Upcoming Outings

    • Thu, December 01, 2022
    • 6:00 PM
    • Palm Springs
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    Greetings Hike / Bike/4x4 leaders.

    You are invited to our planning meeting to schedule hiking, biking, and 4x4 outings for the next several months and welcome our newest hike leaders.

    We will review dates and schedule accordingly.

    Here is a list of hikes for consideration:

    CV Hiking Club: Click Here and 

    PS Previous hikes: Click Here

    New hike leaders are welcomed to  attend. No commitments or actions are expected. You might consider co leading or assisting a hike.

    Date: Thurs Dec 01 6 pm at members residence in Palm Springs with complimentary dinner (El Polo Loco buffet).

    Meeting address will be in registration confirmation email.

    If you are unable to attend, you may submit a list of your hikes and we will work to get them scheduled.

    Contact VP of Outings click here with your ideas and suggestions .

    Special COVID Related Requirements
    This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated. 


    • Fri, December 02, 2022
    • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, Palm Desert / Indian Wells
    • 7
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    Eisenhower Mountain Loop Trail 
    • Distance: 5.3 mile loop
    • Elevation gain: 761’
    • Trailhead elevation: 239’
    • Difficulty Rating: Moderate - Advanced*
    • Hike includes a variety of terrain including sandy wash, solid rock steps and a short, steep scramble up loose soil.
    • Hiking time: 3.5 hours
    • Meet: 8:30 AM just inside the main entrance to The Living Desert.  Map
    • Note:  Members of The Living Desert receive free entry.  Others must pay the admission fee, currently $29.95 for general adults and $27.95 for seniors 62 and over.  Online ticket purchase recommended.  Buy Tickets

    Description:  

    This trail is part of the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens facility. You’ll enjoy varied scenery as we make our way up the side of Eisenhower Mountain culminating in a fantastic view of the Coachella Valley. At the highest point we’ll stop to rest and eat lunch at picnic tables shaded by a rustic wooden ramada. When we finish hiking, The Living Desert will be available for independent exploration.

    Hiking Requirements - you will need to be in good physical condition for this hike.  Click here for more information.

    Bring Ten Essentials (click here), water (2 to 3 liters recommended), lunch and trail snacks. Sun protection and layered clothing are recommended. Carry Emergency Contact Information (ICE). Sturdy hiking footwear with good tread and adequate drinking water are required. Hiking poles may be helpful.

    Contact hike leader:  Kirk Olsen Email Click Here 

    Carpooling is encouraged and may be available if offered by driver. As we will be meeting at The Living Desert, you are responsible for arranging you own transportation or ride share. Please, arrive early for briefing and 8:30 AM hiking departure.

    Trail profile:


    Weather Policy: Inclement weather cancels

    Special COVID Related Requirements

    This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated. 

    Health Problems/allergies:  Advise hike leader of any medical or other issues that may affect your ability to complete this hike.


    • Sat, December 03, 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Palm Springs
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    Meet: 9 am Sunrise Park Ramon/Sunrise near the Mizell Senior Center

    Join us for a bike ride through beautiful South Palm Springs. We will ride 10 miles on a variety of surfaces, residential streets, streets with bike lanes, and streets with light traffic. The ride will include some gentle hills. There will be lots of great homes to look at and super mountain views. Be sure to inflate your tires to the recommended PSI. 

    All riders are strongly encouraged to wear a helmet. You may want to bring a tire pump, spare tube, bike tools, water, sunscreen. 

    Contact John Ryan:  Email click here

    Weather Policy: Inclement weather may cancel.

    Special COVID Related Requirements

    This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated.

    Health Problems/allergies  Discuss any medical concerns with the hike leader that may affect your ability to complete the hike. 

    • Sat, December 03, 2022
    • 9:45 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Pacific Crest Trail, Warner Springs, CA 92086
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    Get to know this 6.2-mile out-and-back trail near Warner Springs, California. Generally considered an easy route, it takes an average of 2 h 39 min to complete. This is a very popular area for backpacking, camping, and hiking, so you'll likely encounter other people while exploring. The trail is open year-round and is beautiful to visit anytime. Dogs are welcome and may be off-leash in some areas.

    Details: Parking is across the street on the highway or at the community resource center, not at the fire station. Also the trail starts at the cattle gate next to the bridge, not on the state fire station property. Please do not block the fire station by parking there.


    Users report that this trail is easy however please be prepared during summer months/hot weather as this trail does not have adequate shade.


    HOST:  Ryan Remy Lebeau Chambers


    LENGTH: 6.2 Miles


    DIFFICULTY: Easy


    Elevation Gain: 836 ft

    RSVP: No RSVP required. If we have a large group, please make sure you are masked and social distance. 

    Meeting Location: bv Google Map: https://goo.gl/maps/ADVNyRoe9BdGdpRd6

    Meeting Date & Time: Saturday, December 3rd @ 9:45am 

    Parking:  Parking is across the street on the highway or at the community resource center, not at the fire station.

    Cost: Free 

    Time Commitment:Plan for approx 3-4 hours. 

    Dogs: If your dog can keep up, they are more than welcome to come. They must be kept on a leash. 

    Trail Details at: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/pacific-crest-trail-to-eagle-rock?search=true

    What to Bring

    • Food
    • Ten Essentials
    • Phone/camera 
    • Warm/cool weather clothing
    • Any prescription or other needed medications
    • Sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sunblock, lip block)

    Cell Phone Service: No reception issues anticipated.

    Health Problems/Allergies: It is the responsibility of participants to carry on their person a record of significant allergies, medications and medical history in the event of a medical emergency. Discuss any medical concerns with a trip leader if you wish.

    Contact/Question - If you have any questions not addressed by the information above or on our registration page, please feel free to contact the trip leaders: Ryan Remi Lebeau Chambers at Ryan.chambers.media@gmail.com


    • Sat, December 03, 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Palm Desert, CA (Address to be provided once you have REGISTERED)
    • 13
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    Robert Varga and John Simonsen have invited us all to the Game Night on Saturday,  December 3, 2022 at their beautiful home in PALM DESERT.


    NOTE: This event will have a maximum capacity of 50 people

    NOTE: Registration for this event will open on November 19th and close on December 2nd!

    SCHEDULE:

    6:00 PM to 6:15 PM - SOCIAL PERIOD

    6:15 PM to 7:00 PM – POTLUCK DINNER 

    7:00 PM to 9:00 PM – GAME TIME

    WHAT TO BRING:

    1) Potluck Item for at least 8 people 

    2) Your own beverage(s)

    3) Table Games you want to play  (Great Outdoors provides many games)

    NOTE:  Bring potluck dishes/snacks/etc. "ready to serve" in a serving bowl or dish, including any needed serving utensils.  

    PLEASE DO NOT ask our hosts to provide access to their ovens or bowls, spoons, etc.

    Our chapter is always looking for Game Night Hosts!

    Please call Richard Dachman at 818-430-7114 or email GameNightCoordinator-PS@greatoutdoors.org if you are interested in hosting Game Night.

    To view photos from our past game nights - click here.

    To view our Game Night guidelines click here.

    Special COVID Related Requirements:

    This event requires all attendees to members and to be fully vaccinated, submit proof of vaccination and abide by the GOPS COVID policyCLICK HERE.  Send proof of vaccination to: GOPSCOVID@gmail.com or text to: 760-902-1850.

    Health Problems/allergiesIt is the responsibility of participants to carry on their person a record of significant allergies, medications and medical history in the event of a medical emergency.  Discuss any medical concerns with the event leader if you wish.

    • Tue, December 06, 2022
    • 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
    • Palm Springs, CA
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    Pickleball Games

    This GOPS club event is intended for Great Outdoors members who are familiar with pickleball play and pickleball rules.  It is designed to be a fun event that will rotate players through groups of 4 for games. This is also a chance to meet and get to know other Great Outdoors members who enjoy playing pickleball.

