What we're about

Our vision is to create a network of outdoors enthusiasts to share our adventures, to learn from, to have fun with, and to create life long friends. We hike in the Santa Monica Mountains. This is a non profit organization and we will be donating back to the community by having beach cleanups. Our group is also committed to protecting the special places we hike. Our new conservation effort seeks to protect threatened areas in the local mountains through fun and easy actions we can take. Have fun Hiking and hope to see you soon!

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💚GLAMPING at MALIBU CREEK STATE PARK! AWESOME, massive, shaded, SECLUDED spot!!

✅ ✅ due to that pesky covid thingy... had to push back to October... sorry for any inconvenience ✅ ✅

⭐️ GLAMPING!!! / BYOT (Bring Your Own Tent) ⭐️

COME 1 DAY OR 2 DAYS...

MASSIVE / VERY SECLUDED SPOT with PICNIC TABLES, SINKS, OAK TREES, SHOWERS and REST ROOMS!! Friday OCTOBER 22ND, 2PM till noon Sunday OCTOBER 24TH...

🅿️ PARKING LOT is big enough for 25 cars... so people should try to fit 2.5 people per car on average. ADMISSION into the park is approx $12 per car per day... 🅿️

If parking lot is full, there's TONS of parking in the lot, 1/4 mile from the campsite... (you can drop off your stuff in the closer parking lot, then park in the designated lot)

FRONT GATE CLOSES FOR "INCOMING" VEHICLES AT 10PM

POT-LUCK FOOD and LIBATIONS

SMARTPHONE / GOOGLE MAPS: MAP HERE (https://goo.gl/maps/m2hDaw7qcnk)

Conditions may be too dry for ANY kind of fire... bring portable burners / Jet-Boils if you need them to prepare food.

short hike during the days and optional night hikes...

2 OVERNIGHTS at the campsite...

OPTIONAL SHENANIGANS!!!

🌸 HERE'S THE ITINERARY and some INFO!! 🌸

FRIDAY we can start setting up tent as early as 2PM... or come after work and set up any time... - OR come on by Saturday; your choice!!

we'll do a series of hikes over the couple of days, including a late night hike

like last year, we'll have the "Fiesta-Pod" playing 80's dance music

(there's a water pump near the campsite, if anyone's got a small inflatable pool, that might be cool!!)

(people arriving late can stay around the campsite and do "whatever ya want")

we have to be out by NOON on Sunday

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it's around 120 yards from the parking lot to the campsite

there's 6 restrooms, 6 sinks, 4 showers and 10 picnic tables

CAMP FIRES DEPEND ON WEATHER CONDITIONS, but personal propane / Jet-boils are OK

I got the music covered

bring food for POTLUCK dinner, and breakfast

bring a CHAIR / hammock

bring LIGHTS / GLOWSTICKS if you got 'em!!

"corn-hole game" / beach balls / and that sort of thing might be fun as well

🍕 Potluck Food Schedule is by BIRTHDAY 🍕

(these are just suggestions)

Jan Feb March July - Protein
Apr May June - Veggies or Salad
Aug Sept Oct - Pasta or Carb
Nov Dec - Fruit or Desert

everyone bring your own beverages, plates / glasses / utensils / napkins

***if you have a specialty that doesn't fit into your category feel free to go for it, it's just a suggestion and nobody will check your ID.

GOOGLE MAPS / SMARTPHONE LINK HERE (https://goo.gl/maps/m2hDaw7qcnk)

***no refunds after Sept 10th...

🌻🌸🌼 MALIBU CREEK STATE PARK - 4 1/2 mile hike - great for beginners!! 🌸🌼🌻

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YAAAYYYYY!!!!!!! 🌼🌻 Hope everyone's safe, healthy and relatively SANE!!! 🌼🌻

4 1/2 mile HIKE

THIS is where they filmed M*A*S*H*, "Planet of the Apes" and a gazillion other movies...

GOOGLE MAPS TO MALIBU CREEK PARK - CLICK HERE

https://goo.gl/maps/SZVdsQem2eK2

CLICK HERE FOR M*A*S*H* VIDEO

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICiFnQrHOrk

🌼🌻 MALIBU CREEK STATE PARK 🌼🌻

( FEE AREA - it was $12 last time I was there, or get there 10 minutes earlier to park on the corner of Mulholland and Las Virgenes / Malibu Canyon for FREE )

( 40 minute drive from Santa Monica )

We'll be hiking 4 1/2 miles ROUND-TRIP to the M*A*S*H* filming site. Slight elevation gain. GREAT FOR BEGINNERS!!!

