What we're about

Events are now in-person. Let's stay safe-- wear masks when possible and follow safety precautions.

We're a fun & friendly group that enjoys a variety of activities. We have regular meetups for going to the beach, hiking, bowling, tennis, volunteering. There are also meetups for softball, working-out, house parties, dancing, happy hours, ice skating, movie nights, kickball, game nights, volleyball, frisbee, eating out, the list goes on and on! Everyone strives to be friendly and welcoming at our events, so you'll have a lot of fun when you come out for an activity. See you out there!

In the spirit of fun and friendship, Please behave respectfully and kindly to each member. Please do not contact other members you have not met or if they do not want you to contact them. You will be subjected to removal.

Attendance Policy:
With your RSVP, please make every effort to make it. Last minute cancellations and no-shows are not permitted. We ask you do make every effort to make events as we want our events to be as fun and attending as possible!

Disclaimer:
The events listed are opportunities for members to participate and socialize with other people. A “yes” rsvp means you understand and agree that you and your guests are solely responsible for your own choices, actions, conduct and safety in regards to all possible hazards and inherent risks, including COVID-19, associated with participating in SBIO activities and meeting new people. By attending our events, you agree to not hold any organizers or hosts liable. The hosts or organizers are just present to facilitate or coordinate.

We welcome anyone to be an Event Organizer. If you are interested, please send a private message to Jay.

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Fall Foliage at Glacier National Park, and Banff, Jasper and others!/moder.hikes

Let's explore the Montana's national park that preserves million acres of glacier-carved peaks and valleys, pristine turquoise lakes and streams, and dense ancient forests for all to enjoy. We will drive Going-to-the Sun Road up to Grinnell Glacier and St Mary Lake. At Glacier National Park we will stay for 2 nights.

Then we will pass Whitefish, MT, drive north to Canada and continue on the scenic highway through Kootenay National Park, hike Marble Canyon and Paint Pots, and continue to Jasper National Park. In this park that along with Banff National Park makes one of the most beautiful nature areas in the world, we will explore and sight-see the scenic valleys, spectacular peaks, glaciers, forests, meadows and rivers. We plan to hike Maligne Canyon and Valley of the Five Lakes in Jasper, and Tunnel Mountain and Lake Anges in Banff. We can also make a stop and explore Yoho National Park. Thus, a loop route around this portion if the Canadian Rockies will allow us to visit and explore total four Canadian national parks. We will finish the trip after spending some time and sightseeing Calgary, BC.

Crossing the Canadian border requires to have a valid US passport for the American citizens and a Canadian visa for non-US citizens. Here is some info on crossing the Canadian border:
https://recordsfinder.com/driving/usborder/process/inspection/documents-needed/enter-canada-from-usa/

For everyone: ArriveCAN must be used within 72 hours before our arrival in Canada. ArriveCAN is an app (Available for iOS, Android and web) to provide mandatory travel and public health information before and after your entry into Canada:
https://www.canada.ca/en/border-services-agency/services/arrivecan.html

Pre-entry covid testing is no longer necessary for fully vaccinated travelers entering Canada by land, air, or water beginning April 1, 2022.

Fall weather in this area is warm with day average temperatures 65 degree F and possible light wind. See updates of weather forecasts at:
https://bit.ly/2LhTdTA

Trip's Summary:

  • 8days/7nights trip for a small group of 6 explorers.
  • The starting point is Kalispell, MT and ending point is Calgary, BC.
  • Level of activities: Easy to Intermediate.
  • Hotel accommodations in Hungry Horse, MT, Fernie, BC, Banff, BC, Jasper, BC, Calgary, BC. All locations in this event follow safety requirements by the state.

Clothes and gear recommended:

  • good hiking shoes,
  • warm jacket for evenings, be ready to layer up,
  • hiking poles if you used to them,
  • consider hydration bladder for hikes,
  • sunglasses,
  • sunscreen,
  • hat,
  • for personal protection: mask, carry-on sanitizer, gloves (by your choice.)

Cost $920. What is included:

  • 8days/7nights stay in 2-people occupancy non-smoking room (two beds in hotels' rooms, three beds in chalets at Banff),
  • Breakfasts at some hotels,
  • Transportation by minivan (like Chrysler Pacifica, Dodge Grand, Ford Transit or similar) covering more than 1000 mi of road-tripping total,
  • US Park entrance fees,
  • Organized hikes in all days.