    Like any sport there is a risk of injury that comes along with playing pickleball.  To help reduce the risk of injury, please review the pickle ball safety tips at: https://usapickleball.org/play/health-safety

    Notes:  

    • There will be only one announcement/registration for all four, December pickle ball events. The events will be on held on Tuesday, Dec 6, Dec 13, Dec 20 and Dec 27. Register once if you want to play one, any, or all of the dates listed.
    • These games are at condo association located in Palm Springs.
    • Registration for this event is limited to the first 20 that sign up. You can join our waitlist in case of a cancellation.
    • You must be a member.  You can join - click here.
    • This pickleball event is not intended for members who have not previously played pickleball. 
    • We will be playing on two pickleball courts in a condo association. 

    Location/Directions Directions to the courts will be provided to those that sign up.

    Cancel: If you cannot make a this event for which you have registered, please cancel as others may be on the waitlist. You may cancel directly from your profile settings or notify the event leader.

    Photos - click here to see some of our games.

    Event Leader: John Ryan - eMail:  click here.

    Weather Policy: Inclement weather cancels.

    Special COVID Requirements:  This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated. 

    Health Problems/allergies  Discuss any medical concerns with the event leader that may affect your ability to play pickleball. 

    • Thu, December 08, 2022
    • 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Joshua Tree National Park
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    Bring your binoculars as we explore this island of desert greenery in the heart of the Joshua Tree National Park where pine trees grow in and among the rocks and boulders for which the park is known.  Once we reach the Pine City boulder area, the trail leads to an overlook of a deep ravine--the Pine City Canyon--which may offer an option for some moderate boulder scrambling.  Once a small mining area, only a few collapsed mines are all that remain.  

    • Trail Length:  3.8 miles, round trip. 
    • Elevation Gain/Loss: 127’
    • Difficulty Rating: easy with a moderate scramble into the ravine if the group is willing.  
    • Trail Type:  out and back.   
    • Hiking Time:  2-3 hours                   

    Departure Time: 8:00 AM (Please arrive early for 8:00 am departure)

    Departure Location: 

    The Walmart/PetSmart parking lot at 5601 Ramon Road, Palm Springs, CA 92262.   Meet at the north/east corner.  

    Fees/Charges: Joshua Tree Park entrance fee or bring your entrance card.

    *Hiking Requirements - Although the trail is fairly level, the elevation is at 4500 feet so you will need to be in good physical condition for this hike. Some rock scrambling into the ravine is optional.  Click here for more information.

    Bring Ten Essentials (click here) - water (2 to 3 liters recommended), and trail snacks. Sun protection and layered clothing are recommended. Carry Emergency Contact Information (ICE).

    Sturdy hiking footwear with good tread and adequate drinking water are required.

    Contact leader:  Beth Schneider email click here

    Carpooling - is encouraged and may be available if offered by a driver. You are responsible for arranging you own transportation or ride share. Arrive a few minutes early for briefing and carpooling. 

    Weather Policy: Inclement weather cancels

    Special COVID Related Requirements

    This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated for COVID.

    Health Problems/allergies  Discuss any medical concerns with the hike leader that may affect your ability to complete the hike. 

    • Sat, December 10, 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • La Bella Fontana Park, 90 Corinthian Walk, Long Beach, CA 90803
    • 49
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    This will be the 76th annual Naples Christmas Boat Parade, where small boats sailing through the canals, big boats in Alamitos Bay and houses all around the islands will compete for holiday decoration bragging rights.


    Bring your Santa hat (see pictured example), a thermos of eggnog or your preferred warm beverage, and an ugly sweater with a favorite friend to see the boat parade through the Naples canals then walk among carolers through the adjacent neighborhood to view the amazing light and holiday themed displays. We will meet at La Bella Fontana Park and walk 2 blocks to a great viewing area for the parade. Get there early as parking is challenging. More information can be found here: https://naplesca.com/commonly-asked-questions

    Large boats decorated with lights parade along the peninsula at 6 pm. Small boats float through at 6:30 pm from the Appian Way Bridge. Large and small boats go in opposite directions.


    Houses on Naples Island are famous for extraordinary displays of Christmas and Hanukkah lights. It makes the island a great Christmas destination in Southern California.


    Consider arriving early to rent a duffy or kayak among the flotillas, stroll the shops and restaurants on 2nd St. and enjoy the atmosphere.

    Please call Trip Organizer Rob McKee, Secretary Great Outdoors LA, 424-317-1112 for additional questions or concerns.

    Health Issue/allergiesIt is the responsibility of participants to carry on their person a record of significant allergies, medications and medical history in the event of a medical emergency.  Discuss any medical concerns with the event leader if you wish.

    During the registration process, check the "Christmas Parade" event, not the "Holiday party" event.

    • Sun, December 11, 2022
    • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Casita del Campo- Silverlake, 1920 Hyperion Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90027
    • 2
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    Register soon, invite your peeps, spaces are limited.



    We're celebrating the holiday season so put on your festive gear!

    By popular demand we're going to Casita del Campo in Silver Lake, a beautiful Mexican historically queer-oriented in Silverlake since 1962. Margaritas are handmade with fresh lime juice. Two outdoor patios, gorgeous indoor patio with living tree and skylights. Margaritas are handmade with fresh lime juice.

    There will great food, great company, and RAFFLE PRIZES!

    So do ye now your...extra special apparel and join the celebration.

    December the 11th at 11 00AM to 2:00PM

    Where: 1920 Hyperion Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90027

    Registration is limited to 31 people.

    Cost per member is only $20.  Includes food and one alcoholic beverage.

    Carpooling is encouraged, especially if you may be drinking.

    Click here to request or offer a ride, or paste the following link into your browser:   http://www.groupcarpool.com/t/st39r7

    (Officers please arrive by 10:45 am so we can discuss program, raffle, Jan event planning.)

    Health Issue/allergiesIt is the responsibility of participants to carry on their person a record of significant allergies, medications and medical history in the event of a medical emergency.  Discuss any medical concerns with the event leader if you wish.


    • Sun, December 11, 2022
    • 4:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Miracle Springs Resort 10625 Palm Drive, Desert Hot Springs, CA, 92240
    • 5
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    HOLIDAY PARTY

    Please join us for the annual Great Outdoors Palm Springs Holiday Party. This special event will be held at the Miracle Springs Resort at 10625 Palm Drive, Desert Hot Springs, CA, 92240.  (click here for directions). 

    You must be a GOPS member to register for this event, but each member may bring a non-member guest. The attendance will be limited to 80 people.  You must register before December 1, 2021.

    We will provide a buffet-style dinner that includes appetizers, turkey, ham and vegetarian main courses, with many side dishes and desserts. Additionally, a full-service cash bar will be available for all beverages (alcohol and soft drinks). We will also have an ever-popular gift exchange, moderated by a special guest.  If you choose to participate in this optional event, please keep the gift value to about $20.

    The cost to members for this event is $20 per person. You must be a Great Outdoors member to register. Members may also bring one (1) non-member guest for $30.  Payment must be made at time of registration and paid online with a credit card within 15 minutes. Members who are couples should register separately to avoid the additional $10 "guest" charge.

    Refunds:  There are NO REFUNDS for this event. 


                                                        COVID19

    We request that everyone be vaccinated in order to attend this indoor event

    For questions, please contact  (SocialEventsCoordinator-PS@GreatOutdoors.org


    • Tue, December 13, 2022
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • California Pizza Kitchen 12171 Seal Beach Blvd. at Rossmoor Center Drive Seal Beach, CA 90740
    • 14
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    Monthly Chapter Meeting

    Tuesday  December 13

    @ 6:30 PM


    California Pizza Kitchen Rossmoor Center

    12171 Seal Beach Blvd Seal Beach Blvd. at Rossmoor Center Drive

    Seal Beach, CA 90740

    Click here for Map


    At this meeting we will be discussing recent past events and planned activities for the next few months!  Oh yeah, you have the option of eating too!  Hungry?  YUMMY!  Vegan Options Available!


    Suggested schedule will be:

    1.  6:30 PM  All members & Core Group arrive by 6:30 and either pre-order your food or order while on site.  Introductions, eat, socialize, toss around ideas/suggestions and make merry!  Each person is responsible for their own food and beverage ordering and payment. 

