoflytravel.org/new-zealand-north-island-group-tours

Hike at Alviso Marina County Park, ~4.5mi, 1.5-hour, easy hike

Alviso Marina County Park

We invite all curious Travel Buddies to join our Saturday early morning hikes (that happen regularly) and explore the serene and colorful area of Alviso Marina. We will hike along salt ponds, channel of the Guadalupe river and a network of levees. These easy hikes can be a way to train ourselves for longer hiking trips, and to meet your group members in person.

We will take Alviso Slough Trail and make sure we are done by 9:30-9:45 am as the latest. This is a flat, fast-paced hike and it can serve as a warm-up for your other activities later on this day. But if everybody in the group wants to do a longer hike, there are choices of trails at Alviso to extend our activities )) This Alviso hike will be hosted by either Lana, or Mike.

Please, bring:
* layered cloths/windbreaker,
* shoes appropriate for a rough trail,
* water,
* hat,
* sunglasses
* sunscreen.

The weather forecast in the area: http://bit.ly/3qhmXih

Please be aware that in the case of precipitation in the area the day before the hike - the trail can get muddy here and there. So, put on appropriate shoes, do not wear nice textile shoes..

No parking fee is charged currently at Alviso.

The Park is 100% open space and a good setting for cognitive respite by relaxing and restoring the mind ))

We plan to complement these hikes with networking time AFTER a hike, 9:30am-10:30am so that group members could connect more directly.
This can be happening either at the picnic tables in the park, or at a eating place nearby. Here are some options:
El Taco de Oro , opens 9am
Vahl's Restaurant , opens 11am
Rosita's De Basilio Deli & Market , opens 11am.

We found out that El Taco de Oro is a suitable place for after hike networking 👍‍ ($3.25/taco, friendly staff and plenty of space.) Here is a photo of the menu: https://www.meetup.com/superfab/photos/33232901/510500797/ (click photo to enlarge.)

Depending on the group's mood, we can go on networking or not (it's up to everyone to decide to go on or not, no obligations/ expectations.)

This event is cross-posted with other tech pro's Meetup groups: Silicon Valley Indian Professionals Association (SIPA), Bay Area Business & Tech Professionals Networking Meetup and others.

Let's see each other at Alviso!

The awesome best in the Bay area "Hawaii Like" Cataract Falls Experience !

## Details

Members , Take Note: Please read all the info ; Very important !
The beautiful Hawaii like "Cataract Falls " Experience !
GREAT ! THE Roads are now Open !! So far ?
Hosted by : Indie Tom
From Awesome Wine and Nature Adventures[masked] EM: [masked]
(Always have my Phone #)
Marin Country Mart/Starbucks Coffee
1801 Larkspur landing Circle · Larkspur, CA
NOTE: We did this in Feb. & out of 35 rsvp's 15 hardy photo adventurers showed up. But we got soaked by days end.
The recent rains have energized the waterfall areas. An understatement now. So Now is the time to experience them.
NOTE: Please do not pay attention to the RSVP roster as This event is posted on 25 other meetups.
****NOTE: Donations are requested as it takes almost full time work to plan, create & conduct these hidden & awesome events & adventures. You get a lot for a little. Please read all the info. Thanks. And You won't ever be disappointed.
This is a very popular hike in North Marin County. It is also DOG FRIENDLY. They love this outing.
***Wear layered clothes as you will get warm. NOTE: Good hiking shoes are a must for this outing. ** Gym shoes are not recommended ** Bring a Lunch !!
We meet in front of Starbucks at Larkspur landing shopping Ctr. (Marin Country mart) .
****The parking at the hike area will be very limited. . ** I will have an alternate 2nd parking & meeting area posted later. (nearer to the hike start) . I will also have maps for all drivers.
NOTE: As usual, included : Personal Wine Varietals, water, juice, teas, latte;s , protein & energy drinks, , trail bars, other snacks, Wine Country Sparkling Sodas, (Soon to be famous) Gourmet fruit & Nut packs, , hiking poles, hats, gloves, coats, etc. are available for any who may need them. Also carpooling/shuttles, parking fees. , a super fun outdoor experience, etc.
MEETUP Donation: $27 chk or $. Upon arrival.. Or P.Pal ) , friends & family option only. Or use chase.com/zelle (Easy & no fees) Use my EM & ph. #[masked] ([masked]) Online pymt. at the meetup location takes too much time. Do it before or just bring $ or a Check. Way easier for me .& You.
QUESTIONS: Always text me: *********************************
This event is rated as moderate to a little strenuous. NOTE: There are several resting & stopping points for photos & I have side spur trails to show you for unique off trail experiences. That's where the best waterfall locations are to get close. Distance is 3-5 miles R.T.
NOTE: The Cataract Falls trek is a must to experience.
*******Please do not RSVP if you are not really sure of attending.
NOTE: The Marin water Dist. has limited groups to 20 people. **So ; don't even think of not showing up or you may be dropped from your meetup membership. If you are a no show; someone else will be denied a spot. Remove your RSVP in a timely manner. Thanks again !
Thanks. Also: *** This is a dog friendly outing ! The Dogs love this !! P.S> The trails are rocky & hard packed. Very little mud !! **Bring a lunch & warm clothes.
Our always fun Dinner option follows with new made friends.
NOTE: Print info up from a desktop computer & print up the page to use as a reference with your mobile app. (You may miss info if don't do this) . ****The Meetup APP is terrible.
***If you missed last Sunday's super outing ; I'll reschedule it again in 1-2 weeks. (Hidden Bohemian Grove Waterfall adventure !)