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FROM Santa Monica travel NORTH on PCH approx 12 miles. Make a RIGHT on Malibu Canyon Road. (just before Pepperdine University) Approx 6 miles up the road, make a LEFT turn into Malibu Creek State Park. Fee is approx $12. We're at the back of the SECOND parking lot on the left, approx 4/10 mile from the entrance

THANKSGIVING IN GALAPAGOS

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Location: Galapagos Islands (San Cristobal, Santa Cruz and Isabela, with tours to other islands)

Dates: November 20-28, 2021

Price: 3,395

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Group Leader: Eduardo

RSVP Limit: 20

FOR MORE INFO AND TO MAKE A RESERVATION, GO TO: https://www.1000treks.com/trips/thanksgiving-in-galapagos

Scratch this one off your bucket list and come spend Thanksgiving in the breathtaking Galápagos Islands!

Highlights:

- Visit and stay at the three main inhabited islands: San Cristobal, Santa Cruz and Isabela.

- Do a day trip to the magnificent uninhabited Bartolomé Island, one of the most famous postcards of Galapagos.

- See some of the world's most fascinating animals that can only be found in Galapagos, such as the Giant Galápagos Tortoise (that live up to 200 years!), the Galápagos Land Iguana (AKA Galápagos Dragon), Galápagos Marine Iguana (and maybe get to see them swimming while we snorkel), Blue-footed Booby, Red-footed Booby, Frigate Bird, Galápagos Penguin and Galápagos Sea Lions.

- Snorkel and scuba dive in what is possibly the single best location in the world as far as variety of marine life.

- Explore unique geological wonders such as Las Grietas, Los Gemelos.

- Visit the world famous Charles Darwin Foundation, where they breed giant tortoises.

- See active volcanos, such as Sierra Negra and Volcan Chico.

- Swim at gorgeous beaches such as Tortuga Bay (named one of the world's 10 most beautiful beaches by TripAdvisor), La Loberia, and Concha de Perla Lagoon.

FOR MORE INFO AND TO MAKE A RESERVATION, GO TO: https://www.1000treks.com/trips/thanksgiving-in-galapagos

SCANDINAVIA NORTHERN LIGHTS ADVENTURE

Scandinavia

For all the info and to sign up, go to www.1000treks.com

You have been dreaming about this for a long time! Let's make it happen and let's go see the Northern Lights in an fun-packed adventure, visiting three countries in one of the beautiful places in world: Scandinavia.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS AND TO SIGN UP: https://www.1000treks.com/trips/scandinavia-northern-lights-adventure

Highlights:

- Visit 3 Scandinavian countries: Finland, Sweden and Norway.

- See the Northern Lights from a GLASS IGLOO! That's right! You've seen the pictures online and now you have the chance to actually do it!

- Have the chance to spend a night in the Arctic Snow Hotel, a hotel made entirely of ice and snow!

- Have 11 chances to see the Northern Lights in some of the best places in the world. We will be all-but-guaranteed to see the Aurora not only once, but several times. Here are some of the unique and amazing ways in which we will see the Lights:

- From Abisko Sky Station in Sweden, where we will take a chairlift to what is possibly the best single spot on the planet to see the Northern Lights.

- From the Lofoten Islands, considered by many as the most beautiful background in the world for the Northern Lights.

- While riding an Electric Snowmobile

- On sled pulled by reindeer.

- On a sled pulled by huskies.

- While Floating on a frozen lake wearing a thermal floating suit.

- While horseback riding surrounded by snow.

- Snowshoeing through the Laplandish wilderness.

- On a cruise on the Barents Sea

We will also do some amazing and unique activities and have some amazing experiences unique to Scandinavia, such as:

- Visit a husky farm and drive your own husky sled

- Visit and take city tours of Helsinki, the capital of Finland, and Oslo, the capital of Norway.

- See a real unearthed Viking ship!

- Take an overnight train from Helsinki to the Finnish Lapland in your own cabin with a bed and shower. A very cool and unique European experience!

- Take a full day tour and sail on a real icebreaker

- Go Ice fishing

- Experience a snow sauna (that's right!) and a snow Jacuzzi

- Go on a Finnish sauna where you can go on a sauna, come out and dip in frozen lake

- Go Ice climbing

- Ride a fatbike on the snow

- Go Ice Karting.

These activities and locations are all absolutely amazing. However, this trip will be even more amazing because we timed it in order to maximize our chances to see the Northern Lights. Displays of the Northern Lights do tend to intensify around the equinox months of March and September because the magnetic fields of the Earth and the Sun’s solar wind are more likely to be in sync. There are no guarantees, but even stronger displays are therefore more likely around the spring equinox, which be on March 19. March also tends to be the winter month with the clearest skies. New moon is March 24, which means not only we will be getting the darkest skies of the month, but also the ski will be very dark on the 19th. No promises, but are likely to see some of the most amazing Northern Lights spectacles of the season during our travel dates.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS AND TO SIGN UP: https://www.1000treks.com/trips/scandinavia-northern-lights-adventure

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