    2.  7:15 PM.  Core Group will begin their meeting per the agenda along with the general meeting where the various trip leaders will have a chance to highlight their recent and upcoming trips, and answer any questions. We will continue to focus on planning for the remainder of 2022 and the first quarter of 2023.

    Any and all members are allowed and encouraged to attend and participate!  (Please be aware that only Core Group Members are allowed to vote during the Core Group meeting.). 

    3.  Meeting will adjourn upon completion of agenda!


    SPECIAL COVID RELATED REQUIREMENTS:

    Participants agree to abide by the following as a condition of registering for this event:

    1 - Follow Federal, State, and Local COVID guidelines as well as the directions of the event leader.
    2 - Do not attend if feeling ill or have any symptoms of COVID.
    3 - Contact the event leader if you test positive for COVID within 14 days of the event.


    • Wed, December 14, 2022
    • 6:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Palm Springs
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    • Meeting Location: Vista Las Palmas
    • Duration:  About 4 hours
    • Distance: About 13 miles 
    • Pace: Slow (primarily, up the Tram Rd)
    • Difficulty: VERY STRENUOUS! -- Total Elevation: About 1,700ft
    • Bike Leader: David Stewart

    This is a unique, vigorous adventure--for bikers who are 'physically fit.' I will provide a FREE breakfast at a local restaurant ONLY for those who make it to the Tram's Security Checkpoint. 

    NOTE: eBikes do NOT qualify for a free meal. Also, an adequate bike lock is required. 

    The start of this ride is from where I live and while heading to the Tram Road, we'll go through some lovely areas within Las Palmas. When arriving to the base of the Tram Road, we will take a break near the Visitor's Center before a very vigorous ride up the road. 

    NOTE: If, for whatever reason you cannot continue while ascending, PLEASE STOP and turn around. Control the downhill speed with mostly your rear brakes. 

    Everyone is to finally meet near the Visitor's Center (depending on your turn around point, the wait time could be 45 minutes or more). Then, on to a nearby restaurant for breakfast. After breakfast, we will go through another section of Las Palmas before arriving back to our starting point.

    Be sure to inflate your tires to the recommended PSI. All riders are strongly encouraged to wear a helmet. You may want to bring a tire pump, spare tube, bike tools, water and sunscreen.    

    All biking rules and regulations will be acknowledged.

    Poor weather and/or road conditions cancels this bike ride.

    Please call 760-320-2774 or email David at dhs321@gmail.com for inquiries.


    Special COVID Related Requirements

    This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated.

    Health Problems/allergies  Discuss any medical concerns with the hike leader that may affect your ability to complete the hike. 

    • Wed, December 14, 2022
    • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    • Via Zoom
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    The Great Outdoors San Diego (GOSD) Core Group meets every month on the 1st Wednesday of the month to conduct GOSD business and share a meal together. Members and interested others are welcome to join. If you'll be joining us, please RSVP so we can send you the Zoom link.


    Location: Via ZOOM (contact Tyler Roosden for more information)

    Time: 4:00pm to 5:30pm PST

    Parking: In cyberspace.

    Contact: Tyler Roosden (651.497.1611)

     




    • Thu, December 15, 2022
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Zoom online
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    How to create events on GO WildApricot website.

    We will review how to set up an event, including registration categories, registration form options, emails, waitlist settings, tags, and registrant contact management. Get tips for setting up and managing. Bring your questions.

    This is for all WildApricot Event Managers with administrative access and any members who plan to have access and would like to learn the process.

    Zoom meeting access link will be in confirmation and reminder emails.

    References:

    Great Outdoors Event Manager Manual: Click Here

    WildApricot Help - Tutorials click here

    Contact: Scott Connelly, Chair Outdoor Experience: email click here


    • Fri, December 16, 2022
    • 6:00 PM
    • Palm Desert, CA
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    Don we now our gay apparel, Fa la la, ... WildLights at The Living Desert is  transforming the zoo into a sparkling winter wonderland. This festive, annual tradition features more than a million colorful, sparkling holiday lights. 

    Food and beverages will also be available for purchase at the grill. 

    6:00 PM Meet at the main entrance, just inside by the Welcome Center and Christmas Tree. Group photo and then explore the grounds

    Wear you best holiday outfit and your name tag.

    Tickets $16.00, Living Desert members $14.00. 

    Advance purchase with timed entry required. Purchase tickets click here

    If the 6pm tickets are sold out, purchase the next available time and still show up at 6 pm for entry.

    Your confirmation email will also have a link for you to purchase your ticket(s) in advance from the Living Desert. 

    Membership to Living Zoo 

    Contact: Scott Connelly email click here



    Health Problems/allergies  Discuss any medical concerns with the event leader that may affect your ability to complete the hike. 


    • Sat, December 17, 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Palm Springs
    • 83
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    GOT A GREAT OUTDOORS HAT OR T-SHIRT?  

    NOW'S YOUR CHANCE TO ORDER ONE!


    We're taking orders for 100% cotton or Triblend t-shirts, and cotton twill caps. We need approximately 25 orders to get an order going.  It works like this: you order the merchandise you'd like to receive and pay for it. After orders are closed on December 17, we have the merchandise prepared by our local vendor. We'll have the merchandise available for pickup at a GOPS event at the end of January. Your merchandise can be shipped to you for a shipping and handling fee. You may order multiple types, colors and sizes of merchandise in one order.


    COTTON SHORT SLEEVE ($15 each):


    You can order any of the four colors shown above, Black, Sand, Indigo Blue, and Antique Irish Green. After you select the cotton short sleeve item in our store, you'll then be asked to pick your color(s) and size(s).  You may order multiple shirts in one order.  Our logo is silk screened front and back as shown here for cotton short sleeve t-shirts:


     


    TRIBLEND SHORT SLEEVE ($15 each):

    The Short Sleeve Triblend Tees (which are moisture-wicking and stretch), are available in mint green (gray color shown to illustrate style). The shirt is a 95/5 poly/cotton/rayon jersey and includes a left pocket logo, silk-screened on the front only. There is no printing on the back.  


     


    EMBROIDERED CAPS ($15 each):


    For the Embroidered Caps (which size is adjustable), you can order only these two colors: Royal Blue and Khaki. The cap is bio-washed chino twill with an embroidered logo on the front. You may order multiple caps in one order.

    PRICES:

    The T-shirts are available for $15 for short sleeve regardless of color, size or materials.

    The Caps are available for $15 each.

    T-shirts and Caps are scheduled to be available for pickup at an event in late January. For any merchandise not picked up, we will schedule another time and place for a 2nd round of pickups via email.  If you choose, when ordering your merchandise you can arrange to have your merchandise shipped to you for an additional shipping and handling fee. 

    We are taking payments online only. After you submit an order, you'll be taken to payment screen where you can pay via credit card.  You must be logged in to use our shop.

    If you have any questions, please email:

    Outreach-PS@GreatOutdoors.org

    • Sat, December 17, 2022
    • 2:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Island View Heights, Santa Barbara, CA
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    Great Outdoors/Prime Timers Christmas Party and Potluck

    Saturday, December 17th

    Please join us at Claude’s beautiful home on the Mesa: 2:00pm for drinks, including Claude’s special leaded and unleaded Egg Nog, appetizers, holiday music as we help Claude put trimmings on his tree! Dinner will be served at 5:00pm. Prime Timers will be providing a Turkey or two, and Great Outdoors will provide a spiral sliced ham. Please bring side dish.

    RSVP at 805-966-5660, (Claude's phone number) and confirm what side dish you want to bring so we have a variety of wonderful holiday treats!

    After dinner, we will have our infamous White Elephant gift exchange. House rules. Bring that special gift you've always wanted to be remembered by (max. $20 value).

    Bring in the season with warmth, love and holiday spirit with

    Your friends of 

    Great Outdoors

    • Sun, December 18, 2022
    • 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Cabrillo Beach Aquarium Parking Lot, 3720 Stephen M White Dr, San Pedro, CA 90731
    • 28
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    Please join us on Sunday December 18, 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM for a scenic and educational walk/hike to include Cabrillo Beach shore, rocky shoreline and sea cliffs, tide pools, Korean Peace Bell Park and optional visit to the Cabrillo Aquarium at the end of our tour.