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Amazing Wildcats & ancient Bat tree forest experience ! Not to be missed !

Occidental Union Hotel Restaurant

**Please prepare for an amazing experience to be educated, enjoyed & remembered .
*** This is a rescheduled from last week due to the rainy Weather!!! NOTE: Since it's late, PLEASE RSVP & then text me asap with your deposit or full pymt. @[masked]
Very limited attendance . 12 Guests are the maximum.
********We meet in front of the Union hotel in Occidental. We will drive up to the very hidden property in the redwoods from the Hotel.

  • Our first stop will be to walk & explore the ancient & huge trees hidden in this private grove. This unique forest has the ability to create it's own weather. One of the trees has a small colony of little Brown Bats. Hopefully they will be home for us to see, hear & photograph.

***NOTE: The new baby Clouded Leopard has arrived. Unbelievably adorable. He was Only 4 pounds. See him up close. But he is about 30 lbs now & has his own playground. They grow up fast!. Don't even think of missing this amazing experience !
From here we will travel a short way to the hidden Sanctuary of 18 unique & endangered Wildcats. This is not a zoo. You will be up close & may even partially interact & touch one of the beautiful Cheetahs.
The last last new baby Cheetah came to them just before Covid shut things down. (Bummer) The baby has now grown up a bit.
*****
You will learn much about these awesome beautiful animals.
Such as: The cool Fish cat. The amazing Ocelot, The most beautiful Snow Leopard & many more fabulous wildcats.
Following our guided educational & photo tour we will break for a light wine luncheon. I'm sure many of you will have questions.
The Wildcat Foundation is a Non profit organization. The only one of its kind in Ca.
Event/Tour donation is $127.00
Please RSVP with your full pymt or 50% deposit by early next week.
Pymts can be to Zelle,(Thomas Bold[masked] ) Paypal: via friends & family pay option only. $$, or Check . If by chk. ; send to: T.Bold 2471 Solano ave. # 112 Napa , Ca 94558
I will also be available for pickup at 9:45 am. am at the Petaluma Fairgrounds lot in front of the Library at 100 fairgrounds Dr.
Must call/text for ride. [masked]
This is one very special experience you will always remember. Plus its a great cause to educate you & preserve the animals that are endangered towards extinction.
NOTE: A new baby has arrived ! Its an adorable mini Sand Cat from the Sahara Desert area. He was 1.5 lbs. & now is a whopping 4.5 lbs. And looks like Yoda when his ears are down. Experience an up close visit with this shy wild cat. ****Plus don't miss the new young Clouded Leopard. A real bouncing ball of energy. And also the jumping jelly bean black Leopard.
Bring a friend to be amazed at this special one of a kind Experience ! You won't be disappointed. INDIE TOM
NOTE: PLEASE DRESS WARM AS WE WILL BE OUTDOORS MOST OF THE DAY. Wear good walking shoes.

Past events (855)

Explore hidden Bohemian Grove Waterfalls & Photo Adventure Trek !!

Occidental Union Hotel Restaurant