What is NOT included:

  • Getting to Kalispell, MT and returning from Calgary, BC.
  • Meals, snacks, water.
  • entrance fees in the Canadian national parks, charged per person, less than USD 10/person/each park. (We may decide to skip Kootenay and/or Yoho for spending more time in Banff and Jasper.)

Sunrise: 7:20am. Sunset: 7:40pm. Every day we want to start off from the hotel at 7 am or 7:30am. The purpose of it is to use more of daylight time for activities.

Please sign up and feel free to comment/message with questions!
Photo-album from the previous trip to Glacier National Park: https://www.meetup.com/u-s-national-parks-quest-group/photos/31729799/

UPD. There will be a Zoom meeting on this trip and a WhatsApp group chat will be formed for the group to communicate and prepare for the trip. Please be available to connect by WhatsApp (provide the organizer with your WhatsApp contact info to be included in the chat.) Regular messaging will not work out for this trip, sorry.

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HIKING @ the Bear Creek Redwoods LOS GATOS

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Hello Everyone...

Let's go hiking again @ this beautiful and shaded location called Bear Creek Redwoods Preserves in Los Gatos.

We have chosen this place for our weekly hike because it's one of the best place in south bay area and it's very convenient location for many of us..

Besides hiking, good exercises and pleasant conversations,, we elso enjoy making new friends and build good and solid relationship with old friends.

This is an Intermediate, brisk hike with a little mountain to climb. This is not a hike for beginning hikers.

It's approximately 2 hours of hike around trip.

Please don't be late because the park close @ Sunset. We have already been late a few times and the Rangers have already given us the warning!!!

FYI..******
the address in the posting CAN BE confusing sometimes to apple maps and might takes you too far on bear creek road, maybe put in:

Upper Lake Loop Trail
Los Gatos, CA 95033
United States

The BEST is to click on it and go instead of trying the address to the maps.

I will NOT be forcing anyone to wear the mask or tell you what to do. Just follow the city guidelines yourself, respect others and DON'T complain.

PLEASE try NOT to bring up the inflammatory subjects that can easily lead to the argument such as politics, religious, genders, racism etc..

Also, please be nice, kind and help welcoming new members who joins us the for the first time and make them feel like one of us.
ENJOY THE HIKE!! 🏃‍♂️🏃🙏👍

About Bear Creek Redwoods:
19511 Bear Creek Road, Los Gatos, California

Located 3 miles south of Los Gatos, this 1,432-acre preserve features an easy-access interpretive trail around Upper Lake and 6 miles of hiking and equestrian trails. The trails pass through shaded redwood and fir forests, along cool perennial creeks and offer spectacular views of the Sierra Azul Range.

Our Hike:

We'll be taking the Alma Trail and Redwood Springs Trail Loop.

Parking/Meeting Point: Meet at the Bear Creek Redwoods parking lot[masked], [masked]. There is no off-site parking nearby or along Bear Creek Road.

Directions to trailhead: - Map: https://bit.ly/bearcreekmap

From San Jose, take Hwy. 17 South to Bear Creek Road, opposite Lexington Reservoir. Go under the overpass, the road curves right onto Bear Creek Road. Turn left at the stop sign. From the stop sign, drive 1 mile. The parking lot is on the left. We'll meet in the parking lot to walk to trail head.

Dogs - Sadly, No Dogs allowed on this hike

Restrooms: At the Beginning/Ending of Trail.

Exposure: Mostly Shaded

LENGTH: 5.3 miles

Elevation Gain: 1,043 feet

Difficulty: Moderate to slightly strenuous.

Bring: Water, Snacks Sun Protection and Weather appropriate clothing.

Note: Please check back here before going on hike for any last minute updates.

All Trails:
https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/alma-trail-redwood-springs

Official: https://www.openspace.org/preserves/bear-creek-redwoods

Trail Map: https://www.openspace.org/sites/default/files/map_BCR.pdf

*DO NOT ATTEND if you're experiencing any cold or flu symptoms, have a compromised immune system, or if you've been exposed to or tested positive for COVID-19.

*We are an intermediate hike group. Please be ready to keep up hiking with us from 5 miles to 8 miles without any health issues. If you don't workout, hiking a minimum 3-5 miles regularly, this hiking event maybe not a good for you.