    The walk/hike offers stunning scenic views and is good for beginning to moderate skill levels. The route is a mixture of paved sidewalks with some dirt terrain and the ocean trail leads down to the rocky beach, so make sure to wear sturdy walking/hiking shoes.

    We will start with an easy stroll along and past Cabrillo Beach shoreline. We will proceed to the adjacent tide pools (at low tide) and then walk along the rocky seaside for about ¼ mile to get to the famous sea cliff site of Sunken City (known for its landslide-ruined road and brilliant artwork/graffiti on the broken rocks and road. From there we will walk and have a talk at the Point Fermin Park with its 100-year-old trees, location of many movies, and historic lighthouse. Next, we'll walk up the hill to the grand Korean Peace Bell with its great ocean overlook and get more information about the history of this cultural monument as well as its contrasting WWII gun emplacements. From there we walk back to the Cabrillo Aquarium (around 2pm) and have the option for an oceanography professor-led visit to the Cabrillo Aquarium (optional $5 contribution). (Note: another option before or after group activity is to do a long walk along the shore in either direction from the aquarium).

    Hike leaders: John Blasco and Joe Holliday (geologist and naturalist)

    Contact: John Blasco, 562-726-4165  ​johnlongbeach@msn.com


    Parking: approximately $3 -$4 ($1 per hour) at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium https://www.cabrillomarineaquarium.org/visit-cma/directions-parking.asp

    Limited street parking outside of the Cabrillo parking lot may be available.

    Please carpool if possible.  Every little bit helps.

    Click here to request or offer a ride, or paste the following link into your browser: https://www.groupcarpool.com/t/mnhea5

    Bring: drinking water in a reusable bottle, snacks, sun protection, wear sturdy footwear. Carry Emergency Contact Information.

    We recommend you read our suggested 10 essential items to bring - click here

    Optional: After our San Pedro event head over the bridge to downtown Long Beach and celebrate with GO OC/LB Chapter at the Holiday Party. Separate advance registration required: https://greatoutdoors.org/event-5054189

    Directions | Parking | Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

    3720 Stephen M. White Drive San Pedro, CA 90731 310-548-7562

    Google Map

    www.cabrillomarineaquarium.org



    Health Problems/allergiesIt is the responsibility of participants to carry on their person a record of significant allergies, medications and medical history in the event of a medical emergency.  Discuss any medical concerns with the hike leader if you wish.

    Current COVID-19 Requirements: Most of our participants are vaccinated, and we ask that you get vaccinated and boosted. Together, we are fighting the spread of this deadly virus and its variants! We ask all outing participants to comply with the following:

    I will follow Federal, State and local COVID guidelines as well as the directions of the event leader(s). See Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

    I will not attend if feeling ill or have any symptoms of COVID.

    I will contact the Trip Leader if I test positive for COVID within 14 days of the event.


    • Sun, December 18, 2022
    • 2:30 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Portuguese Bend Craft Distillery, Long Beach, CA
    • 31
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    Holiday Party 2022!


    Great Outdoors OC/LB

    is going to make this Holiday Party a Sunday Fun Day!

    Sunday December 18 @ 2:30 PM         

     Portuguese Bend Distillery!

     300 The Promenade North

    Long Beach, CA

    Directions - click on the link below:

    https://www.google.com/maps/place/Portuguese+Bend+Distilling/@33.775741,-118.1974491,14z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x80dd3117c6a0ae2f:0x2b03f093675307c8!8m2!3d33.7707423!4d-118.1903252


    You are cordially invited to the

    Great Outdoors OC/LB Chapter

    Holiday Party!

    Come and enjoy an afternoon of cheer as we make merry!


    Cocktails & Drinks:  2:30 PM - 3:15 PM

    Seated for the Culinary Experience:  3:15 PM 


    A CULINARY EXPERIENCE!

    Portuguese Bend pays homage to classic cocktails and dishes made with local ingredients and inspired by early American cuisine. We’ve studied menus around the country to culminate a menu that inspires our team and pleases our customers, with a lot of love and hint of nostalgia.

    We’re giving our neighborhood what they want - cleverly crafted cocktails, tasty dishes and a refined dining experience where all are welcome.  

    A special selection of menu options are being developed for this occasion.  There will be a vegan option for those so inclined.


    Did we mention there will be a DJ too!

    Yes!  Yes!  Yes! 


    So let's get dressed up in our gay apparel and gather to celebrate goodness and cheer during this holiday season! 



    Fees for this event:  

    $20.00 for Great Outdoor members. 

    $35.00 for guests of Great Outdoor members.

    To register a guest:  Log in to register yourself as a member and then you will be able to add a guest at that time.


    Please note  alcoholic or bar beverages are available for an extra charge which will be ordered and paid for by the member.

    We request you register as soon as possible so that we can get an accurate number of the attendees.  

    Unfortunately if you have to cancel, we will be unable to refund your fee.

    We will have an indoor dining area, bar area and the outside patio too!

    Menu: Includes Soft Drinks, Teas, Water.

    Appetizer- Served Family Style

                    Coconut Onion Rings

                    Assorted Hummus & Pita

                    Nashville Chicken Strips

    Entrée-Choice of:

                    Penne Rigate a la Vodka Pasta

                    Nashville Chicken Mac & Cheese

                    Coconut Curry Salmon

                    Piri Piri Chicken

                    Vegan Ragu & Toasted Polenta

    Dessert- Great Outdoors Holiday Cake

    Hungry yet?  

    Contact:  Lance Whitmier 

    President-OCLB@GreatOutdoors.org


    Register now and join the gayety!

    • Tue, December 20, 2022
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Online Zoom meeting
    • 30
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    All -

    The GOPS Monthly Core Group Meeting is being held as an on-line meeting of the Core Group Members, and is available to the public. The meeting will start at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, December 20, 2022. GOPS Core Group Members should register to attend the meeting.

    GOPS Members can attend by registering for the meeting. For best results, plan to use a computer or tablet equipped with a camera and microphone. Information on how to enter the Zoom meeting will be provided to registrants in their Confirmation and Reminder emails.

    Agenda: 

    • Sat, December 24, 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Palm Springs
    Registration is closed

    Registration opens Dec 3

    Christmas Eve Hike - Experience one of our best local hikes as we cross the San Andreas fault into two lush palm oases. A great way to enjoy your holiday season in the outdoors.

    • Trail Length: 5 miles 

    • Hiking time: 3-4 hours
    • Elevation Gain/Loss: 700 feet
    • Difficulty Rating: Moderate
    • Trail Route:  Loop - out and back
    • Terrain: rocky trail, sandy areas
    • Meet at PetSmart (Ramon & Crossley) Time: 9:00 AM     Map click here

    • Or Meet at Coachella Valley Preserve Parking Lot 9:20 AM Map click here.

    Bring Ten Essentials (click here), water (1 to 2 liters recommended), trail snacks. Sun protection and layered clothing are recommended. Carry Emergency Contact Information (ICE). Hiking poles may be helpful.

    Sturdy hiking footwear with good tread and adequate drinking water are required. Be able to hike up steep, narrow canyon and along narrow ridge. 

    Hiking Requirements - you will need to be in good physical condition for this hike.  Click here for more information.

    Contact Hike Leader: Scott Connelly: email click here

    Carpooling is encouraged and may be available if offered by driver. You are responsible for arranging you own transportation or ride share. Arrive a few minutes early for briefing and carpooling. Departure is at 9 AM. Distance to trailhead is 11 miles.

    Weather Policy: Inclement weather may cancel.

    No dogs or pets allowed in the Preserve.

    Photos prior hike  click here   and here



    Special COVID Related Requirements

    This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated.

    Health Problems/allergies  Discuss any medical concerns with the hike leader that may affect your ability to complete the hike. 


    • Fri, January 13, 2023
    • Mon, January 16, 2023
    • Yosemite National Park, Curry Village
    • 7
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    SBVC – Majestic Yosemite National Park

    January 13-16, 2023

    The Santa Barbara/Ventura County chapter is happy to host once again its annual trip to Yosemite on Martin Luther King Weekend 2023. Our lodging for the 3-night outing will be in Camp Curry, in heated tent-cabins that are comfortable but rustic.

    Yosemite is one of the most popular National Parks in the country and we in southern California are very fortunate to have it so close. If you have never seen it then this Great Outdoors trip is a good opportunity for you to be introduced to this special place. If you have been there one or more times, then you’ll understand why Great Outdoors has made a Yosemite visit an annual event.  The grandeur and majesty of the park are so enriching that Yosemite can be experienced and enjoyed again and again.  The sublime beauty of the park has inspired many for the last 150 years, but perhaps none more effusive than John Muir, who said of Yosemite, “It is by far the grandest of all the special temples of Nature I was ever permitted to enter.” Please join us in this temple of the great outdoors.

    The locus of this trip will be Yosemite Valley.  Our accommodations are tent cabins in Camp Curry, a rustic but charming village near the east end of the valley.


    Arrival should be after 4:00 pm on Friday afternoon.  Once everyone is settled in we will gather for tea in the village dining hall and perhaps decide to have dinner there. Afterwards we might play games by the fireside or just relax in our cabins.


    On Saturday morning there will be choice of activities. Your outing organizer plans on leading a group on a hike up the Yosemite Falls Trail, a moderately strenuous hike, approx. 3 miles round trip, 1000 feet of elevation gain (all of which is at the very beginning of the hike in 60 switchbacks). It is a very scenic trail and will offer views from Columbia Rock of Yosemite Valley and close-up views of the lower falls. Some may wish to continue to the top of Yosemite Falls but it is strenuous hike that includes another 1700 feet of elevation gain in 2 miles and will take approximately another three-four hours (up and back).

    An alternative hike is to the top of Vernal Falls, following the Mist Trail (weather conditions permitting) and returning the same way or along the beginning section of the famous John Muir Trail.  The difficulty of this hike is characterized as moderate to strenuous, includes about a 1200 foot elevation gain, is 6-6.5 miles, and will probably take 3.5-4 hours. If you’re ambitious (and in condition) after reaching the top of Vernal Falls you could continue on to Nevada Falls, adding about 2 miles and another 700 feet in elevation gain.  If either/any of the hikes sound like too much of a challenge there are many other hikes and/or activities to choose from, such as walking the “loop” trail around the valley, a flat hike around the beautiful Mirror Lake, a ranger led nature walk, ice skating in Half-Dome Village, skiing and/or hiking at Badger Pass (if it is open).

    On Sunday you are free to do whatever you want, including nothing if that is your choice.  The famous and beautiful Ahwahnee will be closed during our visit so our traditional Sunday breakfast there will not be possible. The other dining options are at Yosemite Valley Lodge, Yosemite Village, and Curry Village.

    On Monday morning we must check out of the cabins by 10:00 am. 

    Even though we’ll be there in the middle of January we might not have winter conditions.  On our last visit in 2020 there was snow on the valley floor but the daytime temperatures in the 50s melted it quickly. The trip leader will inform you of the weather conditions a couple days before our arrival but you may also want to keep abreast of them by using the Yosemite National Park website. http://www.nps.gov/yose/index.htm

    Driving & Directions:

    When driving to Yosemite in winter it is recommended to take CA Hwy 140 through Mariposa. It's the lowest- elevation route and therefore the least likely to be affected by snow and ice. Check highway conditions outside the park at the Caltrans website or call (800) 427-7623. Since weather conditions can change quickly, it is also recommended to check the current conditions inside Yosemite, check online or call (209) 372-0200. 

    Tire chains are required when you go to Yosemite in winter, and be prepared to use them, even if you have four-wheel drive. They may become mandatory at any time. You may be able to find chains for rent in Mariposa, but it's better not to count on it.


    What else?

    Cooking facilities/campfire rings are not available in Curry Village. However, there are several dining options near our cabins. You may bring snack food and drinks, but all food and scented items must be stored in the bear-proof storage locker in front of the cabin. This includes all food, food related items, toiletries, sundries and ice chests. Bears have a strong sense of smell and are attracted to anything they think will lead them to human food. Remember not to store these items in your vehicle or tent cabin. It is recommended to use sealed plastic containers for storing your food inside the bear boxes. This makes it easier to keep your food organized, and away from campground critters.

    Be sure to remember a flashlight or headlamp to find your way around Camp Curry at night. In addition, a sleeping bag or an extra blanket may help keep you warm at night. A pee bottle in your cabin will save a trip out into the cold in the middle of the night. Other things to bring:

    Warm outer gear appropriate for snow and/or rain 

    Layered under gear (long underwear, etc.)

    Hat, gloves, scarf, etc.

    Sunglasses, sun block (for your face), lip balm 

    Sturdy hiking shoes 

    Weather: Average daytime temperatures in January in the Yosemite Valley range from the 30s to the 50s. It will be colder at Badger Pass (7,200 ft.), which is about 3,000 feet higher than the valley. Conditions may vary between sun, clouds, rain, or snow. Be prepared for anything.

    Price: $180 for Great Outdoors members, or $205 for non-members (purchase of membership required for participation). 

    Cancellation policy:  full refund given if cancellation is at least eight (8) days prior to the departure (by Jan. 5, please); no refunds after that.

    For more information, contact:

    Thomas Larson          thomassbca@yahoo.com    (805) 220-8276

    • Sun, February 12, 2023
    • 12:00 PM
    • Wed, February 15, 2023
    • 12:00 PM
    • 7878 Great Southern Overland Stage rt of 1849, Julian CA. 92036
    Register

    Behold the beauty of the silent desert as the coyote song awakens your spirit of adventure. Join us for a variety of desert adventures that include hiking, 4x4 off road trips, stargazing, amazing sunsets/sunrises and soaking in hot mineral springs at nearby Aqua Caliente County Park.  Gather around a campfire and gaze at more stars than you ever knew existed, or smell the bacon sizzling as your eyes open to beautiful wide-open valleys and mountains.  Located in Shelter Valley, just 16 miles east of Julian, Stagecoach Trails Resort sits just outside of Anza Borrego State Park and offers a variety of amenities.  We have a group site that will accommodate both tents and RVs. The site has a large campfire circle, pavilion, and full hookups. These large sites will accommodate 3 vehicles. Tents can share a site with an RV and have electric power available.  Non electric tent only sites located nearby are available.  Cabins are available on site (no pets in cabins).  Contact the park direct, click here for Stagecoach Trails to reserve a cabin. After you reserve a cabin return here to register for this event.

    Schedule of Events

    Check whiteboard for additional / updated activities.

    Sunday - Feb 12

    • 12 PM - Check In 
    • 3 PM - Hot mineral hot springs at Agua Caliente Co Park (20 min,18 miles)
    • 5:30 PM - Meet & Greet - Bring appetizer to share
    • 6 PM - Dinner on your own
    • 7 PM - Campfire and group activities - bring firewood

    Monday – Feb 13

    • 7 AM - Fresh ground coffee 
    • 7:30 - 8:30 AM - Hot breakfast:  eggs, bagels, bacon & sausage, Danish 
    • 9 AM - TBD - check whiteboard 
    • 1 PM - TBD - check whiteboard
    • 6 PM - Potluck Dinner - Bring a dish to share
    • 7 PM - Campfire activities - bring firewood

    Tuesday – Feb 14

    • 7 AM - Fresh ground coffee 
    • 7:30 - 8:30 AM - Hot breakfast:  eggs, bagels, bacon & sausage, Danish
    • 9 AM - TBD (pack your own lunch) 
    • 6 PM - Group gathering for dinner.  BBQ charcoal coals for you grilling pleasure.  Bring something to grill for yourself  and a side dish to share.
    • 7 PM - Campfire and group activities

    Wednesday – Feb 15

    • 7 AM - Coffee and continental breakfast
    • 12 noon – check out and safe travels home

    Nearby adventures: (check whiteboard for details and updates) 

    • Shopping in nearby Julian             
    • Torote Canyon loop hike:    6.5  /  1,500'
    • Cold Canyon hike:    3.0  /  650'  
    • Ghost Mountain hike:    2.0  /  500' /  Historic site
    • Mud Caves, Sin Nombre Canyon and badlands - off road, 4x4 adventures
    • Domeland and wind caves hike:   5.0  /  1,000'
    • Indian Hill and old RR camp:   6.5  /  600'
    • Erosion Road tour:   21.0  
    • Blair Valley pictograph trail           
    • Mineral hot pools:  $3 fee / Agua Caliente park -18 miles.
    • BINGO - check whiteboard for times

    What to Bring:  Ten Essentials, camp chair, your name tag, camping/cooking gear, food, daypack for hiking, warm/cool weather clothing, shorts for thermal pool, potluck item to share for Monday and an appetizer for Sunday's meet and greet.  Something to grill on Tuesday and a side dish. Two bundles of firewood, (bring or purchase nearby).  Tenters bring an extension cord to hookup any items for your tenting comfort. 