*LIABILITY WAIVER:

By signing up for the social distancing hiking event, you hereby release its organizers, hosts, and participants from any and all liability, claims, demands or causes of action that you now have, or may have in the future, for illness, injuries, damages, and/or economic loss of any kind or nature, arising in whole or in part out of the activities, advice, or information contained herein. You agree to full responsibility for your own health issues.

*DISCLAIMER:

By participating in this social distancing hiking event, you understand that Meetup event Host/Organizer assumes ABSOLUTELY NO responsibility and you have to assume all at your own risk of injury, damage, and economic loss, without limitation, and release host/Organizer of all liability. It is advisable to consult your doctor before you participate in any physical event and hiking activity.

SANBORN LOOP TO INDIAN ROCK 9 MILES

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Let's go hiking @ Sanborn Loop to Indian Rock this Saturday October the 1st at 9am.
It's about 9 miles hike with 2000 elevations.

We will hike through the redwoods just west of Saratoga and south of San Jose, California. It considered challenging so just be prepared.

The goal is to complete the hike in four hours or less. Sanborn Skyline County Park is a popular area for hiking and other activities such as weddings. Most trails are open year-round and are beautiful to visit anytime. You'll need to leave pups at home — dogs aren't allowed on this trail.

Where to meet: 16055 Sanborn Rd Saratoga, CA 95070 (Park entrance)

Near the Sequoia Peterson Grove Picnic Area [masked], [masked]) and parking fee is $6.

Meet at 9 am, and departure at 9:10 am

Restrooms:
Near the parking area

Exposure:
Mostly shaded.

Trail Map: All Trails

DO NOT ATTEND if you're experiencing any cold or flu symptoms, have a compromised immune system, or if you've been exposed to or tested positive for COVID-19.

LIABILITY WAIVER: By signing up for this socially distanced hiking event, you hereby release its organizers, hosts, and participants from all liability, claims, demands or causes of action that you now have, or may have in the future, for illness, injuries, damages, and/or economic loss of any kind or nature, arising in whole or in part out of the activities, advice, or information contained herein. You agree to full responsibility for your own health issues. The event host/organizer are not trained to provide emergency or medical services.

DISCLAIMER: By participating in this social distancing hiking event, you understand that Meetup event Host/Organizer assumes ABSOLUTELY NO responsibility and you must assume all your own risk of injury, damage, and economic loss, without limitation, and release host/Organizer of all liability. It is advisable to consult your doctor before you participate in any physical event and hiking activity.

We're looking forward to meeting and hiking with you.

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ROCK Saturday & Dance❗️Kaye Bohler Band 🎶 @ Little Lou's 10/1 5:45 PM

Let's celebrate the first Saturday of October as one of the hottest Blues Rock legends, Kaye Bohler Band, takes the stage at Little Lou's BBQ, our favorite hangout in Campbell!, takes the stage at Little Lou's BBQ, our favorite hangout in Campbell!

Bring as many FULLY VACCINATED friends/guests as you'd like. Many dancers enjoy dancing to this band. Be one of them!

HOW TO MEETUP: This is a SELF-HOSTED public event that you can attend at your convenience, but be FULLY VACCINATED to share OUR group's table.
When you arrive, find the table with other Meetup members and join them or start your own table to enjoy the music. Or join the crowd on the dance floor.
🎵 The music starts at 6 PM

About the BAND:
Along with her band, celebrated singer/songwriter Kaye Bohler has captivated audiences from Japan to Alaska for over 25 years. Kaye’s show is bathed in southern Soul, Blues, and Funk as she knocks you and rocks you out. She’s a songbird with a child’s heart and the fire in her belly of Tina Turner. An unmistakably powerful and engaging performer, Kaye Bohler really knows how to pull you in and make you dance, cry and laugh too.

Bohler’s music is the funk, rock, and soul that results in the bluesy emotion of Janis Joplin or Elvin Bishop. Her influences include Tina Turner, Albert King, and Dinah Washington. Frank-John Hadley of Downbeat Magazine once said, “Bohler is a belter who stands firmly in the Blues tradition and yet can turn on a dime into Soul sophistication.” Bohler has a three-octave range. Her voice has been described as a mixture of “whiskey and honey”.
Check out her videos here.

About the venue: Little Lou's BBQ offers a great food/drink menu here: http://littlelousbbq.com/menu/

NO COVER. Please patronize the venue by buying food/drinks, and TIP the band.

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