    Enjoy cowboy camp food prepared by  our master chef George, of Padilla's Chuckwagon. Consider going green! - Please bring your own plates, cups, mugs, eating utensils, napkins, etc. and you will be first in line for food.



    Pets are welcome; a fenced dog park is available.

    Amenities:  WiFi, cell service ( AT&T), hot showers, flush toilets,  pavilion, large group campfire area, full hookups, pool, adjacent hiking trails, nearby 4WD trails, nearby hot springs, and general store.  Facility map click here

    Climate   Shelter Valley - Avg 62° / 45°; Elevation: 2,320′; Current Weather click here.

    Getting There:  Map click here;  33.059668 -116.424627; located 4.1 mi south of Hwy 78 on Route S2 in Shelter Valley.

    Fill your gas tank before heading to camp because the nearest gas is Borrego Springs (24 miles), Julian (16 miles), and Ocotillo Wells 46 miles.

    Contact Trip Leaders: Scott Connelly, Email click here or George Padilla, Email click here

    Payments: This event is limited to GO members; you can join as a member online (click here) and then return here to register.   When you register, you'll need to have your credit card (MC, VISA, Discover or Amex) ready and pay your registration fee within 15 mins. 

    Refunds:  Cancellation for a refund (less $10 service fee) by February 4, 2023. After that date, a refund may be issued, if we fill your spot.

    Special COVID Requirements:  All attendees to be  vaccinated for COVID.

    Health Problems/allergies  Discuss any medical concerns with the event leader that may affect your ability to participate in this event. 



    • Fri, February 17, 2023
    • 2:00 PM
    • Mon, February 20, 2023
    • 11:00 AM
    • Agua Caliente County Park Campground, 39555 Great Southern Overland Stage Route of 1849, Julian, CA 92036
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    Great Outdoors - San Diego

    Agua Caliente County Park

    February 17-20, 2023 - 3 Nights!

    Overview

    You're invited to join Great Outdoors San Diego (GOSD) for what's become our annual visit to Agua Caliente County Park to check out the wildflowers, which typically bloom there in early to mid-spring. Between the wildflowers, the amazing Agua Caliente campground (with showers and hot spring-fed pools), our not-to-be-missed nighttime search for scorpions by black light, the always-amazing Saturday night potluck, and a great group of campers, you won't want to miss this trip! If you are new to Great Outdoors, new to camping or maybe haven’t camped in a while, this is an excellent “starter” camping trip, given the excellent campground facilities and relative close proximity to urban San Diego.

    Our Campground

    Agua Caliente County Park is a 910 acre park with geothermally heated springs. The park is located just west of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in eastern San Diego County.

    Amenities at Agua Caliente include the soothing geothermal pools, coin-operated pay showers (50 cents in quarters per 4 minutes), flush toilets, potable water, shuffleboard and horseshoes, and a sun deck outside the pools for lounging. There is a small souvenir store nearby with very limited groceries, ice and firewood. The pools include an outdoor swimming pool, an outdoor wading pool for children, and an indoor 102 °F therapeutic spa.

    We’ve reserved ten tent sites and two RV sites. Trip pricing is based upon the type of site you choose and whether you’ll be sharing a tent or RV. RV sites have water, electricity, picnic table and a fire ring. A dump station is located within the park. Some sites may not be completely level - we suggest bringing leveling blocks. Depending upon the RV site, tow vehicles may have to park in a nearby site.

    The campground is near many excellent hiking trails and other locations to view desert wildflowers.

    Registration and Payment

    Registration for this event is restricted to Great Outdoors Members Only. Prices are based upon you being a member of one of our 5 chapters. Each person attending must complete a separate registration. If you are not currently a member of one of our 5 Chapters, you’ll need to become a paid member with the Chapter of your choice first and then register for this campout.

    Registration is via this website only. Registration cannot be accomplished on Facebook. You will need to log into your GO account and click on one of the registration category buttons for this trip. The website will then prompt you for information and payment online by credit card (preferred) or other available methods. Payment must be received within 2 weeks of your registration, even if paying by check or your reservation will be subject to cancellation.

    Cancellation and Refunds

    You may cancel your reservation and receive a full refund up to 2 weeks before the trip start date. For this trip, the final cancellation date is February 3, 2023. Refunds will not be available after that date or on any registrations made within those 2 weeks of a trip start date, unless we can fill your spot with another camper.

    Directions

    Please carpool if you can and fill your gas tank well before arriving at camp since the nearest gas stations are in Borrego Springs (30 miles), Julian (33 miles), or Ocotillo (27 miles).

    Address: 39555 Great Southern Overland Stage Route of 1849, Julian, CA 92036

    From Ramona through Julian: East on State Highway 78 to Scissors Crossing then south 22 miles on Highway S2 to the park entrance.

    From Interstate 8: East on Interstate 8 and exit at Ocotillo, then 26 miles north on Highway S2 to the park entrance.

    Extra Vehicles and Fees

    Depending on what time you arrive, you may be asked to pay the extra vehicle fee if the allotted campsite parking spaces have already been filled. The fee is $4 per night for a total of $12 for the weekend. Please pay the fee and ask for a receipt and GOSD will reimburse you for the parking fee. Park regulations impose a limit of two (2) cars per campsite. Any additional vehicles must park in the designated overflow parking areas.

    Schedule

    Friday 2/17/23

    2 PM - Check in after 2 PM

    5 PM - “Happy hour” - Bring a snack to share and your favorite beverage. Some snacks and water will be provided. In order to cut down on waste, please also bring your own reusable plate, utensils and cup/mug - these will not be provided.

    Dinner - on your own

    7 PM - Group campfire (Sunset is just after 7 PM)

    Saturday 2/18/23

    Breakfast - on your own

    9 AM - Depart for hike(s). (Bring a packed lunch.) The hike specifics will be determined as the trip gets closer and we have a better sense for where the best viewing will be. Other hike(s) or outings may also be offered depending on interest levels and degree of difficulty of hikes, i.e., easy, moderate, strenuous. Some possibilities include Mud Caves, Domelands and Wind Caves, Ghost Mountain, Cold Canyon or other regional gems.

    3 PM - Time in the pools at camp

    6 PM - Potluck Dinner - Bring a main dish, side, salad or dessert. In an effort to be more environmentally friendly, please bring your own reusable plate and utensils as one use disposable items will not be provided.

    7 PM - Campfire

    8 PM - Scorpion search by black light

    Sunday 2/19/23

    Breakfast - on your own

    9 AM - Depart for hike(s). (Bring a packed lunch.) The hike specifics will be determined as the trip gets closer and we have a better sense for where the best viewing will be. Other hike(s) or outings may also be offered depending on interest levels and degree of difficulty of hikes, i.e., easy, moderate, strenuous. Some possibilities include Mud Caves, Domelands and Wind Caves, Ghost Mountain, Cold Canyon or other regional gems.

    3 PM - Time in the pools at camp

    6 PM - Potluck Dinner - Bring a main dish, side, salad or dessert. In an effort to be more environmentally friendly, please bring your own reusable plate and utensils as one use disposable items will not be provided.

    7 PM - Campfire

    Monday 2/20/23

    Breakfast - on your own

    9 AM - Time for another dip in the pools or a short hike - and packing and cleaning up the camp sites.

    12 PM - Check Out.

    Campground Rules and Regulations

    A complete listing of campground rules and regulations may be found here:

    http://www.sdparks.org/content/dam/sdparks/en/pdf/BrochuresMiscellaneous/2017_Agua_Caliente_Campground_Handout_FINAL.pdf

    Here are some of the more common rules:

    Pets - Are permitted if they are quiet, properly restrained and under the control of the owner. Dogs must be licensed, restrained on a leash not longer than six feet, and attended at all times. Dogs are not allowed in cabins or on trails. There is a $1 per night fee for each pet, which is not included in your GOSD registration payment. It is payable upon check-in at the campground.

    Quiet Hours- 10 PM - 8 AM

    Campfires – Completely Extinguished by 11 PM

    Smoking- Is not allowed in Agua Caliente County Park.

    Alcohol - Alcoholic beverages are permitted provided the alcohol content does not exceed 20%.

    What to Bring

    Food

    Ten Essentials

    Quarters for showers

    Camping/cooking gear

    Phone/camera charger

    Warm/cool weather clothing

    Potluck item for Saturday night

    Pool gear (towel, swimsuit and water shoes)

    Any prescription or other needed medications

    Sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sunblock, lip block)

    Soap and sponge for cleaning your reusable plate, utensils and cup/mug

    Your own reusable plate, utensils and mug/cup (No plates, utensils or cups will be provided)

    Camping chair

    One bundle of firewood (please no particle board, old furniture, plywood or construction materials, as these can release toxic gases when burned). The County Parks motto is buy it where you burn it and local firewood is generally available at the small general store near the campground’s entrance.

    Cell Phone Service

    Is not available in the park, but can be found by driving a short distance from the campground.

    Health Problems/Allergies

    It is the responsibility of participants to carry on their person a record of significant allergies, medications and medical history in the event of a medical emergency. Discuss any medical concerns with a trip leader if you wish.

    For full Agua Caliente County Park information - View the Agua Caliente County Park brochure or map at the following links:

    http://www.sdparks.org/content/dam/sdparks/en/pdf/BrochuresMiscellaneous/AguaCalienteBrochure.pdf

    http://www.sdparks.org/content/dam/sdparks/en/pdf/BrochuresMiscellaneous/2016%20Agua_Caliente_Campground_Handout_FINAL_9_13_16.pdf

    Contact - If you have any questions not addressed by the information above or on our registration page, please feel free to contact the trip leaders:

    Matthew Schreiner (matthew.schreiner@mac.com)

    • Sat, February 18, 2023
    • 8:45 AM
    • Copley's Parking Lot, 621 N. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs CA 92262

    SAVE THE DATE

    Modernism Weekend Event

    This architectural tour will consist of riding through several Palm Springs neighborhoods that contain midcentury homes. This bi-annual event is hosted by Hot Purple Energy.  Lloyd Queen, our trip leader docent will provide information on featured homes and  related architectural significant designs along the route.

    Trip Leader: Lloyd Queen Email Click Here

    Additional information and get your free ticket CLICK HERE

    If you'd like to print or download the map directly from our website, it will become available a few weeks prior to the ride. Please visit hotpurpleenergy.com/events.
    The organizer of this event Hot Purple Energy

    Please bring your own bike or contact Big Wheel Tours to rent one: asnowden@bwbtours.com or (760) 548-0500. They will fit you at the start of the ride. Bikes available by prior reservation only.

    8:45 am meet at Copley's Parking Lot, 621 N. Palm Canyon Dr. Palm Springs


    Special COVID Related Requirements

    This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated. 

    Health Problems/allergies:  Advise hike leader of any medical or other issues that may affect your ability to complete this event.





      • Thu, March 16, 2023
      • 12:00 PM
      • Sun, March 19, 2023
      • 12:00 PM

      This event is being planned by one of the five Great Outdoors (GO) Chapters. For more information about this trip:




      • Mon, March 27, 2023
      • 12:00 PM
      • Fri, March 31, 2023
      • 12:00 PM
      • Stovepipe Wells
      • 20

      SAVE THE DATE  

      DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK - STOVEPIPE WELLS CAMPGROUND

      4X4 ADVENTURE 

      TRIP LEADERS CLIFF CLUE AND JOEY DUHON





      Note:  Registration for this event will initially be limited to paid members of Great Outdoors. Paid members get "first crack" at our events. If you'd like to become a member to register for this campout - click here - and then return to this page.

      The Salton Sea is one of the most enigmatic places in the Southwest. It is a unique place with many hidden treasures and secrets that are not well known. It has been forgotten as a busy tourist attraction of bygone years. .....

      Prices: (Example 1) We have different pricing levels based upon you staying in a tent or RV in one of our sites, staying in a site you booked yourself (or in a nearby hotel/motel/friend's house).  Each person going must complete a separate registration.  We do this so each registrant acknowledges our liability waiver condition.

      Select your registration that conforms to the following definitions:

      • RV is a vehicle designed as temporary living quarters for recreational, camping, travel or season use. RVs may be motorized (motorhomes) or towable (travel trailers, folding camping trailers and truck campers).
      • Tent: a collapsible shelter of fabric stretched and sustained by poles and used for camping.

      Prices:  (example 2) There is no charge for this event.  Each person going must complete a separate registration.  We do this so each registrant acknowledges our liability waiver condition.

      Prices are based upon each person going being a GO Chapter paid member. You can join - click here - and then register for this campout. Other GO Chapter members should contact our GOPS Webmaster (click here to email) in order to be added as a member of our Chapter for free. Each person going must complete a separate registration. We do this so each registrant acknowledges our liability waiver condition.

      Prices: Prices are based upon you being a GO paid member. If not currently a GO member, you will have the option of joining at an additional $25 per person for a one (1) year club membership prior to registration. Each person going must complete a separate registration. You can click here to join.  

      RV's and tents may share sites - maximum of one RV and one tent on each site. When reserving an RV site, please select the smallest RV site which will accommodate your RV's length. RV sites come with water, electricity, picnic table and a fire ring. A dump station is located within the park. Some sites may not be completely level - we suggest bringing leveling blocks. Depending upon the RV site, tow vehicles may have to park in a nearby site. These are sites with mature vegetation surrounding the sites.

      We will have a propane fire-pit for the group as open fires may be restricted in the camp to a designated area only.

      Stovepipe Wells NPS campground click here for photos and information


      Schedule Of Events

      Friday, Mar 17

      • Noon - Check-in at Mecca Beach Campground
      • 4:00 pm - Sunset hike nearby location*
      • 6:00 pm - Tea Time meet and greet BYOB. Dinner on your own
      • 7:00 pm - Group campfire activities & may include PowerPoint or movie about Salton Sea area

      Saturday, Mar 18

      • 9:30 am - Kayaking along the shore**
      • 2:00 pm - Hike slot canyon Mecca Hills Wilderness or other hike posted on camp board*
      • 6:00 pm - Potluck (bring a dish to share).  GO will provide desserts.
      • 7:00 pm - Group Campfire

      Sunday, Mar 19

      • 9:30 am - Hike*
      • 11:00 am - Clean up campground areas. Check Out. Safe travels home.

      *Check campground white board for updates and hike/outing details.

      **Optional $15 fee for kayaking rental (a donation to: The Sea and Desert Interpretive Association).  This fee will be collected when you register for this event.

      Possible Activities  Miles  Elevation  Misc Notes
      Shopping in nearby Julian  33   Think Everything Apples!
      Moonlight Canyon hike  1.8  350  
      Mountain Palm Oasis hike  3  600  
      Torote Canyon loop hike 6.5  1,500'  
      Cold Canyon hike  3.0  650'  

      Amenities:  Restrooms have electricity, flush toilets, running water and hot showers that take quarters, picnic tables, fire rings, water and paved parking stalls. There is a dump station and water near the campground. There is a small store on 111 with limited supplies. Limited electric hookup may be available.

      Amenities For RVs:  This is a dry camping event. There are no hookups at each camp site. Fresh water is available at the dump site to fill your RV tank before arriving at your site. There is a dump site located near the park entrance.  QUIET HOURS are from 10 pm to 6 am and generators may only be operated between 10 am and 8 pm.

      What to BringTen Essentialscamping/cooking gear, food, warm/cool weather clothing, shorts for kayaking, potluck item for Saturday night, two bundles of firewood - no particle board, old furniture, plywood or construction materials. These cause the release of toxic gases when burned. Firewood is for sale at the campground. 

      Don't forget your towel, swim suit and water shoes.

      We recommend you read our suggested 10 essential items to bring - click here. 

      GO GREEN!  Please bring your own plates, cups, mugs, eating utensils, napkins, paper towels, camp soap, etc.  There are water spigots located in the camp or in the nearby restroom for washing dishes.

      Directions: (sample 1)  I-10 east to Indio, take 86-S exit then turn left at Avenue 66, then right onto Highway 111.  Go south about 13 miles to the Mecca Beach campground. For a Google Map of our location - click here.  <<< fix link

      Getting There: (sample 2)

      • Address:  39555 Great Southern Overland Stage Route of 1849, Julian, CA 92036
      • GPS Coordinates: 32°57'02.1"N 116°18'16.4"W or 32.950581, -116.304558
      • Google - Map Link: click here   <<< fix link 
      • Be sure to carpool if you can and fill your gas tank before heading to camp because the nearest gas is in Borrego Springs (30 miles) or Julian (33 miles).

      Climate & Elevation - The current forecast avg. is 67 high 42 low.  Check the weather forecast - click here.  The park is located at 1300’.  <<< fix link

      RefundsCancellation for a full refund minus service fee of $5.00 must be received by March 14, 2017.

      Payments: We are no longer using PayPal to accept trip registrations.  You may now use any of these credit cards:  MC, VISA, Discover or Amex. 

      Contact: Scott C. email: VPO-PS@GreatOutdoors.org

      Photos: To see some photos from prior trips to XYZ location  - click here.  <<< fix link

      Children: There may be children present.

      Quiet Hours - 10 PM - 7 AM

      Smoking - is not allowed in San Diego County Parks.

      Cell Service - not in the park but may available nearby.  Details for specific carriers?

      PetsPets are permitted if they are properly restrained and under the control of the owner. Dogs must be licensed, restrained on a leash not longer than six feet, and attended at all times. Dogs are not allowed in cabins or on trails. Please bring doggie bags and clean up any of their waste.  Please be aware there are snakes and scorpions at this location.  

      Health Problems/allergiesIt is the responsibility of participants to carry on their person a record of significant allergies, medications and medical history in the event of a medical emergency.  Discuss any medical concerns with the hike leader if you wish.

      • Wed, April 05, 2023
      • 2:00 PM
      • Mon, April 10, 2023
      • 12:00 PM
      • Morro Bay State Park - Group Site

      SAVE THE DATE!


      After registration opens up and you register, please consider carpooling with a fellow Great Outdoors camper to save money/ fuel/ the environment.  The link will be same as below:

      https://www.groupcarpool.com/t/ci43q5

      This event is being planned by the Los Angeles Chapter.  We have a premium group tent-only site reserved.  RVers, please go to the CA state park reservations website to make your own reservations ASAP.

      Please check back here for updates; or contact John Blasco at johnlongbeach@msn.com

      Mark your calendar!


      • Thu, April 13, 2023
      • Sun, April 16, 2023
      • Joshua Tree National Park

      This event is being planned by the Palm Springs Chapter. For more information about this trip:

      • Please check back here for updates;

      • Please contact one of our Trip Leaders below:
      • VPO-PS@greatoutdoors.org






      • Thu, May 11, 2023
      • 12:00 PM
      • Sun, May 14, 2023
      • 12:00 PM
      • Idyllwild, CA

      SAVE THE DATE

      Lots of activities being planned: Hikes, 4x4 adventure,  cowboy breakfast, group dinner, and more.

      This event is being planned by the Palm Springs Chapter. For more information about this trip:

      • Please check back here for updates;

      • Please contact one of our Trip Leaders below:
      • VPO-PS@greatoutdoors.org






      • Fri, June 02, 2023
      • 8:00 AM
      • Sun, June 04, 2023
      • 12:00 PM
      • O'Neill Regional Park 30892 Trabuco Canyon Rd, Trabuco Canyon, CA
      Register

           SAVE THE DATE

      OUTDOORS EXPERIENCE

      Hike Leader - Morning 4 hrs
      Trip LeaderAfternoon 4 hrs

        You may attend either one or both.

        Friday June 2, 2023  2 pm - Check in at the campground, if applicable.

        4 pm welcome hike for attendees at the hike/trip leader training this weekend. We will discuss and demonstrate The Ten Essentials and safety on the trail.  

        Saturday June 3, 2023 8-5  Hike Leader 

        Sunday June 4, 2023 8-12 -Trip Leader

        DAY HIKE LEADER - SECTION I


        Be a Hike Leader!  Not just someone who knows the way, but someone who applies safety, best practices, fun, and local knowledge to make a successful outing. In addition to the course outline we will discuss any issues with past hikes and plan for future hikes. We will review basic hike leader procedures and techniques and latest technology and information.  Completing this course will provide participants with Day Hike Leader Certification. Also a good refresher for hike leaders.

        Hike Leader Syllabus

        Prerequisites: Great Outdoors member (click here to join). The course is  for anyone interested in becoming a hiker leader, learning more about leading effective hikes, or becoming a more confident and capable hiker.

        This Hike Leader Certification course is for hikers who are interested in learning new skills as well as experienced hike leaders  who are looking to update or refresh their outdoor leadership skills. It is suitable for all ranges of hiker abilities, from novice up to very experienced hikers.

        Objectives: Introduce participants to the skills, knowledge and attitudes of a trained hike leader, including appropriate risk management for day hikes. Present skills for leading a safe, environmentally responsible and enjoyable hike.

        Content/Topics Covered:  Hike planning, description, screening participants, trail group management, emergency management, medical issues on the trail, map reading and navigation, outdoor techniques, environmental protection, and problem solving techniques and scenarios.

        Course Format: The training includes in person instruction with group discussion and problem solving applications and trail-based scenarios.

        Pre-Course Assignment:  Review training manuals and video:

        Link to Training Resources: Click Here

        How to Lead a Hike: Video: Click Here

        Printed manuals available at the training location at no cost to participants.

        Option to purchase and have manual(s) mailed to you upon registration.


        * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

        TRIP LEADERSHIP - OVERNIGHT EVENTS - SECTION II

         

        One of the premier features of Great Outdoors is overnight trips. As a leader you will propose, research and design overnight trips. You will manage and administer the trip using leadership and group management skills. Completing this course will provide participants with Trip Leadership Certification.

        Course Outline:

        • Create a new trip or update a former trip.

        • Planning, scouting, securing reservations.

        • Finances and budget.

        • Create a trip description and promotion.

        • Secure all logistics including any permits, and support staff as necessary.

        • Communicate with participants to provide information and answer questions.

        • Conducting your trip, safety issues, group management issues - preventing and solving.

        * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

        Course Length/Hours: 4 hours.

        What to bring:  Lunch, water bottle, mug for hot drinks. If you are taking the Hike Leader course bring day pack with your 10 essentials. If you are tent camping, bring food, camp gear, warm clothing.

        Weather: 

        Facilities:  We will be in the conference room with tables, chairs, TV monitor and restrooms. Trailheads located onsite.

        Overnight Accommodations:

        Camping at O'Neill Regional park. 

        Course Preparation: We will send you a link to the Outdoor Experience Training Manuals. You are encouraged to review the material ahead of time. 

        Link to Training Resources: Click Here

        Suggested Reading:
        1. Wilderness Navigation: Finding Your Way Using Map, Compass, Altimeter, & GPS. Bob Burns, Mike Burns
        2. The National Outdoor Leadership School's Wilderness Guide Mark Harvey
        3. How to Lead a Hike by the Sierra Club  15 min. video click here




        • Fri, June 23, 2023
        • Mon, June 26, 2023

        This event is being planned by the Palm Springs Chapter. For more information about this trip:

        • Please check back here for updates;

        • Please contact one of our Trip Leaders below:
        • VPO-PS@greatoutdoors.org






        • Thu, July 13, 2023
        • 2:00 PM
        • Mon, July 17, 2023